Romantic Summer Engagement Session: Lauren & Jesse

Even though they opted for a destination wedding in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, Lauren and Jesse still wanted a Pittsburgh engagement session.  Being a photographer herself (of Lauren Renee Designs fame), Lauren knows some of the most beautiful shoot locations in the city, and Mellon Park is one of her favorites.  It's for good reason too; the park's stone architecture, blooming florals, and secret-like gardens give off a romantic, whimsical vibe.  The pair headed there with Anna Laero Photography for a light and airy session that is screams summer.  A sage green dress (that matched their wedding palette), a glowing sunset, sweet kisses, and cozy cuddles make this shoot an absolute dream!  Pretty doesn't even begin to describe it!

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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 have been together for seven years now!  Crazy how time really flies!  Jesse and I met at a costume party, and we were introduced by a mutual friend.  Jesse was very persistent and after rescheduling on him several times, I finally agreed to a date!  We had a lot of mutual friends, so it was surprising that our paths had never crossed before.  I was supposed to study abroad the summer we met, so I was really not interested in anything serious, but Jesse had a different idea.  When I ended up staying in Pittsburgh because of a change in plans (it was just meant to be!), we fell in love, became inseparable, and I guess you can say the rest is history!

Jesse proposed at home just the two of us, and it was perfect.  He then planned a surprise engagement party that evening and all of our friends and family showed up to celebrate with us!  It's a good thing I said yes! 😉

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

Being a photographer myself, I wanted a beautiful backdrop for our shoot, and one my favorite locations is Mellon Park.  The sage green dress was a color from our wedding palette, so it was perfect!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Jesse and I have been together for so long and engaged for half the time we have been together (three years…I know!).  When it finally came time for our engagement photos and wedding, we really wanted it to be special and about us as a couple.  I wanted the session to be fun, relaxed, and about our love, and it was such a fun afternoon taking pictures with my best friend and now-husband!

Elegant Blush & Gold Wedding at the Omni Bedford Springs: Brittany & Chris

I'm pretty sure that the ballroom of the Omni Bedford Springs was just made for a blush & gold wedding, don't you think?  The grand fireplace, brocade wallpaper, ornate sconces, heavy pink curtains, and overall architecture ooze romance, as does this modern day color palette.  Put them both together and it's a match made in wedding heaven.  Not only that, but the venue holds a special place in Brittany's heart and she had dreamed of getting married there for years.  So when she and Chris got engaged, it was a total no-brainer as their reception venue.  Pulling inspiration from the space, the couple went with an elegant, soft theme that combined a classic look with feminine touches, personal tributes, and vintage vibes.  Antique skeleton key escort cards lead guests to their tables where they found fragrant floral arrangements set in gold footed containers, floating candles and rose petals, or lush greenery runners.  To welcome the groom's family, who traveled all the way from Italy, Brittany's family made over 140 dozen goodies for the traditional Pittsburgh cookie table.  A donation to their favorite dog rescue and a bridal bouquet wrapped in her mother's lace and pearls were just a few of the heartfelt ways Brittany and Chris made the day theirs.  As romance and timeless as it gets, this swoon-worthy day was beautifully captured by Annie O'Neill Photography.

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Cut to one of my favorite wedding songs, Brittany and Chris's film from Entwined Cinema shows off both the romance and fun of their day in a wonderful way!

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!

Chris and I both swiped right!  That's correct, we met on Tinder 😉  We dated for a little under a year and got engaged in Capri, Italy overlooking a beautiful sunset.

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

Chris and I were married in the charming town of Bedford, Pennsylvania at Bedford Presbyterian Church.  Our reception took place at Omni Bedford Springs Resort, a venue that holds a special place in my heart.  I moved to Northern Virginia in August 2010, leaving behind my family in Pittsburgh.  Each fall, my mom and I met at the Omni for a weekend of relaxation and fun together.  Since our first stay at the historic hotel, I've dreamt of hosting my wedding reception in the Colonnade Ballroom.  Upon getting engaged, my fiancé and I toured the venue together and he fell equally in love.  The rest was history!

