Thursday, December 15, 2011

Real Weddings 2011 :: Lindsay & Andrew 9.24.11

Lindsay and Andrew were married on a gorgeous fall day in September. We had been keeping a close eye on the weather the week prior (and preparing back-up plans just in case), but September 24th turned out to be a picture perfect fall day. 

Lindsay and Andrew wanted to be able to enjoy themselves during cocktails, so they opted to have the majority of their photos taken prior to the ceremony, including a "First Look". Their photos were taken around the Oakland area - mostly outside of their church, St. Paul's Cathedral, and across the street at the ever popular Mellon Institute. After photos were completed, Lindsay and Andrew made their way over to the church where they tied the knot during a beautiful Catholic mass. {Side note: since their photo locations and both venues were all within walking distance of each other in Oakland, Lindsay & Andrew were able to skip the limo and transportation costs!} 

Following the ceremony, guests were greeted by a bag piper playing outside of the church who led each and every one of them across the street to the Mellon Institute for a group photo. Yep, you read that right - all 181 of their guests were led in a bag piper processional through the streets of Oakland. It took a lot of coordination, but in the end, it turned out fantastic! Kuddos to the couple's fab photographer, Joey Kennedy, for pulling off the great shot (pictured above). Post-amazing group photo, the guests were then led down the street a few blocks to The University Club, where the rooftop cocktail hour and ballroom reception were set to take place. 

It was an amazing day, and we couldn't be more happier for this adorable couple! Congratulations again to Lindsay & Andrew!

The Wedding Team 

Wedding Planner Simply Perfect Weddings
Ceremony Venue St. Paul's Cathedral 
Reception Venue The University Club
Photographer Joey Kennedy Photography
Floral Designer Dee's Florals 
DJ Bill Bara
Makeup Pittsburgh Makeup
Monica Kitta (412.537.5107)
Bag Piper
Pittsburgh Piper

All photos courtesy of Joey Kennedy Photography.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Real Weddings 2011 :: Jamie & Jon 9.10.11 {Part 2}

A few weeks ago we shared Part 1 of Jamie & Jon's lakeside nuptials, and today we are bringing you Part 2. 

Following the "I Do's" and a few post-ceremony photos, the entire bridal party was treated to a boat ride around Conneaut Lake on a local boat named "Kaylee Belle". Then, for a fun surprise, the bridal party made their grand entrance into the reception via the boat dock. How many weddings do you see that cool of an entrance?! ;) Following Jamie & Jon's first dance and a few toasts, guests were treated to a lovely sit down dinner service under this gorgeously decorated tent. Towards the end of dinner we were lucky enough to witness an amazing sunset off the lake, which made for some great portrait shots of Jamie & Jon. 

The sunset was definitely icing on the cake, but the fun didn't stop there. After dinner, guests enjoyed lots (and lots!) of dancing, a candy bar, cigar bar, and even a sparkler exit as Jamie & Jon said their farewells at the end of the night. All in all it was an amazing day, and we were thrilled to be a part of it!

Congratulations again to the happy couple! We wish you many long years of love & happiness together!

The Wedding Team

Wedding Planner Simply Perfect Weddings
Catering JPC Event Group
Photographer MichaelWill Photography
Floral Designer Mocha Rose Floral Designs
DJ Kirk Dietrich  (814.504.3562)
Makeup Simply Beautiful Makeup Artistry
Hair Brooke Rockwell Hair Designs 
Rentals All Occasions

All photos courtesy of MichaelWill Photography.