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Better Together Ladies and gentlemen, we have gathered here today to celebrate the 15th volume of the WHIRL Wedding Guide. I’d also like to take the opportunity to introduce myself, as the new editor in chief at WHIRL Publishing. Throughout my time at WHIRL, I’ve had the honor of collecting and selecting weddings from couples across the Pittsburgh area to be featured in the pages of our magazines, and it’s come to be one of my favorite parts of my job! Aside from looking at the gorgeous photos — and then immediately texting my brother and his fiancé about cake toppers or centerpieces that I think would be great for their big day! — it’s so heartwarming to hear each couple’s love story. Where they met, when those sparks flew, and how they wanted to commemorate that love are always unique and touching vignettes that come together beautifully before friends and family on their wedding day.  Once you see the 25 couples featured in this issue, we know you’ll feel the love radiating, too! We also know you’ll find inspiring details to incorporate into your own special day. And with that, you may now read the Guide. Here’s to Love! Rachel Jones

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Now Trending Peruse our collection of inspiring ideas and expert advice to help you plan the perfect day BY MATTHEW HACKE, RACHEL JONES, AND MAGGIE MCCAULEY

The Little Things Even the smallest elements at your wedding can make the biggest impact on the atmosphere for the day. That’s why the team at All in Good Taste Productions makes sure every detail is accounted for, while also sharing expert advice and insight on trends for the year. One of the most popular ideas the company is seeing for weddings is the incorporation of sentimental jewelry, pieces of family members’ wedding gowns, or other heirlooms into the bride’s bouquet. It’s like having the support of your loved ones with you every step of the way! “Using lanterns for gift boxes and smaller arrangements down the center of the bridal table have also been popular,” adds Colleen Drzemiecki of All in Good Taste Productions. Take note! All in Good Taste Productions, 1520 Monterey St., North Side. 412.321.6869. allingoodtasteproductions.com.

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Dressed to Impress For upcoming celebrations, MB Bride & Special Occasion has something for everyone in the bridal party. Carrying attire for the bride, bridesmaids, and groomsmen, this Greensburg staple has you covered with the latest wedding styles. “For the bride-to-be, I’m seeing fun, flirty ruffles and layered gowns, as well as amazing dresses with back details and accents,” says Jenn Mason, store manager and buyer. Bridesmaids are making a statement with more sparkly and patterned options. “Sequin accents and chiffon prints are adding some pizzazz to bridesmaids’ dresses,” continues Mason. As for groomsmen, expect some colorful shades this spring. “Royal blues and burgundy-colored tuxedos are in, and guys are going to love them,” says Mason. Make sure to get a sneak peek at some of these wonderful offerings at the upcoming MB Bride & Special Occasion trunk shows listed below! MB Bride & Special Occasion, 123 S. Urania Ave., Greensburg. 724.836.6626. mbbride.com.

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MARCH 17-26 Morilee Bridal Trunk Show

FEBRUARY 17-19 Mommapalooza, featuring multiple mother-of-the bride designer dresses

MARCH 31-APRIL 2 Sincerity Bridal Trunk Show with design representative Josh Grimes

EYES ON THE GUYS While everyone looks for the big reveal of the bride’s gown on the wedding day, there is no reason the groom should get left behind in the style department! “The bride is usually who everyone is looking at,” says Amanda Vereb, designer, seamstress, and owner of The Iron Horse Atelier. “Depending on the wedding theme and her dress, that is how you are going to dress the groom and groomsmen.” For any style, though, Vereb’s first rule of picking out wedding attire is the fit. “My No. 1 rule for men on their wedding day is fit, fit, fit. Without a well-tailored suit or tuxedo, they’re not going to look as polished and sharp.” Her second rule is to make the details pop. “Since classic black suits are timeless, it's becoming more trendy to work with embroidery or appliqué on lapels, patterned vests, embroidered suspenders, textured or embroidered shirts, and watches on chains,” says Vereb. And for those looking to make a bolder statement, go for a jacket or pants (or both!) in a deep hue like navy or emerald. The Iron Horse Atelier, 5144 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.956.0957. theironhorsepgh.com. .

HEY, MR. DJ! Planning a personalized reception? Don’t forget about the music and entertainment! DJ Sean of Ultimate Entertaining says a lot of couples are owning their first dance and putting their own unique spin on it. (He’s an expert at providing personalized music for choreographed first dances or grand entrances!) Another huge trend is having the couple’s monogram or fun light designs projected through uplighting on the wall behind the wedding party’s table or onto the dance floor. DJ Sean also says that choreographed father-daughter dances are becoming more popular, too. And standard parts of the evening, including tossing the garter or the bouquet, the money dance, etc., are also starting to fade out of the night’s lineup. He says, “The bonds of tradition have been broken and anything goes.” Pittsburgh Wedding DJ Sean with Ultimate Entertaining, 724.789.9121. pghdjsean.com.

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MARCH 10-12 Charlie Brear

MARCH 16-20 Unbridaled by Dan Jones

MARCH 31APRIL 2 Kathryn Bass Bridal

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JUNE 2-4 Antonio Gual for TULLE New York

JUNE 16-18 Daalarna Couture

Dazzling Dresses For a bride, falling in love with her dream dress comes in a close second — after falling for her soon-to-be spouse, of course! There is no shortage of styles and trends to accommodate any vision. “While lace details have always been quite popular, brides are loving off-the-shoulder dresses of every variety: chic, modern, bohemian, and classic,” says Erin Szymanski, owner of Glitter & Grit. Blushing brides are opting for more sleek and simple designs as well. “We're seeing a shift to more strikingly simple designs with brides pairing them with smaller, exquisite details,” Szymanski says. For more inspiration, stop by one of Glitter & Grit’s upcoming trunk shows! Glitter & Grit, 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville, 412.781.2375. glitterandgritpgh.com.

TAKING THE CAKE Still wearing its crown after being named “The Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made” by The Huffington Post, the Burnt Almond Torte at Prantl’s Bakery isn’t going away any time soon. Joining the confection in the spotlight, however, is the shop’s new focus on completely customized cakes. Couples can choose from yellow, red velvet, chocolate, marble, and other cake batter flavors to pair with fillings ranging from white buttercream icing to chocolate fudge icing and vanilla pastry cream. Beauty on the inside is important, but the expert team of pastry chefs has the outer beauty down, too, as shown here. This personalized creation, with tiers covered in white or marbled fondant, is bedecked with a jeweled border and topped with an orchid — a beautiful addition to any dessert table. Find one that speaks to you! Prantl’s Bakery, 5525 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.621.2092. 438 Market St., Downtown. 412.471.6861. prantlsbakery.com.

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Looking for a way to take their talents and turn them into something that would beautifully impact others’ lives, local musicians Brooke Annibale and Judith Avers started writing custom songs for weddings and other occasions. “I originally advertised the sale for children’s songs, but it soon became apparent that people wanted personal songs for their loved ones or sweethearts just as much,” Avers explains. After collaborating with Annibale, the duo launched The Song Jar to connect to more people who wanted personalized songs to celebrate their love or to play at their wedding. The simple process asks for clients to fill out some details — the desired mood for the song, details of their love story, etc. — and the incredible artists take care of the rest. “Each song order is unique, and we strive to make each song as personal as we can. The final result is the culmination of your love story — woven with melody and words into a musical expression that no one else will ever possess or duplicate.” (Love that!) So far, they’ve written countless creations that were used for the first dance, the walk down the aisle, and even a few proposals! And the responses from couples who get to enjoy these touching, tailored songs have been overwhelmingly positive. “We started this project to connect with people and to feel good about making music for others, so when someone instantly connects with the song we’ve written, it’s really rewarding.” The Song Jar, TheSongJar.com.

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Special Ceremonies Love is always in the air at Heinz Memorial Chapel. “Last fiscal year alone, we hosted over 150 weddings,” says Assistant Director Wendy Lau. After the decision was made a little over a year ago to open the charming chapel to those not affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, and Heinz, the venue has become an even more popular place to wed. “The fact that we also extended the booking period from up to one year in advance to two has also been beneficial,” Lau says. With incredible accommodations and a beautiful space, Heinz Memorial Chapel allows couples to focus on their special day without any stress. “Couples get a preset rehearsal time prior to the wedding. A chapel organist and two coordinators are included and present for both the rehearsal and wedding, and reserved parking is provided.” With every weekend — including Fridays — available throughout the year (with the exception of Easter and Christmas), setting a date to say “I do” has never been easier! Heinz Memorial Chapel, 4200 5th Ave., Oakland. 412.624.4157. heinzchapel.pitt.edu.

SENTIMENTAL SWEETS Biting into a flavorful, cloud-like macaron from Gaby et Jules is an amazing experience. But enjoying a personally customized macaron takes it to the next level! “Our macarons just got even more beautiful,” says Lori Rongier of Gaby et Jules. “We will now be able to personalize our macarons with a monogram, symbol, or the theme of the special event. The sky’s the limit!” Couples can also choose from an array of flavors that suit their taste buds or their color scheme, then serve up the darling desserts as thoughtful favors or fun additions to the traditional cookie table. The sky really is the limit! Gaby et Jules, 5837 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.682.1966. gabyetjules.com. Stop by the Squirrel Hill shop for a complimentary tasting!

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GETTING IN ON THE ACTION Interactive dessert bars get all of your guests involved in a sweet way at your wedding! The Frizzle Dessert Bar allows guests to choose which yummy treat they would like fried before their eyes. “We will fry anything from donuts, Oreos, mini cheesecakes, delicious mini pies, ice cream, and more,” says Amanda Byrne of Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique. Other fun options include the Spherical Meltdown Station and the Liquid Nitrogen Station. If you want rich, decadent desserts, then the Meltdown is the way to go. Picture warm caramel melting over a chocolate sphere to expose a gooey brownie á la mode. Or instantly freeze chocolate, peanut butter, or caramel over fruit, marshmallows, and more with the magic of liquid nitrogen. Yum! Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique, 213 Commercial Ave., Aspinwall. 3511 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.772.1283. asweetboutique.com.

Wonderful Wines What’s a wedding without wine? Pennsylvania Wine Cellar, with locations in both The Waterfront and Station Square, offers the largest selection of wine racks and accessories in the region, while also creating custom labels and wine pairing for weddings. “I was the first one in the tri-state area to do custom labels,” says Kathy Kathic, owner of Pennsylvania Wine Cellar. “Whatever label designs brides and grooms want, we can do.” Selling wines from both Heritage Wine Cellars and Christian W. Klay Winery, Pennsylvania Wine Cellars also offers free wine tastings at its stores to make sure parties find exactly what they like. “People who want to drink wine sometimes haven’t found exactly what they like, so a wine tasting offers the solution for that,” say Kathic. We’ll toast to that! Pennsylvania Wine Cellar, pawinecellar.com.

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SAVE THE DATE Spreading the word about your upcoming nuptials just got much more colorful! Instead of shying away from vibrant hues, couples are embracing them with open arms. “Dramatic colored papers and dazzling metallics are popular right now,” says Amy Bass, owner of Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique. The PANTONE Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery, is also being incorporated into the stationery suite, from save the dates to thank you cards. “Lush, leafy designs and bold floral patterns are already making a profound statement on wedding invites,” Bass says. They’ve got our stamp of approval! Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique, 9 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.782.6300. notabenepaper.com.

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Take a Time Out From the second you wake up on the morning of your wedding, it will be nonstop action and excitement for the rest of the day. While the whirlwind of it all is wonderful, it’s important to take a few moments to hit pause. “As an event planner, the most poignant yet simple piece of advice that I give each and every client during timeline preparation is: Make time for yourselves!” says Jody Wimer of JPC Event Group. “Sure, you have portraits and candid photography time together, but I mean really taking 15 minutes and just being together alone to store and reflect on your reactions to the day and your love for each other at that magical moment in time.” Cherishing these precious seconds brings the reason for the day back into focus and lets the love you share grow even more. JPC Event Group, 700 River Ave., Suite 317, North Side. 724.654.6851. jpceventgroup.com.

PERSONAL TASTE We know this special day is all about you and your soon-to-be spouse, but you have to think of your guests’ wants and needs when planning the menu for your festivities. “Yes, you try to satisfy the taste of each person you have invited to your wedding by selecting menu items with universal appeal,” says Jody Wimer of JPC Event Group. “However, satisfying your guests’ dietary needs and allergies is a must.” That’s why JPC Event Group’s Executive Chef Ron Sambol and his highly qualified culinary team have customizable menu items available for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, and guests with gluten intolerances. And with choices like the house tempura cauliflower with smoked romesco sauce (pictured here) and vegetarian smoked polenta stack with baby bella mushrooms, carrot puree, and confit of heirloom vegetables, we know you’ll find something to tantalize everyone’s taste buds! JPC Event Group, 700 River Ave., Suite 317, North Side. 724.654.6851. jpceventgroup.com.

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Local & Made with Love Famous for being friendly, fun, and whimsical, Square Café has garnered a group of foodie fans, devoted to its delicious and thoughtful dishes. You can enjoy these same creations that showcase local ingredients, made with love, at your wedding, too. Square Café provides a wide variety of dishes for events of all sizes, and even has a food truck available specifically for events. The truck can be booked for events or commissioned so that all items can be cooked fresh on-site in this mobile kitchen. Make your cocktail hour more interactive by designing your own pierogi or tater tot stations, complete with an ample array of scratch-made toppings; let guests choose between sweet or savory delights with a made-to-order crêpes station; savor house-braised meats like mouthwatering short ribs and pulled pork in bite-sized sliders or full-sized sandwiches; or serve up flavorful appetizers that appeal to vegetarian and vegan attendees, too. Couples looking to celebrate with family and friends the morning after the wedding can even seek out Square Café’s catering division and food truck for their signature brunch dishes! Square Café, 1137 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. 412.244.8002. square-cafe.com.

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WOW FACTOR As you declare your love for one another, you should also be making a statement with your venue. Spice up the space with pieces that speak to your personalities and the atmosphere you want to create for the day. “People want that grand entrance,” says Trish Derry of Vintage Alley Rentals. “They are renting structures that make an impact when people arrive to weddings. They want their guests to get that ‘wow factor.’” Derry recently used an antique dresser and a salvaged church window to make a unique altar with pops of color for a wedding at Carrie Furnace. Her team also set up an eclectic lounge area with different seating options and fun centerpieces. “I think props and decorations are being used in addition to florals on tables,” Derry adds. “Industrial-type structures, copper piping — anything outside the box and unique.” That includes adding a little pizazz to the traditional Pittsburgh cookie table, too! Vintage Alley Rentals can style your sweet setup for a glamorous and unique presentation. “This year, I’m noticing a lot of ‘sophisticated whimsy’ and very creative brides,” she says. “The vintage trend is not going away either.” Vintage Alley Rentals, 60 Greenway Drive, West End. 412.735.9765. viwntagealleypittsburgh.com.

