Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Why These Pittsburgh Brides Said Yes to the … Jumpsuit?

Comfort, mobility and style were all considerations for these brides’ perfect wedding wardrobe.




(l-r) Caty Kumar and Nina Turcic | photos by Custom Portraits By Charlene 
 

Nina Turcic hasn’t worn high heels in 10 years, and she’s not the gown-wearing type.

Abby Blake knew she’d be doing a lot of walking at her wedding venue, which was mostly outdoors.

Both brides came up with the same solution: jumpsuits.

“It’s beautiful and it’s very bridal and classic, but it’s not a huge ball gown that you’re not going to wear again,” Abby says, noting she searched about 10 dress shops before finding a jumpsuit she liked. “I definitely knew that I wanted something different,” she says.

Nina wanted an alternative to a gown, but wasn’t thrilled with the idea of a suit. She tried on separates and wasn’t sold, then came across a jumpsuit on Pinterest that came close — but it was in Europe.
 


 

“I was a little discouraged at first because there wasn’t a lot to pick from,” she says.

Most of the jumpsuits she came across featured wide legs to accommodate heels or had a more vintage feel, but she wanted to wear flats with something more sleek and modern.

After a months-long search, RMINE, a designer just a mile from her house in Studio City, Calif., had exactly what she was looking for.

“When she put it on, I was like, ‘That’s completely Nina,’” says her partner, Caty Kumar. They celebrated their wedding on Oct. 20 in Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside. 

“Just because you’re a bride doesn’t mean you have to wear a dress,” Caty says. “Why resort to a dress on the most special day of your life if that’s not you?”

In 2014, Solange Knowles made a statement in a cream-colored jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and a cape.

Erin Szymanski, owner of Luna Boutique in Sewickley, says considering your own personality when choosing what to wear for your wedding should be a priority.

“I think it’s really important to honor your personal style,” she says. “It’s easy to get caught up in other people’s opinions. They’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s not a wedding dress,’ but I think what’s really important is staying true to yourself.”

Luna Boutique currently has one jumpsuit in stock by designer Rebecca Schoneveld, and while they might be harder to find, there are plenty of good options out there, Szymanski says.

“I think it’s an awesome option for people who are a little more fashion-forward or who aren’t really fully comfortable in a dress, but I don’t think it will be something that fully competes with bridal gowns,” she says.
 


Abby and Zac Blake | Photos by Melanie Rae Photography
 

Szymanski remembers working with Abby, who lives in Bethel Park, last year for her Nov. 3 wedding to Zac Blake.

“She was really excited to think outside the box and not go quite as formal for her wedding day,” the boutique owner says.

When considering her venue, The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake in Beaver County, Abby knew there would be a lot of walking, and she wanted to have something that was easy to dance in and would be comfortable and warm in the chilly fall air.

“It was fitting with the whole feel and idea of the wedding,” she says, noting the wedding party’s wardrobe included lots of plaid, tweed and green velvet.

She accessorized her jumpsuit with a green leather jacket and plaid scarf for the cocktail hour and dinner, which took place before the twilight ceremony, when she swapped those for a lace top and an 8-foot veil.

“I knew that I wanted to do some sort of change, without really changing from a cocktail dress to a ceremony dress,” Abby says.
 


 

Similarly, Nina wore a belted lace train for the ceremony, then switched it for the reception with a belt covered in crystals.

Her friends and family were curious what the jumpsuit would look like, but she only showed her mom photos beforehand.

“It was definitely a journey,” she says.

Abby says she’s already planning to wear her jumpsuit again for a gala this weekend benefitting the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh where she works.

“I would recommend [a jumpsuit] to anyone,” she says.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Sharing Knives Grows into Sharing Farms

For its third season, the collaborative dinner series at Ace Hotel will celebrate the region’s growers.

A Slice of Pizza Kept Sean McDowell Going in the Early Days

After 41 years in the business, the legendary rock DJ on WDVE has announced his retirement.

This New App Will Help You Track Upcoming Cicada Swarm

Follow Brood VIII, which is expected to have three species of periodical cicadas emerging from the soil as early as this month, on the Cicada Safari App.

Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh in 2019

Our annual roundup of Pittsburgh's Best Restaurants covers a lot of ground. The list of 30 includes everything from fine dining at a resort hotel to a scrappy, farm-to-table breakfast and lunch counter in Bloomfield.

This Restless Pair are Pittsburgh Restaurateurs of the Year

Together, Richard DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik of the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group form the Pittsburgh restaurant world's most dynamic duo.

Our 50 Years: The Best Restaurants of 1999

Twenty years later, nearly everything about our best restaurants list is different. But our picks for the best of 1999 hint at the great leap forward that was on the horizon.

How Pittsburgh's Homeless Teens Escape the Mean Streets

For homeless Youth, living on the street can end up being worse than what they’re running from. Gaining their trust and guiding them to safety is a long and painful process, but local agencies are making progress.

Announcing our Scenic Photo Contest Winner

There were 682 photos submitted to our Scenic Vistas photo contest, which ran during the month of April. Art Director Chuck Beard picked a winner and two runners-up.

Braddock Brewery Brew Gentlemen Turns Five

A deliberately slow fermentation has the young brewers primed for a big expansion.

Claudy Pierre is Non Stop

The owner of Arnold’s Tea spends his time connecting communities and working to empower a new generation of Pittsburghers.

Daytripping: Enjoy Comedy History 3 Hours from Pittsburgh

The national comedy center in Jamestown, N.Y. takes the whole comedy thing kinda seriously (just kidding)

Remembering Some of Mister Rogers' Famous Houseguests

A world renowned French pantomime artist, an astronaut, a TV news anchor and a beloved chef are among the notable visitors to Mister Rogers' neighborhood.

Perspectives: Call of the Wild

Award-winning journalist Sally Wiggin explains the evolving role of zoos, including the Pittsburgh zoo, to save endangered species from extinction.

Pirates’ First Quarter Record Defies Logic if Not Description

The 21-19 record the Bucs took to San Diego doesn’t add up given all they’ve had to overcome. Perhaps there’s more to this team than meets the eye.

The 400-Word Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Keanu Reeves returns, and Halle Berry arrives, as the action series broadens its scope.