Right away, I knew I wanted to go with a soft, romantic theme.  I chose blush and gold as my colors, which drove the majority of my decisions.  My bridesmaids all wore different blush or gold gowns (a decision that I was slightly hesitant about at the time, but my vision came together PERFECTLY).  My gown featured beautiful scalloped, ivory lace which paired perfectly with my blush and ivory bouquet (wrapped in my mother's lace and pearls).

Our reception included a stunning King's Table set for 25 people.  A 14-foot floral garland ran across the table, along with mercury glass candles and several bouquets.  Our other centerpieces included blush and ivory arrangements in gold footed bowls and floating candle cylinders on mirrored trays with blush rose petals.  A major highlight of the reception was, of course, The Pittsburgh Cookie Table with over 140 dozen homemade cookies.

Our DJ, Andy Booth did an amazing job of keeping the dance floor full.  We danced the night away until midnight, pausing only briefly for a few sunset photos with Annie O’Neill.

In lieu of a favor, we donated money to the animal shelter where we rescued our dog!  We notified guests of this decision by printing a few sentences on the back of our menu cards, along with a special thank you message.  We received great feedback from our family and friends and it felt good knowing that the money went toward a cause near and dear to our hearts!

My husband was born and raised in Italy and much of his family still lives there.  Many of our guests (including his parents, sister and family, and grandmother) traveled from there to be with us on our wedding day! 🙂

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Gosh, my day was such a blur!  With that said, Chris and I made it a point to stop a few times and really “take it all in”.  During our first dance, we paused for a moment and looked around our ballroom.  The most important people in our lives were all there, standing and watching us dance with smiles that exceeded the width of their faces.  That was the point in which I realized that my blood, sweat, and tears had paid off.  To see so many loved ones in the same place at the same time…all for YOU…is truly an indescribable experience.  It is something I will never, ever forget!

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

I was an extremely detail-oriented bride.  During the entire planning process, everyone told me not to worry about the details…that “no one would notice anyway”.  I could not disagree more!  Attention to detail is something I take pride in and it really paid off in the end.  We had countless compliments on everything from our vintage key escort cards to our Pittsburgh Cookie Table to the 14-foot floral garland running across our King's Table.  I couldn't have imagined it any other way!  So I guess my advice would be…PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL!  It will really take your wedding to the next level and make it unique to you as a couple.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Allure from Sorelle Bridal | Bride's Jewelry: Sorelle Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN, Adrianna Papell, Dessy, and Allure | Cake: Omni Bedford Springs | Caterer: Omni Bedford Springs | Ceremony Location: Bedford Presbyterian Church | DJ: Andy Booth of Jeremy Ganss Productions | Flowers: Peterman's Florist | Hair: PR at Partners | Makeup: Nicole Mitsos | Menswear: Menguin | Photography: Annie O'Neil Photography | Reception Venue: Omni Bedford Springs | Stationery: Cardinal and Straw | Transportation: McIlwain Charter & Tours | Videography: Rachel Wagner of Entwined Cinema

DJ: Andy Booth of Jeremy Ganss Productions

Fresh Navy & Peach Wedding at the History Center: Laura & Tommy

Bright and fresh, a navy blue and peach wedding color palette was perfect for the couple's July affair.  When Laura was a little girl, her grandmother nicknamed her “piccinina” – an Italian word pronounced “peach-a-nina”.  The name stuck with Laura, as did an affinity for that shade.  When planning her big day, the bride wanted to pay tribute to her late grandmother by incorporating the special color into the details.  Pairing it with a classic a shade of blue and using blush pink, ivory, and gold as accents, the couple created an ambiance that was vibrant, summery, and cheerful.  As a way to welcome their many out-of-town guests to Pittsburgh, Laura and Tommy chose the Heinz History Center as their reception venue.  There, they infused the color scheme into the decor with floral arrangements of white hydrangeas and peach spray roses with pops of navy blue napkins on crisp white linens.  A light and whimsical touch came courtesy of hand-painted wooden signs, fresh greenery chair swags, and even natural wreaths of branches, color-coordinated florals, and satin ribbons.  No detail was left unturned as this girly but contemporary color combo was brought to life.  Once you see these images from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers, you'll be feelin' just peachy.  (I can't resist a good pun.)

