Love and Lace: Six Stand-Out Dresses

To coincide with the launch of our Spring 2016 Weddings magazine, we’ve created a Week of Wedded Bliss — seven stories to introduce you to the couples featured in our Real Pittsburgh Weddings. On Day Six, we fall head over heels in love with these six dresses.


Looking for a little wedding inspiration? Look no further than these beautiful gowns, complete with touching stories and special significance for theses brides from our Real Pittsburgh Weddings.

Photographer: Lady of the Lens


Mary Anzio and David Rueda: Lovely in Lace

Mary Anzio and her dress were a match made in heaven. She found the gown, from Love Couture Bridal in Potomac, Md., on the website and ended up purchasing it from a former bride.

“She happened to be the exact same size and measurements as myself,” Mary says. “As soon as I zipped up the dress, I knew it was perfect for me.”

This elegant lace dress was a perfect finishing touch for the bride’s barn wedding on July 10, 2015. Her husband, David Rueda, notes, “It looked like it was made for Mary.”

Read more about their wedding here

Photographer: Leeann Marie Photography


Sarah Cruikshank and Greg Jasiota: Stunning in Sherbet

Sarah Cruikshank held on to the dream of this dress long before her wedding became a reality.

After seeing a dress she loved on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” Sarah looked up the designer and found her perfect gown: a tulle Lazaro dress with a sweetheart neckline and floral belt. After she became engaged to Greg Jasiota years later,, she searched out a boutique where could order the dress and finally tried it on.

“I immediately fell in love,” she says. “I walked around the salon for what seemed like only a few seconds, but [really] over an hour because I did not want to take it off.”

Sarah was especially in love with the sherbet hues in her dress. “The color changes with every angle,” she says. She tried the same gown on in ivory, but there was no comparison — she had already found her perfect dress for her nuptials on April 25, 2015.

“I felt like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn all rolled into one,” she says. “I felt as if I was the prettiest woman in the world.”

Read more about their wedding here. 

Photographer: Laurel Mountain Photography


Nasreen Bagwan and Anuj Malik: Combining Traditions

When Nasreen Bagwan was planning her wedding, she had to do so in a foreign country (the couple is from India but married in Pittsburgh) AND combine two different traditions. Although her husband, Anuj Malik, was Muslim and she was Hindu, they planned an inter-religious ceremony that celebrated the start of their lives together on Jan. 30, 2015. 

Nasreen wore different outfits for the ceremony and reception. “Traditionally you have to wear something in shades of red, usually a Lehenga or Saree, for the Hindu ceremony,” she says. Instead, Nasreen chose an orange-colored, ankle-length Anarkali suit as a slight twist for their culture-combining celebration. “[It] was out of the norm,” she says.

The couple chose to make royal blue their wedding theme. At their reception, Nasreen wore an outfit called “Lehenga,” while her husband wore a “sherwani.” Both outfits are traditional formal attire, and often worn at weddings. After all of the planning and logistics, Nasreen says, “it was the happiest day of our lives.”

Read more about their wedding here.

Photographer: Araujo Photography


Dana Sander and Jack Holden: Lace in the Tuscan Sun

Dana Sander never thought she would find THE dress on her very first day of searching. But when a stylist at Anne Gregory for the Bride pulled a dress with equal parts elegance and originality, with classic alençon lace and a surprising cocoa-colored underlay, Dana fell in love.

“It caught my eye immediately,” she says. It gets better: the tag for the dress read “Tuscan Countryside,” signaling to Dana that this dress was made for her because she had met her husband, Jack, under the Tuscan sun in Italy. They wed on April 11, 2015.

“As if it weren’t all perfect enough, it also went beautifully with my mom’s heirloom veil,” she says. “Again, meant to be.”

Read more about their wedding here. 

Photographer: Weddings by Alisa


Alyia Smith-Parker and Greg Gaskins: Dreams Come True

When Alyia Smith-Parker went dress shopping with people she loved, she had no idea that everyone in her bridal party had chipped in to help her buy the dress of her dreams.

“My maid of honor told me to close my eyes. When I opened [them], she was holding a giant cardboard check,” she says. “Their generosity allowed me to purchase my dream dress.” Because of this wedding gift, Alyia was able to shop for dresses without thinking about cost.
She married her husband, Greg Gaskins, on Feb. 10, 2015 at Waverly Presbyterian Church in the mermaid-style lace gown.

“My dress made me feel so beautiful,” she says. “I knew it was the one the minute I tried it on.”

Read more about their wedding here.

Photographer: Kristi Telnov Photography


Carmen Ogrodnik and David Mizer: Love at First Dress

Some brides spend months looking for their ideal dress, but Carmen found perfection on her first try. “I tried on many dresses afterwards, but none compared to the first dress,” she says.

After trying it on in-store, she found it online and received her perfect dress in only six weeks, rather than the typical six months. “This dress suited me better than any other dress I tried on,” she says. Designed by Pronovias, a company in Spain, this dress shone as the perfect option for Carmen on her wedding on April 22, 2015.

Read more about their wedding here.


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