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Bryn + Paul


Festivities with family, friends & a Frenchie pug

This couple met through classmate Dilinus Harris, and clearly it was a well-made match; he was also the officiant on their wedding day. They knew they wanted to get married in Pittsburgh since they still have roots in the city with friends and family nearby. They chose Hotel Monaco because of its “beautiful ballrooms, effortless packages and wonderful people.” And they were able to host both the ceremony and reception within the hotel, which made the whole day seamless. The bride wore a stunning gown by Enaura Bridal Couture and the groom wore a Hugo Boss tux; the wedding party included eight bridesmaids and eight groomsmen. A highlight, according to Bryn? When her “sentimental” husband arranged for the newlyweds to go up to the rooftop right before sunset for final photos. “Of course,” she says, “those are some of my favorites.”

Memorable Details

The August ceremony took place in the Sofia Ballroom, where a cabernet hue ran throughout the flowers (which also had pops of bright corals), and matched the bridesmaids’ dresses too. They uplit both ballrooms, with pink lighting on the dance floor “to keep it fun.” The pair wrote their own vows, and their best friend (the matchmaker) officiated.

“I know every bride probably says this, but my wedding day was a perfect dream that I still can’t believe happened.”

The couple sums up their experience with the hotel as “personal.” The duo comments, “We truly felt we were special guests with the full support of every person working at the hotel.

After the ceremony, there was a cocktail hour during which the bridal party went into the back to celebrate. Paul and Bryn took a moment together to soak it all in. Then everyone enjoyed an “AMAZING” dinner and dancing to a live 9-piece band. The couple’s friends and families all had a blast, and no one wanted the night to end.

The newlyweds say that from their private tasting (meeting the chef and bartender) to their coordinator Paige being there every second of the big day, they couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. The cherry on top? The hotel’s dog-friendly policies that allowed their “baby” Norah (a Frenchie pug) to stay with them and pose in some photos, too.