Richelle & Brian’s Colorful, Cozy and Love-filled Cafe Wedding
Happy Friday everyone! Today’s feature is short and sweet… very sweet in fact because it was a wedding born out of love between the couple and their families. Richelle and Brian only had two and a half weeks to plan because they wanted their loved ones present on their special day. They didn’t have enough time to save up but as you’ll see it turned out to be a cozy celebration filled with warmth and so. much. love. The venue was a favorite hangout, the very unique and colorful Kaleidoscope Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA owned by a friend of the couple’s, and theirs was the first wedding held there.
I will leave it to Richelle to give you the details later but I just wanted to add that I couldn’t stop the tears from welling up in my eyes as I read their beautiful story… Theirs is a reminder to have a wedding centered around what’s really important to you. To them, it was all about being surrounded by the people they love.
And now let’s watch the day unwind through the eyes and lens of Amanda Brisco Photography…
Here’s Richelle to tell you more about her and Brian and their special day:
Brian and I met at work 5 years ago. I didn’t pay him much mind as the department he worked in was not one that I really had much to do with. I was walking outside on a break just few days after we met when I ran into his boss. As we were chatting she let it slip that Brian’s Father was dying of pancreatic cancer. I had lost my Daddy many years before and my heart went out to him. I started to stop and visit his desk and offer my ear, then we started going out for drinks. We talked a lot about him and his Dad and how hard this was for Brian. Eventually he asked me out on a date, except I didn’t know it was a date. I thought I was just going out with my new friend. When he came to pick me up he decided he was going in for the good night kiss right away. I guess he really liked the dress I was wearing! It took me by complete surprise and I spent the rest of the evening in shock that I was on a date! It was a wonderful night and we have been together from that night to this.
Brian had planned on proposing later in 2014 when he had time to save up for a ring and have the wedding in 2015 after we had saved up for a wedding. That was his plan, however, his Mother had been diagnosed with lung cancer and his Step-Mother with breast cancer in the spring. He loves both of them very much. He decided to propose now and get married now, he was afraid that if we waited one or both of them would not be with us to celebrate. He gave me 2 1/2 weeks to plan our wedding! He chose for the date my Daddy’s birthday so he could be with us in a way too. My Grandmother was so excited and pleased, she asked Brian if it would be all right if he married me in my Great-Grandmother’s rings. I was so ecstatic when he officially proposed and I was looking at this ring I have loved all my life! It was supposed to be a small JP kind of thing and then out for lunch, we really had NO money to do anything more than that. Luckily we are loved a lot and that was not an option. My family was determined to make this a real wedding.
My Aunt Denise let me choose anywhere I wanted to have it and I chose our favorite restaurant, Kaleidoscope Cafe. The owner is a dear friend and, ironically, I was making the cookies for his wedding the week before! I did not choose a menu, I left it to him and our wedding luncheon was a 5 course wonder! We were just going to have a JP but my family minister happened to be available for the date, which was so important to me and apparently important to him.
We were going to get married in our first date clothes but my Mother bought my wedding dress and shoes. I was just going to order a regular cake from the local grocery store but my Step-Mother bought our cake and paid for our license. We couldn’t afford flowers or a photographer. My Aunt Denise ordered a centerpiece for our table and Brian’s best friend, Soren, drove up from D.C. and surprised me with a bouquet, mini bouquets for the moms and boutonnieres for Brian and my son. (Amazingly, the center piece and bouquets matched even though my Aunt Denise and Soren had never spoken!) Soren also gifted us with the photographer, I had just figured people would take pictures with their cell phones! All of which he set up from D.C. In the end, I had so much more than I had dared to even hope for because I did not realize just how much we are loved. That really was the most wonderful gift of the day, all that love pouring over us as we gave our vows.
My husband is a confirmed Star Wars fanatic! He surprised me with a proposal and 2 1/2 weeks to plan a wedding, I surprised him with Darth Vader and Princess Leia on the top of our cake. Yes, yes, I know, Vader is her Father, creepy. The thing is, Darth Vader is his favorite character, so what else could I do? And he WAS surprised! And he LOVED it! What really made it such a unique wedding is the group effort to make it happen! So much love and generosity from so many.
In the end, I had everything any bride could ever want because of our family and friends. I wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding. It was small. Our dearest loved ones were with us. I only had 2 1/2 weeks of chaos instead of a year! But mostly, we are both thankful for the memory. Brian’s Mother was with us that day, smiling her amazing light-up-a-room smile. She left this world on March 8th. I’m so so very glad we didn’t wait.
Thank you Mandy for sending your lovely photos of this beautiful wedding my way, and congratulations Richelle and Brian. I sincerely wish you a lifetime of wedded bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Amanda Brisco Photography
Venue: Kaleidoscope Cafe, Pittsburgh PA