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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!

In the fall of 2013, Tommy and I met as students at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.  I started my first day as the Intramural Sports Graduate Assistant, while Tommy started his first day as an Intramural Official.  I later found out through his friends that he had his eye on me!  Tommy left his officiating job at the end of fall semester; when the spring semester rolled around, Tommy decided to contact me to get information about upcoming sports.  Once the talking began, the dates followed shortly after – and the we have been inseparable ever since!  We were together for two years when he popped the question, and then were engaged for 1.5 years while planning!

Tommy is someone who tries his hardest to always surprise me, but is not the best at keeping secrets.  So when the day came for him to propose, I was sure I would know when and where it would be happening.  Tommy said earlier the week he had to meet with a client near Santa Monica and I should come with him because the meeting wouldn't take long and then we could have date night after.  Friday rolled around and we were on our way.  Tommy received a call from work saying his client cancelled at the last minute.  Because we were halfway there, his work let him have the rest of the day off.  We parked at the beach, and Tommy suggested we go to the pier to watch the sunset.  As we were walking, Tommy said to me, “You know Laura, I want to spend the rest of my life with you…”  Across from me, four people stood with signs spelling out the words: “Will you marry me?” (I later found out these were my friends who had flown in for this!)  Behind Tommy, there were street performers singing “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, and a photographer was capturing every single moment.  Tommy got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and asked, “Will you marry me?” – and I said “Yes!”  I was in awe and, quite frankly, extremely surprised!  I had no clue he had this up his sleeve and could not believe all the details he had planned for this exact moment.

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

When I started planning, Heinz History Center was my first choice for our reception.  I love how it has the industrial feel, but also more laid back with all the fun Pittsburgh history.  Tommy's family and friends are all from southern Ohio, so our wedding would be almost everyone's first time to Pittsburgh, which made our reception even more special!  I also knew exactly what the color scheme would be – peach and cobalt/navy blue as our main colors with blush, ivory, and gold as our accent colors.  Peach was a sentimental thing for me – my grandmother was Italian and spoke it, and when I was born, she called me “piccinina” (pronounced peach-a-nina). From that, my dad has called me Peach ever since I was a little girl; always has and always will.  When my grandmother passed, I got the tattoo of “piccinina” on my foot in remembrance.  When I got engaged, I knew from that moment I wanted to have peach as a main color for those reasons – that and also orange was Tommy's favorite color.  It helped that we both loved blue and the two married together nicely!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

There were so many amazing things throughout the day, but the speeches were pretty special.  Sitting hand-in-hand next to Tommy and hearing my father give the welcome speech, my sister give her MOH speech, and his brother give his best man speech where they talked about so many memories we had made it so special.  Tommy's brother had Tommy in tears, and my sister did the same for me; which is pretty hard to do!

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

Pick three things you absolutely cannot compromise on and stick to it.  Wedding planning has a lot of decisions required, literally SO many.  You have to go into planning with knowing at least three things you are not willing to give up – it is your special day and all.  It can all be overwhelming, but once you get the main things figured out, it really does all fall right into place.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Martina Liana from Bellasposa Bridal | Bride's Earrings: Borrowed from grandmother | Bride's Necklace: Tiffany & Co. | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal | Cake: Bella Christie | Caterer: The Common Plea | Ceremony Location: Epiphany Church | DJ: Pittsburgh DJ Company | Cookie Table Backdrop: Red Punch Design | Decor: Laura Renee Creations | Flowers: Blumengarten | Hair: Classic Hair and Makeup | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Ciel Cosmetics | Menswear: Valotta's Tuxedo | Photography: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers | Reception Venue: Heinz History Center | Stationery: White Lace Design | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Videography: Just Hitched Wedding Films 

