I just love this romantic garden wedding from Concept Photography. Set amongst a lush botanical garden outside of Pittsburgh, the Conservatory venue is to die for and I’m loving the coral and navy color palette. The gorgeous bride, Patty, is here to share her planning insight:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My sister was the biggest help in the planning of my wedding. When I got engaged I was living in Florida but was planning a Pittsburgh, PA wedding in less than 5 months. My sister, who lives in Pittsburgh, was in charge of some of the biggest decisions, including venue and catering. She went to all the meetings with vendors I would be couldn’t be at and made sure everything turned out perfect.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
The most important thing to me was to make sure we clicked.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
Both Chris and I wanted a simple and intimate wedding. We fell in love with Phipps Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, so when we got engaged and moved to Pittsburgh we knew that was where we wanted to get married. We centered the rest of the wedding around the beautiful venue.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Chris and I did not take any dance lessons for our first dance and ended up just throwing something together that we practiced a couple of times before the wedding. I was really nervous about the first dance, I’m a terrible dancer and was not looking forward to all eyes on me while dancing. I’ll be honest, I did have some “liquid courage” right before we walked into the reception and started to dance. But what really calmed me down was just looking into Chris’ eyes- he kept me so calm during the dance that I didn’t even notice everyone around us. Also, Chris’ dad makes amazing homemade hot sauce and he was generous enough to let us bottle his hot sauce for our favors. Everyone loved it!
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
If possible, right after the ceremony, sneak away some time alone with just you and your groom so you can reflect and take in everything that just happened.
Awesome advice, Patty! I love that they used a family recipe for their party favors. First of all, no one can resist a tiny bottle of hot sauce. Secondly, it makes your wedding that much more personal when family pitches in with little details like that. I made peach preserves for our rehearsal dinner and our family and friends still talk about it almost six years later!
How about you? Would you use an heirloom recipe and make your own favors?