2018 Wedding Guide

 A wedding is likely the largest and most important celebration you will ever plan and experience in your lifetime. Many aspects must be considered when planning a wedding—everything from personal tastes and finances, to traditions and dreams.  To set you on the path to planning the wedding that is just right for your and your love, Northern Connection magazine is pleased to feature its 2018 Wedding Issue, which is packed with tips, trends and information on some of the finest wedding facilities and professionals in the area 

2018 Wedding Guide Directory
Art Expose
(724) 900-0480

 Avonworth Community Park
(412) 766-1700

Calla Event Travel
(724) 679-5701

 Double Tree
(724) 778-4147

 Doves of Love
(724) 462-5189

 Office Things
(724) 935-2221

Old Economy Village
(724) 266-4500

Pinehall at Eisler Farms
(724) 355-4599

Succop Nature Park
(724) 586-2591

The Atrium
(724) 865-2830

Walnut Grill

Old Economy Village 

Old Economy Village in Ambridge is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue. A National Historic Landmark, Old Economy was the settlement of the Harmony Society, a 19th century religious communal group. 

Old Economy Village

Today, it is the only 200-year-old historical site with all original buildings available for weddings in the area. It’s beautifully manicured gardens with more than two acres of 19th century flowers, formal pathways and stone pavilion provides a gorgeous setting for your wedding ceremony. Garden weddings that can accommodate up to 300 guests are scheduled from mid-April through mid-October. With Pittsburgh’s unpredictable weather, brides won’t have to fret if rain is threatening. Old Economy Village also offers two options in the event of inclement weather. The Feast Hall, which also holds up to 300 people and the Granary, which hold up to 100 guests are set up in the event of rain. As a small nonprofit, The Friends of Old Economy Village is able to offer personal attention to wedding parties. It is recommended that your Garden Wedding be booked six months in advance. Old Economy is also the perfect venue for bridal showers and rehearsal dinners.  

Be sure to mark your calendar to attend Old Economy’s Bridal Showcase on June 10 from 1-4 p.m., when you will be able to stroll the grounds and enjoy light refreshments while you meet the staff, see the venues set up for a ceremony and reception and speak with wedding vendors. There is no charge to attend if you RSVP to Sandy Carroll, Site Rental & Motor Coach Tour Associate at (724) 266-4500 X120 or c-scarroll@pa.gov. 

The Atrium

The Atrium is a truly distinctive event facility located in Butler PA. Whether your event is held in our greenhouses, the outdoor gazebo and gardens in the main hall, your event will be memorable. Our caring and creative staff, full range of services and menu selections, and the flexibility to work within a variety of budgets, make The Atrium the place where events flourish. 724-865-2830 Theatriumonline.com

photographer robin pesa

 Calla Events, Design, & Travel 

“Elevating the Elegance From Afar” 

A Destination Wedding can be the most relaxing, cost-effective and fun way to celebrate your marriage. However, this does require the coordination of many people who are coming and going in a hundred different directions, and they look to you for answers. We can help! We will show you which island, city, resort, cruise ship or country will best meet your desires. We advise you on the step-by-step basics of planning a successful Destination Wedding and Honeymoon for you and all of your family and friends. We handle the booking of the resort and all hotel rooms, accommodations and amenities for all of the guests. We serve as the mediator, negotiator and liaison between you and the catering director/resort manager at your destination to ensure the wedding day goes smoothly, according to your wishes as it applies to all service providers hired for your celebration. We make suggestions on the variety of excursions and adventures available to you and your guests in your destination country/city of choice. We look over your passport, insurance and all travel documents. We make sure that everyone receives a welcome package and complete details of the wedding festivities and resort activities upon arrival. We help you put a detailed timeline together for the wedding day, the entire vacation and all moments leading up to the trip throughout the year. We discuss colors and textures and help you develop the look and feel of the overall party and celebration. Save The Dates, Travel Registry, Custom Website, Airline Comparisons, Nationality/Customs Protocol Research, Linens, Flowers, Attire and More! www.CallaEventTravel.com 

