Carnegie Museum of Art Wedding: Serena & Mark
Sometimes you just click with a couple! When Serena first emailed me about possibly shooting her destination (they are from New York City) Carnegie Museum of Art Wedding, there was something about her and Mark! It had a lot to do with the fact that they are Boxer puppy lovers (!) – but it also has to do with the fact that they are both genuine and sweet. You know how they say you are the sum total of the 5 people closest to you (or something like that?) — well Serena and Mark’s family and friends are just as awesome as they are! Congrats you two- here’s to the beginning of your forever.
More from the bride, Serena:
What was your inspiration behind your wedding day?
Our primary goal was to make sure our guests had fun. They traveled long distances at great expense to get to Pittsburgh so we really wanted to make sure they had a great time. We also wanted our venue to look amazing but still reflect our individual character, heritage, and style. For example, we tried to relax the grandness of the Museum with a lot of rustic plants and foliage and modern accents. Our awesome DJ had a playlist that made sure the event was not stuffy.
Advice to share with brides planning now?
We planned almost all of our wedding remotely. We booked the venue without touring it but we knew what it could look like based off of photos from the internet. But more importantly, when we talked to our contacts at the Museum on the phone, they were awesome: organized, competent, experienced. They took time to answer our questions with detail. This was the same with all of our vendors. If you select great people, trust them! For the most part, we let them do their thing!
We still spent a lot of time on decisions related to design and style, but we didn’t have to spend much time making decisions on logistic or planning the schedules of our vendors. We knew from the get-go that we couldn’t do everything. Our vendors were all true professionals at what they do. We felt great supporting that kind of excellence and the local Pittsburgh economy.
How did you and your spouse meet?
We met six years ago in law school. We have a really tight group of friends from our law school days, who helped make our wedding awesome.
Proposal Details! How did it happen? 🙂
Mark proposed to Serena in Central Park in New York. He got down on one knee on one end of the Bow Bridge and after she said yes and he got up, he surprised her by having their families step out from the other end of the bridge. He even flew her brother to NYC from San Francisco to participate.
What was your favorite memory from your big day?
We feel pretty good about getting through all the public speaking and all-eyes-on-you moments. It was a personal challenge because neither of us are in the limelight on a regular basis. We also loved seeing our family and friends looking glam and happy!
Vendors Who Made It Happen:
Venue: Carnegie Museum of Art
Florist: Mocha Rose
Bride’s Dress Designer: Sarah Seven
Wedding Dress Boutique: Sarah Seven NYC
Hairstylist: Rissa Bridal
Make-up Artist: Marissa Julin (of Rissa Bridal)
Accessory Information: Veil from Etsy
Bride’s Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo (vintage)
Bride’s Ring Designer: Tiffany & Co (band); Kent New York (engagement ring)
Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Various (bridesmaids selected their own gowns)
Groom Attire Designer: Suit Supply
Groom Ring Designer: Unknown (Vintage)
Videographer: William Huang
Paper Goods: Minted
Calligrapher: Carlisle Overbey
Catering Company: Culinaire
DJ: DJ Midas (Angelo Long)
Linen Rentals: Lendable Linens