Romantic Pittsburgh Backyard Wedding • Audra Wrisley

 

Back to reality after a glorious long weekend, and this lovely fall wedding from Audra Wrisley is making the transition a whole lot easier. From the hand-folded origami flowers and the tea cup succulent favors, to the bride's vintage-inspired dress... everything about Jean + Wyatt's wedding day is absolute perfection. 


From Audra: Jean and Wyatt’s pink and mint backyard wedding in Pittsburgh was a dream, and I loved every minute of photographing my sweet friends’ wedding day! Full of hand-crafted details from start to finish, Jean’s amazing eye for design and color made for a stunning backdrop for their September wedding. Centered around a palette of pink and mint, a few of my favorite details were Jean’s hand folded origami flowers to decorate the ceremony tent, the moss-filled ring box, and the vintage tea cup succulent terrariums they provided for guests to take a little piece of the day home with them. Jean and Wyatt said their vows under a salvaged victorian door repurposed for a ceremony arch, with the help of the Bride’s father. Following the luncheon at Lemont overlooking the city, we were able to take one final stop at PPG Place’s Wintergarden to do some portraits in its gorgeous greenhouse. I can’t imagine a better way to conclude such an amazing wedding day! Congratulations!

Vendors:  Photography: Audra Wrisley | Hair & Makeup: Lori Nansi | Floral Design: Petals and Promises | Invitation Design: Jolly Edition | Bridal Dress: Free People | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Rings: Todd Reed | Bride’s Jewelry: Ippolita | Groom’s Suit: Macy’s | Groom’s Tie: Etsy | Ceremony Chairs: Forget Me Not Vintage | Ceremony Arch: Construction Junction | Ceremony Origami Flowers: DIY | Tea cups: Vintage | Table Number Holders: Kate Aspen | Luncheon Venue: Le Mont Pittsburgh | Portrait Location: PPG Place, Wintergarden

Intimate Barn Wedding at Hallockville Farm • Cadence Kennedy Photography

 

There are some weddings you fall in love with the moment you see them, and this barn wedding from Cadence Kennedy is definitely one of them. Sweet + intimate, with so many thoughtful details. Vintage trucks, hand-lettered signs and gorgeous florals. Oh, and Melissa + Tony's adorable puppy even makes an appearance (in a doggie tux!)... immediately making this wedding one of favorites! 


FROM CADENCE:

I'm not only a photographer but an equestrian. If you knew me, you’d know how much I love horses. If I could keep mine in my backyard, I would. So when this bride first emailed me and mentioned that her wedding would take place at a barn, I think my heart skipped a beat.

Through the power of social media, Melissa had found me. Melissa & Tony’s wedding was a week after my own, but nothing was stopping me from photographing their special day. The couple was my first from Wantagh, and having them drive around the block to my office was truly an amazing feeling.

On October 18th, I made my way to Riverhead. The location, the details, the color palette, and of course the couple is what makes this collection so wonderful. Being it was a week after my own wedding, I could truly appreciate all these things Melissa had done. As she prepared to see Tony for the first time, it was like I could feel that excitement again. My favorite photograph from their collection is the embrace between the two during the first look. There is truly nothing like it.

Vendors: Location: Hallockville Farm | Pizza Truck: Rolling in Dough | Floral: Flower Barn | Photography: Cadence Kennedy Photography Collection

Summer Wedding at Highlands Country Club • Cassi Claire Photography

 

Literally ALL the heart eyes for this summer wedding from Cassi Claire Photography! Words cannot do justice in conveying how stunning these images are... every detail from the dress to the flower, and even the bride and groom themselves... We know you'll fall in love with this wedding just as quickly as we did. 


From the Bride: Even before Matt and I got engaged, we always wondered where we would have our wedding given that our families are 3 hours apart. We came up with the idea of getting married somewhere between our two families to make it convenient and also have the opportunity to explore a new area. Once we got engaged, we stuck to that idea and looked at a bunch of venues between Long Island and Albany, NY. When we came across Highlands Country Club in Garrison, we knew immediately that it was the clear winner. It had everything we could have hoped for – a charming, intimate feel with so many gorgeous, easy-going details, and an absolutely stunning outside veranda. It was perfect for us and set the tone so well for the rustic chic theme we had in mind. Once we booked Highlands Country Club everything fell into place in terms of our décor and little details. Since we were getting married in June, we wanted to keep the color scheme very light and whimsical with pops of beautiful soft corals and pinks. For our wedding inspiration, we looked to Martha Stewart and the beautiful real weddings on Style Me Pretty to come up with the little ideas we knew we wanted to try. Throughout the months of our wedding prep we always tried to keep it simple and fun, focusing on just a few things at a time so that it never got too overwhelming. With the help of our amazing vendors and a few exciting DIY projects, everything we imagined seemed to fall into place so effortlessly. As our wedding drew closer, one of the most rewarding parts of the planning was seeing all of our details come together in a way that was even better than we had pictured it. From the intimate, happy setting to the light-hearted, fun feel, everything really felt perfect. Our wedding was everything we hoped it would be and so much more.

