Monday, July 25, 2011

Real Weddings 2011 :: Kate & Adam 06.18.11 {Part 1}

I first chatted with Kate back in April 2010 - 14 months before their big day, and since Kate and Adam are one of our out-of-town couples (they reside in the beautiful city of Boston), I didn't have a chance to meet Kate until just a month before their wedding. Even though Kate and I didn't officially meet in person right away, we instantly clicked! I remember listening to Kate explain her wedding day vision to me many months ago - "Kate Spade Garden Party" and boy, did she nail it on the head with all of the adorable details she incorporated. In fact, there are so many yummy details to share, that we will have to make this blog a two-part series (yay!). First up, the story of their wedding day...

June 18th began as a picture perfect sunny day while Kate and her bridesmaids got pampered at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel downtown. Julie from Pittsburgh Makeup did a fabulous job with the ladies' makeup. Fun fact: Kate was SO set on hiring Julie for her makeup, that she was one of the first vendors she booked! Smart lady! Leah from Bridal Beauty in Motion also did a fab job styling everyone's hair.  

After the ladies were glammed up and ready to go, the bridal party made themselves scarce while Kate met up with Adam for their "First Look" photo session with Leeann (the photographer who is responsible for the fabulous images above). After their First Look, Kate & Adam, along with their bridal party, made their way over to Phipps Conservatory for some pre-ceremony photos in the outdoor garden area.

The ceremony and reception also took place in the outdoor garden at Phipps, and just before the ceremony was set to begin a nasty little thunderstorm struck. We decided to delay things just a few minutes (in order to avoid having to use the rain plan), and lucky for us the clouds parted and the sun began to shine again! Whew! HUGE sigh of relief! 

After the ceremony, guests were able to enjoy themselves in the garden for cocktails (still no rain - yay!), and eventually made their way over to the tent for the reception festivities. Kate & Adam's guests were treated with a delicious three-course sit down dinner courtesy of Big Catering. Following dinner, guests stormed the dance floor and never left an empty space on it thanks to the awesome Eric Schiemer, who kept the dance songs coming one after the other! The rain held off the rest of the night, and judging from the packed dance floor, every single one of their guests had a wonderful time!

What an incredible night! Congratulations again to Kate & Adam!

The Wedding Team

Wedding Planner Simply Perfect Weddings 
Ceremony/Reception Venue Phipps Conservatory 
Catering Big Catering
Makeup Julie w/ Pittsburgh Makeup
Hair Bridal Beauty in Motion 
Lighting ADS Lighting  
String Ensemble Steven Vance
Transportation Pittsburgh Transportation Group

All photos courtesy of Leeann Marie Photography