A Bear-y Creative Affair

A Bear-y Creative Affair

About this time last year we were in the midst of developing one of our most personal and unique wedding themes. When we first sat down to talk with this couple about their relationship, we found a reoccurrence throughout their stories- teddy bears!

Yes, I know many of you are having flashes of streamers and balloons-can’t lie, so did we.  So how do you take teddy bears and turn it into a stunningly elegant affair? Well, we started with the facts:

Fact #1: Bears live in the forest.

Fact #2: Bears have a thick furry coat, commonly black or brown.

Fact #3: Bears like honey, nuts and berries.


Their November date provided a perfect setting for a color pallet of chocolate brown and honey gold.  We carried these colors over into their linens incorporating textures of furry velvets and tree barky crinkles.  Their floral designer, Paul Bolsinger, created a forest atmosphere with a touch of elegance.  Gold branches, hypericum berries, and red and orange accent flowers embellished with hanging crystals were a show stopper…and the smallest details (tiny bumble bees attached to the branches) had the guests talking all night!

And did we ever have fun with the sweets table! Teddy grahams, honey sticks, assorted nuts and other candies in their colors sat arranged on a gold threaded linen, reminiscent of a beehive.  The woodsy atmosphere was refined by various lighting gobos, completing the feeling of being in a moonlit forest. Small details finished off the event; a James Bond Bear ice luge and signature drinks, a tree trunk cake stand carved with their monogram, and personal jars of honey at each guests plate.

The most memorable weddings are the ones that celebrate the couple and what is unique to their relationship.  And the most exciting weddings to plan are ones where we take the simplest idea and develop it into an abstract, entertaining the guests and honoring your union! What special memories do you want to incorporate into your day?

Reception: Omni William Penn

Photography: Bob Fritz

Flowers: Paul Bolsinger

Lighting: Wedding Boutique North

Linens: Wedding Boutique North

About Trends To Traditions

From a complimentary consultation to all inclusive coordination, we offer customized packages and guidance for over 70 possible wedding aspects and service providers. We serve the couple as: coordinator, director, etiquette coach, business manager, family mediator, creative planner, referee, and friend. We evaluate the couple’s needs and desires and match them to the vendors who will best meet their criteria. We help them budget most appropriately, according to their priorities. As Pittsburgh Wedding Planners, we negotiate for better prices and perks. We orchestrate the event from start to finish or simply help a client find one specific service. Katherine Shaw, owner, graduated from Theatre and Film school in 1992. Until the turn of the century, she planned events for the NFL, NHL, the AFL, and the WB network. She is certified as a Wedding Director through the National Bridal Service, is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, and has coordinated at least partial aspects of over 600 weddings and events in her career. She is supported by a talented staff with an impressive and diverse background. View all posts by Trends To Traditions

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