Newark, DE Wedding: Leanne and Keith

Leanne is one of the sweetest brides I've had the honor of helping to find her dream dress. All smiles and full of joy, I knew that her wedding day would be the same. Elizabeth Dye's For Emily dress perfectly embodied that spirit, and there was no question that this was it. She and Keith had a simply gorgeous wedding at Deerfield Golf Club in Newark, Delaware last August.

Images courtesy of Barnyard Photography

WHEN YOU TRIED ON YOUR DRESS, HOW DID YOU KNOW IT WAS THE ONE? 

I ended up buying the first dress I tried on at Glitter & Grit, but it took me a while to actually decide it was the one for me. I had seen the gown online and loved it before I had found Glitter & Grit, so when I went for my appointment it was the first thing I wanted to see. I ended up pulling at least ten other dresses to try on too, and after trying everything on once, Erin suggested I put the For Emily gown back on. When I came out to show my mom the dress for the second time, she immediately said “That’s the one you’re getting, right?” And she was! It was, quite literally, exactly what I came for, and after seeing everything else, I knew it was what I wanted to wear.

WHAT WAS YOUR GROOM'S REACTION TO SEEING YOU IN IT? 

I told myself I wouldn’t let my husband see the dress, let alone me in it, until the wedding, but that conviction lasted about 3 hours. I was too excited and ended up showing him a picture from my appointment that night, and he loved the dress and how happy I looked in it. For the wedding, we did a first look before our ceremony - mostly to help us calm our nerves since we are both anxious people! Keith was a little more nervous than I was about being up in front of 150 people, but I think when he saw me, he realized it was all worth it and couldn’t wait for the day to really start.

Please tell us your favorite thing about Keith...

Keith is thoughtful, caring, and all the other great things that make you fall in love with another person, but I think my favorite thing about him is that never takes himself too seriously. He’s not afraid to be silly or to let his nerdy personality shine through, and so our five years together have been full of goofy jokes that make me laugh until I cry. 

Did you incorporate any traditions into your wedding?

We had our DJ play both of our parents’ first dance songs from their weddings as a way to celebrate and thank them. We also had a local creamery that we both love bring in ice cream for dessert, which was a big hit!

Please describe the most memorable moment of the day.

There were times during our wedding when everything felt very scheduled, which was probably for the best as there was a lot to do, but about half way through the reception, there was a point where we realized that we were basically off the hook. The cake was cut, the bouquet was thrown, and we had done the rounds and said hello to all our guests. As wonderful as the whole day was leading up to this moment, there was something so great about heading over to the dance floor to just relax and celebrate with all of our favorite people.

Do you have any advice for future brides?

Remember to focus on what matters. So many things went wrong during our wedding: the cake was completely the wrong color, my veil blew into Keith’s face for the whole ceremony, and Keith missed the majority of our last dance because he was in the bathroom. Things are going to go wrong though, and you just have to laugh it off and remember to have fun with your family, friends, and the person you love!

Meet the designer: Daughters of Simone

As one might hope and expect, Brit and Ashley, the ladies behind the Daughters of Simone bridal collection, 100% embody the free-spirited, laid-back vibe of the brand. It's no surprise that they're warm, welcoming, and the kind of gals you just want to spend a lazy weekend with - but it's also clear that they're dedicated to their vision of encouraging brides to flaunt their personal style, and that a lot of hard work goes into that. Their chill dresses are the perfect option for outdoor, woodsy, festival, barn weddings - what's not to love! Read on to hear more from designer Brit:

Why did you decide to design wedding dresses?

It really came down to that I felt this total disdain towards the wedding industry and it was affecting how I viewed marriage. I started to question those feelings and ask myself if there was another way to do it. The more searching I did, the more I realized that a lot of people felt this way but there wasn't anything for them. It was an Oprah "ah ha" moment if you will. I wanted to be a part of the change. I wanted women and men to see that you could be love, get married, and completely do it your way.

Where do you find inspiration?

The first gown I ever designed was inspired by my own mother 1970's shoulder baring gown. At the time this style was perceived as extremely rare and unique.

Can you take us through your design process?

For being someone that never went to fashion design school my process is presumably very different than one would expect. Much of my process comes down to pulling imagery from Pinterest and style icons I admire, then creating sketches of my ideas. There's usually some blaring female vocals playing in the background (Florence, Brandie Carlie, Janis etc) and droopy lit candles. I have to be completely alone and totally focused in order to let my creativity flow. 

What is the hardest part of making wedding dresses by hand?

Luckily we have amazing seamstresses who help us with our gowns but I will say, back in the day, when I was reconstructing vintage there was something magical about seeing the gown transform. We would chop out an entire back of a gown or snip off the sleeves. The gown would almost instantaneously become new again. 

Where do the names of your dresses come from?

Literally everywhere. Some are after family members and friends, others are inspired by places I've been, characters in stories I grew up reading and musicians I admire. 

What is the best part of your job?

Making a living off being creative. I can't think of a greater career goal. 

If you could dress anyone for their wedding, who would it be and why?

No doubt, one of the Olsen twins. I could have my heart attack after that.

What are your goals for the brand?

To continue to grow and evolve into a brand that we are proud of. 

What was your first job?

My very first job was a model home tour guide at the age of fifteen. I would head over to one of my dad's new housing projects, dressed up in ill fitting "appropriate office clothes" and walk patrons through houses. They had me filling paperwork and other secretarial tasks. It was an interesting choice for me...

Do you have any rituals when you design?

Red wine - candles - recently 'Alabama Shakes'.

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome during your time as a designer?

Trying to stick to my gut instinct. 

How do you want a bride to feel when she wears one of your designs?

Comfortable, completely herself, beautifully confident.

What's the best piece of business advice you've received?

That if you don't ask, the answer will always be "no." We live by that statement (!)

What are three things you couldn't live without?

Peanut butter, Bob Dylan records, sequins, my Saturday jeans... Did I mention my husband? Oops. Haha.

Do you have any advice for ladies currently in the search for their wedding dress?

This is your "me moment;" focus on what *you* want out of a gown and stay true to your own personal style. Don't get caught up in what others may want/need. Very important!

Lewes, Delaware Beach House Wedding: Ashley + Gary

You really can't go wrong with a wedding on the beach - but I think Ashley and Gary really took it to the next level. It looks like they had an amazingly fun day with their family and friends, and I'm so happy they shared it with us! Ashley chose the perfectly boho glam Lindsay dress by Nicole Miller (now, sadly, discontinued), and I think it's cheeky sparkle fit her personality to a "t."
 

Images courtesy of Daniel Bostwick Photography & Mathew J Smith Photography 

When you tried on your dress, how did you know it was the one? 

A friend of mine told me I needed to go to Glitter and Grit to find my dress and as soon as I walked in I knew why. The boutique was lined with an eclectic variety of beautiful gowns and I am pretty sure I tried on (and loved) almost every single one. Trying on each uniquely designed dress felt so surreal. I came out of the dressing room to show my sisters, mom and best friend the last one I tried on - and their expressions were priceless. When I looked at myself in the mirror it finally felt real. That was THE dress. I never in my life imagined my perfect wedding gown and at that moment I realized that I could never dream of something so beautiful.

What was your groom's reaction to seeing you in it? 

Gary and I did a first glance moment at Cape Henlopen, DE an hour before the ceremony. As I walked to meet him, which seemed like the longest walk of my life, I was thinking about what he would say.  When I tapped him to turn around, he didn't budge! After multiple taps and persuasion from our wedding party,  he finally turned. A man of many words (most of them jokeshad tears rolling down his cheeks and was silent. His expression meant more to me than any words he could have said.

Please tell us your favorite thing about Gary... 

I am so fortunate to have Gary be by my side as my partner in life because he is the most genuine man I have ever met. Gary always wants everyone to be happy and would do anything to make sure his friends and family are having the best time possible. I am looking forward to a future of sharing endless laughter with him and creating incredible adventures together.

Please describe the most memorable moment of the day.

Gary and I have always loved dancing although we have zero rhythm. One of my favorite moments of our wedding day was seeing his face when I had the DJ play one of Gary's ridiculous favorite songs, the Thong Song by Sisqo, as we walked down the aisle after the ceremony. It was the perfect way to start as husband and wife  to dance like no one was watching!

Our wedding took place on May 23, 2015 and it was located at “The Yellow Beach House” in Lewes, De. My family has been blessed with the opportunity to vacation at that house for the past 15years. The house and the beach represent so much happiness and captures many memories that family has shared together.  Having all of our friends and family at such a magical place made my heart explode with joy. We wanted to have our day be as personal as possible therefore great friends and family helped make our own decor, DJ the wedding, and even marry the two of us. The day captured everything and everyone important to us.

Star Vendor: Devoted to You

One thing I didn't expect when planning my wedding was the overwhelm that I would feel over making decisions and organizing people for different DIY aspects. I thought, "I'm laid back, so this will be no big deal," but the other people involved aren't always quite so relaxed, and one has to take that into consideration... the day of our wedding, I was busy directing and delegating, instead of relaxing with my closest ladies while getting ready. And that, I regret. I would have loved to have had someone helping to organize advance details, and taking the reins that morning, so that I could have had that special time. That being said, I'm not certain that my personality would have meshed well with someone who planned weddings as a profession, because they love them so much! Being a non-traditional bride, I felt that there probably wasn't anyone out there who would understand my vision and vibe. 

