Elegant Striped Wedding at the Wyndham Grand

Classic black and white will never go out of style, and this striped wedding at The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh from Kristen Wynn Photography is the epitome of modern elegance. Choosing a classic color palette of blush and gold, accented with black and white stripes (the bride’s favorite!), Liza and Bryan crafted the wedding of their dreams. From the stunning Justin Alexander lace gown and black, open-back bridesmaid dresses, both from Bridal Beginning, to the lush floral design and endless personal touches, this wedding has inspiration at every turn. And with a Pittsburgh cookie table made up of over 2,000 cookies (all made by family and friends, no less!), this reception is both gorgeous AND delicious  I shouldn’t choose favorites, but an appearance from their puppy, Wally, after the ceremony is mayyybe the cutest thing, ever. A stunning bride + groom, pink, black and white details, and a Bernedoodle in a tux?! Heck, yes! Plus, it's like it was just meant to be featured on Burgh Brides, don't you think?!

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About the Couple

We met mutually through friends, kind of like a blind date! Our first date was actually at Applebee's (my frantic choice). Once we knew we liked each other, Bryan planned a more official date at Six Penn Kitchen, where we made a point to take pictures on our wedding day!

Bryan proposed in our home a few weeks before Christmas, leading me on a path of pictures and memories to him in front of the Christmas tree on one knee. We got married almost a year later.

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About the Wedding

We wanted it to be formal, simple with unique touches, and personalized to us as a couple. The colors were gold and blush, with black and white stripe accents! I have a slight obsession with stripes, putting them wherever possible in our home. It was a no-brainer when I wanted to do something a little different that it would be stripes! Aside from having striped table cloths on display tables, cake table, and napkins, the guys wore striped socks and pocket squares, and the groom had striped cuff links. The bridesmaids had the most beautiful but simple long sleeve black dresses with an open back. My gift to them was Rachel Roy earrings they wore and wristlets with black and white stripe lining! Our dog Wally, a sweet Bernedoodle, not only made an appearance at the church for pictures but the signature drink was named after him too! It made us so happy to hear someone go to the bar and order a Wally!

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Favorite Moment

My favorite moment was when we were in the church and took a moment to look out to everyone that was there just for us.  t was so humbling to see so much love and support surrounding us on one of the most important days of our lives!

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Vendors

Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander from Bridal Beginning | Bride’s Accessories: Headpiece: Clarissa Boutique, Earrings: Macy's | Bride’s Shoes: Macy's | Bridesmaid Dresses: Kelly Faetanini from Bridal Beginning | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Caterer: Wyndham Grand | Ceremony Location: St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church | DJ: Sam Crawford | Floral Design: The Farmer's Daughter | Hair: Bad Wolf Studio | Lighting: Wyndham Grand | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Simone Jene Makeup | Menswear: Ralph Lauren from Macy's | Photography: Kristen Wynn Photography | Reception Venue: Wyndham Grand | Card Box: Clarissas Boutique | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Transportation: Pittsburgh Limo Company | Videography: Just Hitched Films | Wedding Planner: Ashley Brown at the Wyndham Grand

Bride’s Dress: Bridal Beginning | Bride’s Accessories: Headpiece: Clarissa Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Card Box: Clarissa's Boutique

Soft Romantic Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel Wedding

Everything about this romantic Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel wedding was soft, girly, and oh-so-pretty, the exact vibe Kelsey and Austin were going for. Blush pink, rose gold, and pops of bright magenta and dark plum brought a feminine feel to the ballroom venue. The view at the Renaissance is unbeatable and it was a perfect welcome for the bride and groom's guests, most of whom were from out of town. Other swoon-worthy highlights include Kelsey's long sleeve lace Pronovias wedding dress that she found at Bridal Beginning, a wash of pink uplighting that created an intimate ambiance, and a variety of mercury glass-filled floral arrangements atop the tables. Just because this ballroom wedding was as classic as can be doesn't mean it was without elements of fun. A Polaroid guest book, cocktail napkins featuring fun facts about the couple, and framed images taken by the bride's late nature photographer father serving as favors were some of my favorites. Lovely and light, this affair was gorgeously captured by Leeann Marie Photography.  Your heart is about to flutter!

