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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.

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