Vendors : Ceremony Site: Church of St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist | Reception Site: Highlands Country Club | Photography: Cassi Claire | Groom Morning Location: Whistling Willies Restaurant and Bar | Officiant: Uncle Tony | Floral Designer: The Rosery Flower Shop | Bride's Dress: Theia via Angela's Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo| Engagement Ring: Jewels & Gems (Israel Esquenazi)  | Wedding Rings & Pearl Bracelet: Hannoush Jewelers | Veil & Sash: Angela's Bridal : Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August,  Rachel Pally, Amsale,  BCBG Maxazria | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom's Watch: Raymond Weil | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank : Hair Stylist: Ambiance Salon and Day Spa | Make-Up Artist (Bride): Amanda Filli | Makeup Artist (Bridesmaids): Ambiance Salon and Day Spa | Transportation: Silver Star Limousine | Invitations: Lion in the Sun (Designer: B.T. Elements) | Programs: DIY | Table Numbers, Card Box, Guestbook: Morgann Hill Designs Escort Cards: DIY & Calligraphy by Cathy | Escort Card Stand: Floras Avenue (Huntington, NY) | Macaron Favors: Kiss My Cake (tags DIY) | Wedding Cake: Molly Gallo | Entertainment: L.I. Nights Entertainment | Videography: Spark Story Cinema
 

Outdoor Wedding at Black Bear Golf Club • Laura Lee Photography

 

Ask anyone in the wedding industry about a first look, and you're guaranteed to hear a wide range of opinions. First looks are one of those topics that people either love, or love-to-hate. Whether or not you love them, you have to admit - the reactions from the couple are priceless! We adore everything about this Black Bear Golf Club Wedding, sent over by one of our Preferred Vendors, Laura Lee Photography! The gorgeous setting, the dress, the floral crown ... but that first look is definitely our favorite. Check out all the gorgeous pictures, below!


From Laura: Jess and Dave worked for the same catering company. Jess was a chef and Dave was a server. After working 2 events in 2 days in 2 hot garages straight, Dave asked Jess out for a drink. He proposed at Natirar Park which Dave says is where he started to fall in love with her. The florals were natural and full of wildflowers and herbs to incorporate Jess's culinary background and her bohemian dress and floral crown really brought out her personality perfectly! It was SUCH a fun day and gorgeous weather out on the golf course. They had an outdoor ceremony on the patio and danced like no tomorrow (me included) all night long. It was an absolute blast! Jess's ring is a family heirloom and very special to her and Dave incorporated elephants into his cufflinks, his favorite animal! I loved all the little touches of details they had that made their wedding unique to their personalities! My favorite part was their first look, Dave cried so much, which in turn made me cry and it was seriously so beautiful!

Vendors: Cake: Mad Batter SweetsWedding Dress: Jaehee | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Angelo Alfred | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Florist: Kuperus FloristDJ: Premium Entertainment | Venue: Black Bear Golf Club | Photography: Laura Lee Photography

Rustic Elegance at Red Maple Vineyards • Cassi Claire Photography

 

This wedding from Cassi Claire Photography will absolutely put a smile on your face this morning. Cassi captured Iliza and Alan's rustic wedding at Red Maple Vineyards last fall, and the entire day was full of emotion, personal touches and FUN. Iliza and Alan define what joy looks like on your wedding day, and are absolutely adorable. 


From the Bride: Alan and I planned our wedding together, and we both felt so much ownership and excitement for the day. More than anything, we wanted our wedding to feel like a true representation of us and the things we love—the outdoors, lots of seafood and lots of dancing! It was so important to us that we enjoyed our wedding, and so we adapted or threw out traditions that didn’t fit that vision. My favorite choice we made was doing our first look many hours before the ceremony: we actually got to be together for most of our wedding day, which just felt right. The day was for us and we could not wait to live in the moment together. We also took all of the family photos and portraits before the ceremony, and so we didn’t miss a second of our cocktail hour or time on the dance floor.

