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Vintage Charm

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Thrift Stores can be Magical! – Source

Are you a flea market fanatic? Love a good garage sale? Go gaga over thrift stores? If you can answer YES to any of these questions this post is for you!

Many a wedding or private event can be embellished with items from a thrift or resale shop! If you’re a bride or mother of the bride, don’t be surprised if you find what you’re looking for at a great vintage store. It’s worth taking a look! Incorporating gently used tablecloths, linen napkins, glass, and other barely used treasures can cut your decor budget substantially.

Since we are from the Moon/Airport West area, we’re going to tell you about the awesome choices in our own back yard.

Fenna’s Consignment and Retail Shop- Owner Kelly Cain has re-purposed her former business space into a beautiful vintage and retail shop. Opened just a few short weeks ago, we have stopped in numerous times to ooh and aah over Kelly’s handpicked selections. You will find an amazing assortment of vintage and gently used designer jeans and clothing, housewares, vintage glass, doilies, and much much more. Kelly has partnered with local women artists and offers one of a kind necklaces and other jewelry items as well. Do yourself a favor and stop by Fenna’s Grand Opening this Saturday, February 4th at 10 am. The location is 7051 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA. 15071. Click HERE to get to Fenna’s Facebook page.

Consignment Cottage- Owner Terry Chesky and Joanne Cain of Katherine’s Daughter Events have been friends for many years! This is one of our favorite stops for home decor and a room upstairs is solely devoted to it. There are racks of clothing upstairs and down, a shoe section, designer purses, jewelry, handmade items, and even a maternity section. You owe it to yourself to visit Consignment Cottage on a regular basis to check out the new additions! Click HERE to visit CC’s website.

EcoChic- This is Consignment Cottage’s sister store, also owned by Terry Chesky. We can’t drive into Moon Township without stopping here! There are so many great deals, interesting accessories, shoes, clothing and housewares, you owe it to yourself to make the trip. We bought the cutest purse here not long ago and it never fails to garner big compliments. Click HERE to visit EcoChic’s website.

Let us know in the comments section below if you have a favorite flea market, consignment store, or thrift store. We’d also love to hear your stories of re-purposing gently used items in creative ways!

 

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Ashley and Eli’s Wedding

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Ashley and Eli! All photography courtesy Michael Will Photography

It was a beautiful fall day. We hoped for sun and sure enough God granted our wish! Sara and I arrived early to begin the coordination of Ashley and Eli’s wedding. April and her dedicated staff at Mocha Rose was there to place all the stunning floral arrangements. E.F. Lighting strung twinkle lights on the greenery in Aaron Courtyard. Rachel, Steve, Bob and Mack at Rodef Shalom couldn’t do enough for us.

Common Plea was hard at work inside of the huge kitchen, preparing beautiful appetizers and awesome entrees. Eli and his groomsmen arrived first. We hid them in the temple until Ashley and her bridal party arrived. We all held our breath and peeked out the window as they took their first look. It was as if time stood still for a few magic moments.

Rabbi Stein soon arrived and the time of the ceremony grew closer. Bill Strayne and his band, In Transit, began tuning up in Freehof Hall. Gorgeous vases of flowers appeared on the dinner tables. It was time!

We could tell you more but the photography will say it all! Thank you so much to Michael Will who captured the day so beautifully! Enjoy!

Venue: Rodef Shalom Congregation

Photography: Michael Will 

Caterer: Common Plea

Flowers: Mocha Rose

Band: In Transit

Lighting: Ever Forward

Rentals: Event Source

Transportation: All Star Limousines

 

 

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Our Highlights of 2016

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We have to admit- 2016 was a remarkable year for us! Many beautiful brides and grooms honored us by choosing Katherine’s Daughter Events for their amazing day! God is good and we are grateful for the wonderful families that we were graced with this year.

Here’s some of the awesome pics from this fabulous year!

