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Classic + Romantic Golf Club Wedding

The classic vibe of the black and white tile flooring of Fox Chapel Golf Club, the elegant yet subtly sexy wedding dress (a Matthew Christopher creation) and the bouquet of white and cream roses… it all added up to one chic celebration captured by Elizabeth Anne Studios for us to devour. And devour we will, because classic-meets-stylish weddings might just be my jam. See it all right this way!

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From the Bride… I feel like I should start by saying that I’m not that girl who’s been planning my wedding since I was, like, eight years old. I always knew I wanted to get married, but as far as when and where and what my dress would look like? Never crossed my mind. So when Hutch proposed to me last August, the rush of panic came almost instantly. His only request was that the wedding be a “kick a** party.” What a guy thing to say. And not helpful whatsoever. There were so many decisions to be made. And for a person as indecisive as I am, this was sure to be a long and painful process.

That panicked feeling started to subside once we figured out that it only made sense for me to get married in my hometown of Pittsburgh. I’m a Pittsburgh girl through and through, and though I haven’t lived there since high school, it’s the only place that has ever felt like home to me. My mom and I started researching locations and we both absolutely fell in love with Fox Chapel Golf Club. The idea of getting married in a country club setting never appealed to me, but there was something different about Fox Chapel. The black and white tile in the foyer, the terrace overlooking the dining room, and of course the view. What a view!

The feel of the club went perfectly with my idea for a romantic, classic wedding. We looked at so many different color combinations, but I kept coming back to the pale pinks and golds. I knew I would never look back at photos and say what was I thinking? It was simple, yet elegant and memorable, and so “me.” Although I’m sure my bridesmaids wanted to kill me for putting them in such a pale color (Dessy ‘cameo’ from Nordstrom), I thought they all looked gorgeous.

Now for the dress. My mom is my best friend, and she also happens to be a personal stylist who is very opinionated. She was in Pittsburgh and I was living in South Carolina, and there was no chance that I could be trusted to pick the dress on my own. So I booked a flight to Pittsburgh and we made it our mission to find THE dress by the end of the weekend. I wanted something that was classic, yet had a little sex appeal. I know that’s a strange thing for a bride to say, but it made sense in my head. I wanted my husband to see me walking down the aisle and think “wow my wife looks good,” instead of “wow that’s a whole lot of fabric.” I think I accomplished that with the Matthew Christopher Sofia. It hugged me in all the right places, not to mention the built-in corset, which was a Godsend for someone who is self conscious about her waistline.

The flowers were honestly a complete surprise to me. By the time we got to that point, I had made so many decisions that I simply couldn’t find the energy to make one more. I told my mom and the ladies at My Garden Floral that I wanted to keep with the simple, romantic feel and to avoid bright colors. They did a fabulous job. And being surprised on the big day was actually really sweet and special. It made it even more memorable.

I wanted to brand the wedding with something special that would tie everything together, from the invitations to the menus and favors. My little sister is a graphic designer, which was absolutely amazing throughout this whole process. I wanted a logo that stayed true to that classic, elegant theme, and she hit the nail on the head with her design. The wreath with our initials was exactly what I was looking for. And she was so patient with me, even when I changed my mind about 500 times.

Among my favorite details were the welcome bags. I wanted to welcome our guests to Pittsburgh with a personal touch. I’m a popcorn aficionado, so when someone told me about Pittsburgh Popcorn, I knew it was love. I bought brown bags and put a logo sticker on each one. I stuffed each bag with two personalized water bottles, a bag of Pittsburgh Popcorn, and an itinerary for the weekend. It was simple and thoughtful, and helped add to the excitement of the weekend.

Another DIY project was the wedding favors. I would say this was the most time consuming part of the planning process. I bought three cases of mini champagne bottles. We hand stamped small circular labels and tied them to the bottles with ribbon and gold and white striped straws. They turned out really cute, and it was worth the possible arthritis I incurred from all the stamping and tying.

I’d have to say my absolute favorite detail from the whole day was the entertainment. The Jason Kendall Band was a huge hit. They played some great cover songs, and per my request, steered clear of any cheesy wedding tunes. You know the ones (think Cupid Shuffle). We also hired The Slow Motion Booth at the last minute, and what a genius decision it was. It was such a fun little attraction, and gave people something to do besides drink, which is always a plus. It was perfect for both kids and adults. I can’t even tell you how many of our guests have contacted me just to say how much they loved the slo mo booth.

Overall, the entire wedding day was beautiful and perfectly executed, with only a few bumps along the way. The details were special and uniquely “us.” Most importantly Hutch and I started our new life together surrounded by so much love. Not to mention, I think I delivered the “kick a** party” he had in mind.

