Though Alexa and Max had a big group of mutual friends — and even worked in the same neighborhood! — it took dating site OkCupid to bring them together. All those connections worked in their favor, meaning the pair got serious quickly. "We moved in together just a few months after we started dating and got engaged just nine months after our first date!" says Alexa. "It felt right and was different from any other relationship either of us had ever been in."
They spent a year planning their September 12, 2015, wedding, inviting 150 guests to the Pittsburgh Golf Club. "We loved how beautiful the building is on its own and how open the reception area in front of the fireplace is," says the bride. They accentuated the elegant structure with a romantic vision that combined pale pink and metallic hues with lush flowers. See how they personalized their country club celebration, photographed by Willa J Photography, below.
The bride fell for the very first wedding dress she tried on. "My mom really liked it and she has excellent taste. It fit perfectly without alterations. It was classy but also sexy," Alexa says of her Martina Liana sheath with a lace neckline and an open back.
She paired her gown with side-swept curls, a veil embellished with soft flowers, and rose gold Kate Spade heels. Max opted for a classic look, as well, choosing a black tuxedo paired with a white rose boutonniere.
The groomsmen wore blue suits with ivory ties, allowing the groom to stand out. "Max found a great tailor, so all of the groomsmen's suits were handmade!" says Alexa.
Her bridesmaids wore dresses in mismatched shades of blush, complete with metallic accents scattered throughout. "Coordinating their gowns was a challenge, but in the end, everyone looked beautiful!" The 'maids carried bouquets of white and pale pink dahlias, roses, and eucalyptus. Alexa's bouquet combined white dahlias, football mums, roses, and eucalyptus, wrapped in silver fabric.
The ceremony took place beneath an altar decorated with mums, roses, and draped greenery. Max and Alexa wrote their own vows and were wed in a ceremony officiated by the bride's step-grandfather. "We tried to kiss right after our vows — it was such an emotional moment — but we managed to stop ourselves just in time. Our guests couldn't stop laughing!" says Alexa.
And it wouldn't be a wedding without a little mishap. "Max gave his wedding band to his brother, but he forgot it at home. The groom ended up using his best man's wedding band, but it didn't quite fit. He hadn't told me, so I kept trying to push it on further and didn't realize it was the wrong ring!" Alexa remembers.
At the reception, guests dined on shrimp scampi and a pear salad before a DJ kept everyone on the dance floor. Tables were decorated with arrangements of roses, mums, and dahlias in white and pink, surrounded by clusters of votive candles.
For dessert, the pair cut into a three-tiered cake with textured frosting and fresh pink dahlias on the side. The frosting covered layers of German chocolate cake and sweet coconut filling.
The pair headed to Cartagena, Colombia, for their honeymoon. Says Alexa, "Remember to relax! We didn't want our wedding to feel overdone or too planned, so we focused on each other and planning a celebration that reflected us."
Venue & Catering: The Pittsburgh Golf Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Martina Liana || Shoes: Kate Spade || Wedding Bands: Henne Jewelers || Florist: Gidas Flowers || Invitations: Minted || Music: DJ Selecta || Photographer: Willa J Photography