Sweet & Charming Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding

Bright coral and calming periwinkle come together in this sweet and charming garden wedding.  All of the oh-so-pretty details of Jill and Travis's big day were expertly designed and executed by Olive & Rose Events.  Kim, owner of the company and the couple's wedding planner, was inspired by the ceremony and reception venue – Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – which held so much natural beauty that it didn't take much to make it wedding day perfect.  Summery pastels, vibrant pops of color, and earthy neutrals were the perfect palette for the sunny June day.  Sapphire & Lace Design not only created brilliant bouquets for Jill and her bridesmaids, but they also infused a whimsical mix of rustic boho by the way of geometric terrariums, candlesticks topped with fresh buds, and a dose of sparkle with mercury glass votives.  To really make this party their own, Jill and Travis used a custom wedding cake topper bearing their likenesses and took dancing lessons for a choreographed first dance that was truly all theirs.  Love is totally blooming in this darling feature, captured by Madeline Jane Photography!

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About the Couple

Travis and Jill attended Allegheny College together, but it wasn't until they took a summer trip to Turkey that they really met.  They actually had their first kiss outside of a hotel in Istanbul.  The next school year, they started dating and six years later, the rest is history!  Travis proposed right before New Years in 2015, on the bridge near Phipps Conservatory.  He had a lock custom-made that said “Will You Marry Me”.  After he proposed (and Jill accepted), they put the lock on the bridge and tossed the keys!

About the Wedding

The ceremony and reception were both outside on a gorgeous June day at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, so there was already so much beauty to work with.  Both Olive & Rose Events and Sapphire & Lace Design worked to bring in bright, beautiful colors.  The girls' dresses were a gorgeous periwinkle blue and the bouquets were a beautiful mixture of pinks, greens, and blues.  The centerpieces were an eclectic mix of vases, candle sticks, votives, and even mini terrariums with twinkle lights.  A harpist played the ceremony processional and recessional, adding a really romantic vibe to the ceremony.  Rather than the traditional wedding cake, the couple opted for a decadent cupcake tower and the cutest custom cake topper of themselves!

Favorite Moment

Our first dance was great!  We worked really hard on it and we had so much fun learning together.  I loved the whole setting of the wedding as well; it was relaxed and beautiful.

Vendors

Bride's Belt: Olivia the Wolf | Bride's Dress: Sorelle Bridal Salon | Bride's Headpiece: Lysa Creation | Bride's Necklace: Nadri | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Allure Bridals | Cupcakes: Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. | Caterer: Hazelnut Catering | Ceremony Location: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | DJ: DJ Andy Booth | First Dance Choreography: Pittsburgh Wedding Dance | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Event Design | Groom's Cuff Links: Paul Michael Design | Hair: Serenity Day Spa | Harpist: Sound of Elegance Harpist | Linens: Ambassador Tent Rentals | Makeup: See Jane Blush | Menswear: Top Hat Tuxedo | Photography: Madeline Jane Photography | Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | Rentals: Ambassador Tent Rentals | Rings: Truver's | Videography: Nikki Manteris | Wedding Planner: Olive & Rose Events

Cupcakes: Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Makeup: See Jane Blush | Photography: Madeline Jane Photography

Bookstore Engagement Session: Maggie & Chris

Once upon a time, there was a totally adorable couple named Maggie and Chris.  Equally cute was their bookstore engagement session with Pittsburgh wedding photographer Dawn Derbyshire.  These two love to spend afternoons wondering the aisles of Half Price Books and perusing the titles, so they hit up the Monroeville location for some very unique pre-wedding pics.  They even brought some java from Donut Connection, a coffee shop that holds a special place in their hearts.  Cozying up to some best sellers and checking out the used vinyls section was a great precursor to their Wes Anderson-inspired wedding.  If this e-shoot is any indication of their future, I have no doubt these two will live happily ever after!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you two meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

We met in high school.  Chris was a senior and I was a freshman.  He stopped me in the hall one day to chat and we started getting coffee at a Donut Connection nearby almost every evening.  We started dating February 6, 2006, over 12 years ago!!  We got engaged on December 23, 2016 right next to our first Christmas tree in our first apartment together.  It was sweet and intimate.  Chris was “wrapping presents” in the other room.  When he came out with a big box, I thought nothing of it.  I was in my pajamas watching “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (haha).  He made me open the box immediately, and when I did, there were two things inside: another smaller box, and a bag of candy peach rings.  I opened the next box and within it was another smaller box, and a bag of onion rings fresh from Sheetz.  It was a peculiar choice…I opened the last box and within it was a candy Ring Pop.  I had a feeling of what was next, but I expected it to be somewhere in the series of boxes.  When I looked back at Chris, he pulled out a ring, said some very sweet words, and I said, crying, “Of course!!!”

