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Nicki Ann's Wedding Blog

In her blog, Nikki Ann shares with you her insights, thoughts, and feelings on all things women, wedding, marriage, and event-related.

Circus, Circus!

January 9th, 2012

While we do mostly weddings here at the Mansion, we do hold the occasional birthday party or cocktail party. This event was awesome! Stephanie had so many amazing ideas for how she wanted her birthday party to look. She wanted a vintage circus theme and that is exactly what she got. I think the photos can speak for themselves. Sorry if there is a photo overload, but I just couldn’t choose between which details to show you! Oh and if some of them are blurry, you just keep your little mouths shut. I took most of them myself. I am a wedding planner, not a photographer.





Inspiration: Emerald City… the rustic version

November 21st, 2011

One of the reasons why I love fall is that I get to wear boots. That and that jewel tones are HUGE. One of the colors I like best is emerald. It’s my birthstone. So when I was creating this inspiration board for one of our brides, I just fell in love with the idea of an emerald green fall wedding. It is DIFFERENT than your typical orange fall weddings. After all, just because you love fall and want a fall wedding, doesn’t mean you are pigeon-holed into using brown and orange as your colors. This inspiration board also brings in a hint of rustic, vintage flair for those brides who love the outdoors as well. This is also perfect for this time of year because it is that weird stage between fall and winter (yes, I know it is technically not winter until December).

Credits (clockwise from top): 1. Mantel Decor, Web Guru   2. Centerpiece, The Knot   3. Wishing Tree, Wedding Wire   4. Cake, Rebecca Thuss   5. Caramel Apples, CA Event Planning   6. Moss Letters, Sweet Chic Events   7. Burlap Bags, Wedding Bee   8. Bridesmaids gown, Alfred Sung   9. Escort Cards, Wedding Bee   10. Table Numbers, Wedding Bee




Inspiration: Pumpkin Spice and everything nice

November 10th, 2011

With this cool, fall weather seeming like it is never going to leave, I suppose I have to admit that fall is here and accept it. Some really great things come with fall. Boots for one. Pumpkin Spice lattes for another. With Halloween gone and Thanksgiving on the way, I had to create an inspiration board using colors inspired by pumpkins… orange and gold. I love the idea of blending your typical fall colors with a metallic color to create rich, sophistication.

 Credits (clockwise from top):

1. Cocktail Table flowers, The Knot   2. Cake, Cake Designers   3. Centerpieces/Tables, Your Wedding Support   4. Invitations, Zazzle   5. Pumpkin Escort Cards, The Knot   6. Caramel Apples, CA Event Planning   7. Bridesmaids gown, Dessy Collection   8. Centerpieces, The Knot   9. Cider,   10. Jewelry, Swarovski

As always, feel free to email me at or call at 412.427.2877 with any questions!

Until next time,





Inspiration: Rainy Day Blues

October 12th, 2011

As I sit in my office and look outside, all I see is rain and gloom. Yuck! I thought everyone’s day could be brightened with an inspiration board of my creation. My favorite color is blue. It has been since I was little. I love all shades of it. I figured the best way for me to cure my rainy day blues is to create something in the color I love. I am pretty sure you will all agree that these “blues” are the cure for all. Oh and a small bonus is that you will have your “something blue” covered!

Credits (Clockwise):

1. Wedding Dress Label: MHLinen on Etsy  2. Bridal Crystal Hair Comb: YJ PAW on Etsy  3. “Holey Moley” Clutch: ItsSoClutch on Etsy  4. Cake: The Knot  5. Jones Sodas: The Knot  6. Something Blue Bridal Earrings: YJ Design on Etsy  7. Boutonniere: The Knot  8. Blue Reception: Project Wedding  9. S’more Favors: The Knot  10. Gown: Romona Keveza  11. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik  12.  Blue Champagne: The Knot  13. Invitations: Crescent Moon Paper on Etsy








Friday Finds 7.8.11

July 8th, 2011

I swear, these last few weeks have gone by so quickly. As my wedding quickly approaches and I am remembering little DIY projects I said I was going to do for the big day, I think “how can I ever get it all done?” I love crafting and DIY projects. I get such a sense of accomplishment when I am finished. As I was searching for a cute idea for pew decorations at my church, I came across this DIY Tutorial by Project Wedding.

It looks so easy and inexpensive, I might just have to give it a go! I will be sure to post pictures when they are done!


Carnival Inspired Shoot

June 15th, 2011

A few weekends ago, I got together with a few absolutely wonderful vendors to create this carnival inspired shoot. The wonderful and talented Jen McKen and Dmitriy of Dmitriy Babichenko Photography captured all the details of the day. We couldn’t have pulled off this shoot without the talents of Paulette from Urban Gypsy or Hillary from Cake Creations by Hillary.