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Inspired by the lush abundance of vegetation we see during the spring and summer months, plus PANTONE’s Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery, more and more couples are incorporating green pieces into their floral arrangements and bouquets. “It is great for evoking just as much of a theme as a mix of flowers,” says Jim Price of Cuttings Flower & Garden Market. Embrace the trend in full force with a mass of elegant ivy or tropical palms bedecking the tables at your reception. Or mix in herbs or evergreens, including rosemary, sage, cedar, cypress, fir, and pine, for a more subtle pop of color that still “creates great texture and amazing fragrance.” Cuttings Flower & Garden Market, 524 Locust Place, Sewickley. 412.741.7227. shopcuttings.com.

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Planning Perfection For wedding planner Tonya Edinger, owner of Weddings of Pittsburgh, 2017 is already shaping up to be a year full of glitz and glamour. “I’m planning weddings that are incorporating a lot of gold and silver, glass candelabras, very high vases with greens pouring out of them, and pearls and sparkles everywhere,” she says. And it’s not just the brides who are making every little decision about the big day. “Grooms are all in and making decisions about a lot of little details — which is really exciting because as I always say, this is the first party you ever throw together as a married couple,” continues Edinger. Many of the wedding trends that she has been seeing include a focus on food and photos. “I have found that photo backdrops are becoming more popular because they’re a classy and unique addition to the festivities. Food trends, such as tapas stations and craft beers, are also on the rise for couples planning their big day.” Weddings of Pittsburgh, 724.968.7135. weddingsofpittsburgh.com.

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Iconic, crimson trolleys from Molly’s Trolleys Pittsburgh can frequently be spotted in the city, escorting bridal parties and families to and from ceremonies and receptions, or cruising through different neighborhoods in search of the perfect spot for photos. But the fun doesn’t have to end there! “Most people don’t realize that they can use a trolley for their entire wedding weekend,” says Christina Robertson of Molly’s Trolleys Pittsburgh. “Trolleys are available on Friday evenings for the rehearsal dinner, Saturdays for the wedding, and on Sundays, we can provide a sightseeing tour for out-of-town guests.” And since the trolleys come beautifully decorated, your loved ones can enjoy even more with every trip. Molly’s Trolleys Pittsburgh, 125 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. 412.281.2085. mollystrolleyspittsburgh.com.

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Start your journey together in paradise. To create the wedding of your dreams, contact our Event Sales Department at 412/622-6915, ext. 6406. phipps.conservatory.org

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PLACES, EVERYONE! BY ALEXANDRA MEIER

To set the stage for your beautiful day, you must find a venue that meets all of your needs. We’ve compiled 30+ options to make the decision even easier for you!

Inne at Watson’s Choice Recognized as the 2017 Weddingwire Couples’ Choice Award recipient, Inne at Watson’s Choice is nestled on 45 acres of scenic woodlands. Its pristine, historical 1800 Inne and Barn stand on their own meticulously landscaped ground, providing you with an intimate wedding designed by you. Unique get-away packages provide you with overnight lodging and breakfast for 24 guests, or you may choose to rent the Stable or Barn for your one-day event. The staff’s professional, experienced, and preferred vendors offer you choices tailored to you. Inne at Watson’s Choice, Uniontown. 724.437.4999. watsonschoice.com.

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CAPACITY: 150 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: Three exclusive catering options INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Call for availability. Indoor space for reception and outdoor space for ceremony, weather permitting PRICING MINIMUM: Call for pricing ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Daphne Livingstone, Marianne Skvarla, and Owners Bill and Nancy Ross

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PNC Park PNC Park offers unique venues that can accommodate 20-250 guests with captivating views of PNC Park and Downtown Pittsburgh, world class cuisine, and multi-media capabilities that will make your wedding a home run. PNC Park, North Shore. 412.325.4746. pirates.com/pncparkevents.

CAPACITY: 20-250 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Call for availability PRICING MINIMUM: Call for details INCLUDED IN PRICE: Five-hour reception, tables, chairs,

china, selected linens, event staff, parking service, photo opportunities, planning coordination ON-SITE COORDINATORS: Experienced sales and catering managers on site

The National Aviary The National Aviary is a place where wedding guests will enjoy a memorable evening amidst the blossoming rose garden, dancing under the beautiful glass-domed atrium, and mingling with its fine feathered friends while strolling through the tropical exhibits. With several unique and customizable spaces, The National Aviary is perfect for a casual cocktail party or elegant sit-down dinner at any time of the year. The National Aviary, North Side. 412.258.9436. aviary.org & myevent@aviary.org. CAPACITY: 150 dinner/dance; 180 seated; 500 cocktail-style EXCLUSIVE CATERER: Atria’s Catering INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: 12-18 months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Rentals start at $1,850; call or visit website for

more information. INCLUDED IN PRICE: Exclusive access to exhibits; spectacular photo opportunities; tables and chairs; private parking; event staff, including animal trainers and maintenance team ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Karin Sipe

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown In the heart of the city, the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown offers panoramic views and is in walking distance of hundreds of restaurants and entertainment hot spots. It boasts more than 60,000 square feet of beautifully designed event spaces and seating. The King’s Garden Ballroom is a contemporary space with a separate pre-function area, while the grand ballroom is elegant and chic. The hotel houses 712 guest rooms, including 73 suites. Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Downtown. 412.594.5131. wyndhamgrandpittsburgh.com. abarna@wyndham.com. CAPACITY: 1,400 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house, Chef Dean Gress; outside catering permitted INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Up to 18 months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Call for pricing

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Hors d’oeuvres, premium bar, Champagne toast, cake, wine service with plated dinner, linens, chair covers with sash, candles, up-lighting, luxury suite ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Director of Weddings & Special Events Ashley (Barna) Brown

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The Atrium “The Atrium offers the convenience of the reception and ceremony at the same site. We have everything here; the bride only has to bring a few things. We also have three ceremony locations, including an indoor back-up on site,” says Events Coordinator Kristen Kane. And, because The Atrium only schedules one event at a time, the bride and groom are sure to receive the staff’s undivided attention. The Atrium, Prospect. 724.865.2830. theatriumonline.com.

CAPACITY: 280 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Call for availability PRICING MINIMUM: $39 per guest

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Lovely landscaped areas for photos and outdoor socializing, setup/cleanup, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, linens, china, centerpieces ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Kristen Kane

Circuit Center & Ballroom Circuit Center & Ballroom has everything you’ll want for your wedding. The venue features amenities, such as free, on-site parking for your guests, a full-sized acoustic stage, and a spacious, tree-lined outdoor courtyard. The space uses The Fluted Mushroom as its exclusive caterer, so you get the very best food and amazing details planned, prepared, and presented by Pittsburgh’s premier caterer. This delicious pairing will have your wedding guests raving until your first anniversary! Circuit Center & Ballroom, South Side. 412.432.1420 & 412.381.1899. flutedmushroom.com. CAPACITY: 350 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: Fluted Mushroom INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: One year in advance; Please inquire about winter wedding discounts January through March.

PRICING MINIMUM: Call or visit website for details INCLUDED IN PRICE: Call or visit website for pricing ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Event Coordinator Val Leya, Assistant General Manager Amy Hosking

Kaya Located in the Strip District, Kaya’s menu fuses tropical flavors and cultures, resulting in delicious and gratifying cuisine. Kaya offers something for everyone, especially vegetarians and seafood lovers. Featuring local and international microbrews, exotic tropical drinks, and international wines, the drink selection complements your meal as the festive décor transports you to a sunny destination. Kaya is available for both day and evening parties. Kaya, Strip District. 412.261.6565. bigburrito.com/kaya. CAPACITY: 60, sit-down dinner; 100, cocktail party; buy-out option available for private functions PREFERRED CATERER: In-house INDOOR SPACE ONLY BOOK: Call for availability

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PRICING MINIMUM: Food and beverage minimums range, depending on the time/day of the week INCLUDED IN PRICE: Tables, chairs ON-SITE COORDINATOR: General Manager Joe Laskowski

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Olivia’s Newly remodeled, Olivia’s provides three spaces for your party needs: Victoria’s Room, with its cathedral ceiling, large stone fireplace, and warm inviting ambiance; dazzling Ann’s Room, with its coffered ceiling, stone fireplace, and beautiful lighting; and Ann’s Courtyard, an outdoor party space for up to 70 guests, perfect for baby and bridal showers. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and the facility’s full bar has 18 rotating taps, changing frequently with seasonal craft beer. Olivia’s, Coraopolis. 412.331.9282. oliviasbanquet.com.

CAPACITY: 25-170 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: 12-18 months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Call, email, or visit website for pricing INCLUDED IN PRICE: Fourhour event in an elegantly

appointed room, wide selection of fresh food and beverage, tables and chairs, select linens, basic centerpieces, event staff, complimentary coffee and tea station, abundant and free off-street parking, free WiFi ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Tiffani Gambone

Square Café Square Café is a nationally recognized, colorful café located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Regent Square neighborhood. The bright walls, local art, full service coffee bar, and friendly staff draw in large crowds daily from near and far. From whimsical milkshake and coffee creations, to vibrant and delicious local menu items, Square Café specializes in local ingredients, made with love. Rental of the Café is ideal for showers, special celebrations, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, and bar/bat mitzvahs. Square Café, Regent Square. 412.244.8002. square-cafe.com & catering@square-cafe.com. CAPACITY: Up to 125 (seasonally, if utilizing outdoor space.) Interior: 75 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Call for availability. Most events to be booked after 6 p.m. and based on availability

PRICING MINIMUM: $350 minimum INCLUDED IN PRICE: Space rental and staff. Staff size dependent on rental ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Amanda Torres

The Meadows Casino Making your day memorable, a team of professional planners at The Meadows Casino will assist you in coordinating your celebration. The venue allows for up to four dividable spaces that can accommodate up to 600 guests. It also features a built-in bar, the latest technologies, and five projection screens. With the inclusion of fantastic Meadows Casino action and appetizing culinary appointments, your events will prove to be a resounding success. The Meadows Casino, Washington. 724.503.1200. meadowsgaming.com. CAPACITY: 5-600 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Preferred one year in advance, but can usually accommodate any last-minute request or function

PRICING MINIMUM: Call for pricing INCLUDED IN PRICE: Venue rental, standard table linens and china, chair covers and sash, personal event planner, choice of vendors, standard room setup ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Angela Corso

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Allegheny County Courthouse A National Historic Landmark, the Allegheny County Courthouse is considered among the finest examples of Romanesque Revival and includes Syrian arches, Byzantine capitals, late French Gothic dormer windows, and French Renaissance roofs. One of its most striking attributes is the bell tower, which rises more than 229 feet above Grant Street. Two venue options are available within the courthouse for your upcoming ceremony, reception, or celebration: The Grand Staircase and Gallery, which features soaring arches and dignified columns, and The Courtyard, containing a central fountain and four beautifully landscaped gardens. Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown. 412.350.3172. alleghenycounty.us/venuerentals.

CAPACITY: Up to 320 seated or 500 standing INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Call for availability PRICING MINIMUM: Call for pricing

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Venue space, chairs, cocktail tables, security, venue coordinator, facility staff, electrician ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Venue and Marketing Coordinator Alexandria Delancey

Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar can host a variety of events with flexible menus for any occasion, including multi-course plated meals, buffets, stationed options, or even cocktail receptions. Its private back dining room can accommodate up to 60 guests, and the entire restaurant space can be rented out for groups of 120-200. The restaurant will also come to you via catering for brunch, lunch, dinner, or an event in your home. Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar, Aspinwall. 412.408.3258. cornerstonepgh.com & cornerstonepgh@gmail.com. CAPACITY: 60 seated; entire restaurant space rental available for groups of 120-200 PREFERRED CATERER: In-house, off-site catering available INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Flexible

PRICING MINIMUM: Food and beverage minimums range, depending on the space and day/time ON-SITE COORDINATOR: General Manager Erin Connolly

Succop Nature Park The natural beauty of Succop Nature Park, one of Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s natural reserves, will set the tone for your perfect wedding and reception. Succop Nature Park is located on 50 picturesque acres with walking trails, ponds, a newly renovated outdoor pavilion, and a historic mansion. It’s a lovely backdrop for your big day. Succop Nature Park, Penn Township, Butler County. 724.586.2591. aswp.org. CAPACITY: 300 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: Medure’s Catering INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: 12-18 months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Depends on

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Rustic Acres Farm A rippling creek, rolling fields of pumpkins and sunflowers, grazing horses, expansive views, and wind across the pond — this is Rustic Acres Farm. Located in rural Western Pennsylvania along Route 19, the space sits between the quaint village of Volant and the bustling Grove City Outlet mall. From the majestic weeping willow, to sweeping pastoral views, to the serene pond, many locations for ceremonies and celebrations exist within the acres of the farm. Rustic Acres Farm, Volant. 724.654.6851. rusticacresfarm.com.

CAPACITY: 100 in the barn; 200 on the deck; 200+ on the grounds EXCLUSIVE CATERER/VENUE MANAGEMENT: JPC Event Group INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: 12 months in advance generally; 18 months for September and October dates PRICING MINIMUM: For 2018, $3,250 Fridays and Sundays;

$4,500 Saturdays; both + cuisine package INCLUDED IN PRICE: With cuisine package: tables, garden chairs or chiavari chairs, floor-length linens, bartenders, china and flatware, catering coordinator, bridal prep cottage, venue usage from noon to midnight on the day of event ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Richard Wimer

Osteria 2350 Next to its sister location, Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar, Osteria 2350 provides an eclectic atmosphere for standing and seated guests. The menu offers diverse dishes, from house-made Italian fare to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Access is available to Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar. The separate onsite Cigar Bar offers a large collection of whiskey and premium cigars, which is sure to be a hit with your groomsmen! Osteria 2350, Strip District. 412.281.3090. cioppinogroup.com. CAPACITY: 75 seated; 100 cocktail EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR SPACE ONLY BOOK: At least four months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Contact sales office for details

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Complimentary valet parking after 5 p.m. and validated parking garage tickets, A/V capabilities, full bar offerings, black house table linens, candles, floral delivery, in-house pastry chef and sommelier ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Leisa Anderson

Ditka’s Wexford Ditka’s Wexford is conveniently located on Route 19, just minutes from I-79 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The established restaurant is nestled within the quaint suburb of Wexford, yet is located just a few miles from many hotels in Cranberry and the surrounding area. Ditka’s, Wexford. 724.934.3660. ditkasrestaurants.com/locations/wexford. CAPACITY: 120 seated; 140 cocktail reception; buy-out option available for private functions EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Call for availability PRICING MINIMUM: Call for pricing

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Various packages for food and beverages with complimentary coffee and tea, tables and chairs, linens, event staff, free parking, free WiFi ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Jeanne Rouzzo

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Oak Lodge Oak Lodge provides an exclusive setting for destination weddings, social celebrations, family retreats, and corporate entertaining. The private, 800-acre estate offers accommodations for up to 19 people and features a heated pool and jacuzzi. A charming village complete with a log chapel, tavern, reception hall, and amazing views are just a few exclusive offerings awaiting you. Oak Lodge is just minutes from ski resorts, shopping, and local attractions, yet far enough away for a peaceful retreat! Oak Lodge, Stahlstown. 724.593.2913. oaklodgepa.com.