Describe the engagement session and what inspired the shoot.  What was unique about it?

We thought long and hard on the route we wanted to take for this shoot.  We wanted it to be personal to us and to have a lot of our flair.  We both love books and music and spend quite a lot of time at Half Price Books just perusing.  We go there a lot when we can’t think of anything else to do.  It’s sort of become a date location.  We haven’t seen anyone else use this location for their photo shoot and we loved that!  We also threw in some more of our own personalization, like bringing Donut Connection coffee to the shoot and finding Wes Anderson and Bill Murray-related books…a true foreshadow for our Wes Anderson movie  themed wedding.

The whole experience was amazing and we were surprisingly comfortable in front of the camera, although I’m sure that’s thanks to Dawn for being so easy to talk to!  Chris rarely smiles in pictures and says he hates them.  But as soon as the camera was on him, with Dawn, he became a complete natural!  That boy surely knows his angles!  It was so much fun experiencing that with him and seeing his totally different side.

Fresh Garden Party Wedding Inspiration

Ever dreamed of getting married on a gorgeous cliffside overlooking winding rivers and lush foliage?  The garden party wedding inspiration of this styled shoot brings you the best nature has to offer.  With a mix of inspiration from poetic works of art, famous love songs, and organic scenery, Joy Filled Occasions and Jackson Signature Photography designed a shoot that is both romantic and ethereal.  To play off of the lush surroundings of the western Pennsylvania mountains, locally-grown florals from Pisarcik Flower Farm were focal points, while a dusty blue tulle dress from Blanc de Blanc Bridal was a whimsical contrast against the earthy backdrop.  Gold calligraphed paper goods and mirror signs from Wood & Grace Boutique played nicely with antique set pieces, china, and mismatched chairs from Old Souls Vintage Rentals.  Proof that nature can be the perfect setting for an elegant soiree, this styled shoot brings together swoon-worthy elements with the best of the outdoors!

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From the photographer and stylist…

Nestled on an overlook of the Kiskiminetas River weaved between the cascading Allegheny Mountains, we created a romantic space where an engaged couple could be inspired to exchange their vows among the classical essence of Pennsylvania terrain.  The overlook of this styled wedding shoot is framed by lush forested hills that roll into the river's curved banks.  As we were drawing inspiration for the vision of this styled shoot, we were moved by “Love’s Philosophy,” a literary work of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Gathering influence from the poetic depictions of nature laced within the lyrics of this and other poets' work, we used timeless vintage furniture to showcase how nature can be the perfect setting for an elegant wedding and wooded reception.  Accentuating the surroundings of the luxurious greens of mountain spring, we used garden bouquets made of fresh and locally-grown flowers to capture the richness of the Pennsylvanian countryside.  Two wine barrels with greenery adorning them set the stage as the foreground for the ceremony.  Mismatched chairs welcomed the bride and groom’s closest family and friends to face the overlook, serving as a stunning backdrop while music played.

The reception was set beneath the trees with antique furniture and tall french doors.  The words of an Elvis Presley song were written on cloth in intricate calligraphy, creating a romantic backdrop between the dappled trees.  Each guest table was adorned with a serenity blue table runner and set with elegant china, vintage gold candlesticks, cotton place cards scripted for each guest, and cascading florals.  An antiquated record player sounded love songs, and a champagne toast ended the night as those near and dear commemorated the joyous occasion with the newlyweds.

