By Rachel Jones | Photographs from Veronica Varos Photography

While college sweethearts Amy Phillips and Justin Smerker got engaged over the holidays (he popped the question with an engraved ornament!), they planned to celebrate their wedding on a much warmer time of year. The spring nuptials at Longue Vue Country Club captured the lightness of the season in every aspect. “Since it was a spring wedding, we wanted to keep it fresh and classic,” Amy says. “We stuck with pastels, including light pink and soft mint green, which fit perfectly with the gardens at Longue Vue.” Surrounded by lush greenery and 125 loved ones, Amy made her way down the aisle at the outdoor ceremony in a delicate, lace gown. The sweet reception kicked off with the couple’s first dance to Elton John’s “Your Song” and continued with a striking dessert spread. Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique stacked alternating tiers of white almond and chocolate cake, covering the confection in almond buttercream for a simple, yet rustic, finish. While the Mt. Lebanon residents aren’t Pittsburgh natives, they still wanted to create a traditional Pittsburgh cookie table. “A majority of our guests had never been to a Pittsburgh wedding and were in awe of the variety, and that they could take them home at the end of the night,” Amy says. “It was a hit!”


VENDORS
Cake: Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique
Ceremony & Reception: Longue Vue Country Club
Dress: Cocoa Couture
Entertainment: DJ Kevin Howard of Big Day Entertainment
Flowers: Gidas Flowers
Planner: Crystal Belsterling


Amy’s favorite memory of the day was walking the grounds of Longue Vue during their portrait session. “It was a special time for us to reflect on the day and just relax with each other.”

Amy’s favorite memory of the day was walking the grounds of Longue Vue during their portrait session. “It was a special time for us to reflect on the day and just relax with each other.”

 “One of the main reasons we chose a spring wedding was so we could include my favorite flowers: peonies,” Amy says. “We also included hydrangeas, ranunculus, and pink astilbe.”

“One of the main reasons we chose a spring wedding was so we could include my favorite flowers: peonies,” Amy says. “We also included hydrangeas, ranunculus, and pink astilbe.”

The bridesmaids’ mint green dresses and light pink bouquets fit the spring garden theme to perfection.

The bridesmaids’ mint green dresses and light pink bouquets fit the spring garden theme to perfection.

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