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Talia and Clayton were married in a traditional church ceremony at Heinz Memorial followed by a reception at LeMont in Lemont, Pa. on May 31. The bride wore a sweetheart silk mermaid wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled sash, and a pair of Betsy Johnson high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accesorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long neutral chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Inside the chapel’s red front doors were vaulted ceilings lined with stained glass chancel windows. Fun fact: It was a family tradition to get hitched here! Talia was escorted down the aisle by her teary-eyed father and up the aisle by her googly-eyed husband Clayton. Afterwards, the newlyweds decided to take a stroll through University of Pittsburgh’s campus for portraits since they opted out of a first look. They also made a stop at Mount Washington, which is an incline platform running the entire length of Grandview Avenue, for a few scenic views of the skyline. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Escort cards featured hand-scripted font similar to the invitations and ceremony programs too. Notice a theme? Tables were decorated with white linens, silver-rimmed charger plates, tall blossiming branches centerpieces, and wine bottle numbers. The cake was cut with “I do” and “Me too” forks, and boxes of cookies were given out as favors at the end of the night.

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Photography: Kristen Wynn Photography | Ceremony Venue: Heinz Memorial Chapel | Reception Venue: LeMont

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Choosing the right wedding vendors is one of the most important parts of planning your big day – and reading reviews of pros near you is one of the best ways to build your vendor team. WeddingWire is thrilled to announce that we now have over two million reviews submitted by newlyweds and wedding professionals, which is the largest number of reviews on any wedding and event industry site.

What does this mean for you? Well, whether you’re looking for a wedding venue, caterer, photographer, or any other type of vendor, you’ll be able to read even more useful reviews of pros in your area, written by real couples, than anywhere else!

“This is a major achievement for the entire WeddingWire community as it signals a major trend in the wedding space where engaged couples are not only relying on reviews to help make their critical wedding decisions, but are actively giving back to all engaged couples in the future,” said Timothy Chi, CEO of WeddingWire. “This incredible milestone of 2,000,000 vendor reviews helps engaged couples find their perfect wedding vendor team and strengthens the vendors’ online reputation and credibility, which ultimately helps them grow their business.”

Ready to start building your vendor team? Start searching for vendors near you (and reading reviews!) here.

And if you’re recently married, be sure to help other couples plan their weddings by writing your own vendor reviews on WeddingWire (bonus: you’ll be entered to win a $1,000 Amazon gift card with every review you write in December)!


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Whether you’re recently engaged or have been planning your nuptials for a while, you’re probably bursting with excitement about your wedding and want to tell everyone you know about all of the details of your big day. Our advice? Try to hold back. We know it may not be easy, but when you see your guests’ surprise and genuine excitement at your wedding, keeping your mouth shut for all those months will be totally worth it, we promise. Check out our list of the details you really shouldn’t share before your wedding day.

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Lauren and Austen were married at The White Room in St. Augustine, Fla. on May 25. “It was a beautiful day from start to finish with so many wonderful little details,” Cameron Austin said of Alex & Cammy Photography. “We started the day with Lauren getting ready at St. Augustine’s historic Bella Bay Inn, which is conveniently located right next to The White Room. Often times the morning of a wedding can be hectic, but she was calm and relaxed. We also headed over to the Coasa Monica for some photos of Austen, who was the rare groom who actually had his own ideas for poses and locations for pictures of him and his groomsmen. which was refreshing and a lot of fun.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of Kate Spade bow peep toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short two-toned dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, orchids, and pincushions. “The ceremony was short and sweet and very touching,” she said. It took place inside the exposed brick loft overlooking the waterfront views of Matanzas River. “The reception set up was gorgeous with beautiful flowers and a bicycle built for two theme,” Austin said. Tables were decorated with white linens, box centerpieces, and koozies at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. “They ended the night with a romantic last dance with the space all to themselves, and then rushed downstairs for a sparkler send off,” she said. “Lauren and Austen were so kind and gracious to us throughout the day, and we had a great time. We wish them nothing but the best!”

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Photography: Alex & Cammy Photography | Venue: The White Room | Makeup Artist: Jill Stonier, Professional Makeup Artist  

The 6 Commandments of Giving Great Gifts

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 09, 2014

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Finding the perfect presents for the members of your wedding party is no easy feat. How do you balance tradition, coordinating with your wedding day, and making sure that the gift feels tailored to the recipient’s specific taste? There’s no exact science to it, but we do have a few helpful hints. Read up on The 6 Commandments of Great Gift Giving before you start shopping, and your presents are guaranteed to feel more thoughtful. And if you’re still not sure where to start after that, check out our massive Gift Guide for ideas for bridesmaids, in-laws, groomsmen, and so much more.

Happy Shopping!

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