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Venue hunting in a metro area
Photo credit: Terri Dobransky

Hello ladies! My name’s Laura and over the next few months I’ll be posting all the (hopefully) fun details of our upcoming wedding, which is on September 27, 2014 in nearby Riverview Park. I live with my fiance Tim and our two cats in the lovely city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and we’ve been together for just over three years. I’m an administrator at the University of Pittsburgh, where Tim is pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

Tim proposed to me in a park last August over a picnic, which felt perfect to us.  He picked out a custom ring of recycled silver and a peacock blue spinel from Peaces of Indigo ( The proposal was simple, we were outside, and we had tasty food and a bottle of wine.


We both wanted our wedding to feel a lot like that, too, so we started looking for venues that had the ever-popular rustic vibe. Newsflash: Popular = expensive! We got some serious sticker shock on everything from venues to table rentals.  Our current wedding budget sits at $10,000, but I am hoping to find more ways to reduce that over the next few months. Tim’s an engineer and I’m an administrator/crazy person, and that makes for two people who really shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions together.  We take obnoxiously long to decide on anything. I am not exaggerating when I say we have been looking for a couch for pretty much the entire time we’ve been together (just over three years now).  I don’t like to spend money on something unless it’s a bargain and exactly what I’ve been looking for, and Tim doesn’t like to commit to a purchase until he has thoroughly researched every possible option. To exacerbate our turtle-esque pace, our reaction to seeing something we want is usually “we can make that” (including the couch). The result was a lot of spreadsheets (yay Google docs) and two families who were pretty sure we would never end up with an actual wedding at the end of said spreadsheets.  I’ll tell you all the long tale of finding a venue another day, but just know this: We started looking in August, and we ended up booking one at the very end of March of this year for our September wedding. Venue hunting, especially when you live in a metro area and want to be outdoors, can be a bit of a challenge. But in the end, we ended up with a gorgeous spot in a city park that includes, amazingly, everything we wanted other than a bonfire and s’mores (which we plan to do at home after the reception).


Venue hunting in a metro area
Our lovely venue
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Because of the short timeline between booking our venue and our wedding date, our planning process is very much in full swing. I have a dress, we almost have a caterer and florist, and a friend is doing our photography, but we have a lot of projects ahead of us, and tons of logistics to work out. Neither of our families live in the Pittsburgh area, so I am very grateful to have a partner who is fully involved and interested in navigating the planning process–I don’t think I’ve had to go to a single appointment alone. We’re also lucky to have a lot of friends willing to help us in Pittsburgh, and that help has already meant huge savings. We have four months to go, a whole lot to do, and I am really looking forward to sharing all our stories and projects with you!  Check out some of our inspiration here.

Venue hunting in a metro area
Tim and I on our noble steed.
(Photo credit: Terri Dobransky)
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About Laura

I'm Laura. I'm 27 and I live in Pittsburgh, PA, with my fiance Tim and our two obnoxious cats. Tim proposed in August of 2013 after a little over two years together, and we are getting married on September 27, 2014, in gorgeous Riverview Park in Pittsburgh.

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  • Welcome!! So excited to have you and can’t wait to see how everything comes together. 🙂

  • What a gorgeous venue! That’s in the city? what a find! I can’t wait to see how it turns out all set up with a wedding and fancy dresses!

  • Yep! It’s technically inside the city of Pittsburgh, but you do cross the river to get there so it’s not downtown. It’s about 3 miles from downtown. We really lucked out.

  • Sarah

    Hi Laura! We love PA too and cannot wait to see all the thought you put in to your planning. Best wishes.

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