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Real Wedding: Classic, Elegant, Tradition

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Trends may come, and trends may go, but there is something to be said about timeless, classic, elegance – it never goes out of style.  Each generation may have their spin on the concept, but the foundations are solid; and also comforting.

As a historic venue, we see many variations on that “classic” theme.  Everything about Elaine and Charles wedding day seemed like a dream of elegance and grace: her lace-trimmed veil, the gloves, the bow on the dress; his white tie and tails and rose boutonniere; the layers of flowers between white flourished cake, the pearl-accented centerpieces .  “Each time I see the photos, I remember how happy everyone was and how much fun we all had,” agreed Elaine when reviewing her wedding day recollections.  ”I was absolutely floored at how gorgeous the place looked. It was like a fairy-tale wedding. I loved it!”

All photos taken by TommyPhoto

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Stephanie + Brandon: A Gorgeous, Elegant and Meaningful Wedding!

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Stephanie’s wedding color theme was lavender and white.  Her idea was spring, fresh and most importantly elegant! She used lots of orchids on her arrangements. Orchids are known for their delicate beauty, exotic character and they represent love, elegant, luxury and strength. They have a graceful appearance which draws attention and evokes a sense of refinement and innocence.

As we all know purple is the color of good judgment and represents spiritual fulfillment and peace of mind. Purple also symbolizes magic and royalty. Stephanie had an elegant simple dress on and the most gorgeous sparkly diamond hair piece in her hair. Sylvia Weinstock created a bow on the cake to match the bow on her wedding dress.  Thankfully, Brett Mathews captured the special moments and beautiful details during the big day! Take a look:

Vendor Credits:

Location: The Roosevelt Hotel 

Floral Design: Bridal Flowers Exclusive 

Event Entertainment: Hank Lane Music  

Wedding Photography: Brett Mathews Photography 

Wedding Cake: Sylvia Weinstock 


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Gifts Your Bridal Party Will Love: [Part 2] Groomsmen

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We mustn’t forget about the special men that make our wedding special! Once you have most of your major wedding plans figured out, it’s a great time to start thinking about gifts for your bridal party. Here are a couple gift ideas specifically for your groomsmen…and ring bearer too!

1) Stainless Steel Mechanical Pocketwatch by Charles-Hubert, via iJewelry5 2) Engraved Leather Money Clip/Card Holder by Beaucoup 3) Copper Custom Monogram Hand Stamped Cuff Links via Etsy  4)  Vintage Tie Clip Silvertone Bar by Sarah Coventry  5)  Stainless Steel Mustache Flasks via Etsy  6)  Socks captured by Allegro Photography   7) 12-Pack Cooler by Polar Bear Coolers  8 ) Ring bear Tee by The Wedding Chicks Shop.

Comment below and let us know which gifts are your favorite!

For more ideas on bridal party gifts and other wedding tips, please visit our website and our blog.

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Rustic Pittsburgh Wedding with JPC Event Group + Carden’s Photography

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In the middle of the cold, snowy East coast winter {which actually has been fairly mild this year} I crave outdoor weddings.  Dana and Ben’s nuptials at the pastoral Armstrong Farms Allyson Anne barn are just the fix.  With gorgeous photos by Carden’s Photography, and a TON of DIY creativity by Dana, not to mention a scrumptious pie bar by JPC Event Group, this wedding will feed your need for pretty, rustic and outdoor beauty!

Dana and Ben are both mechanical engineers for a large aeronautics company, and they embraced their “science” geek with creative “formula” and equation table markers amidst a setting of rustic ribbons, fabric flags and carefully crafted details.  Their shaker-style ceremony featured hand crafted vows and speeches, surrounded by family and friends.  And did I mention the killer photo booth that Dana created with oh-so-amazing props?

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Real Wedding: Jennifer & Julie

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Jennifer & Julie

Hardy Klahold Photography

September 02

If ever there were a case to be made that one does not need a marriage license or legal recognition to create a beautifully and thoughtfully detailed wedding, Julie & Jennifer’s wedding would certainly be leading the charge. These timeless brides relied upon a playful but classy style to treat themselves and their wedding guests to a memorable event at the Tapestry House in Laporte, Colorado.