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About the Couple

Austin and I grew up in the same town but didn't meet each other until senior year of high school in chemistry class. A mutual friend introduced us and we have been together ever since. We had been dating for eight years when Austin decided to pop the question. For a Christmas present, he surprised me with a trip in the spring to Punta Cana. I started to become a little suspicious that he would propose on the vacation, especially after he left the jeweler's business card sitting out! On the day of the proposal, Austin said he wasn't feeling well and was more quiet than usual. I would later find out it was nerves and that he gave the ring to the hotel staff to set up for the proposal! After a day spent at the beach, we went back to our room where there were candles, champagne, and rose petals spelling out “Will you Marry Me”. Austin got down on one knee and it was perfect!

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About the Wedding

A lot of our guests traveled to Pittsburgh for our wedding, so it was important to us to give them a glimpse of the city. We fell in love with the view from the Renaissance ballroom, and we knew it would be the perfect venue.

I love soft and neutral colors with a little pop! I wanted everything to be simple yet elegant, and to me that meant giving our day a romantic feel. I knew from the beginning that I wanted a long sleeved lace dress, and it was the classic look of the dress that set the tone for the style of our wedding.

We wanted to incorporate our family and friends' talents into our wedding. Austin's uncle sang Ave Maria during the ceremony and our family friend did the calligraphy for our escort cards. Another special part of our wedding was honoring my dad, who has passed away and who was an amazing nature photographer. We incorporated his photographs into the decor as well as the favors. We loved the way it turned out!

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Favorite Moment

Can I say every moment? One of my favorites was at the end of the reception when the band played “Don't Stop Believing”. Our family and friends formed a circle around us, and Austin and I had so much fun dancing and singing together. He also happens to play a mean air guitar, which he busted out! It was the perfect ending to the best day.

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Vendors

Band: The Avenue | Bride's Dress: Pronovias from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Nadri from Nordstrom | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Essense of Australia from Bridal Beginning | Cake: Prantl's Bakery | Ceremony Location: Church of the Epiphany | Flowers: Hepatica | Hair: Pretty Hair Salon | Linens: Lendable Linens | Makeup: Pretty Hair Salon | Menswear: Collections | Photography: Leeann Marie Photography | Reception Venue: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys and Antique Coach Excursions

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Photography: Leeann Marie Photography | Transportation: Antique Coach Excursions

Boho Jewel Tone Wedding at Bramblewood

Boho chic meets rustic influence in this GORGEOUS jewel tone wedding at Bramblewood. Gabriella's self-proclaimed “flower child” style and her love of a mix of colors inspired the theme for the day. This look really came to life thanks to mismatched bridesmaids dressed in plum, burgundy, teal, and navy. Fresh greenery runners and floral print details brought another hint of nature to the exposed wooden beams of the incredible barn wedding venue. A guest book made of postcards from the couple's European travels, a toast with their favorite cava from Spain, and even a twist on the father/daughter and mother/son dances meant this wedding was full of personal touches and challenges to the status quo. It's the perfect blend of relaxed, genuine, pretty, and romantic. You're going to love the coverage from Tied & True Photography.

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About the Couple

Brandon and I met in middle school and became friends in high school, but we were always dating other people. During our senior year, while chatting one day in study hall, we found out that we were both going to college at the same place: Robert Morris University.

At RMU, we remained friends until fate stepped in! We fell in love and had the opportunity to experience so much exciting and challenging growth, both personally and in our relationship as we finished our time at RMU. After RMU, we moved into an apartment in Shadyside together while we both started our first jobs out of college. Just after celebrating three years of dating, we went on vacation with BOTH of our families all together. I kind of had a feeling something was being kept from me. Brandon and both of our moms had been acting shady so I was a little suspicious. But it wasn't until one of the last nights of vacation that he popped the question! My cousin and her husband asked us to go take pictures with them on a little island in the middle of a bay near where we were staying. When we arrived, my cousin's husband conveniently “forgot his phone” in the car so they turned back, while we walked ahead. Brandon guided me up to a spot where we could watch the sun set, put down the camera, and got down on one knee. Later that night, we joined the rest of our families to celebrate together!

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About the Wedding

Our wedding was all love. We took care to really think about and consider each detail, make it personal to us, and make it as meaningful as possible. If I had to describe it quickly, I would say that it was a natural bohemian wedding in a rustic barn venue, and it was inspired by nature. I am a flower child at heart. I adore a mix of rich, dark, jewel toned flowers and kind of set that as the inspiration for the theme and vibe of our wedding. I wanted everything to feel infused with nature – relaxed, genuine, and romantic.

