Where do I even begin? There’s little I can say that would better describe the beauty of this bride or this groom or this wedding day than seeing them for yourself through the eyes of my lens, so instead I’ll tell you a little about how I came to know and love this dreamy couple…
Back in 2015, I met Mackenzie during a weekend brunch date with mutual friends and instantly felt as if I’d known her my entire life. She had an undeniable energy and a light about her that pulled me in right away and that day, she became my soul sister. Before long, I knew Mack’s beautiful heart.
It was during the Steelers v. Broncos divisional round playoff game on January 17, 2016 that Mack told me about Nick. We were watching the game at McFadden’s with friends when she mentioned her upcoming blind date with a guy who worked in another department at Pitt. I remember a feeling of excitement washing over me as we creeped through his photos! His genuine smile and kind eyes resonated even through a picture! There was just something about him and I am pretty sure right then and there, we both knew that their first date would be the making of a love story.
The heavenly presence of Mack’s mother, Mende Slabe enveloped the entirety of this magical wedding day. Deep in my soul, I believe she played a part in placing Nick in her sweet girls path and her spirit was smiling down at the sight of their joy.
Nick is adventurous, hardworking and humbly confident and I have no doubt that he’s committed to a life with Mackenzie, encouraging her be unapologetically herself while supporting her to flourish into the woman she was born to be. They make a perfect team!
Mack is a phenomenal event planner and coordinator and she made the most breathtaking bride! She dreamed up this unbelievably gorgeous day and brought it to life with the help of these amazing vendors….
Photos: Alex Mowrey + Sami Saunders
Video: Shannon Chavez Production with Phil Henry
Venue: RiverFront Weddings + JPC Event Group
Hotel: Renaissance PGH
Florist: Blossoms by Jilliann
Officiant: David Anderson
Rentals: All Occasions
Ceremony Music: Three Rivers String Quartet
Reception Music: DJ Mobile Mix
Coordinator: Poppy Events
Hair: Glam to Go
Makeup: Jan Avila
Dress: Bridal Beginning / Lillian West
Alterations: The Iron Horse
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal + Nordstrom
Tan: Blush Tan
Nails / Hair / Brows: Dallas Beauty Lounge
Lashes: Bennetts Beauty Bar
Hair Comb + Bracelet: Clarissa’s Boutique
Sinage: Piper East Design + Vista Print
Champagne Glasses: Sparkle Studio Design
Neon Sign: MK Neon
PJs + Robes: sswedding.s
Geometric Easels: modlode