We literally sifted through hundreds of photos when creating the look and feel for The New Pittsburgh Wedding. We decided on this photo from the very beginning (it resides on our home page) as it reflected the sophistication and elegance we wanted to our website to represent.

We had received permission from Bellissima Photographers of Pittsburgh, to use the photo and recently stumbled across the amazingly talented Pittsburgh wedding planner – designer – tremendously gifted Kat Shaw, owner of Trends to Traditions.  This amazing wedding reception had been her creation.

“This was you?” I gushed. She very modestly admitted it was. I knew immediately we had to tell the story of one of most spectacular Pittsburgh wedding receptions – ever!  The French Secret Garden. We are delighted to present one of the most amazing Pittsburgh wedding receptions & wedding planning ideas you will want to make your own.

From the decorator: Kat Shaw, Trends to Traditions

We were delighted with the event we did for Danielle Bushee and Pete Merrick. The décor, the music and the ambiance (followed by the lovely bride) were simply breath-taking. Having dinner and dancing in a charming garden under the stars was truly a vision from a dream.

Here are some of the elements we incorporated into the event to attain the look and feel of the “French Secret Garden”.

Favors. Vintage tea cups for every lady attending and bourbon glasses for every man-turned into candles.

Signature drinks. Lavender Whiskey Sour and Rose French. Displayed-in a vintage French frame set on an easel with vintage hand written ingredients.

Entertainment. The Avalon Jazz Band from New York City. Originally from Paris, the members of the band played French and classic jazz standards. They wore beautiful French vintage outfits and used an old time microphone which added to the authentic French Ambiance.

Floral. An assortment of colors and textures wrapped in lace and pearls. The flowers, decor, and linens from Event Design North.

Champagne flutes for toasting. Etched with an elaborate “M”, for Merrick-their new last name as well as the gallery, Merrick Art Gallery. They were passed on trays as each guest was seated for dinner.

Pittsburgh wedding cookies

Crave Haute Parisian Macarons… chic wedding cookies

French Macarons. Featured on the sweets table-from Crave Haute Parisian Macarons. Authentically French and delectable.

Fairy Berries. 400 fairy berries in the bushes of the garden. These fabulous mini light balls glowed magically when the sun went down and the guests were dining under the stars.

From the bride, Danielle Bushee  9/14/13

“When I was a little girl I dreamed about my wedding day- drew pictures of my wedding dress, imagined the flowers, walking down the aisle with my dad, a tall wedding cake and of course, my very own prince charming. So, I finally found the man of my dreams and said “yes!” on Christmas day 2012. I couldn’t to start planning! We decided pretty quickly to have our reception at my husband’s family’s art gallery. It’s an old train station in New Brighton that a relative about 100 or so years ago turned into a public (free!) gallery to share all of the beautiful artwork he’d collected in his lifetime. He wanted the community to enjoy beautiful art, too.

With the gorgeous Victorian garden, French salon style galleries upstairs and an overall feeling of stepping back in time- we knew this was the perfect place to celebrate with our friends and family. I realized I would absolutely need a planner to help tie together all of my ideas and turn the gallery into the wedding of my childhood dreams. Katherine, from Trends to Traditions, was one of the area’s most recommended planners- so I was surprised she actually had my wedding date available!

Kat and her team were great to work with- since I had so many ideas and such a specific vision in my mind I know I wasn’t always easy! But Kat kept me completely calm and helped me stay on track through all of the planning. The best thing we did was have Kat recommend and help us choose our vendors. Our catering was phenomenal – Medure’s took our French influence theme and made a meal people are still talking about! The flowers, decor, and linens from Event Design North- now that was my favorite! It was simply breath taking.

I remember sitting outside during our dinner taking it all in-the beautiful gold Chiavari chairs, with gold candelabras swathed in rose garlands on the ends of the table, vintage gold mercury glass vases in the middle, and candlelight- lots of candlelight, and above our heads were vintage Parisian bistro lights hanging tree to tree, the essence of romance. It was so much more than I even pictured as a little girl. My dad isn’t a particularly emotional man and certainly not dramatic, but at one point in the evening we had a moment together just taking it all in and he said, “This is absolutely stunning, it’s the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever seen and yet it’s you and Pete to the tee. I’m in awe!” That meant so much to hear!

I know Kat and her team and my family put so much into it and it was amazing to see it come together. I’m so thankful for that day and the amazing memories we all have!”

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We are thankful for this lovely photo and the opportunity to share this post with you! If you are a bride or wedding professional in the Pittsburgh area and have a story to tell, please contact us. We’d love to share it with our brides!


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Beautiful bride, Danielle.