Pittsburgh Wedding vendors
FUN FACTs ABOUT COUPLE
-Met 12 years ago introduced through close friends
-live in O’Hara/Fox Chapel area
-cat parents to Rocco
-Mike went to Penn State (die hard fan)
-Jess went to Pitt
-Jess works for the American Red Cross
-Mike works civil engineer/business development for i+iCON, and serves on the board of Special Olympics of Pennsylvania
-Vision came to life at the wedding, lots of DIY
-Opposites: Mike is analytical/practical, Jess is creative
-Guests all over country and internationally
-We met 12 years ago on the night after Thanksgiving through very close friends of ours who wanted to introduce us and thought we would hit it off. They were right!
We started dating pretty much immediately, and about 4 years later, we moved in together to Pittsburgh’s Southside. We bought our home shortly after and adopted an adorable, but quirky little tuxedo cat, named Rocco. On December 22, 2017, Mike proposed to Jessica at their home. It was so sweet and so perfect and when 2018 came, the wedding planning began!Ceremony: The wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful Saint Peter Church in the north side, and performed by Father Miroslaw Stelmaszczyk. It was so heartfelt and warm, and was the best part of the day!
Reception: I knew for a long time that I wanted to wear green velvet heels and a lace dress when I got married, and that pretty much inspired the entire look and theme of the event.
We wanted to celebrate our wedding reception at a venue where we could create the look we wanted from basically a blank slate. Jessica loves to create and wanted to take on DIY to make the event as unique as possible. When we discovered the Hip, given its history as an old flashlight factory/battery manufacturer-turned-event space, we knew immediately that it going to bring all of our ideas to life. The artwork and installations in the space itself are fabulous and fit perfectly with the look we were going for (industrial and modern, mixed with a touch of vintage).
We used a lot of textures, such as hunter green and black velvet, 250 white lit taper candles, brass vases and candlesticks/candelabras, deep green palm leaves and blue thistle and white floral with a tough of crimson, gold leaf, matte black accents, and crystal clear chairs.
The brides dress was vintage lace with a touch of modern- underlay (rose gold) and an ivory tulle over-skirt.
Cocktail hour entertainment was Joyce Wohlgemuth from Steven Vance Ent. performing the Pop-Rock Violin (classic instrument that played modern pop and rock music all chosen by bride and groom).
The cake was a simple, matte black and gold with palm leaves and crimson flowers to accent, and was suspended from the ceiling made from an old vintage chandelier.
The rectangular faux concrete tables were very sleek and chic with palm leaves across lined with vintage brass candlesticks and mismatched china.