By Rachel Jones | Photographs from MichaelWill Photography

Although they both grew up in the Pittsburgh area and both moved to Washington, D.C., after graduating college, Carolyn Brodbeck and Matthew Lachman didn’t officially meet until mutual friends made an introduction. “[We] quickly connected after finding out that we were both from Pittsburgh and were Steelers fans,” Carolyn says. The destined pair went on to date for over five years, then returned home to the Steel City to celebrate their love. They both crown Carolyn’s walk down the aisle as their favorite memory of the day. “We decided not to do the ‘first look,’ so we were seeing each other for the first time that day,” Carolyn says of the moment. “It was heartwarming to be surrounded by our families and friends.” Over 200 loved ones then made their way to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh reception, which glowed with gold and silver décor, brightened with pops of blue and yellow. The newlyweds shared a touching first dance to “If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen, but the sweetest part of the night was easily the dessert. “Matthew was determined to have a chocolate, chocolate cake,” Carolyn says. She agreed — as long as it had strawberries on top! When choosing details for the big day, Carolyn encourages other couples to stick to what they feel is best for them. “All of the choices can be overwhelming, but don’t second-guess yourself after you’ve made a decision.”


VENDORS

Bride’s Gown: Anne Gregory for the Bride
Cake: Fenoglietto’s Wedding Cakes
Caterer: big Burrito Full Service Catering
Honeymoon: Iceland
Florals: Hens and Chicks
Linens: Lendable Linens
Planner: Natalie Berger
Reception: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental


After graduating from law school and completing the bar exam, Carolyn celebrated with a trip to Italy with Matthew. They had even more to celebrate after he proposed during a walk through the Villa Borghese Gardens!

Carolyn looked gorgeous in a lace gown from Anne Gregory for the Bride. “I knew it was ‘the one’ when my mom and I both started crying as I came out of the dressing room.”

An assortment of roses, succulents, and dahlias decorated the day. Some of the dahlias were even grown by the father of the bride!

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