{Real Weddings} Megan & Christopher's Classic Pittsburgh Wedding

Today we are happy to be featuring this lovely couple's wedding, captured beautifully by Jennifer Nash with J. Lynne Images. The details are classic and traditional, yet there are fun twists everywhere you look! 

We also have the bride's input on her wedding day details and we are excited to share this with you all, especially those in the planning process.  She shares with us about her unique ceremony tradition, non-traditional music choices, and other great details.  What's more is that this wedding was put together in 6 months! 

Please enjoy Megan & Christopher's Classic Pittsburgh wedding, captured by J. Lynne Images:

How We Met & Proposal

I moved to Mount Washington in Pittsburgh, PA after college with 2 roommates and about a month later, Chris moved right next door with 2 of his friends. We were next door neighbors who became best friends and eventually fell in love.

After a couple years of dating, we decided we wanted to buy a house together. We ended up building a house with Ryan Homes. The day we went to put the "Sold Sign" on our lot, Chris got down on one knee and proposed to me! The Ryan Homes sales representative captured the entire proposal on camera!

Wedding Day Vision

I did not have a specific theme in mind when beginnnig to plan the wedding/reception. I wanted a little bit of glitz and glam, but also very simple.

I decided on black bridesmaid dresses because everyone looks good in black and it never goes out of style. Once I established the black, I had to come up with accent colors. I chose gold and cream because I wanted to add some glammor to the wedding, and gold is a fun color that you can do a lot with!

Planning Process

We had a 6 month engagement as we were moving and wanted to have the wedding before the big move.

I had a great groom and we did everything together. We set our budget and made all the decisions together. We made sure to take care of all the major details first, like the venue, caterer, photographer, dress. After that, we made a long list of everything else that needed done and we set a timeline as to when each thing on the list needed done. It was actually a very stress free planning process.

Our moms did help with the centerpieces and baking cookies. (We are from Pittsburgh and every Pittsburgh wedding has a cake, but also a large cookie table)


My bridal gown was a Justin Alexander. I purchased it at Bridal Beginnings in Mt. Lebonan, PA. It was the first dress I tried on. The second I put it on, I fell in love, but I also wanted to try on some others to see what I liked the best. Ultimately, I went back to the first dress. It was all lace. The dress was a sweetheart tube top. It came with a lace jacket that was short sleeved and buttoned up the back. When the jacket was on, you could not tell the dress was two pieces. I wore the jacket over the dress for the ceremony, after the ceremony and pictures, I took the jacket off for the reception. The dress was incredible and I received so many compliments.


My bridesmaids included my two sisters, my best friends from highschool and also my best friends from college. I loved them all and wanted each of them to be a part of my day. I found their dresses at One Enchanted Evening in Wexford, PA. The degisner is Allure.

The flowers we carried were all white. My bouquet contained white roses, hydrageas, and some baby's breath around the edges. The bridesmaids' bouquests were the same as mine, except for the roses. 


The guests were handed a fan program that my mom put together, and also handed a ribbon streamer with various shades of black, cream, and gold ribbon tied to it. These looked very neat when everyone waved them.


We had a Christian wedding with a salt ceremony. It is very similar to the sand ceremony I have seen at weddings. Thousands of years ago, people would make Covenant together by giving one another salt from their pouches. In mixing the salt grains, you could not break the Covenant unless you could separate each salt grain. We liked that tradition and wanted to enter into our marriage Covenant in the same way.


Our venue was The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA. We chose this venue because of how goregous it was and how many areas it had to offer for all the different parts of the wedding and reception. I also wanted a venue that was not a banquet hall. This venue also allowed us to bring in our own caterer and alcohol. It saved us a ton of money not having to use a venue's specific caterer and bar. This venue was perfect for Chris and I, and it fit our personalities.

The tables were the made up of details that incorporated Chris and I as a couple. Both of our mothers were highly involved in our table centerpieces. We had cream tablecloths, black table runners, gold chargers, and black napkins. The table numbers were held by wine bottles we painted black. The table numbers were not the typical numbers. For example, one table was the street we both lived on when we first met, was our favorite date night, and another one was our first concert. We wanted our guests to really get to know us as a couple. We also had a small vase of flowers and some wine bottles with gold sand and candles as the other part of the centerpiece. We tied the wine bottle theme into the rest of the centerpiece with the place cards. My mom tied 3 wine corks together with a black ribbon and placed name cards at the top.


The wedding favor was at each place setting. It was a black box that contained the typical movie theather popcorn and candy, but in min sizes. Chris and I love the movies and our favorite date night is going to the drive in movie theather. We wanted to share that with our guests. 

Our cake was white almond flavor with raspberry filling. We kept the cake simple, it was 3 tiered and had a black ribbon on each tier.



Other notable details:

The Music

Our wedding music was not traditional. The family memebers walked down the aisle to "All you Need is Love" by the Beatles. Our bridal party walked down to "This" by Darius Rucker. I walked down to "A Thousand Years" by the Piano Guys. After the ceremony, my husband and I walked down the aisle to "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White. It was fun to have songs that meant a lot to us and we picked out together.

Our first song as a married couple was "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion. We chose this because, 1. I LOVE Celine Dion, and 2. it is the song that Chris and I jam out to in the car together all the time. Its a fun song that we just love singing together.

Savvy Advice

My advise to future brides is to make smart decisions when planning your wedding. In planning my wedding, I learned where you want to spend money and where you do not. I chose to take a less expensive option with the chairs for the ceremony. We had free ones provided to us by the venue, they weren't the prettiest, but with a little DIY, you can make them nice. We save hundreds of dollars not renting chairs. Include family and friends in the planning to help out, it helps in taking some stress off the bride and groom. But my most important word of advice is to work together and make it fun. You want to enjoy the planning and everything that goes into the big day! 


 

My fave takeaways from Megan & Chris's wedding is the music selection and the fun little bit of "trivia" about the bride and groom, as seen at the place settings.  It's fun to share little tid bits about the couple, especially if people don't know much about the bride or the groom. Everybody gets to learn something, and maybe they find they have something in common or they get a chuckle.

As Megan mentioned their wedding ceremony was traditional with a unique custom, but I love how the music selected was from pop culture! Guests had to have loved this part!

Great job to Megan & Chris, and pulling off your wedding in 6 months! Our thanks to Megan for sharing the details with us, as well.

And our sincere thanks to Jennifer at J. Lynne Images for submitting your beautiful work our way!

Vendors:
Photographer: J. Lynne Images//Venue: The Mattress Factory//Catering: Erin's Fine Foods//Dress Designer: Justin Alexandar