winter wedding

A Pink Pittsburgh Winter Wedding | Tara + Mike

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I’ve been a Pennsylvania resident for my entire 27 years and I’ve never been to Pittsburgh until this past weekend. It was so special to see this city through the eyes of Tara and Mike. I met Tara in college at Penn State where we were both involved in THON (the world’s largest student run philanthropy that culminates in a 46 hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping, dance marathon) as dancers and captains. I have been involved with Penn State THON since my brother was diagnosed with cancer when I was 11. This was the first time I missed being at THON weekend in many, many years. BUT. There is no one else I would want to spend that time with. Tara is such a loving and selfless woman, teacher and friend. And Mike is her perfect match.

Their perfectly designed, pink and rose-gold wedding was the perfect way to kick off my 2019 wedding season! Can you tell that Tara was born to be an SSP Bride?! PINK EVERYTHING. Her pink details throughout the day had me swooning!

Mike shed a few subtle tears during their first look and it was the sweetest to be a witness to their love. There was a lot of anxiety and wedding-nerves floating through the air up until this point but once they saw each other, that all totally melted away as they settled into each other’s arms. That’s what marriage should be, friends.

… but Buddy totally stole the show. Tara and Mike have a one-eared rescue cocker spaniel who is just the sweetest, floppiest little mama’s boy. Of course, I was missing my own little nugget this weekend so having Buddy to snuggle was a personal perk for me too. He was the best “best dog”. Their faces lit up every time they saw their fur baby!

After their sweet ceremony, they danced the night away with fantastic views of the Pittsburgh skyline. Enjoy some of my favorites from Tara and Mike’s fabulous, winter, Pittsburgh wedding!

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Savannah Smith Photography | SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER: Cait Kramer Photography | WEDDING PLANNING AND COORDINATION: Courtney Drahovsky with Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square | VENUE, BARTENDING AND CATERING: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square | OFFICIANT: Pastor Doug Rehberg with Hebron Church | VIDEOGRAPHY: Locke Creations | CEREMONY AND RECEPTION FLORALS: Bettis Floral Event Design | CAKE AND DESSERTS: Bethel Bakery | DJ: Joe Costa | HAIR STYLING: Marissa Julin | MAKEUP ARTISTRY: See Jane Blush | BRIDAL SHOES: badgley mischka and Kate Spade Keds | CUSTOM CREST: Tiny Shindigs | INVITATIONS: Minted | DECOR AND RENTALS: Eventioneers | BRIDAL AND BRIDESMAID FLORALS: Kate Said Yes | FAVORS: Sip Sip Hooray


The Bond Cozy Industrial Winter Wedding | Zaenna + Brendan

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New year, new blog post! I’m so excited for Zaenna and Brendan’s beautiful wedding to be hitting the blog. My 2018 wedding season ended with these two belly-laughing lovebirds at one of my favorite industrial glam wedding venues, The Bond.

Zaenna and Brendan love to laugh and they love to dance so needless to say, their wedding was one big party. Their vendors were incredible and it was so amazing to tie up the year in a pretty little bow with some of the most talented people in the industry. I was feeling so blessed! The cozy, winter-inspired design was filled with the most beautiful greenery and made their reception space feel both welcoming and high-end. I was head over heels with the soft winter touches and all of the candles in their reception space!

As high school sweethearts, Z+B have been taking on the world together for many years. Their families are friends and trust me when I say, they are surrounded by so much love and support. Brendan just graduated from Penn State a few weeks ago and now they’re jumping right into buying a house. YES. All in the midst of getting married.

Congratulations Zaenna and Brendan! Enjoy some of my favorites from their stunning winter wedding!

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Savannah Smith Photography | SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER: Meghan Baskin | CEREMONY VENUE: Immaculate Conception BVM Church St. Mary’s York | OFFICIANT: Fr. Jon Sawicki | DAY OF COORDINATION: Megan Sellers | RECEPTION VENUE: The Bond Events | FLORALS: Colton Weyant-Staver with The JDK Group | CATERING: The JDK Group | CAKE AND DESSERTS: Providence Divine Cakes and Pastries | BARTENDING: The JDK Group | ENTERTAINMENT: Titus Touch Music | BRIDAL HAIR STYLING: Mylinda Englehart at Avanti Salon and Day Spa | BRIDAL MAKEUP ARTISTRY: Beauty by Aida & Associates  | BRIDAL SHOES: Badgley Mischka | BRIDAL GOWN: Simone's Bridal | INVITATIONS: made by the bride’s sister, Briana Frost | DECOR AND RENTALS: Molly’s Follies and The JDK Group