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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!


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!


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

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Pittsburgh Athletic Association Wedding

I love this bride.  And not just because she happens to be the “Secret Agent L” who spent her days bestowing goodwill to all in Pittsburgh (although, that’s totally enough to adore her).  No, I also love her, because she has a smile that is contagious and a joyous energy that is so amazing, it almost bursts from your computer screen.  She’s one of those ladies you  just wish you knew… and her wedding to her handsome beau captured by Veronica Varos?  A drop-dead gorgeous day filled with sooo much love, it’s palpable.  Click here for more.


From Veronica Varos I was just browsing my Twitter feed the first time I stumbled upon Secret Agent L. It was years ago. All of a sudden, it seemed like everyone was tweeting about a new movement that had started in Pittsburgh, but was spreading all over. An anonymous woman with the twitter handle @SecretAgentL was behind it all. Buy a small gift – a bit of candy, a gift card, a motivational book – and leave it somewhere for someone to find accompanied by a card explaining that the gift was for YOU! (You being anyone who stumbled upon it.) People were finding her gifts and paying it forward by doing the same.

Soon after, things skyrocketed for Laura, aka, Secret Agent L. From CNN to Huffington Post to Glamour Magazine – she was all over the place and the city of Pittsburgh couldn’t have been more proud.

Eventually, I met Laura and her then-boyfriend Ross for a portrait session. Their chemistry was so obvious and they were clearly bursting with love for each another. They spent much of their session holding one another and giggling. It wasn’t long before I heard about the engagement. I was over-the-moon excited for them.

On the big day, the weather was flawless. From their bridal suite at the Renaissance Hotel, Laura and her bridesmaids watched as Pittsburgh set up the bridge party to welcome the touring giant rubber duck. It was an incredibly relaxed and joyous atmosphere. Her makeup application was repeatedly (and adorably) interrupted by friends and family members she hadn’t seen in ages streaming through. There were many hugs, lots of laughs, and a few shrieks of pure and utter joy. It was clear the day would be an emotional one for all involved.

I left the ladies to spend time with Ross and his best man while they finished preparing. In true super-excited groom fashion, between the tying of the tie and the final bits of nervous dressing, plenty of silly faces were made and lots of laughs were had. In those moments, he never stopped smiling and you could feel the big moment drawing nearer as his excitement grew.

Ross headed for the altar while Laura made her way up the stairs to meet her father. She held her his arm and as she watched her mother walk down the aisle, she began to cry. “Get it together, Miller, we have a job to do,” she said while laughing.

The ceremony began and the breathtakingly beautiful music echoed in the giant cathedral. Teary eyed guests stood with their hands to their mouths as Laura’s father lifted her veil and handed her off to Ross.

Photography: Veronica Varos | Dress: Vera Wang | Flowers: Blooms Forist | Cake: Oakmont Bakery | Ceremony Location: St. Paul Cathedral | Reception Location: Mike McChesney Of Pittsburgh Athletic Association | Catering: Pittsburgh Athletic Association | Band: Jason Kendall Productions | Tux: Vera Wang | Hotel: Renaissance Pittsburgh | St. Paul Cathedral: Nathan Sudie | Transportation : Elite Transportation