Michael Will Photography
Nichole and Arnold- Photo by John Kendelhardt
Photo by John Kendelhardt
Photo by John Kendelhardt
Tara and Jeff- Photo by Sasha Danielle
Photo by Sasha Danielle
Photo by Sasha Danielle

Jay and Joy- The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Jessamyn and Chad- The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Michael Will Photography
Brayden and Frank

Evan’s Bar Mitzvah- Temple Emmanuel and Heinz Field
Temple Emmanuel

 

Where are we headed in 2017? We have commitments to the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Irons Mill Farmstead, and the Inn at Darlington Lake! 

Best wishes to you and yours for a very happy holiday season and an exciting New Year!

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The Pittsburgh Cookie Table!

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If you are being married in southwestern Pennsylvania, the chances are you are having a cookie table! In my years of experience with weddings large and small, I would have to say almost all of my brides choose this fantastic dessert option!

When I think back as long as I can, I remember my own Greek American family offering cookies at every wedding. Plates of baklava, kourambiethes, koulourakia, halva and other specialities were usually in the center of every table, offering guests a chance for something sweet with their coffee.

These days, family members bake cookies and oftentimes the bridal couple will supplement with more from a local bakery. Brides often mix family cookies with cupcakes, regular and mini size, and some even place a small wedding cake in the middle of their table.

Photo by Electric Lime Studios
Photo by Electric Lime Studios

In my experience, most brides wish to have their cookie table available as soon as guests walk into the reception. The consequence of waiting until later is too many cookies are left over with no place to go! Guests will load containers but even this will not always help. If you are having a large cookie table consider allowing your guests access to it from the moment they arrive at the reception.

Through a recent poll on social media, I asked my friends and family what their favorite cookie table cookie was. The answers were mouth watering! Lady locks, the classic chocolate chip, kolackys, buckeyes, peanut butter blossoms, pizzelles, pecan tassies, lemon squares, chocolate truffles, nut rolls, mini cheesecakes are among the favorites. If I had to choose just one, I couldn’t!

Here’s some helpful hints if you’d like to have a Pittsburgh cookie table:

  1. You don’t have to organize it but it helps if you do. Have a family member ask and keep track of who is baking what. Think of your number of guests and multiply that number by 6. For example, 100 guests x 6 cookies each equals 600 cookies. Divide by 12 and that is 50 dozen cookies. It doesn’t take many family members to bake 50 dozen!
  2. How will you serve the cookies? Hotels usually offer a service where they will tray and serve them for you. There may be a small charge for this. If you purchase plastic cookie trays (with lids) from a restaurant supply place (such as Gordon Foods), you can pre arrange your cookie trays and just take the lids off at serving time. At our barn weddings, we often see individual glass serving dishes and cupcake stands with cookies arranged beautifully. My assistants and I are happy to arrange your cookie table for you.
  3. What will guests take their cookies home in? Options are bags (stamped with the date of the wedding or plain), Chinese take out boxes, or recyclable containers made of light cardboard.
  4. If you don’t wish to have your family members bake for you but want a cookie table, there are many bakeries that would love to help you. Best Sweet Bites or Grandview Bakery are two of our favorites!
  5. Highlight your cookie table with lit mason jars, small led lights, or other pretty embellishments to draw attention to it. If you’re having a rustic wedding, use wooden crates or other props to elevate your platters.
Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Lawry Monacelli
Photo by Electric Lime Studio
Photo by Electric Lime Studio
Photo courtesy Michele Lotowski
Photo courtesy Michele Lotowski
Photo by Joanne Jamis Cain
Photo by Sasha Danielle
Photo courtesy Brandi Hugar of Grandview Bakery
Photo courtesy Brandi Hugar of Grandview Bakery

With a little bit of planning, your Pittsburgh cookie table can be one that guests remember for a long time!

Check our Pinterest page for more dessert/cookie table IDEAs!

 

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Nichole and Arnold’s Wedding Day!

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The Happy Couple. All photography by John Kendelhardt
The Happy Couple. All photography by John Kendelhardt.

As I have said, God has blessed me with beautiful wedding couples this season and Nichole and Arnold are no exception! I met them through a wonderful old friend and Michelene and I worked with them for months leading up to their wedding. It was worth it! Nichole had a vision- she loved the classic book “The Secret Garden” and set out to create her wedding around this theme. She succeeded! Her wedding was at Stonebridge Nursery in Economy and the setting was just perfect to fulfill Nichole and Arnold’s dreams!

