Sabrina and Brandon's wedding was a flawless mix of classic, glamorous, and DIY. The unique combination can be hard to pull off but these two did it flawlessly. A color palette of blush, ivory, and gold gave the wedding day a hint of femininity while the couple chose to incorporate timeless wedding traditions with touches of their own personality. From dainty pink bridesmaids dresses to lots and lots of garden roses to rhinestones and crystals adorning the mix of long and round tables at the reception, Sabrina and Brandon's wedding was oh-so-pretty. A few of the most loved details?
- Sabrina's dress change! That's right. Why have one wedding dress when you can have two? The bride started her day off with a rouched sweetheart neck gown with a beaded belt and floral accent on the hip. But she finished it with a dropped waisted number with an encrusted illusion lace back. Stunning!
- Yummy favors. Guests ending their night with delicious chocolate chip cookies from Nancy B's Bakery. The best kind of favorable is one that a.) edible, b.) useful, or c.) a donation. And who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies?
- A welcomed wedding crasher! Pitt's Roc surprised the groom in a special appearance arranged by the bride. After playing “Sweet Caroline”, Brandon was even presented with his very own Pitt flag! Hail to Pitt!
Jess Nelson Photography was on hand to photograph every glitzy, classic detail. If you aren't inspired by this one, we need to chat. Enjoy!
From the bride…
When and how did you two meet?
Our best friends married each other but somehow we never really crossed paths over the years. We are connected by so many people and events but it wasn't until a chance encounter occurred at a funeral (of all places) that we met. He saw me and recognized me immediately but I never saw him. After conferring with our mutual friends, Brandon expressed his interest, and months later we were essentially together.
Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
On December 19, 2015, we were headed on a road trip to Bedford Springs to enjoy the spa and a great dinner for Brandon's birthday. I had no clue that he planned to propose but I thought it might happen over the holiday. Before we left to get on the road, he handed me a huge pink box. Up until this point, his surprises were always sweet and practical, so I would almost have bet that there was a winter hat in the box. When I found the ring and he went down to one knee, I actually threw the ring out of nervousness and complete shock! He proposed right there on the spot and it was just the two of us. It was a perfect moment.
Describe the wedding. The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The wedding was simple and elegant. We were married at my family church where the pastor is my older cousin. The wedding decor was filled with blush, ivory, and gold tones. The reception venue was lit up with hundreds of candles and beautiful gold chandeliers. Before the wedding, we encountered some rain, so we took photos in the modern and unique Hotel Indigo. The after-wedding shots were taken outside in a picturesque area surrounding by trees and the scenic riverfront, after a dress change 🙂
What inspired your vision?
We really wanted to stay away from trends and stick with something that had some staying power. Blush and gold tones are timeless and we loved that our wedding decor and the environment of the entire day felt familiar. From the delicate garden rose bouquets to the soft blush bridesmaid gowns and traditional tuxes, everything was classy, beautiful, and warm.
What made your wedding unique?
Brandon is a graduate of Pitt, worked for the athletic department while there, and is a die hard Pitt football fan. I arranged for a special appearance by Roc, the Pitt Panther mascot, at the reception. It was a huge hit when Roc emerged and “Sweet Caroline” was played throughout the venue. He even presented Brandon with his own Pitt flag!
Bride to Bride
What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
We got ready in the Governors Suite of the Hotel Indigo. It was also the location of our first look. Having the beautiful and spacious suite to have my hair and makeup done and gather with my mother and bridesmaids was fantastic and allowed for a stress-free day. I could even shut the door when I needed time to myself. It was really important to have a place that we could consider home base. Hotel Indigo was not just our host hotel for guests, but we also held the rehearsal dinner there and came back to the hotel bar with three other wedding parties after the reception. Choose a hotel that fits all your needs and your style and you won't regret it!
Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts? Anything you would do differently?
If you're a DIY bride like myself, you may want to try to plan and execute everything by yourself. Do not do this. At the very least, enlist the help of a day-of coordinator or a very good and selfless friend that can help facilitate your vision. You can organize every detail but you'll need someone you can count on to bring it to life. Remember: you will be walking down the aisle and won't have time to check the seating chart or cue the soloist.
Band: The Karl Black Band | Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero & LaSposa from The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Accessories: Borrowed from a family member | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang for David's Bridal | Caterer: Phaturo's Catering | Ceremony Location: Nazarene Baptist Church | DJ: DJ Tee Jay | Favor: Nancy B's Bakery | Flowers: Harold's Flower Shop | Groom's Cake: Bella Christie | Hair: A Bryan Keith Salon | Makeup: Devan Rue | Menswear: Vera Wang for Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Jess Nelson Photography | Reception Venue: Greek Orthodox Social Hall | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental and Elegant Events by Andrea | Stationery: Omni by Design | Transportation: Tortorice Limousine| Wedding Cake: Moio's Italian Bakery
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