You know the kind of wedding that is filled with so many fabulous details, like gold floral napkin rings (DIY from the bride!), cakes at every table (courtesy of JPC Event Group), and floral centerpieces to match the watercolor art gallery? They’re filled with so many fabulous details and captured so lovely (by Joey Kennedy Photography, no less) that you just can’t pick a favorite moment. Lucky for us, with that kind of wedding, there also comes a gallery that is perfect for an entire afternoon of perusing. Click here to see it!
From the beautiful bride … Chad and I began dating during our first year of college at Walsh University. We lived four doors down from each other during our Freshman year and met the first week of classes while I was waiting in the hallway for a friend. We struck up a conversation that led to many more conversations.
Our love took us to Pittsburgh together, and it flourished in the “City of Bridges” amid the late night study sessions and hectic schedules. Chad proposed on his birthday (December 5th) while we were visiting the big Christmas tree in the middle of Downtown Pittsburgh.
The day of the wedding was so exciting! It was incredible to be surrounded by all our family and friends. We really wanted to throw a fun party for everyone to show how much we appreciated all their love and support. The best part of the day was the first-look session with Chad and I. It was so surreal to have such an intimate moment between the two of us while there was so much going on all around us and it was the perfect way to kick off all the festivities.
From JPC Event Group … The architecture and art of the Butler Institute of American Art created an amazing backdrop to the day that Jessica and Chad had crafted to be elegant and filled with family. The museum is the first American art museum in the United States and was dedicated in 1919 on the campus of Youngstown State University. Jessica has fond memories of art classes and field trips to the museum during her childhood.
Golden vintage touches graced the tables accented by handmade gem garnished napkin rings created by the bride as wedding favors and centerpieces of wedding cake created by JPC Event Group. Family members lovingly created thousands of cookies for the requisite Pittsburgh cookie table, furthering the atmosphere of family and love that prevailed.
Guests were greeted by a champagne bellini station and butler passed appetizers featuring mini sonora pork confit tacos topped with grilled pineapple habenero salsa paired with mini margaritas, pasta and meatball crostini forks and mini grilled cheese with tomato basil bisque shots. Dinner was served family style to further create the convivial family atmosphere with upscale comfort foods and a cotton candy station was a final whimsical touch served among the portraiture of the museum during dancing to the club vibe created by DJ Bill Bara.
Photographer: Joey Kennedy Photography | Day of coordination: Richard Wimer, JPC Event Group| Culinary/Bar Services: JPC Event Group | Centerpiece Wedding Cakes: JPC Event Group | DJ: Bill Bara of Modern Era Weddings | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals | Venue: The Butler Institute of American Art | Napkin ring favors: DIY by bride Jessica | Homemade cookies: The bridal families | Ceremony Dress: Custom Design, Bridal Bliss Design | Reception Dress: White by Vera Wang | Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: After Six via Perfect Bridal | Engagement Ring: Gemvara | Groom’s Wedding Band: Pompeii3 | Invitations and programs: custom design by Kate Butler of Alfred Bird Design Group