Nichole and Arnold in the Garden

I loved the individually created centerpieces, vintage decor, and stunning colors of this wedding. Many components were a part of this day, one of which was a native dance! Arnold grew up dancing in the Bolivian folkloric dance group Alma Boliviana, which means Bolivian Soul. Nichole wanted her family and friends to fall in love with Arnold’s beautiful culture, just as she had.

Native Dancers

I asked Nichole and Arnold to share some thoughts with me about their wedding. Here is what she said. “I loved how everything had a purpose and was a part of the story. The flowers, the colors, the decor, the secret garden theme. All of it was intentional. There is a line in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden that goes,

“Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.”

Our day was full of magic. We worked so hard beforehand, and on the day I just let go and let it all happen. I put my phone away, let my incredible bridesmaids help me with my dress, and 13 foot veil (that was made for me in Bolivia!!) and just allowed myself to get lost in the beauty of the day. It really couldn’t have gone more perfectly. Even the rain came on cue, not a minute after Arnold and were announced and made it to the dance floor under the tent. As it poured with all its might while Arnold explained the table dedicated to the fallen soldier, some remarked that the tears of fallen comrades were pouring down from heaven. There were so many little ways that God’s presence was with us throughout the day. Stonebridge Farm has a dreamlike quality about it that makes you get lost in the beauty of it all. The day after the wedding, when we had finished cleaning everything up at Stonebridge, Arnold and I walked hand in hand through the garden one last time, our hearts so full of love and happy memories that we thought they might burst.

Arnold said, ” When I saw her walking down the aisle toward me, I had such a wave of emotion. I’m not one to cry, but I could barely hold back the tears when I saw the most beautiful angel coming towards me. I knew without a doubt that I had made the right choice and that this was just the beginning. It felt surreal and so real all at the same time.”

I can’t wait to share these pictures with you! Nichole and Arnold, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for including us in your wedding day!!
Arnold Pre Ceremony Dress BluesNichole Pre Ceremony BridalRed Wedding Shoes KDEJewelry Nichole and ArnoldBridal Bouquets June wedding FlowersNichole and Arnold's ChurchNichole and Dad down the aisleMarried! Nichole and ArnoldThe Wedding Party Nichole and ArnoldDrop and Kiss Nichole and ArnoldFlower Girls Entering ReceptionNichole and Bridesmaid in RedTable Setting Flowers My Secret GardenEntering through the Garden DoorsIn Memory OfThe Wedding CakeNichole and Arnold Close up DancingHappy Flower GirlNichole and Arnold Peek a BooGorgeous Tree

Day of Wedding Coordination: Katherine’s Daughter Events

Church: Church of the Assumption, Bellevue PA

Nichole’s Dress: Essence of Australia, Bridal Beginnings

Shoes by Nine West (with added bling!)

Venue: Stonebridge Nursery 

Caterer: Medure’s Catering 

Props – Vintage Alley 

Florist- Forget Me Not 

DJ Loyal- Loyal Martinez

Photographer- John Kendelhardt 

Wedding Cake by Carrianne Odorisio, friend of the bride

Nichole’s hair by Jaymie Petroff Nevin of Brides Beautiful

Make up by Kaly J. Nelson

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Tara and Jeff’s Wedding!

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Tara and Jeff
Tara and Jeff

This season’s bridal couples have touched a special place in my heart and Tara and Jeff are no exception. Tara and I worked together for almost a year on her wedding day. She had beautiful ideas and did a fantastic job planning her details. I loved the blue with white polka dot dresses for the bridesmaids, paired with red shoes! Her gown was from David’s Bridal and it was stunning! Other gorgeous details such as mini sunflower bouquets and rustic decor wedding cake made this day something to remember for a long time.

The reception was at the South Fayette Fire Hall and boy, was I impressed! They did a fabulous job with the food, bar, and of course, the famous Pittsburgh cookie table. The icing on the cake? It was the entire bridal party doing a group shot on the big yellow fire truck!

Many thanks to Sasha Danielle for these amazing photos. The other wedding vendors are listed below, after the final picture. Tara and Jeff, thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in your wedding day!