Instead of the traditional father-daughter/mother-son dances, we chose what I called a “family dance” in which we started out with Brandon dancing with his mom while I danced with my dad, and halfway through the song we switched so that Brandon danced with my mom and I danced with Brandon's dad. We were so happy to include everyone and make this moment extra special.

For our guestbook, we decided to incorporate our love of travel. We ordered postcards with photos that Brandon and I have taken from some of our favorite European destinations and asked guests to write us a postcard and place it in an old mailbox that we used for decor. Currently, Brandon is pursuing travel nursing and we move about every three months to a new city. My sister has been sending us those postcards that our guests wrote so that we get a little love note from our family and friends back home. I love receiving them and getting a reminder of our wedding day, too!

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Favorite Moment

I would say that my favorite thing about our wedding day was just the way it felt to be fully present in every moment. It was our day to escape from everything else in the world and celebrate love. I've honestly never felt more calm in my entire life, and that's not something that I think many brides say on their wedding days! I am a chronic over-thinker, but this was something I had no hesitation or reservations about.

I wanted a day that was relaxed, genuine, and romantic, and it was all of those things and more. I loved spending time with my bridesmaids and our mothers in the morning and right before the wedding, taking a thousand photos, laughing, and hanging out together while waiting for it to be time for the ceremony. My dress, hair, and makeup made me feel so beautiful and so naturally myself, and Brandon looked so incredibly handsome. And I'm so glad we did a first look! We were so happy to be together and have that experience; we couldn't stop smiling. We were surrounded by love and encouragement all day long, and it was just such a special feeling and such a unique opportunity to have so much fun with everyone, all in one place.

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Vendors

Bride's Dress: Lillian West from One Enchanted Evening | Bridesmaids Accessories: Born to Be | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulu's & Azazie | Cake: The Spring House | Caterer: The Spring House | Ceremony Location: Bramblewood | DJ: Joel Lindsey Entertainment | Flowers: Bramblewood | Hair: Hannah Conard Beauty | Hangers: Oh Joyful Day | Invitation & Signage Design: Evelyn Locke | Lighting: Bramblewood | Linens: Windswept | Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty | Menswear: Tuxedo Junction | Photography: Tied & True Photography | Reception Venue: Bramblewood | Rings: Brilliant Earth | Videography: Alyssa Kramer

Ceremony Location: Bramblewood | Flowers: Bramblewood | Hangers: Oh Joyful Day | Lighting: Bramblewood | Reception Venue: Bramblewood

Bohemian Whimsical Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

Who says that geometric details and macrame backdrops are just for boho brides? This whimsical wedding inspired styled shoot from Alyssa Thomas Events says otherwise. With a unique blend of classic and trendy, this stylish planner with an eye for color shows that even the most timeless of brides can still have a day full of contemporary looks. Shades of the summer and spring seasons – pink, peach, purple, blue, and teal – pop against the whitewashed walls of Studio 61B, the wooden tables of Vintage Alley Rentals, and the rose gold chiavari chairs of Eventioneers. Unexpected tablescape pairings of patterns with textures keep the eye guessing while oversized, sunshine-y floral arrangements from greenSinner please all the senses. Wicker vignettes from Vintage Alley Rentals provided comfy seating for guests after clean, chic stationery from Hello Rachel Creative set the mood. While the bride dazzled in an airy wedding gown and beaded accessories from Blanc de Blanc Bridal, the real star of this show was a sweet, flower collar-clad pup who is all things adorable! Speaking of adorable…just wait until you see these photos from Eva Lin Photography. This styled shoot has me itching for a wedding re-do!

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About the Shoot

Staged in a loft studio in the heart of Pittsburgh, this shoot was inspired by the desire to mix the industrial architecture this city was built upon with a soft and whimsical modern day bohemian style that can seem sometimes unachievable in the Steel City. The white washed stone walls provided texture and a clean background that inspires so many modern day brides. With an everlasting passion for mixing color, texture, and dimension, Alyssa Thomas Events chose to showcase the punchy pastels blooms that arrive with the spring and summer season and play them off of copper and macramé accents to keep the eyes wandering through this organic and playful setting. Every detail from the organic and wild floral arrangements, geo-copper candle holders, textured ceramic plates, and the pink quartz embedded hair pin and sash were carefully selected to emphasize this effortless bohemian style, allowing them to shine in an unexpected space.