DJ: Pittsburgh DJ Company  | Makeup: Ciel Cosmetics | Photography: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Styled Surprise Proposal in Downtown Pittsburgh: Phil & Keith

After 10 years of dating, Phil went BIG with his proposal to Keith.  He enlisted the help of Sandrachile and Vintage Alley Rentals for a sweet surprise proposal overlooking the Pittsburgh skyline!  What started as a seemingly normal photo shoot around the downtown area, turned into a styled lounge set up on the roof of a parking garage.  Cool antique settees, old leather trunks, and vintage props set the stage for the EPIC moment that everyone (except Keith) knew was coming.  Sandra sneakily posed the couple in a way that would allow Phil to grab the ring and get down on one knee while Keith wasn't looking.  When Keith turned around, there was Phil, ring in hand.  They cried, they hugged, they kissed, and then they were greeted by friends and family for a rooftop champagne toast!  Love can build a bridge and there's no better place to celebrate love than a city full of them!

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From the photographer…

Philip and Keith have been together for almost 10 years.  Keith is really into weddings, and the commitment itself, which is why there have been a few jokes about proposing.  Finally, this February, I got contacted by Phil to help him plan a proposal.

The initial idea was to use the excuse of a photoshoot around downtown Pittsburgh, and to pop the question somewhere around there.  But considering how busy it can get, I suggested a rooftop instead.

The day of the proposal, we walked around downtown, photographing them being in love, and we ended in a lounge set up on a rooftop, with an amazing view of some iconic Pittsburgh sights. Phil hired the services of Vintage Alley, a sustainable company dedicated to styling through upcycling and giving character to celebrations like this one with vintage furniture and decor.  They extend the life of furniture and items that otherwise would end up being wasted.

Once at the lounge, I asked them to make “the hipster pose” – to stand, first, looking at me, then looking at each other, and finally, to pose back to back, looking in opposite directions.
Little did Keith know that on the other side Phil was not looking to the other direction, but was discreetly reaching for a ring and getting ready for the speech of his lifetime.  Keith was totally caught by surprise, so much that he ugly cried the entire time!  After he said yes, their closest family and friends joined to hug them and congratulate them, but most of all, to toast to love with an iconic Pittsburgh landscape at their backs.

Vintage Rustic Wedding at Shady Elms Farm: Bethany & Chris

Living abroad and traveling the world left Bethany and Chris wanting something a little more relaxed for their wedding day.  With it's rolling grounds and whimsical barn, Shady Elms Farm played a picture perfect backdrop for this casual affair.  An indoor ceremony under hanging bistro lights and exposed beams was followed by a laid back reception full of good food, good music, and plenty of laughter. A soft color palette of mint, peach, and ivory was brighten with subtle pops of blue, while antique details adorned the space.  To go with the low key atmosphere, Bethany even donned a flower crown and went barefoot for some of the stunning portraits captured by Steven Dray Images.  This vintage rustic wedding is sure to inspire so have that Pin It button ready!

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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 in college at Penn State University and had been together nine years when we got married.  We spent our 20s living in California and New Zealand, traveling the world together.  In October 2016, Christopher proposed on the beach in Delaware, where he grew up.  The beach was empty; it was the perfect location.

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

We had been living abroad prior to the wedding so we really wanted a casual atmosphere where our friends and family could catch up.  I love rustic themes and Shady Elms Farm had the perfect look and took care of all the catering and decorations.  They were wonderful on the day and incredibly professional.  We had the run of the grounds for the entire day which included the barn, the carriage house, and the rolling fields.  They made the wedding incredibly unique to our style and preferences, from the linens to the flowers.  It was perfect.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

We had a minute after dinner where Christopher and I went up in the hills and took pictures as the sun was setting.  It was wonderful to take a few minutes to ourselves and Steven, our photographer, captured the beauty of the farm perfectly.

