Tom and Christina | Carnegie Museum Wedding

by | Aug 11, 2016 | Pennsylvania Weddings | 0 comments

Reflecting back

Reflecting back on the wedding day

Carnegie Museum was and still is the one venue that has me in awe every time I walk through those glass double doors into the music hall. The tall marble columns and, what seems like 30 foot ceilings with detailed gold trim work will have you standing there for a good minute taking it all in. I know I keep saying “this venue is one of my favorites” but I cannot help and this one in particular is definitely in my top three.
Christina got ready nearby in a hotel in downtown Pittsburgh with her bridesmaids and the female portion of her family. It is always a blast being among a bunch of long time friends, before a wedding ceremony. The excitement in the room was felt through the hallway and perhaps even the lobby of the hotel.
Congrats Tom and Christina!
Want to see more from Carnegie Museum to inspire off of? Take a look at Steve and Rachel’s black tie formal wedding!

Interview with the bride

Bride looks back on her wedding day

Why did you choose your ceremony and reception venue?

We chose Bellefield Presbyterian Church based on our faith and the wonderful Pastor and congregation. It is an absolutely beautiful church in Pittsburgh. In addition, the wedding ceremony coordinator located at the church, Meg Van Dyke, was so great to work with. The ceremony was just as we imagined! The Carnegie Music Hall Foyer was chosen for our wedding reception because of its elegance and beauty. The marble pillars and floor and the gold ceilings with chandeliers were the most amazing backdrop to the celebration. Our friends and family were absolutely amazed with the venue.

Did you face any obstacles while planning your wedding?

Not really! I had the support of my husband, family and bridesmaids during the planning process. We were engaged for a little more than a year and a half so I had ample time to plan and ensure that everything went smoothly.

Your favorite wedding day moment…

Walking down the aisle in the church, seeing my soon to be husband waiting for me at the other end.

Did everything go as planned on your wedding day?

Everything went as planned! It was the perfect day! I couldn’t ask for a better wedding ceremony and reception! If anything did go wrong, my maid of honor wouldn’t tell me, as she was there every moment to ensure the day was just as I imagined. The ceremony coordinator at the church and the museum coordinator both ensured that everything went as planned and were so attentive and helpful. In addition, all of the vendors were absolutely amazing to work with!

Looking back on your wedding day, is there anything you would have done differently? 

I wish that my husband Tom and I could have spent a few minutes at the reception, just the two of us, to step back and take in the moment to really see all of our friends and family sharing in love, laughter and joy.

Any advice or tips to give to a Bride-To-Be?

Use “The Knot” wedding planning binder! It was a life saver and really helped me to keep everything organized. Also – you will hear a lot of opinions from friends and family regarding your wedding, but listen to your heart and do what you and your future spouse want. It’s your day – make it just as you dreamed it would be!

Vendor Information

Information on those who helped make this day a success.

Florist: Petal Pushers

DJ: Schiemer Entertainment (Eric Schiemer)

Cake Designer: Maria Fonzi | Executive Pastry Chef | Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Caterer: CULINAIRE, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Wedding Planner: Meg Van Dyke with Yinz Getting Married

Reception Venue Contact Person: Eileen Twigger

Bride’s Dress Designer: Cielo (Bijou Bridal Designer)

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bride’s Dress Store: Bijou Bridal and Special Occasion

Groom’s Attire By: Men’s Warehouse

Bridesmaid Dresses: White by Vera Wang

Hair Stylist: Allison Roth Studio

Makeup Artist: Allison Roth Studio


Getting Ready

A goofy bunch of bridesmaids give the bride a good laugh and a few drinks. One of the most fun getting ready events I have photographed to date!


The ceremony was held at Bellefield Presbyterian Church

Wedding Portraits

My favorite is when the wedding party is as crazy and weird as I am. We had some fun being sassy and goofy at the same time!



If there is any venue that will stop you dead in your tracks when entering, it is the Carnegie Museums Music Hall. Look at the details built into this room!


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