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Vendors

Photography: Eva Lin Photography | Designer: Alyssa Thomas Events | Shoot Location: Studio 61B | Cake: Mediterra Bake House | Plates: Anthropologie | Decor & Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals | Rentals: Eventioneers | Stationery: Hello Rachel Creative | Dress: Truvelle from Blanc de Blanc Bridal | Flowers: greenSinner | Hair: Hannah Conard | Accessories: Blanc de Blanc Bridal | Makeup: Hannah Conard | Menswear: The Black Tux | Model: Jamie VanCauwenbergh

Designer: Alyssa Thomas Events | Decor & Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals | Rentals: Eventioneers | Stationery: Hello Rachel Creative | Dress: Blanc de Blanc Bridal | Flowers: greenSinner | Accessories: Blanc de Blanc Bridal

Dressy Downtown Pittsburgh Engagement Session

Get ready to paint the town red in this dressy downtown Pittsburgh engagement session from Pittsburgh wedding photographer Steven Dray Images. College sweethearts Jessica and Christopher wanted their pre-wedding photo shoot to have an urban feel reminiscent of where they fell in love – NYC. To contrast the grit and sharp lines of skyscrapers and rooftops, Jessica donned an off-the-shoulder red maxi dress while Christopher dressed it up in a navy suit. The juxtaposition is a striking, modern one that I can't get enough of. While downtown Pittsburgh might seem like it's only for the 9-to-5ers and theatre-goers, it's actually an area full of picture-perfect nooks and crannies. You just have to know where to look 😉

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About the Couple

We met in New York City, freshman year of college in 2005. As I was moving into the freshman dorms, I spotted Christopher. I noticed he had an accent and I was intrigued. That moment I had to meet him! Our roommates gladly introduced us. A year later, I fell in love with a Pittsburgh native! We were inseparable. After graduating and having our beautiful son, we decided to move to Pittsburgh. Fast forward to Christmas morning 2016. All of my family in NYC decided to FaceTime us, which was odd. We were discussing gifts and Chris shouts, “There's one more gift!” I turned to face him and he was down on one knee asking for forever! The fact that he included my family via FaceTime was funny and thoughtful. There were tears and screams! It was beautiful!

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About the Session

Our engagement session was an experience. I have a new found respect for photographers and models! Steven made it so easy! Rooftops, city skylines, and architecture inspire me. The iconic buildings' contrast of our love was artistic from our perspective. We included our son into the photos because this new journey is important to all of us.

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Favorite Moment

Being able to capture beautiful moments with my boys was the highlight for me. Besides that, my favorite moment was when we decided to take a break and grab some snacks! Walking into a convenience store all dressed up to buy chips and candy – pretty hilarious!

Thoughtful Vintage Wedding at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Gorgeously detailed and delightfully colorful, this vintage wedding at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is SO.GOOD. Macae and Ron were having trouble nailing down a palette, so they opted to choose a word as their theme instead. “Reflection” became the inspiration for everything from the decor to their vows. Strung bistro lights gave the clear top tent at the reception venue a romantic glow, while mirror signs and mercury glass added a hint of shimmer. The couple wanted their love for family to shine bright too, so they provided cozy blankets and wooden benches next to the stone fireplace, and they made sure their flower girls made an entrance on a golden tricycle. Antique details abounded thanks to vintage china place settings from Vintage Alley Rentals, a 75-year old globe serving as a guest book, and monogram wax seals. Every color of the rainbow – from ruby red and steely gray blue to peachy pink and mustard yellow – made an appearance in elements like the mismatched bridesmaids dresses, the water goblets at dinner, and the gorgeous florals from Sapphire & Lace Design. It was all captured by Caitlin's Living Photography and it's all SO Instagram worthy!

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About the Couple

Ron and I met in 2008 when we were both tour guides at Allegheny College. Prior to dating, we were always put on the same “projects” in Admissions. I was once told it was because we were efficient in mail sorting and worked well together. But it turns out that Ron begged our boss to put us on the same schedule. Ah, young love. We dated for nine years prior to getting hitched, and have successfully made it through two stints at long distance. He graduated; I still had another year. I chased my dreams in New York; he stayed in Pittsburgh. Two years later, he joined me in New York. Together, we moved to DC to find a balance. He was offered an amazing job back in Pittsburgh, so we moved home and alas, here we are today! I’m so grateful that throughout the nine years together, we’ve both evolved so dramatically but continued to fall in love with the “new” version of each other.

