Real Winter Weddings: Brad and Melissa Weinbaum

Winter weddings contain some of the most magical moments. Brad and Melissa Weinbaum knew they wanted nothing more than to capture the magic of winter during their special day. Their vision transformed Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden into their perfect winter wedding with white, winter lighting, candles, white roses, flowing green vines, and the natural beauty of the garden. Continue reading to see pictures from real winter weddings.

Melissa got ready at the Embassy Suites Downtown Pittsburgh in hotel rooms that overlooked the city skyline. With the help of her friends and family, she was able to create her perfect wedding look.

The couple then had their first look outside the Conservatory. Even though it was a February wedding and the weather was cold, Mother Nature blessed the couple with snow a few days before the wedding, so while the pavement had dried out, the sun glistened off the fresh snow and truly created the beautiful aesthetic of their winter wedding.

In the special events hall off of the tropical rainforest, Melissa and Brad used floor to ceiling white piping and drapes with fabric lined walls to create the winter atmosphere inside the grand, but intimate ballroom. For their ceremony, a four post Hoopa covered in green, white, and ivory flora and fauna and candles created the altar that stood at the front of the room to keep the setting intimate. Lanterns and greenery lined the aisle and were placed elegantly at the end of each row of bamboo chairs. They had special signs set up throughout the room to welcome their guests to their special day and added candles on the ledges of each of the windows.

While the bride and groom were off taking more wedding day photos, the guests spent their free time touring the rest of the Conservatory. They received the signature cocktail, which was a drink that the bride and groom had together on one of their vacations. The guests enjoyed exploring the gardens, a scavenger hunt, charcuterie, a sushi bar, and photos of the bride and groom throughout their relationship. The couple wanted their guests to experience and enjoy Phipps the way they did on their many dates to the Conservatory.

While the guests were entertaining themselves in the gardens, the entire staff worked tirelessly to flip the hall for the reception including setting tables, bringing in new flowers, and lighting candles in an hour and a half. Both centerpieces were placed nicely on each of the tables. One included three floating candles surrounded by greenery and the other portrayed a terrarium to highlight the beautiful location of the wedding. The sweetheart table created an elegant addition to the space decorated with a glimmering champagne tablecloth from Mosaic Linens and a beautiful arrangement of white and ivory flowers. Within that time, the green floral wall was also moved 40 feet across the reception hall to create a backdrop for the bride and groom.

However, like every wedding, not everything went according to plan. About an hour before the ceremony, they received a call from Bethel Bakery explaining that the delivery truck was in an accident and their wedding cake was destroyed. Their bakers worked tirelessly over the next 2 and a half hours to recreate their cake. Not only were the bride and groom happy that the bakery was able to recreate it, they were grateful that no one was hurt in the accident.

In the end, Melissa and Brad enjoyed their white winter wedding and were overjoyed that even though it was a black-tie event, everyone relaxed, kicked off their heels, and danced the night away celebrating their new life together.


Venue: Phipps Conservatory
Florist: Allison McGeary
DJ/Band: DJ Dean (Pittsburgh DJ Company)
Planner: Natasha Brody (Hello! Productions)
Linens: Mosaic Linens
Bakery: Bethel Bakery
Hair: Simply Captivating Salon (Christy Pickell)
Makeup: Beauty by Joy
Transportation: Elite Coach Limousine, Inc.
Wedding Colors: lots of greenery and white flowers
Dress Designer: Martina Liana & Sarah Nouri
Dress Shop: Bridal Beginning
Tuxedos: Larrimor’s
Jewelry: Bucci Jewelry Co.
Stationary: Nota Bene and Tallulah Ketubahs

If you have any questions about real winter weddings, contact us today at Hello Productions!