Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Michelle and Evan

A Sparkling Soiree

Originally from the Pittsburgh area, this couple now calls New York City their home! Michelle and Evan came to us for month-of coordination and design. We were happy to help with anything they needed. Month-of coordination is perfect for couples who prefer to plan their own wedding but want to hire a professional for some peace of mind the month prior to the wedding, and, more importantly, on the wedding day. Everything went according to plan and we couldn’t be happier for these two!

The ceremony took place in the historic Trinity Cathedral Church. This church not only featured incredible architecture and stained glass, it was centrally located near the hotel and reception. The ceremony was beautiful! The Chamber Light Players, a Pittsburgh-based string quartet, sounded incredible as they played a variety of classical to Coldplay!

After the ceremony guests were shuttled by Antique Coach Excursions to the Heinz History Center for cocktail hour in the Mueller Hall exhibit area. Their signature cocktail was a bourbon infused Arnold Palmer with a bit of mint. Cocktail tables were covered in elegant black linens and featured a gold glowing votive. A few tables were marked with matching Reserved signs for grandparents.

For dinner and dancing, guests moved locations to the Grand Hall on the first floor. Guests dropped off their gifts at the beautifully decorated gift table where we also created a custom card box made of clear resin and painted with cascading dots of gold leaf. The guest book was a clever/awesome way to remember their guests! Small Polaroid cameras were set out with a photo album where the guests could attach the photo next to well wishes or marital advice!

Guests found their seats easily with our giant antique framed seating chart. This unique space was so interesting, you don’t have to be from the Burgh to appreciate the exhibits.  On display, surrounding the guests,  you’ll find a roller coaster train, the largest iron cannon ever cast, and even an antique city bus! Guests are encouraged to travel back in time and take advantage of photo ops!

The common thread throughout the celebration was black, gold and white. Although you might read this as “Pittsburgh themed”, it gave a subtle nod to the city, while remaining classic and elegant.

Round tables were covered in black linens and gold sequenced runners, while a plethora of floating candles and baby’s breath, gold charges and custom place cards reserved each seat. The gold sequenced table runners sparkled as they picked up both candle lighting and feature lighting. The two story staircase had Edison bulb lighting woven through the banister and under the stairs where one of the bars was located. To highlight the bar that was set up in front of the canon, we surrounding it with gold up lighting.

We created a gourmet cookie table with large, three foot balloons filled with gold confetti that balanced the black curtain backdrop. Michelle wanted a special added touch with cookie bar labels with a reference to who made them. The signs looked beautiful with the mix of white serving ware.

What a great crowd! By the end of the night everyone was on the floor singing and dancing for the last song, Empire State of Mind by Alicia keys & Jay Z.

Special thanks to the following vendors that worked with us to create a seamless day for Michelle and Evan…

Photography by Hot Metal Studio

Ceremony held at Trinity Cathedral, Pittburgh PA

Reception held at Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Wedding Guests stayed at Hotel Monaco and Omni William Penn

Transportation by Antique Coach Excursions

Floral by Curly Willow

Hair and Make Up by  La Pomponnee

Reception Entertainment by Andy Miller from Redford DJs

Linens by Mosaic

Catering by Common Plea

Cake by Prantl’s Bakery