By Sierra Smith | Photographs from Leeann Marie Wedding Photographers

Through nearly 10 years of dating, including four years of long distance and five years together in Pittsburgh, Carolyn Klasnick and Stephen Brooks finally decided to tie the knot. “We held out a little bit, to focus on ourselves,” Carolyn says, “but now we really know each other!” Because Carolyn works in the wedding industry as a videographer — she co-owns Post Script Productions — she wanted to celebrate their nuptials in a location that she hadn’t worked with before. “I wanted it to be my own,” she says. The modern reception at J. Verno Studios became the perfect space, personalized with centerpieces of snowy white florals mixed with greenery and bare branches, soft lighting, and metallic accents. Frank Sinatra’s “The Best Is Yet to Come” became the unofficial theme, even popping up on the couple’s cake topper, as it exemplifies what Carolyn feels it means to be married. “There’s so much out there, what a wedding ‘should’ look like,” she says. “But it’s not about what will impress everyone. You’re celebrating your marriage. It’s about what comes after, not about ‘the day.’”


VENDORS
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Caterer: big Burrito Restaurant Group
Ceremony: Westminster Presbyterian Church
Entertainment: Nightsong of Entertainment Exchange
Favors: Sarris Candies
Florals: Fragile Paradise
Hair: Luxe Hair Salon
Honeymoon: Costa Rica
Linens: Lendable Linens
Makeup: Mina Rose Beauty
Planner: Alexis Maddox of Shayla Hawkins Events
Reception: J. Verno Studios
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental
Stationery: Andocia
Videographer: Birdhouse Productions


 Carolyn was set on being married by both of the pastors at her home church. “[Stephen] started to come to that church, so we made a home for [ourselves] there.”

Carolyn was set on being married by both of the pastors at her home church. “[Stephen] started to come to that church, so we made a home for [ourselves] there.”

One of the bride’s favorite moments was right after their first dance. “We went right into a 10-minute dance set before dinner, and that was the first moment that I was able to hug my guests. I wish I could replay that over and over again.”

One of the bride’s favorite moments was right after their first dance. “We went right into a 10-minute dance set before dinner, and that was the first moment that I was able to hug my guests. I wish I could replay that over and over again.”

The wedding cake — inspired by a champagne glass — featured a rippled bottom tier, a gilded middle tier, a blinged-out, bubbly top tier, and (much to the groom’s delight) a superbly sweet raspberry filling.

The wedding cake — inspired by a champagne glass — featured a rippled bottom tier, a gilded middle tier, a blinged-out, bubbly top tier, and (much to the groom’s delight) a superbly sweet raspberry filling.

Carolyn has a special place in her heart for all of the vendors that helped make her special day a possibility. “I appreciate all of the effort. They deserve all the credit in the world.”

Carolyn has a special place in her heart for all of the vendors that helped make her special day a possibility. “I appreciate all of the effort. They deserve all the credit in the world.”

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