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October, 2013
Mary Pat and Lee’s Rustic Chic Wedding

Mary Pat and Lee’s Rustic Chic Wedding

Mary Pat and Lee were married on September 7, 2013.  The couple had a morning ceremony at Duquesne Chapel followed by a luncheon reception outdoors at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  The Catholic ceremony was made even more special by having Mary Pat’s mom serve as her Matron of Honor.  The couple worked very hard on all of their wedding details with their wedding planner, Shari Zatman, owner of Perfectly Planned by Shari.  Their biggest request for the ceremony was to have specific musical and vocal arrangements which were artfully performed by a male and female vocal duo with piano accompaniment.

The reception included cocktails in the garden followed by a shabby chic tented outdoor luncheon.  All 179 guests dined at long continuous tables.  Guests found their seats by circular place cards handmade in calligraphy and placed at each place setting beneath a clear glass plate.  The elegantly rustic décor included crystal chandeliers which were elevated over the tables, tables adorned with lace linens, garden flowers and wooden farm chairs.

Guests were served a four course luncheon starting with fruit and cheese platters, followed by shrimp and grits, and finished with their choice of three different entree options.  Dessert concluded the luncheon with wedding cake, mini fruit pies and a donut cart with freshly made donuts made onsite alongside a coffee and cappuccino station.

Popular light tunes by artists such as Jason Mraz, Michael Buble and Adele were performed during the reception by Protégé.  Guests enjoyed an elegant and memorable wedding that was “perfectly planned” to each detail.

Many thanks to all of our vendor partners: Hens and Chicks, Big Catering, Mosaic Linens, Create Studio, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Duquesne Chapel, All Occasions Party Rental, Food Glorious Food, Bella Christie Sweet Boutique, Studio-E Entertainment, Rhaina Taylor Photography, All Pro USA, Steven Vance Strolling Violins, Pittsburgh Transportation Group
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Rachel and Kate’s B’nai Mitzvah

Rachel and Kate’s B’nai Mitzvah

Rachel and Kate celebrated their b’nai mitzvah on September 28, 2014 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. These two sisters are not twins, however close in age and chose to share their special day together. Of course with two different people, tastes and personalities coming together, we had to come up with an event that was a reflection of both of them. I am thrilled to say we succeeded in doing so.

There was no particular theme; however, at the beginning of the planning stages I was met with a few requests for incorporation- photos of the girls, shades of purple and silver. What developed over the course of planning was to turn the club’s ballroom into a photo gallery of the girls. This was created by draping the entire room in fabric and hanging more than 40 enlarged poster size photos of the girls around the room. The photos were up-lit with white light that had a mix of ambient purple light interspersed.

Perhaps the most impressive décor element was the ceiling of dripping balloons above the very large white dance floor.  There were reflections of Rachel and Kate in the details of the centerpieces and signs throughout the party.  Kids and adults alike enjoyed the DJ entertainment, airbrush tattoos, photobooth and elaborate sweets table.  Adults dined in the nearby sunroom and were able to get away from the kids activities during their own sit down dinner.  The kids enjoyed a buffet of all of their own favorites and when the time came everyone came together on the dance floor!

Many thanks to our numerous vendor partners: Pittsburgh Field Club, Festivities, Gray Phoenix Designs, Mosaic Linens, All Occasions Party Rental, Bella Christie Sweet Boutique, Entertainment Unlimited, A-Z Entertainment, Allison Mcgeary Florist, Jeff Swenson Photography, Soundwaves

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Bridal Brunch Sneak Preview

Bridal Brunch Sneak Preview

The Perfectly Planned Bridal Brunch produced by Perfectly Planned by Shari would not have been a success without the participation of our fabulous vendors and the beautiful brides and guests. The event was filled with exquisite food by The Omni William Penn Hotel, sweet treats by Bella Christie Sweet Boutique, lovely sounds of violin and piano by Steven Vance Strolling Violins, models in gowns by Bella Bridesmaid and Glitter and Grit, vendor displays by Chapel Hills Jewelry, Glassworks and Cheeks, Arbonne, Nota Bene, It’s Your Day and Studio Booth. The floral decor by Allison Mcgeary Florist, linens by Mosaic and rentals by All Occsasions Party Rental created stunning tables. During brunch the guests enjoyed an informative and inspiring presentation by award winning Wedding and Event Planner Shari Zatman, about personalizing and customing your wedding. Here is a sneak preview of this unique bridal experience. Stay tuned for more photos by Goldstein Photography and video from All Pro USA from the Perfectly Planned Bridal Brunch!

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