Our Fairytale Wedding Day in Photos // Pittsburgh, PA

On February 9th, 2019, I married the love of my life. It went something like this …

The entire weekend took place at this beautiful mansion on Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh!

I got ready in my pajamas surrounded by the most amazing group of girls. πŸ™‚

I love this photo of my grandma watching my mom help me into my wedding gown … Three generations.

Nicolas had the help of his dad and groomsmen while getting ready …

and we shared our first look on the grand staircase.

Nicolas wore his great-great-grandfather’s top hat, and I wore his great-great-grandmother’s lace gloves as my “something borrowed.” It was such a special way to commemorate his family and wear pieces that his great-great-grandparents wore on their wedding day many years ago.

We took lots of photos before heading to the ceremony …

Nicolas and I got married at Saint Paul Cathedral. It was like a dream.


We all headed back to the mansion for the reception …

Our best friends and family members gave the loveliest speeches …


and Nicolas’s sister put a video together of well-wishes from our family members and friends in Denmark that couldn’t be there.

We cut our delicious wedding cake (and got a bit messy. πŸ™‚ ) My grandma actually found this cake topper and bought it for me only a few months after Nicolas and I started dating. She said it reminded her of us. I tucked it away and saved it for this special day (because when you know, you know. πŸ˜‰ ) My friend repainted it, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

The rest of the reception was just so fun! I don’t think I ever stopped smiling.

A moment I’ll remember forever is dancing with my grandma to her favorite song!


It truly was the best day ever. Nicolas and I are so thankful to have so many amazing people in our lives that made that day so incredibly special. Nicolas, I love you so much. Thank you for making all my dreams come true. <3


More wedding posts will follow filled with all the little details of our day.

Ceremony // Saint Paul Cathedral

Reception // Mansions on Fifth

Wedding Cake // Priory Fine Pastries

Flowers // Shayna’s Hobby Flowers

Hair // Valla Maria Palmiere

Makeup // Valla and me πŸ™‚

Photography // Lydia Shafer Photography

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  • Reply Danielle March 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Madison, these are gorgeous!!!! All I can say is WOW! Your photographer is amazing, the day was unforgettable, and I wish we could do it all over again! She captured the essence just perfectly! Congratulations again! I can’t wait to see more photos : )

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you, Danielle! I am SO happy you were there to celebrate with us! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Juliana March 25, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    These photos are an absolute dream! Is it weird that I have been dying to see them? You looked stunning Madison, absolutely radiant and I can see how genuinely happy you two are. Many congrats to you guys, I hope nothing but bliss comes your way.

    Juliana | Ohhjuliana

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Haha you are just TOO sweet! Thank you, Juliana! <3

  • Reply Madeline March 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Oh, I just love these too much. Your gown?! All the small details, including your dad as he walks you down the aisle? That picture of you and your sisters on the bed? You two being married! It’s just so wonderful. I am so glad the day was so special and you have these breathtaking photographs to remember the day forever!

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:13 pm

      Ahh!!! THANK YOU! You just made my afternoon. πŸ™‚

  • Reply mamasmercantile March 25, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    A truly beautiful day, that will last a lifetime, congratulations.

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you, kind friend. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nat March 26, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Wow!! That dress is stunning. The location and venues really do like an absolutely magical day

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks, Nat! I did love my dress. I wish I could wear it again! <3

  • Reply Dianna March 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Madison, when I viewed wedding pictures on your mom’s blog yesterday I sat with tears in my eyes and it has happened again as I viewed your post today. You were a gorgeous bride…so elegant! I loved all of the pictures but the one of your dad with his hand over his eyes as he was walking you down the aisle started the tears here in my home. What a special family you have, my dear. And thank you for sharing the pictures with us. I look forward to reading about the other details! xo

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      Awe! Wow, thank you so much, Dianna!!! I do indeed have the most special family. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Stephanie March 27, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Oh Madison, be still my heart… I have been oooing and ahhhing for the last several minutes as I looked at your sweet honeymoon pictures and your breathtaking wedding pictures. Indeed, it was a fairytale wedding and you were the most beautiful and radiant bride. Each moment caught on camera is just precious and oh, what wonderful memories you must have. I am honored that you would share your special day with us…thank you! I wish you and your new husband all the best. The two of you are such a striking couple and the love you have for one another is truly a gift. Enjoy this new chapter, my friend. Hugs to you! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Ahh, Stephanie, you always leave the nicest comments that leave me smiling! Thank you so, so much. <3

  • Reply Billie Jo March 28, 2019 at 12:38 am

    What a beautiful day!
    You were the most lovely bride, my Madison.
    It was the most perfect day.
    I am so happy for you and Nicolas.
    Love you!!!

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:02 pm

      We couldn’t have done it without you!!! <3

  • Reply Shannon March 28, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Oh my goodness, Madison you were the most beautiful bride! Congratulations to you and Nicholas! Wishing you both an eternity of love and happiness!

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you so much, sweet friend! <3

  • Reply Carrie@northwoods scrapbook March 28, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    This is all just so gorgeous Madison. You are such a beautiful couple inside and out. And I think you were one of the prettiest brides I have ever seen. Your dress was perfection! And that church and venue was magic. Congrats again to you both. xoxo

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      Carrie, thank you!!! That means so much to me. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rosie March 29, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Absolutely beautiful pictures – they made me well up a bit! Looking forward to hearing more about your big day. And congratulations! x

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      You are too sweet! Thank you so much. <3

  • Reply Danielle Alexa March 30, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Congratulations, your wedding looks absolutely incredible!

    Danielle xx

    • Reply Madison Marie April 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      Ahh, thank you so much, Danielle!

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