A couple of years later, I met Melissa of Devoted to You, and realized that I had been wrong in my assumption. A number of Glitter & Grit brides have hired Melissa to help plan their wedding, and in each, I have seen fantastic reflections of those women in the details. If you're feeling the overwhelm, consider asking for (professional) help. If you find the right person, they will absolutely help make everything easier!

image by Evermark Studios

When did you enter the wedding industry? What made you want to do so?

My first experience in the wedding industry was back in 2009 with my own wedding! I was a very hands-on, DIY bride, and I loved the whole planning process. When I tell my story, it’s funny because I’ll say “After I got married, I was depressed! I had nothing to plan anymore” But I mean that in the most loving way possible. It’s just that planning was in my heart. So I helped a few friends and family members and then one day, I decided to take the plunge... and by plunge I mean an ad on Craigslist! I woke up, decided I was going to do it and just did... that’s how I got my first five weddings and it has just grown from there.

What was your most glittering moment in your business?

It’s really hard for me to pick just one moment that I’m most proud of because at the end of night, when my couple comes to me filled with joy and love and gratitude that they were able to really enjoy the day and live in the moment...that’s what it’s all about. Being able to be there as someone they can rely on and trust to support them throughout the day is so important to me and means the world..there is no better feeling.

image by Ben Filio

What's your grit; what sets you apart?

I would say my approach to the wedding planning process in general, and my relationships with my couples sets me apart. No couple is the same, so no approach is the exact same. I always aim be open to ideas, no matter how off the wall or non-traditional you or I may think it is. A wedding should be an expression of the couple getting married and tradition is what you make of it. I love when I’m asked, “Do I have to do this”? My answer is always the same...this is your day, it should be a reflection of you and your fiance and you don’t HAVE to do anything. And also don’t feel like you have to follow trends. I don’t think that you should plan a wedding according to what is popular. Plan according to your heart. And make it guest centered. I’m there to offer my ideas,opinion and direction; but ultimately it is your day and I am there to support that.

image by Mandy Fierens

What is your favorite part of what you do?

I love it all. Every single bit of it... I take the chaos and crazy with the calm. But if I had to pick one moment that is my absolute favorite it would have to be the first look. I always thought that my favorite moment of a wedding was getting to see the grooms face as his bride is walking down the aisle (and it’s still up there) but there is just nothing like that pure raw emotion between two people during the first look. It’s incredible. And getting to be there to experience it (and all the other moments like it throughout the day), how could I not be in love with what I do?!!

Please share a most memorable moment in your adventures in the industry.

So last year I had this crazy idea that I was going to start my own bridal show...a styled reception in which I would take a space, style it, bring in all the vendors it takes to make a wedding happen and then have them all be “in action” so that brides could come and really get to experience what their wedding could be like in this space with these people. In the midst of planning it, I had an even crazier idea that we would give away a wedding ceremony as a part of the event. So I announced the contest, took entry submissions and then chose the winner on January 1, 2015. UnVeiLed was on January 17th so we had about two weeks to pull this together and basically plan a wedding. With the help of some incredible people, we were able to provide them with her dress, her bouquet, wedding party flowers, groom's attire, the wedding ceremony, limo transportation, a hotel overnight stay, hair and makeup services, beautiful photos and video all as a gift. It was truly amazing.

Please describe your ideal client, i.e. who will love you.

My ideal client is passionate and creative. They are laid back and down to earth. They think outside of the box and don't necessarily follow tradition... they are getting married in unique, non-traditional wedding venues. The little details are important to them, but they also embrace imperfection. They are eclectic at heart... in style, in life and in wedding planning. They want their wedding to be guest-oriented and at the same time, a unique expression of themselves.

image by Mandy Fierens

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ESTABLISHED: October 2011

PRICE RANGE: $1,250 and up, depending on services

INCLUSIONS OR OPTIONS:  Custom based packages based on needs ranging from full planning, down to day of coordination

LOCATION/TRAVEL BOUNDARIES:  Based in Pittsburgh but there are no boundaries! I love to travel!

WEBSITE: www.devotedtoyouevents.org

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Family Farm Wedding: Tina + Joe

Just in time for their first anniversary! Tina and Joe were married on her family's farm in Dayton, PA on the fourth of July, and every detail was full of love and laughter. There was no question when Tina selected Elizabeth Dye's Lewisia dress that it was absolutely perfect for her vision of their celebration. 

All images courtesy of Kristen Wynn Photography

When you tried on your dress, how did you know it was the one?

Lewisia instantly felt like a dress to get married in a meadow in. It was so light but still had volume that made me feel like a bride. I never thought it'd be so easy to find 'the one'.

What was your groom's reaction to seeing you in it?

I think the picture says it all.

Please tell us your favorite thing about Joe...

He truly has the biggest heart. Now - with that heart comes some swagger and a temper but he truly is an amazing human.

Did you incorporate any traditions into your wedding?

Not really. We broke tradition by not having many. Our wedding ceremony was very relaxed. We received a lot of compliments on how intimate it was. 

Please describe the most memorable moment of the day.

The fireworks at the end of the night. We had put in a budget and my parents secretly added to it so we had a fantastic show. Everyone was blown away.

Do you have any special advice for future brides?

Go with your gut and don't make favors. No one wants them.

What's your favorite thing about being married?

His wedding band is amazing!

Real Grit: the Sadness of Shopping

For quite some time now, I've wanted to share with you advice, thoughts, feelings, and experiences from former Glitter & Grit brides. It's always been very important to me that we talk about the "real" side of weddings and marriage; the Grit. There's just way too much out there about the Glitter; the decor, the dress, the ring, the flowers... etc., etc., etc., but there's so much more that goes into the actual meaning of the wedding, and into the relationship between the newly married couple. 

I'm so deeply honored to kick off this new feature with one of the most poignant and important contributions from Pittsburgh interior designer, Lauren, who specializes in retail design, and is also the co-founder of a boutique stationery company, Urban Envelope. She originally shared her story on my all-time favorite wedding blog, A Practical Wedding, and I was incredibly moved by the openness and grace of her words. Even if she hadn't been my client, I feel that her experience is a prime example of what many people go through, but no one talks about. If we want to change the wedding industry, we have to start having difficult but meaningful conversations about the real things that we go through and feel throughout the wedding planning, wedding having, marriage building process. 

And now, with a very full heart, I share with you Lauren's story:

image courtesy of Ryan Zarichnak

My mom had cancer twice. The first time I was six. We were living in Minnesota and would go to the Mall of America. We would window shop at the Disney Store and eat at the Rainforest Café. It was magical. It was distracting. And most importantly it made positive memories.

I was twenty-three when she started chemo the second time. We were living in Ohio and we would go to Target. Buy silly things: sandals, mixing bowls, super hero pajamas. It was more practical. But we laughed and smiled and it made positive memories. Honestly retail therapy was as important as the medicine and way more fun. 

When we couldn’t go out, we would sit side by side and shop online. We bought matching bracelets. We both wore them until the end. Wedding dress shopping was our favorite. We would sit in bed and scroll through pages of dresses. We looked at every wedding dress we could find on the Internet. The good the bad the ugly, we looked at everything. I wasn’t even engaged then. It didn’t matter, we had been talking about that dress since I was a little girl. It was our dream to go dress shopping. We had had a plan for as long as I could remember: go to New York City and try them all. Plain and simple. Just the two of us versus every dress in the city.

She passed away before I got engaged. Everyone says being engaged and wedding planning is supposed to be the happiest time in your life. I don’t think I ever cried more. How was I supposed to plan a wedding without my mom and best friend? How in the world was I supposed to find that dress without her? I tried to find blogs, forums, wedding websites, anything that explained to me how to plan a wedding without a mom. Nothing seemed to fit. I don’t have a squad of girlfriends, I’m not close with my sister or cousins, and my mother-in- law is the furthest thing from being into bridal.

So I did it my way. I did it alone. I decided I didn’t want extra eyes on me reminding me. I didn’t want to try to fill the void. I decided to accept the void, and try to embrace it.

image courtesy of Ryan Zarichnak

The wedding industry isn’t set up for alone. The first dress shop I went to, I lied. I said I was on my lunch break and that I wanted to figure out my style before bringing everyone else in. There were so many other girls and their moms in the store. I ended up crying on the floor in the dressing room in the terrible sample mermaid slip. I snuck out of the appointment while the sales girl was getting more dresses.

The second dress appointment wasn’t better. I didn’t want to tell anyone why I was alone. I was too afraid of getting what I call “Dead Mom Eyes.” It’s a look people give you when they find out you lost your mom when you are twenty-three.

When I met with my florist, she said it was refreshing I was alone. That she could really help me figure out what I wanted because there weren’t a roomful of opinions. So I told her. And it was fantastic. She helped me work out beautiful, quiet memorials for my mother. Including rosemary in my bouquet for remembrance, and using the same kinds of flowers that were in my mom’s bouquet at her wedding.

But still no dress. So I ordered them online. J.Crew, Zappos, Nordstrom, I tried them all. I would get a box, try on a wedding dress and go to night class. I would get a box, try on a dress and run to the store. There was no pomp and circumstance. It wasn’t special. They were great dresses, but not only did I feel alone, I felt like I was hiding. I was doing the exact opposite of what my mother would have wanted. She never would have wanted me to not have my moment because of her.