While living in Old Town, Alexandria, Ron whisked me away to a winery tour in Central Virginia. I had a sneaking suspicion that he was going to pop the question given that he was carrying around a strange bag that he wouldn't let me touch the whole day. But by winery #3 on the tour, I was convinced it wasn't happening that day. That being said, the last stop on the tour featured one of the oldest spiral staircases in Virginia and I was pumped to see it. When I wandered down the beautiful stairs, I turned around to see if Ron was following behind, only to find him in a crouch position (getting on a knee on the stairs is hard work) with a stunning vintage-inspired ring and mumbling sweet things. I was so excited that I yelled out “YES!” prior to him even asking me if I would marry him. It wasn't until we walked to the bottom of the steps when we realized he never actually asked. So of course, he asked again (both of us a bit more calm) and then I burst into tears – naturally. Ron had hired a photographer to stand at the top, so she captured the most beautiful shot of the stairs spiraling around us and the EXACT moment Ron opened the ring box. We then spent the rest of the afternoon drinking wine and swimming at the hotel…dreaming up all of our adventures we'd get to share as a married couple.

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About the Wedding

When planning our wedding, we wanted our day (and the days leading up to it) to represent the strong pillars that we’ve used to construct our relationship: family, unity, lightness. We found ourselves thinking through color schemes but it just seemed so… structured and uniform. Instead, we leaned into a theme and decided to choose a word that would act as a compass as we moved through the process. When we came up with it, it all fell in place. The word? Reflection.

As you look through these images, please take note of this constant thread. You’ll find reflection in obvious places: the twinkle lights shimmering underneath a clear top tent, long white candles that lined farmhouse tables, glossy gold mirrors with handwritten menus, a roaring fire surrounded by wooden benches and cozy blankets.

Then, there are the less obvious details that are sometimes difficult to capture. Little touches that reflect a more simple time and perhaps, a more simple beauty: a vintage-inspired wedding dress, the lace threaded with gold, a 75-year-old globe where guests could sign above their favorite travel destinations, hand-stamped wax seals with our initials side by side, suitcases filled with cookies made by family, and craft bags printed with poetry.

A few other highlights: a gold bike created for the two most perfect flower girls, a plush sofa set so my sweet grandmother could rest, and hand-written vows that could have gone on forever.

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Favorite Moment

I'm an anxious person and reading my hand-written vows in front of 200+ people had my stomach fluttering the days leading up to the wedding. But when Ron and I were at the altar, I pretty much had an out-of-body experience. Time slowed, my breathing became more constant, and there was Ron and me…just the two of us…holding hands in an open meadow. I could feel the light and openness around me and all that weighted me was the touch of Ron's hands in mine.

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Vendors

Bride's Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld from Luna Boutique | Bride's Jewelry: Joyce's Jewelry | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mishcka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie, Free People, and ASOS | Cake: All in Good Taste Productions | Caterer: All in Good Taste Productions | Ceremony Location: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | Day of Coordinator: All in Good Taste Productions | Decor: Sapphire & Lace Design | DJ: 2nd II None Productions | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Hair: The Lavender Loft | Makeup: Joy of JL Makeup Studio & Beauty Boutique | Linens: Sapphire & Lace Design | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Caitlin's Living Photography | Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | Rentals: Ambassador Tent Rental | Stationery: Minted | Videography: Brittany Adams | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals

Cake: All in Good Taste Productions | Caterer: All in Good Taste Productions | Day of Coordinator: All in Good Taste Productions | Decor: Sapphire & Lace Design | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Makeup: Joy of JL Makeup Studio & Beauty Boutique | Linens: Sapphire & Lace Design | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals

This Penn State Engagement Session Will Have You Chanting “WE ARE”

While my Pitt alumnus of a husband may hate me for this one, this Penn State engagement session was just too cute to pass up! For their pre-wedding photo session, Rebecca and Patrick went back to where the university that brought them together. It was the school's annual Dance Marathon where they first met, so PSU will always hold a special place in their hearts. They made the drive to Happy Valley with Amber Marie Photography and hit up all of their old stomping grounds. The campus's iconic Old Main building makes an appearance, as does Beaver Stadium, where the couple donned matching football jerseys. Whether or not you're a Penn State fan, you have to admit – these Penn State engagement photos are a total A+!

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About the Couple

We met while attending Penn State. We were volunteering for the Penn State Dance Marathon and happened to be on the same committee. We have been together for almost six years and each day gets better and better!

We got engaged on February 23, 2018. It was a typical Friday night walking from the North Shore to downtown. As soon as we got on the Rachel Carson Bridge, he started walking a bit slower, and then eventually stopped. Before I had a chance to be confused, he was down on his knee!

