Three Reasons Why You Need To Hire a Wedding Planner

  1. The responsibilities from beginning to end, are taken off your hands

A planner will work with you from start to finish. They keep track of all of your vendors and correspond so you don’t have to. A planner will assist with scheduling. They will be knowledgeable in when you should book vendors and when to schedule certain consults or run throughs, such as cake tastings. Planners also relieve your stress on the day of your wedding by coordinating events and vendors to ensure everything runs smoothly.


2. Your wallet will thank-you

You may think hiring a wedding planner might be too expensive or cut into your budget too much. However, a wedding planner can actually save you money in the long run, by helping you budget accordingly. Even though you may have an idea of how much you want to spend, a wedding planner can help you break it all down. They will handle managing the overwhelming spreadsheets and will show you realistically what to expect to spend for each area of your wedding. In addition to breaking down the numbers, a planner can at times get vendor to vendor discounts/referral codes to help you save even more; being that they often have strong relationships with other vendors in your city.


3. they ensure your vision is fully executed

It can be difficult to get every detail right when you’re trying to plan a wedding all on your own. From flowers to decor and everything in between, trying to execute your dream wedding on your own can end up turning more into a nightmare. A wedding planner’s job is to ensure every detail of your vision is brought to the table on your big day. Let your wedding planner be a wedding perfectionist and know that everything will end up even more beautiful than you could have imagined.


Photography: Liz Capuano

Design/Coordination: Bespoke & Beloved Events

Hair+Makeup: Dominika Bronner

Venue: HIP at the Flashlight Factory

Floral Design: Holly Hanna Floral

Cake: Tasty Bakery

Invitations: Cutture

Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy

Tux Rental: The Black Tux

Rentals: Marbella Rental & All Occassion’s Party Rental

Linens: Party Mosaic

Gown: Opal and June

Footwear: Asos

Bow Tie, Stick Pin, and Pocket Square: Nevestica Fashion

Engagement Ring: Diament Jewelry



Sewickley, PA Intimate Vegan Wedding | Chad&Kate


Sewickley, PA Intimate Vegan Wedding | Chad&Kate

A few years back I started working at an all vegan restaurant.  I had been craving a change in my life. This was it. You know when you start a new chapter in your life and can feel in your bones how much good is going to follow it? Working there led to so many transformations both big and small. One of those shifts was how I thought about other woman. Before that time I’ll admit I was usually pretty closed off to having any girlfriends and never wanted to connect to other women. But during my time working there my entire perspective changed. I some how spontaneously gained a tribe of amazing and unique ladies who all had something different to offer the world. One of those women was Kate. 

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Kate and Chad are kind people; the type of people who go out of their way to spread compassion to anyone who might cross their path.

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They met while Kate was managing a community program that paired adults with children so that they can read and spend time together. Chad was a volunteer “reading buddy”. After some urging from coworkers Kate invited Chad out to get drinks. For their first date they met up at Kelly's Bar in East Liberty PA. And by their second date Chad had won Kate over through cooking a homemade dinner from the popular vegan cookbook, Thug Kitchen.

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Chad and Kate proved that short engagements and rapid wedding planning can work, if you are willing to let those that love you help. Chad proposed this past July in the Allegheny National Forest and by October they were saying I do! I’m pretty sure this is secretly every girl’s wedding goals, less time to be stressed and more time to feel blessed.

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It really was a collective effort. Their fathers married them during a meaningful ceremony.  A good friend made the gorgeous bouquet and hairpiece along with playing her cello during the ceremony.  SaludPgh and Campfired catered some delicious plant based Caribbean food and vegan pizza as appetizers. Friends and family brought pies in lieu of cake.  The day really felt more like a large family gathering than a wedding.

Witnessing everyone come together for these two sincerely joyful people truly gave so much more significance to the entire wedding day and I am so grateful Jp and I were a part of it!

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Photography: Liz Capuano Photography/Second Shooter JohnPaul Janicki
Venue: Sewickley Hills Borough Building
Caterer: SaludPgh + Campfired
Cellist: Iron City Cello
Bouquet+Hair Piece: Rachel Smith
Hair/Make-Up: Sean's Signature Salon
Dress: Lulus


St. Mary's Church Butler, PA Wedding | Angie&Colby

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St. Mary's Church Butler, PA Wedding | Angie&Colby

Angie and Colby decided to say I do mid-October, in the heart of fall. Their wedding gave me a chance to go back to my roots in Herman PA. The wedding day took place about five minutes from where I grew up.  It included the church my Grandfather was a part of and landscapes I am all too familiar with.

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Angie and Colby met while still in high school at a local produce farm and have been dating one another for almost a decade. It was apparent just how much they cherished their more traditional courtship, but they were so ecstatic to finally be married!

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During their couple portraits we ventured around the small village of Herman PA. Of course we included Derailleur Bike Shop Café as one of our stops. It’s a favorite place for local and non-locals alike to stop at during trail rides. They offer delicious homemade drinks, soups and other eats. It’s vintage country charm made the perfect backdrop for Angie and Colby to show off their newly wed emotions.

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Family is so significant to Angie and Colby, so they were committed to visiting the graves of their grandparents.  They took a moment of prayer at each site and this was by far one of the most touching moments I have witnessed at a wedding. I believe it’s so important for us to honor those who are no longer physically here, and I was moved that Angie included this as part of her wedding day.

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From the beginning of the day at Angie’s childhood home, up through the reception at the local Herman Fire Hall, there were friends and family helping all along the way; from creating flower arrangements, to setting up the hall, and everything in-between.

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The reception was simple but elegant with tones of slate blue and grey. Everyone was there to have a good time, including the many older couples that had years upon years on these newly weds. This was shown during the anniversary dance where many couples had been together over 30 years. Pro-tip for my future brides, if you want to see me cry, include an anniversary dance at your reception. When new love meets that of a life time it always gets me. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

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Photography: Liz Capuano Photography/Second Shooter JohnPaul Janicki
Venue: Herman Fire Hall Banquet Center
Caterer: Pat Angerett
Cake: Diane Lehnerd
DJ: Lost Boys DJ Service
Hair/Make-Up: Lightning Hair Lounge
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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