Photography: Elizabeth Anne Studios | Videography: The Slow Motion Video Booth | Floral Design: My Garden Floral | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Market District | Invitations: More Than Words | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Makeup: Marlana Brown | Hair: Lindsay Fink | Band: Jason Kendall Productions | Harpist: Blonde Harpist | Transportation: Silver Fox | Wedding Venue: Fox Chapel Golf Club | Graphic Design: Alexa Hayes

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We’re mesmerized by all the pretty in this romantic North Carolina Botanical Gardens wedding, awash in the soft hues of blush, gold and ivory! Inspired by the outdoor setting, Nouveau Events worked its magic with succulent favors, a birch wood chuppah and an eclectic mix of flowers, all beautifully captured by Anna Routh Photography. There’s much more to see in the full gallery right here!

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From Nouveau EventsJennifer and Kevin have been together since they were juniors in high school (just over 10 years). They were long distance in high school and even throughout college (she was at The University of Texas at Austin and he was at Tulane). They moved to North Carolina in 2010 to attend graduate school and start building their life together. Kevin proposed in April 2014, on a picnic in a garden among the spring flowers.

When Jennifer was asked to describe her wedding style, three words summed it up: ethereal, romantic, and authentic. The inspiration for this wedding was based on their desire for a soft, romantic color palette with eclectic flower arrangements. For this reason, a color palette of blush, gold and ivory was selected. Jennifer and Kevin really wanted an outdoor ceremony that had a garden theme which seemed only fitting considering that the venue itself was a botanical garden. The North Carolina Botanical Gardens is an award winning Green space and keeping with the style of the venue, succulent wedding favors, a birch wood chuppah, and a ketubah with a tree design were incorporated. In addition, Beau Catering used seasonal and local grown food for the menu which is an encouraged green practice.

The details found in Jennifer and Kevin’s wedding were sentimental and unique to the couple. The ketubah was personalized for the couple by an artist named Jerise Fogel in New York City. Their dog, Abbie, also played a special role in their wedding day as her dog tag was Jennifer’s “something borrowed” and the ketubah also included her depiction.

Photography: Anna Routh Photography | Event Design: Nouveau Events | Event Planning: Nouveau Events | Floral Design: Tre Bella | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Cake Couture Boutique | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mod Cloth | Catering: Beau Catering | Makeup: Joanne Maye Makeup Artistry | DJ: Vox DJ Company | Officiant: Rabbi Laura Leiber | Wedding Venue: North Carolina Botanical Gardens | Ketubah : Jerise Fogel | Lighting and Draping: Peelman Productions | Rentals: Party Reflections

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Rustic + Elegant Fat Cat Farm Wedding

Wonder what makes a farm wedding feel magical? Take a peek at this elegant celebration at Fat Cat Farm in Virginia captured by Katie Stoops Photography. We’re in love with every detail, from the getting ready shots in the farmhouse to cocktail hour at the porch and dining alfresco with the most amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains—don’t miss a thing in the full gallery right here!

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From Katie Stoops PhotographyAnna-Catherine & Teddy had their wedding at the stunning Fat Cat Farm in Scottsville, Va, which is right outside of Charlottesville. The girls got ready in a big farmhouse that was rented for the weekend for everyone to stay in. Bridesmaids chose their own dresses to make sure they wore something that they felt great in & fit the best. Their florals were elegant and polished yet fit perfectly into the rustic setting. Their favorite part of the day was enjoying their favorite cocktails & appetizers on the farmhouse porch following the ceremony. Anna-Catherine “felt so happy and loved having time for the two of us right after our ceremony”. They dined alfresco in a field looking onto the Blue Ridge Mountains and the gardens of FCF.

From the beautiful Bride… The advice I received and have given since to fellow Type A brides is the day of step back and enjoy the party, be your own guest, and stay focused on the excitement of being married. Little things will not be perfect or may go completely wrong but a wedding is one day and focusing on your life together gives perspective.

Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Floral Design: Beehive Events | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride DC | Wedding Dress: Watters | Shoes: JCrew | Catering: Harvest Moon | Makeup: Sanja Kahric From Bobbi Brown | Hair: Erica Haskins | Band: The Castaways | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Wedding Venue: Fat Cat Farm | Bridesmaid Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Invites & Paper Products: Haute Papier

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French Country-Inspired Summer Wedding

With bouquets of white and blush peonies, this beautiful Bride and her super chic bridesmaids looked more like a scene from a French flick than a wedding party in Pennsylvania. Thanks to La Petite Fleur, the talented design team behind this summer celebration, guests enjoyed this French-country soiree from beginning to end, finishing the night with a gorge cake from Bredenbeck’s Bakery, captured in its entirety by Sweet Pea Photographymore this way!

