Linens: Over the Top Rental Linens | Stationery: Andi Mejia | Dress Boutique: The Bridal Finery | Dress Designer: Ines Di Santo | Headpiece: Maria Elena Headpieces | Hair and Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry
I love mansion weddings-plain and simple. My husband and I had the perfect wedding at a mansion in Pittsburgh, and ever since I have just been in love with mansions turned wedding venues. So, it comes as no surprise that as soon as I learned that The Howey Mansion was being renovated and turned into a wedding venue it went straight to the top of my Wedding Venue Bucket List! I can’t even explain the excitement I felt when this shoot was scheduled on the calendar! Before we get into the details of the shoot, I just HAVE to gush over the mansion for a bit. It is incredible. Rich with history, this 20 room mansion has character beyond compare. When you walk in, you are first greeted by a stunning spiral staircase with gorgeous textured walls. It is a must-have shot for any wedding at the mansion. You then turn into a beautiful ballroom with a grand fireplace and windowed doors lining both sides of the walls-allowing gorgeous natural light into the room. Each room is full of antique decor, and both the bride AND the groom have immaculate rooms to get ready in. This venue really has it all and is versatile enough to fit many different wedding styles and guest counts. The staff is awesome-always friendly and dedicated to both preserving and sharing the history of the mansion.
One thing I love about the mansion is how versatile it really is. I chose a Victorian Inspired theme for our design because I wanted to incorporate soft, romantic pastels with pops of-for a lack of a better term-manliness. I wanted little details that a groom could get excited over and I think the Victorian Era perfectly illustrates this idea, with The Howey Mansion being the most perfect venue I could imagine for this concept. We went with blush, gold, and burgundy as our color scheme, as it is a popular color at the time, but beefed it up with the addition of black flatware, jewel toned glasses, and pocket watches as place cards. For our staircase setting, we set up candles from top to bottom. The romance of the candles as well as the lace dress added the perfect amount of softness to the drama of the wrought iron banister of the spiraling stone staircase. And of course-the walls. The added texture of the Florentine beige marble squares brings the setting to life.
The Ceremony Space was dreamed up, designed, and brought to life by Over the Moon Events. I love how the unique piece flows so nicely with the architecture of the fireplace. We also used this space to display the incredible cake by the insanely talented Michelle of Bakers Cottage Cakes. We used a simple table for the cake, with cream chiffon and the blush velvet napkins to soften the look. Our decor was finished off by our tablescape, where we used a blush velvet linens and napkins from Over the Top Rental Linens, bold flower arrangements, tons of candles, and a place setting from Dishie Rentals that included a soft, romantic plate setting with contrasting black flatware and jewel toned glasses. To top off Dishie’s place setting was a menu and pocket-watch place card by Andi Mejia. Gold Vineyard chairs from Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals along with clusters of candles cascading down the staircase made the look complete.
One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is the portraits. I was definitely a kid in a candy store while shooting bridal portraits of Veronica throughout the mansion! I think it’s safe to say that the Ines Di Santo dress that the ladies from The Bridal Finery picked out was the perfect balance of romance and sexiness. Pixies and Petals put together a beautiful bold bouquet that was absolutely perfect. The bride’s look was pulled together with a stunning headpiece from Maria Elena Headpieces, flawless hair and makeup from Laura Reynolds Artistry, and a ring from The Wedding Ring Store by Bay Hill Jewelers. The shoes? Amazon Prime baby.
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