In past posts, I have let the images speak for themselves but the back story of this session is so good, I have to tell you all about it. This is Carl and Alexis and it's their 25th wedding anniversary. Carl told me he was really excited to have a photographer because he had a really big surprise for his wife to celebrate their 25 years together. He went on to say that they don't have any wedding photographs of their day because the original photographer lost them. True story. So, Carl rented the Broderie Room at Phipps so he could recreate as much of their day as he could for Alexis. He had all of the details worked out. He played the same songs, ordered similar flowers and even bought the same Prantl's Almond cake they had on their wedding day. Not a dry eye around, I think Carl may have won at the Anniversary gift giving game for life.
Cassie & Rick's 4th of July weekend wedding was so tender. Surrounded by friends and family, these two said I do in a simple ceremony at the Double Tree in Washington, Pa. Congratulations to you both, thank you so much for having me. xo
Jessica and Garret's wedding at Greendance Winery was so beautiful; the scenery of the winery, the weather and above all, the amount of love and joy present. Thank you so much Jessica and Garret for having me and making me so incredibly welcome. xo
When Meghan & Anuj asked if I could photograph their engagement session on the farm next to her childhood home, I was so excited. The land, the light, the best couple, the HORSES. Everything about this session was perfect. They were adventurous, fun and didn't bat an eye at my seemingly ridiculous requests. Thank you both for such a wonderful time, I can't wait to photograph your wedding this fall.
It was only a few months ago that Bill contacted me to say that he was going to propose to his girlfriend, Kirsten. The Pittsburgh Pirate's games hold a special place for these two, so it was only fitting that he chose the Clemente Bridge right before a game, to ask Kirsten to marry him. Let me just say that everything about this proposal; the planning, the anticipation and the excitement was THE BEST! Halfway across the bridge, Bill got down on one knee and with Kirsten's aunt's heirloom ring and asked her to marry him. Of course, the answer was yes! It may have been just another gloomy day in the city to some but to these two it was the best day. Bill and Kirsten, thank you for having me there to capture your proposal for you and congratulations!
The first time I stepped into PointBreezeway I knew it was a special little place; It was warm, homey and so very cozy. I met Lauren, her dad, Dennis and, of course, Riley the dog (we became fast friends!) and it all came together. I'm not certain that I've ever been to a place where the personalities of the owners matched the feel of their home, become event space, so well and I was sold.
So, I've said that this place is cozy but have I mentioned how cute it is?! Floor to ceiling windows makes it light and airy but the decor gives it a country cottage feel, I think they say it best with their slogan, "An Urban Barn in the 'Burgh." With seating capacity of 35-60, this space is perfect for your bridal shower or a small wedding.
A few words from Lauren herself.....
Tell us a little about yourself and how PointBreezeway came to be.
My name is Lauren and so far my 30s are great. I converted my childhood home into a venue, it’s been wild. I got married at PointBreezeway (before it was PointBreezeway) in 2013 and the lightbulb just went off. I thought to myself, ‘this little place needs to be something…again’. The history of my humble family home goes back to the 1880’s when it was a small utility barn. Eventually the barn was expanded and the building was a revolving door of businesses such as a tavern (then speakeasy), a tea room and confectionary. My dad, Dennis, and I lived in the middle sliver of the house starting in 1990. There was a family to our left and more businesses came and went to our right. Eventually my dad bought the whole building and started some initial renovations (all of those beautiful french doors!) with the hopes of turning the space into a community center of sorts. Long story short, that plan didn’t exactly happen. After great efforts, our home sat unfinished for years. When my dad was ready to part ways with the big old building a couple of years ago, that’s when I knew it was time. I really didn’t think too far ahead, that would have been a bit too scary. I had all of the essentials I needed to form a business in March and opened the doors in July of 2014. It’s the best thing I have ever done.
What is your role at PointBreezeway?
Owner, event host, janitor, dishwasher, daughter, lady boss. Preserving the history of this amazing place.
What brought PointBreezeway to the wedding world?
Knowing that I had an amazing little gem to share! I think the down to earth couples of Pittsburgh are starting to think that too.
What makes you different from other wedding venues?
Our history is pretty incredible. Also, we are very much involved in the events and hospitality, it's something we take great pride in. Most importantly, there’s nothing like PointBreezeway. Everyone walks in and mentions a place, person or memory that is brought to mind.
What are some PointBreezeway's best features?
You can literally do nothing to the space and still have a kick ass celebration with charm. Time, money and stress are all saved. It can’t get any better than that. Also, the flow of the space allows for a very homey night. Guests can mix, mingle, giggle and chat with ease.
What has been your favorite moment so far at Pointbreezeway?
I would have to classify this as a moment: when I get random hugs from guests and clients because they are having the best time in the world. I get this wonderful feeling that they understand and appreciate exactly why I do this.
Best piece of planning advice for brides & grooms?
Keep. It. Simple. In. Every. Way. (IMHO).
What 5 places in the world have you always wanted to visit?
Spain, Ireland, Austria, Italy ….Basically Europe!
Now that you've had a glimpse, go out and visit Lauren and Dennis to get the full effect of all the charm and magic this little place has!
Riley will be waiting for you........