Finally, I was at the point where I had to find a dress. A new shop had opened in Pittsburgh. Their website looked amazing. It is a really small shop with select (fabulous) dresses. Better yet, appointment only meant no one else would be there. No other mom-daughter relationships staring at me. It would just be me and dresses and an amazing shop owner. It was fun. It was quiet and private and thoughtful. And the shop owner was beyond wonderful about matching my energy and understanding and respecting why I was there alone. It helped more to talk about it. To say out loud that “I think she would have liked this one.” To talk about sewing lace from her dress into my dress. To talk about wearing her earrings.

I found a dress that day. The perfect dress. In the end, I stood on my own two feet, and my mom would have been proud.

The day I found my wedding dress I wore the bracelets we had bought during chemo. They had quote from Pooh on them: “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

image courtesy of Ryan Zarichnak

Lauren: thank you so very much for being incredibly brave and sharing your story. As much as I know it means to me, I am certain that it will be immeasurably even more impactful for others.

 

**Do you have a story to share? Please contact us at glitterandgritpgh@gmail.com with submissions of your wedding planning, wedding having, married life experiences.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding: Marissa + Dave

I really love the big city / small town element of Pittsburgh; how almost anyone you meet is connected in various ways to other people in your life. It's one of my favorite things! Marissa found out about Glitter & Grit through her friend, who was my replacement at my desk job in what I call my "former life." As soon as Marissa stepped in the store, we all knew she was in the right place. She was looking for something romantic and unique for her wedding that the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden - the first scheduled to take place at this new venue!  With a myriad of indoor and outdoor options, you can really make the space your own, and I was eager for my brides to start getting married there. Marissa selected Claire la Faye's signature Enchanted dress, and it was absolute perfection.

All images courtesy of Hot Metal Studio

WHEN YOU TRIED ON YOUR DRESS, HOW DID YOU KNOW IT WAS THE ONE?

 I had already had my mind set on wearing a Claire la Faye dress, so the challenge for me was picking out of the plethora of beautiful dresses she created. When i tried on my dress, I felt so calm, peaceful, and comfortable. The flowers on my dress reminded me of the garden we were getting married in. When I find out the name of the dress was "enchanted",it all just came together perfectly. I knew it was the dress. 

WHAT WAS YOUR GROOM'S REACTION TO SEEING YOU IN IT?

We did a first look photo in the wooded area of the garden, so it was nice to be able to spend that intimate time with Dave before anyone else saw me.  When Dave saw me, he had a big grin on his face and made a comment , "that dressisso you", it reminded him of my style in so many ways.We shared a moment under a wooden canopy in the middle of the woods.. nothing better than that. 

PLEASE TELL US YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT DAVE...

I love how committed and passionate Dave is, whether its in his work or in our personal lives. He is always driven to do his best, and I think that quality really sustains a marriage and partnership also. 

DID YOU INCORPORATE ANY TRADITIONS INTO YOUR WEDDING?

Our wedding was fairly non traditional in many ways. We incorporated a lot of our own traditions and customs into the ceremony/wedding. We had an officiant at the garden, our ceremony music included Sting, City and Colour and Oasis ("Wonderwall" is one of our favorite songs). Our unity ceremony was a 'lovelock tree' . A lot of our guests told us it as the first time they'd ever heard or had seen this ceremony ritual. We really wanted to personalize our unity ceremony. Dave and I, and our parents, collectively locked separateheart locks on acrafted metal tree that we had made to signify our unity as one family. It now hangs in our living room as a great memory of the day. Another tradition that was very critical to our wedding was the "cookie table". I know this is a pretty typical Pittsburgh wedding staple, however my mothers family is seriously passionate about the cookie table tradition. My grandmother was a baker for her entire life and baked cookies for many local families. A month before the wedding, my grandmother passed away. It was very important to have this as a focal piece of our reception. We actually planned a separate space in the barn just for the cookies. It was very important to have her memory with us on that day. I'm fairly certain that most of the cookies were gone before the reception ended :)

PLEASE DESCRIBE THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF THE DAY.

I know there were plenty of memorable moments of the day, but one that comes to mind would be seeing the barn and garden decorated before anyone else did. After we took our first look pictures, I went into the bridal suite inside the barn, bypassing the reception space, dining area and dance floor. I stopped for a moment and paused, not completely realizing that everything was decorated and ready for the day (thanks to our wedding coordinator and event planner for being there to stop me).  I was so used to seeing the spaceblank, thatI almost missed the sight of it all put together! It was such a special moment to see it finished with all the details we planned. Everything came together as we had hoped it would! So I'd say, make sure you stop and take it all in a few times throughout the big day.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?

As much as its beneficial to be organized and focused on planning of one's wedding,  one has to realize that the planning will not always go as you expect it to, and that's okay. I had a timeline in my mind of how the weeks leading to the wedding would go, and I quickly realized that wasn't realistic. It helps to know that the timeline may change. Allow it to happen naturally and be flexible with others involved...  they have your best interests at heart!

Meet the Designer: Anais Anette

Maybe because they're sisters (and they make me miss mine), maybe because they're Polish (me, too!), maybe it's because they're two of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting... whatever the reason, I've been drawn to sing the praises of Magdalena and Karolina, the lovely ladies behind the label Anais Anette since the first time I met them in 2013. The quality of the dresses they produce, and the fabrics they use, is truly impeccable, and (in my opinion) they have really identified their creative voice in the last couple of years, making their dresses some of the absolute favorites among Glitter & Grit brides. If you are seeking a unique dress with an air of modern romance, you will love them, too!

Why did you decide to design wedding dresses?

Magdalena: I’ve always been interested in fashion design. Ever since I was a child, I would watch and help my parents with their sewing. I decided to create wedding dresses because of the detail and time that goes into each gown.

Karolina: Magdalena approached me with the idea of creating our own brand, and I thought it would be an amazing, creative adventure.

Can you take us through your design process?

M: First, I search for new and interesting materials. Quality and texture are important. Second, I experiment with the fabrics on a mannequin to discover different and innovative forms and silhouettes that would compliment a woman’s body.

What is the hardest part of making wedding dresses by hand?

M: I’ve mastered every aspect from draping on a mannequin to pattern drafting and cutting to the actual making of the gown. Practice and experience have made the entire process easier.

Where do you find inspiration?

M: There isn’t a single source of inspiration. I’m always influenced by my environment, by different ideas, which are always influencing each other and changing. I try to transform these ideas into my work.

K: I find inspiration from the various materials and elements - their textures and patterns - that I work with.

Where do the names of your dresses come from?

M + K: Our social media manager! She takes the time to research meaningful names and find the perfect one for each gown.

What is the best part of your job?

M: In designing gowns, I get to be creative every day, which is incredible. In owning my own business, I get to exercise a more logical and organizational aspect of my personality.

K: That I get to work for myself - like Magdalena, both creatively and in running the business. It’s definitely empowering.

If you could dress anyone for their wedding, who would it be and why?

M + K: Cate Blanchett - she is the epitome of talent and grace.

What are your goals for the brand?

M: Make the brand known for its design and quality.

Do you have any rituals when you design?

M: As soon as I’ve completed a new creation, I always say: “BOOM! Design.”

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome during your time as a designer?

M: Finding a balance between what I want to create and what the general public will like.

How do you want a bride to feel when she wears one of your designs?

M + K: We want her to feel comfortable, cool, and confident. Like her true, authentic self.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?

M: We’re often told to take business with any store that is interested in our line. However, we’ve come to realize that it’s important to align yourself with people and shops that have the same attitude and same values. Quality should always take precedence over quantity.

K: A good friend once told us that when you have your own business, your successes and failures are entirely your own. It’s a humbling thought.

What was your first job?

M: Organizing and folding mom’s patterns.

K: I worked at an Italian espresso bar in Toronto.

What are three things you couldn’t live without?

M: Sleep, music, and hair elastics.

K: Sleep, sweets, and swearing.

^girls after my own heart^

Do you have any advice for ladies currently in search of their wedding dress?

M: This might seem obvious, but make sure to wear the gown properly! A lot of brides overlook hanger tags, or wear the dress slightly crooked. It ruins photos.

K: Trust your instinct. It’s very easy to lose sight of who you are and your style when you try to please everyone.

Succop Nature Park Wedding: Nikki + Randy

Nikki visited Glitter & Grit while home from California for the holidays, on recommendation from a bridal boutique in LA (thank you!!). She is such a sweet, kind-hearted person, and I'm always excited when one of my brides gets married at the same venue I did. Nikki had a pretty clear idea of the relaxed, vintage vibe that she wanted for the day, and we all knew that Elizabeth Dye's Siren was it, as soon as she put it on. She and Randy were married on a beautiful day in August, at the Succop Nature Park in Butler.

All images courtesy of Kelsey Kradel Photography

When you tried on your dress, how did you know it was the one? 

After trying on several dresses, I was reaching a point of frustration with the entire dress thing. I looked everywhere - online, tiny boutiques, vintage, traditional salons (the worst!).  When I was in a boutique in LA, the owner mentioned a new dress shop she had heard great things about...in Pittsburgh.  I booked an appointment immediately, since I was headed home for the holidays.  When my mom and I arrived at Erin's store, we immediately felt at ease, and I found a little hope that I actually might find a dress here!  I tried on 3 dresses, and as soon as I was zipped up in that beautiful Elizabeth Dye lace gown, I knew it was the one.  The fit was beautiful,and I loved the vintage look of the lace.  I felt gorgeous, and it just felt right.