Pinehall at Eisler Farms

Pinehall at Eisler Farms is Butler County’s newest outdoor venue specializing in weddings! It is the perfect venue for your big day or any other special events! Amenities include the 3500sq. Ft wedding barn complete with large dance floor and chandelier lighting. Wedding packages also include use of the bridal cottage for the day and adjacent VIP parking. 724-355-4599www.pinehallfarms.com

Succup Natural Park – Photo credit: Meaghan Elliott Photography

Succop Nature Park

Succop Nature Park’s 50 picturesque acres, outdoor ceremony and reception area and ponds create a memorable backdrop for your wedding. You and your guests may enjoy cocktails in the 1830 Marcraig House, take in the beauty of our peaceful nature trails, then dance the night away under the stars. The nature park is located in Penn Township, Butler County, just 40 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh on Route 8. Our outdoor event shelter is fully equipped for events from April through October and Medure’s Catering is our exclusive catering partner. Succop Nature Park is one of Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s properties. Learn more about weddings at Succop Nature Park by calling (724) 586-2591, visiting aswp.org, or emailing events@aswp.org.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry

At the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry, we take care of everything, so you can relax and enjoy the best day of your life. Allow us to plan your perfect day at our newly renovated venue designed with a contemporary mid-century modern flare. We have everything you need in customizable packages for ceremonies, weddings, after parties, overnight accommodations, farewell brunches and all of life’s celebrations. With a grand ballroom accommodating events of 50 up to 700 guests, we are the perfect location for the most intimate of affairs or the grandest of galas. Our all-inclusive wedding packages may be custom tailored to your personal taste, allowing your vision to come to life. You will work directly with our preferred vendors to choose the fresh floral centerpieces, color-coordinated napkins, chair covers, sashes and bridal cake of your dreams. 

Top of off your evening at Ember & Vine, woodfire oven + social bar with an impressive selection of craft beers, signature cocktails and late-night bites.  

Learn more at doubletreewedding.com or contact our wedding coordinator at 724-778-4171 to schedule an appointment to visit our Hotel. 

 Doves of Love LLC

White dove releases are an ever-popular expression of love at weddings and a joyful highlight at any outdoor event. There are many ways Doves of Love Inc. will add a touch of romance to your wedding and photos.  

Hand-releasing a pair of doves makes for a romantic prop for a wedding photoshoot.  A single dove hand-released, is a lovely way to include existing children and have them participate in the wedding celebration or acknowledge those who are no longer with us.  Flocks of different sizes enhance any outdoor setting in the background or foreground and can make for a grand entrance of the bride getting out of a limo or arriving at a venue.  

Choose from a flock of joy symbolizing love, joy and happiness; a 10-dove release symbolizing the union of two families; or the forever flock symbolizing eternal love.  

Each release includes your choice of music, a decorated release basket that matches your personal wedding colors and theme and a customized dove release.  Doves of Love LLC welcomes your ideas and will customize our dove releases to fit your event, your venue and enhance your big day. 

 The Mayernik Center

The Mayernik Center is a wonderful location for wedding receptions and indoor or outdoor ceremonies. Located in Avonworth Community Park, the park also offers two other beautiful venues for receptions and ceremonies, The Pavilion and The Cabin. The Mayernik Center is a hidden gem right here in the neighborhood and just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh with easy access from both I279 and Route 65. The venue holds up to 200 guests inside the rustic log cabin style structure, which features a full wrap-around porch that allows guests to utilize the inside and outside of the facility. The center’s 18-foot cathedral ceilings and stone fireplace in the main hall, add charm to any event, and our spacious park provides a beautiful backdrop in the spring and summer as well as in the fall and winter. You do not need to be a resident of Avonworth to reserve it. The Mayernik Center begins to book about 18 months out with Saturdays the most popular day. Friday and Sunday dates are easier to reserve. Customers reserving The Mayernik Center can work with any vendors they wish; however, for catering, we do require that they use one of the three wonderful caterers we work with: Erin’s Fine Foods, Monteverde’s Catering and Remo’s Catering. For more information, visit the website at:  www.avonworthcommunitypark.org or call: (412) 766-1700.