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Ordinary IS Extraordinary! Our First Book!

If you have ever wondered why we do weddings, here’s your chance to find out. Our owner/founder, Joanne Jamis Cain, has self published her first book! Here’s an excerpt from her latest post on Katherine’s Daughter: When I received the first early copies of my book, I gave one to the mother of my granddaughter…

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In the Company of Beautiful Women

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” ― Roman Payne If you’ve been reading my blog for any…

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Nichole + Arnold

We love to hear true love stories and Nichole and Arnold have one of the best we have ever heard. Their wedding will be this summer at Stonebridge Farm Nursery, Big Sewickley Creek Road, Economy, Pennsylvania. Nichole loves the book “The Secret Garden” (by Frances Hodgson Burnett) and is modeling her wedding after it. There will…

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Holiday Entertaining Tips

Are you the Christmas host or hostess? We entertain often during the holidays and we’ll tell you- it’s not too late to get it together without being frazzled. Check out our tried and true holiday entertaining tips and have your holiday down pat! What type of party are you having? Whether you are inviting guests to your…

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Jessica and John’s Storybook Baby Shower

It was a beautiful autumn day, perfect for traveling near and far. Many guests came to wish Jessica and John showers of happiness for their new baby, Penelope Katherine, due on John’s own birthday of January 9. We all love nature and the Walter J. Brannon Community Center in Sewickley, Pennsylvania highlighted the gorgeous wooded…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you be of good cheer It’s the most wonderful time of the year Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Lyrics | MetroLyrics Sewickley Village held their annual Wine Walk this year on November 4 and wow, what a crowd! I arrived in…

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Danina and Preston’s Wedding

Take one barn, one beautiful couple, and a whole lot of amazing family and what do you have? Danina and Preston’s wedding! There couldn’t have been a more beautiful back drop than the Barn at Soergel Hollow for this beautiful September Sunday. There were so many vintage touches- from the milk glass vases, to the sweetheart table, to the…

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Beautiful McConnell’s Farm

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.  Henry David Thoreau Don’t you just love this time of year? The leaves are turning golden yellow, orange, and red. There is a chill in the air. Pumpkin everything is available- coffee, donuts, pumpkin pie,…

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Danielle + Ryan

It was a happy day on July 18, 2015 for Danielle and Ryan. Their wedding was absolutely beautiful at the Barn at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. After weeks of rain here in western Pennsylvania, the weather cooperated in full sunny pleasure. Danielle wore a gorgeous layered gown with a striking turquoise ribbon. Her bridesmaids wore the same stunning…

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Outdoor Wedding? Things to Consider!

Thinking of an outdoor wedding? There are many factors to take into consideration if you are choosing a barn or nature type setting vs. a hotel or banquet hall location. From our experience, here are the questions you need to ask yourself before making the final decision. 1. What time of year do you want to…

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