By Liz Petoniak
Photographs from SkySight Photography

During the course of their three-year, long-distance relationship, engineers Tiffany Boarts and Tim Stewart racked up a lot of frequent flyer miles. As a part of his highly orchestrated “Bachelor-worthy” proposal, Tim convinced Tiffany that his sister and brother-in-law bailed on a [fake] Groupon excursion to horseback ride in the Santa Monica mountains. “I was totally duped,” she says. “As the sun was setting over the ocean, we hopped off [the horses] and Tim proposed!” They arrived to a romantic set-up back at the stables — candles, flowers, Champagne, and a table for two. The next day, Tim’s entire family arrived at the hotel for brunch, and he surprised Tiffany once again by flying her mom out to celebrate!

Their final destination before becoming Mr. and Mrs.? A relaxed, rustic, and elegant weekend wedding celebration at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort! The night before the ceremony, the couple’s 50 closest family and friends gathered on the spa lawn for a laid-back barbecue in lieu of a rehearsal dinner. However, the outpouring of love and support really struck Tiffany just as she began to walk down the aisle at Bedford’s outdoor “wedding grotto” in a secluded, romantic locale at the edge of the woods. “Our mutual friend who initially introduced us was officiating the wedding and I just remember thinking, ‘Wow, these are all the people that we love and they’re all in the same place.’ It’s an amazing feeling that I’ll never forget,” she says. Following the lively reception, with lots of dancing thanks to the John King Dance Band, the lovebirds and their guests headed over to the resort’s fire pit to make s’mores!

Tiffany Boarts and Tim Stewart, Pittsburgh weddings, WHIRL Wedding Guide 2015

Tiffany tried on nearly 50 gowns at Bridal Beginning before falling for this all-lace Marisa sweetheart strapless number with a scalloped hem. Its vintage, timeless feel, with a touch of modern elegance, “really set the mood the for the entire wedding,” she says.

Tiffany Boarts and Tim Stewart, Pittsburgh weddings, WHIRL Wedding Guide 2015

Tiffany’s mom teamed up with Janet and Kristin Teeple to craft the centerpieces made from cut logs, wine bottles, candles, hydrangeas, lavender, and moss. Her twine-wrapped bouquet was composed of ranunculus and succulents from California and her mother’s backyard.

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