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From La Petite Fleur… With love, timing is everything! Six years ago, at just the same moment, Diane and Rick passed through a hallway at work and met for the first time.

And for quite some time, Diane had envisioned a French Country-inspired wedding – brimming with not just details, but handcrafted touches as well, so she and Rick partnered with La Petite Fleur, Weddings & Events, to style their big day at North Hills Country Club in Glenside, PA.

Beginning with the bride’s sweet, yet chic, palette of pink, white and black, LPF created a décor plan that highlighted the couple’s handcrafted details while exuding an elegant charm.

Diane carried a simply-exquisite bouquet of white and light pink peonies finished with artemisia and ivory satin-wrapped stems. Then, clad in classic black cocktail dresses, the bridesmaids carried bouquets of pink peonies finished with artemisia and pink satin-wrapped stems – for a pretty pop! And for a classic touch, Rick and the groomsmen sported dapper palette-coordinating pocket squares.

Well-wishers were welcomed to the late afternoon reception at North Hills Country Club by a guest book, which was hand-illustrated by the father-of-the-bride. Guests then picked pink fleur de lis escort cards – Diane originals – from the “family tree” built by her father Michael Trinsey.

The father-of-the-bride also designed the couple’s save-the-dates, invitations and ceremony programs in the ink and pen style he’s been using to custom-design the family’s annual Christmas card since he married Diane’s mother.

With its floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors, solarium, and terrace, North Hills’ offered an innate alfresco feel for this ‘French Country Club’ affair. So naturally, tables were dressed in crisp, white linens and monogrammed burlap table runners – fashioned by the bride herself.

La Petite Fleur designed two tablescape styles for the well-dressed tables. Some featured an eclectic collection of vessels, including a white glazed ceramic jug filled with ‘oh-so-French- Country’ lavender; an ornate opal cup brimming with white hydrangea; and a duo of garden vases filled with petite pink roses and artemisia, as well as white ranunculus and wax flower.

Also boasting classic charm, the second tablescape style featured a tall, silver-trimmed lantern finished at the top with sprigs of lavender and blush ribbon. Cozy at the base of the lantern were clusters of white hydrangea, petite pink roses, with a touch of lavender, seeded eucalyptus and artemisia.

Each table also featured a reclaimed wood sign (hand-selected by the father/daughter design duo), that Diane white-washed and hand-painted with table numbers spelled-out in French, of course! Then, cobalt blue wine bottle favors, with custom labels courtesy of their brother-in-law, finished the tablescapes with a ‘twist’ of color!

Candle-filled lanterns, with palette-coordinating roses and specialty greens, also made an appearance on the cocktail tables in the solarium and on the terrace.

And as guests danced the night away, bulb lights – strung café style – over the dance floor and the collections of candles perpetuated the sweet, romantic atmosphere the couple was aspiring to achieve.

Even the desserts were trés cute at this ‘French Country Club’ wedding. Diane and Rick offered guests an array of temptations -from traditional wedding cake, which LPF topped with ruffled-edged peonies, and an assortment of mini pies, to a French wedding cake known as a croquembouche, which LPF finished with none other than lavender sprigs.

From the Bride… That day, I planned to spend time with my friend Brittany at Sand Castle Winery, and Rick asked me to be home by five that evening so we could go to his father’s “retirement party.” When I got home, I walked upstairs and he was down on one knee asking me to marry him! Then he drove me into the city where he planned a surprise party (not a retirement party) with both of our families to celebrate our magical night.

I wanted a French Country wedding with classic touches that would never go out of style. La Petite Fleur, Weddings & Events, helped me complete this look with timeless pink peony bouquets, café lights above the dance floor, and beautiful tablescapes with white and pink blooms. Our wedding’s style was everything I imagined and more!

My father has been designing our Christmas cards since my parents were first married. And I had always wanted him to design my wedding invitation with that same pen and ink style. He designed our save-the-dates, invitations, guest book, ceremony program and escort card tree.

Rick and I were married at the church in which he had received his sacraments. And our officiant was Monsignor Ken McAteer, who baptized me and officiated my parents’ wedding. The ceremony was a true blend of both our traditions and a really special moment for us.

Photography: Sweet Pea Photography | Event Design: La Petite Fleur, Weddings & Events | Floral Design: La Petite Fleur | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Bredenbeck's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Resurrection Of Our Lord | Reception Venue: North Hills Country Club | Bride's Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Lighting: Synergetic Sound And Lighting | Entertainment: Schaffer Sound | Favors: Total Wine | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Men's Attire: Vera Wang | Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works

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