Introducing Weddings by Alisa!

If there's one common thread throughout the work from Weddings by Alisa, it's that everyone is SMILING!  Seriously, all of her couples always look SO HAPPY.  It's no wonder.  Alisa is one of the most fun wedding photographers around and her work reflects that.  Her vivacious personality and love of life are contagious and that zeal is brought to life by the couples she photographs.  The results are bright, heartwarming, and contemporary.  To see more of her images, visit her new listing in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Weddings by Alisa - Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer & Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member

Introducing Simply Captivating Salon!

I've been a HUGE fan of Simply Captivating Salon for a loooong time.  That's why I'm so ecstatic to welcome her to the Burgh Brides family!  Christy is an incredibly talented hair stylist and an even sweeter person.  She believes each client deserves to feel absolutely beautiful on their wedding day, and she does everything she can to ensure working with her is a pleasure.  From updos to loose waves, braids to chic buns, she can do it all…and she does it all reallllllly well!  If you're in the need for a hair stylist for the big day, or just like looking at pictures of pretty styles, go visit her in the Vendor Guide!

Introducing the Allegheny County Courthouse!

If you thought you knew the Allegheny County Courthouse, guess again.  Yes, the downtown staple is where much of county business is conducted.  BUT the building also boasts some of the most strikingly unique event spaces I've ever seen.  Between a grand staircase fit for a romantic ceremony and a private courtyard that takes an outdoor reception to a whole new level, the Courthouse is THE venue if you want to get your guests talking.  Go meet them in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Introducing Allegheny County Hartwood Acres!

Gorgeous gardens, an ornate mansion, and a rich history make Allegheny County's Hartwood Acres a romantic and unique wedding venue choice.  The sophistication of this setting will bring a vintage, refined vibe to your celebration, while multiple on-site spaces are fit for a crowd of just about any size.  If you're still venue-hunting (or just want to see a beautiful space), go check them out in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Introducing Blanc de Blanc Bridal & A Special Offer!

Combining hip, modern wedding fashion trends with classic style and romantic touches, Blanc de Blanc Bridal is sure to win the hearts of Burgh Brides readers everywhere.  This stunning boutique is the latest addition to the Vendor Guide and I just know you're going to love BdB's approach to style.  A firm believer that you should wear the dress, the dress shouldn't wear you, Blanc de Blanc wants to help you bring your personality alive through your gown and accessories.  Head on over to the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide to meet them, and then hit them up for an appointment!

As an added bonus, you'll save $150 off the purchase of your wedding dress if you mention Burgh Brides!

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding

If you’re still on the hunt for a wedding photographer and/or videographer, take some time to get to know Oakwood Photo + Video.  Alexa and Wes are a wife/husband duo who take their craft seriously.  With a rustic, folk vibe and sweet as can be dispositions, they’re two of my favorite talents.  From the smallest details to the biggest belly laughs, they long to capture every element of your wedding day with photography AND videography.  There are lots of reasons you should put them in charge of your wedding day footage, but here are my top six!

They’re a photo and video TEAM.

You guys, this is SO important!  If your wedding photographer and videographer haven’t worked together before, they could have a difficult time.  They need to stay out of one another’s shots, someone needs to take the lead and pose you, not to mention that’s just a lot of feet in the way.  Alexa and Wes work together every.single.day.  That means they know how to move around one another seamlessly, so they aren’t tripping and you aren’t annoyed.  They can read each other’s body language easily and know what the other is thinking or where they’re headed.  This TEAM performs a gorgeous, silent dance around you as they capture your love.

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

Wes and Alexa hard at work!

Your wedding day coverage will have a cohesive look.

When you look back on your wedding photos and video, it’s a magical thing if they can both reflect the same style and vibe.  Alexa and Wes apply their photography editing style to their videos as well, creating a consistent look to all of the day’s coverage.  Similar lighting, perspective, and focus can mean you’ll be re-experiencing the day in the exact same way, no matter if you’re looking at still or moving images.  Check out what I mean with this photo and highlight from Alex and Chris's wedding!

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

You’ll feel relaxed around them.

It’s easy to feel nervous with a camera in your face.  But Alexa and Wes try really hard to make you forget they’re even there.  Well in advance of the wedding, they get to know their clients, whether over coffee, a few drinks, or even FaceTime.  They ask questions about your wedding, but also about you as a couple, what makes you tick, what makes your relationship unique.  By the time the wedding rolls around, they’re almost like old friends, making you feel more relaxed and comfortable while they’re your personal paparazzi.

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

They’re down to earth and fun to be around.

You’ll spend A LOT of time with your wedding photographer and videographer.  You better actually like being around them.  Alexa and Wes are kind, friendly, gracious, and humble.  Always smiling, their energy is practically contagious.  I can’t think of two people I’d rather have following me around for an entire day.

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

They love adventure and are up for trying anything.

Climbing mountains, standing under waterfalls, or laying in a pile of fallen leaves, Alexa and Wes love to push their limits, both physically and artistically.  Got a crazy idea for a cool photo?  I bet they can make it happen.  These two love trying new things and getting outside their comfort zone.  They even have a travel bucket-list and offer a nice discount to anyone getting married in one of their must-see locations!

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

They love to create long-lasting, woodsy boho magic.

If wearing a flower crown and a long, soft dress is your thing, go for it.  If you’ve always imagined going barefoot on your wedding day, Alexa and Wes will be there for it.  And if the folksy, woody thing is your jam, these are your people.  Their free-spirited style lends itself to their signature blend of nature-meets-wedding-day artistry.  While their work is whimsical and organic, it’s simultaneously timeless, meaning you’ll love it for years to come.

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

Still need some convincing?  See more photography and videography work from Oakwood in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Introducing Move Makers Band!

Nothing fills a dance floor quite like live musicians, and Move Makers Band is full of some of my favorites!  Playing everything from today's hits to yesterday's favorites, Move Makers will not only entertain your guests, but they'll bring an element of performance and artistry to your wedding reception.  Check them out in action below and then go meet them in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Introducing GLOW Blotique!

GLOW Blotique is more than a dry bar.  This Sewickley salon packs a powerhouse hair and makeup team that can help you look your absolute best on your wedding day, or for any special occasion worth celebrating.  Skilled in styling with an acute attention to detail and a commitment to excellent service, GLOW is the latest beauty professional to join the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!  Go meet them and read how they can help with your bridal look!

Introducing Riverfront Weddings!

Thanks to the industrial chic trend, Riverfront Weddings is bound to be Pittsburgh's new IT venue!  This space overlooking the Allegheny River is managed by the crazy talented JPC Event Group and boasts a minimalist, gritty vibe.  But it's clean-slate nature makes the space malleable, just waiting to be adorned in whatever style suits you best.  Natural scenery, on-site ceremony spots, and flexible capacities make this venue one of my new favorites!  Go learn more about it in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Introducing Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design!

Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design needs no introduction.  Since 2005, their insanely gorgeous work has been gracing Pittsburgh weddings and stopping the hearts of floral lovers everywhere.  Their designs marry artistry and ingenuity with a meticulous attention to detail and an appreciation for creating an experience, not just dressing an event.  You're bound to love this award-winning florist, so waste no time checking out more of her work in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!