This is why we love doing Pittsburgh real weddings sooo much! Kristen has been a delight to work with and shared so many intimate details and helpful tips about her May 31st spring wedding held at Diamond Run Golf Club. They have an amazing love story – we’re excited to share!
From the bride:
Long before Tom and I crossed paths in July of 2006, it was inevitable we would one day meet. Each of us began our college careers at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, met mutual friends who would one day introduce us, who eventually married each other – and became our Best Man and Matron of Honor!
Tom joined Delta Chi Fraternity and met his best friend Adam. I met Erica, who became my roommate. Erica and Adam began dating but, before I ever had the chance to meet Tom, who was in the National Guard at the time, he received orders to serve overseas in Iraq. Erica and I both transferred to Pitt’s main campus in Pittsburgh. Over time, I heard more and more about Tom, and I even helped send care packages to him overseas! Once Tom returned home, in July of 2006, our friends planned a night out on the South Side. We finally had the chance to meet and immediately hit it off! Having family plans set at the same time in Myrtle Beach the following week, we spent every day there together and the rest is history!
Over that time, Tom was faced with his second tour of duty in Afghanistan 2010 where he was deployed for a year. When he returned we purchased our first home together in early 2011. It was in this home in October 2012 that Tom proposed. After almost 8 years together, we got married on May 31, 2014 with a small, intimate wedding of 95 of our closest friends and family who all helped us get to where we were that day.
From the photographer:
NOTE: Autumn Stankay of SkySight Photography is an amazing wedding photographer in Pittsburgh. (I’m just sayin’ because I have seen a lot of her work and it is awesome!)
Anywho… from Autumn: Kristen and Tom are truly one of the nicest couples you will ever meet. I was so excited to shoot their wedding, especially since I have known Kristen for a number of years. They have so much fun together, and it was so exciting to watch their love shine on the wedding day. Kristen never stopped smiling! Their wedding was on the most beautiful late spring day, with an amazing blue sky. It was one of the days you pray for as a bride, hoping it turns out this way. 80 degrees and sunny! Kristen chose one of my favorite wedding color schemes! Gray suits on the guys, blush and pink tones on the bridesmaids. Kristen chose an elegant lace bridal gown. The looks paired so well with the church and venue, and her perfect bouquet made of peonies and succulents!
Kristen’s favorite moment:
It was such a fun day. We kept things low key and just enjoyed celebrating with family and friends. It was really important to me to just concentrate on us and not worry about the small stuff. One of my favorite moments of the day was when our Matron of Honor and Best Man surprised us with rapping a portion of our toast. They re-wrote the lyrics to the song Regulators and the whole place was hysterical! It was definitely a highlight of the day. The bridal party walked in to Happy by Pharrel and Tom and I danced to Better Together by Jack Johnson and it was an all-around fun day! We had guests throwing money at our DJ at the end of the night to keep him there longer! Which he did!
The favor boxes Kristen made herself with items from Etsy. (Love these) She ordered the tags and boxes separately and Tom’s (the groom) Mom made delicious vanilla macaroons. They were blush with a silver “B” on them for their last name, Beattie. She also made our wedding cake and all of the cookies for the cookie table! (We all wish we had mothers in law like you, Kristen! Amazing job!)
Kristen’s wedding dress was Emma, by Maggie Sottero from Bridal Beginnings in Mt. Lebanon and the bridesmaid dresses were ordered from Nordstrom. Pete Donati & Son’s from Upper St. Clair was the wedding florist and Ed Cyphers was the, apparently, amazing DJ. The Catholic ceremony was held at Heinz Chapel and the reception was at Diamond Run Golf Club where guests ate Surf and Turf for dinner – filet and crab cakes and enjoyed Moscow Mules as the signature drink.
Kristen wanted to give a special thanks to Salon Ivy’s Bethany Novak. She created one of the most beautiful wedding hairstyles for long hair on Kristen and did an amazing job on the bridal party’s hair. “She did a fabulous job! Salon Ivy is in the South Side” Kristen told us.
What type of wedding venue are you considering? Banquet hall, golf club, barn wedding venue? Comment below and let us know!
Our sincerest thanks to SkySight Photography and of course, Kristen and Tom