Vendors

Photography: Jackson Signature Photography | Stylist: Joy Filled Occasions | Shoot Location: Hill Farm | Bridal Accessories: Samantha Wirth Premier Designs | Cake: Tasty Bakery | Decor: Old Souls Vintage Rentals | Dresses: Blanc de Blanc Bridal | Flowers: Pisarcik Flower Farm | Jewelry: Robert Currens Jewelers | Hair: Brilyn Fink at The Beauty Room | Makeup: Mock Makeup | Menswear: Vestis | Models: Eric Potosky and Rachel DeKleva | Rentals: Old Souls Vintage Rentals | Stationery: Wood & Grace Boutique

Dresses: Blanc de Blanc Bridal

European Inspired Wedding at the Duquesne Club: Jessica & Tom

Some of my favorite memories with my husband have been from our trips abroad.  So when this European inspired Duquesne Club wedding came across my desk, I fell in love all over again.  I don't exaggerate when I say this – Europe is a magical place.  Beauty surrounds you at every turn, art inspires everything from architecture to food to clothing, and you're encouraged to slow down and enjoy yourself.  Come to think of it…that's exactly what this wedding is like too.  With the bride's love of culture and the groom's affinity for history in mind, the couple designed a day that brought the Euro vibe to life in a unique and beautiful way.  The Duquesne Club's richly decorated ballroom was dressed with a sophisticated palette of cream and blush with gold accents.  Nature was brought inside with hanging vines, twisting greenery, and even fresh grapes (so Rome!).  Guests feasted on cheeses from around the world and homemade limoncello (another Italian staple) served as favors for the evening.  The combination of an ornate venue, opulent style, and numerous subtle nods to other parts of the world, Jessica and Tom's big day is giving me a bad case of European wanderlust.  Enjoy these images from Araujo Photography while I go and book our next trans-Atlantic flight!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

We met in college while out one evening in the Southside in the fall of 2010.  I knew that I would be studying abroad in Italy a few months from then and told Tom I wasn't looking for anything at the time.  We went out a few times but ended it at that.  When abroad, my favorite chocolates arrived to Rome from Tom and he was always in the back of my mind.  I even told my friends this man would be the perfect husband, but not right now.  I returned from my studies with that thought still in mind and we hit it off over a weekend at Lake Chataqua, NY.  The rest is history!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

Capitva Island Beach, March 9, 2015.  For Christmas a few months prior, Tom surprised me with a trip to Florida.  I was excited because I have a lot of family down there that I love to visit.  That Monday evening, Tom told me we were going to a restaurant on the beach to celebrate my grandmother's and cousin's birthday the next day.  My aunt called me and said traffic was bad and they would be there a little later.  I love sunsets so Tom parked the car and we began to watch the sunset.  Tom soon asked me to stand and stated that a year ago when we came to Florida, he knew that he wanted to propose to me on this beach at sunset. He said a few other loving things and got down on one knee.  I was ecstatic and said yes!  He told me there was something else and through the tears I couldn't imagine what, as I was in shock.  He pointed over to the restaurant and saw my parents, in-laws, and grandparents.  It was such a beautiful moment!  We celebrated by watching the sky go dark with a little bubbly, some tears, and a fabulous fish dinner.

Describe the look, theme, styles, and colors of the wedding.

I have a love for European culture, complimented by a European background.  Meanwhile, Tom has a love for history.  I was looking for a unique location and when I saw the Duquesne Club, I knew that it was perfect!  The colors were very neutral and natural – creams and golds with accents of ivory and blush floral and vinery.

The wedding was a multi-level event.  Cocktail hour included a 16′ cheese table with cheeses from around the world, complimented with wine barrels, grapes, and candelabras.  In the Patio Room, we had a draping vinery and floral arrangements with hanging candles.  In the ballroom for dinner, we had a king's table with high candelabras, mirrors, vinery, and grapes.  We accented the table with two beautiful vintage chairs.  After dinner, the guests went back downstairs for a cookie table with vintage accents, limoncello made by me and my mom, dancing, a men's inspired lounge, and a more feminine seating area off of the dance floor.

What made the wedding unique?

The wedding provided guests with our interpretation of a European, historical feel.  From the design – which was inspired by the vines hanging in the streets of Rome – to the homemade limoncello that we had been making for months, it came together beautifully.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

My favorite moment of the day was the feeling of walking down the aisle and being handed off to my husband.  The moment had so much meaning and was very emotional.

