Dock-Side Wedding Inspiration | Riverfront Weddings

July 15, 2020

Light, airy and on the water! It was such a pleasure to work with Levana Melamed Photography and Riverfront Weddings on this editorial. Our inspiration emerged from the airy-ness of the venue, and a crisp white palette. Black and grey details provided a modern touch in place settings, stationery and a stand-out cake. Overall, we wanted a classic look with modern touches! And design wasn’t the only thing we thought about for this shoot… We aimed to educate readers on the cost of replicating this look for their own wedding days. Read on for a breakdown of costs in every category! *

Location | This beautiful editorial was held at Riverfront Weddings, a wedding venue with a gorgeous view and a seated capacity of up to 250 guests in Aspinwall. All of this beauty comes at an approachable price, starting at $3,000, inclusive chairs, tables and linens. The JPC Event Group is the exclusive caterer to the venue, providing exceptional farm-to-table menus with fresh, artisanal cuisines. As an added bonus, their food displays are always creative works of art! With packages starting at $57 plus tax and fees, you’re sure to create a menu that is both delicious and beautiful. It’s always a joy to work with their team! You can download their full catering menu here.

Photography | Where would we be without the woman of captured it all so beautifully- Levana of Levana Melamed Photography! (Meet with her and you’ll find that her kindness and demeanor will provide a sense of comfort and calm!) Her 8-hour wedding day packages begin at $4,500. If you want killer detail shots like her, don’t forget a styling kit. Her ribbons and fabric for this shoot were purchased from Tono & Co. for approximately $160.

Cake | You can identify the work of Alexa Robba by delicate sugar flowers that look too real to eat. And if you ever have the chance to taste his creations, I can promise that you’ll fall in love! Chocolate toffee. Lavender lemon. These are just a few flavors that I’ve been able to sample myself, and as a sweets connoisseur, it was IN-CRED-I-BLE! Alex’s cakes are often created with a four-day process. For our faux cake needs, he spent TWO WEEKS working on the sugar details. Want him to replicate this beauty for your own day? Estimate $20 per serving. Envision something else? Contact him! His decorated cakes range from $6-18 per serving.

Attire | Want a designer gown without the designer price tag? We love Luxe Redux Bridal! Their Pittsburgh showroom is located in Lawrenceville. Can’t make it into the showroom? You can try on 3 dresses at home for just $49. Mia’s airy floral Hayley Paige “Winnie” gown is fit for dock-side nuptials. You can find gowns at Luxe Redux starting at just $600 (a fraction of their retail price).

Linens | Linens provide the primary building block for your event design, so I love the vast selection that Mosaic, Inc. offers clients. I often refer to their showroom as a “linen playground” where clients can test options to kick start their overall design. For this editorial, I chose a textured white Panama Linen ($75) for the dinner table, accompanied by white Hemstitch Napkins ($2.25 each). The cake table features the White Lace Floral overlay ($65) and white Polyester under cloth ($12). Although subtle, the overall look is crisp and striking.

Stationery Suite | One-of-a-kind. Stylish. Bold. – These are just a few of the words that come to mind while viewing the work of K. Flowers Designs. When you meet Kerry, you’ll be even more impressed with her bubbly and loving persona and innovative ideas that reflect each couple’s love story. I actually jumped up and down, and clapped, when I saw this completed suite. Tassels. Vellum. Velvet. Textured foil. There are so many of my favorite features in one design. She nailed it! If you love this look for your own wedding day, here’s what you can expect- 100 invitation sets with a luxurious black velvet pocket with laser cut details, two inserts, foil-stamped and blind embossed invitation card, RSVP envelopes, and outer envelopes. This suite also comes fully assembled with stamps and each guest’s name on the outer envelope for a grand total of $3,250. Each menu card is double-layered with a vellum overlay and pearlized onyx card, with silky tassels and personalized with each guest’s name (100 for $700).

Rentals | The options are seemingly endless at All Occasions Party Rental. From the more traditional gold flatware and gold-rimmed plates, to the more modern black flatware and speckled grey dinner plates, this rental design house has all the pieces available to construct a chic bespoke look for its clients. The place setting above features Arezzo Black flatware ($1.29 each), Heirloom Smoke dishes ($0.99 each), Marble salad dishes ($1.49 each), Pure glassware ($1.64 each). Our design also includes clear Claire chairs ($4.95 each).

Beauty | Mia shines on her own, but I knew just the right person to enhance her natural beauty. Meet Clare from See Jane Blush! We chose to leave Mia’s hair natural and untouched. (Those curls are to die for!!!) But Clare paired her quintessential dewey skin look with a smokey eye. The results were stunning! Want to book Clare for your special day? Makeup applications are $100 for the bride(s) and $85 for each member of your party.

Flowers | From the designer, Stephanie, herself… “The overall look of this summer shoot is the essence of our design style at The Blue Daisy Floral Designs: Clean, classic and elegant. We enjoyed creating this large scale elevated centerpiece using foam-free techniques and water-filled Garnier vases to not only provide weight but add fun visual interest with the distortion of the negative space.” We added twisted taper candles ($75 from Von Walter & Funk) for an unexpected eye-level detail. Love this elaborate, and heavy floral, overhanging design? With installation labor, this piece runs $3,500. The bridal bouquet comes in at $350 with the boutonniere at $20.

Jewelry & Accessories | Diamonds and goodness all rolled into one! The mission of Gardens of the Sun’s owner and designer is to help indigenous people become a part of the global economy. She personally meets every person in her supply chain. Alluvial gold is extracted from artisanal female miners, who are paid directly. On top of that, one tree is planted for every purchase made. Imagine finding the dream ring for your loved one and feeling great about your purchase’s impact! Diamond rings start at just over $600. And what bride doesn’t love Bella Bell shoes! These handmade, floral beauties typically retail for $295, but I snagged this pair at Nordstrom on sale for under $100.

Special thanks to our amazing team who brought this vision to life, including our fabulous models Mia Gilroy and Isaac Cowen-Page!

* IMPORTANT NOTE – Prices may have changed since the time of posting, and may not include taxes and fees. For the most accurate representation, and availability, for your own events please contact each vendor directly.

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