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Elegant Afternoon Brunch Wedding

In my book, brunch weddings are just about the most genius thing ever. When planned right, they make for a wedding EVERY bit as elegant as their evening affair counterparts, and this little beauty from Rhaina Taylor is a perfect example. Dive into all the daytime wedding beauty waiting right here.

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From Rhaina Taylor… A real life “Roman Holiday.” Mary Pat Stahler and Lee Feigert met on Duquesne University’s Rome Campus in 2006. To paraphrase Mary’s mother, the maid of honor, after Mary returned from Rome, she kept mentioning Lee’s name repeatedly. Their fairytale continued with their big apple engagement. Lee took Mary to NYC for the weekend to see Wicked and to go ice skating at Rockefeller Center. They had always talked about doing this. Lee arranged for everyone to clear the ice, and their song was played, Better Together by Jack Johnson, over the loud speaker. He proposed to her with just the 2 of them on the ice. Once she said yes, the crowd around them started cheering. Lee also arranged to have it video taped and photographed, which Mary never noticed was happening.

Lee and Mary Pat’s wedding day began very early with their 1st meeting at 8am. Mary rounded the corner and gently tapped Lee on the shoulder. Across the street both Lee’s mother and Mary’s mother, the maid of honor, just beamed while watching this intimate moment. From their we ventured to Chatham University’s Campus for our 1st portrait session of the day. Mary had such a complete vision of her special day complete with a few very special portraits that she wanted taken. A reenactment of a childhood photo with her brothers and my personal favorite… a couples’ photos which included both sets of their parents.

The Duquesne University alums chose to marry in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on Duquesne’s campus. Followed by their elegant brunch reception, held at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Mary Pat’s vision was of an intimate, rustic reception with a white, cream, and blush color palette. They enlisted the talented Shari Zatman of Perfectly Planned by Shari to help bring their vision to light. The bride wanted mixes of natural elements such as wood and burlap mixed with lace and crystal.

She also wanted her guests to be seated at one long farm table rather than be divided at separate tables. Shari brought the look together with lace tablecloth overlays placed over row after row of double width banquet tables paired with wooden farm chairs. Hanging low over the tables were elegant crystal chandeliers to add elegance to the tablescape. The floral centerpieces were a neutral palate of garden style flowers in an eclectic mix of containers. They wanted handmade elements of real lace incorporated into their invitation, so their stationer, Create Studio, handmade their invitations with wrapped lace ribbon details. The guests were assigned seats at the long table so they found their table assignments by looking for their names which were hand calligraphied on round cards which rested just below the clear glass charger plates at every place setting.

Their day was concluded with a portrait session inside Phipps Conservatory’s Broderie Room. As we walked through the building we took advantage of every nook and crany. Lastly we snuck outside to capture a few shots with Phipps’ signature glass enclosure as the background.

“Stick to your vision,” Mary Pat advises. “Don’t feel like you have to incorporate something into your wedding because of tradition if you don’t like the idea.” The couple did hold on to one special tradition, their first dance was to the same tune that played in the background during Lee’s fairytale proposal.

Photography: Rhaina Taylor Photography | Videographer: All Pro USA | Wedding Coordinator: Perfectly Planned By Shari ~ Shari Zatman | Floral Design: Hens And Chicks | Wedding Dress: Bridal Reflections, Designer Ines Di Santo | Ceremony Location: Chapel Of The Holy Spirit At Duquesne University | Reception Venue: Phipps Conservatory And Botanical Gardens | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Big Catering | Hair And Makeup: Capristo Salon | Band: Protege | Mens Attire: Men's Warehouse | Church: Chapel Of The Holy Spirit At Duquesne University | Decorations: All Occasions | Jewler: Eger's Jewlers | Linens: Mosiac | Special Treats: Bella Christie And Lil Z's Sweet Boutique

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1940s Wedding in Pittsburgh

In the 1940′s, the microwave was invented, the Jeep made it’s debut and Velcro found it’s way to store shelves. Casablanca came out in 1943, It’s a Wonderful Life shortly thereafter. And weddings? Well, they were driven by a sense of all out hollywood glam. So it’s no surprise that this couple took a nod from the 40′s and with photos by Craig Photography – held a vintage affair gone totally gorg. Click here for more!

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This was an incredible wedding during the Fall season in Pittsburgh. The bride decided she wanted a more period-styled wedding so the overall style was from the 1940′s era. She really did a wonderful job. The details were amazing!

The florist, April from Mocha Rose Floral Designs, worked with the bride to develop a floral theme of dutch still life that incorporated both floral and fruit designs and it was so gorgeous!! It just so happened that the boutique hotel that the wedding and reception took place at (Mansions on Fifth) had paintings of dutch still life throughout the establishment.

Stephanie & Dante also had love note quotes at each table to accompany the floral designs, which gave such a romantic feel to everything. The place was just dripping with florals and romance. The ceremony took place on the grand staircase, which was draped with a giant floral garland. Even the band was a 1940′s swing band, which made the night complete!

Photography: Craig Photography | Florist: Mocha Rose Floral Designs | Wedding Cake: Prantl's Bakery | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Justified | Band: Sarah King & The Smoke Rings | Hotel: Mansions On Fifth

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

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