Twelve Oaks Mansion Wedding
Nashville Wedding Photographer, Melanie Grady
Congratulations Danielle & Pete!
Wedding Planner: Em + E Events
Venue: Twelve Oaks Mansion – Cranberry, PA
Florist: Julie James Designs
Wedding Gown: Claire’s Fashions – Allure Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse – Vera Wang
Hair & Makeup: Wanderlust Beauty
DJ: Jeremy Ganass
A Twelve Oaks Mansion wedding in Pittsburgh, PA is one that is sophisticated, sweet, and maybe even a little ‘southern inspired’. I’m drawn to the venue for some of the same reasons I LOVE shooting weddings at southern mansions as a Nashville wedding photograher. The upstairs open air loft area is so elegant and luxurious – with the best natural light a photographer could ask for. Twelve Oaks Mansion has the charm and timelessness of a southern mansion with a remarkable added bonus – the amazing view!! Although Pittsburgh’s landscape consists of hills upon hills, it’s not easy to find another view this good. It feels like you’re on the top of the world from the back patio area.
I have fallen in love with Danielle and Pete’s love! It only took one day… and it started with their first look. The way they gaze into each other’s eyes and hold each other longing to never let go had my emotions running high and my shutter button on rapid fire to catch every sweet moment. In addition to their own huge hearts and pure happiness, their families’ joy was contagious and I absolutely loved being surrounded by it. Be sure to look for Danielle’s first look with her Dad – it was by far one of the most memorable moments of the day and had me teary eyed behind the lens.
Here’s Danielle’s account of how they met and fell in love: “Pete and I met how every girl dreams to meet her future husband: in a college bar. I was teaching in State College and he was visiting for a golf outing. The bar was overly crowded and having worn too high of heels (typical me) I asked Pete & his brother if they minded if I joined them. Pete & I spent the night talking then when parting ways he gave me a hug and asked me for my SNAPCHAT username (I’m not kidding). We still laugh that 4 years later our relationship started because he asked for that. We continued our relationship long distance (he was living in Wilmington, Delaware at the time) until I finally moved in June 2016.”
And when she said “yes”: “Pete proposed at Penn State’s Arboretum. He had arranged with a friend of mine to ask me to go for a walk after work one Friday after school and then he was planning on making the trip to PA and surprise me. So there I was (in one of my FAVORITE State College places) wearing skinny jeans and sneakers, looking like a 90’s mom, ready to go for a walk when my friend said she had to run to the bathroom. I waited out in the pavilion area and got a Snapchat from Pete. It was a picture of my engagement ring with a caption saying something like #proposal. I looked around and didn’t see him so I of course was furiously texting him about how not funny he was when I heard him coming up behind me and getting down on one knee. We feel our engagement was the perfect combination of us: silly, thoughtful, & crazy in love.and
“What inspired me during wedding planning was just keeping at the center of my mind & heart what was important about the day: our love for each other, for God, and for our families. We want to have a blast that day and have every one of our guests leaving feeling the same. I wanted a romantic, classic look overall.”
What makes our relationship unique? “Probably that we spent the majority of it long distance. It really helped us learn how to communicate with one another and support each other if we couldn’t be physically right there. Pete is one of the most thoughtful, kind, and supportive people I know.”