What was your groom's reaction to seeing you in it? 

We chose to do a first look, since we wanted a private first moment together.  I met Randy back in the woods, and he was facing away from me as I was walking towards him.  I teased him, since I knew he couldn't turn around.  When I finally reached him, Randy had a huge smile with tears in his eyes.  We were both pretty speechless at this point, so we just held each other's hand taking it all in.

Please tell us your favorite thing about Randy...

I love the way he makes me feel when we are together.  

Did you incorporate any traditions into your wedding?

We didn't really have any traditions in mind - since our wedding was "non-traditional".  But one thing we felt was important was a unity ceremony.  We didn't necessarily like any of the traditional unity ceremonies of sand or candles, as they didn't feel like "us".  Then Randy came up with a unity "pizza".  We both love pizza (who doesn't) - I make it from scratch for us regularly, for normal days, bad days, celebrations.  That is something we share on a regular basis, that we thought would tie in well to our ceremony, and to who we are.  We had the caterer make a personal pizza for us, and it was presented during the ceremony by the officiant.  The guests definitely got a kick out of watching us try to maneuver a pizza in a lace gown and nice suit.

Please describe the most memorable moment of the day. 

It all went so quickly and the entire day was special and very dear to us- but my dad walking me down the aisle and the exchange where he handed me to Randy was very powerful - I felt a transition, something I never felt before.  And during the ceremony - just looking at this incredible person looking back at me - and we are making this amazing commitment together - to be comrades, partners in crime until the end of time. I also enjoy remembering all our closest family and friends together and celebrating our best day ever!

Do you have any advice for future brides?

1. Compromise (with staying true to you as a couple and what you want).

2. Don't sweat the small stuff (even though you probably will, but have a glass of wine; it will help you get over it).

3. Most importantly: Be present on the wedding day - some things may not go as planned but roll with it - that's life. Remember what the true purpose of the day is, and what it's about; it's about you and your spouse/partner - it's about the commitment you are making to one another in front of your closest family and friends. How awesome is that?!

Star Vendor: Hannah Conard Beauty Collective

I happened to meet Hannah while working on one of my favorite styled shoots, and was so struck that day by not just her mastery of hair and makeup, but by her positive attitude, professionalism, and the warmth with which she treats everyone who meets her. You've probably seen her name around by now; she is responsible for the hair and makeup on the models on this site, and has made herself pretty well-known among Pittsburgh wedding vendors since starting her business in 2014. 

Hannah and her team at Hannah Conard Beauty Collective specialize in on location, customized, professional hair styling and makeup artistry. If you're seeking wedding day hair and makeup artists that will make you feel amazing and help you shine your brightest, look no further! Read on to learn more from Hannah...

Image by Veronica Varos

When did you enter the wedding industry? What made you want to do so?

I have been doing makeup for weddings and special events since I was 15 but it wasn't until two years ago that I decided to start my company. I was working in a salon for years and my clients always asked what I loved doing the most; my answer was always weddings. I finally had an epiphany: if this is my true passion, I need to make it my sole focus.

What was your most glittering moment in your business?

Probably opening my studio this year. My business has been growing and expanding in different ways and I'm so excited for what the future holds?

What's your grit? What sets you apart? 

Mostly three things: my aesthetic, my approach, and my team. My aesthetic isn't traditional bridal; I like a little more grit. I like beauty that is perfectly imperfect, balanced; not even, movement; not structure, enhanced; not covered. My approach is that how you make people feel matters just as much as how you make them look. I not only want you to look beautiful when you leave the chair; I want you to feel confident, excited, and refreshed! My team is incredible. I'm really excited to be working with such talented and passionate women. because we do both hair and makeup, and because it's a larger team, we are truly able to take on anything. No matter how many services or what time of day, we can handle almost anything.

What is your favorite part of what you do?

The most fulfilling part of what I do is when I hear a client say, "I have never felt this beautiful!" No matter how many times I hear it, it never gets old; how a visual transformation gives way to a visceral reaction to the way they look and feel. It makes my heart sing.

Image by Veronica Varos

Please share  a most memorable moment in your adventures in the industry.

It was a styled shoot I got to be a part of with Veronica Varos, Mt Lebanon Floral, Bliss Events and you! It was featured in BRIDES, Inside Weddings and the cover of WHIRL! It was the very start of my business... I had just quit my job the week before, and I was so struck and overwhelmed by all the talent, creativity and expertise that surrounded me. I couldn't believe I was in league with such extraordinary women.

Please describe your ideal client; i.e., who will love you?

I truly feel that a Glitter & Grit bride is my ideal client!

 

GRITTY DETAILS:

ESTABLISHED: In 2014

PRICE RANGE: Individual services start at $85

LOCATION/TRAVEL BOUNDARIES: We travel anywhere!

WEBSITE: www.hannahconard.com

INSTAGRAM: @hannahconardbeauty

MEMPHIS WEDDING: HAILEY AND DAN

WHEN GLITTER & GRIT WAS OPENING, I MET HAILEY AS SHE WAS MOVING INTO ONE OF THE APARTMENTS UPSTAIRS. WE'D ALWAYS SAY "HI" IN PASSING, AND SHE'D STOP IN ONCE IN A WHILE DURING OUR "DRESS UP" PARTIES TO TRY ON DRESSES FOR FUN. I WAS SO, SO EXCITED WHEN SHE FINALLY GOT ENGAGED AND WAS ABLE TO COME SHOP FOR REAL!  FOR HER MARCH WEDDING IN MEMPHIS, TN, HAILEY WORE A STUNNING DRESS AND LACE TOPPER BY REBECCA SCHONEVELD AND CAMILLA CHRISTINE'S LETITIA VEIL.  SINCE GETTING MARRIED, HAILEY MOVED ELSEWHERE WITH HER NEW HUSBAND, AND I MISS SEEING HER BEAUTIFUL SMILE - AND HER ADORABLE DOG - ALMOST EVERY DAY.

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF RUSSEL HAYES PHOTOGRAPHY

WHEN YOU TRIED ON YOUR DRESS, HOW DID YOU KNOW IT WAS THE ONE?

I LIVED ABOVE ERIN WHEN SHE OPENED GLITTER N GRIT, SO NEEDLESS TO SAY, IT WASN'T MY FIRST TIME TRYING ON WEDDING DRESSES IN THE STORE. I PROBABLY TRIED ON EVERY DRESS IN THE STORE BEFORE EVER GETTING ENGAGED, POPPING INTO THE STORE ON THURSDAYS TO CHECK OUT WHAT WAS NEW. ERIN WAS ALWAYS SO KIND TO LET ME PLAY DRESS UP, DREAMING OF THE DAY I'D GET TO WEAR ONE [FOR REAL]! THEN, I MET THE MAN OF MY DREAMS AND HE QUICKLY SWEPT ME OFF MY FEET. THERE WAS NO QUESTION THAT ERIN WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP ME FIND MY PERFECT DRESS. I KNEW FROM THE BEGINNING THAT I WANTED A TIMELESS DRESS- A DRESS THAT YOU COULD GENUINELY LOOK AT AND SAY, "OK, THIS DRESS COULD BE FROM 2015...OR 1956...OR 1858". I ALSO ALWAYS KNEW I WANTED LONG SLEEVES, LACE, AND A LONG CATHEDRAL LENGTH VEIL. THINK- GRACE KELLY, KATE MIDDLETON, ETC, BUT I KNEW THAT TYPE OF DRESS COMES WITH A HEFTY PRICE TAG AND AT THE TIME A LONG SLEEVED DRESS WAS SUPER HARD TO FIND. BUT TO NO AVAIL (PUN INTENDED!), I TOLD ERIN EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED AND A FEW WEEKENDS LATER WEEKEND SHE CALLED ME AND SAID, "HAILEY! YOU HAVE TO COME IN THIS WEEKEND. I THINK I HAVE YOUR DRESS". I PUT IT ON, AND I IMMEDIATELY KNEW IT WAS THE ONE. IT HAD EVERY ASPECT I HAD WANTED- IT WAS ELEGANT, CLASSIC, DELICATE AND THE BEST PART WAS THAT IT WAS SUPER COMFORTABLE (DANCE-ABILITY WAS A MUST HAVE!).

WHAT WAS YOUR GROOM'S REACTION TO SEEING YOU IN IT?

AFTER I FOUND MY DRESS, I SO BADLY WANTED TO SHOW DAN. WE KEPT THINGS EXTREMELY TRADITIONAL PRIOR TO THE WEDDING, SO SEEING EACH OTHER (AND THE DRESS) BEFOREHAND WAS COMPLETELY OFF LIMITS. BUT I JUST LOVED IT SO MUCH, I FOUND MYSELF EXPLAINING IN DETAIL ALL THE DRESS CHARACTERISTICS TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY MULTIPLE TIMES WHEN HE WAS IN EAR'S DISTANCE. SO I ASSUMED BY THE WEDDING DAY HE HAD A PRETTY CLEAR PICTURE OF WHAT THE DRESS LOOKED LIKE. ONE OF THE ENGLISH TRADITIONS THAT DAN AND I INCORPORATED INTO WEDDING WAS HAVING THE GROOM FACE THE ALTAR UNTIL THE BRIDE WALKS ALL THE WAY DOWN THE AISLE, THEN HE TURNS AROUND FOR THE BIG REVEAL. SO WHEN HE FINALLY SAW ME ON OUR WEDDING DAY I WAS RIGHT AT THE ALTAR. HE JUST HAD THE BIGGEST SMILE ON HIS FACE AND WHISPERED, "YOU LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL".

