By Matthew Hacke | Photographs from Tiffany Cooper of Hot Metal Studio

Given David Shipley’s educational background in strategy and analytics, and Ryan Bierkortte’s in science, testing out their compatibility metrics upon meeting for a first date in February 2014 was a must for the duo. Needless to say, sparks flew and the couple has been together ever since. “To our mutual delight, the first date went amazingly well and our relationship has only followed a positive trajectory,” says David. The couple incorporated many of their favorite things into their wedding celebration — from the cocktail party to the Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar! “We both love and enjoy celebrating all milestones in life, especially with those who we don’t get to see often,” says David. “Champagne is a signature token of any celebration, and we wanted a casual atmosphere for guests to move around and chat, so it was perfect.” The black-tie affair at the Carnegie Museum of Art also featured a family photo gallery. “As guests were mingling and moving about the space before the ceremony, they could view pictures from our parents’, grandparents’, aunts’, and uncles’ weddings that were set up,” David continues. “Family is very important to me and Ryan, and having an amazing group of family and friends there made our day epic.”


Caterer & Cake: Culinaire
Ceremony & Reception: Carnegie Museum of Art
Decorations & Linens: Mosaic, Inc.
Entertainment: Jeremy Ganss Production
Favors: Veuve Clicquot
Florals: Hens and Chicks
Hair: Brett James
Jewelry: Cartier; David Yurman
Lighting: Benack Sound Productions
Makeup: Travis Klingler
Photographer: Tiffany Cooper of Hot Metal Studio
Planner: Shayla Hawkins Events {SHE}
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental
Stationery: Paper Truly

The happy couple dated for two years before David proposed to Ryan around the holidays.

Both Beyoncé fans, David surprised Ryan with a custom-made bicycle to ride into the reception — just like the one featured in her music video for “Blow.”

“It takes an army to pull off a wedding!” David says. “We could have never done it without the help and coordination of our florist, Nathan; {SHE}; the museum staff; and [our photographer, Tiffany Cooper of Hot Metal Studio].”

White orchids, hydrangeas, amaryllis, roses, and cherry branches and blossoms made the space feel like a “spring garden.”

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  1. Amy Madigan
    September 22, 2017 at 8:47 am

    What a beautiful day, celebrating with two beautiful people! xoxo

  2. Diane&Jim Truszkowski
    September 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    This was a beautiful wedding at an awesome venue! The love between David and Ryan is evident in everything they do. Was so honored to be a part of this wonderful day! Everything was simply wonderful!