Love,

Joanne

Jeff in Black and WhiteTara Black and White

Tara's Shoes

Lipstick from daughterAround the Corner 3

Married!Jo and TaraTara and Her BridesmaidsRed ShoesMarriage LicenseTara and Her DaughtersTara Family and MomTara's Hair with FlowersThe Field Shot Tara and Jeff

Flowers OutsideEntering the HallHead TableChoose a seatLittliest DaughterTara and Jeff Bridal DanceCake RusticCupcakesThe Pittsburgh Cookie TableTara on the Fire Truck with Bridal PartyTara and Jeff on the bridge

Photographer: Sasha Danielle

Bridal gown and Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

DJ: Bobby Hillen 

Florist: Floral Magic 

Cake: Bethel Bakery- Pure and Simple

Reception: South Fayette Fire Hall

Limo company: A Tortorice

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Honey Wine on a Honey Moon

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The Beautiful Dundee Farm
The Beautiful Barn at Dundee Farm, Sewickley PA.

On June  20, 2016, the Full Moon appeared on the same night as the summer solstice! It is rare and the last time this occurred was in 1948. By landing exactly on the solstice, the Full Moon didn’t just rise as the Sun set but was opposite the Sun in all other ways too.

The Sun was very high and the Moon was very low. Even in the wee morning hours, it was still low! It forced its light through thicker air, humid at this time of year, and the combination of this made the moon amber colored.  This is why the full moon during the solstice is called a Honey Moon. 🙂

To celebrate this momentous event, the perfect opportunity presented itself recently when King View Mead and Burgh Bees hosted a honey wine tasting event at Dundee Farm, a real working sheep farm in Sewickley, PA.

Wine tasting at its best!
Wine tasting at its best!

Scott Neeley is the founder, owner, and head wine maker at King View Mead. But wait, what the heck IS mead? On their website, KVM describes mead as such. “The oldest of all alcohols, mead’s history predates medieval knights, Viking exploration and the Roman empire. It even goes back before the time of the Egyptian pharaohs.  The oldest known recipe for mead is from the text Rig Veda, created 6000 years ago, and many believe it was stumbled upon by early man as they gathered honey, which fermented over time.”

Scott Neely, left, greets visitors at Dundee Farm
Scott Neely, left, and Sam Shepard, right, greet visitors at Dundee Farm

If the attendance and enthusiasm of the guests that evening is any indication, people love mead! Many guests willingly sampled the delicious wine that Scott graciously poured. Katherine’s Daughter Events, sponsor of Beefuddled Farms Honey Parties, was on hand to mingle with fellow honey and wine lovers. There were many beekeepers there as well! King View Mead is a supporter of local honey and held a drawing that night. Three beekeepers won hives.

This Bee Observation tower was very popular!
This Bee Observation tower was very popular!

Delicious munchies abounded and the gorgeous scenery around Dundee Farm was the perfect backdrop for this evening. Even the rain dared not interfere. Where will the next King Mead event bee? Check out their Facebook page for all the latest information! Katherine’s Daughter Events is looking for another perfect opportunity to collaborate with King View Mead and Beefuddled Farms on an over 21 event to give even more people the opportunity to taste mead. Stay tuned!

Twinkle Lights Dundee Farm King View Mead

 

 

 

 

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Bar Mitzvah Magic

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Guess his name? Balloons by MissElaineous
Guess his name? Balloons by MissElaineous

We are blessed to have a full season ahead of weddings to look forward to! But wait, a Bar Mitvzah? Of course! We are versatile and Joanne has much experience coordinating celebrations around this sacred Jewish event.

First, the temple hall was decked out in turquoise and black. Lendable Linens provided the cloth napkins and MissElaineous did the fabulous balloons! Tallulah’s Catering did the mouth watering spread of bagels, smoked salmon, and blintzes. Also on the menu were delicious salads- chopped, tuna, egg and fresh fruit. The kids had their own buffet with pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, and fruit kabobs. Bella Christie’s brought amazing mini donuts in flavors of s’mores, oreo, caramel pretzel and many more! Delicious!