PLEASE TELL US YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT DAN...

IS EVERYTHING A CORNY ANSWER? WELL FIRST OFF, HE IS THE PERFECT BALANCE FOR ME. I AM LOUD, ENERGETIC, ANXIOUS, COMPLETE TYPE A, EASILY DISTRACTED, IMPATIENT, ETC. HE IS HONESTLY THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYTHING I AM. HE IS CALM, COLLECTED; HE SPEAKS WHEN HE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY RATHER THAN TO BE HEARD; HE IS PATIENT, EASY GOING, I COULD GO ON. HE IS SO LOVING AND SENSITIVE BUT HE ALSO HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR. HE LETS ME BE MYSELF-- AND LET ME TELL YOU, MYSELF IS WEIRD, CRAZY AND A LOT TO HANDLE! BUT HONESTLY, THE BEST PART ABOUT DAN IS THAT HE IS NON-CONFRONTATIONAL, EMPATHETIC AND UNDERSTANDING. I HONESTLY DON'T THINK WE HAVE EVER FOUGHT, EVER. IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG, HE JUST TELLS ME, AND WE WORK IT OUT. WHY WOULD I WANT TO FIGHT WITH SOMEONE I LOVE? THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN OUR MENTALITY, AND IT HONESTLY MAKES OUR RELATIONSHIP SO FULFILLING AND AWESOME TO BE IN. I TELL HIM EVERY DAY THAT HE IS THE PERFECT MAN- AND IT DOESN'T HURT THAT HE'S EUROPEAN AND HAS A SEXY BRITISH ACCENT EITHER ;). 

DID YOU INCORPORATE ANY TRADITIONS INTO YOUR WEDDING?

OUR WEDDING WAS ALL ABOUT TRADITION. NOT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH NON-TRADITIONAL (I LOVE NON-TRADITIONALITY), IT'S JUST SOMETHING WE BOTH HAVE ALWAYS WANTED! THE ONE THING PEOPLE PROBABLY DIDN'T EXPECT REGARDING OUR WEDDING (BECAUSE WE SURELY DIDN'T AT FIRST) WAS FOR THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN WEDDING TRADITIONS TO BE DIFFERENT. AND, THEY WERE. SO, DAN AND I FOUND WAYS TO INCORPORATE BOTH THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE DAY.

        FIRST OFF, DAN AND I DIDN'T SEE EACH OTHER BEFORE THE CEREMONY. IT WAS TOUGH CONSIDERING THE CEREMONY WAS AT 7PM, BUT IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT. AS FAR AS THE BRIDAL PARTY, TRADITIONALLY IN THE SOUTHERN US, THEY ARE HUGE. IN ENGLAND, THEY ARE NOT. SO, I HAD 11 LOVELY LADIES AS BRIDESMAIDS AND DAN HAD 2. YES, WE WERE A LITTLE OFF BALANCE, BUT WHO CARES? ONE BRITISH TRADITION IS THAT BRIDESMAIDS FOLLOW THE BRIDE DOWN THE AISLE RATHER THAN PRECEDING HER. I INCLUDED THIS TRADITION BY HAVING MY SISTER WALK BEHIND MY DAD AND I (WHILE MY OTHER BRIDESMAIDS ENTERED FIRST). IT WAS FUN TO HAVE MY SISTER THERE BEFORE I WALKED DOWN THE AISLE. I ALSO WORE A SIX PENCE IN MY SHOE. YOU KNOW THE SAYING, "SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE...", WELL THE BRITS COMPLETE IT WITH, "AND A SIX PENCE IN HER SHOE". IT'S A TRADITION FOR GOOD LUCK- SO YOU BETTER BELIEVE I HAD ONE STRAPPED TO THE SOLE OF MY SHOE. WE DID ALL OF THE TRADITIONAL WEDDING THINGS- BOUQUET TOSSES, CUTTING OF THE CAKE, FIRST DANCES, ETC. IT WAS ALL AROUND THE DEFINITION OF TRADITION.

HERE'S THE DOWNSIDE TO A MULTI-CULTURAL WEDDING. EVERYONE IS CONFUSED. ONE SUPER FUNNY THING THAT HAPPENED (WHICH I DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE UNTIL SOMEONE TOLD ME THE NEXT DAY), WAS THAT NO ONE STOOD UP WHEN I WALKED DOWN THE AISLE. NOW I GUESS THE PRIEST MAYBE SHOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING, BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU JUST KNOW TO STAND?! WELL, THE BRITS THOUGHT MAYBE AMERICANS DIDN'T STAND AND THE AMERICANS THOUGHT THE BRITISH DIDN'T STAND, AND WELL, SO EVERYONE WAS TOO NERVOUS TO BE THE FIRST (EVEN MY OWN MOTHER!) AND STAYED SEATED. CAN'T SAY IT BOTHERED ME AT ALL, IT WAS HONESTLY NICE TO BE ABLE TO SEE EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE, BUT IT WAS DEFINITELY FUNNY AFTER THE FACT! I PRETEND THAT EVERYONE WAS SO ENAMORED BY MY AMAZING WEDDING DRESS THAT THEY ALL FORGOT TO STAND UP :). LOL

PLEASE DESCRIBE THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF THE DAY.

THE WHOLE DAY WAS PERFECT, BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET SURPRISING MY DAD WITH AN IMPROMPTU ELVIS SOLO. MY DAD HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SINGER. HE'S THE FIRST ONE UP ON A NIGHT OF KARAOKE AND HE ACTUALLY HAS AN AMAZING VOICE. WELL, BEING THAT OUR WEDDING WAS IN MEMPHIS, I KNEW I HAD TO JUMP ON THE CHANCE TO HAVE MY DAD SING SOME ROCK N' ROLL. I HAD ORIGINALLY ASKED HIM TO SING, BUT HE BRUSHED OFF THE IDEA SAYING, "NO, IT'S YOUR NIGHT, I'M NOT GOING TO RUIN IT SINGING". SO, I KNEW I HAD TO COME UP WITH A PLAN. I ARRANGED TO HAVE THE DJ PLAY A KARAOKE VERSION OF ELVIS'S FAMOUS, "I CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU". HE CALLED MY DAD UP TO SING (I HAD TO HAVE THE LYRICS READY, MIND YOU), BUT EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE ROOM GOT ON THE DANCE FLOOR AND DANCED TO HIS SINGING. MANY TO THIS DAY STILL THINK IT WAS A RECORDING OF ELVIS (HE'S THAT GOOD). HAVING EVERYONE I LOVED GET UP AND DANCE, AND HAVING MY DAD DOING ONE OF THE THINGS HE LOVES MOST- SINGING, IT WAS PERFECT.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?

-DO WHAT YOU WANT, REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYONE SAYS. EVERYONE GETS SO WORKED UP ON THE CULTURAL NORMS OF WEDDING. THROW IT OUT THE WINDOW. IT'S YOUR DAY, DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT. IF YOU WANT YOUR BRIDESMAIDS TO DRESS UP LIKE DINOSAURS, GIRL, MAKE THEM BE DINOSAURS. I GOT A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HAVING MY BRIDESMAIDS WEAR WHITE, WHICH REALLY ISN'T THAT WEIRD IN MY OPINION. BUT, ULTIMATELY IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED AND I COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE PLEASED WITH HOW BEAUTIFUL MY BRIDESMAIDS LOOKED.
-INCLUDE YOUR GROOM. I KNOW IT'S EASY TO GET LOST IN THE DETAILS OF THE WEDDING AND WANT TO MAKE ALL THE DECISIONS ON YOUR OWN. BUT NEVER FORGET THAT IT'S NOT JUST YOUR WEDDING. KEEPING YOUR GUY IN THE LOOP WILL MAKE THE EXPERIENCE THAT MUCH MORE SPECIAL FOR THE BOTH OF YOU.
-DON'T RUSH THE ENGAGEMENT. HECK, THIS (HOPEFULLY) IS A ONE-TIME ONLY PERIOD IN YOUR LIFE. DON'T RUSH IT! ENJOY THE ENGAGEMENT PARTIES, THE REGISTERING FOR GIFTS, THE "OH MY GOSH, YOU GUYS ARE ENGAGED!!" MOMENTS. YOU HAVE FOREVER TO BE MARRIED, ENJOY BEING ENGAGED.
-TRY TO HAVE A WEDDING PLANNER THE DAY OF, IF YOUR BUDGET ALLOWS. IF NOT, TRY TO BUILD IT IN YOUR BUDGET. YOUR WEDDING DAY IS CRAZY-- SUPER HECTIC AND CHAOTIC. YOU SHOULDN'T BE WORRYING ABOUT THE LITTLE DETAILS OF THE DAY. YOU SHOULD JUST BE TAKING IT ALL IN AND ENJOYING IT. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL TO RUN THE SHOW OR RECRUIT A SUPER ORGANIZED BRIDESMAID TO TAKE CHARGE. NO ONE SHOULD COME TO YOU WITH ISSUES ON YOUR WEDDING DAY- IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU! (AND DON'T MAKE YOUR MOM DO IT-- IT'S NOT FAIR FOR HER EITHER!)
- FORCE YOURSELF TO STOP AND TAKE IT ALL IN. THE DAY FLIES BY, HONESTLY FASTER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE. EVERYONE IS THERE FOR YOU- THEY WANT TO TALK TO YOU, HUG YOU, GIVE YOU WELL WISHES, CATCH UP, AND THAT IS WONDERFUL! BUT, YOU'VE SPENT ALL THIS TIME WAITING FOR THIS DAY, TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO LOOK AROUND AND ENJOY IT, TAKE IT ALL IN. DON'T TALK TO ANYONE, DON'T DO ANYTHING- LOOK AT YOUR GUESTS DANCING, LOOK AT YOUR BEAUTIFUL FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS, LOOK AT YOUR CAKE, BECAUSE I PROMISE YOU, WHEN IT'S OVER, IT WILL ALL BE A BLUR.
-REMEMBER WHAT THE DAY IS ABOUT. IF YOU'RE GETTING WORKED UP OVER THE SMALL STUFF, YOU'RE GOING TO RUIN THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE PARTY, THE DRESS (IT'S SORT OF ABOUT THE DRESS :)), THE CAKE, THE MUSIC, ETC. IT'S ABOUT THIS HUGE STEP IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP; IT'S ABOUT MARRYING YOUR BEST FRIEND. EVEN WITH MASS CHAOS, UTTER DESTRUCTION OR BAD LUCK, ULTIMATELY THE DAY IS ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. DON'T FORGET THAT.