CAPACITY: 120 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: 18 months PRICING MINIMUM: Call for pricing

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Lodging, food and beverage, event space, rentals ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Matt and Robin Heagan

Eleven Contemporary Kitchen Eleven, where Downtown meets the Strip, is the 11th innovative restaurant from the big Burrito Restaurant Group. Contemporary American flavors are combined to create a fresh and truly original menu. Eleven’s private dining rooms extend the restaurant’s inventive style and menu into an exclusive setting for meetings, special occasion dinners, and private parties. Eleven Contemporary Kitchen, Strip District. 412.201.5656. elevenck.com. CAPACITY: 12, Mulberry Room; 8-36, Smallman Room; 50, upstairs deck; 150, sit-down dinner; buy-out option available EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE PRICING MINIMUM: $250 for lunch; $800 for dinner; and range, depending on the space

and the day/time of the week INCLUDED IN PRICE: Tables, chairs; additional options include valet parking, floral arrangements, custom linens ON-SITE COORDINATOR: General Manager Chris Thinnes and Event Coordinator Jennifer Johnson

Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar Located within the historic Strip District, Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar provides an eclectic atmosphere with various spaces for seated and standing guests, making it the perfect location for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, or bridal showers. A large menu provides diverse options to please any palate, and can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free guests. The separate onsite Cigar Bar offers a large collection of whiskey and premium cigars, perfect for your groomsmen! Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar, Strip District. 412.281.3090. cioppinogroup.com. CAPACITY: 75 seated; 100 cocktail EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: At least four months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Contact sales office for details

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INCLUDED IN PRICE: Complimentary valet parking after 5 p.m., A/V capabilities, full bar offerings, black house table linens, candles, floral delivery, in-house pastry chef and sommelier ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Leisa Anderson

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Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe The chic sophistication of the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe guarantees a first-class wedding. The ballroom and outdoor garden are the perfect settings to express your creativity and originality. Every detail of your wedding will be considered and every expectation exceeded. Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe, Canonsburg. 724.743.5000. pittsburghsouthpointe.stayhgi.com.

CAPACITY: 800 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE CALL AND BOOK: As soon as possible PRICING MINIMUM: Varies

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Five hours of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, Champagne toast, linens, chair covers, menu cards, cake-cutting services, cocktail reception for bridal party, candles, accommodations for bride and groom ON-SITE COORDINATORS: Joanna Bazzano and Alexandra Jordan

Destiny Hill Farm The gorgeous grounds of Destiny Hill Farm make for a perfect al fresco wedding. “Destiny Hill Farm is a lavender, berry, and flower farm, and is a private, gated residence with amazing hilltop views,” says owner James Cameron. Located in Washington County, the picturesque setting provides an awesome backdrop for photos! Destiny Hill Farm, Washington. destinyhill.com & info@destinyhill.com. CAPACITY: 500 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: Preferred vendors INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE, MAY THROUGH OCTOBER BOOK: 18 months in advance

PRICING MINIMUM: Email for pricing INCLUDED IN PRICE: The Stable, Show Barn, farm grounds, event staff, six hours for reception ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Mimi York

Omni William Penn Hotel The Omni William Penn Hotel, a 1916 National Historic Landmark, features hand-painted murals and ornate gold leafing in its unique ballrooms. The hotel is timeless, elegant, and whimsical, offering modern amenities to suit the most discerning guest. Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown. 412.281.7100. omnihotels.com/pittsburgh. CAPACITY: 700 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: Chefs of the Omni William Penn Hotel INDOOR SPACE ONLY BOOK: 18 months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Call for pricing

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Four hours of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, three-course dinner, sparkling wine toast for bridal party ON-SITE COORDINATORS: Four experienced, on-site catering managers

Photographs from Photo by Natalia Dove/2nd II None Productions, Leeann Marie Photography, Weddings by Alisa

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Casbah Mediterranean Kitchen & Wine Bar Located on South Highland Avenue, Casbah promises an exciting, sophisticated gourmet dining experience in an intimate atmosphere. Its menu changes daily, offering imaginative new tastes and textures with the season’s finest ingredients. Casbah’s yearround, heated patio and Southern European-inspired dining room offer elegant seating in an open space. The completely redone lower level — with a glass-framed wine room, stone-covered walls, and innovative lighting — provides the coziest of retreats. Casbah Mediterranean Kitchen & Wine Bar, Shadyside. 412.661.5656. bigburrito.com/casbah.

CAPACITY: 115, sit-down dinner; 50, lower level; buy-out option available for larger functions EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE PRICING MINIMUM: Food and beverage minimums start at $500, and range, depending on the space and the day/time of the week

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Tables, chairs, linens, valet parking; additional options include floral arrangements ON-SITE COORDINATOR: General Manager Jennifer Love and Event Coordinator Brianna Edwards

Rivers Casino Rivers Casino offers a variety of venue features not available at other locations in Pittsburgh, including riverfront and skyline views and a built-in panoramic view of the cityscape. Additional features at Rivers Casino include a pre-function space to greet guests, a bridal suite, waterfront balcony views of the three rivers as they join at Point State Park, a riverfront amphitheater, a Riverwalk along the Ohio River, and even beautiful wedding cakes and catering all prepared by on-site chefs. With the ability to divide the banquet space into smaller sections, it is an ideal location for large weddings or small, intimate celebrations. Rivers Casino, North Side. 412.566.4486. eventsatriverscasino.com. CAPACITY: 80-600 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Call for availability

PRICING MINIMUMS: Call for pricing ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Andrea Kleinrock, VP of Food and Beverage

Willow There’s always a reason to celebrate! Conveniently located near Downtown, Wexford, Sewickley, and the North Hills, Willow is the perfect place for your next occasion. Its crew has created flexible catering options geared towards finding you the perfect meal for your guests, and the special events staff will work closely with you to ensure that your personal touch is reflected in your event. Willow, North Hills. 412.847.1007. willowpgh.com. CAPACITY: 10-150 seated; 175 cocktail EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Call for availability PRICING MINIMUM: Varies

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Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge is one of Pittsburgh’s finest destinations for wedding catering and rehearsal dinners. Invite guests to experience a broad spectrum of exotic flavors and culinary treats, from delicate dumplings and expertly crafted sushi, to the mouth-watering kung pao filet mignon. Private dining rooms create an intimate environment to enjoy the company of your closest friends and family while enjoying award-winning Asian cuisine. Jimmy Wan’s Catering will wow your guests with a spectacular wedding sushi bar for the cocktail hour. Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge, Fox Chapel. 412.968.0848. Cranberry, 724.778.8978. jimmywans.com.

Lewis Family Farms Brides, grooms, and guests alike will savor the natural beauty of this true family farm with views overlooking a lush valley. The Lewis Family Farms grounds and barn — built in the 1800s — serve as stunning, customizable backdrops for weddings and bridal showers, and offer brides and grooms the flexibility to add their own details to create the event they’ve always imagined. The venue space is available from late spring through early fall. Lewis Family Farms, Zelienople. lewisfamilyfarms.com.

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CAPACITY: 30-60 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: 2 months in advance

CAPACITY: 250 guests in the barn; outdoor space and tents can be utilized to host a larger group EXCLUSIVE CATERER: No, but recommendations available INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Up to one year in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Email for pricing

PRICING MINIMUM: Varies ON-SITE COORDINATORS: Jimmy Wan and Alex Tang

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Basic package includes exclusive access to farm day of event and day before, lighting in the barn, simple décor; additional décor, lighting, setup and cleanup services, additional day-of coordination available at added cost ON-SITE COORDINATORS: Jane Lewis and Elizabeth Lewis

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Rivers Club Pittsburgh For more than 30 years, Rivers Club Pittsburgh, has been a premier wedding location for couples and their weddings. In 2016, the Club completed a 3.5 million dollar renovation to modernize its location while still offering a tradition of excellent service, caring staff, and outstanding amenities. Rivers Club consistently stands out as a place for wedding receptions in Downtown Pittsburgh. Rivers Club Pittsburgh, Downtown. 412.391.5227. riversclub.com.

CAPACITY: 250 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR SPACE ONLY BOOK: As soon as possible PRICING MINIMUM: Varies INCLUDED IN PRICE: Hors d’oeuvres, four-hour bar, Champagne toast, dinner,

linens, votive candles, cake designed by Jennuine Cakes, cake-cutting services, private cocktail reception for bridal party, on-site coordination ON-SITE COORDINATORS: Michele Fischer and Amanda Rapach

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art Art is the ideal backdrop for any occasion. Choose The Westmoreland Museum of American Art for your special day and paint it with beauty. On the heels of a dramatic renovation and expansion, The New Westmoreland offers an inspiring event venue, just 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in the heart of Downtown Greensburg, with a LEED-certified and architecturally dynamic building surrounded by a sustainable green space. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg. 724.837.1500. thewestmoreland.org. CAPACITY: 40-450 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: Preferred vendor list INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: 3-6 months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: $250 per hour

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Museum tables and chairs, audio/ visual equipment (subject to availability) ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Randall Oaks

The Washington Country Club The Washington Country Club has been serving the Washington community for over 100 years with quality entertainment and fine dining. Although it is a private club, the clubhouse and ballroom is open to the public for events. Come enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the space for your beautiful day. The Washington Country Club, Washington. 724.225.9245. washingtoncountryclub.com & info@washingtoncountryclub.com. CAPACITY: 200 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: WCC Catering INDOOR SPACE YEAR-ROUND BOOK: 12 months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Call or email for pricing

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Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa Nestled in Pennsylvania’s picturesque Allegheny Mountains, Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa offers the area’s most memorable wedding destination. The legend began more than 200 years ago, and today, the legacy continues at the world-class Springs Eternal Spa and on the magnificently restored Donald Ross golf course. Within driving distance of Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, couples seeking unique and traditional celebrations rely on the resort’s professional wedding planners to create a signature experience. Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, Bedford. 814.624.5616. omnihotels.com/bedford.

CAPACITY: 30-250 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: 6-15 months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Varies by size and season

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Fivehour event, four hours of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, three-course dinner, sparkling wine toast ON-SITE COORDINATORS: Bryn Keller and Megan Tresnicky

Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh is in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, on the edge of Market Square. The restaurant is famous for its fresh, flown-indaily ingredients; authentic Italian cuisine; fresh mozzarella; charcuterie bar; and selection of house-made pastas. Three areas are available for private parties, rehearsal dinners, and special events. The lounge is perfect for cocktail hours, while the private dining rooms work well for sit-down and family-style meals. The new wine room, now open, will transport your guests to the vineyards of Italy for a memorable celebration. Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh, Downtown. 412.394.3400. vallozzis.com. CAPACITY: Up to 116; 24 in Wine Room; 90 in Cocktail Lounge EXCLUSIVE CATERER: Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh INDOOR SPACE ONLY BOOK: Up to a year in advance

PRICING MINIMUM: Dependent upon space; call for details INCLUDED IN PRICE: Food and beverage with a minimum amount required for booking. Please inquire for further details ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Johanna Nicolai

Soba Soba is located in an old, brick Shadyside row house with a cascading water wall, glass staircase, and hand-painted murals.This beautiful space makes an immediate impression with its spacious lounge and multiple dining nooks, allowing Soba to serve as both a hangout for cocktails and a dining destination. The best way to experience Soba is with a group, as the array of small plates and entrées is intended for sampling and sharing.The approachable menu includes both traditional Asian preparations and new American dishes with an Asian twist. In line with its sleek lounge atmosphere, Soba boasts an expansive cocktail list with both classic and contemporary offerings, and a wide selection of wine and sake is also available by the glass. Soba includes a comfortable first floor lounge, several small dining rooms, and a heated rooftop patio. Soba, Shadyside. 412.362.5656. sobapa.com. CAPACITY: 24, private Red Room; 50, private dining room; 150, sit-down dinner; buy-out option available EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE PRICING MINIMUM: Food and beverage minimums start at $1,000, and range,

depending on the space and the time/day of the week INCLUDED IN PRICE: Tables, chairs, valet parking; additional options include floral arrangements, custom linens ON-SITE COORDINATOR: General Manager Jeff Caulkins or Event Coordinator Clis Gallardo

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Consistently voted as one of the best and greenest event venues in Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens provides a stunning backdrop for weddings. With flexible scheduling and a variety of spaces, Phipps allows you to plan both your ceremony and reception in one location. Whether you imagine an intimate vow exchange in the historic Victorian glasshouse; a large ceremony and reception in the romantic, estate-style Outdoor Garden; or a cocktail hour atop the green roof, the staff can help bring your vision to life. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland. 412.622.6915. phipps.conservatory.org.

