STAR VENDOR: CHODERWOOD

are you looking for a beautiful, peaceful oasis within the city to hold your small wedding, or other wedding events {rehearsal cookout, day after brunch, etc.}? yes? then. you need to know about choderwood. nestled between the allegheny river and allegheny river boulevard - at the base of washington boulevard - in highland park, this property is perfection in a just under one-acre package. 


there is such a variety of gathering spaces, and such an air of relaxation, i was immediately imagining all the different kinds of soirees i could hold here just so that i could spend as much time as possible enjoying the river views, company of chickens, and the sound of the breeze in the trees. three minutes after your arrival, any notion that you are within city limits is gone, gone, gone. 
and, in my opinion: the best part of this? the owners, jody and steve, are amazingly kind, interesting, and imaginative. i really feel that they thought of every possible setting a person could dream of, and made it possible. choosing choderwood for your event supports their dream, and validates all of the hard work and consideration that they put into the property! 

a perfect space for a small ceremony, or dinner tables... or cocktail hour... or... ...endless possibilities!

a perfect space for a small ceremony, or dinner tables... or cocktail hour... or... ...endless possibilities!

here's more from jody:

when did you enter the wedding industry? what made you want to do so?       
- After decades in Corporate America, my husband and I both retired from our jobs during 2013 and are starting a new chapter in our lives.  We have a very unique home situated on the Allegheny River in the City of Pittsburgh. During the 12 years that we have lived at Choderwood, we have lovingly created a variety of gardens (potager garden, shabby chic garden), koi ponds, a Meditation Hut, fire pit, swimming pool/pool house with fig and lemon trees, Amish built garden shed and chicken coops, and a hot tub overlooking the Buddha Bed as part of our urban sustainable homestead.  We enjoy entertaining and sharing our touch of Eden on the river.       

what was your most glittering moment in your business?
- I organized the first ever City of Pittsburgh Urban Chicken Coop Tour - Chicks-in-the-Hood, which has successfully showcased urban chicken farmers throughout the City while raising money for local non-profits such as Grow Pittsburgh, Just Harvest and the Food Bank.  I was  featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for the Coop Tour, and as a lawyer, it certainly was a big deal to be featured on the front page of the WSJ without being indited! 

Heated pool, fireplace, retractable ceiling: i want to live here.

Heated pool, fireplace, retractable ceiling: i want to live here.

what is your favorite part of what you do?
- I enjoy entertaining and ensuring that people have a memorable, fun-filled good time.  Watching people relax and enjoy themselves is my favorite thing!  

please share a most memorable moment in your adventures in the industry.
- One of the most memorable events we've hosted was a clam bake at the fire pit along the banks of the Allegheny River on a starry summer night. 

please describe your ideal client, i.e. who will love you?       
Choderwood is a relaxed, non-traditional urban venue for the non-traditional bohemian, cowgirl/cowboy with a touch of anti-bride symptoms!     

a fire pit with river views, a.k.a. "heaven."

a fire pit with river views, a.k.a. "heaven."

gritty details:
established: 2013
price range: Prices vary depending upon number of guests, starting at $300
amenities / inclusions or options: We supply the venue {comfortably accommodates about 75 guests}. We can make recommendations for all of your other wedding needs from caterers to party tents to music to wedding doves or goats!  
location: Choderwood is located in the City of Pittsburgh on the Allegheny River, very close to the Pittsburgh Zoo.
phone: 412-441-4975

facebook: Choderwood 

OPEN BY PRIVATE APPOINTMENT 

5300 BUTLER STREET, PITTSBURGH PA 15201

{412}781-2375

glitterandgritpgh@gmail.com