A Fall Wedding with DIY Details at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania
Maeve and Zach applied for a self-uniting marriage license, and in November 2017, they had a small ceremony in their home followed by a Greek Orthodox ceremony at Zach's family church. One year later, they hosted a modern, industrial and rustic fall wedding at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. The ceremony took place in the ballroom at 11 a.m., with natural sunlight streaming through the windows. It included words about the couple's first official year of marriage, a handfasting tradition and a recessional to "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac. The reception was full of eclectic and industrial details—and Maeve DIYed a majority of the décor, including paper star ornaments that showed up throughout the day. The tables were a mix of rectangular and round shapes, and each was covered with an ivory table cloth. "At the center of each table was a lantern with a white paper star suspended inside," Maeve says. "Each table was numbered and named after a place from the Harry Potter books—the most explicitly 'themed' part of our day, and one of our favorite details. Our sweetheart table was named Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place." Zach wore a gray herringbone wool three-piece suit matched with a white dress shirt, navy tweed tie and oxford shoes. Maeve made his boutonniere using a red-orange silk poppy and dried flowers. The bride found her dress one month before the wedding day. "It was a floor-length champagne tulle dress that gradually flared below the knee, covered in silver and gold-hued sequins forming the shapes of florals and vines," Maeve says, adding that she also wore a brown mink stole that originally belonged to Zach’s late grandmother, Marianne. Her bouquet—and the other flower arrangements at the wedding—included a unique mix of dried, fresh and silk flowers.