CAPACITY: 30-250 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: 6-18 months in advance PRICING MINIMUM: Call or visit website for pricing

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Desired space, tables, chairs, tents, event staff supervision, one security attendant; extended hours, discounted Phipps tickets available at extra cost ON-SITE COORDINATORS: Events Manager

Table 86 by Hines Ward Table 86 by Hines Ward proudly hosts events throughout the greater Seven Fields and Cranberry Township, Pa., areas, giving your guests a fun, delicious menu that offers a little something for everyone. The banquet room is great for all kinds of occasions. Whether you have a specific idea in mind or need some help developing a menu, its staff will work closely with you to ensure that your needs and the needs of your guests are taken care of down to the last detail. Call to book the banquet room for your private party today. Table 86 by Hines Ward, Seven Fields. 724.741.0860. hineswardstable86.com. CAPACITY: 40 people EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house PRICING MINIMUM: Call for pricing

ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Event Coordinator Tracy Scurci and Assistant General Manager J.P. Lowry

Hines Ward’s Vines If you have a big family event, party, or wedding coming up in the Seven Fields area, let Hines Ward’s Vines prepare a superior menu that will keep your guests happy and make your event a success. You can work with the accommodating staff to help come up with the perfect menu to ensure that there is something for everyone and nobody goes home hungry. The friendly staff will go the extra mile to meet your needs and the needs of your guests, no matter what the occasion. Hines Ward’s Vines, Seven Fields. 724.742.0860. vinesbyhinesward.com. CAPACITY: 50 people EXCLUSIVE CATERER: In-house PRICING MINIMUM: Call for pricing

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Pinehall at Eisler Farms Introducing Butler County’s newest outdoor venue, Pinehall at Eisler Farms specializes respectively in weddings and events. This accommodating venue incorporates a century-old, restored barn, located on a 175-acre nursery. Lifelong memories are guaranteed to be as beautiful as the scenery. Pinehall at Eisler Farms, Butler. 724.355.4599. pinehallfarms.com.

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve is located in a serene setting just 15 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh. The 134-acre nature reserve’s rustic cedar barn provides a lovely setting for pictures, ceremonies, dinner, and dancing the night away under the stars. Guests enjoy views of the reserve and may walk down a short trail to the pond and pavilion. Expanded space is available on the grounds via a tent rental to accommodate a larger guest list. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, Fox Chapel. 412.963.6100. aswp.org.

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CAPACITY: 180 EXCLUSIVE CATERERS: In-house INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Call for availability PRICING MINIMUM: Call or email for pricing

CAPACITY: 140 EXCLUSIVE CATERER: Medure’s Catering INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE BOOK: Call for availability PRICING MINIMUM: $47.95-$56.95 per person

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Breathtaking areas for photos and outdoor socializing, barn, tables, chairs, bridal cottage ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Sherry Kyne

INCLUDED IN PRICE: Venue rental, service staff, bartender, buffet, china, flatware, barware, ice, linens and skirting, cookie display service, cake service, set-up and tear down ON-SITE COORDINATOR: Audubon Staff

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BeautyTimeline It’s never too soon for brides & grooms to get ready to look their best! BY MAGGIE MCCAULEY

Whether it came as a surprise or not, you’re getting married — congratulations! But now, it’s time to do some prep work and dial up your normal beauty routine to help you feel and look your best on your big day. From routine treatments to one-time procedures, let this be your ultimate guide to gorgeous. Details in the WHIRL Wedding Advertiser Directory on page 83.

Engaged So they put a ring on it? Perfect! Now is the time to start getting your “look” in order and focus on positive health and wellness overall. The West Coast trend of infrared sauna pods made its way to Pittsburgh thanks to Haute Sauna Studio in the North Hills. Each relaxing, detoxifying session in a pod can burn up to 600 calories in just 30 minutes! These sweat sessions are great for anyone, but especially those about to head down

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the aisle. “So, if I were a bride and I was getting married, I would start immediately with a session once a week up until the last two weeks prior to the wedding,” says co-owner Lori Walker. “Then, I would start to increase to three or four sessions per week.” Amping it up toward the end sheds those last few pounds, clears any stress acne that may have popped up, and helps increase relaxation. Co-owner Kelly Miller adds that brides and bridesmaids can also come together for an alternative bachelorette party, a detox after a bash, or time to relax together on the morning of the big day. The studio also has a tandem suite, with two infrared sauna pods inside. “It’s a great place for couples to come in together!” Miller says. Your glowing skin is something everyone will remember! Be photo-ready with some skincare staples and suggestions from Dr. Jim O’Toole of O’Toole Plastic Surgery. “When you first get engaged, start using a mild cleanser that’s good for any skin type, such as CeraVe or Cetaphil,” says Dr. O’Toole.

Implementing a sunscreen regimen is also very important. A high-quality formula with a slight tint for an uneven skintone is exactly what you need. Look for products made for your face with SPF 30-50, such as EltaMD or Olay Complete. You can touch up with powders that have SPF in them throughout the day, including Colorescience Sunforgettable, for extra protection. Dr. O’Toole also suggests smoothing fine lines with a retinol and using an exfoliant weekly for that perfect glow. Diet and exercise also play an important role in looking your best. Adding Omega-3s, decreasing sodium, and drinking green tea twice a day are simple additions that make a huge impact. “A handful of almonds at breakfast and consuming dark leafy greens, such as kale and watercress, are easy ways to up your diet,” says Dr. O’Toole. Remember that green tea you’re drinking? Let the bag cool, then use it on your lower eyelids to decrease puffiness. If tea isn’t your thing, Dr. O’Toole says a bag of frozen peas has the same effect!

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Keeping your desired hair color in mind is also important. “Not all color looks are achievable in one visit, so getting the color that fits the look you want may take multiple appointments,” says Lisa Martin-Campbell of Posh Salon. The earlier you can start planning, the better!

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Microdermabrasion is trendy, but can be harsh on skin. La Pomponnée has an alternative solution: plant-powered treatments that bring the same results with a more gentle approach.

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It’s time to set up a consultation with your hairstylist. “Many brides choose headpieces that don't necessarily work with their desired hairstyle,” Kristen Peckich of La Pomponnée. “It's best to coordinate the two.”

Let’s talk Botox! Botox minimizes the lines on your face that appear when it’s animated or making an expression, while fillers tackle the lines on your face when it’s rested. Dr. O’Toole recommends getting a head-start on any desired procedures. “When augmenting traits, accentuate positive features and deemphasize negative features. You want to still look like yourself, just refreshed,” says Dr. O’Toole. “Everyone’s facial muscles are different, so it’s important to see how you react to the products.” If you like what you see, you can get one or both done again three to four months before your big day.

The first kiss as a married couple is a crucial moment in the ceremony. Give your lips some life with a lip augmentation with a cosmetic filler, such as Restylane Silk or Volbella, for just a bit of fullness without looking overdone. The results last for about six months, so it’s best to get it done nine months to a year before the wedding to ensure you get exactly what you want. Your lips can always be retouched six to eight weeks before the big day for the best look possible.

It’s time to practice getting all dolled up! Have a trial run of the hair and makeup looks you want to make sure it’s perfect on the big day. “This is a great time to try faux eyelashes, as well,” says Kristen Peckich of La Pomponnée. If it’s your first time trying out lashes, you want to give yourself some time to get used to them. They aren’t always the easiest to wear! La Pomponnée offers three different styles of lashes, depending on how glam you wish to go.

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This is also the time to start meeting with an esthetician to create the ideal eyebrow shape for your face. You can start getting regular facials and lip exfoliations now, too!

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Lift. Tone. Burn — Pure Barre’s method for getting you ready for that wedding dress. Whether you want to tone your arms and back or flatten your tummy, the barre-style group class will get you to your goal. Pure Barre is offering a fabulous three months unlimited package for brides and their bridesmaids, so you can take your whole wedding party to the barre. “We also do bachelorette parties, private parties, and private classes the morning of the wedding,” says Melissa Evancic of Pure Barre. You can even opt for Champagne and snacks after class. (Yes, please!)

Smooth and silky are what we’re going for! Complete any waxing services at this time, so if there is any redness, it will fade away in time.

“Gel manicures and pedicures should be done now, so they last through the honeymoon,” says Kristen Peckich of La Pomponnée

Eyebrow and eyelash tinting are popular treatments, especially for those with light-colored hair. “This is perfect for a no makeup look on the honeymoon,” says Lisa MartinCampbell of Posh Salon.

Sunless tanning will give you that sexy glow, while also keeping your skin safe from the harsh UV rays emitted by the sun or tanning beds. Go to Posh Salon for an amazing Sun Lab Spray Tan.

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“Contrary to popular belief, freshly shampooed hair is best,” says Kristen Peckich of La Pomponnée. “We like adding our own hold and prep products to clean, dry hair.” Drink lots of water to give your skin a boost of hydration.

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If you desire a fuller ‘do, consider using hair extensions. They’re perfect for adding volume and length, while also expanding your options for styles or updos. The team at Posh Salon can even custommatch your color to give you outstanding extensions that blend in naturally and beautifully.

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Our best advice? Remember to relax and enjoy your day!

When it comes to makeup, airbrush is the way to go on your big day. It makes you look pictureperfect even after hitting the dance floor at the reception.

A GUIDE for THE GUYS Grooms, we’re looking at you! It’s important for you to look and feel your best as well. Start a similar skin care regimen at least six months before the big day. And remember: Botox isn’t just for the ladies! Book hair appointments anywhere from a week before to the day of for a perfectly polished look. Eyebrow waxes should be done at least one week before, too, and facial hair can also be groomed up to the morning of. Now you’ll be ready for your close-up, too!

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Picture Perfect Local photographers share their favorite wedding snapshots By Matthew Hacke

Weddings are a joyous occasion — uniting not only two people in love, but bringing together close family and friends in celebration. While many photos are taken to commemorate the union, the photos that stand the test of time are the ones that tell a story of the love and happiness that encompasses the special day. We asked two local photographers to showcase some of their favorite shots from four very different weddings, here. Each unique and stunning photograph displays love in its fullest form. Details in WHIRL Wedding Advertiser Directory, page 83.

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Candice Hilarides & Aaron Schwartz “One of my favorite spots to shoot a bridal party is the old airport runway at Seven Springs. It has a weathered look with grass peeking through the asphalt cracks. It’s perfectly photogenic. When standing there in the middle of the field, on top of the mountain, feeling the intense wind, you can imagine planes once coming and going. I wanted to create a powerful image of Candice and her bridesmaids walking this runway together, hand-in-hand. If you look closely, you’ll notice two bridesmaids with an ankle brace and cast. I thought it was such a perfect detail to convey the meaning of this shot: walking strong together, no matter what life brings.” — Autumn Stankay, SkySight Photography WH I R LWE D D I N G S . C O M / W H I R L W E DDIN G GU IDE

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Becca Suwalski & Curt Yunk “This was a masquerade wedding; therefore, every single person in attendance was in costume, including myself and the DJ. The bride’s side were the villains and the groom’s side were the heroes. The bride wore a green, gemmed gown and glowing shoes in her portrayal of ‘bad girl’ Poison Ivy. In true comic book fashion, Batman (played by the groom) tried to cure her of her evil ways by stealing her away in the Batmobile! The bride is a hairdresser and make-up artist. She had been dreaming of this wedding since she was a little girl.” — James Knox, James Knox Photography

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“The sky was so dramatic, but I didn’t want to distract from the emotion these two exuded after their ceremony. The framing suggests they are in their own world. I loved the vintage style Rachel and Alex had in choosing their wedding details, so I tried to give them a timeless look without distraction. Weddings are all about the small moments that make up a bigger story. For this picture, we literally had to stop traffic. I set up a wireless off-camera light in the middle of the street and I had the groomsmen stalling traffic. The sun was setting, and we had about 30 seconds to capture the sunlight bouncing off the brick crosswalk. Luckily, Downtown Washington, Pa., is not as busy as Downtown Washington, D.C.” — James Knox, James Knox Photography

“This wedding at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa was the last weekend in October. The weather was the kind of fall day you dream of all year long — golden leaves shimmering with sunshine and crisp air without an ounce of chill to remind you winter is just around the corner. Maria’s wedding dress and choice of bouquet perfectly complemented the surrounding views and venue during that time of year.” — Autumn Stankay, SkySight Photography

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Introducing 25 Local Love Stories

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WW real weddings “It’s an incredible feeling to be loved and to love someone in return so much that you’re dedicated to spending your life with them.”

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hatham, Cape Cod, is Addie Perkins’ favorite place in the world. Her family’s house there became a frequent spot for their summer vacations. So when Roger “R.K.” Galey planned his proposal to Addie, he knew just the place. “He fell to one knee, and I instantly started shaking,” Addie says of the beachy proposal. “I was so happy.” It wasn’t until they joined friends and family at the surprise engagement party afterwards that Addie learned R.K.’s sisters secretly photographed the entire proposal, too! “The day was a total dream.” Ten months later, the couple celebrated their dream wedding, which incorporated traditional elements with a few bohemian twists. Pops of pink, gold, and greenery stood out against the black and white color scheme, and Addie’s customized gown fit the theme perfectly. “Because the bottom was such a standout piece, I wanted to create a top that was elegant but also had a bohemian flare,” says Addie. The bride enlisted the help of local seamstress Jen Rocket to turn the Antonio Gual for Tulle New York skirt from Glitter & Grit into exactly what she had envisioned. Addie advises future couples to not sweat the details, and focus more on sharing the happiness of the day. “It’s an incredible feeling to know that these people were not only here to support my husband and me, but to share in our love and to celebrate with us.” W

Parrot tulips, Iceland poppies, coral charm peonies, anemones, hydrangeas, and soft trailing greenery filled the bride’s bouquet, created by Lauren Phillips of the Farmer’s Daughter. She even made Addie a sweet flower crown out of greenery and baby’s breath to wear on her big day!

Addie and R.K.’s four-tiered almond cake with raspberry buttercream combined their favorite flavors. Each tier featured a different, textured frosting pattern.

Dainty details carried throughout the day, including in the invitations for the couple’s 200 guests.

Bride’s Gown Glitter & Grit, customized by Jen Rocket Studio • Bridesmaids’ Dresses Alfred Sung • Cake Vanilla Pastry Studio • Catering, Ceremony, & Reception Longue Vue Country Club • Decorations Orchard Made Entertainment Jason Kendall Productions • Florals The Farmer’s Daughter • Hair Wendy Close of Studio Booth Honeymoon Italy • Makeup Hannah Conard Beauty • Stationery Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique • Transportation Molly’s Trolleys • Tuxedos Vera Wang

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Earthy elements like moss, stones, and cascading flowers added a rustic feel to the reception.

The bride wore a stunning, ivory gown with an illusion back and Swarovski crystal embellishments at the waist. “[One of my favorite moments was] when Josh saw me in my dress for the first time,” she says. “I’ll never forget the look on his face — and how handsome he looked!”

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hile scrolling through Twitter one day, Josh Himes came across a photo of country singer Brynn Marie. “I’m gonna marry that girl!” he said to himself. Josh then called Danger at Froggy Radio Pittsburgh, a friend who originally retweeted the photo that caught his eye, and was able to connect to his dream girl. At the time, she was living in Nashville and the professional boxer resided in Miami, but they were excited to learn they both grew up in the Pittsburgh area. “After spending a month talking on the phone every day for hours and hours, we fell in love,” Brynn says. “Once we finally met in person, we were forever attached.” Before they officially met, Josh invited Brynn’s father and her two brothers to see his boxing match in West Virginia. “This was so oldschool, and I loved it,” she recalls. Before the fight, her father told Josh he had to win in order to go on a date with Brynn. “Needless to say, he knocked the guy out and won the date. Exactly one year later was our wedding reception.” Magic Moments created the inspiration for the celebration, hosted by Bradys Run Lodge, bringing a shabby chic meets enchanting forest vibe with beautiful branches, soft lighting, and touches of blush. “Everything looked magnificent,” Brynn says. “Just like a fairy tale!” W

Brynn and her bridesmaids carried bouquets of light florals with pops of greenery.