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About the Session

We really wanted to incorporate Penn State since that is where we met. We were so excited when Amber said she would travel there for our engagement session. We chose the beautiful Arboretum at Penn State for the first location. Amber was amazing helping us pose, laugh, and feel totally comfortable. We then took some photos in front of Beaver Stadium and finally at Old Main. This final location holds a special place in our hearts because it is truly the center of Penn State's campus and the most well-known building in the area. We had such a wonderful evening and are in love with our Penn State engagement photos!

Woodsy Omni Bedford Spring Wedding with a Boho Vibe

A little bit boho and a lot bit pretty, this woodsy Omni Bedford Springs wedding is making me feel all kinds of lovely today.  ydney and Mark knew each other for years, unexpectedly fell in love, and then said I Do in the exact same spot of the resort where he proposed. The sun-drenched, tree-flanked grotto provided a breathtaking nature-inspired ceremony location. Add in lots of candlelight, whimsical oversized balloons, and floral arrangements made by the bride herself (she's the owner of Stems by Syd!), and it just might be my favorite vow exchange EVER! Afterwards, the black wedding cake, mixed metallics, candelabras, and hanging greenery of the reception decor softened the ornate look of the hotel ballroom. Even Sydney herself played the boho chic part with a flowy Monique Lhuillier gown and golden leaf headpiece. Everything about this wedding – captured by For Rue Photography – is natural, soft, and romantic.  It's sure to be a crowd favorite!

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About the Couple

Our families have known each other forever! Mark's dad has been our dentist since we were little. Mark's older sister used to babysit me and my brother. Mark and his older brother worked for my dad in high school, and I babysat Mark's sister's kids for a while! Mark and I became good friends when I was about 19, and we were friends for three years before we started dating. All of our friends always teased us and said we went on dates and I always denied it! Then, one night on one of our dates I realized I really did love him! We were engaged about seven months later.

Mark took me to Bedford Springs for a night. He had been weird for about a month and I felt like he was taking me there to apologize or have a serious talk. We got there and he walked me around the property to show it to me. When we got to the grotto, he sat down and said he had to talk to me. Cue stomach drop, what did I do now? I basically blacked out and heard him saying how much he loved me and wanted to be with me but I was so confused and then suddenly a ring was on my finger and I'm asking, “Are you sure?!”  When I realized what was happening, I was so excited. We went to dinner that night, complete with champagne sent from his brother, and the next day we went to his sister's where our families were there to celebrate. So intimate and sweet.

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About the Wedding

It was natural, neutral, soft, and romantic, with tones of gold and silver. I based the look around the ballroom. It is very ornate with pink curtains and gold wallpaper, so I wanted flowers that softened the look, not competed with it. We added in gold candelabras to tie in the colonial feel and wallpaper.

Our ceremony was where we got engaged! I also DIY it all – from calligraphy that I taught myself to the flowers and favors made by my mom. We also had a whole wedding weekend planned, from a welcome bonfire to farewell brunch. All were complete with little touches. For the bonfire, we had a s'mores bar and my dad had a cigar bar, for which he had made custom labels with our faces, haha.

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Favorite Moment

I woke up at 6 a.m. on the day of the wedding, ready to work on flowers. I didn't wake any of my helpers and I went to the ballroom. While there, Mark called me and ended up bringing me a cup of coffee. He helped me carry in all of my heavy bases and candelabras and the two of us sat in our half-ready ballroom drinking coffee and talking about how excited we were. This moment wasn't planned and some would call it bad luck, but it was my favorite moment.

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Vendors

Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Accessories: BHLDN | Bride's Headpiece: Kata Banko Couture | Bride's Rings: Lisa Marie Kotchey | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Nordstrom | Cake: Omni Bedford Springs | Candy Bar: Sugarfina | Caterer: Omni Bedford Springs | Ceremony Location: Omni Bedford Springs | Decor: Stems by Syd | Favors: Chocolate caramel apples made by the mother, aunt, and friends of the bride | Flowers: Stems by Syd | Groom's Ties: J.Crew and Neck & Tie Co. | Hair: Alyssa Florentine | Linens: All Occasions Party Rental | Makeup: Beauty by Frex | Photographer: For Rue Photography | Reception Venue: Omni Bedford Springs | Rentals: Omni Bedford Springs | Stationery: Minted

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White & Gray Industrial Wedding at the Heinz History Center