Alan described our wedding style as “farm formal”—a term that our friends like to joke about because, really, what does that mean?! But it works, and Red Maple Vineyard was the perfect backdrop for a comfortable, rustic celebration with hints of fancy. We were especially drawn to the gorgeous ceremony site overlooking the Hudson River. Leading up to the wedding, the weather report was terrible: 60% chance of thunderstorms! But just an hour before the ceremony we decided to chance it and get married on that amazing hill. We are so glad we did! We were married by Alan’s minister from growing up which made the moment so personal, and we wrote our own vows together. The weather held out for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and it didn’t start to rain until just minutes after all of our guests were safely seated for dinner under the tent.

Our vendors did an amazing job making our vision come to life, and because of them, the reception was magical, delicious and an absolute dance PARTY! We also wanted to incorporate personal touches to make the day our own. We both carried family heirlooms: Alan a handkerchief that his great-grandmother and his mom each had at their weddings, and I wrapped lace from my mom’s wedding dress around my bouquet. I learned calligraphy for the invitations and escort cards, and my mom made the runners for the bridal table and the escort card display. We labeled the tables with sea creatures instead of numbers—just another reminder of our love of the ocean and diving—and we incorporated a whale tail on our invitations, as whales hold extra special meaning to us. But by far the biggest undertaking was the favors! Alan and I made 200 jars of pickles which were set at each place setting. It was the most time-consuming project we did, but we were really excited that our guests walked away with something that truly felt like a piece of us. 

Vendors: Photography & FUNbooth: Cassi Claire | Ceremony & Reception Site: Red Maple Vineyard  | Catering: Cornerstone Catering  | Officiant: Rev. Paul Whitmore | Flowers: The Green Cottage  | Bride's Dress: Augusta Jones via Rana Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Sperry Topsider | The Rings: Klim Jewelry (Elena) | Veil:  Rana Bridal | Hairpin family heirloom | Groom's Attire: Canali from Ed Mitchells | Groomsmen's Attire: Bonobos  | Ties: Vineyard Vines  | Hair Stylist: Studio One Hair Design (Amanda) | Make-Up Artist: Kathy Genchi | Invitations, Programs, Menu Cards, Welcome Cards: AMG Design Co.  | Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Guestbook, Favors: DIY | Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band  | Coffee: Between Friends Roasting

 

Whimsical Rustic Wedding at Rock Island Lake Club • Deborahann Photography

 

Some days you come across a wedding so beautiful, you just can't choose a favorite photo. Kasey and Jamie's wedding from Deborahann Photography is one of those weddings. Her dress, the setting, the flowers, the cake.... all of it more stunning than the next. All of it a perfect blend of rustic-but-elegant, with a touch of whimsy. 


From Debbie: Kasey and Jamie met at an 80’s party seven years ago.  They definitely defined the cliche, “love at first sight” since they have been inseparable ever since! They both share the love of the outdoors, wildlife and nature, so it was totally fitting that Jamie proposed to Kasey at their favorite fishing spot at a lake that Kasey had spent her childhood years enjoying. It was here that Jamie baited a fish hook with the engagement ring tied to it. He turned to Kasey and asked if she could bait the hook. It was then that she saw the ring tied to the hook and as she turned around, Jamie was down on one knee and then proceeded to ask Kasey to be his forever!

As the plans for their wedding started to unfold, they both wanted their wedding celebration to be in the true nature of simple, classic and an authentic style to really define their relationship. Kasey’s love for flowers and the outdoors totally came together as they celebrated at the Rock Island Lake Club. The day was filled with celebration, dancing and enjoying their families on a beautiful lake.

I think the most special thing about their wedding was the beautiful florals created by Tracey Reynolds Floral designs.  Tracey knows how to create magic to say the least.  It was a feeling of whimsicality with a beautiful undertone of country charm.  Kasey wanted to feel as if she was in a garden  surrounded by her favorite flowers and that is exactly how it turned out. The day was truly relaxed and was not rushed at all. Everyone just took their time and one of the nicest things that I saw was that they truly enjoyed every moment of their wedding day.

Vendors: Photographer: DeborahAnn Photography | Florist: TR Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Wedding Cake: Palermo's Bakery | Church: Chapel NJ | Reception: Rock Island Lake Club | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Hair and MakeUp: Plaza Salon and Spa | Groom and Groomsmen Suits: H&M | Music (DJ): Classie Events | Wedding Sandals: Stuart Weitzman | Wedding Rings: Tom Cherin Jewelry