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WW real weddings When Bradley and Alaire heard “Honey Baby” by Three Plus during their Hawaiian vacation, “we fell in love with it.” It only seemed right to have the song play during their first dance as husband and wife.

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hen Alaire Chybrzynski first met Bradley Naedele at Slippery Rock University, she knew two things: that she needed to convert the Buffalo, N.Y., native into a Steelers fan and that he was her true love! After five years of dating — some of which was long distance — and a surprise, Christmastime proposal at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, the couple started planning a special day that would exude Alaire’s vision of a classic and romantic celebration. Shades of purple, blue, and green filled the reception at Embassy Suites by Hilton Moon Township thanks to beautiful orchids, lisianthus, sweet peas, roses, and greenery set aglow by numerous candles. The color scheme carried through to the dessert table, too, as the couple cut into a raspberry and mango-filled cake, adorned by an edible, ombré flower. But Alaire stole the spotlight in a gorgeous, ivory Maggie Sottero sheath dress with crystals, pearls, and beading covering the bodice. “It was very light, flowy, and romantic.” Putting her creative, DIY skills to good use, Alaire ensured the atmosphere at the festivities reflected their personalities while also staying within a reasonable budget for their 150-guest get-together. “Every wedding is special,” she reflects, “and you can plan a beautiful wedding on a smaller budget like we did.” W Alaire’s favorite memory was standing in St. Maurice Parish and hearing the melody that would play as she came down the aisle. The arrangement was written just for her moment!

Alaire’s friend, Katie; twin sister, Hannah; younger sister, Sarah; and friend, Caroline, stood by her side on the beautiful day.

Accommodations, Catering, & Reception Embassy Suites by Hilton Moon Township • Bride’s Gown The White Orchid Bridesmaids’ Dresses Alfred Angelo Bridal • Cake Bethel Bakery • Ceremony St. Maurice Parish • Entertainment DJ Steve Maffei, Jr. • Florals Valerie Brooks • Hair Elisha Evans Styling • Honeymoon Punta Cana • Jewelry Clarissa Boutique; South Hills Jewelers • Stationery Blushed Designs • Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse • Videographer Jeremy St-Hilaire

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The bride rocked an ivory ballgown with a silk, radzmir crossover bodice, full tulle skirt with horsehair flounces, and a chapel-length train, while her bridesmaids wore slightly different sage dresses.

“Our ceremony felt so personal and Heinz Chapel was so beautiful,” Cassie says. “I still cry when I watch our wedding video!”

Cassie Fickley Dylan Holt

A delicate topper that said “Oh Happy Day” crowned the couple’s five-tiered vanilla cake with Champagne buttercream.

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ove was in full bloom on Cassie Fickley and Dylan Holt’s wedding day, which featured a garden theme with romantic, bohemian touches. After the ceremony at Heinz Memorial Chapel, where the bride walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of “Latch” by Sam Smith, guests made their way to the patio reception at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Incorporating dusty blue, sage, champagne, and peach, the space became an idyllic setting for the al fresco celebration. Green garland table runners, punctuated by white flowers and pillar candles, added to the theme, along with the naked cake, adorned with peach florals. Guests even went home with packets of wild flower seeds with tags that said “Watch Love Grow.” The couple’s “beautiful day shared with close family and friends” was highlighted by even more special surprises, including Cassie serving up a groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner and Dylan placing a glass cardinal on their sweetheart table in remembrance of Cassie’s late grandmother. “Surprises like these allowed us to enjoy special moments together, just the two of us.” W

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lanning an early fall wedding quickly became a family affair for Robin Ranii and Megan Mooney. Hearts and Flowers Floral Design Studio, where Robin’s mother works, provided the flowers for the day at Rustic Acres Farm, which incorporated warm touches of gold and marsala. And Megan’s brother served as the evening’s DJ. The brides walked down the aisle in dresses that matched their individual styles but were both from The Exquisite Bride. “It was purely by coincidence,” Robin says. After exchanging vows in front of 85 loved ones, the newlyweds dined on a delicious spread from JPC Event Group and not one, but two cakes! “One cake was for the group, which came from Eadie’s Market & Catering — a place that has Megan’s heart — while the cake we cut came from Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique,” Robin says. The couple jetted off to Italy for a food-and-wine tour honeymoon, and came back feeling relaxed and ready to get married again! “If we could, we would want to renew our vows every year and recreate the wedding,” says Robin. “It felt very natural, and we couldn’t have had a better time!” W With their fiveyear anniversary approaching, Megan whisked Robin away to Chicago for a surprise trip, which included dinner at Alinea, a Michelin-starred restaurant. “After the best meal of our entire lives, we went back to the hotel where she popped the question in the privacy of our room,” Robin says.

Robin advises future couples to, “keep it simple, keep it reasonable, and listen to each other.”

Their six bridesmaids picked out their own dresses, with one rule in mind: “As long as they were gold, that was all that mattered.”

Brides’ Gowns The Exquisite Bride • Cakes Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique; Eadie’s Market & Catering Catering & Decorations JPC Event Group • Entertainment DJ Sean Kramer; DJ Andi Wirginis • Florals Hearts and Flowers Floral Design Studio • Hair The Verve 360; Laurie’s Total Hair Salon • Honeymoon Italy • Jewelry Clarissa Boutique • Makeup Nancy’s Hair Loft

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Robin and Megan shared their first dance to a slowed-down version of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Lauren Hill.

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Megan changed into a sparkly, more casual dress for the reception. It caught the light beautifully as she and Steven shared their first dance to “Everything” by Michael Bublé.

Fans of the show “Say Yes to the Dress,” Megan and her mother planned a trip to Kleinfeld’s Bridal in New York City to shop for her dress. There, she said “yes” to this Maggie Sottero ballgown.

The best man and the “bride’s man” played a major role in decorating the space to reflect Megan and Steven’s colorful personalities.

Megan Deviney & Steven Aeschbach

Guests took home mini succulents as favors, so they could “watch love grow.”

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he love story of Megan Deviney and Steven Aeschbach began at the University of Oklahoma. Megan fell for the cutest Australian Shepherd, before meeting the dog’s handsome owner, Steven. It was puppy love at first sight! Job offers brought the engineers to Pittsburgh, and after a Mt. Washington proposal, the couple started planning a wedding that would introduce their out-of-town guests to the breathtaking views of Pennsylvania. “The scenery in Pittsburgh is completely different from Oklahoma and Texas, where we are from, so we really wanted to show that off,” says Megan. They ventured just outside the city to The Barn at Fallingwater for a funfilled celebration. After the gorgeous outdoor ceremony, the newlyweds and their 40 guests took advantage of Ohiopyle State Park’s offerings and went white water rafting! Throughout the reception, giant Jenga, cornhole, and a s’mores bar were enjoyed in between dancing to “music junkie” Steven’s carefully curated playlist. The night ended on a sweet note with a burnt almond torte from Prantl’s Bakery, topped with ducks dressed as a bride and a groom. “My favorite part was getting to spend time with all of our friends and family,” Megan says. “Moving across the country can be hard, so it was a great opportunity to get everyone back together.” W Bride’s Dress Kleinfeld Bridal • Cake Prantl’s Bakery • Caterer The Stone House Restaurant & Inn • Ceremony & Reception The Barn at Fallingwater • Entertainment DJ Tooth • Florals Budget Blossoms by Jillian • Hair Monica Kitta Honeymoon Alaska • Makeup Beauty by Joy • Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse

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Preethi and Ben’s friend choreographed their first dance to a mix of “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay, “I Can’t Feel My Face” by the Weeknd, “Brand New” by Ben Rector, and “Kabar Nahi” from Dostana.

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lthough they currently reside in San Francisco, Pittsburgh is a meaningful city for Preethi Raju and Ben Gotow. “He was born there, and it was one of the first cities I visited when I moved to America,” says Preethi, who met Ben when they attended grad school at Carnegie Mellon University together. “When it came time to decide where to have the wedding, we wanted to bring the party back to Pittsburgh.” The party accomplished the couple’s goals of being “personal but also really fresh” with a day at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens that beautifully combined their cultures and family traditions. Preethi and her bridesmaids wore saris in complementing pink, blue, and purple hues, while Ben and his groomsmen wore suits. “We both did what we were comfortable with,” she says. “We brought it together that way.” The couple celebrated with an Indian ceremony, then exchanged vows the Western way. To honor Ben’s Japanese heritage, Preethi handmade 1,000 paper cranes to fill the reception space, based on the tradition that doing so makes wishes come true. The crafty bride also laser-cut all of the table signs, and her friend illustrated the couple’s programs and SnapChat filter. The colorful celebration popped against the plum linens and light floral arrangements in the Tropical Forest Conservatory & Special Events Hall, as their 120 guests enjoyed a dynamic spread of Indian and American food stations and dancing to an eclectic playlist. “After the reception, we walked through the Tropical Forest Conservatory and all of our guests had sparklers,” Preethi says. “It was a great end to the day.” W

Guests kept cool with fresh coconut water during cocktail hour. The Indian ceremony, which involved both sets of parents, began with the couple’s guy friends lifting them up to exchange garlands.

The couple loved having Trillium Wedding Films capture all of the fun moments from their wedding.

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WW real weddings The couple loved the architecture and design of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh.

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hen family friends Annika Mancini and Lee Tenace reconnected one night in the South Side, she knew they would be married someday. “I whispered in his ear, ‘Meet me at the altar, Tenace,’” Annika recalls. Eighteen months later, he did just that. While on a trip in Hawaii, he took Annika to a chapel near their resort, walked her up to the altar, and proposed. On their wedding day, Annika made her way to the altar on the rooftop of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh in a strapless Monique Lhuillier gown, while violinist Roddy Chong of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra played “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. After the classic ceremony, Annika and Lee were ready to celebrate! Lee surprised his bride and their nearly 200 guests with his own dance to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Annika says, “Justin is his man crush, so he busted a move [to him], while I sat with the biggest smile on my face.” Other sweet moments of the big day included an almond-flavored cake with a raspberry filling and buttercream frosting, topped with “Better Together,” and goodies from the traditional Pittsburgh cookie table. The couple also made their own version of the Stanley Cup to collect cards and honor the Pittsburgh Penguins’ victorious season. It was a winning weekend for all! W

Annika’s chic bouquet of white roses complemented her gorgeous, French lace gown. “They are my favorite, and Lee always buys me roses for every occasion,” says Annika.

“You will have so many opinions and people will try to guide you along the way, but this is one of the biggest days of your life,” says Annika. She advises other couples to do things exactly the way they want! Annika and Lee made bottles of wine for their guests, which served as favors and place cards. Lee’s father bought the grapes from California before the ninemonth wine-making process.

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In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to Animal Friends, where they got their dog, Lucy.

The bridal party posed for pictures at Avonworth Community Park — where the bride and groom first officially met!

“My florist described our flowers as ‘traditional with a twist of whimsy and romance,’” says Amanda. Peach David Austin Juliet roses, peach stock, and astilbe completed her bouquet.

Amanda Ackerman & Earl Graff

“Since we got married on Fourth of July weekend, we had a sparkler send-off to celebrate.”

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ears after sharing a high school summer job at Avonworth Community Park, classmates Amanda Ackerman and Earl Graff were reunited and began dating. Just over two years later, Earl planned an Easter weekend proposal, complete with a stunning Fabergé Easter egg to present the ring in! Inspired by the pastel proposal, the couple wanted their wedding to be painted in peach and gold. The color scheme flowed throughout the Shannopin Country Club, along with touches of tulle and fun polka dots. Amanda’s tulle ballgown with a sheer lace scroll bodice and illusion neckline brought the theme full-circle. Her gown twirled across the dance floor during the couple’s first dance to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. “We took private dance lessons, and surprised our guests with a foxtrot,” says Amanda. Their 200-plus guests also enjoyed the triple-layer almond cake with mango filling and raspberry buttercream. The whiteon-white, polka dot cake was adorned with a few fresh peach flowers. For future couples hoping to make sure their day is “just peachy,” too, Amanda says, “Stop what you’re doing periodically throughout your wedding day to look around and enjoy each moment.” W

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WW real weddings Ashlee and John wed on the 70th wedding anniversary of John’s grandparents.

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raveling is a passion for Ashlee Beckett, who teaches global geography and has visited over 40 countries. When she first met John Giovanis, she was excited to hear he planned on attending the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. “I thought, ‘Oh great! He travels!’” Ashlee recalls. “Then he said that he just got his passport for this trip.” After over a year of dating, John earned some more stamps in that passport when the couple decided to have a destination wedding in Greece. “He’s 100 percent Greek, and I love to travel, so we thought — why not? Let’s make an adventure out of it!” Ashlee and John embraced the country’s traditions throughout the day in Santorini, Greece. In a breathtaking gown with pearls on the bodice, Ashlee walked with her parents and friends from the base of the island, Imerovigli, up the path to the church. Greek musicians played behind the group, as they made their way to John, who presented his bride with a bouquet of roses, hydrangeas, peonies, and olive branches — “for a little Greek flare.” After saying “I do,” the newlyweds joined their 35 guests — and two adorable donkeys! — for a reception with authentic Greek food and dancing, plus an amazing fireworks display over the water. The fun continued over the next few days, allowing Ashlee and John to take in the amazing sights and culture of Greece with their loved ones. “Instead of one fun day, we got a memorable week with people we love,” Ashlee says. “We’re so happy we went with this route.” W

“Just go with what your heart wants,” Ashlee says of wedding planning. “It will all be worth it in the end.”

To complement the surrounding waters and the blue dome atop the church, the couple decorated the day with white and peach décor.

Bride’s Gown Koda Bridal • Cake, Catering, & Florals Divine Weddings Santorini • Ceremony Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece • Entertainment Michalis Karamolegos • Favors Olive oil from The Green Market Santorini Honeymoon Greece, Italy, Germany, England, and France • Planner Kristina Kozlova • Reception The Gem Villa of The Caldera in Santorini, Greece • Stationery Minted

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John proposed to Ashlee during a trip to New England in almost the same spot where her grandparents took a sweet photo together after WWII ended. Ashlee honored them by wrapping a locket her grandfather gifted her grandmother around the base of her bouquet.

