At first glance, this Pittsburgh barn wedding is a beautiful inspiration shoot from Craig Photography featuring a gorgeous bride, a handsome groom, and some pretty amazing details. But once you read the description below, it becomes obvious that this is an engagement shoot filled with the love of two people, and so many handmade, heartfelt details that act as a blueprint for what will be a gorgeous wedding. The bride designed it all, with a little help from Mocha Rose Floral Designs, and the groom even contributed to the shoot with two of his original pieces of art. It doesn’t get better than this, y’all. There is so much more in the gallery, so don’t forget to pop in there!

From Craig Photography Abby and Jesse are one of our engaged couples and Abby had the fabulous idea to turn their Engagement Session into an Inspiration Session so that she could try out all of her wedding ideas to see what they would look like on her wedding day. She titled her look “Dreaming of Wheat.” Abby is a designer in the Pittsburgh area and her ideas for this session were incredibly creative and so much fun for me to photograph.

As you can see, this is a non-traditional wedding as Abby has chosen to wear a gown, but not a white wedding gown, for her wedding day. Abby is so incredibly creative; she designed every single thing in these photos, except the floral arrangements. Abby designed and printed her own invitations and designed and wrote the calligraphy on all of her guests’ envelopes. The eggs you’ll see are a tradition in her family and have all been hand-painted by her and all of the women in her family over the years.

Abby also had the eclectic idea to set each setting at her wedding table with all different plates and chargers, using antique settings from her own collection that she has collected since she was a child. Abby also designed and created all the favors, which were lavender essential oils. Essential oils are a passion of Abby’s and she created each label and hand-wrote each tag for each guest. You will also see a crepe cake in the photos, another non-traditional detail from Abby. She baked the cake herself, with a little help from her mother.

The session took place at her uncle’s barn right outside of Pittsburgh. Abby also had the whimsical idea to hang really long ribbons from tree branches on one of the trees on the property for another set to go along with all the other scenes she designed.

Her fiance is Jesse, who is a successful painter in the Pittsburgh area. Abby and Jesse really wanted to incorporate both of their styles so as you’ll see, there are two paintings hanging in different settings. One is above the cake table, the other behind and above the main table. Both are original paintings by Jesse. Jesse also created and hand-painted the “Abby and Jesse Just Married” sign.

Photography: Craig Photography / Event Styling and Design: Abby Warhola / Invitations: VevaSteva / Artwork: Jesse Best / Hair & Makeup: Justine Lynn, Beauty Justified / Florals: April Mason, Mocha Rose Floral Designs / Linens: Mosaic, Inc.

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