September, 2012
Freya and Steve’s Wedding

Freya and Steve’s Wedding

Congratulations to Freya and Steve!  Their wedding was held on September 8th, 2012 and included both a Catholic and Hindu ceremony, followed by cocktails, dinner and dancing.

The first ceremony took place at historic Epiphany Church in downtown Pittsburgh.  The Hindu ceremony followed at the Fairmont Pittsburgh which was also the location for the reception.

The bridal party had two clothing changes. The first being  traditional attire and the second being Indian clothing. Freya had three changes from a white wedding gown to a Indian wedding sari and then changing into a third sari for dinner and dancing.

The Hindu ceremony took place in the Fairmont’s ballroom which was then transformed from into a stylish and vibrant reception.  The gorgeous ceremony mandap, created by Gray Phoenix and Hens and Chicks was converted into a glamorous lounge area for the guests to use during the reception. The bride’s family purchased fabrics and pillows in India during a pre-wedding trip to be used in the lounge.

The cocktail reception featured a carved ice elephant luge by Mastro Ice which and three signature cocktails. Guests found their seats for the reception by picking up cards hanging on a “wall” created of ribbons and beads. During the cocktail reception guests also had the opportunity write personal messages for Freya and Steve on puzzle pieces which the couple could later re- assemble into a puzzle.

The dinner was set up in stations, and catered by the Fairmont.  The stations included a mix of authentic Indian Cuisine and traditional American fare.  The families provided a mix of Indian pastries and varieties of cookies for the dessert table and the wedding cake sat atop a 5 tier cake-pop tower.  The bright and textured linens were provided by Bettis Floral and help to contribute to the luxurious atmosphere.  The flower arrangements by Hens and Chicks were incredible, with deep colors of purples and reds, with pops of pink and orange.  Guests danced the night away, creating an electric ambiance with the help of DJ Spyderman.  All guests went home with favor bags; inside, were Pittsburgh novelty items including small bottles of our famous Heinz ketchup!

One of the highlights of the night was the Bhangra dancing performance by First Class Bhangra.  They were so entertaining throughout their performance, and went on to invite guests onto the dance floor to join them!






Including Pets on Your Wedding Day

Including your four-legged family member into your wedding day is a great way to showcase your love for your pet and add personality to your big day.

There are different aspects of a ceremony that your animal can easily be included in, especially your entrance.  Dogs make for great ring-bearers, and will grab the attention of your guests before you walk down the aisle.  If your pup is well trained, have a member of your bridal party or family member waiting at the end of the aisle to meet your pup to get the rings.

Are you nervous about sending your dog down alone?  Don’t fret! Have a member of your bridal party escort your dog down the aisle with a decorated leash or wagon.  Both will give flair to your ceremony and compliment your style. Adding flowers to your animal’s collar is also a great way to incorporate them into your wedding design.

If you are having a church or indoor ceremony, it is important to either get permission ahead of time, or know if your pet is allowed to be included in your ceremony.  Most churches and other indoor venues do not allow animals.  If this is the case, including pictures of you and your pet at your reception is a great alternative.

If you have an indoor animal, have your photographer capture pictures of you and your pet when you are getting ready or before your ceremony.  This way you will have lifelong images of your beloved animal from your big day!