By Maggie McCauley

Rebecca Kalla + Corey Bruce

During a vacation in New York City, Rebecca Kalla and Corey Bruce picked up cupcakes from her favorite bakeries in the city. The couple of five years decided to enjoy the treats in the park. “He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, with our dog by his side,” says Rebecca. (How sweet!) Their pup, Cody, also joined the couple at their Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens wedding, serving as a particularly dapper ringer bearer. Rebecca looked beautiful in a Vera Wang gown, carrying a bouquet of white roses, hydrangeas, orchids, and calla lilies. Her dress twirled across the dance floor during their first dance to “Everything” by Michael Bublé. “My husband wanted it to be choreographed,” Rebecca says. “At first, I wasn’t so into it. Turns out, it was so much fun!” The couple recommends hiring a wedding planner to help keep everything organized. “Also remember the day is about you and your new husband,” Rebecca says. “Things may not go as planned, but as long as you have fun, your guests will have a great time and it will truly be the best day ever.”    

Photographs from Eva Lin Photography

“He was super cute and totally made the wedding party,” Rebecca says of their dog, Cody, the ring bearer. “It was also his 13th birthday.”

Rebecca and Corey said “I do” beneath a gorgeous floral chuppah before nearly 170 loved ones.

A gorgeous, textured vanilla cake with vanilla and raspberry frosting was a sweet way to top off the day!

Black and white elements came together for a clean, elegant look on Rebecca and Corey’s big day.

Rebecca and Corey stole sweet moments together during their special day.

Ashley Gold + Eli Glazier

Ashley Gold’s first time meeting Eli Glazier in person was, as she says, a “leap of faith.” They had been speaking through text and email, but she hadn’t met Glazier in person yet. But as it turns out, they were a perfect fit. For their ceremony at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Ashley’s cousin, Rabbi Peter Stein, read the vows the bride and groom had written for each other. “We were both happy not to have to recite them ourselves because we would’ve been too emotional, but hearing our own words to one another, as read by Peter, was really, really special,” she says. The reception started with the couple’s signature drinks — the “Soused Cyclist” and the “Boozy Newsie,” a fun play off their hobbies and professions — and ended with a trip to the cookie table. They dubbed the spread “Eli and Ashley’s CookieShare,” after DC’s Capital Bikeshare, which they both love to use. Thanks to Ashley’s mother, a.k.a. “the best day-of wedding planner ever,” the D.C. residents were able to celebrate the perfect day in Ashley’s hometown. “I truly could not have done it without her.” — Katie Rosso

Photographs from Michael Will Photography

The fun continued with a reception at Rodef Shalom Congregation, where The In Transit Band kept the dance floor packed.

Ashley’s mother helped the couple ensure every detail was in place for their big day. “She did tons of research, planning, and logistics for the wedding, and really was the one responsible for pulling it all together,” Ashley says. “I know I am very lucky because of that.”

Ashley and Eli wanted to “evoke a ‘fall harvest evening under the stars’ kind of feeling” on their big day.

Pulling in the warm colors of the season, Ashley carried a bouquet of rich blooms that complemented her elegant lace gown with white floral detailing.

Bonnie Sheetz + Brian Ottavian

Bonnie Sheetz and Brian Ottavian said “I do” with a traditional ceremony at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church. Knowing they’d be wed in Andy Warhol’s childhood church, the couple tried to incorporate the artist’s classic pop art style into the church program. They also worked Brian’s favorite music style, 80’s rock, into the reception. “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure played when the bride and groom entered The LeMont reception, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King served as their first dance song, and the night ended with “Send Me an Angel” by Real Life. The latter, which plays in Brian’s favorite movie, “Rad,” is a wedding detail Bonnie knew she wanted back when they were still dating. The most emotional moment on the dance floor for Bonnie was watching Brian dance with his Aunt Collette. “Brian’s mom unfortunately passed away in June after a ten-year battle with cancer,” she says. “It was unbelievably hard and also touching to watch them share the mother-son dance together and everyone in the room felt the emotion of that moment.” Bonnie also wore one of his mom’s rings on their wedding day, so they all felt her presence throughout the beautiful nuptials. — Katie Rosso

Photographs from Kristi Telnov

Bonnie’s wedding gown featured intricate, detailed stitching on the bodice and a full, layered skirt.

Bonnie and Brian didn’t start dating until four years after they met, when they got together for a Penguins game on a random Tuesday. It was the couple, though, who were the real winners that day.

During the reception, Bonnie says, “I looked around the room and saw how many people were there to support us and just the general happiness of the day.”

How cute are the couple’s ring bearer and flower girls?

Bonnie and Brian displayed this cool ice sculpture at their reception.

Nicole Casey + Nick Scull

Throughout much of their six years of dating, Nicole Casey and Nick Sciullo were both in school. “We didn’t get to see each other as often as we would have liked,” Nicole says. “So we shared a notebook that we would write to each other in throughout the week when there was something we wanted to share with the other and not forget about it.” During a trip to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where they celebrated their first anniversary, Nick handed Nicole their notebook. And as she read his letter — which ended with a proposal! — he knelt down with a ring in his hand. The couple said “I do” at St. Raphael Parish with a reception at St. Nick’s Cathedral Room afterwards. They took their time planning every detail of their wedding, but Nicole says the choice to have her mother walk her down the aisle was an easy one. Sharing this moment was her favorite memory of the special day. Nicole advises other couples not to stress about the little things because “it will only drive you crazy. The day is about you as a couple celebrating your new life together with those closest to you,” she says. “That’s what matters most.” — Emma Honcharski

Photographs from Mike Leonardi/Candidly Yours Photography

To match the fall season and timing of the wedding, Nicole and her bridesmaids carried colorful bouquets featuring red calla lilies and golden sunflowers.

“When it came time to plan the honeymoon, we talked about a few different options but ultimately settled on Disney,” Nicole says. “It was the perfect fit for us as a couple.” They gave a subtle nod to their love of Disney in their save the dates, table numbers, and wedding cake, too!

Stephanie Caruso + Brad Borghetti

University of Pittsburgh alumni Stephanie Caruso and Brad Borghetti met in the same place they got engaged: the Cathedral of Learning. Brad popped the question on the top floor of the Cathedral, as the couple admired the beautiful view and reminisced in the place they first met. They stayed loyal to Pitt with a navy, gold, and purple color scheme, as purple is Stephanie’s favorite color. She first picked bridesmaids’ dresses in a rich, vibrant purple and loved how it played off navy and gold accents. For her own gown, the bride wanted lace, straps, and a fun back that would make her feel like a princess. Stephanie refers to herself as a “Disney nerd,” which inspired the couple to share their first dance to“Tale as Old as Time” from “Beauty and the Beast.” Stephanie’s shoes even featured a blue Cinderella’s castle with “Happily Ever After” and the couple’s monogram on the soles, which her sister created for “something blue.” Stephanie savored her walk down the aisle at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, the same aisle as her parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles before her. “To see Brad at the end of the aisle with a huge smile on his face and the beautiful stained glass windows in the background — it was just magical.” — Molly Nicholas

Photographs from Josh Mariana Photography

Stephanie loved that her Sottero and Midgley gown from Sorelle Bridal Salon featured “the perfect amount of pearls and sparkle.”

The highlight of the wedding for Stephanie and Brad was their shout-out and feature of the bridal party on ESPN U during the Pitt football game that day.

Stephanie and Brad added pops of purple into their big day, from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the centerpieces.

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