In the middle of the cold, snowy East coast winter {which actually has been fairly mild this year} I crave outdoor weddings.  Dana and Ben’s nuptials at the pastoral Armstrong Farms Allyson Anne barn are just the fix.  With gorgeous photos by Carden’s Photography, and a TON of DIY creativity by Dana, not to mention a scrumptious pie bar by JPC Event Group, this wedding will feed your need for pretty, rustic and outdoor beauty!

Dana and Ben are both mechanical engineers for a large aeronautics company, and they embraced their “science” geek with creative “formula” and equation table markers amidst a setting of rustic ribbons, fabric flags and carefully crafted details.  Their shaker-style ceremony featured hand crafted vows and speeches, surrounded by family and friends.  And did I mention the killer photo booth that Dana created with oh-so-amazing props?

Urban Style: A Pittsburgh Opera Real Wedding

Posted by jwimer on Nov 29, 2011

One of the trends I really love in the world of weddings today is the urban revival–  hosting your nuptial celebration in the most unlikely urban setting with the most unique, memorable and often BEAUTIFUL results!  This opens up a world of venue opportunities for those brides seeking something off the beaten path, and often due to the expansive nature of these urban lofts and spaces, the flexibility for decor and sheer spaciousness is an added bonus to the often reduced rental prices paid in comparison to traditional venues.

One of my all time favorite venues in our fair city of Pittsburgh is the Pittsburgh Opera!  With a red carpet entrance for your guests, three areas for celebration, and a blank urban slate to write on… this space can be ANYTHING you dream it to be.  And as an added bonus… the Opera has LED certification and rewards clients who host a green event with green vendors with generous rental discounts!  What could be better?  Jessica and Josh are urbanites living in Seattle and the Pittsburgh Opera was the perfect setting for their wedding.  With jumbo balloons, a Quaker style marriage ceremony and a dramatic red curtain reveal to the feasting table reception area it was amazing all the way.

Pittsburgh Real Wedding: Garden Party Style

Posted by jwimer on Nov 14, 2011

Stephanie and Jim Miller celebrated their marriage in elegant garden party style at The Buhl Mansion outside of Pittsburgh.  Despite the sweltering July heat wave in full force, it was a day filled with love, joy and laughter!

 

Cinemacake: Scrumptious!

Posted by jwimer on Apr 13, 2011

Have you faced the “should I have a videographer, or shouldn’t I” dilemma during your wedding planning?  Have you thought to yourself that still pictures will be enough?  I am such a big proponent of the art of cinematography to capture your memories.  With this medium you feel every nuance, witness every action and equal reaction, and you have a perfectly orchestrated production to relive each moment.

Dave Williams and his staff from Cinemacake Filmmakers in Philadelphia are award winning experts in their creative capture of all your wedding memories.  See for yourself… but have some kleenex near by!

Lisa & Cesar:

Monday Morning Bartender

Posted by jwimer on Apr 07, 2011

In a sea of thousands of cocktails, mixed drinks and fine wines, how do you go about choosing something innovative and special for the signature drink of your reception?  You turn to an award winning mixologist and expert on the subject for inspiration!

Dan Smith, Creative Director at Good Gracious Events in Los Angeles, California was honored last month with a CATIE Award for Innovations in Mixology and he chronicles his creations within his blog Monday Morning Bartender.