Photographer Hardy Klahold and Planner, Julie Gambrell of Classic Creations Wedding Planning & Design, remember the wedding fondly. Julie has done a handful of same-sex weddings in Colorado, where couples cannot yet marry legally. She is enthusastic about couples exchanging vows and celebrating their love and tells that she and the brides — Julie and Jennifer — spent about 14 months planning this wedding.

She remembers fondly the special moment when the brides first saw each other in their wedding dresses and what a fun time they all had planning the wedding together. Meanwhile, Hardy Klahold, the photographer, recounts the following story of shooting the wedding:

Before the ceremony the rabbi told me and my assistant there are no photos allowed during the ceremony. We could take photos again, she said, as they walk down the aisle after the ceremony. All people in the room including the couple, looked at us very seriously.

Of course my assistant photographer, a dear friend and very good photographer himself, and I were very disappointed. There was no time for further discussions about this subject, the ceremony started right after that meeting.

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Your Wedding Celebration – A True Statement of Your Love

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Every now and then, I have to stop and ask; why are you getting married? What humans once knew as a way of survival and procreation, now occurs to be more wide spread and it is to fulfill other needs such as legal & financial rewards, family planning, the “legitimacy” of the kids, financial security, parenthood, raising kids with one person, a good role model, etc…

Knowing we can have all of the above without marrying, I believe getting married is a “statement”, statement about “your love” and “your commitment” to one another.  Once you have a clear understanding of the true meaning of the marriage and are more “real” about your decision, it is time to be real about all the other parts of this union as well!

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Urban Style: A Pittsburgh Opera Real Wedding


One of the trends I really love in the world of weddings today is the urban revival–  hosting your nuptial celebration in the most unlikely urban setting with the most unique, memorable and often BEAUTIFUL results!  This opens up a world of venue opportunities for those brides seeking something off the beaten path, and often due to the expansive nature of these urban lofts and spaces, the flexibility for decor and sheer spaciousness is an added bonus to the often reduced rental prices paid in comparison to traditional venues.

One of my all time favorite venues in our fair city of Pittsburgh is the Pittsburgh Opera!  With a red carpet entrance for your guests, three areas for celebration, and a blank urban slate to write on… this space can be ANYTHING you dream it to be.  And as an added bonus… the Opera has LED certification and rewards clients who host a green event with green vendors with generous rental discounts!  What could be better?  Jessica and Josh are urbanites living in Seattle and the Pittsburgh Opera was the perfect setting for their wedding.  With jumbo balloons, a Quaker style marriage ceremony and a dramatic red curtain reveal to the feasting table reception area it was amazing all the way.

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Purple Chic Wedding Inspiration

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For more photos by Zoom Theory Photography and more about this gorgeous wedding, visit It’s All in the Details.

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Moss & Navy Inspiration

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As Fall quickly approaches here is a little natural woodland wedding inspiration. I personally love the fiddle head ferns and moss details in the bouquet and the moss covered candle caddy.

{1} Paloma’s Nest ring bowl shot by Christian OthSofia NegronDREAMLOVE Photography {2} Christian OthWedding Paper Divas {3} Caroline FontenotClaire Dobson; dresses from j.crewMelissa Schollaert Photography {4} moss letter images byChristian Oth {5} Saskia Paulussen Photography; bouquet image by Jennifer Dery {6} rock escort cards; wood frame; dresses from j.crew {7} wood table with rock escort cards; napkin detail; Sofia Negron {8} Erin Grace Photography, tablescape by Jennifer Dery {9} Allison Reisz Photography; bouquet via Wedding Paper DivasErin Grace Photography

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I Do {How To’s}: Santa Monica Beach Wedding

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Are you dreaming of sharing your I Do’s with your toes in the sand? We helped this sweet Denver couple make that dream a reality. They had an intimate beach wedding ceremony on Santa Monica State beach with views of the ocean and famous pier.

For more about how to have a wedding ceremony right on the beach in Santa Monica, and more details about this wedding, visit I Do {How To’s}: Santa Monica Beach Wedding

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