My second favorite was seeing our vision come to life!  You work relentlessly for a full year and seeing it in front of our eyes was amazing!

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?

Take a break from Pinterest.  Most things on that site are crazy expensive or planned photo shoots.  Your day will be beautiful because it is yours!  Don't fret the details; something might not go right but it is okay.  The day goes too fast to worry about anything other than celebrating your marriage and love with your family and friends.

Vendors

Band: Elite Show Band | Bride's Dress: Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Accessories: Toula's Bridal and Casa D'oro | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier from Bella Bridesmaids | Cake: Duquesne Club | Caterer: Duquesne Club | Ceremony Location: St. Paul Cathedral | Favors: Homemade limoncello | Flowers: Hepatica | Hair: Fluhme Glam Bar | Lighting: Gray Phoenix | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Fluhme Glam Bar | Menswear: Jack's Tuxedo | Photographer: Araujo Photography | Reception Venue: Duquesne Club | Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals | Stationery: Nota Bene | Transportation: 3Kings Limo | Videography: Flashbox Films

Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals

Black Tie Engagement Session: Latitia & Jonathan

Get ready to paint the town red with this black tie engagement session from Pittsburgh wedding photographer Kristi Telnov!  Latitia and Jonathan love two things: getting dressed up and Pittsburgh.  So the pair donned their very best and hit up downtown for a session that is one part city glam and one part fashion-inspired!  Switching between a black and gold brocade sequin gown and a sleek ivory satin sheath dress with a metallic belt, Latitia looked like she stepped right off a runway.  Meanwhile, Jonathan was every part the dapper gentleman in a three piece suit and tie.  Your engagement photos are the perfect excuse to look a little extra fancy, and I love that this couple took full advantage!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

Jonathan and I both attended Saint Francis University, but hadn't really connected until 2015 when he landed a new job in Pittsburgh, and I began working on my Ph.D. at Duquesne University.  I announced my new adventure on Facebook, and he quickly offered to help me make the move.  Although I had to turn down his offer because I'd planned to commute to campus, he made another attempt to meet by asking me to dinner.  It seemed impossible for us to coordinate our schedules, but several weeks later we were able to go on that dinner date.

That day was SO worth the wait!  We remember knowing from the moment we saw each other that this was going to be special.  We weren't wrong.  After two exciting years of dating, Jonathan asked me to marry him in a dream proposal in Myrtle Beach on June 9, 2017.

Describe the engagement session and what inspired the shoot.  What was unique about it

Jonathan and I love getting dressed up, and we have such a special place in our hearts for the city that brought us together!  For us, the wardrobe and setting were easy choices.

Our session really reflects who we are as a couple.  Each time we look at our photos, we can totally feel the love!  Kristi definitely captured our personalities and our love perfectly!

Glamorous City Wedding at the DoubleTree Hotel: Jourdan & Vincent

When you combine glamour and romance, the result is this Doubletree Pittsburgh airport wedding!  Jourdan and Vincent's story is one that will tug at your heart strings, and their big day is one that is sure to inspire you.  From Jourdan's beaded deep V Maggie Sottero ballgown with its layered tulle skirt to her loose curls, from the feminine but bold florals from The Farmer's Daughter, from the sophisticated but sparkly decor in the ballroom…just about everything from this wedding is Instagram worthy!  And with such touches as a donation to a local transplant clinic and signed bottles of wine that served as the guest book, it wasn't without heartfelt and unique details either.  Classic colors, swoon-worthy decor and lighting, and the sweetest of bride and groom portraits from Kathryn Hyslop Photography…it really doesn't get much better than this!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

We met for the first time when we were in different high schools.  I had a boyfriend at the time but a few years later, the summer before college, a couple of friends and I were at a local gas station when Vince and his friends spotted us.  I invited him and his friend, who later was the best man at our wedding, to a local club that my friends and I were going to (not really thinking they were going to come).  But they did and after a dance and eventually exchanging numbers, I had to leave early.  Once I went to college, we decided to just be friends.  In 2010, I got sick and had to take some time off from school to get better.  That's when we really reconnected.

