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Intimate Backyard Horse Farm Wedding

When it came time for this wedding pro to plan her own special day, she knew exactly what to do. With help from The Kept Nest, she planned a completely bespoke affair at her parent’s stunning horse farm with Alexandra Meseke there to capture. And from the moment she arrived to the ceremony on a tractor (ah-mazing!) to the very last dance, the day shined with love inside and out.

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Fall
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Farm
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Rustic

From the Bride… It’s hard to say what my favorite part of our wedding was..besides the getting married part. Darren and I have been together since my senior year of college; so when we got married 8 years later I had had some time to think about what I wanted our big day to be like. It probably helped a bit that I’m a wedding photographer, and had started taking mental notes at my client’s weddings about what I loved about their days. So when I actually got to plan my own wedding it really went pretty smoothly.

We were planning the wedding from our home in Portland, Oregon, but the wedding would actually take place at my parents horse farm in Grantville, PA. It was important for me to find a planner/coordinator to help me out, and that’s where April from The Kept Nest came into play. I chatted with her about what I was thinking..rustic farm wedding, Cotton florals, pale peaches and pinks & golds for colors & a vintage camera theme, since we both work in the Photography industry..as well as a touch of equestrian for me, I’ve been riding since I was 5. April took all of that, a Pinterst board I made for her, and all of the props I had been gathering and shipping to my parents house and ran with it, and she brought it all together beautifully .

The most important thing to us about the day, was for everything to be deliberate and thoughtful, pretty too, but we wanted to smash as much meaning into the day as possible. So we started with Alexandra, our photographer, who has known us both since before we started dating and went from there. My brother was the speaker of Honor(officiant type person, we did a self sealing marriage) Our siblings made up most of our wedding party. My dad drove me up to the ceremony on a tractor, and walked me down the aisle. Our moms both did readings from Jane Eyre & Pablo Neruda, and then we read vows that we wrote…his were better than mine!

We did our first dance to Hold my Head Above Water by Quiet Company, and finished it off with fireworks to symbolize when Darren first asked me to be his girlfriend on a rooftop in Brooklyn, and then 6 years later when he asked me to be his wife on a mountain top in Oregon, both on the Fourth of July. There’s nothing I would have changed about the day at all, it was perfect.

Photography: Alexandra Meseke Photography | Wedding Dress: Charlotte's Weddings Portland | Flowers: The Kept Nest | Bridesmaid Dresses: Harsuccthing Etsy Shop | Event Design: The Kept Nest | Make-Up: Aubrey Childers | Hair: Tantrum Hershey | Bed And Breakfast: Westwynd Farm Inn | Coordination: The Kept Nest | Decor/Rentals: The Kept Nest | Groom Attire: Banana Republic | Groom Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Venue: TLC Stables

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Romantic Gatsby Bridal Styled Shoot

If you’re going for the Daisy look on your wedding day (and who wouldn’t want to be as beautiful as the woman Jay Gatsby – or Leo, for you modern ladies – obsesses over) boy do we have some inspiration for you. Justin Tearney has pulled together some of the most beautiful Gatsby-esque looks we’ve seen in a while, and it’s all right here.


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Spring
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Forest
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Romantic

From Justin Tearney… My wife Megan and I put together an inspirational bridal shoot that featured a classic Gatsby look with different headpiece and veil options. We also included some gorgeous florals to match provided by Heather Heagy of Custom Florals. The shoot was intended to be ultra simple and strictly focus on 3 things: The beauty of the bride, the gatsby style for inspiration, and the amazing colors as only film photography can capture. All images captured on medium format Kodak Portra 800 film.

Photographer: Justin Tearney | Hair And Make Up: Alana Schnoor | Dress : Cocoa Couture | Film Processing: Photovision | Florist : Heather Heagy Of Custom Florals | Head Pieces : Andrea Brown Of Divine By Andrea | Model : Hilary Heagy | Stylist : Megan Tearney

Traditional Pittsburgh Wedding at the William Penn Omni Hotel

I know you come here for your daily dose of weddings, but I’m just as certain you’re here for your daily dose of happy too. Valerie Barnes Film has delivered, because the couple at the center of this wedding has both a love and a happiness that are contagious!


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Fall

From the cinematographer… Even though Susanna and Carl met and now reside in Boston, she chose to marry in her hometown of Pittsburgh because she wanted to be married in St. Paul’s Cathedral, the church where her parents were married in 1972. ” I can’t wait to be in that church. It’s so beautiful.”

When she brought Carl to Pittsburgh for the first time she took him to the church for a cousin’s wedding and told him, “I’m going to get married one day in this church.”

On the morning of her wedding day, she dressed at her parent’s home in Fox Chapel. Though her dress was designed by Monique L’huiller and her shoes by Badgley Mischka, she added a few personal items to complete her look — the veil she wore was the her mother’s wedding veil and the bracelet she wore was also borrowed from her mother.

The wedding reception was held in the William Penn Omni Hotel. “I loved that it was in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh and also thought it was perfect for the feel of our wedding. “

Susanna’s thought about her marriage, “I hope for our marriage that we are able to hold in our hearts and our minds the love and admiration and appreciation that we have for each other today everyday, and that we keep growing not only as individuals but as a couple.”

Photography: Goldstein Photography | Videography: Valerie Barnes Film | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Floral Design: Hepatica | Cake: Vanilla Pastry | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul's Cathedral | Reception Venue: Omni William Penn | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Tiffany's | Catering: Omni William Penn | Event Planning: The Event Group | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: Amsale | Linens: Mosaic Linens | Tuxedo: Tophat Tuxedo

Amsale, Badgley Mischka and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.