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Jessamyn and Chad

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Beautiful Jessamyn at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

All photos by Araujo Photography.

It was a perfect fall day. The forecast called for a thunderstorm at the exact time of the ceremony but as the day went on, it was clear that it was not meant to be. As it turned out, the storm veered north and missed the wedding entirely. God continues to bless us with wonderful weather for our brides!

Jessamyn and Chad were married outdoors at the beautiful Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Everything about the day was so special! Jessamyn’s gorgeous dress, the adorable flower girls, the handsome groom and groomsmen. Take a look at the photos and swoon. The vendors are all listed below. Call us for your outdoor or barn wedding! We’d love to assist you!

Best wishes to Jessamyn and Chad!

Venue: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Florist: Cuttings

Photographer: Araujo Photography

Caterer: Rania

DJ: Tim Harris, Modern Era

 

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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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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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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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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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Danina and Preston’s Wedding

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Love and Sunflowers! Photo courtesy Electric Lime Studios
Love and Sunflowers! Photo courtesy Electric Lime Studios

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 mason jar glasses for all.

China Settings by Vintage Alley
Sweetheart Table Settings by Vintage Alley

We loved Danina’s beautiful gown and Preston’s laid back bow tie look. Sunflowers were everywhere, including the groom’s lapel and the table centerpieces. The awesome meal was catered by Steve Thompson of Bluebird Kitchen. He worked under some pretty rustic conditions and his food was amazing. Pulled pork, barbequed chicken, roasted vegetables. Everything was delicious!

As the evening sky grew dark, the vista around the Barn was absolutely breathtaking. The guests had a massive cookie table and DJ Lea Guarino to keep them going. We are certain that Danina and Preston will have memories and love to last a lifetime!

Check out more great photos from this wedding! All by Electric Lime Studios.

Rings and Stars
Rings and Stars
Love and a Kiss
First Look Love and a Kiss
Here Comes the Bride!
Here Comes the Bride!
Vows of Love
Vows of Love
Ready for Marriage! Photo courtesy Electric Lime Studios
Bow Tie Happiness
A mason jar glass for everyone!
A mason jar glass for everyone!
Sweetheart Table by Vintage Alley
Sweetheart Table by Vintage Alley
Chocolate Cake- Lori's Recipe done by The Ultimate Pastry Shop
Chocolate Cake- Lori’s Recipe done by The Ultimate Pastry Shop
The Never Ending Cookie Table
The Never Ending Cookie Table
The Guests
The Guests
Corn Row with a View
Corn Row with a View
Beautiful Lights
Beautiful Lights
The View from Soergel Hollow.
The View from Soergel Hollow.

Vendors: Click on the orange for their links!

Venue: The Barn at Soergel Hollow

Props: Vintage Alley Rentals

DJ:Guarino Group

Catering: Steve Thompson of Bluebird Kitchen

Photography: Electric Lime Studios

Table and Chair Rentals: Eventioneers

Chocolate Wedding Cake: The Ultimate Pastry Shop

Other: Almost Like Home Restrooms

Read more about this wedding on my grace and love blog- Katherine’s Daughter

 

 

 

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Beautiful McConnell’s Farm

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McConnell's Market
McConnell’s Farm Market

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, you name it.

Love the cornstalks
Love the cornstalks

One of my favorite places to experience the fall season is McConnell’s Farm. Established in 1787, it is one of the oldest farms operated by a single family west of the Allegheny Mountains. If you love rustic, this is the place to visit. It takes a bit of navigation to get there, but only a tad. It’s about five minutes off of the Hopewell exit of 376. There’s good signage and google maps should take you there easily.

When you drive up to the barn, it’s a feast for the eyes. Pumpkins, mums, haybales await. Walk inside and sniff. Right now, it’s all about apples. Lots and lots of apples! Gala, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and on and on. Bags of 1/2 peck, little baskets of ’em, they are everywhere. You could easily get what you need here to make a fantastic pie.

Along the side of the barn are bins of very fresh vegetables. Potatoes, kale, onions, fresh garlic, and numerous squashes. Up on the blackboard was a recipe for spaghetti squash that so inspired me I bought one! I can’t wait to bake it and top with some of my husband’s fresh honey.

McConnell’s Farm is a CSA or Community Shared Agriculture Farm. How it works is you pay them a set amount (their website says $288) before the season and they use this to support the farm. This entitles you weekly visits and $20 free fruit and vegetables per week for seventeen weeks of summer. Visit their website for more information- HERE.

On my most recent visit, I also bought fresh cider, a bundle of kale (5 huge stems for a $1), and some delicious potatoes. That evening, I created a side dish of sauteed sweet onions, kale, and potatoes. I sprinkled fragrant dill from my own herb garden and added a fresh squeeze of lemon. Can I tell you? It. Was. Amazing.

This weekend, consider taking a ride and visiting this wonderful farm. Be prepared to be inspired. You’ll love McConnell’s Farm.

Pumpkins everywhere
Pumpkins everywhere
Sunshine and Pumpkins
Sunshine and Pumpkins
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