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

I think everyone says to make sure and take a moment to breath it all in.  It goes so quickly.  I think the most amazing thing I realized was our wedding was one of the only times in our life that all of the people that were most important to us were in one place at one time together.  It's an incredible experience and makes the day so special.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Essense of Australia from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie | Cake: Signature Desserts | Caterer: PW Catering | Ceremony Location: Shady Elms Farm | DJ: Steven Vance Violin & DJ Music | Flowers: Shady Elms Farm | Lighting: Shady Elms Farm | Linens: Shady Elms Farm | Makeup: Makeup by Kourtney | Menswear: Ralph Lauren | Photography: Steven Dray Images | Reception Venue: Shady Elms Farm | Stationery: Vistaprint

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | DJ: Steven Vance Violin & DJ Music | Photography: Steven Dray Images

Gritty Engagement Session on the North Side: Linda & Anthony

The bride-to-be describes her gritty engagement session as warm, giggly, and authentic.  SO MUCH YES TO THIS.  Gimme all the smiles, neck nuzzles, and laughter my heart can handle.  This shoot from Oakwood Photo + Video has all three.  Oh, plus some of the amazing texture and urban-ness that make Pittsburgh oh-so-cool.  Before Linda and Anthony moved to Texas, he proposed to this future bride along the North Shore.  Now that they live in the heart of the South, they like to fill their home with things that remind them of where they met and fell in love.  Enter the city, its bridges, and those raw elements that only we can claim.  With a warm sun shining on them, Linda and Anthony took in some of the best, most Pittsburgh-y sites and we're left with these adorable images that show off our grit amazingly.  Dang Pittsburgh, you're pretty.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

We met our freshman year of college in 2008.  Anthony and I were at the same college party one weekend and found each other in this little red and yellow house.  After keeping in touch for four months, Anthony set up a scavenger hunt across the campus with clues like “where we get coffee each morning” and a final clue saying “meet me in the courtyard.”  Anthony met me with a bouquet of flowers and asked if I would be his girlfriend.  We've been experiencing life together ever since!”

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

On August 1, 2016, right after a thunderstorm in Pittsburgh and a few days before we moved to Texas, I said “Yes!” to my best friend standing on the North Shore next to the water.  We walked to a nearby restaurant where our family was waiting to celebrate our engagement and next chapter.

Describe the engagement session.

We took our engagement pictures on the North Side to capture the character and essence of Pittsburgh.  We've noticed after being away from home that we miss the hills, colorful homes, and small towns.  Our home in Texas is filled with Pittsburgh touches.  We wanted to incorporate that into our engagement photos.  We loved the idea of using the bridges and brick streets as a backdrop.  The weather was so perfect: sun and a warm wind.  Thinking back to our engagement shoot, the words that come to mind are warm, giggly, and authentic.

Green & White Spring Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

Fresh, light, and renewing, this spring inspired wedding styled shoot is exactly what we all need after a seemingly never-ending winter.  With tons of green and white, it's bound to leave you feeling rejuvenated.  Dawn Derbyshire Photography teamed up with an all-star team of vendors – including Burgh Brides own Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co., Vintage Alley Rentals, Sapphire & Lace Design, and Eventioneers – to mix industrial grit with antique pieces and contemporary trends.  Vintage Alley's own studio, with it's Edison bulb lighting, exposed ductwork and white cinderblock walls, served as a perfectly raw backdrop.  With the help of lush (and I mean luuuuuush) floral arrangements of ferns, eucalyptus, ranunculus, tulips, celosia, and obscure crocosmia pods, Sapphire & Lace transformed the space into a living forest.  The foliage didn't stop there; it inspired the hand-painted stationery from Oh Joyful Day.  Featuring watercolor calligraphy and worn-in edges, the paper provided an organic touch.  Green marble pieces served as escort cards, directing eyes to a wooden table adorned with details.  Black taper candles, floral runners, geometric menu cards, terrarium table numbers, and gold-rimmed dinnerware worked together in a moody and magical way.  Speaking of magic…THAT DRESS.  The piece de resistance of this shoot is 100% hands-down the green and beige dip down gown.  It's modern, elegant, and striking all at the same time.  Combing industrial and distressed vibes with bold design choices and a color palette fit for spring, this styled shoot is like a breath of fresh air.  And I'm inhaling as deeply as I can.

