Introducing Adam Michaels Photography & A Special Offer!

When I look at pictures from Adam Michaels Photography, I have a hard time deciding what's prettier – the landscape or the couple itself.  Inspired by architecture, environmental elements, and his world-wide travels, Adam creates epic works of art with his photographs.  He's acutely aware of his surroundings and uses them to his advantage, and to the advantage of the couple he's shooting.  You end up looking like a couple of rock stars, and Adam ends up with crazy good images like this.  If you aren't wowed yet, go see more of his work in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!  But don't say I didn't warn you…

Book Adam and mention Burgh Brides to receive a 12×18″ canvas!

Adam Michaels Photography - Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer & Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member

Introducing Meaningful Marriages!

If you're still looking for a ceremony officiant, you're going to LOVE the newest addition to the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!  Larry of Meaningful Marriages has been conducting wedding ceremonies for over two decades.  In that time, he's helped hundreds of couples celebrate their commitment to each other.  His favorite part about what he does is the opportunity to witness so much joy and love in a single place, and then channeling all of that back to the couple getting married.  Head on over to the Vendor Guide to learn more about him!

EF Lighting: 6 Ways They Can Totally Transform Your Wedding Space

Do me a favor, ok?  Pretty, pretty please leave room in your wedding budget for lighting.  Did she say lighting?  Yes, lighting.  What’s the big deal with lighting?  Well, it’s only the easiest and most cost-effective way to totally jazz up a space.  NBD.  Want to dress up those ugly banquet room walls? Want to feel like a superstar with a dance floor spot light?  Want your guests to feel like they are in a completely new world?  The answer to all of these questions is lighting, my friends.  And speaking of friends, my pals at EF Lighting are the best in the biz.  Whether it’s creating something completely unique or making your Pinterest dreams come true, Amanda and her team love bringing a client’s personality alive through lighting.  Their process is to make the lighting design fit the style, budget, and desires of their couples – not the other way around.  Not only will you love working with Amanda and her team (nicest.people.ever.), but they’ll help you completely transform your wedding space with their lighting know-how.  Here are six ways how!

Uplighting

Uplighting has been super popular for years, and I’m so happy about it.  It’s pretty self-explanatory…uplights are LIGHTS that shine UP and they’re normally cast vertically on a wall from the floor.  Whether it’s a splash of color or even just a soft white wash to give the room a glow, uplights can make a venue look and feel completely different.  They create an ambiance, which is exactly what you want!

EF Lighting: 6 Ways They Can Totally Transform Your Wedding Space from Burgh Brides

Gobos

A gobo is metal plate that projects a certain image or words on to a surface.  Ever see a bride and groom’s name or initials on the dance floor?  That’s a gobo, and it’s one way to get totally personal with your lighting.  A custom-made gobo can show off just about any image or phrase that you want.  Keep it simple with your first names and wedding date or get really fancy with the filigree pattern and custom monogram from your invitations.  Either way, a custom gobo really allows you to put your own mark on the occasion.

EF Lighting: 6 Ways They Can Totally Transform Your Wedding Space from Burgh Brides

Pin Spots

You’ve spent THOUSANDS of dollars on the flowers, linens, cake, etc. etc. etc.  Do you really want all of that to fade into a dark background and be unseen by everyone?  Highlight all of your details with pin spots!  These tiny lights hang from the ceiling and are literally a personal spot light for all of your wedding details.  Your four-tier buttercream cake might be pretty now, but it’s going to be ABSOLUTELY STUNNING when showcased under one of these babies!

Traveling Spot Lights

Elevate your first dance as newlyweds with a traveling spot light.  It’s very Cinderella-esque and you’ll feel like the star of your very own show.  During those three or four minutes, all of your guests will be staring at you anyways.  Make sure they can actually SEE you!  Don’t let this special dance fall into the shadows.  Instead, really call attention to it with a spot light that follows every move.

Bistro & String Lights

Add a whimsical look to your space with hanging bistro or string lights.  Strung above your dance floor or even hung vertically behind your sweetheart table, these lights bring a touch of romance and fantasy no matter where they are.

Statement Lighting Pieces

Really want to make jaws drop?  Go for a statement lighting piece that I guarantee your guests have never seen before.  From Edison bulb chandeliers to colorful, glowing lampshades suspended over dinner tables, EF Lighting has a ton of cool, funky ideas that will WOW.

EF Lighting: 6 Ways They Can Totally Transform Your Wedding Space from Burgh Brides

Trust me when I say this – you won’t regret allocating some of your wedding budget for lighting.  But if you still need some more convincing, head on over to the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide to read more about how EF Lighting can help to BRIGHTEN UP your wedding day!  (See what I did there?)

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.

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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!

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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!