An industrial wedding at the Heinz History Center is just sooooo Pittsburgh, isn't it? With the grittiness of our history and the landscape, architecture, and stories left behind, a celebration inspired by our past just makes sense here! That's why I'm so excited to share Kirsten and Jon's big day with you! This wedding features a muted white and gray color palette and it infuses industrial-inspired details for a look that is modern, eclectic, and oh-so-Pittsburgh. A mix of light and dark gray linens were accented with greenery runners, white florals,  and Edison bulb “centerpieces” that were handmade by the father of the bride. Metal signs, cement block table numbers, and a seating chart and photo display made from old pallets also brought an upcycled vibe to the day. Even Kirsten looked the part with a chunky silver statement necklace that contrasted beautifully with her sweetheart neck ballgown. Combining modern and chic wedding trends with subtle nods to the city we all love so much, this wedding has me feeling all kinds of things. Get excited for all of the goodness, captured by Rachel Rowland Photography!

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About the Couple

I worked with Jon's sister, Ali. At the 2012 office Christmas party, I  thought it would be hilarious to take a tiger from the Christmas tree to keep as a souvenir. Keeping my hands clean, I convinced other coworkers to take the tiger. Ali noticed the debauchery ensuing and asked me if I was single, to which I responded “Obviously, why?” Ali said, “I think you and my brother would get along great!” We met two weeks later and have been inseparable ever since.

Shortly after starting to date, Jon took me to my first Avett Brothers show in Wheeling, WV, and I have loved them ever since. For our third anniversary, we were traveling to Greensboro, NC to see the Avett Brothers play on New Years Eve, as were our friends, the Campbells. Jon contacted Sara to see if she would help with his plan. He wrote me a message in a card, and FedEx-ed it to the Campbells a few weeks prior to the show. Once at the concert, Jon's plan went smoothly. We met up with the Campbells at a pre-concert welcome reception with many other Avett fans and friends. We found a table to sit at, and Sara presented the card to me. I opened the card, realized it was from Jon, and immediately started crying. When I turned to look at Jon, he was on his knee with a huge smile and the ring. There was a lot of ugly crying, laughing, and then clapping when all of the people us around realized what just happened. It was an amazing night.

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About the Wedding

I would call our look industrial chic, inspired by the city of Pittsburgh. The color scheme was whites and grays, with hints of pink, silver, and greenery for the tables. Our pallet walls and custom Edison bulb lighting designed by my dad made the decor extra special. The mix of bridesmaid dresses were a touch I really enjoyed. I worked with each of my girls individually to choose a dress that was perfect for them.

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Favorite Moment

The first look was awesome.  Jon and I are private people and having that time to ourselves, before the craziness of the day started, was perfect.

I also surprised my mom, Judy, with a mother/daughter dance to her favorite song “Hey Jude” by the Beatles.

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Vendors

Bride's Dress: Watters from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Accessories: Banana Republic | Bride's Shoes: TOMS | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Beginning, Nordstrom, BHLDN, and Rue La La | Cake: Bella Christie | Caterer: Common Plea Catering | Ceremony Location: Heinz History Center | Decor: Father of the bride | DJ: 2nd II None Productions | Flowers: Karrie Hlista Designs | Bride & Mom Hair: Sean's Signature Salon | Bridesmaid Hair: Ashley Smith & Chelsea Fiacco | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Brandie Brancheau | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Rachel Rowland Photography | Reception Venue: Heinz History Center | Stationery: MW Stationery & More | Videography: Jado Wedding Films

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Travel Themed Wedding at PPG Wintergarden

Get ready for a world-wide adventure with this travel themed wedding at PPG Wintergarden…but with a twist! Missy and Tim definitely did things their own way when they said I Do on the steps of the Grand Staircase of the Allegheny County Courthouse, an absolutely amazing Pittsburgh wedding venue. But the pair didn't celebrate their nuptials with a reception until a month later! They wanted to keep the vows intimate and feel less pressure at the party. And what a party it was  Taking their love for exploring the world into account, Missy and Tim designed an affair filled with wanderlust  Gold and ivory globe centerpieces, a map guest book, a suitcase “card box”, vintage cameras as decor, and even table linens inspired by the color of the ocean – the couple's love of traveling came alive. They even served a beer from the Curious Traveler brewery! While an 80's cover band entertained guests well into the night, Missy and Tim even snuck away for some night time photos with a Pittsburgh fire truck – a nod to Tim's profession. Captured by Christina Montemurro Photography & Video, this wedding is proof that you don't need to take a trip to have a “destination wedding”! Happy travels!

