Register for Pittsburgh-Made Wares for Your Wedding

Downtown shop PG&H will feature locally made bowties, jewelry and more in a bridal trunk show on Thursday.


Photos courtesy PG&H
 

Samantha Fisher wanted to be sure to have items created by Pittsburgh-area makers in her wedding.

It helps that she’s the store manager of PG&H, a Downtown shop that opened in October with a focus on locally made home goods.

So why not also give customers that opportunity too? That’s how the idea for the upcoming Makers’ Bridal Trunk Show came about.

“Pittsburghers are so passionate about encouraging the maker community, so we wanted people to be able to locally source items for their weddings and other special events,” Fisher says.

Set for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the shop at 536 Smithfield St., the event will include six makers who will showcase their wares and offer consultations on custom orders.

The event also formally launches the PG&H gift registry, already live on its website. Most of the items available in the store are able to be added to a registry, Fisher says.
 


PHOTO BY  EMMANUELLE WAMBACH
 

Weddings offer makers plenty of opportunities, says ceramic artist Emmanuelle Wambach, who will be showcasing her custom plates patterned with bridal lace at PG&H’s trunk show. 

“There are so many amazing makers who do things for weddings,” she says. “Pittsburgh itself is a hands-on town, and I love that there’s a respect for people who make things.”

Wambach, who has been working in ceramics for 16 years, creates at her home studio in Squirrel Hill, the Union Project in Highland Park and Ton Pottery in Millvale.

Depending on the fabric, she can take a piece of an heirloom dress or a piece of extra lace from a new dress and press it into the clay before the pottery is fired; in about 4 to 6 weeks the plates are ready to be given as gifts.

“I’ve always loved lace because you can tell different eras from different lace,” she says. “I can take that and make that into something decorative and useful.”
 


 

Nisha Blackwell, founder of Knotzland Bowties, says her company has gone from creating a custom collection from scratch for four weddings last year to 10 this year, anywhere from three to 16 bowties per wedding. The bowties can be custom-made from three different fabrics into three different styles. 

Her advice to visitors to the trunk show looking for something custom is to have ideas in mind so that the collaboration comes from both sides.

“I really try to have the bride and groom hone in to develop what their vision is,” she says. “Really what we’re building is a relationship … making something custom for such a special day is a task that is important and it should not be taken lightly.”

In addition to Wambach’s pottery and Knotzland, jewelry makers Studebaker Metals and Collarbone Jewelry, menswear designer Commonwealth Proper and floral designer Wild Flower Child will be a part of the event.

For more information on the registry and show, visit PG&H’s website.

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