Modern Chic Wedding at the Pennsylvanian: Mallory & Zach

Inspired by sophisticated style and clean lines, this wedding is about as chic as it gets.  Mallory has always adored the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis.  When she married Zach, the pair channeled their styles as they designed a day that was timeless and refined.  They even dressed the part with the groom donning an always-in-style black and white tuxedo while Mallory wore a figure-flattering Anne Barge mermaid gown with a delicate bow at the waist.  A classic black and white color scheme fit with the grand beauty of The Pennsylvanian, which was flawlessly designed by Shayne of Soiree by Souleret – the bride's sister!  It pays to have a wedding planner in the family because this affair was stunning.  Lavish florals from Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design, fresh white roses at each place setting, ornate gold detailing, and even a few surprises for the bride and groom gave the historic venue a fresh, modern look that oozed romance and elegance.  These images from Ryan Zarichnak Photography are sure to leave you speechless!

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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!

Zach and I met in college at Penn State Behrend.  He played soccer and I ran track and cross country, so we always seemed to cross paths with other student athletes but we weren't formally introduced.  We officially met at a track party, talking the entire night about everything we had in common.  Soon after, I transferred to Penn State’s University Park Campus and was dating someone else, and unfortunately we lost touch.  In 2008, I was single again, visiting friends at Penn State Behrend, and the rest is history.

Zach tried to ask my dad for permission for several months.  Living in Atlanta and traveling back to Pittsburgh only for holiday visits made it difficult to get him alone.  He eventually ran out of time, but still wanted to propose while we were home for Christmas break.  One night, a close friend was having a party and we got ready at my parents’ house.  After trying to get my dad alone all day, Zach eventually got him isolated and asked just 20 minutes before proposing!  On the way to the party, we passed by Mt. Washington, where a friend lived.  Zach asked if I minded if we stopped by to say hello.  We parked in front of the friend’s house and he said, “Well, while we're here, we might as well go to the overlook.”  Not thinking anything of it, we walked to the overlook, looked at the city, and he got down on one knee.

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

Zach and I both appreciate simplicity.  Our style is classic and sophisticated, so the wedding was no different.  I have always been inspired by the looks of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis, and I loved their personal style.  I knew I wanted something with clean lines for my dress and the bridesmaids dresses.  However, I had to add some bows for a little Kate Spade inspiration.  We always envisioned getting married in Pittsburgh because that is where we both are originally from.  I was always in love with The Pennsylvanian – the history of the building and the grandeur.  To be honest, the gold walls always reminded me of the ballroom in Beauty and the Beast.  Also, when we told Zach's late grandmother that we were getting married at The Pennsylvanian, she mentioned that was where she saw the troops off to war for World War II.  There were so many reasons, but the main reason was the space was just so special and breathtaking on its own that it didn't need tons of decorations.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Our favorite moment was when I walked down the aisle to our close friend playing an acoustic version of ”Moon River” on the guitar.  I first fell in love with the song when I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  It was such a sentimental moment because the guitarist was one of Zach's best friends and a groomsman that is married to one of my best friends from middle school.  It was also amazing to have a personal song played while I looked at Zach for the first time.  In addition to the special song, all our loved ones were in one room, which may never happen again.

Another favorite moment was when Shayne, our planner and my sister, took us into The Pennsylvanian for the first time.  It was amazing to see everything and take it all in before any of the guests were invited to sit for dinner.  She also had several surprises for us as her wedding gift and it all looked so breathtaking!

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

Trust your vendors and tie in family traditions!  We were blessed to have my amazing sister, Shayne Souleret from Soiree by Souleret, as our wedding planner, as well as a team of outstanding vendors.  For the wedding, I wore my sister's veil.  It was one of my favorite things because it made me feel so bridal and special.  I also wore Zach’s great grandma's necklace that has been worn by all the women in his family on their wedding day.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Anne Barge from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Accessories: Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Cake: Opening Night Catering | Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Caterer: Opening Night Catering | Ceremony Location: Baldwin Community United Methodist Church | DJ: Andy Booth | Flowers: Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design | Hair: Beauty Justified | Lighting: E.F. Lighting | Linens: Mosaic | Live Artist: Jay Flores | Makeup: Beauty Justified | Photography: Ryan Zarichnak Photography | Reception Venue: The Pennsylvanian | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Tortorice Limousine | Videography: Just Hitched Wedding Films | Wedding Planner: Soiree by Souleret

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Flowers: Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design | Lighting: E.F. Lighting | Photography: Ryan Zarichnak Photography | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Wedding Planner: Soiree by Souleret

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