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From the photographer…

When Trish from Vintage Alley Rentals approached me about checking out her new space for a potential styled shoot, I jumped at the chance.  Seeing the raw, industrial warehouse gave me the idea to stretch my creative muscles and do something out of my normal boho/barn-loving style.  Taking the idea of old and new, mixing vintage and industrial with trendy and classic, Melissa from Devoted to You stepped in and helped my vision come to life.

I feel like more and more industrial venues are popping up in our city and I wanted to show how some of Trish's vintage pieces, paired with lush florals and moody lighting, could all come together to transform a rough blank space.  Mixing Trish’s gorgeous farm table, vintage green glassware, and luxurious black and gold couch with her industrial lighting and mixed metal chairs created a good base for the floral wizards over at Sapphire and Lace to start working their magic.  They created a beautiful structure for the ceremony space that worked against the simple white cinderblock wall accented by the industrial metal chairs.  Bringing more mixed metallics into the boutonnière, they also softened up the groom’s black-on-black look with a huge, textured bouquet for the bride.  Moving to the cake and reception table, they added hanging greenery to the industrial lighting from Vintage Alley Rentals, wrapping each light and suspending them from the railings above.  The table was filled with flowers – from the vintage glassware and brass geometric vases overflowing with greenery and flowers, to the gold flatware wrapped in vines.  To add a moody vibe, they lit beautiful black tapered candles.  To add more black to the table, Victoria from Oh Joyful Day created beautiful black ribbons to wrap around the plates as place settings, and hand-wrote the table number on brass geometric containers.  Place cards made from green marble matched perfectly with the greenery filled shoot, complete with gold edged geometric thank you notes as favors.  To go with the gorgeous elements on the table, Victoria also created a hand-painted invitation suite, complete with painted greenery on fun, textured paper.  Mixed with Love made some beautiful, simple, floral cupcakes and a modern cake which Sapphire and Lace added a fun floral detail to.  Oh Joyful Day created a cute little sign to top off the table!

To keep the wardrobe fitting the feel of the shoot, we kept the clothing and accessories modern, letting the floral elements add some softness.  The bride rocked fun gold fern hairpins and modern geometric earrings from Sparrow Station, simple rose gold heels, and a fun gold and marble geometric “engagement” ring.  Her accessories, hair and makeup were kept simple to put the focus on both her gorgeous bouquet and the modern, structured, beige and green dip dyed dress.  To keep with the modern and sleek look, the groom wore a slim fit, black-on-black suit with a subtle striped detail.

Vendors

Photography: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Designer & Stylist: Devoted to You Events and Vintage Alley Rentals | Shoot Location: Vintage Alley Rentals | Desserts: Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. | Decor: Vintage Alley Rentals | Dress: ASOS | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Hair: Shaina Joyce Hair | Accessories: Sparrowstation | Makeup: B Morgan Makeup | Menswear: ASOS | Models: Victoria and Andrew, Theiroff Agency | Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals and Eventioneers | Stationery: Oh Joyful Day

Photography: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Designer & Stylist: Vintage Alley Rentals | Shoot Location: Vintage Alley Rentals | Decor: Vintage Alley Rentals | Desserts: Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals and Eventioneers

Fun Science Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

Bright and fun, this styled shoot has all of the trappings for a science inspired wedding!  And what better spot for a class in wedding-ology than the Carnegie Science Center!  This North Shore staple features multiple non-traditional event spaces and this shoot shows them off beautifully.  Starting with the Buhl Planetarium, a ceremony under a starry night sky was staged, complete with a robot officiant.  GreenSinner was inspired by the science fiction genre and brought in a forest of lush greenery and towering trees.  The same theme was carried into the Works Theater, where even more science-y particles came to life.  Wine glasses featuring organic chemistry compositions, vintage space travel posters, chemistry lab glassware serving as centerpieces, and a rainbow of lighting by EF Lighting all added to the vibe.  The Carnegie Science Center even added a hands-on demonstration of liquid nitrogen with flash frozen root beer floats and an ice cream sundae bar.  You don't need to be a science geek to get married at the Science Center.  But if you are, there's no better place to do it, and these images from Weddings by Alisa are proof!

