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Elegant Summer Wedding at Pittsburgh Golf Course

Some weddings make my heart beat a bit faster and this elegant-meets-vintage affair is one of them. From the beautiful florals to more perfect personal touches than I can count, I’m in love with this couple and every inch of their celebration. Palermo Photo captured it all and I dare you to soak up this gallery and not find a smile spreading across your face.

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From Palermo Photo… I am so thrilled to share with you this beautiful wedding from this beautiful couple. Kate and Danny were married on August 16, 2014. This Brooklyn-based couple decided to swap the Big Apple for the ‘Burgh to exchange vows in the Bride’s hometown. It was truly a family affair, with sentiment and family ties woven throughout the wedding day. The bride wore two necklaces tucked beneath the intricate lace of her gown – an heirloom necklace from the bride’s grandmother and the groom’s grandmother. The bride also held a lace handkerchief with her bouquet, a Puerto Rican tradition from the groom’s family. Speaking of the groom, he was a beacon of style and class, yet still sentimental and family-focused, donning a vintage YSL tuxedo that belonged to his father.

The sun shone bright on the happy couple as they entered the Pittsburgh Golf Club to share drinks and dances with friends and family, after saying “I do” at the Epiphany Church in downtown Pittsburgh. Fun was had by all, between the tears and hugs of course.

A quick trip back to the beginning: these two smitten kittens met freshman year in college at Fordham University in New York. As these things often go, they were great friends but star-crossed, one was always taken when the other was single, and visa versa, until one fateful moment arrived senior year at Fordham that brought these two lovebirds together. Danny and Kate have been together ever since, and now are happily married!

From The Bride… Danny and I live in New York, but we decided to get married in Pittsburgh, where I grew up and where my parents live. We’re so glad we did! It was so special showing our friends and families a city that we both love. I’m not the kind of bride who relished the idea of spending tons and tons of time planning a wedding, so doing so from another city also allowed us to take a pretty laid back approach to everything. (My mom helped tremendously as well!) I wanted our wedding to have a garden party feel to it, so the Pittsburgh Golf Club, which sits on a golf course in the largest park in the city, was the perfect setting for our reception. The Golf Club and the Church of the Epiphany, where we were married, are both Pittsburgh historic landmarks, so we wanted to the wedding to have a simple, timeless feel. We incorporated a lot of items and traditions from both of our families – I wore necklaces from his grandmother and my grandmother, and my wedding band was my other grandmother’s. I also carried a white lace handkerchief with my bouquet, a tradition from Danny’s family. Aesthetically, I wanted our wedding to have an romantic, floral, classic, sort-of vintage vibe to it. Loose bouquets, white hydrangeas and Queen Anne’s lace with some light pink wax flowers and pops of bright green. Very garden-y, and an (understated) flower crown on me! We just wanted our wedding to be a really fun party, with great music (anything from Beyonce to Al Green to the Talking Heads) and LOTS of dancing because our friends and family are big on dancing. And special thanks goes to our vendors, most especially Maria Palermo, who is not only an amazing photographer but also hilarious and patient and fun.

Photography: Palermo Photo | Floral Design: Crossroad Florist | Wedding Dress: Collette Dinnigan | Ceremony Venue: Epiphany Church | Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Golf Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | DJ: Entertainment Unlimited | Harpist: Suzanne Hershey | Accommodations/getting Ready: Omni William Penn Hotel | Hair Styling: Salon & Spa At SouthPointe | Makeup: Red Lips And Roses

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Organic + Vintage Mellon Park Garden Wedding

I’m coining this day Organic Garden Fairy Tale Magic… it’s absolute ethereal beauty, with the most delicate touches of whimsy. The loveliest of floral crowns, itsy-bitsy flower girls in garden green that will make you melt, paper cranes floating about and so much more. I promise you, Joey Kennedy will surely steal your heart with his gorgeous captures.

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From the beautiful Bride… When we began planning our wedding, Patrick and I wanted to create a beautiful but relaxed day focused on celebrating our love with our families and closest friends. We wrote our own ceremony, selecting readings, songs and traditions that reflected who we are as a couple and where we come from. The entire day was saturated with personal touches and hand-made details with an overall organic, vintage feel. With the help of a family friend who did our calligraphy we created our own wedding invitations. I spent months collecting vintage china and brass candlesticks for the reception. We were very lucky to have our talented friend and chef create a beautiful meal for our guests, served by the most amazing crew who made our reception seamless. We designed and created all the floral arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres and crowns with the help of our family on the morning before the wedding. Other projects included our paper mache table numbers and oversized initials, favors, custom match-boxes for our sparkler exit, our dessert table ribbon back-drop, paper crane ceremony backdrop, and our pressed-leaf escort cards hung from gold tree branches. But the most amazing personal touch that I will treasure forever was my talented mother who designed and hand made my wedding gown using mostly antique fabrics that belonged to by grandmother. She also hand made the bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses and groomsmen ties. It was a labor of love, and it made the whole experience of being a bride so very special for me.

We were very happy with our venue choices for our day. We let the beauty of the Walled Garden in Mellon Park shine on its own, and the Pittsburgh Opera, a renovated Westinghouse air-brake factory with an industrial feel, gave us a blank slate for us to create our dream reception. The few vendors that we did use were wonderful, with the whole day captured by the extremely talented Joey Kennedy.

Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography | Invitations: Judy Tamagno | Ceremony Venue: Mellon Park Walled Garden | Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Opera | Catering: Chef Kevin Klingensmith | Hair: Metamorphosis Salon | Calligraphy: Judy Tamagno | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Makeup: Rachael Ryan Makeup

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Traditional Golf Club Wedding

Take a stunning golf course setting, add in an adorable bride and groom, a talented team of vendors and moment after moment of pure happy and this is what you get: a dream-like day filled to the gills with beautiful stylings and cultural details that will make your heart sing.  In other words?  It’s vibrant, classic and all sorts of pretty.  See it captured by Mandy Fierens in the full gallery.

From Mandy Fierens Photography… This was actually this beautiful couple’s third celebration for their marriage. They had a city hall civil ceremony in San Francisco, then a reception in Taiwan and, finally, this United States ceremony and reception in Pittsburgh. They had a tea ceremony, a short ceremony on the Bob O’Connor Golf course (the first one in history), and a charming reception filled with games, karaoke, sweets and their loved ones.

Photography: Mandy Fierens Photography | Planner: Ansley Esterline Of Bliss Events Ltd. | Florist: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Amanda Bold | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: The Bob O'Connor Golf Course | Reception Venue: The Pittsburgh Golf Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: The Dessy Group | DJ: Eclipse Unlimited Entertainment | Casino Games: Talent Network, Inc. | Ceremony Musicians: Sarah Garin And String Trio | Chairs And Linenes: Exceptional Essentials Plus | Director Of Events: Karen Bertram | Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes: Jos. A. Bank | Makeup Artist And Hair Stylist: Ai Sakai | Transportation: Pittsburgh Transportation Group

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