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Romantic Pennsylvania Ballroom Wedding

As an inspiring event planner, this beautiful Bride has a vision for her wedding day, and that vision was completely stunning. With the help of an amazing team, her vision of an intimate (even with 514 guests!) and elegant black-tie wedding came to life. And thanks to Joey Kennedy Photography, we can enjoy all the beauty.

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From the Bride… Mine and John’s love was magnetic. The second that our eyes met, my soul kicked with such joy that I knew right then that I found my forever. Yes, I was smitten with his Kennedy-esque looks, but his sense of humor and genuine demeanor pulled me in unlike anything I have ever experienced. There was never a question in my heart; I found my soul mate.

A year and a half later, we found ourselves soaking in the golden beauty that is Pennsylvania in the fall. John planned a lovely day for us that started with a tour of Fallingwater and ended with an al fresco picnic at his family’s farm. Since I am normally the planner in our relationship, I sensed that something was up and that same soul-kicking feeling was fluttering inside me all day long. As silly as it sounds, I instantly regretted not wearing my new maxi dress and thanked the heavens that I by chance had my nails done (like it actually matters). While enjoying champagne and our delicious picnic spread, John rose to retrieve what would be the ring and accidentally stepped on his crystal champagne flute, sending shards of crystal all over our picnic. After a laugh-worthy clean up, some crystal foot extractions and a relocation of our picnic, John attempted to grab the ring once more and got on one knee, asking me to be his wife.

After announcing and celebrating our engagement, we set our date for September of 2014, my absolute favorite month of the year! Coming from big Irish and Italian families, we always knew that we were going to have a large Pittsburgh wedding; the wedding party itself consisted of 15 bridesmaids and 13 groomsmen! We decided to have our wedding ceremony at St. Bede Church, a small parish church where John’s family belonged. With a final guest list of 514 invitees, we booked the stunning Omni William Penn Hotel ballroom to host our reception.

My bridal party and I got dolled up for the 3:00 ceremony in a suite at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Music, laughs and lovely sentiments filled the space and, when the time arrived, my girls helped me put on my blush lace Monique Lhuillier gown. I was given the honor of donning John’s mother’s lace cathedral veil for the occasion and I also pinned a piece of my mother’s wedding dress into my dress so that I would have a piece of both of them with me all day long. I also decided to keep a sweet tradition from my collegiate years and wore the Penn State Pi Beta Phi bridal pin on my gown, which has been passed down to bride-to-be’s since 1954.

The one thing I loved about hosting such a large wedding in a smaller church was that every single pew was filled with guests, decked out in their finest black tie garb. There wasn’t an open seat in the house, much like a scene straight out of a movie! The excitement was contagious. This atmosphere was only amplified by John’s older brother, an ordained Catholic priest and the celebrant of our Sacrament of Matrimony. Bringing the crowd to both laughter and tears, Father Chris Donley, and my now brother-in-law, delivered a heartfelt and personal homily which will sit in our hearts forever. Our ceremony was both religious and deeply personal, making it my favorite part of the day. We left for our reception in true vintage style, jumping in John’s dad’s 1930 Rolls Royce.

As an aspiring event planner, I had a pretty detailed vision for our wedding reception from the get-go; a blend of organic elegance with vintage touches, creating a rich, intimate atmosphere. It was important for us to host a formal, black tie event without all of the stuffiness that those can sometimes entail. Guests were welcomed into our cocktail hour with walking hors d’oeuvres and an open bar as well as some fun, personal touches; two giant gold Jenga sets and vintage typewriter guest books set the tone for the lively evening ahead.

Dinner was held in the grand ballroom, featuring kings’ tables, candlelit balconies and candelabras, a live quartet and a personalized round dance floor. Shades of gold and elegant pomegranate centerpieces cast a warm tone throughout the ballroom, creating a charmingly intimate vibe throughout dinner. Personalized menus led guests to their seats where they enjoyed a four course meal and poured wine service.

One of my favorite parts of any reception is when the groom toasts his bride, and John certainly rose to the occasion. Being the stoic Irish man that he is, John is not one to share his feelings with the world, so his toast touched me deeply. The sincere and beautiful words that came from his mouth resonated with the entire room and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house (mostly just the women I should add)!

After toasts and the cutting of our gilded gold cake, we were all led into the dance portion of the evening in the former cocktail hour room, which was now complete with lounge seating, a full 9-piece band, dance floor, slow motion video booth, coffee bars and a crepe station. My Italian family owns a pretty famous pizza shop in the Pittsburgh area, so the crepe station eventually made a late night switch to a pizza bar, which the guests enthusiastically embraced. The remainder of the evening was spent dancing, singing and laughing with our closest family and friends.

If I had to pick one theme for the entire day, it would be joy. It surrounded every detail and every minute of our wedding day; so tangible you could feel it! It truly was a magical day, and the best part is that it is just the beginning for us.

Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography | Videography: ShoFilms | Event Design: Something New Events | Floral Design: Something New Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Oakmont Bakery | Invitations: Copper Willow Paper Studio | Ceremony Venue: St. Bede Church | Reception Venue: Omni William Penn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Band: Free Spirit | Hair Accessories: Helena Noelle Couture | Headpiece: Helena Noelle Couture | Linens: Mosaic | Rentals: All Occasions | Video Booth: ShoFilms

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Glamorous 1920s-Inspired Pennsylvania Wedding

It’s all the little details that make this glamorous wedding such a huge success. From the custom Monique Lhuillier lace gown and mismatched Amsale bridesmaids dresses, to the Ring Bearer’s adorable top hat and the reception’s 1920s speak-easy vibe, this Pittsburgh wedding captured by Clean Plate Pictures really wows. Fall in love with all the pretty here.

