Edited by Rachel Jones | Written by Olivia Kappler

Jessie O'Hara + Matt Bartkowski

Jessie O’Hara and Matt Bartkowski may have started off as friends, but the high school sweethearts found a true love they knew they couldn’t let go! Ten years of dating and one intimate proposal later, the couple started planning a “farm chic” wedding. With the help of Shayne Souleret of Soiree by Souleret, their vision for a special day at Gilfillan Farm with rustic touches came together with pieces from Vintage Alley Rentals and arrangements of pretty pastel flowers. Jessie stunned in a beautiful gown from Anne Gregory for the Bride, complete with a lace bodice and striped skirt, while her bridesmaids chose dresses of different colors, styles, and textures. After saying “I do” with an outdoor ceremony, the newlyweds celebrated with loved ones, who enjoyed a BBQ spread by Two Brothers Bar-B-Q and tunes spun by DJ Eric Schiemer of Schiemer Entertainment. Jessie and Matt continued the fun with a honeymoon in Steamboat Springs, Colo., one of their favorite vacation spots. The bride encourages other couples to plan a day that’s special to the two of them, but also enjoyable for every guest. “Even though it’s your day, try to make sure that you’re aware of how much fun everyone else is going to be having.”

Photographs from Laura Calvert Photography

Jessie’s Anne Barge gown from Anne Gregory for the Bride was actually the very last dress she tried on!

Matt could not shy away from his Pittsburgh roots, opting for a couple of cookie tables at the reception!

“Honestly, I just felt so at peace up there with Matt,” Jessie says of their outdoor ceremony.

Cream, pink, and blue ribbons adorned the bridesmaids’ bouquets, matching all of their dresses perfectly.

Kate O'Donovan + Jeff Barnyak

It’s not every day that the question, “Where did you two meet?” is answered with, “In a coal mine.” But for Kate O’Donovan and Jeff Barnyak, that is how their story began. Kate visited a mine with a camera crew from Discover Business PA to shoot a documentary about coal mines in Western Pennsylvania. As the safety inspector of the mine, Jeff was tasked with accompanying Kate’s group and leading them on a tour of the mine to ensure their safety. After an eight-hour day together, they became “pen pals,”emailing back and forth for a few months before their first date. Two years later, Jeff proposed at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh. “Jeff worked with the hotel in advance to have the suite adorned with rose petals, Champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries,” she says. Their nuptials were just as memorable, especially when the couple walked out of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel reception and over to the Roberto Clemente Bridge to watch the fireworks from PNC Park! The day after the wedding, the couple joined a few loved ones at the Buccos game before heading to their honeymoon in Riviera Maya, Mexico. “The day of, make sure you take a minute to step back [with your spouse], take a deep breath, and look at all of the faces that surround you — everyone you love in one room — to celebrate you.”

Photographs from Leeann Marie Photography

“I will never forget walking down the aisle with my brother and locking eyes with Jeff. We could have been the only two people in the cathedral.”

Kate and Jeff’s sweet day featured a three-tiered chocolate and white almond cake with buttercream icing.

Jessica Seibert + Tom Morris

Jessica Seibert and Tom Morris felt an instant connection when they first met, but the timing wasn’t quite right. She was just about to go study abroad in Italy! Once she was back in the states, however, the pair rekindled that spark and went on to date for four years. Tom popped the question while they admired the sunset outside of their favorite restaurant in Florida, The Mucky Duck. “He always knew he wanted to propose to me on the beach at sunset,” says Jessica. Paying homage to their meeting, the couple incorporated some Italian flare into their Duquesne Club reception with grand centerpieces of candelabras draped with grape vines. The celebration kicked off with the couple’s first dance to Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love” and ended with favors of homemade limoncello. Looking back, the bride says she wouldn’t change a thing about the planning process or the final outcome of their special day. “If it gets stressful, know that the day of is all worth it,” she says. “All of that little stress washes away.”

Photographs from Araujo Photography

Jessica chose a stunning headpiece that complemented the intricate embellishments on the bodice and train of her gown.

During the reception, Jessica surprised her new hubby and their guests with a personalized rap to Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen.”


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