Christmas was quickly approaching and we were busy buying gifts and getting ready, but Vince was mopping around.  When I finally asked him what was wrong, he said, “Nothing really.  I just don't think I have the money to get you anything this year.”  I truly didn't mind since he spoils me all year and I honestly did't need anything.  On Christmas morning, my family came over and they opened all their gifts.  At the end, Vince said he wanted to say something.  I saw out of the corner of my eye my parents pull out their cameras and Vince pull out a box from NOWHERE!  Of course, I  cried, forgot what finger the ring went on, and was in complete shock!  The rest of our family came over for dinner and we all celebrated that night!

Describe the wedding and what inspired it. Was there anything about it that made it particularly unique?

GLAM!  I wanted people to have a night out, eat great food, drink good drinks, and be wowed and talk about it all the way home!  I wanted really classy colors.  Instead of doing traditional favors, we donated to The Starzl Transplant Clinic of Pittsburgh.  That clinic has been part of our lives since 2013, when I needed a kidney transplant.  In January 2014, with their help and support, I received a life-changing kidney transplant from my dad.  We are forever grateful for this clinic and their amazing team of doctors, nurses, and everyday staff – from the transport team, food service employees, cleaning services, EVERYONE!  We have no clue where our lives would be without them, so we wanted nothing more than to give back what we could to them.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

My favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle with my dad.  I've dreamed of it my entire life and it was “our moment”.  I'll forever be a daddy's girl.

Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?

Spend money where it is honestly going to matter!  Don't worry so much about the little things; no one will remember what water glass you had but they will remember how much fun they had in the photobooth!

START AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE!  Not only will this give you time to shop around and get to know your vendors, but it will also help out with spacing out paying vendors.  Weddings are expensive.  Know what number you are looking at as early as possible.  That way you can cut things out or add things early in the planning process

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: Sorelle Bridal Salon | Cake: Oakmont Bakery | Cookies: Friends, family, and Lincoln Bakery | Caterer: DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport | Ceremony Location: Heinz Chapel | DJ: DJ Alex Rivera from BPM Deejays | Flowers: The Farmer's Daughter | Hair: Kat Russin and Grace Walczak | Ice Sculpture: Mastro Ice Company | Lighting: BPM Deejays | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Beauty by Nesh and Flawless by Lola | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photobooth: ShutterBooth | Photography: Kathryn Hyslop Photography | Reception Venue: DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Rings: Jared | Stationery: Papier and Impact Production LA | Transportation: Shamrock Limousine | Wooden Wine Case: Artificer Wood Works

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Photobooth: ShutterBooth | Photography: Kathryn Hyslop Photography | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental

Sweet & Serene Engagement Session: Shelby & Wayne

This oh-s0-serene engagement session is like a breath of fresh air.  Taking in the summer sun, a light breeze, and the pastel colors of the season, these photos are soft and sweet.  Shelby and Wayne took off with their photographer, Levana Melamed, and hit up the downtown area.  Mellon Square Park, Strawberry Way, the fountain at the Point, and even PNC Park – where the couple had their first date – make an appearance.  The couple looked magically comfortable in front of Levana's camera as they giggled, cuddled, and basked in that newly-engaged glow!  The result was this beautiful, relaxed, light session that is guaranteed to give you all the feels!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

Our first date was essentially a blind date.  We had been matched on an online dating website and had our first date just a few days later at a Pirates game.  We had an instant connection; it was like we had known each other all of our lives.

Wayne proposed to me in December of 2015 in the exact same spot where we shared our first kiss – on the sidewalk across from the well-known dive bar Gooski's in Polish Hill.

Describe the engagement session and what inspired the shoot.  What was unique about it?

Our photographer, Levana, made us feel so comfortable right from the very beginning.  She gave us enough direction to guide us during the shoot, but did so in a way that it felt like it was just me and my fiance, enjoying a beautiful evening together.

I wanted our engagement photos to reflect our personalities and Levana did a great job finding locations in Pittsburgh that were colorful and serene.  I also loved how Levana was able to capture PNC Park in the background of a few of our photos, as the park holds a very special place in our hearts and takes us back to that magical moment when we first met.

