Erika recounts her and Hutch’s glamorous and classic wedding with a DIY twist.
Location & Details: Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, PA. I think the pictures speak for themselves; it’s a beautiful venue with romantic charm. The club is surrounded by rolling hills with lots of lush greenery, and May was the perfect time of year with everything in bloom. My favorite feature is the black-and-white tile in the foyer. Something about it feels so elegant and made for beautiful photos.
Inspiration: My inspiration for the wedding was to create a romantic and timeless feel. The venue was a big part of that, but I think the colors played into the theme as well. I chose ‘cameo’ colored dresses for my bridesmaids, which is kind of a pale blush/nude color. I wanted to keep everything somewhat neutral. Along with the nude, I had some greens and golds.
We DIY’d our wedding favors, which were mini champagne bottles with adorable striped straws and hand-stamped hang tags. Thankfully my little sister is a graphic designer, and she created the most perfect wreath logo to go with the romantic theme. We used the logo on the invitations, welcome bags, menus and favors to tie everything together.
The welcome bags were another DIY project. Popcorn is my absolute favorite snack, so when I stumbled across Pittsburgh Popcorn I knew it was love. Each welcome bag was hand-stamped with the wreath and included a bag of popcorn, a water bottle with our logo and an itinerary for the weekend. I think it helped our out-of-town guests to feel welcome and get excited about the weekend to come.
Special Moments: There were so many special moments, it’s hard to pick just one. Hutch and I felt very strongly that we didn’t want to see each other before the wedding. I loved the way our photographer worked with us to arrange a “first look” photo op that didn’t involve actually seeing each other.
The Dress: Before I even started looking, I knew I wanted a figure-hugging dress. I wanted Hutch to see me and think I looked timeless, classic and, dare I say, a little sexy. My mom is a personal stylist at Nordstrom and has the most amazing taste—I was so lucky to have her help me through the process. The Pittsburgh store doesn’t have a Wedding Suite, but they were really helpful in coordinating with us and giving great advice. I ended up going with the Matthew Christopher ‘Sofia’ wedding dress.
I had seen the dress in so many pictures and Pinterest posts, part of me felt like it was too cliché. But once I tried it on—I could see why so many women choose this dress. The built-in corset was absolutely amazing and cinched my midsection in all the right places. I swear it made me look 10 pounds thinner!
Advice for Brides-to-Be: My biggest piece of advice for brides is to slow down and enjoy every moment because you’ll never get them back. Also, stay away from anything too trendy. There are millions of ideas out there on Pinterest, but stop and ask yourself, “Am I going to look back in 20 years and say, ‘What was I thinking?’” You’ll never regret making classic choices, because they never go out of style.
The Honeymoon: Hutch and I honeymooned at the Viceroy Riviera Maya in Mexico. It was absolutely gorgeous and exactly the relaxing getaway we needed, with service that was unbeatable. I would recommend it in a heartbeat!
Photos by Elizabeth Anne Studios
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