Garden weddings are (without a doubt) high on the list of things we’re crazy madly in love with, so when Palermo Photo sent over this purple hued Mellon Park pretty we were absolutely smitten. A day graced with love, elegant details, and a naked cake that’s worth sharing, we’ve got it all waiting for you to pin in The Vault!
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From the Bride…Aaron and I met in college, at a summer job on campus. He changed light bulbs in the dorms over the summer and I kept track of his and other students work in the housing department office. I didn’t know that he liked me until I realized how easily I could make him blush.
Aaron proposed to me about a month after my birthday and Valentine’s Day, right when I had given up on engagement for another year. He and my best friend, Brooke, had secretly gone out shopping for the perfect ring but because the sapphire had to be ordered special, it was later than he expected. In hindsight having it actually be a surprise was worth it.
Wedding planning was hard for me, I knew what I wanted the wedding to feel like, but translating that into lots of tiny decisions was difficult. Having a sister and mom with a lot of ideas and encouragement helped. Somethings were definitely easy, Maria was the only photographer I wanted to work with and Stephanie from Blue Daisy Florals had such beautiful arrangements and understood what I wanted right away. Raina included a lot of details in the place settings that I wouldn’t have considered but when it was all put together it was too good to pass up.
The day of the wedding came together much better than I could have planned. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, it rained before we got to the venue, stopped raining enough for us to take pictures outside– rained again before the ceremony, and cleared up just in time for us to be married in the garden where I had told Aaron 4 years prior that I wanted to be married there. The day felt like a dream, we were surrounded by friends who had come as far as the Netherlands to be with us— it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. One of my favorite parts of the day was when our master of ceremonies (it was a self uniting ceremony, so a close friend led us through the ceremony) took a moment and told us to look out at all the people who came to our wedding to support us, and who loved us. That was a powerful, unexpected touch that brought a busy, crazy day to a standstill for a few moments.
Photography: Palermo Photo | Floral Design: Blue Daisy Floral | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Rania's Catering | Groom's Attire: Black by Vera Wang | Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero | Guitartist: Brannon Lyons
After a crazy winter (seriously, there were weeks in those scary single digits), we’re all welcoming spring with WIDE OPEN ARMS. But spring doesn’t always arrive on time. It teases us a bit, stops by, leaves, comes back around…and this time of transition is what inspired The Event Group to create the scene before us. Playing on the darkness of winter up against the bright incoming spring, copper and slate complement each other and we’re all the better for it. Eva Lin and All Heart Photo & Video snapped away and with these pics in our Vault, we’re ready to dive head first into the season before us!
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From The Event Group… Whimsical and edgy, “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” draws inspiration from the lingering northeast winters and the promise of spring. Commonly an overlooked time of the year, this collaboration will invigorate the wedding world with a refreshing and creative take on the transitional months of March and April. Warm copper tones, dramatic florals and complementary textiles will create a delicate balance between the romance of winter and the playfulness of spring.
Encompassing this dark versus light concept, the Ace Hotel ballroom was the perfect host for this collaboration. The abundance of natural light not only makes for exquisite photographs, but also touches on this airy hope for spring, while the contradicting black drapes speak to the darkness of winter.
P.S. The models in this shoot are a real life married couple and are absolutely adorable!
Photography: Eva Lin Photography | Videography: All Heart Photo and Video | Event Design: The Event Group | Floral Design: The Farmer's Daughter | Wedding Dress: Houghton Bride | Invitations: More Than Words | Bride's Shoes: Ted Baker | Catering: Ace Hotel | Hair + Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty | Groom's Attire: Claiborne | Venue: Ace Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Glitter & Grit | Candle Holders: H&M | Chargers + Flatware: Crate and Barrel | Linens: Lendable Linens | Rentals: The Prop Shop | Rentals: Event Source | Scroll: More Than Words
You know what makes me happy? This wedding. This rustic meets elegant Pittsburgh affair featuring one of the cutest duos you will ever virtually meet. Pair their awesome love story + never-ending smiling faces with a fabulous team of vendors (ahem, The Event Group) and it’s the best way ever to spend your Tuesday. See it all captured by Tim Will Photography in THE VAULT right here.
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From the Bride… Although Ben and I had not officially met one another until we were in our 20’s living in New York City, it seems that our lives were intertwined from the very beginning. Not only did we grow up a mere five blocks away from one another, but we also went to the same high school and sleep away camp. Our families also knew each other and urged us to meet one another, hoping we would make a connection. What can I say, they were absolutely right!
We knew we wanted to have an outdoor fall wedding in our hometown of Pittsburgh, and luckily the weather was on our side! We were going for a look that was elegant, but that also incorporated whimsical touches and an overall understated feel. An abundance of eucalyptus set an organic, backyard tone to the evening with gorgeous soft pops of color. Our intricately lit tent was draped with thousands of string lights, making the whole evening feel truly magical.
It’s hard to say what the most memorable part of the day was, but I think it was the moment when we were standing under the Chuppah and we turned around to look out at the crowd, realizing that our favorite people on the planet, our best friends and family members, were right there with us celebrating our big day! Another special moment was while everyone moved to the dance floor immediately following the ceremony, Ben and I took a moment for ourselves in our cousin’s 1961 shasta camper, sharing a glass of champagne and soaking everything in!
Photography: Tim Will Photography | Cinematography: Toy Box Productions | Event Planning: The Event Group | Floral Design: Hens And Chicks | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: All In Good Taste | Invitations: Fourteen-Forty | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Common Plea | Lighting: Three Rivers Entertainment and Production | Band: Night Song | Transportation: Regency | Venue: Frick Art And Historical Center | Draping: The Prop Shop | Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh | Linen Rentals: Mosaic Inc. | Photography - Assistance: Sean Lata | Rentals: Party Savvy | Slow Motion Booth: Toy Box Productions | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother