A little bit of glam meets a little bit of sophistication in this affair with a neutral color palette. Chrissy and Josh's Priory wedding combined classic elements with contemporary trends, all while being picture perfect. Timeless taupe and ivory met modern day mixed metallics of gold, silver, and rose gold for a look that was chic and simple. GreenSinner used lush greenery in the form of table runners, abundant bouquets, and a variety of centerpieces to add a element of natural, earthy goodness to the day. Throw in some crystals, mercury glass, and a healthy dose of beading on Chrissy's Allure Bridals wedding dress (not to mention those peep toe Jimmy Choos!) and you've got a recipe for a dream wedding. When planning her big day, Chrissy wanted to create something warm, soft, and romantic. I'd say mission accomplished, Chrissy. Enjoy all of the sparkly, fresh details captured by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers!
From the bride…
Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
It was a total surprise! Josh and I rode bikes a lot but somewhere throughout the summer it got away from us. The week of the proposal, he asked me at the beginning of the week if I wanted to ride bikes on Saturday morning. I thought nothing of it. (I also thought nothing of the cargo shorts he chose to wear instead of gym shorts but hey, where else would he keep the ring?) We went to the Riverfront Trail and stopped for a break around the Alcoa building (where we met at work) and that's where he popped the question!! I never thought we would get engaged on bikes, in gym clothes, at 10 a.m. but I wouldn't change it for the world.
Describe the look, theme, style, and colors of the wedding.
The wedding was romantic, sophisticated, and warm. The color palate was neutral, blush, and gold. The bridesmaids dresses were the perfect mix of being glamorous and natural. The overall floral look was a soft palette including greenery, birch trees, and romantic lighting, which provided the exact ambiance we were looking for. The entire design team understood our vision, and the wedding was executed to perfection.
What inspired the vision?
I was really into the romantic, soft, wintery feel. Google and Pinterest quickly became my best friends. After seeing so many weddings, I knew what I wanted and this helped with my vision a lot. Looking back, I wouldn’t have changed anything.
What made the wedding unique?
The obvious answer is that the wedding was planned in six months and took place in February. What made the wedding unique for us was the overwhelming joy and love we felt from start to finish. Josh and I are incredibly fortunate to have the love and support from our family and friends, and it was very evident on our wedding day. The genuine response of people wanting to be involved, whether it was offering relationship advice, giving honeymoon tips, or volunteering to make dozens of cookies, meant the world to us. We made it a point to take the day slow, look around, and take mental pictures as we knew this day would be one we would never forget.
What was your favorite moment of the day?
There were so many moments we wouldn’t change and will remember forever. Two specific things that stick out to both of us would be the father of the bride toast and our final dance with all of our loved ones. My father and I have a very special relationship. To marry a man I knew he approved of was important to me. Not only did that happen but they have grown to have their own love and respect for each other. His genuine words of support, love, and happiness will be ones we will both never forget. Finishing off the night dancing and singing “Piano Man” as we were hand-in-hand looking around and being able to take it all in was so special to us. This will forever be one of “our songs” and a memory we will share with our children.
What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Cherish the moments. From my engagement, wedding shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and big day, I made a conscious effort to look around and be present. The events and timeline will go so quickly and you will never get it back. Things will happen you can’t control and most of the time no one will ever know about. These are the things that aren’t important. Remember who was there, how special you felt, and that this is your day.
Any must haves, must dos, or can’t live withouts? Anything you would do differently?
A must have is definitely either a wedding planner or a strong team behind you. Our wedding was planned in six months and without the support and decisiveness of my family and friends it couldn’t have happened. So if you aren’t someone who can be assertive or make decisions easily, my must have would definitely be a wedding planner.
Bride's Dress: Allure Bridals from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Jewelry: Borrowed from bridesmaid | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo and Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids | Cake: Grand Hall at the Priory | Ceremony Location: Grand Hall at the Priory | Chair Covers & Bands: Pittsburgh Chair Covers | DJ: Flipside DJs | Flowers: GreenSinner | Hair: Lyndsay Clark from Studio Booth (bride, mother of the bride, and bridesmaids) and Hannah Conard Beauty (bridesmaids) | Harpist: Sound of Elegance Harpist | Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty | Photography: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers | Reception Venue: Grand Hall at the Priory | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Videography: Just Hitched Films