By Rachel Jones | Photographs from Kristen Vota Photography via Modern Era

Christine Cowburn’s first job out of college wasn’t exactly what she had planned for her future. But it was the place she met the love of her life, Rob Dressman. The laid-back couple dated for nearly four years before their wedding at West Overton Village. “We both like the rustic style, even in our home, so we were on the same page there,” Christine says. “We knew we wanted a barn wedding, and West Overton was the first one we looked at.” Letting the venue’s natural beauty set the scene, Christine and Rob chose simple centerpieces of white florals and loose greenery. The bride carried a similar arrangement for her bouquet, which complemented her bohemian-style Hayley Paige gown. “I saw Hayley Paige was having a trunk show in Mt. Lebanon, and I had a couple options in mind,” Christine says. “This was the first one I tried on.” Christine’s patterned skirt swayed across the dance floor as she and Rob shared their first dance to “Yours” by Russell Dickerson. “Aside from marrying my best friend, my favorite part of the day was the reception,” Christine says. “Everyone was having a great time, and the fun, low-key nature of the day was more than I could’ve wanted.”


Cake: Gigi’s Signature Bakery
Catering & Linens: Carson’s Premier Catering
Ceremony: Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
Decorations: The bride
Entertainment: DJ Thomas P. Walter of Modern Era
Favors: Mini wine bottles from Pittsburgh Wine Cellar
Florals: Blue Orchid Floral
Hair: Nicolette DiAmbrosio of Unique Factor
Honeymoon: Hawaii
Lighting & Videography: Modern Era
Makeup: Joy Lager of Beauty by Joy
Photographer: Kristen Vota Photography via Modern Era
Reception: West Overton Village

Rob proposed to Christine while she tried to find something to wear to a friend’s Christmas party. “He said, ‘Why don’t you wear this?’ and pulled out my engagement ring.

Four groomsmen and four bridesmaids stood by Christine and Rob on their special day.

“I loved the back of my dress,” Christine says of the intricate beading with pearl accents.

Christine built the cake stand, adding the wood-burned details for a personalized touch.

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