Mitzvah Donations
The Mitzvah Project- Donation basket of toys
Temple Centerpiece
Mini Donuts by Bella Christie’s

Temple Shot of SeatingKid's Seating at Temple from Stage Shot

Candy Favors
Candy Favors

On to Heinz Field for the evening event! Evan had a special sign in board and welcome guy to greet everyone. Can you guess his favorite thing? Legos! There were legos everywhere, including the table place cards!

Figure Out Your Seat
Decor by Laurie Lieb of Festivities

Heinz Field Sign In BoardHanging Lego

The staff at Heinz Field was amazing. It was a pleasure to work with them to ensure that everything went smoothly that evening. The room set up was spectacular and backdrop of the city of Pittsburgh was jaw dropping! What a space!

Balloons over Dance Floor
Wow- the Dance Floor. Balloons by MissElaineous
Heinz Field Kid's Area Shot
Check out the view!

DJ Howard of AZ Entertainment kept the action moving all night. The kids never lacked for something to do and we were impressed with the way Howard, his dancers and other announcers kept the crowd engaged. They played games, gave away prizes, and entertained the guests to the very end!

Glow Stick Magie
Glow Stick Magic

Other vendors present were Dippin Dots, Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, and Bella Christie’s also did the pastries at evening’s end. All in all, a wonderful way to celebrate this lifecycle event!

Airbrush beach towels were evening favors for the kids!
Airbrush beach towels by Harry Colbert were evening favors for the kids!

 

 

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How the Weather Can Influence Your Event

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Blankets are a great idea for outdoor events! Source.

Yesterday it was May 15 and the temperature hovered in the 50’s. The day before saw temperatures much the same including big dark clouds, wind and rain. This is Pittsburgh- the windy city. It is also a city where if you are planning an outdoor event you need to consider the weather.

We always forewarn our clients that if they choose to have an outdoor event in April (don’t even consider it), May, September or October, they must either have a back up plan or reserve patio heaters from a local rental company. These can be placed around your pavilion or outdoor area.

In our experience, even barn weddings can be quite chilly in early spring or fall. Guests will frequently dress in clothing that is not warm enough. We were witness to short dresses and sandals at a barn wedding last year where temperatures hovered in the 60’s with wind and rain. Part of the barn was wide open and yes, it was chilly.

What’s the best way to deal with these issues? Here’s a checklist if you’re absolutely set on a May, September or October outdoor event:

  1. Is your venue/barn heated?
  2. Does your pavilion or tent have sidewalls that can be rolled down in case of rain?
  3. Have you reserved patio heaters from your rental company?
  4. Consider baskets of rolled up lap blankets placed around the barn for guests.
  5. Have an insert in your invitation that reminds guests to dress appropriately for the weather.
  6. Have a back up plan if you are at an outdoor pavilion.
Source: Pinterest

If you’re renting a pavilion in a questionable weather season, consider having a church hall, community center, or fire hall on reserve in case of chilly temperatures or bad weather. This may cost you just a bit, but the peace of mind is worth it.

 

 

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Weddings on The Gateway Clipper

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Richard McConell Photography
Richard McConnell Photography

With so many venue options to choose from these days, a bride and groom can really have some tough choices to make. Barn, hotel, conservancy, outdoor- there are lots of decisions to make just on location alone.

Many years ago I went to a wedding on the Gateway Clipper. I remember it being magical because as the sun went down, the city of Pittsburgh lit up. It was beautiful to sit on the top level and watch the sparkly city lights go by. The water was soothing; it was a night to remember.

Photo by Richard McConell Photography
Photo by Richard McConnell Photography

I recently visited the Gateway Clipper to see what’s sailing. The good news is there are lots of great wedding packages to choose from. If you’re thinking you want something different, consider calling Steve Anderson at (412) 355-7980 for more details. Visit the Gateway Clipper website and see the options. You and your fiance can choose to be married on the top deck as the ship sails through the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh!

Richard McConell Photography
Richard McConnell Photography
The Duchess
The Duchess
The Empress- Gateway Clipper Fleet
The Empress- Gateway Clipper Fleet

This is an option worth checking out. Click HERE to be sent to the Gateway Clipper’s Wedding page and Happy Sailing!

Visit Richard McConnell Photography HERE.

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