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WW real weddings “I knew I could not have picked a more perfect wedding dress when I saw the look on Kyle’s face as I walked down the aisle to be his wife!” Katy says of the lace gown with an illusion back.

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aty Dorman and Kyle Werner attended the same high school together, but didn’t officially begin dating until the summer before Katy left for college. “Kyle was two years ahead of me in high school, so we had some mutual acquaintances but different circles of friends,” Katy explains. Something sparked between the two when they crossed paths again at a Fourth of July party, and they went on to date for over seven years. Sparks flew again — literally! — when Kyle proposed to Katy halfway through a fireworks show they were enjoying while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “It was the only time in almost eight years of dating he was able to keep a secret and truly surprise me,” says Katy. They were also happily surprised when loved ones from 15 different states came to celebrate at the Heinz Memorial Chapel ceremony and Pittsburgh Athletic Association reception. “The overwhelming sense of love and happiness we felt for one another and the people near and dear to us in attendance was incredible,” Katy says. “It was a truly perfect day that we never wanted to end.” W Dan + Shay’s “From the Ground Up” played during Katy and Kyle’s first dance as husband and wife.

Pink peonies, sweet peas, and roses added a fun pop of color to the day.

The couple cut into a vanilla cake with raspberry jam and almond buttercream, then shared cupcakes in flavors ranging from red velvet to chocolate espresso with their guests.

Accommodations Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place; Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center • Bride’s Gown The Exquisite Bride • Bridesmaids’ Dresses Nordstrom • Catering, Reception, & Rentals Pittsburgh Athletic Association Ceremony Heinz Memorial Chapel • Desserts Bella Christie’s and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique • Entertainment BPM DeeJays Favors Pittsburgh Popcorn Company • Florals Budget Blossoms by Jillian • Hair & Makeup Pretty Hair Salon Honeymoon Charleston, S.C. • Stationery Minted • Tuxedos Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

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“I love that Brian and I spent every second of the wedding together,” Natalie says. “We were attached the entire evening.”

Natalie and Brian chose an elegant, neutral color scheme of white and champagne for the day.

During their honeymoon in Europe, Natalie and Brian visited the Acropolis of Athens, where the beautiful marble that made up the pillars in their ceremony space originally hailed from!

Natalie Herrington Brian Baum BY RACHEL JONES PHOTOGRAPHS FROM PALERMO PHOTOGRAPHY The couple picked a five-tiered cake with cream cheese icing, strawberry filling, and a unique, textured pattern on each layer.

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ttending colleges in different states, with 455 miles between them, proved to be the ultimate test of the love between Natalie Herrington and Brian Baum. But the couple passed with flying colors! Brian’s transfer from Indiana University Bloomington to Penn State University during their junior year cut the commute to Natalie at Allegheny College in half, and they were able to spend more time together during their final two years before graduation. Three years after that, while on a ski trip in Vail, Colo., Brian proposed to Natalie at the top of a breathtaking, snowy mountain. They wed before 250 loved ones at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Hall of Sculptures. The couple adored the space’s natural lighting and double tier of columns, which were modeled after the Parthenon’s inner sanctuary. Their celebration continued with a reception in the Carnegie Museum of Art, Music Hall, where Brian surprised his bride by being the one to choose their first dance song: “A Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope. “As soon as I heard the song, I started to cry,” Natalie says. “The song is significant to us because we were apart our first four years of dating, and the song is about missing someone and never losing hope that you will end up together.” After the sweet moment, the couple recalls looking up at the balcony, where their guests had gathered to watch the first dance. “It was one of our favorite moments, looking up at our family and friends,” Natalie says. “We were so overwhelmed by how many people were there to support us on the special day. It took our breath away.” W Accommodations Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center Hotel • Bridesmaids’ Dresses Bella Bridesmaids • Cake & Catering Culinaire • Ceremony Carnegie Museum of Art, Hall of Sculpture • Entertainment Modern Era Weddings Florals My Garden • Hair Lauren Sullivan • Honeymoon Spain, France, Italy, and Greece • Jewelry Clarissa Boutique Lighting Flip Benack of Benack Sound Productions • Linens Lendable Linens • Makeup Kiss and Makeup • Planner Natalie Berger • Reception Carnegie Museum of Art, Music Hall • Stationery Robin Gordon Stationery • Videographer ShoFilms

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Lynn and Fino’s lemon motif carried through the reception from the welcome sign to the favors of homemade bonbonnieres in Limoncello glasses purchased from Italy.

The lovebirds cut into a twotiered Burnt Almond Torte from Prantl’s Bakery.

“In our bridal party alone, we had friends from Texas, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio,” Fino says. “Seeing everyone we care about having so much fun really made the day so much better.”

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The happy couple coordinated perfectly in black tuxedos with champagne vests and ties.

“Focus and invest your budget on good food,” recommends Dan. “Guests will really appreciate that over anything else.”

Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions made the cake, which had one tier of spice cake and one tier of chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache.

The grooms added tents and tables to their back patio for the perfect reception space.

Dan Rossi & Dr. Ed Garofolo BY MATTHEW HACKE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM LEVI HAHN Dan and Ed danced the night away to music provided by local band Lovebettie. “Our band was the hit of the night!”

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hen deciding on a venue to host their summer nuptials, Dan Rossi and Dr. Ed Garofolo looked no further than the beautiful backyard of their Fox Chapel home — which happens to overlook the Allegheny River, no less. Dan and Ed, who met 25 years ago at Carnegie Mellon University, began dating back in 2014 and have been inseparable ever since. The couple got engaged shortly after, as Dan recounts, “Ed proposed after dinner on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside next to our car. It was very impromptu, but incredibly romantic.” While there were many details to sort out for their big day, keeping it small and intimate was a main priority. “We invited 70 close friends and relatives, with four total in our wedding party,” Dan continues. Needless to say, the warm celebration went off without a hitch. “The best memory of the day was looking around during the ceremony and seeing all of our family and friends there supporting us,” Dan says. Next on the agenda for the newlyweds was a honeymoon in Aruba — an everlasting romance already setting sail into the sunset. W Cake, Catering, Decorations, & Florals All in Good Taste Productions • Entertainment Lovebettie Honeymoon Aruba • Lighting & Rentals Party Savvy • Planner Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions Stationery Wedding Paper Divas • Tuxedos Tuxedo Junction

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“We were married at my family church [Nazarene Baptist Church] where the pastor is my cousin,” says Sabrina, who wore two dresses for the special day — one for the ceremony and one for the reception.

“The Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty was not just our host hotel for guests, but we also held the rehearsal dinner there and came back to the hotel bar with three other wedding parties after the reception,” Sabrina says. “Choose a hotel or location that fits all your needs and style. You won’t regret it.”

The couple served Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop’s signature cake, featuring white batter with a slight almond flavor and buttercream filling with cherries, pineapple, toasted almonds, and rum.

Since Brandon graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, worked for the athletic department while there, and is a diehard Pitt football fan, Sabrina surprised him with an appearance by Roc at the reception, while “Sweet Caroline” played.

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abrina Saunders and Brandon Mosby never officially met, even though many opportunities to do so presented themselves throughout the years. “Our best friends married each other, Brandon attended Central Catholic at the same time that I attended Oakland Catholic, and we were even guests at the same wedding almost 10 years ago,” says Sabrina. It wasn’t until Brandon recognized her at a funeral, where he was working as the funeral director, that he went over to catch up. Once they had finally connected, Sabrina and Brandon were inseparable! After a few years of dating, they planned a trip to the Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa to celebrate Brandon’s birthday. “Before we left to get on the road, he was so anxious and excited that he couldn’t wait,” Sabrina says. “He handed me a huge pink box. Once I opened it and found the ring box through all the layers of gift paper, he got down on one knee and proposed.” A wedding at The Greek Orthodox Social Hall soon followed, where 200 guests gathered to celebrate the newlyweds, including many of their friends who were already married. “We were the last two in our collective friend group to marry, so we sat our friends and their spouses with us at a grand table in the middle of all the guest tables,” Sabrina says. “It was a lot of fun.” W Accommodations Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty • Bride’s Gown & Reception Dress The Exquisite Bride Bridesmaids’ Dresses David’s Bridal • Caterer Phaturos A-1 Catering • Ceremony Nazarene Baptist Church Cookies Nancy B’s Bakery • Desserts Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique; Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop Entertainment DJ TeeJay; The Karl Black Band • Florals Harold’s Flower Shop • Hair Bryan Hartman • Honeymoon Hawaii Makeup Devan Rue • Reception The Greek Orthodox Social Hall • Rentals All Occasions Party Rental; Elegant Events by Andrea • Stationery Omni by Design • Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse

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nce upon a time, Eric Patton, Jr. caught Megan Hoffman’s eye at the Church of the Resurrection’s neighborhood carnival. A friendship developed between the Brookline natives, which blossomed into an eight-year courtship. When their daughter, Annabella, was born, Eric decided to make the monumental day even more special. “As the nurses bundled up Annabella, everyone began to come in and visit,” Megan explains. “As I’m looking down at her in awe, nothing ever seemed so perfect. Everyone around me began to move. And as I looked up at the people I love surrounding me, Eric was at my bedside on one knee.” Megan, of course, said yes to her Prince Charming, and once Annabella was old enough to join in the celebration, too, the couple shared a fairy tale-themed wedding day. Wearing a satin, A-Line gown with pearl and sequin embellishments, Megan exchanged vows with Eric at the St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Then, they joined Annabella for a carriage ride before the reception at The Fez. “Walking through all of our guests as they blew bubbles [outside of the church] while we walked to get on our horse-drawn, Cinderella carriage would be my favorite memory from my wedding day,” Megan says. And they live happily ever after. W

Megan and Eric’s daughter, Annabella, looked like a princess herself on the big day!

The couple’s purple, teal, and silver color scheme was beautifully incorporated into their vanilla cake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing.

Bride’s Gown & Bridesmaids’ Dresses David’s Bridal • Cake Wedding Cakes by Brenda McGee • Catering, Decorations, Lighting, & Reception The Fez • Ceremony St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church • Entertainment DJ No Intro • Florals Michael Whitlinger Designs • Hair & Makeup Jacqueline’s Salon & Spa • Honeymoon Walt Disney World Transportation Wolfe Dream Carriages • Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse • Videographer Katie O’Toole/O Videography

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Julie says, “It really was a dream wedding for us.”

Pale pink, blush, and ivory roses and hydrangeas filled the tables with love and romance, while candles added extra warmth. The couple also used the arrangements as brunch centerpieces the next day!

“I only went dress shopping once,” says Julie. The fifth one was the charm — a gorgeous gown with an appliqué overlay, delicate sleeves, hand-sewn pearls, and nine layers of thin tulle that swirled with every magic moment of the day.

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ulie Sfanos and Jack Surma met on the first day of their MBA program at Carnegie Mellon University. After two years of dating, Jack popped the question during a morning run on the beach while vacationing with his family in Sea Island, Ga. “He called ahead to me,” Julie explains, and “when I turned around, he was on one knee!” The couple faced the challenge of planning a wedding in Pittsburgh while Jack resided in New Jersey and they both were working on completing their master’s degrees. Everything came together beautifully, with shades of blush, pale pink, and ivory to highlight the desired romantic feel. Guests got to know Julie and Jack a little better during the cocktail hour, as their napkins listed fun facts about the couple and puzzles with their photos were also on display. And since the bride and groom have the same initials, guests were encouraged to share photos with the couple’s official wedding hashtag: ( JMS)^2=1. One of the most thoughtful elements of the day was the dinner. “We were very involved in designing our menu and our food was absolutely amazing,” Julie says. The beautiful, three-tiered cake included gluten-free carrot cake with cream cheese filling, white cake with a raspberry filling, and white cake with coconut cream filling. After dessert, the couple joined their 220 guests outside for a surprise fireworks display! W Bride’s Gown Anne Gregory for the Bride • Bridesmaids’ Dresses Adrianna Papell; Joanna August • Ceremony Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church • Cake, Catering, & Reception Private club in Ligonier • Decorations & Rentals Mosaic, Inc.; Lendable Linens • DJ Entertainment Unlimited of Pittsburgh • Florals Allison McGeary Florist • Hair Bridal Art by Marissa Julin • Honeymoon Italy • Jewelry Louis Anthony Jewelers; Orr’s Jewelers • Makeup Hannah Conard Beauty • Planner The Event Group • Stationery Nota Bene Fine Papers Boutique • Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse

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hen it came time to plan their special day, Joelle Cook and Justin Cameron knew exactly where they wanted to host their nuptials: Destiny Hill Farm. Justin’s family owns the lavender, berry, and flower farm, which also serves as an indoor and outdoor wedding venue. “We wanted an outdoor venue, and Destiny Hill Farm is a gorgeous wedding venue,” Joelle says. “We would have wanted to get married there even without the family connection.” Joelle looked stunning on the big day in a lace, mermaid-style gown with beautiful beading and embellishments along the sweetheart neckline. Her train glided behind her as she walked down the aisle to the love of her life at their outdoor ceremony. After saying “I do” beneath the space’s signature green pergola, which was adorned with a floral garland, the couple celebrated with 200 loved ones in the Show Barn. Joelle’s favorite color, teal, bedecked the reception space, along with stunning arrangements of white and pink florals with pops of greenery. Nancy Cameron, Justin’s mother and Destiny Hill Farm’s owner/florist, perfected the couple’s vision for the centerpieces and bouquets. “Nancy and her floral team are incredible,” Joelle says. “It all came together better than we could have imaged.” The couple shared more beautiful moments throughout the day, including Justin surprising Joelle by displaying photos of their families at the reception and the couple’s first dance to “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett. “The whole day, really, was fantastic.”    W The adventurous couple got engaged while boating on Cheat Lake. When the boat came around to pick up Joelle, who had been surfing the waves behind it, she saw Justin on one knee with a ring!

“Justin’s dad built the beautiful archway, and the floral team made a canopy on top,” Joelle says. “I was completely blown away.”