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About the Couple

This love story started way back in 1991. We went to Brookline Elementary together in 4th and 5th grade.  He come to my 10th birthday party – and we have the photo to prove it!  Tim blew it up and displayed it at the reception.  Later that summer, I moved away and was in a different school district.

We didn't see each other again until we were about 20 or 21 years old, when he started hanging out with a friend of mine.  I immediately recognized him.  However, we didn't talk that night.  I saw him a few times over the years, but things really got going at the end of 2011.  On March 3, 2012, our mutual friend had a 30th birthday party.  It was Mardi Gras themed and I was wearing a leopard dress and mask, looking completely ridiculous.  I saw Tim walk in and he saw me in my ridiculous get-up and didn't recognize me at first.  I latched onto him for the entire night, introducing him to my friends and even to my parents and reminding them that this the object of my elementary school obsession.  We went on our first official date on March 15, 2012, but we really started dating at that party.

We didn't really “get engaged” but in March of 2016 we decided that we were going to get married that year and started planning.  As we were assembling our invitations in July, Tim surprised me with a ring 🙂  We did a lot of things backward.

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About the Wedding

Tim is a city firefighter and I am a public defender, and neither one of us is religious.  We knew that we wouldn't get married in a church.  The Allegheny County Courthouse was the perfect combination of the grandeur you get at a church with the secular location.  We knew we wanted the marriage part to be small, so we only invited our parents, grandparents, siblings, nieces, nephews and my godparents to the ceremony.  It was about 30 people, however a few of my girlfriends crashed it!  Our ceremony was one month before our reception.

During the course of our relationship, we've tried to travel as much as we can. Some of the places we've been to include New Orleans (six times!), Aruba, NYC, Austin, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Mexico, Erie, Washington DC, an entire California adventure, and many other places. We thought we'd do a similar map/travel theme for our wedding. We found these awesome ivory and gold globes online and knew that we wanted those for our centerpieces. The rest of it fell into place – the map book as a guest book, the suitcase for the cards, the cameras, the signage, etc. The tablecloths were navy, which isn't quite the color of the ocean, but they were still blue! So our colors ended up being ivory, gold, navy with a splash of burgundy. I think that the PPG Wintergarden dictated the feel of the reception a bit. It was big and beautiful and classy and we tried to be consistent with that throughout.

Also, since we were able to supply our own alcohol, we chose a few variety of beers that are made by breweries we've visited out of town. And although we've never been to this brewery, we chose a grapefruit shandy made by Curious Traveler because we are curious travelers!

The number one thing we wanted was for everyone to have FUN!  I think we managed to do that.  The band was a huge hit.

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Favorite Moment

One of our favorite moments of both days was seeing each other for the first time. We didn't do a formal first look, but Christina managed to capture our first looks anyway and it was very special. Personally, on the day of the ceremony, after I walked up and saw Tim, all of my nerves melted away. I expected to cry during the entire ceremony, but seeing him before and talking to him calmed me so much!

However, my favorite thing is that even though we didn't do a formal first dance, I grabbed Tim when his favorite Amy Winehouse song was playing during dinner to let him know it was playing and he dragged me to the dance floor to dance to it. There wasn't a crowd gathered to stare at us sway, we weren't on display, it was just the two of us dancing together (albeit awkwardly) while everyone else was eating dinner and chatting. It was so fun and special.

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Vendors

Band: Velveeta | Bride's Ceremony Dress: WToo by Watters from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Reception Dress: Anne Barge from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Accessories: Macy's | Bride's Shoes: Wonder by Jenny Packham from David's Bridal | Bride's Shoe Decals: Etsy | Cake: Shop N Save | Cake Topper: Etsy | Caterer: Big Burrito | Ceremony Flowers: Allison McGeary Florist | Ceremony Hair: Caruso's | Ceremony Location: Allegheny County Courthouse | Ceremony Makeup: Caruso's | Groom's Suit: DKNY | Invitations: Carlson Craft | Linens: Mosaic | Photography: Christina Montemurro Photography & Video | Reception Flowers: The Botanical Emporium | Reception Hair: Izzazu | Reception Makeup: Izzazu | Reception Venue: PPG Wintergarden | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental

Ceremony Location: Allegheny County Courthouse | Photography: Christina Montemurro Photography & Video | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental