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!

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