Vintage Glamour: Beads & Broaches

I wanted to share a few pics from the gorgeous wedding I helped to coordinate this September at the Grand Concourse in Station Square.  For those of you outside of Pittsburgh, the Grand Concourse is a former train station concourse turned historical landmark and decadent restaurant.  Built in 1901 (there is still a sign above one of the rooms that reads “Women’s Waiting Room”), the high ceilings and grand staircase set the scene for a wedding that demands glamour alongside charm and sophistication.  Patrick and Katherine brought me on as their Day-Of wedding coordinator to ensure their vision would be brought to life.  The ceremony took place at Heinz Chapel and the swoon-worthy picture below was taken in front of the picture-perfect red doors of the chapel.

We went with a 1920s theme for the reception, but not over the top.  Katherine’s exquisite beaded gown boasted vintage elements and the sleek black bridesmaid gowns kept the attire formal and classy.  Her beaded headband added to the glamorous vintage vibe. 

I think my favorite element of the entire day were the gorgeous bouquets that Katherine made from vintage broaches.  I have seen brides do some amazing DIY projects in the past, but this was above and beyond!  I mean – wow!  

Guests dined on filet, various seafood options, and fresh vegetables while enjoying the sounds of the Boilermaker Jazz Band.  After dinner, everyone moved out onto the open patio to dance the night away!  As always, our friends at Gray Phoenix did an amazing job turning the patio into a glam party space with their beautiful fabric draping. 

Flower centerpieces were kept simple and votives were lit all around the room.  The architecture within the Grand Concourse is already so ornate that too many flowers and outside décor would only detract from the natural beauty of the space. 

A couple more of my favorite elements were the mini champagne bottle place cards and the homemade donut machine!  Yes, you read that right….and if you go to Sunday brunch at the Grand Concourse, you can use this amazing machine for yourself!  And obviously no Pittsburgh wedding would be complete without an extensive array of homemade cookies and delicious desserts!

My three favorite moments of coordinating any wedding:  the moment the bride takes one more deep breath before walking down the aisle, the look on the groom's face when he first sees the bride, and the father / daughter dance.  I cry at all three - guaranteed - no matter what.

Thank you to all our vendors and to Jorge Santiago Photography for sharing all of these beautiful photos.  For information on wedding and event planning packages, please e-mail me or visit the Hello Productions website.

Vendors:  Ceremony – Heinz Chapel / Reception Venue / Food – Grand Concourse / Wedding Planner – Hello Productions / Make-up / Hair – Swank Hair Studio / Dress – Bridal Beginnings / Bouquets – DIY by the bride / Cake – Prantl’s / Band – Boilermaker Jazz Band / DJ – Craig McClintock / Photographer – Jorge Santiago / Fabric Draping – Gray Phoenix