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The bold and beautiful vibes of this alternative wedding at Veltre’s were the perfect mix of edgy and romantic. Kaitlyn Logan Photography and Sami Saunders Studio documented every dramatic element and meaningful moment. Savannah’s two-toned wedding dress with black embellishments was among the first of the impressive details to be captured, followed closely by her bridesmaids in mismatched yet perfectly coordinated gowns in shades of pink, plum, burgundy, and rose gold. The cool aesthetic carried into the ceremony where silver chiavari chairs contrasted against dark floors and a geometric backdrop stood tall behind Savannah and Ryan as they exchanged vows their best friend officiated. A mixture of glass and geometric vases filled with varying arrangements of pampas grass, peacock feathers, and teasels stood on each table of the reception space, while white milk vases, dark eclectic florals, and a sparkly rose gold linen made the sweetheart table stand out in its own way. It looks as good as it sounds, much like the hip geode-inspired cake with exposed marble detailing. There’s no denying that these two really made the day their own. If you needed a reminder that long gone are the days of conforming to traditional wedding ideas and conventional styles, this one will leave you wanting to incorporate more of your own taste and a few fresh spins into your celebration!
About the Couple
Ryan and I met in the Southside in 2016 – a classic Pittsburgh love story. It was love at first sight. We spent the first year of our relationship long distance while I worked in Florida and Colorado before moving home to him in 2017.
Ryan and I got engaged in December 2019. We set our date and picked our venue around February 2020, right before COVID hit. Luckily, I always knew I wanted an October wedding so we decided not to rush ourselves and to set our date for October 2, 2021, not even realizing how much of a blessing that would really be. Luckily, we never had to push our date back or deal with any of the awful COVID restrictions that so other engaged couples had to overcome.
About the Wedding
When it came to planning the wedding, I knew I didn’t want to go the traditional route. I wanted moody colors with a lot of texture. I originally thought I was going to wear an all black dress, but once I started looking, I came across the dress I ended up with and couldn’t have fallen more in love with it. The flowers were something that I went back-and-forth on for a while. I knew I wanted to do proteas with feathers; I just wasn’t sure if I wanted real or dried flowers. I started looking on Etsy and came across a shop that ended up doing the flowers for me. I sent her a couple of inspiration photos and she sent me back multiple images of different materials that she wanted to use. We worked together over the course of a couple of months to come up with a design for the flowers. I genuinely didn’t know exactly how they were going to turn out, but I couldn’t have been happier with the result. My absolute favorite part of the decor was our sweetheart table – beautiful milk vases and fun and funky black teasels and proteas in front of a really pretty rose gold sparkle tablecloth. I was super happy with how it turned out!
The ceremony. It was so emotional and intimate. Luke, Ryan’s son, did a reading and then Ryan’s best friend from childhood married us. It was just so special and emotional.