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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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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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