SAVAGE RIVER LODGE STYLED SHOOT: VERONICA VAROS

OH HOLY MOLY.

THIS IS ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE STYLED SHOOTS THAT I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE A PART OF! IT WAS RECENTLY FEATURED IN dESTINATION WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS MAGAZINE - AND WHAT A DESTINATION IT WAS... SAVAGE RIVER LODGE IS TUCKED IN THE HILLS OF MARYLAND, FAR AWAY FROM ANY POSSIBLE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE. YOU WOULDN'T JUST HAPPEN UPON THIS PLACE, BUT THE TRIP THERE IS SO VERY WORTH THE ADVENTURE THAT AWAITS!

WE PULLED TOGETHER THE DREAM TEAM FOR THIS SHOOt, imagining an entire wedding weekend escape in the beautiful appalachian scenery of the savage river area. let me whisk you away: 

a giant thank you to everyone involved:

photography - Veronica Varos Photography

coordination - bliss events, ltd.

floral design - mt. lebanon floral

videography - pictory productions

hair + makeup - hannah conard beauty

bride's attire (via glitter & Grit) - dress 1 rebecca schoneveld // dress 2 tulle new york // dress 3 daughters of simone

groom's attire - jack + jules

venue - savage river lodge

table + chairs - found + made co.

cake - bella christie

accessories - rings frost finery // cuffs modevil studio // necklace + bracelets studebaker metals

fabrics - silk & willow

invitations/menu - Parris Chic Boutique

models - emily shaffer and vance barber

Maryland Wedding: Juliana and Tyler

Juliana traveled to Glitter & Grit in search of one dress: Daughters of Simone's Lu, and she was not disappointed. After trying on a few more, everyone knew that it was exactly the right choice for her. Outgoing, yet soft-spoken and sweet, Juliana epitomizes the romance and tenacity of a Daughters of Simone bride.

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF Megan Elyse Lloyd Photography AND Beckie Stenger Photography

WHEN YOU TRIED ON YOUR DRESS, HOW DID YOU KNOW IT WAS THE ONE?

Even through trying on multiple dresses and countless designers, I could not get Daughters of Simone's "Lu" out of my head. I kept a close eye on their trunk shows, but thought I wouldn't be able to wear it because there were never any locations around me. Thankfully, Glitter and Grit started carrying "Lu"! I immediately planned the trip from Annapolis, MD to try it on. I was open to trying on other dresses, but I was fairly certain that I would come home with the dress. Before I could even see myself up on the pedestal, I saw my parents and my friends faces light up, and I knew this had to be the one. It just felt right wearing it. I felt mystical and beautiful. It was a bohemian style that I wanted, but still elegant and dressy enough for a bride. I am so thankful that Erin was able to help me find the dress I knew I wanted!

WHAT WAS YOUR GROOM'S REACTION TO SEEING YOU IN IT?

(STRAIGHT FROM TYLER, HIMSELF - HOW SWEET!) After walking down the aisle to one of my most favorite songs, seeing the platform and altar set up beneath the gleaming sunset, hearing the gentle breeze rustle through the trees, surrounded by our loved ones, I was in a state of complete euphoria. Just this scene alone was enough to put me on the verge of tears out of the sheer beauty of the day and the event unfolding before me. The only sight that could've possibly trumped my initial feelings was when Jude walked down the aisle. Once she came into sight, I couldn't look away from how stunningly gorgeous she looked in the bright sunlight. She glowed radiantly, in every sense imaginable. She appeared almost as a woodland goddess. I was instantly overwhelmed and had to breathe as slowly as possible. I loved every detail of her wedding attire, she appeared so elegant and timeless.

PLEASE TELL US YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TYLER...

 My favorite thing about Tyler is how genuine of a person he is. He is fully present and engaged in every situation, every relationship, and every hobby he has. This translates into our marriage through how well he takes care of me, pursues me, and challenges me. 

DID YOU INCORPORATE ANY TRADITIONS INTO YOUR WEDDING?

My heritage is Swedish, so in passing I had researched some traditions to incorporate into our wedding. Being that we did not want to have seating arrangements, finding the Swedish tradition of long tables with non-arranged seating was ideal. Instead of typical unity ceremony, Tyler and I chose to wash each others feet as a symbol of love, humility, and service to the other person. This was one of my favorite moments of our ceremony.

PLEASE DESCRIBE THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF THE DAY.

My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle towards Tyler with my father. Our ceremony began at sunset, so the light was perfectly reflected off the water and through the trees. I was truly overwhelmed by the beauty of the scene. I was adamant that my father lift my veil for me and hand me over to Tyler. This was a very traditional but symbolic part of our ceremony that I know meant a lot to my father. Another favorite moment was when Tyler and I walked into our reception. Here we were finally able to just relax together and be able to see all of our guests. I was overjoyed!

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?

My advice for future brides would be to accept all the help that you can get! Friends and family love to be a part of your wedding day- let them help you along! You can't do it all even though I know you wish you could.

MEET THE DESIGNER: A LA ROBE

TO ME, ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTANT FACTORS IN CHOOSING DESIGNERS IS, SIMPLY, HOW WE JIVE WITH ONE ANOTHER. NOT ONLY ARE OUR DESIGNERS INCREDIBLY IMAGINATIVE, CREATIVE, AND FORWARD THINKING; THEY'RE ALSO DAMN FINE HUMAN BEINGS. AND YOU SHOULD KNOW ALL ABOUT THAT! SO, I PRESENT TO YOU A NEW BLOG FEATURE: MEET THE DESIGNER.  HERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE DRESSES YOU CAN FIND AT GLITTER & GRIT, AND SEE FOR YOURSELF WHY WE LOVE WORKING WITH THEM SO MUCH!

WE'LL START THIS NEW FEATURE WITH OUR RECENTLY ADDED PERMANENT COLLECTION DESIGNER, A LA ROBE. YOU'VE MAYBE SEEN A LITTLE ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT THESE SIMPLE, DREAMY, BOHO WEDDING DRESSES... DESIGNER ELIZABETH IS AN ENERGETIC, SWEET, AND FUN WOMAN FROM NEW ZEALAND, WHOM I HAD THE PLEASURE TO MEET AT BRIDAL MARKET LAST YEAR. I INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE. WITH HER, AND WITH HER DESIGNS.  READ ON!

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DESIGN WEDDING DRESSES?

I LOVE LONG DRESSES AND SKIRTS, AND WAS MAKING THEM FOR A BOUTIQUE... EVERYONE STARTED ASKING IF THEY CAME IN WHITE, SO THAT THEY COULD WEAR THEM AS WEDDING OUTFITS. SO I STARTED LIKE THAT!!

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I JUST ALREADY HAVE A LONG LIST IN MY HEAD OF DREAM DRESSES WAITING TO BE MADE, SO CERTAIN THINGS REMIND ME OF SOMETHING I WAS THINKING OF DOING. YOU SEE A FABRIC, OR SOMEONE ASKS FOR A PARTICULAR DETAIL, AND YOU START MAKING IT, AND IT FLOWS FROM THERE. 

WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF MAKING A WEDDING DRESS BY HAND?

ALL THESE PALES SHADES SHOW EVERYTHING... TINY FLAWS IN THE SILK, A MINUSCULE DIRT MARK! YOU START PACKING A DRESS AND SUDDENLY YOU SEE SOMETHING. QUALITY CONTROL AND REALLY CARING ARE HUGELY IMPORTANT. EACH DRESS IS SOMEONE'S #1 PERFECT DRESS.

WHERE DO THE NAMES OF YOUR DRESSES COME FROM?

THIS SEASON I USED UNUSUAL FLOWER NAMES, AND SOMETIMES THEY HAVE BEEN NAMED AFTER A BRIDE, OR SOMEONE I KNOW.

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF WHAT YOU DO?

THESE DAYS I LOVE SHOWING THE NEW DESIGNS TO ALL THE AMAZING, LOVELY STORE OWNERS, AND TRAVELING TO MEET EVERYONE. WHEN I HAD MY OWN STORE, I WAS SEEING THAT LOOK ON A BRIDE-TO-BE'S FACE WHEN SHE REALISED HOW BEAUTIFUL SHE LOOKED. I ALSO LOVED IT WHEN THEY WERE ALMOST READY TO TAKE THEIR DRESS HOME, AND REALISE, "THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!"

IF YOU COULD DRESS ANYONE FOR THEIR WEDDING, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

I WILL BE DRESSING ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS SOON, AND SHE IS SO ADVENTUROUS AND BEAUTIFUL... IT'S GOING TO BE AMAZING.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE BRAND?

I WANT ALR TO STAY A LITTLE UNDER THE RADAR, SO THAT OUR BRIDES WILL ALWAYS FEEL UNIQUE AND INDIVIDUAL. I THINK EVERYONE WANTS TO FEEL LIKE THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD SOMETIMES. 

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

I SOLD SHOES IN A LITTLE SHOP ON SATURDAYS WHILE I WAS STILL AT SCHOOL... I WAS REALLY GOOD AT SELLING RUGBY BOOTS, FUNNILY ENOUGH!

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU'VE OVERCOME  DURING YOUR TIME AS A DESIGNER?

NEW ZEALAND, WHERE I AM BASED, IS SO SMALL. UNDER 4 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY, SO WHEN YOUR TRUE PASSION IS A NICHE PRODUCT, YOUR NICHE IS REALLY NICHE!

HOW DO YOU WANT A BRIDE TO FEEL WHEN SHE WEARS ONE OF YOUR DESIGNS?

I WANT BRIDES TO FEEL THE LOVE, SO I THINK THEY NEED TO BE RELAXED AND COMFORTABLE AND FORGET WHAT THEY'RE WEARING, AND MOVE AND BREATHE AND BE FREE.

WHAT IS THE BEST BUSINESS ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?

TO BE YOURSELF. ENOUGH SAID.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR LADIES CURRENTLY IN SEARCH OF THEIR WEDDING DRESS?

YOU'LL KNOW IT WHEN YOU SEE IT, I PROMISE.

 

CHANTECLAIRE FARM WEDDING: JESSICA AND JEFF

JESS POPPED INTO THE STORE DURING THE LAWRENCEVILLE JOY OF COOKIES TOUR THE FIRST WINTER THAT GLITTER & GRIT WAS OPEN. SHE TRIED ON A HANDFUL OF DRESSES, AND KNEW IMMEDIATELY WHEN SHE PULLED ON THE "JUST SOUFFLE" THAT THIS WAS HER DRESS. THE TOUCH OF FUN AND WHIMSY WAS JUST A PERFECT COMPLIMENT TO HER LIGHTHEARTED PERSONALITY, AND IT FIT SO WELL WITH HER WEDDING AT CHANTECLAIRE FARM IN MARYLAND! 

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF HIGHER FOCUS STUDIOS

WHEN YOU TRIED ON YOUR DRESS, HOW DID YOU KNOW IT WAS THE ONE?

It was almost like when Cinderella tried on her glass slipper. When I decided to go dress shopping, I knew right away that I wanted to find my dress in Glitter & Grit.  I had passed Glitter & Grit many times on my shuttle ride to and from work and there was just something about the way the sunlight beamed through the window magnifying all of the delicate details of the dresses that captivated me.  I think my dress was the second or third one that I tried on.  I knew it was the one when I didn't want to take it off!!  Like putting my foot in a glass slipper. 

WHAT WAS YOUR GROOM'S REACTION TO SEEING YOU IN IT?

Jeff is a cool, calm and collected kind of guy and I don't really remember much of a reaction at the time. Luckily, we have pictures that captured a big cheesing grin and a sincere look in his eyes! He looked genuinely happy.  

PLEASE TELL US YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT JEFF...

I have so many favorite things about Jeff.  I love that we are a team and complement each other so well.  Together, I feel like we can do anything.  He has been so supportive of me over the years I don't know what I would do without him. His ability to be a team player in our relationship makes me love him more and more each day.  

DID YOU INCORPORATE ANY TRADITIONS INTO YOUR WEDDING?

We did some of the basic traditions like cake cutting, father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance.  However, everybody was grooving so much during the reception that other than the two dances mentioned previously, not one slow song was played the entire night!  My DJ said everybody looked like they were having such a good time he didn't want to stop the fun!  Jeff and I were totally okay with that! Some of the traditional things that we didn't do were the bouquet and garter toss.  In fact I didn't even wear a garter!! 

PLEASE DESCRIBE THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF THE DAY.

This is such a hard question! The entire day was so memorable!!!  I think I am going to go with the father-daughter dance.  Secretly, my dad and I had met about 7 or 8 times in the month leading up to the wedding to practice a choreographed dance we put together to a medley of fun, upbeat songs half way through our slow song.  Jeff was the only person who knew (because I am terrible at keeping secrets!).  My mom didn't know, my sister didn't know, my best friends didn't know.. nobody!  We started off dancing to Landslide by Fleetwood Mac.  Half way through, I was dipped, spun, and then we busted out into our first song of the medley which was Black & Yellow by Wiz Khalifa.  My guests went nuts! Nobody had expected this!  It was so much fun and we nailed it! I think we really set the stage for the dance floor!  Afterwards, my mom and best friend were speechless! They couldn't believe we kept it a secret from them the entire time. My mom even confessed she was getting concerned some of those times my dad was making up excuses that he had things to do when he was really meeting me to practice!  It was such a fun moment and watching the video is hilarious.  

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?

The best advice I can give is to have fun during the entire process.  It really is quite a journey and if you don't have fun with the planning, you will miss out on so much! Try not to sweat the small things.  Nobody really cares about all the meticulous details so don't stress yourself out!  Your wedding should be one of your top memorable evenings, so step back for a few minutes and take it all in. It is an amazing feeling to look around and see so many family and friends in one place celebrating your love and happiness.  Cherish those moments.   

Choderwood Styled Shoot: Steven Dray IMAGES

A beautiful summer day, a swanky Houghton dress, and my favorite urban oasis; every detail of this inspired shoot was absolutely perfect! I was excited to finally get to work with Steven Dray,  and everyone involved was just a dream, per usual.... Take a little break from your day and enjoy.

  * CHANTE BY HOUGHTON FROM GLITTER & GRIT, MODELED BY ELIZABETH PODLESNIK WITH MIKE HANLON
   * PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVEN DRAY IMAGES
   * HAIR + MAKEUP BY HANNAH CONARD
   * EVENT STYLING BY DEVOTED TO YOU
   * FLOWERS BY THE FARMERS DAUGHTER

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF STEVEN DRAY IMAGES


STAR VENDOR: THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER FLOWERS

IF YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW ABOUT LAUREN, A.K.A. THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER, YOU CAN THANK ME LATER.  LAUREN CREATES MAGIC THROUGH FLOWERS, AND I JUST CAN'T EVEN HANDLE THE ROMANCE OF HER WORK. SHE ALSO RECENTLY OPENED SHOP ON EAST OHIO STREET ON THE NORTH SIDE, PROVIDING THE MOST PERFECT COLLECTION OF GIFT ITEMS I'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME!  READ ON TO FIND OUT A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE PATH TO HER CURRENT SUCCESS...

When did you enter the wedding industry? What made you want to do so?

I entered the wedding industry when I lived in Brooklyn about 7 years ago.  I was head over heels in love with flowers, and the shop that I worked in had a great retail and wedding business.  I think that is when I was bit the bug. 

What was your most glittering moment in your business (what are you most proud of)?

So far, my most glittering moments are the relationships I have created with clients and other vendors.  I've gotten something in my eye more than once when handing a bride her bouquet (too much?).  The support and comradery of vendors makes this job that much better. I'm of the school, "We're all in this together!"

What's your grit? What sets you apart? Or, what's your specialty?

I just opened my very own retail location! I carry flowers and botanically inspired gifts and apothecaries.  During the growing season I will be able to stock the store with flowers from my gardens on my family farm as well as from other amazing local flower farmers. 

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What is your favorite part of what you do?

I have a few favorites these days!  #1 I just love when anybody walks into the shop.  It makes it all seem so real but I still have to pinch myself at times. #2 I LOVE my time on the farm. Being in the gardens reminds me why I do all of this.  It's a magical calm in a wonderfully crazy wedding season. #3 Meeting my wedding clients for the first time! I love collaborating and coming up with a custom design to help express their personalities through flowers.

Please share a most memorable moment in your adventures in the industry.

My most memorable experience being in the industry so far was growing and doing all of the flowers for my own wedding.  My family and I were out on the farm at 5am the day before the wedding harvesting our bounty.  It was a lot of work but we had the best time.  I'd do it all over again in a heart beat. 