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From Clean Plate PicturesOn a perfect September evening, Ashley and Jeffrey Czaplicki began a new journey together with a ceremony on the steps of the Frick Art & Historical Center’s museum patio in Pittsburgh, PA. Soft tulle and crystal beading draped the trees with the aisle railings covered in lush greenery. The bridal party included friends, family and siblings, as well Sammie, the couple’s adored pup, who shared a moment with the groom. As a piano and trumpet played, the bride arrived with her father in a vintage car wearing a custom-made Monique Lhuillier gown with a cathedral veil. Guests cheered as the couple shared their first kiss and the pastor, who married the bride’s parents more than 30 years ago, announced the newlyweds. The couple released a pair of doves to signify that they will forever fly together.

The bride carried a full white and blush bouquet containing, Vitality, Patience and Peach Juliet David Austin roses, ranunculus, cabbage roses, seeded eucalyptus, ivy weaved through and dusty miller at its base. The bridesmaids wore different variations of Amsale gowns and carried David Austin Keira roses, spray roses, cabbage roses, seeded eucalyptus, greens weaved into bouquet and dusty miller at its base and tied with a white satin ribbon.

After the ceremony, guests were invited to the lawn of Henry Frick Mansion which had been transformed into a 1920s inspired speakeasy complete with signature drinks from the era. The ritzy affair featured a biography table detailing the couples’ journey from first date to matrimony, the sounds of smooth jazz from the Boilermaker jazz band and singer and appetizers served by a set of flappers. Textured linens and pearls draped over roses, as well as lots of palms and bartenders outfitted in black bow ties, set the theme.

As night began to set in, guests were invited into the peaked tent on the Great Lawn. A walkway led friends and family into an elegant fabric draped sanctuary complete with luxurious crystal chandeliers and beauty around every corner. The couple shared their first dance to “1000 years” by Christina Perri before inviting everyone to join in on the fun.

Guests danced to a live band on a white dance floor with a custom monogram. Afterwards, the couple cut their six tier wedding cake outfitted with pearls and fresh roses. Guests joined each other at tables covered in gold sequin linens that featured gold candelabras dripping in ivy and adorned with blooms including, David Austin roses and hydrangeas. Each centerpiece was surrounded by candles. The place settings included gold china and flatware and matching gold rimmed glassware.

The bridal party sat in front of a custom built live ivy wall covered in ornate gold mirrors with the newlyweds sitting together in a tufted white leather chair. Custom designed stationary was found throughout the evening. From the ceremony program to the dinner menu, to the amazing 10 foot tall mirrors which served as the place setting assignments to a beautiful handwritten signature drink menu, all were designed and created by the groom’s talented sister.

After dinner, guests enjoyed watching the bride dance with her parents and the groom with his mother. Many guests enjoyed dancing the night away, enjoying a treat from the traditional Pittsburgh cookie table, exploring the beautiful grounds of the venue and socializing in the lounge. Guests also enjoyed a special surprise when the bride revealed her second dress. As her bridesmaids gathered around the bride, the groom sat waiting for the bride to reveal that underneath her tulle skirt was a gorgeous full lace down.

The couple enjoyed a two week honeymoon in St. Thomas and St. John. They are enjoying life as newlyweds and anticipating the arrival of their first child in July 2015.

Photography: Clean Plate Pictures | Videography: ShoFilms | Floral Design: Della Robbia Flowers & Gifts | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Rania's Catering | Makeup: Jacqui Phillips | Hair: Izzazu Salon, Spa & Serata | Groomsmen's Attire: Jhanes Barnes | Groomsmen's Attire: Jhane Barnes | Transportation: Pittsburgh Transportation Group | Venue: Frick Art & Historical Center | Alcohol: Dreadnought Wines | Bride's Earrings: Henne Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Earrings and Bracelets: Kate Spade | Ceremony Design: Paula Lysy Designs, Inc. | Cocktail Hour Band: The Boilermaker Jazz Band | Cookies: Pastries A-La-Carte | Custom Signs & Reception Stationery: Phillips Designs | Event Coordination: Hello Productions | Greenery: Premier Foliage | Groom's Custom Tuxedo: Paul Marlow | Hair Broche: Clarissa Boutique | Linens: Mosaic Inc. | Reception Band: In The Mood by Three Rivers Entertainment & Production | Rentals: Pittsburgh Wedding Rentals | Rentals: Party Savvy | Rentals: All Occasions

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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 | Makeup: Red Lips And Roses | DJ: Entertainment Unlimited | Harpist: Suzanne Hershey | Accommodations/getting Ready: Omni William Penn Hotel | Hair Styling: Salon & Spa At SouthPointe

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 | Makeup: Rachael Ryan Makeup | Hair: Metamorphosis Salon | Calligraphy: Judy Tamagno | Groom's Attire: J. Crew

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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.

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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 | Transportation: Pittsburgh Transportation Group | 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

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