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From the designer…

The Carnegie Science Center has so many non-traditional spaces that people don’t know about!  Our Buhl Planetarium is a great way to have an outdoor ceremony without the risk of rain.  You can create any location in the Buhl with our projection system –  a canopy of stars that are aligned to mimic the night sky where you met; you can get married on another planet; the possibilities are limitless.  We took the theme of bringing the outdoors inside and went with it.

The planetarium was transformed into a forest with a lush landscape and towering trees.  GreenSinner created this ingenious, science-fiction type setting, complete with Quasi, the robot, as the officiant.  We carried that science fiction motif into the reception space by adding a palette inspired by vintage space travel posters.

I’ve always loved our Works Theater and it has so much potential for a cocktail style reception.  Whereas the planetarium is a blank slate, the Works has a definite style.  We wanted to complement the vintage, industrial undertones there.  The botanical choices and containers combined with the lighting elements to create the sense of an overgrown lab full of wild and weird colors, textures, and silhouettes.  It’s also a really fun space, so we brought in our favorite science demonstrations and just played.  You can see the sheer delight on CJ and Jon’s faces as they play with the Boo Bubbles and liquid nitrogen creations.

Vendors

Designer: Tamra Birchfield, Director of Special Events at the Carnegie Science Center | Food: Culinaire Catering | Floral Design: GreenSinner | Lighting: EF Lighting | Photography: Weddings by Alisa | Shoot Location: Carnegie Science Center | Rentals: Eventioneers | Wine Glasses: Sorcery Science

Designer: Tamra Birchfield, Director of Special Events at the Carnegie Science Center | Floral Design: GreenSinner | Lighting: EF Lighting | Photography: Weddings by Alisa | Shoot Location: Carnegie Science Center | Rentals: Eventioneers

Charming Shades of Blue Wedding at the Gathering Place at Darlington Lake: Heather & Rob

Floral getting-ready robes, mismatched bridesmaids dresses, lots of palette-perfect florals, invitations designed by the bride herself, and even a Marine's dress blues for good measure – this wedding is will leave you feeling anything but blue (See what I did there?).  It's the perfect combination of serenity, cornflower, and even navy.  Heather and Rob's May affair took place at the Gathering Place at Darlington Lake, which provided a charming background for the rustic chic elements.  What started with a gazebo ceremony and ended with a barn reception, was accented with craft paper, lanterns, yarn table numbers, and wooden details.  Because the happy couple met at a baseball tournament, Heather even surprised her new hubby with a huge “flag” made out of baseballs.  It's thoughtful touches like this that made their wedding day so unique while the use of varying shades made it so inspirational.  How's this for something blue?  Enjoy all the images from Megan Lee Photography!

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From the photographer…

When and how did the couple meet?

Heather and Rob met in Arizona at a volunteer baseball tournament.  Rob was there to umpire and he got in line for a caddy to drive him to his designated field.  He noticed that there was a girl who had all of the umpires lined up and was making them practice their stances and catches (pretty intensely).  He thought, “There is NO way you are getting me to do that!”  But in the back of his head, he wanted to get to know the headstrong girl that was taking charge and taking this sport seriously.  After a long day of volunteering, and trying to secretly find out more about this girl, he spotted her best friend.  He quickly approached her and was able to learn lots about this girl named Heather…even where she would be that night!  She was not an easy one to get, but once he finally did, it was so worth it.