Romantic Edgy Wedding Inspiration

Blush pink has met its match with matte black and this edgy wedding inspiration from Poppy Events. and Steven Dray Images. The ever-present soft shade is seemingly the official color of weddings. As much as I love seeing it paired with ivory and gold, the look is EVERYWHERE. These two visionary event designers capitalized on the popular color trend but gave it a healthy dose of drama. AND I AM LIVING FOR IT. Blending wedding design with fashion trends, the dark backdrop of Luna Boutique was a striking contrast to the refined and elegant tablescape consisting of flowy linens, beaded napkin rings, and dreamy candlelight. In the middle sat a fluffy cloud of dreamy pink and white florals, elevated by a geometric golden stand, courtesy of Sapphire & Lace Design. While metallic details added a touch of sparkle, black stationery from Purple Wagon Designs gave just the right amount of chic edge. Romantic and swoon-worthy while being hip and modern, this styled shoot really is the best of both worlds.

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Vendors

Photography: Steven Dray Images | Designer & Stylist: Poppy Events | Shoot Location: Luna Boutique | Desserts: La Gourmandine | Dress: Limor Rosen Bridal Couture from Luna Boutique | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Hair: Simply Captivating Salon | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Mock Makeup | Model: Danielle Mock | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals | Stationery: Purple Wagon Designs

Photography: Steven Dray Images | Designer & Stylist: Poppy Events | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Hair: Simply Captivating Salon | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals | Stationery: Purple Wagon Designs

Charming Rustic Wedding at the Oak Lodge: Kellie & Brian

This charming rustic wedding day is a woodsy fairy tale lover's dream come true.  It flawlessly combines boho vibes with natural elements and uniquely mixes earth tones with subtle pops of pink . The simplistic yet breathtaking beauty of the venue set the perfect scene for Kellie and Brian's big day.  After the couple said I do in the the historic, barn-like chapel of the Oak Lodge, they celebrated with friends and family with dinner in the Mercantile Hall.  Whimsical floral chandeliers hung overhead, deer antlers and greenery runners adorned long tables, and moss-filled bronze lanterns greeted guests.  The party closed out with al fresco dancing under the stars and a canopy of bistro lights.  Wooden signs, fun koozies and cups for party goers, and even a custom first dance song written just for the bride and groom by The Acoustic Crooner rounded out the personalized details of this soiree.  A tiny dose of Hollywood glamour came in the form of Kellie's STUNNING wedding dress.  The all-satin mermaid shaped gown fit.this.girl.like.a.glove and I'm all kinds of envious.  Kellie accessorized with a beaded belt and simple tulle veil to create the most epic bridal look everrrr.  Actually, who am I kidding….this entire wedding is one of my new favorites.  Once you see the footage from All Heart Photo & Video, I'm sure it will be one of yours too.

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I'm also totally obsessed with the moving footage, also captured by All Heart Photo & Video!  Keren captured SO many amazing moments!  If you're anything like me, you'll get all teary eyed too.  AND there were some INCREDIBLE moves on that dance floor!!!

From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

Believe it or not, Brian and I met on Tinder!  Yes, Tinder!  Typically, I would let the guy start the conservation, but I felt something different with this guy.  So, I took the ultimate leap of faith and reached out to Brian first with a simple: “Hi there. How was your weekend?”.  He responded rather quickly with “Great, I just got back from a long weekend in Nashville”.  I thought someone was playing a trick on me, as I had just gotten back from a bachelorette weekend in Nashville too.  We shared our crazy stories and exchanged pictures about our Nashville trips – swearing we saw each other.  We were in all the same honky tonks all weekend!  We decided to meet up at Rumfish Grille in Bridgeville for a casual night of drinks and appetizers.  Naturally, I told all my girlfriends: “If you don’t hear from me by 11 p.m., come find me!”  But, I went beer for beer with Brian all evening. We ended up completely hitting it off, and the rest is history!

We often spend our summer weekends at Brian’s family lake house at Raystown Lake.  One morning, he asked me to go with him to get the boat uncovered and to get gas for that day’s adventures.  Mind you, I had not even showered or brushed my teeth, yet.  But I went with Brian and our two dogs anyways.  He took a quick ride to one of the most gorgeous spots on the lake where he asked me to marry him!  I was the happiest girl in the world!

Describe the wedding and what inspired it.  What was unique about it?

Oak Lodge is one of the most beautiful venues I have ever been too.  It’s an 800-acre bed and breakfast located in the Laurel Highlands.  The breathtaking, simplistic beauty of this venue truly just speaks for itself.  The Oak Lodge Village inspired me to have a rustic-meets-whimsical wedding day.  I wanted pretty florals, moss, deer antlers, eucalyptus, and flowers strung from chandeliers; I got that and so much more.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

When I married my best friend!

Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?

Enjoy the ride!

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Madison James from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Bracelet: Kendra Scott | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Cake: Tasty Bakery | Caterer: Elegant Catering | Ceremony Location: Oak Lodge | Ceremony Program: PrettyNPrinted on Etsy | Custom Cups: Gracious Bridal | DJ: 2nd II None Productions | Flowers: Fields of Heather | Hair: Jason Peake from Hair Gone Wild | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Koozies: Chick Design Boutique | Live Musician: The Acoustic Crooner | Makeup: Hope Star Makeup | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Personalized Napkins: Personal Kitten | Photography: All Heart Photo & Video | Reception Venue: Oak Lodge | Transportation: Valley Limousine and Charter | Videography: All Heart Photo & Video

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Photography: All Heart Photo & Video | Videography: All Heart Photo & Video

Dreamy Mellon Park Engagement Session: Arielle & Michael

Blooming magnolia trees, a colorful bouquet of flowers, and a cutie patootie pup…it doesn't get better than this dreamy Mellon Park engagement session! Arielle and Michael were the lucky winners of a styled engagement session from Angie Candell Photography and La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans. After some his and her pampering with the La Pomponnee stylists, the engaged couple headed to one of Pittsburgh's most scenic spots. Mellon Park was in full bloom and already looked lovely, but The Mustard Couch dressed it up with a vintage settee and crystal chandelier hanging from a tree. Angie even added a bright punch of color from a floral bouquet she arranged herself. The pair traipsed around the park, taking in the beautiful foliage, walking their sweet dog Charlie, and reminiscing on their Paris proposal (le swoon!). Like something out of a fairy tale, these engagement photos are sure to make your heart flutter!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

Michael and I met in 2015 in Boston, both working for the same company at the time. After going out with a group of coworkers and feeling like we were the only ones, we knew it was something special! Michael was born and raised in Pittsburgh and I am originally from Tennessee.  fter many months of long distance and trips, we were ready to be together full-time! I made the move to Pittsburgh and by this time, it was already feeling like home. We had a big/busy year with the move, new job, building a house, etc. and Michael and our friends planned a trip to Europe to get away. And because it had been such a big year, the last thing I was expecting was an engagement! The first full day in Paris was like something out of a dream. We spent the whole day exploring, indulging in the city of love, food, and arts. At sunset, we walked to the Eiffel Tower, sat on the bench and starting talking about life and how happy and thankful we are. He talked about the memories we were making in that VERY moment and the moments after that were a blur!! Michael pulled out the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen (that he had on him the ENTIRE day). I was so surprised! The rest of trip we were on cloud nine with a smile on our faces you could not wipe off. It was so painfully obvious we were newly engaged and we soaked every bit of it up.

Describe the engagement session and what inspired the shoot.  What was unique about it?

My wonderfully-talented makeup artist friend, Clare Lozano, told me about Angie Candell and La Pomponnee raffling off a styled engagement session. I entered the contest and won! I never win anything, by the way, so naturally I was so excited! Angie and her team were absolutely amazing. She set everything up, told me what I needed to do and where I needed to be – talk about stress free!! I met Kristen and Lauren of La Pomponnee, who worked their magic on hair and makeup…flawless! They took into consideration my style and the finished product was me, but enhanced! They even gave Michael a fresh cut and made him look sharp before the shoot, too! We met Angie and the team from The Mustard Couch at Mellon Park to get everything all set up. There was a gorgeous vintage couch and chandelier with a handmade bouquet! They made Michael and I feel so comfortable in front of the camera. Angie had a vision, knew the exact spots she wanted to take us, and we had so much fun the entire shoot! She even let us get a few shots with our pup, Charlie! The entire day was an experience of pampering and fun, working with talented professionals who collaborated to make the most gorgeous photos that Michael and I will have forever.

Hair & Makeup: La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans