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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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Reagan and Dan were married in a traditional church ceremony at Hamilton College followed by a reception at Harding Farm in Clinton, N.Y. on June 28. “There’s always something special about stepping back into the place where you first fell in love,” Christopher Szulwach, the photographer, said. “That’s exactly why these two traveled back to their alma mater from Washington, D.C. The beautiful chapel (the oldest of its style in the United States), and the Hamilton College’s campus was the perfect place to gather family and friends for the ceremony because of its rich history.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of pointe shoes, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a heart patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers wrapped in twine. Once the glass was broken, shouts of “mazel tov”  could be heard, near and far. “Everyone then made the short, mile and half, trip to Harding Farm for the tented reception,” he said. A chalkboard sign directed them to “find a photo to find your table.” Tables were decoated with checkered linens, mason jar centerpieces, and origami folded napkins at each place setting. “The big day was full of personal touches: sunflowers everywhere in memory of Reagan’s father and her special memories planting them with him each year as a child, Dan’s tie tack, which was passed down to him from his father, who is also no longer with us, Reagan’s bouquet was wrapped in one of her father’s old ties, the custom embroidery in Dan’s suit, and the fun selection of pies instead of cake,” Christopher Szulwach, the photographer, said. “Now, this is a wedding I would call classicly trendy!”

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Photography: The Story Photography | Ceremony Venue: Hamilton College | Reception Venue: Harding Farm | Event Planner: MLH Events | Dress Designer: Marisa Bridals from Julie Allen Bridals | Shoes: Chloe | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Knot Standard | Hair Stylist: Gianni Lauryn Hair Salon | Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Monica Caplan | Floral Designer: The Clinton Florist | Caterer: A Moveable Feast by O’Connors | Cake: The Dessert Booth | DJ: Select Receptions by CNY Select DJs

Gorgeous Gold Winter Ballroom Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 06, 2014


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Katie and Kevin were married in a traditional church ceremony at the Chapel of our Lady followed by a reception at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco, Calif. on March 21. “It was actually the first (and only) place that Kevin and I looked at,” Katie said. “We walked into the Chapel of our Lady and immediately fell in love with the gorgeous beams above us and the stunning glass window behind the altar. It was where we wanted to get married without a doubt. After we toured the Golden Gate Club, with the amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, we were completely sold.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a finger-tip length veil in her loose half-up/half-down curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white tie. “The way the chapel looked when the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle, seeing it packed with our loved ones, the bridal party all lined up in the front, and the smile on Kevin’s face made for an absolutely perfect moment,” she said. Following the intimate nuptials, guests traveled to the reception complete with buffet dinner stations like a Cheese and Nacho bar, tables decorated with chevron runners, and glass centerpieces filled with hydrangeas, greenery, and fiddle heads. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “The speeches!” Katie said. “They were the perfect combination of touching memories, hilarious anecdotes, and well wishes. My dad’s in particular was supremely heartwarming.”

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Photography: Michelle Damas Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Chapel of our Lady | Reception Venue: The Golden Gate Club | Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Caterer: Toast Catering | DJ: Elite Entertainment | Videography: Jon Aaseng | Cake: Creative International | Event Planner:Ashley Stanfield | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair and Makeup Artist: Katie Hoxter | Floral Designer: Sue Wood | Officiants: Fathers Jim MacDonald and Tom Martin | Ceremony Musician: Dan Zemelman

Romantic Rainy Day Spring Chapel Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on May 21, 2014


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Jenelle and David were married on at Juliette Chapel & Events in Dahlonega, Ga. on March 28. “We wanted something that our family from Michigan would never see up north,” Jenelle said. “The Juliette Chapel & Events was right in the middle of a beautiful mountain town, full of charm and personality. When we pulled up and saw that we would have room for both an outdoor and indoor setting, we got this overwhelming feeling of a romantic yet rustic atmosphere.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a black tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses.  “The days leading up to the wedding the forecast was grim and expected to rain all day, which it pretty much did,” she said. “But I look back and think about how fun we had, between standing with my bridesmaids with their purple umbrellas and funny poses to walking across the patio with my husband to take pictures under our clear umbrella, it was perfect.” Following the intimate ceremony, 85 guests found their seats via vintage key escort cards. Tables were decorated with white linens, hydrangea centerpieces, votive candles, and mint favor bags. The newlyweds’ favorite detail? “Our cake was AMAZING!” Jenelle said. “It was literally the best cake I have ever had. Our decorator surprised David with a groom’s cake and catered to my gluten-free/dairy-free needs.”

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Photography: Barbara B. Covington Photography | Venue: Juliette Chapel & Events | Dress Designer: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo from Charme Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Express | Floral Designer: All Occasion Flowers | Caterer: Sally’s Events | Cake: Memorable Cake Creations | DJ: Disc Jockeys Now | Officiant: Matthew Meccia | Hair and Makeup Artist: Refuge Salon

Charming Rustic Chapel Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 19, 2013

Baleigh & Caleb  

April 20

Graford, Texas


Q & A with the Bride: 

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Caleb and I went to a friend’s wedding at the Harbor on Possum Kingdom Lake in May of 2010 and absolutely fell in love with the venue. {Their wedding was actually the first wedding to be held in the chapel, which made it even more special.} The chapel was breathtaking, the scenery was gorgeous, and the reception on the lake was a perfect fit for us. When we left that weekend, we both looked to each other and said, “We are getting married here!” After we got engaged May 24, 2012, this was by far the first and easiest decision for us both. We knew we wanted a fun and laid back wedding, one that was memorable for us and for our guests. What we had in mind was a romantic, rustic-themed wedding and the Harbor venue offered the best of both worlds.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The Harbor Venue and Cabin Accommodations: The Harbor venue offered the indoor-outdoor atmosphere we were hoping to find for our wedding day. We were able to set up a tent and dance floor where the band performed and all of our family and friends got to enjoy the night dancing, singing and having the time of their lives with us! The Hide-Away Cabins were wonderful accommodations for our families and our wedding party. They were super close to the venue, and they offered lots of fun activities to keep everyone entertained for the weekend.  

2. The Band: Identity Theft Band brought the party to life with their upbeat music and fun personalities. They played a mix of country, pop, rock and oldies. The dance floor was crowded all night long!

3. The Flowers and Centerpiece Arrangements: The flowers and centerpiece arrangements were put together by Bows and Arrows with the help of our amazing wedding planner, Britney Ratto of  RSVP Events. These ladies were the masterminds behind the wonderful eclectic, romantic, and rustic look that I had hoped for. The collection of bud vases, mercury glass votives, old wooden crates, old frames, burlap and lace were all used to create my dream wedding.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

The kiss was by far the most magical moment of the night. Caleb swept me off my feet and took my breath away. Literally! {This was not planned by the way, so thank goodness we didn’t both go tumbling down to the floor.} We were surrounded by our amazing family and friends, and we were finally Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Hopson. It was a perfect moment that we will both cherish forever.  A huge thank you to our amazing photographer, Derrick Tribbey, for capturing all of the details and special moments throughout the day!


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