A Cozy Literary Wedding by Hot Metal Studio
by Lauren Sinton

Very sweet bride and groom wedding photo
Very sweet bride and groom wedding photo

There really isn't anything sweeter than a cozy fall wedding filled with love. Jess and Brian's stunning, cozy literary wedding at the Western Pennsylvania Succop Conservancy was definitely a romantic wedding for the books (no literary pun intended). It was filled with so many sweet, personal details, S'mores and blankets anyone? Hot Metal Studio did a fantastic job capturing all the special moments of this very sweet day!

Read on to learn the bride's wedding insights in a small q&a and to discover more of Hot Metal Studio's lovely images!

What were the hardest and the easiest parts of planning your wedding? : The hardest part was trying to navigate everyone's opinions and desires for the big day. We had a lot of help from our parents, which we were so grateful for because it allowed us to have the wedding that we really wanted. And mostly everyone got along really well and just wanted us to have the best wedding possible. But there were a few times when we had to decide between disappointing someone and getting what we really wanted. And of course money always complicates those types of things. But in the end, we figured out which things were most important to us, and which we were willing to compromise on. 

The easiest part was getting to our venue that morning, because I decided that once I got there, I was just going to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Succop Conservancy wedding venue in pitssburg
Succop Conservancy wedding venue in pitssburg
gorgeous lace strapless wedding gown!
gorgeous lace strapless wedding gown!
beautiful white wedding shoes.
beautiful white wedding shoes.

What was one thing that surprised you about your wedding? : This sounds cliche, but I was surprised how fast it all went! Seriously, my girls and I had been hanging out and getting ready since 8 a.m., and all of a sudden I looked at my phone and it was 2:40 and I only had 20 minutes before I was supposed to walk down the aisle. Whenever I got a second to myself and I could remember, I would take a breath and look around and try to appreciate everything... but it still felt like the fastest day of my life! 

beautiful bride getting ready on her wedding day!
beautiful bride getting ready on her wedding day!
Beautiful bride admiring her makeup!
Beautiful bride admiring her makeup!
Gorgeous bride admiring her wedding dress!
Gorgeous bride admiring her wedding dress!
Bride putting on her gorgeous wedding gown.
Bride putting on her gorgeous wedding gown.
Bride getting dresses.
Bride getting dresses.
Bride putting on her wedding shoes.
Bride putting on her wedding shoes.
Beautiful fall bridal bouquet!
Beautiful fall bridal bouquet!
Gorgeous blue bridesmaid dresses!
Gorgeous blue bridesmaid dresses!
gorgeous bridesmaid dresses!
gorgeous bridesmaid dresses!
Gorgeous guest book ideas!
Gorgeous guest book ideas!
Beautiful typewriter guestbook
Beautiful typewriter guestbook
Gorgeous bridesmaids in turquoise walking down the aisle
Gorgeous bridesmaids in turquoise walking down the aisle

How did you make your wedding unique to you and your fiancé?: We're both writers, so we decided to write the ceremony ourselves, with influences from Christianity, Buddhism, and literature. And we actually sat down to write it together so that it was not only really original, but also very personable to us as individuals, and as a couple. Multiple guests came up to us afterward to tell us how beautiful they thought it was, which was so nice to hear because we wanted people to feel engaged during our ceremony.

Groom waiting at the altar for his bride!
Groom waiting at the altar for his bride!
Bride walking down the aisle with her father!
Bride walking down the aisle with her father!
Beautiful wedding dress with train!
Beautiful wedding dress with train!
Stunning candle lighting ceremony!
Stunning candle lighting ceremony!
pittsburgh wedding photography hotmetalstudio-509
pittsburgh wedding photography hotmetalstudio-509
Bride and groom at the altar getting married
Bride and groom at the altar getting married
First kiss as husband and wife!
First kiss as husband and wife!
Husband and wife walking down the aisle!
Husband and wife walking down the aisle!
Gorgeous husband and wife walking away from the altar!
Gorgeous husband and wife walking away from the altar!
Groom with his groomsmen!
Groom with his groomsmen!
Groom with his mother and brother!
Groom with his mother and brother!
Bride and groom with their family!
Bride and groom with their family!
Bride with the groomsmen and her groom!
Bride with the groomsmen and her groom!
Bride with her beautiful bridesmaids in blue!
Bride with her beautiful bridesmaids in blue!
Lovely farm shot of bridesmaids and groomsmen!
Lovely farm shot of bridesmaids and groomsmen!
Bride and groom newly married photos!
Bride and groom newly married photos!
Bride and groom cute wedding photo!
Bride and groom cute wedding photo!
beautiful wedding photo of a bride and groom!
beautiful wedding photo of a bride and groom!
Adorable bride and groom at their wedding!
Adorable bride and groom at their wedding!
all smiles bride and groom in their wedding photos!
all smiles bride and groom in their wedding photos!
Beautiful bride and groom!
Beautiful bride and groom!
Bride and groom on their wedding day!
Bride and groom on their wedding day!
Beautiful bride and groom!
Beautiful bride and groom!
Beautiful reception seating ideas!
Beautiful reception seating ideas!

