Summer Weddings

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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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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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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Nichole + Arnold

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Photo by Kendelhardt Photography
Photo by Kendelhardt Photography

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 be lots of roses, ivy and ferns. Joanne ironically just read “My Secret Garden” again after many years before signing onto to coordinate Nichole’s wedding!

We asked Nichole how she and Arnold met and fell in love. She told us the whole story and honestly, we couldn’t say it any better!

“On July 10, 2014 I was leaving dinner with a friend in Squirrel Hill when I decided that I just wasn’t ready to call it a night. I love to go salsa dancing, but during the school year I don’t get many chances to go. So, I decided to take advantage of a summer Thursday evening and went to Seviche downtown for their Latin night. I went by myself, which is something I never do, so I was a bit nervous as I sat down by the bar. I wanted to have a better view, so I attempted to turn my tall chair around without bumping the person next to me. I was unsuccessful and after bumping a chair, I heard the person next to me say, “Are you alright there?” I was a little embarrassed but we ended up talking and he asked me to dance (bachata). I’ll never forget seeing that first smile of his, so warm and captivating. Through conversation that followed we realized that we had been living a block away from each other in Sewickley for the past 3 years!! He had been taking his neighborhood runs past my front door for the past three years and we never once ran into each other. We even had both worked in Moon and both went to the same gym.”

Photo by Kendelhardt Photography
Photo by Kendelhardt Photography

Nichole said they spent the next hour or so dancing and talking until a group of her friends happened to walk in the door. Arnold may have thought she was taken and so he thanked her for the dance and politely walked away. Nichole was disappointed he didn’t stick around and so she was relieved that he showed up before she left and asked to see her again!

Photo by Kendelhardt Photography
Photo by Kendelhardt Photography

More of Nichole’s own words. “We’ve talked so many times about how many things had to fall into place for us to meet that day. He wasn’t planning on going out but had decided to give a friend a ride at the last minute. One of my favorite little details is that he had picked up his friend that night at a house that was on the same street as the house he would purchase a year later and where he would propose to me! He didn’t even realize it until after we were engaged!”

Photo by Kendelhardt Photography
Photo by Kendelhardt Photography

“We have found such joy and love together, and our story is so special to both of us. Arnold brought me a single red rose on our first date and we have decided to carry that symbol of love and beauty into the theme of the wedding. We also chose ivy since it is a symbol of fidelity and friendship. We both feel so blessed that God would allow us to meet and brought us together at just the right moment. We are so excited to share our commitment to the love and friendship we have found in each other with all of our loved ones. Oh and I bet you can guess what type of dance our first dance will be!”

Nichole and Arnold, we are so looking forward to your wedding! Congratulations and Best Wishes!
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Danielle + Ryan

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Photo by Chrissy Napoli
The Beautiful Wedding Party! Photo by Rob Wynkoop

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 turquoise color and the mothers wore soft pink and grey. Everywhere there was pink and turquoise. I loved the combination!

Daneille and Ryan Pick a Seat

This was definitely a wedding with a country feel! The Barn at the Botanic Garden is a rustic, true, original beam barn with gorgeous rafters. It’s been adapted for events but retains all of its unique charm. Danielle and Ryan had a tent next to the barn for extra seating. All the delicious food was by Nick Jordanoff of Hazelnut Catering.

Delicious appetizers by Hazelnut Catering
Delicious appetizers by Hazelnut Catering

Danielle’s aunt, Betty Jo Woodring did all of the flowers and they were stunning. Ball Mason jars filled with perfectly pink roses and baby’s breath, a touch of silver ribbon, and pine cones on a sliver of wood -love it! Pink boutonnieres for the men, bouquets of pink roses for the bride and bridesmaids. The contrast of bright turquoise with the soft pink was a perfect combination. The table numbers were on a booklet which asked the guests to share a memory of Danielle and Ryan.

Daneille and Ryan Centerpiece back some

I have to say something about the flower girl. Ms. Mckenzie was absolutely charming. I asked her to pose for a picture and she willingly obliged. There were over flowing tubs of flowers at the garden and I asked her to stand next to one of them. I think it’s a perfect backdrop for such a pretty girl.

Danielle and Ryan flower girl
Lovely Mckenzie

There were many more great touches to this wedding. Music by a local band, the Lava Game kept the action rolling. An awesome cookie table I raided several times had amazing thumbprint cookies. The s’mores bar was filled with different flavors of marshmallows including strawberry and caramel!- plus Reese’s cups, cookies and creme bars and of course graham crackers (including chocolate ones). And someone obviously made this s’mores bar for the bride and groom. Check it out!

Danielle and Ryan S'mores

Everything was perfect for this wedding. But the most spectacular of all was the bride and groom- Danielle and Ryan. I wish them the best!

Danielle and Ryan at the fireplace
Ryan and Danielle
Alicia and Dave
Alicia and Dave
Daneille and Ryan Centerpiece
Flowers by Betty Jo Woodring
Danielle and Ryan Barn Shot
The Barn at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – Tents by Ambassador Tent Rental
Danielle and Ryan Strawberry Marshmallows
Strawberry Marshmallows and Reese Cups, Oh My!

Danielle’s gown, Mckenzie’s dress, and the Bridesmaid’s dresses were from David’s Bridal. Tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse. Flowers by Betty Jo Woodring. Catering by Nick Jordanoff of Hazelnut Catering. Music by the Lava Game. Venue is the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Tents by Ambassador Tent Rental.

 

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