Joelle’s nieces and best friends stood by her side as the flower girls and bridesmaids, respectively, in gorgeous teal dresses

Bride’s Gown Anne Gregory for the Bride • Bridesmaids’ Dresses Sorelle Bridal Salon • Cake Prantl’s Bakery • Caterer Washington Country Club • Ceremony, Florals, & Reception Destiny Hill Farm • Entertainment No Bad JuJu • Hair Gorgeous By Sorelle • Honeymoon St. Lucia • Jewelry Henne Jewelers; Louis Anthony Jewelers • Linens & Rentals All Occasions Party Rental • Makeup Valarie Panei • Planners Mimi York and Greg Sgro • Stationery Lauren Kauffman Design Suits Macy’s • Videographer So Fresh Films

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After graduating from law school and completing the bar exam, Carolyn celebrated with a trip to Italy with Matthew. They had even more to celebrate after he proposed during a walk through the Villa Borghese Gardens!

Carolyn looked gorgeous in a lace gown from Anne Gregory for the Bride. “I knew it was ‘the one’ when my mom and I both started crying as I came out of the dressing room.”

Carolyn Brodbeck Matthew Lachman BY RACHEL JONES PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MICHAELWILL PHOTOGRAPHY

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An assortment of roses, succulents, and dahlias decorated the day. Some of the dahlias were even grown by the father of the bride!

lthough they both grew up in the Pittsburgh area and both moved to Washington, D.C., after graduating college, Carolyn Brodbeck and Matthew Lachman didn’t officially meet until mutual friends made an introduction. “[We] quickly connected after finding out that we were both from Pittsburgh and were Steelers fans,” Carolyn says. The destined pair went on to date for over five years, then returned home to the Steel City to celebrate their love. They both crown Carolyn’s walk down the aisle as their favorite memory of the day. “We decided not to do the ‘first look,’ so we were seeing each other for the first time that day,” Carolyn says of the moment. “It was heartwarming to be surrounded by our families and friends.” Over 200 loved ones then made their way to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh reception, which glowed with gold and silver décor, brightened with pops of blue and yellow. The newlyweds shared a touching first dance to “If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen, but the sweetest part of the night was easily the dessert. “Matthew was determined to have a chocolate, chocolate cake,” Carolyn says. She agreed — as long as it had strawberries on top! When choosing details for the big day, Carolyn encourages other couples to stick to what they feel is best for them. “All of the choices can be overwhelming, but don’t second-guess yourself after you’ve made a decision.” W Bride’s Gown Anne Gregory for the Bride • Cake Fenoglietto’s Wedding Cakes • Caterer big Burrito Full Service Catering • Honeymoon Iceland • Florals Hens and Chicks • Linens Lendable Linens • Planner Natalie Berger Reception Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh • Rentals All Occasions Party Rental

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Leslie Wiernik & John Katich

Ten years before John proposed, the couple met at Diesel in the South Side. “For the first five years I knew John — because I was apparently too lazy to ask him his last name — I had him listed in my phone as, ‘John Diesel,’” Leslie says. Who knew one day his last name would be hers, too!

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n Christmas morning, Leslie Wiernik received the best gift of all: a proposal from John Katich! “I love that he included my family in such a special moment,” Leslie says of the sweet surprise. When it came time to plan their celebration, the couple chose to do so in much warmer weather. The couple said “I do” at Le Blanc Spa Resort in La Isla Cancun, Mexico. Leslie walked down the aisle of the indoor ceremony space in an exquisite, lace Reem Acra gown for a light, elegant look. The classic feel for the day continued at the reception, where a neutral color scheme carried out by white roses, gold décor, and colorful uplighting let the natural beauty of the resort shine. Playing up the beach vibes, the couple served a fourtiered chocolate cake with raspberry filling, covered in decorative pearls and cascading orchids, and topped with a starfish and seashells. Over 30 guests who traveled for the nuptials watched the couple’s love story unfold as they moved across the dance floor to Sam Smith’s “Nirvana.” For other couples interested in hosting their own destination weddings, Leslie says, “Go for it!” She adds, “Your wedding day is about being true to the two of you and how you’d like to remember celebrating being married to the person you love.” W

“Aside from marrying the man I love, [my favorite memory was] looking around the room at all of the people who traveled to be with us to celebrate and being filled with such gratitude,” Leslie says.

Since they were already in paradise, the newlyweds stayed a few extra days after the guests left for a wedding and honeymoon wrapped in one!

Bride’s Gown Kleinfeld Bridal • Caterer, Ceremony, Decorations, Florals, Hair, Honeymoon, & Reception Le Blanc Spa Resort in La Isla Cancun, Mexico • Entertainment JSAV • Jewelry Yuriy’s Jewelry • Videographer DreamArt Photography • Planner Elizabeth Alvarez • Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse

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ove is sweet, especially for Jennifer Casey and Justin Tyburski. After four years of dating, the couple went to her parents’ house to have cake for Justin’s birthday. “My mom took the cake out of the refrigerator and placed it on the table, opened the box, and it read ‘Will You Marry Me?’” The tasty proposal was just the beginning of a sweet happily ever after. They celebrated their summer wedding at The Club at Nevillewood, a venue that won them over after just one meeting. “We immediately fell in love with the ballroom and outdoor patio,” Jennifer says. “We liked that there were multiple balconies off the ballroom, so our guests could go outside and look at the beautiful golf course.” During the reception, guests enjoyed a choice of white cake with raspberry filling, red devil’s food cake, or carrot cake, served with or without ice cream. But the icing on the eventful evening for Jennifer was “sitting at the sweetheart table, eating dinner together as husband and wife while reminiscing about the day.” The couple danced the rest of the night away on the packed ballroom floor before heading to Clearwater, Fla., for their honeymoon getaway. W

The candelabra centerpieces with cascading flowers perfectly matched the gold chandeliers in the ballroom.

“There are so many details, so stay organized and do not sweat the little stuff,” Jennifer says. “Something will probably go wrong, but in the end, make sure to laugh it off.”

“Six weeks before the wedding, my mom was diagnosed with cancer,” Jennifer says. “Justin was my rock through everything and my shoulder to cry on. I knew I was marrying the man of my dreams with the way he helped us through the devastating news.” And she’s happy to report her mother is now cancer free!

Accommodations Courtyard Pittsburgh Airport Settlers Ridge • Bride’s Gown Bridals by Lori • Bridesmaids’ Jewelry Crystal Couture • Cake Cakes by Tammy • Catering, Ceremony, & Reception The Club at Nevillewood • Favors Pretzel Crazy • Florals & Rentals Rosebud Floral & Giftware • Entertainment Steven Vance Strolling Violins and DJ Hair Cheri Underwood • Honeymoon Clearwater, Fla. • Makeup Maria Layton • Planner Johanna Sesse • Rentals Exceptional Essentials Plus • Seamstress Sandy Newsom of Creative Fabric Solutions • Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse

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“When I put it on, I knew it was the one!” Brittany says of her gorgeous gown.

“Enjoy every second of the planning and do it handin-hand with your fiancé,” Brittany says. “We made every decision together because it was our day, and we wanted it to be a reflection of both of us.”

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J.R. proposed to Brittany with a scrapbook of keepsakes and photos collected throughout their relationship. When she turned to the final page, she saw the iconic Kate Spade “Mrs.” necklace hanging in the back of the book and J.R. down on one knee with a ring.

.R. Kenna first caught Brittany Firman’s eye during college, but it wasn’t until four years later, when the pair connected at a New Year’s Eve party, that sparks really began to fly. After almost three years of dating, the engaged couple started planning a wedding day that was just as magical, keeping a classic feel with a blush, black, and white color scheme. The floral arrangements overflowed with a mix of ivory hydrangeas and mums, blush Sahara roses, and loose greenery. Brittany carried a similar bouquet as she walked down the aisle in an ivory A-Line dress. Looking back on the eventful celebration, the bride’s favorite memory of the day was sharing special moments with her father, who was diagnosed with late-stage cancer prior to the wedding and passed away shortly after. “Walking down the aisle to J.R., arm-in-arm with my daddy, and later him twirling me on the dance floor for our father-daughter dance was truly incredible,” Brittany says. “J.R. and I felt so lucky that he was able to be a part of our happiest day and that we have those memories to look back on.” W Accommodations Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center; Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh • Bridesmaids’ Dresses Bella Bridesmaids • Cake & Catering Culinaire • Ceremony Heinz Memorial Chapel • Day of Paper Goods & Planning Kristen MacMillan of Champagne & Post • Entertainment The Elite Show Band • Florals Gidas Flowers • Honeymoon Turks and Caicos • Jewelry Brooks Diamonds • Lighting Benack Sound Productions • Reception Carnegie Music Hall, Music Foyer • Rentals All Occasions Party Rental • Stationery Minted • Tuxedos Top Hat Tuxedo • Videographer Just Hitched Wedding Films

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“Remember: you’re marrying your best friend,” Krista says.

“Oh, I just loved my dress,” Krista says. “It was everything I wanted — ivory, lace, open in the back. And I could dance!”

Krista and Dennis’ adorable nieces and nephew were the flower girls and ring bearer for the special day.

Krista Stachelek Dennis Lippert, Jr.

To let the incredible scenery at Succop Nature Park shine, the couple chose a “subdued” color scheme of ivory, silver, and pastels. The bridesmaids added to the atmosphere in rose, floral-printed dresses.

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fter dating eight years, adopting two dogs, and buying a condo together, Krista Stachelek and Dennis Lippert, Jr. were ready to take the next step: marriage. They became husband and wife on a warm summer day at Succop Nature Park. “We went the non-traditional route and did a self-uniting ceremony, which allowed one of our good friends to run it,” Krista says. “In addition, the ceremony script was compiled by us and included personal messages.” After the outdoor celebration, 135 guests marveled at the reception space, decorated by the bride and groom. Details like the dinosaurs dressed like a bride and a groom atop their cake — “because we have a love for dinosaurs” — and a surprise, choreographed number during their first dance together let their personalities shine. “We had some fun and started slow with Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and then broke out into our choreographed dance to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up,’” Krista says. “Our friends were shocked because Denny is not a dancer.” The fun continued with a photo booth and a bonfire, complete with s’mores. “Everyone really had a wonderful time.” W Cake Pennie’s Bake Shop & Espresso Bar • Caterer Medure’s Catering • Ceremony, Reception, & Rentals Succop Nature Park • Entertainment PJ the DJ of Entertainment Unlimited of Pittsburgh • Florals The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers • Hair Isle of You Hair Color Studio • Honeymoon San Francisco and Napa Valley • Makeup Ciel Cosmetics • Tuxedos Tuxedo Junction • Videographer Oakwood Photography + Video

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hen Brian Picard’s coworker set him up with one of her friends, Beth Conti, the pair immediately hit it off. One year of dating and one beautiful, lakeside proposal later, the couple enlisted Alexis Maddox of Shayla Hawkins Events to help them plan their big day. “We enjoyed the whole entire planning process,” Beth says. “I know some people get excited for the planning to be over, but we enjoyed it! Alexis and her team were the main reason why. They definitely got our vision.” Their vision included a day decorated with metallic and pink accents, and plenty of personal touches mixed in. The Calvary United Methodist Church ceremony incorporated stories about their families, making their union even more special. “We both loved our sermon.” Beth dazzled in a formfitting Black Label Anne Barge gown, which was the first dress she tried on. “I decided a few weeks before the wedding that I wanted a second dress,” Beth says. “My first dress was big and bridal, but I also wanted something more party-like for the reception.” She pulled off both looks beautifully, and encourages other couples to “ignore the rules” and create a day unique the themselves, too. “There are so many cookie-cutter things out there for weddings,” Beth says. “But it’s more fun to make your own mold.” W “Don’t lose track of the big picture — the whole reason behind all the planning and everything,” Beth says. “There’s so much to be happy about on your wedding day.”

Bride’s Gowns Anne Gregory for the Bride • Bridesmaids’ Dresses Bella Bridesmaids • Caterer Opening Night Catering • Ceremony Calvary United Methodist Church • Decorations Mosaic, Inc. • Desserts Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique • Entertainment Jeremy Ganss • Florals Hens and Chicks Hair DeStefino Beauty Bar • Honeymoon Spain and Greece • Jewelry Cala Diamonds; Orr’s Jewelers Lighting Gary Phoenix • Makeup Beauty Justified by Justine Lynn • Planner {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events Reception The Pennsylvanian • Rentals All Occasions Party Rental • Stationery Loree Mayer Design Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse • Videographer Pictory Productions

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Beth and Brian braved the rain to take outdoor “first look” photos before the ceremony. “I loved that it was just us for a little bit,” she says. “I would do that moment again and again.” “I love the mixed-metal look,” Beth says. Florals in white, lilac, pink, and plum popped against the gold and gray décor.

Instead of cutting a tiered cake, the couple served sorbet and presented a decadent spread of desserts, including cake pops, donuts, cotton candy, and Sour Patch Kids.

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Camille topped her mermaidstyle Mark Zunino gown with a Spanish Mantilla veil, edged with delicate lace.

After weekly lessons with First Dance Choreography by Amanda Wolf, the couple nailed their first dance to Black Violin’s rendition of “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith.

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“The buildings in Old San Juan are all very colorful, so I thought it’d be cool for our bridal party to be colorful,” Camille says. The bride dressed the part, too, in bright pink heels!

“One of the zanqueros brought out a Terrible Towel,” Camille says. “It was super cool.”

amily played a major role in the wedding of Camille Davidson and Lance Woods, starting with the proposal. After nine years of dating, including a few years long-distance while Lance was stationed in Afghanistan, the couple went kayaking on the North Shore with Camille’s nieces. While back on land, Camille noticed Lance’s brothers were on the bridge holding a sign that said, “Will you marry me, Camille?” She turned to find Lance down on one knee. And after she said yes, she turned around again to see 20 family members who came out to celebrate! Both families united for a destination wedding in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Camille’s grandmother grew up and some of her loved ones still reside. “I wanted to draw out the elements of Puerto Rican culture into the wedding,” Camille says. They did just that, with Puerto Rico’s own Pancho Irizarray performing at the ceremony, a traditional cigar roller at the reception, and homegrown Puerto Rican coffee gifted as favors. The colorful décor popped with purple florals and a stunning, gold-painted cake that matched the venue’s metallic elements. As an even sweeter surprise for the 170 guests, folklore characters, known as “zanqueros,” made an appearance at the reception. “I knew that they were coming, but no one else knew,” Camille says. “They got everyone moving and dancing.” For future couples looking to take the destination route, Camille says the best thing you can do is find a planner on the grounds who can set everything up for you. She adds, “And if you make it like a family vacation, it is more fun!” W Bride’s Gown Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld • Bride’s Veil The Mantilla Company • Cake C+M Cake Designers • Catering & Reception Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico • Ceremony El Castillo de San Cristobal Fortress in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico • Decorations, Florals, & Rentals Ana Cintron Events • Entertainment DJ Nate Da Barber Hair & Makeup Javier Moreno and Raul Collazo • Honeymoon Addis Ababa, Ethiopia • Jewelry Sewing By Beteena Planner Rosalina Torres of Momentus Special Events • Stationery Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique • Tuxedos Top Hat Tuxedo • Videography NDF Films

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Simply Irresistible BY MAGGIE MCCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL FORNATARO STYLING BY ALYSSA OTTO

This season, light, whimsical ring styles are catching our eye! Even the most unique brides and grooms are seeking simple and traditional engagement rings and wedding bands, pared down to the core values they desire. These subtle touches still make a statement that we know won’t go unnoticed. “What we love about the traditional engagement ring trend is that it really is not a trend,” says Betsy Peters of Henne Jewelers. “It is an everlasting look that continues to stand the test of time.” Details in WHIRL Wedding Advertiser Directory, page 83.

