Talia and Clayton were married in a traditional church ceremony at Heinz Memorial followed by a reception at LeMont in Lemont, Pa. on May 31. The bride wore a sweetheart silk mermaid wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled sash, and a pair of Betsy Johnson high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accesorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long neutral chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Inside the chapel’s red front doors were vaulted ceilings lined with stained glass chancel windows. Fun fact: It was a family tradition to get hitched here! Talia was escorted down the aisle by her teary-eyed father and up the aisle by her googly-eyed husband Clayton. Afterwards, the newlyweds decided to take a stroll through University of Pittsburgh’s campus for portraits since they opted out of a first look. They also made a stop at Mount Washington, which is an incline platform running the entire length of Grandview Avenue, for a few scenic views of the skyline. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Escort cards featured hand-scripted font similar to the invitations and ceremony programs too. Notice a theme? Tables were decorated with white linens, silver-rimmed charger plates, tall blossiming branches centerpieces, and wine bottle numbers. The cake was cut with “I do” and “Me too” forks, and boxes of cookies were given out as favors at the end of the night.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Quality of food and service were very important to us. Steve and I really wanted our guests to enjoy themselves and have a good meal and celebrate our day with us. When we met with La Bella Vista, we were impressed with their desire to accommodate our needs and wants in a party.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
We really wanted our wedding to represent us as a couple. We love nothing more than hanging out at our home entertaining our friends and family, so we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding. Our first favorite detail includes our high-fiving cake toppers with our dog Bella (she was hand made by our cake baker out of icing!). High fiving simply began as a playful joke and soon after become a staple in our relationship as a sign of any accomplishment. Our second favorite detail was our wedding flowers. Agnew Florist beautifully interpreted our desire for color, especially in my bouquet. We wanted our vibrant wedding colors to pop in our photos, and our photographer Candace was able to capture our day beautifully! Our last favorite detail was our modern wedding invitations. Stacie from By Invitation Only helped us choose our all-in-one invitations from PaperSnaps and designed them to incorporate photos from our engagement session. They were the first impression for our guests, and we were thrilled with how they came out.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
The one moment Steve and I vividly remember is when we sat at our sweetheart table after dinner was served and our cake was cut. We sat together holding hands as our guests cut loose out on the dance floor. It was amazing to watch all of our friends and family really enjoy the party we had spent the last 18 months planning. We both agree that our day was flawless from start to finish. We both wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding day, and we couldn’t be happier with each and every vendor we worked with!