How did you make your wedding unique to you and your fiancé? :Being literary types, we wanted to incorporate old books into our centerpieces and decorations, which our florist did such an amazing with. She even set up this cool old typewriter by our guest book. It was a cute kind of theme without being tacky. It somehow felt very natural in that space.

Gorgeous floral pieces and table numbers!
Gorgeous floral pieces and table numbers!
Lovely groom chair table!
Lovely groom chair table!
Rustic bar ideas!
Rustic bar ideas!
Happy bride and groom!
Happy bride and groom!
Beautiful reception setting!
Beautiful reception setting!
Sister giving a speech at her sisters wedding!
Sister giving a speech at her sisters wedding!
Bride and groom listening to toasts!
Bride and groom listening to toasts!

What was your favorite moment of your wedding day? : My favorite moment was our first dance. Until then, everything was going by so fast, and I was either nervous or kind of overwhelmed. Our dance was the first time that day that I really got to relax and just hang out with Brian and enjoy everything. Everything kind of slowed down for a couple of minutes. It was also really special because two of our bridal party performed our song, "Something," by the Beatles. My cousin/bridesmaid sang, and Brian's groomsmen played guitar. It was so memorable and romantic.

Beautiful first dance!
Beautiful first dance!
Gorgeous first dance!
Gorgeous first dance!
Lovely first dance between bride and groom!
Lovely first dance between bride and groom!
Adorable father daughter dance!
Adorable father daughter dance!
Beautiful mother and son dance!
Beautiful mother and son dance!
Lovely rustic buttercream wedding cake!
Lovely rustic buttercream wedding cake!
Adorable cake cutting moment!
Adorable cake cutting moment!
Adorable bride and groom cutting the cake!
Adorable bride and groom cutting the cake!
Sweet cake cutting moment between a bride and groom!
Sweet cake cutting moment between a bride and groom!

Looking back what are the details that make you the happiest when you reflect on your wedding? :  I am so happy that everyone Brian and I love were in one place celebrating with us and having an amazing time, when else do you get that in life?

I'm also amazed at how perfect the weather was that day , 70 degrees and sunny, which is crazy for late fall in Pennsylvania. We got so lucky, because everything was outdoors! That next Saturday, which was also a date we were considering, it was freezing and hailed! 

Bride and groom getting down at their wedding!
Bride and groom getting down at their wedding!
Incredibly happy bride at her wedding!
Incredibly happy bride at her wedding!
Bride getting down at her wedding!
Bride getting down at her wedding!
S'Mores are the best idea for a fall and winter wedding!
S'Mores are the best idea for a fall and winter wedding!
Lovely blankets to sit with by the fire!
Lovely blankets to sit with by the fire!
S'mores are the best for a chilly wedding!
S'mores are the best for a chilly wedding!
Adorable bride eating S'mores at her wedding!
Adorable bride eating S'mores at her wedding!
Lovely fire pit with marshmallow roasting!
Lovely fire pit with marshmallow roasting!

Isn't this possibly the sweetest fall wedding you have ever seen? I just love all of Jess and Brian's personal touches, such as the typewriter next to the guest book, and the S'mores! What is your favorite part of this cozy literary wedding? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to pin your favorite images!

Thank you to Hot Metal Studio and Jess for sharing and congratulations to Brian and Jess on their wonderful wedding and new marriage!

Photographers: Hot Metal Studio | Venue: Succop Conservancy | Flowers and decor: Posy | Dress: Jasmine Couture | Suits: Vera Wang | Hair: Tamara Billett-Vilches | Makeup: Brazil Raine