10K Rose Gold Wedding Band with Scalloped Edge and 12 Diamonds, $499. 8 mm 14K White Gold Men’s Wedding Band with a High-polish Edge and Grooved Line Design, $1,395. 14K Rose and White Gold Engagement Ring with a Twisted Shank, $1,553, Seita Jewelers.

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ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Traditional rings are always in style!

14K White Gold Engagement Ring with 4-prong Diamond Mounting, $1,800, Henne Jewelers.

14K Rose and White Gold Engagement Ring with a Twisted Shank, $1,553, Seita Jewelers.

14K White Gold Engagement Ring with a 0.85 carat Princess Cut Center Diamond, $5,895, Seita Jewelers.

18K White Gold 4-prong Solitare Engagement Ring with a 2.01 carat Oval Cut Center Diamond, $19,950, Henne Jewelers.

18K Yellow Gold Tacori Engagement Ring with a Petite Crescent 4-prong Diamond Mounting, $3,610, Henne Jewelers.

WEDDING BANDS WOMEN’S BANDS

14K White Gold Women’s Twisted Wedding Band with Diamonds, $1,050, Seita Jewelers.

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10K Rose Gold Wedding Band with a Scalloped Edge and 12 Diamonds, $499, Seita Jewelers.

14K White Gold Wedding Band with 36 Diamonds in the Split Band, $798, Seita Jewelers.

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14K Yellow Gold Wedding Band with 0.10 carts of Diamonds Channel Set in the Band and a Brushed Finish, $1,280, Henne Jewelers.

14K White Gold and Diamond Shared Prong Eternity Band with 1 carat of Diamonds, $3,140, Henne Jewelers.

18K Rose Gold Wedding Band with 0.59 carats of Diamonds, $2,025, Henne Jewelers.

MEN’S BANDS

8 mm 14K White Gold Men’s Wedding Band with a Highpolish Edge and Grooved Line Design, $1,395, Seita Jewelers.

5 mm 14K Rose Gold Men’s Wedding Band with a Milgrain Edge, $580, Henne Jewelers.

8 mm Zirconium Men’s Wedding Band with Natural Honduras Red Heart Wood, $897, Seita Jewelers.

6 mm 14K White Gold Men’s Wedding Band with a 14K Satin Finish and Polished Channel, $990, Henne Jewelers.

8mm Tungsten Carbide Men’s Wedding Band, $258, Seita Jewelers.

7.5 mm 14K Yellow Gold and 14K White Gold Men’s Wedding Band with a Satin Finish, $1,190. Henne Jewelers.

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WHIRL Wedding Advertiser Directory Your complete resource for wedding experts in Western Pennsylvania

BELLA CHRISTIE AND LIL’ Z’S SWEET BOUTIQUE Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique offers unique and whimsical cookies, decorated cakes and cupcakes, and of course, gourmet desserts for your wedding day. 213 Commercial Ave., Aspinwall. 412.772.1283. 3511 Butler St., Lawrenceville. asweetboutique.com.

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GABY ET JULES

PRANTL’S BAKERY

You deserve the very best on your special day, and Gaby et Jules provides you with nothing less. The authentic French pastries and macarons are as beautiful as they are tasty, and have a touch of elegance incorporated into every bite. 5837 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.682.1966. 435 Market St., Downtown. 412.281.3818. gabyetjules.com.

Home of the famous Burnt Almond Torte, Prantl’s is also available for special orders, including wedding cakes, pastry trays, birthday cakes, and more. 5525 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.621.2092. 438 Market St., Market Square. 412.471.6861. prantlsbakery com.

HATS OFF HAIR DESIGN Locally owned and operated since 1986, this full-service salon specializes in haircuts, colors, washes, waxing, massages, and nail designs. 771 Providence Blvd., McCandless. 412.366.3733. hatsoffhairnaildesign.com.

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HAUTE SAUNA STUDIO Newly opened in the North Hills, Haute Sauna Studio is focused on helping clients achieve total wellness. Its luxury, infrared saunas can help with weight loss, detoxification, pain or injury recovery, and stress. 8350 Perry Hwy., Suite 5, McCandless. 412.536.1996. hautesaunastudio.com.

POSH BEAUTY SALON Trust owner Lisa Martin-Campbell and her posh stylists, and you will leave looking stylish and beautiful. Posh Beauty Salon offers hair services, hair removal, posh eye treatments and enhancements, makeup, magic tans, skin treatments, and hand and foot treatments. 1725 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.833.6636. posh-beauty.com.

PURE BARRE Transform your body with the Pure Barre technique, a lowimpact workout, creating long, lean muscles without bulk. Ask about the unlimited, three-month package for brides! 12091 Perry Hwy., Wexford. 724.719.9191. 5986 Centre Ave., Shadyside. 412.248.3333. 1612 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.248.2424. 4000 Washington Road, Peters Township. 724.941.8663. 1121 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.248.3333. purebarre.com.

LA POMPONNÉE Put your best face — and hair and nails! — forward with help from La Pomponnée’s team of beauty artisans. 659 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.563.3990. 4137 Washington Road, McMurray. 724.941.8226. lapomponnee.com

O’TOOLE PLASTIC SURGERY With more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Jim O’Toole brings his plastic surgery expertise to Pittsburgh with a focus on the patient. 5830 Ellsworth Ave., Suite 300, Shadyside. 412.345.1615. otooleplasticsurgery.com.

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ALL IN GOOD TASTE PRODUCTIONS

A premier salon, Anne Gregory for The Bride features high-end couture for brides, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride, as well as formalwear. Owner Greg Cherico will work with you to find the perfect dress for your special day. 2975 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412.531.3160. annegregorybrides.com.

Owner Bob Sendall is known for his boundless energy, demand for perfection, and eye for detail. As chef, event producer, wedding coordinator, consultant, chocolatier, and co-author, he wears many hats and will make your wedding a day to remember. 1520 Monterey St., North Side. 412.321.6869. allingoodtasteproductions.com.

GLITTER & GRIT Offering a uniquely curated selection of handmade, independently designed wedding dresses and accessories to Pittsburgh’s engaged, this warm and welcoming environment is open to all lifestyles and wedding concepts. 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.781.2375. glitterandgritpgh.com.

THE IRON HORSE ATELIER Skilled in fashion illustration, design, and concept development, as well as pattern making and garment construction, designer and seamstress Amanda Vereb operates a private home studio to share local designers’ fashion lines and offer services such as bridal alterations, men’s tailoring, and custom clothing. 5144 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.956.0957 theironhorsepgh.com.

MB BRIDE & SPECIAL OCCASION Pennsylvania’s largest independently owned bridal store features prom gowns, bridesmaid gowns, wedding dresses, tuxedos, and more. 123 S. Urania Ave., Greensburg. 724.836.6626. mbbride.com.

BIG BURRITO FULL SERVICE CATERING For events big or small, big Burrito Catering takes care of every aspect of the event, developing customized menus and pricing options and working with event planners, suppliers, and venues to pull everything together. 5740 Baum Blvd., Shadyside. 412.361.3272 x209. bigburrito. com/party/fullservice.

COMMON PLEA CATERING The exclusive caterers for some of the most beautiful venues in Pittsburgh, including the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, will make your day the best ever. 2495 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.281.5140. commonplea-catering.com.

PITTSBURGH WEDDING DJ SEAN WITH ULTIMATE ENTERTAINING Specializing in weddings, Sean Edinger of Ultimate Entertaining has been spinning tunes on the dance floor with his cutting edge equipment and extensive song selection for over 17 years. 724.789.9121. djtonya.wixsite.com.

PENNSYLVANIA WINE CELLARS Carrying wine from some of the best wineries in Pennsylvania, as well as wine accessories, racks, and custom labels, choose Pennsylvania Wine Cellar for your next wedding, event, or gift purchase. pawinecellar.com.

CUTTINGS Cuttings’ beautiful 1860s Italianate house location is brimming with special finds from around the country, as well as high-quality flowers and plants. The Cuttings staff specializes not only in floral design, but also interior display. 524 Locust Place, Sewickley. 412.741.7227. cuttingsfg.com.

HENNE JEWELERS Your happily ever after begins with rings that celebrate your love and commitment. Henne carries an array of engagement rings, wedding bands, and the option to design your own. 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.682.0226. hennejewelers.com.

BIG DAY ENTERTAINMENT Since 1995, it’s been the one-stop source for the best entertainment, video, and photography in the tristate area. 2549 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.566.2900. bigdayentertainment.com.

SEITA JEWELERS For 60 years, this family-owned business has offered the world’s most brilliant diamonds. Seita is one of the area’s only Independent Jewelers Organization jewelers, who use their expertise to bring you the latest styles and trends from top designers. 215 E. 6th Ave., Tarentum. 724.224.9114. seitadiamondjewelers.com.

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MOLLY’S TROLLEYS PITTSBURGH JAMES KNOX PHOTOGRAPHY For over 20 years, James Knox has been crafting others’ stories through imagery, with a specialization in capturing weddings. Let him tell your wedding story through beautiful photographs! 412.514.1899. jknoxphotography.com.

Providing charming vehicles that are reminiscent of 1920s-style trolleys, Molly’s Trolleys Pittsburgh offers transportation in style with its 30-passenger vehicles, which are also available for out-of-town guest transportation and wedding rehearsals. 412.281.2085. mollystrolleyspittsburgh.com.

VINTAGE ALLEY RENTALS

SKYSIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY Autumn Stankay is an awardwinning photographer whose images capture the love between the couple on their wedding day. 409 Coulter Ave., Greensburg. 724.889.3326. skysightphotography.com.

ALL OCCASIONS PARTY RENTAL The premier rental company in Pittsburgh carries tents, tables, chairs, linens, décor, layout, and more. 3600 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412.471.2100. 72 Wilson Road, Eighty Four. 724.745.1500. allparty.com.

JPC EVENT GROUP Furniture, linens, décor, and custom signage are available through JPC Event Group and made personal down to the smallest detail with their design department, Garnish Event Design. Fresh ideas and creativity abound in this all-in-one resource. 700 River Ave., Suite 317, North Shore. 724.654.6851. jpceventgroup.com.

An entirely unique concept, Vintage Alley Rentals lends curated antique finds to those throwing events, whether it be a wedding or a photo shoot. Fill your special occasion with beautiful, one-of-akind treasures. 10913 Perry Hwy., Wexford. 412.735.9765. vintagealleypittsburgh.com.

CIOPPINO RESTAURANT & CIGAR BAR Nestled within Pittsburgh’s famous Strip District, Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar offers an eclectic dining experience, perfect for any occasion. 2350 Railroad St., Strip District. 412.281.6593. cioppinoofpittsburgh.com.

CORNERSTONE RESTAURANT Cornerstone Restaurant strives to provide an innovative, seasonal menu served in a warm and welcoming setting. The private dining room holds up to 60 guests for rehearsal dinners. 301 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.408.3420. cornerstonepgh.com.

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DITKA’S WEXFORD Enjoy elegant, American dining conveniently located in the heart of the North Hills. 12980 Perry High Hwy., Wexford. 724.934.3660. ditkasrestaurants.com.

HINES WARD’S VINES Enjoy an array of appetizers and a grand selection of wines when you host your upcoming event at this premier wine bar. 526 Northpointe Circle, Seven Fields. 724.742.0860. vinesbyhinesward.com.

JIMMY WAN’S In operation since 1985, this Pittsburgh area restaurant brings a flavorful menu full of Pan-Asian delicacies and favorites to the table. jimmywans.com.

SQUARE CAFÉ Using fresh, local ingredients, this charming café is a Regent Square staple, open five days a week. Food truck services are available, too! 1137 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. 412.244.8002. square-cafe.com.

TABLE 86 Co-owned by former Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward, this eatery offers American fare and wine in a vibrant setting. 530 Northpointe Circle, Seven Fields. 724.741.0860. hineswardstable86.com.

VALLOZZI’S PITTSBURGH Family-inspired Italian cuisine and wine is offered in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. 220 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.394.3400. vallozzis.com.

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NOTA BENE FINE PAPERS BOUTIQUE Choose fine stationery, including announcements, invitations, and thank you notes, from stationers like Crane, William Arthur, Martha Stewart, Vera Wang, and Kate Spade. 9 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.782.6300. notabenepaper.com.

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ALL IN GOOD TASTE PRODUCTIONS See Catering for more details. 1520 Monterey St., North Side. 412.321.6869. allingoodtasteproductions.com.

WEDDINGS OF PITTSBURGH Event and Wedding Planner Tonya Edinger brings excitement and enthusiasm while making sure couples get hitched without a hitch. 724.968.7135. weddingsofpittsburgh.com.

MISCELLANEOUS HEINZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL Heinz Memorial Chapel is a nondenominational chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus, a gift to the university from Henry John Heinz. University of Pittsburgh, 4200 5th Ave., Oakland. 412.624.4157. heinzchapel.pitt.edu.

SPLASH KITCHEN BATH HOME SPLASH has all the inspiration you need to make your visions come to life. Offering the sweetest selection of faucets, fixtures, tile, hardware, cabinetry, and more, you’ll find everything you need to make your new house a home. 1237 Freedom Rd., Cranberry. 724.772.1060. 4807 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 724.773.2600. 1400 William Flynn Hwy., Route 8, Glenshaw. 412.486.2700. exploresplash.com.

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Plan Your Perfect Wedding Day We’ve compiled the complete, definitive resource with everything you need to plan your wedding, shower, bachelor/bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and honeymoon in Western Pennsylvania — and beyond! WW whirlweddings.com

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WHIRL Wedding Guide: Spring/Summer 2017  

In this issue: Prep it up — beauty advice for the bride and groom, Pure Bliss — 25 couples share their love stories, Tips for planning desti...

WHIRL Wedding Guide: Spring/Summer 2017  

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