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Something Blue: Trendy Ways to Keep the Tradition

You've heard the expression “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” See how these Pittsburgh couples kept that tradition alive on their special days.




photo: Kevin Pieto of Pittsburgh Imagery
 

Bryan Koval calls his wife Laura Wienand’s favorite colors “the peacock palette,” as she loves blues and greens. Sharing her concerns over potential unethical sourcing of diamonds, he chose a ring fitting the rest of her wardrobe — a blue topaz. Additionally, a friend had gifted Laura, a librarian, with a vintage purse trimmed with the blue cover of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” It served as her evening bag on the couple’s wedding day on June 25.  
 


photo: Hlad Photography
 

Megan Olinski carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas and delphiniums when she married Zach Barzanty on June 4. The flowers complemented her bridesmaids’ dresses in different shades of mint and periwinkle, and she tucked her late grandmother’s turquoise brooch inside the cascading bouquet — so the turquoise color of her “something-old” could subtly glint through the flowers.  
 


photo: PALERMO Photo
 

Lauren Weider found her blue shoes accidentally. After six months of searching, she chose a pair at Nordstrom, but when she opened the box at home, a different pair she loved even more was inside. Lauren also carried the first gift her husband, Anthony Calabria, gave to her — a blue Swarovski crystal finger rosary — at their wedding on June 11. 
 


photo: Photography by Lyndsey
 

Meghan Roe considered fudging the rules and calling her Tiffany engagement ring her “something-blue,” because Tiffany jewelry comes in blue boxes. Her bridesmaids had a better idea. They gifted the bride with white garters trimmed with deep blue flowers for her wedding to Jose Barrera on April 30.  
 


photo: Amber Marie Photography
 

Rachele Palmieri attended the College of Charleston, which lacks a football team. So she looked forward to the day when she would get a “Michigan Wife” shirt in the maize and blue of the University of Michigan — the alma mater of her husband, Jon Wilen. At her reception on May 29, her brother-in-love presented her with a gift during his toast: a Michigan T-shirt meant to be her “something-blue.”
 


photo: Araujo Photography
 

When Kristi Rosiak married Joshua Billiel on Aug. 19, she wanted to hold a piece of her mom’s wedding dress. She wrapped one of its lacy sleeves around her bouquet to be her “something-old,” and her mother gave her a blue pin that many brides in her family had carried to attach to it.
 

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