Please describe your ideal client, i.e. who will love you, what's your style/niche?

My ideal client would be someone with an open mind, but has an idea of the aesthetic they are aiming for.  Oh! And color.  It doesn't have to be crazy (but it sure can be!), but I love mixing hues and creating a palette to accentuate the details.  My style tends to have a more loose, organic vibe and I try to use local product as much as possible.

LAUREN ON HER OWN WEDDING DAY!

LAUREN ON HER OWN WEDDING DAY!

Gritty details:

Established: in 2012

PRICE RANGE: We work with any budget, but our average starts at 2,000

AMENITIES / INCLUSIONS OR OPTIONSWeddings/Events/ Retail Location

LOCATION: 431 E Ohio Street Pittsburgh PA 15233

WEBSITE:  www.thefarmersdaughterflowers.com

PHONE412.231.1238

INSTAGRAM: @thefarmersdaughterflowers

FACEBOOKwww.facebook.com/thefarmersdaughter13

West End-Elliott Overlook Park Wedding: Tricia and Chuck

Tricia and her lively - but sweet - crew visited Glitter & Grit after a Steeler's game one wintery Sunday evening in January.... so it came as no surprise that her wedding was speckled with black and gold, and Terrible Towels made an appearance!  She and Chuck were married at the West End - Elliot Overlook Park, on what looked like an absolutely perfect day in August. Tricia chose a simple yet unique UPOPPY dress that fit her personality and really let her shine for her wedding day. 

all images courtesy of East End Photo House 

When you tried on your dress, how did you know it was the one?
For me, shopping for clothes is basically a nightmare. I was not looking forward to trying on dresses. Thankfully, I took the long way home from work one day and spotted Glitter & Grit out my window and new I'd find what I wanted there. When I tried on my dress, I knew it was the one I'd get married in because it made me feel perfect. For once I didn't feel self-conscious in what I was wearing, and it made me feel beautiful. I didn't have that tear-filled "This is the one!" moment that most people expect to have. Instead I felt calm, confident, and it just felt "right".

What was your groom's reaction to seeing you in it?
He looked pretty shocked, but in a good way. We had a nice moment together during our first look. He kept telling me how beautiful I looked all day.

Please tell us your favorite thing about Chuck...
My favorite thing about Chuck is that he is my exact opposite. He's very calm and understanding, never has a bad thing to say about anybody, and never complains. He loves me despite my obsession with conspiracy theories, my habit of throwing my pillows on the floor in the middle of the night and trying to steal his, my questionable taste in music, and my penchant for bringing home stray animals. He's also incredibly supportive and always tries to let me know that no matter how crazy an idea I have is, that he's 100% confident that I can pull it off.

Did you incorporate any traditions into your wedding?
Our wedding was very non-traditional. Our best friend officiated for us, and after we kissed and started walking down the aisle, we blasted Renegade by STYX while everyone waved custom-made terrible towels. For our meal we had a BBQ, and our DJ was a Spotify playlist that the entire wedding party collaborated on. We had a corn-hole tournament, and instead of tossing my bouquet I tossed a football.

Please describe the most memorable moment of the day.
The most memorable moment for me was during our pre-wedding photo shoot. We decided to park downtown and walk all the way to Heinz Field where our limo would pick us up to take us all to the venue. It was a pretty hot day so we were drinking lots and lots of water. By the time we got to our pick-up location, I had to use the restroom. Bad. Luckily I saw a security officer walking the perimeter of Heinz Feild and somehow convinced him to help me get into the stadium to use the bathroom. On my way out, the employees in the stadium at the time all started clapping and cheering me on. It was pretty great. I guess all it takes is a fancy dress and a smile to get you into a secure facility.

Do you have any special advice for future brides?
My advice to other brides would be to just let it happen. Plan as much as you can and accept help when it is offered. But on your wedding day, just throw your plans out the window and let the day unfold as it will. Be present. Have fun. Nothing else really matters.

STAR VENDOR: POINT BREEZEWAY

With an unassuming facade in a quiet corner of Point Breeze, you'd really never expect to find such a simply beautiful wedding venue as PointBreezeway... This urban cottage takes you to a faraway place the moment you step inside, and has everything you need for an intimate, home-style wedding. There's a sweet little garden outside for your ceremony, and just the right amount of room for a casual reception. 

When I finally made my way to visit the owner, Lauren, there for the first time, I had recently returned from a nice little vacation exploring New Orleans. I walked through the door at PointBreezeway and instantly felt swept back there - such history and eclectic charm is hard to find around Pittsburgh these days! Take a peek at this magical little place, and hear more about it from Lauren herself, below:

When did you enter the wedding industry? What made you want to do so?
Funny enough, I’ve always dabbled in the wedding industry. I have spent time as a Wedding Planner’s Assistant, Bridal Consultant and I even did makeup in the past. As far as weddings at PointBreezeway…it just made sense. My husband and I got married there in 2013 and that sealed the deal. I knew it was a hidden gem for weddings and so far…I’ve been right!

What was your most glittering moment in your business?
 Actually it’s quite romantic. It was a cold, Pittsburgh blizzard kind of morning on Valentines Day of 2013. I attended a breakfast series at Chatham and left completely inspired. I (slowly) drove over to PointBreezeway and verbally committed to moving forward with my ideas. The following week I had a banker, lawyer and an accountant. I’m so proud that I just went for it.

photo courtesy of Kelly Adrienne Photography

photo courtesy of Kelly Adrienne Photography

What's your grit?
PointBreezeway is my childhood home. My passion for this place is unshakable. I offer a venue with the warmest comforts of home... a space with a rich history that makes you feel like you’re in another part of the country…or world!

What is your favorite part of what you do? 
Don’t get me wrong…I love hosting the events but the most exciting part is welcoming folks in for the first time. Sometimes I get overconfident and say ‘it’s the best place in the world…isn’t it?!’ In that moment…they can’t help but agree.

Please share a most memorable moment in your adventures in the industry. 
Easy. First, my dad kissing me on the cheek on opening day while saying “you really did it”. That memory is tucked in my back pocket. More recently, showcasing PointBreeeway in a photo shoot. It was such an awesome experience for me to see my little space in action. I got excited about every photo.

Please describe your ideal client.
Our layout is beyond unique and therefore your wedding will be too! Our space is ideal for those who are just itching to celebrate in an offbeat, urban fashion. Those who want every comfort of a home-style wedding while enjoying the beauty of Point Breeze. Our clients seem to love simplicity…and so do we!

Gritty Details
Established: July 20, 2014 - Opening day!
Price range: Weddings start at $1,500 for a 7hr block
Amenities / inclusions or options:
   *Day-of Coordinator availabble
   *On-site Non-denominational Officiant available
   *A mix of tables and chairs included for up to 75 guests
   *Wireless Speakers and access to lots o’ fun music stations
   *The PointBreezeway GuestHouse sits next door for overnights
LocationBeautifully located in Point Breeze, a few blocks from the Frick Art and Historical Center
Website: www.pointbreezeway.com
Facebookfacebook.com/pointbreezeway
Instagram and Twitter: @pointbreezeway

photo courtesy of Hometahn Photos

photo courtesy of Hometahn Photos

And ^ there's Lauren! ^ Thanks so much for sharing this amazing space with Pittsburgh, lady.

Oh! And if your wedding is a larger affair, keep PointBreezeway in mind for other wedding-related events; it's just perfect for engagement parties, showers, rehearsal dinners - the possibilities are endless! 

Carnegie Museum of Art Wedding: Lauren and Curtis

I love nothing more than when wedding photos that truly reflect all the love and emotion of the day, and Lauren and Curtis' do just that... and THEN some! Lauren was such a sweet, laid-back bride to work with, so I can only imagine how great of a person Curtis must be. They were married at The First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh on October 11th, with a reception at the always dynamic Carnegie Museum of Art. Such beautiful backdrops and such full emotion makes it hard to narrow down which photos of their day to share with you! 

all images courtesy of Ryan Zarichnak

When you tried on your dress, how did you know it was the one?
I tried on dresses three times before coming to Glitter and Grit. Each time I left feeling unsure that I would be able to find something timeless, modern and even remotely comfortable. When I tried on my dress I was overwhelmed by how right everything was. I felt confident and more importantly like a bride. It was the only dress I tried on the I could see myself getting married in!

What was your groom's reaction to seeing you in it?
We did a "first look" before the ceremony and his reaction was an amazing mix of surprise and love. He said he thought I looked beautiful and the dress was just perfect.

Please tell us your favorite thing about Curtis...
Everything!...But really he is the kindest, most loving person and has a way of balancing me out no matter what the situation is. 

Did you incorporate any traditions into your wedding?
My hair piece was made out of a part of my mom's wedding dress. And I had a sixpence on my shoe, that my older sister had at her wedding. I also used spider plants in my bouquet and centerpieces which mimicked the flowers at my parents wedding.

Please describe the most memorable moment of the day.
Having a first look was absolutely wonderful! It gave us some quiet "us" time away from the chaos of the day and refocus on why we were getting married. It was also really great to sit back during the reception and just kind of watch and see our families interacting and coming together and having a great time!

Do you have any special advice for future brides?
Try to pick a couple of things that are really important to you as a couple and focus on planning those, but try not to get lost or overwhelmed in tons of details. Remember it is about sharing your vows in front of friends and family.

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