A Modern Garden Wedding at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Stefanie Plant (31 and an interior designer) and Greg Pasquarella (37 and a skateboard shop owner) planned a chic garden fete with a modern twist for their early-summer wedding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “We wanted our day to be very personal, family-oriented and unique,” Stefanie says. “Laid-back elegance is our favorite way to describe our day.” The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Mellon Park Walled Garden offered the perfect setting for the alfresco soiree, embodying the couple’s vision perfectly. “The art exhibit at the time featured fantastic colored quilts and artwork, so we wanted to keep the decor simple and bring the lush garden feeling into the gallery,” she says. After exchanging “I dos,” Stefanie and Greg led their guests into the galleries for cocktail hour, where they sipped on signature libations and explored the various exhibits. Dinner and dancing took place outdoors on the terrace, providing guests with panoramic views of the surrounding gardens. Community Flower Show in Munhall infused the reception tables with a note of whimsy, adorning each tabletop with a lush, leafy garland punctuated with flickering votive candles. Black-and-white linens established a modern, sophisticated feel for the evening, while details like floating glass orbs and suspended greenery delivered a touch of playfulness to the decor. “Our DJ was one of our favorite parts of the wedding. Jay Malls, who hosts the Title Town Funk and Soul Party once a month at various Pittsburgh venues, turned our reception into the soul and funk dance party of a lifetime,” Stefanie says. “Not one slow song was played, and the dance floor was always full.” After the last dance, Stefanie and Greg ushered guests over to the Bakery Square Springhill Suites rooftop bar, where they kept the party going late into the night. A tip from Stefanie: “Our advice for future couples would be to plan your wedding for yourselves, and make it a personal experience. Keep the details simple and stay focused on the reason for the wedding—you!” —Libby MacCarthy