By Matthew Hacke | Photographs from Jody Mader

When choosing a venue for their fall nuptials, Amanda Greenberg and Chris Lehner didn’t have to think twice. “Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has such gorgeous natural lighting and flowers,” says Amanda. “It felt effortless to be able to hit the mark with the modern and eclectic vibe that I was looking for.” Because of the bright flowers, fall foliage, and greenery in the gorgeous space, the couple chose a palette of gray and taupe for the decorations. But the bride and her bridesmaids made a statement in metallic shoes and sparkly jewelry. “Although I aimed for a neutral palette with the décor, there were some accents to make everyone stand out!” One of the shining aspects of the evening for the pair was having family and friends celebrate in one location. “We didn’t want guests to have to travel from location to location, but move fluidly through different rooms in one location,” says Amanda. From the terrace ceremony at sunset, cocktail hour in the Tropical Forest, and the reception in the Special Events Hall, the evening went off without a hitch. “The transformative space allowed us to bring our ideas to fruition, and most importantly, give our guests things to do while celebrating with us!”


Bride’s Gown: The Vow Boutique
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Caterer, Ceremony, & Reception: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Decorations & Florals: Sapphire & Lace Event Design
Entertainment, Lighting, & Videographer: Modern Era Weddings
Hair: Wedding Do’s by Jules
Jewelry: Orr’s Jewelers
Makeup: Adrienne Pace
Photographer: Jody Mader
Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals; Lendable Linens
Stationery: Zazzle
Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Pittsburgh natives Amanda and Chris met at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business’ grad school open house.

During the ceremony, the rabbi read aloud sweet sentiments Amanda and Chris had written about one another. “Hearing what we said about each other was so beautiful, and for our friends and family to hear it as well was really emotional!”

“No lie, I spent hours upon hours finding eight perfect dresses,” Amanda says of her bridesmaids’ gray and taupe gowns.

“I added mixed metals everywhere — in the three table dressings and printed overlays, as well as the candles — in order to create levels and dimensions,” Amanda says.

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