Once the thought of shooting at the PNC Carousel in Schenley Park popped in my head, the ideas wouldn’t stop flowing. And yes ladies, you CAN actually have a wedding here!

Tapping into the modeling skills learned from their wedding day, Tara and Mike were the perfect couple for this session (check out their wedding photos from Jen McKen here!).

I mean, seriously. Look at those eyes! I’m pretty sure even I would marry her!!

Here’s a little slideshow of the shoot. I’ll be posting more about the shoot later to give you the deets on how it pulled was all together. But for now, enjoy!!



Friday Finds 6.10.11

June 10th, 2011

I happened to come across these super cute DIY candles that I think could be really adorable for music-loving brides and grooms. These sheet music candles found on the Room to Inspire blog are absolutely adorable and would serve as great decoration for the escort table or dessert buffet.

Just click right on the photos to go to the Room to Inspire blog to get the how-to!


Vendor Spotlight: The Urban Gypsy

April 19th, 2011

I am so excited to share this vendor with you. I met Paulette, the owner of The Urban Gypsy, at a bridal show this past March. She had brought a few samples of her work and I immediately knew this was someone I wanted to work with in the future. Not only was her work creative and gorgeous, but her personality really stood out. We met for coffee to get to know each other a little better and ended up sitting there for 2 hours just talking randomly about design and goals for our business in the future. She and her family had plans to go to a festival and they actually had to come and interrupt to get us to stop talking. We could have been there for 5 more hours.

I can say that this is someone I will most definitely be working with again. And again. And again. As a matter of fact, we have something in the works right now. But you’ll have to wait for the details :)

So what is so great about The Urban Gypsy? Well I asked Paulette a few questions to help you get to know her.

NAE: What is your favorite color scheme from a wedding you have done?
UG: I did a fall wedding that used autumn orange, green and cream. My fantasy is to do a peacock-blue and purple wedding and a platinum and hot pink wedding.

NAE: What is the most unusual request you have had from a bride?
UG: To construct a necklace out of fresh orchids. The bride was so pleased, she had tears in her eyes, and so did I…

NAE: What made you decide to open your own floral shop?
UG: After two decades in the corporate world, I was ready to let the real me takeover. It was time to stop dreaming about how I wanted to live, and start living the dream. What a dramatic, positive effect it has had on my health, happiness and my family.

NAE: Which non-floral pieces do you love to incorporate into your work?
UG: Grandma’s brooch. A small beloved toy. Vintage ribbon. Old Buttons.

UG: NAE: If you could be any flower, which one would you be?
The calla lily. Graceful. Unpretentious. Perfect in any situation.

NAE: How far in advance do you suggest for brides to meet with you?
UG: 6 to 12 months is the usual, but I’m accommodating–I’ve met with brides in as short as a few weeks from their wedding.

NAE: I’ll let you bloom: What else do you want to share?
UG: I’m very versatile, creative and open-minded. My role is to enhance the bride’s vision, not so much as to change it. It’s about building relationships with my brides. I want them to know that they are in capable hands; they will be well taken care of.

NAE: Where can brides find you?
UG: The best way to reach me is via e-mail: They can make an appointment at my lovely space in Polish Hill for a free consultation where I’ll give them my complete attention:

3101 Brereton Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Here are a few pictures of her work to give you a better idea of the beauty of her work.


Friday Finds 1.28.11

January 28th, 2011

I am constantly on the search for practical favors. I love the idea of giving your guests something that they can use and each time they do will think of you. I love them even more when they serve double duty. I found these adorable place card holders that double as favors.

The laughing Buddha is a symbol of happiness and prosperity. Who doesn’t want those qualities in their marriage? These place cards can also be used to hold photos, so guests can put it on their desks, mantle or end table in their homes. So cute. They can be purchased from Favors by Project Wedding.


Told you I would do it!

July 26th, 2010

A few weeks back, I posted a few of my ideas for non-floral centerpieces and said that I would get the materials to bring those centerpieces to bring them to life. Well, I was feeling like I needed a project so I took a little trip to Pat Catan’s to look around. I really didn’t have any idea what I was going to find, but I happened to walk past some artificial apples. I figured this was as good a time as any! So I created 2 different looks for the same centerpiece.

This first is more suited for a garden wedding or a country wedding. I used a small rustic looking bucket, filled with artificial green apples. To give it a little more depth, I added some small white flowers in the gaps.

The second option can be used for an outdoor summer wedding or a country club wedding. Same concept, different base.

There will be more centerpieces brought to life in the future, but I wanted to share my random craft project for today.