The love that both of them have for Pittsburgh and baseball is quite extraordinary.  Heather even surprised Rob, a former Marine, with a huge flag made of out hand-dyed baseballs!  If all that hard work doesn't say love, I don't know what does!

Describe the look, theme, style, and colors of the wedding.  What made it unique?

Since Rob is a former Marine and was going to wear his uniform to the wedding, Heather based the colors around his blue uniform.  From her bouquets to the bridesmaids dresses, there was a beautiful blue color palette.

I think the fact that they had an “All American” wedding was beautiful.  It was on Memorial Day Weekend, with a veteran, and included a long history of the all American sport of baseball, and tied it together with a blue color scheme.  It was wonderful shooting this wedding!

Vendors

Bride's Hair: Katrina Knopp of Haircutters, Etc. | Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning with keyhole applique by Nancy Blum | Bride's Makeup: Elizabeth Eckels | Bridesmaids Hair: Hallie Netherland | Bridesmaids Dresses: One Enchanted Evening | Ceremony Location: Gathering Place at Darlington Lake | DJ: DJ Matt | Flowers: Blums N' Things | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Megan Lee Photography | Reception Venue: Gathering Place at Darlington Lake | Stationery: Designed by bride and printed by Shutterfly | Videography: Moment in Time Video

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning

Oh-So-Cute Kate Spade Bridal Shower

Attention lovers of bows, stripes, and all things black, white, and pink!  You're going to DIE over this oh-so-cute Kate Spade bridal shower!  The soon-to-be Mrs. is a fan of all things preppy and girly…and she just also happens to be the sister of a wedding planner.  How lucky, right?  Shayne of Soiree of Souleret went to town bringing the guest of honor's go-to vibes to life with a chic but feminine color palette, bold patterns, and gold accents.  An outdoor tent was adorned with bistro lights, a marquee bar sign, elevated centerpieces, and a fresh floral monogram, which also served as a fun photo backdrop.  Striped linens, seat cushions, and charger plates jazzed up tablescapes while gold flatware added a dose of glam to each guest's hand.  And what Kate Spade bridal shower is complete without bow shaped napkins?  Peach mimosas, custom cocktail stirrers, and fun Mr. and Mrs. balloons rounded out the thoughtful, personal touches.  Going from Miss to Mrs. has never looked so good, thanks to these photos from Lauren Renee Designs!

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From the planner and designer (also the sister of the bride!)…

As a wedding planner, I'd been thinking about my little sister's bridal shower just as long as I had thought about planning my own wedding day!  What better way to express my love and appreciation for all of her years of support and friendship than gifting her an amazing day with those she holds most dear!?!  Caught between her love of both Kate Spade and preppy Parisian styles, I paired the two together for a shower complete with bold stripes, abundant florals (including a floral monogram), and tiny personal touches.

To honor her elementary teaching career, each guest was gifted a pencil with a cheeky saying on it and hand sanitizer wrapped in blush tissue paper.  To honor Pittsburgh roots, cookies made an appearance on the dessert table, and to honor her new Georgian home, guests sipped on peach mimosas.  No Kate-Spade-inspired shower would be complete without bow-tied napkins and actual Kate Spade cocktail stirrers.  One special stirrer held the place for the guest of honor, reading “Future Mrs. Herd.”  Guests enjoyed learning more about the bride and groom by guessing ages from baby photos placed around the tent.  Each maid pitched in by taking on a task, including the groom's sister who handmade a beautiful welcome sign with paper flowers.

My favorite moment of the day was escorting the bride-to-be up to the tent to see how the big surprise come together!

Vendors

Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Cake & Sugar Flowers: Cakes by Colby | Caterer: DiAnoia's Eatery | Cookies & Cupcakes: Tasty Bakery | Custom Cocktail Stirrer: Z Create Design | Flowers: Fragile Paradise | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Linens: Mosaic | Photography: Lauren Renee Designs | Planner & Designer: Soiree by Souleret | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental

Photography: Lauren Renee Designs | Planner & Designer: Soiree by Souleret | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental