Our Magical Wedding Venue // Wedding Update No. 6

I am so thrilled to be sharing this post. Nicolas and I have found our dream wedding venue, and I simply couldn’t wait until the wedding to write about it! In case you didn’t read my last post about our wedding cake, we are getting married in Pittsburgh! It is a beautiful city not too far from where we (and the rest of my family) live, and there is an international airport that makes it easy for Nicolas’s family to fly in.

We began researching places shortly after Nicolas and I got engaged in May. We found some beautiful options in the city, but they were all very big, extravagant, and central. We wanted something intimate and cozy but still elegant. Nicolas stumbled across Mansions on Fifth, and we immediately knew it was the place for us.

Mansions on Fifth is a boutique hotel located on Fifth Avenue in Shadyside in Pittsburgh. It has an amazing history, having been built for Willis F. McCook, a wealthy attorney, in the early 1900’s. The mansion was constructed for his wife Mary and their ten children on what was called Millionaire’s Row. Some years after, McCook built a second mansion adjacent to his home for his daughter. Today the two homes are owned by Priory Hospitality and are famously known as Mansions on Fifth.

Nicolas and I visited the mansions the day we moved back to the states. We flew into Pittsburgh and headed over to meet some of the staff and take a peek at our potential wedding venue. It was even more beautiful in person! Zach, the Hotel Supervisor, gave us a tour of the entire hotel and told us all about its history. He showed us the dining rooms and the guest rooms as well as the wine cellar and honeymoon suite. Each room was perfect, and it wasn’t hard to decide that this was where we wanted to spend our wedding weekend.


We went back to Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago and had a lovely tasting to select our wedding food. My parents came along, and it was a wonderful day! We tried horsย d’oeuvres, salads, and main dishes. It was difficult, but we narrowed it down to our favorites and decided on a menu! We met with Rebecca, Zach, and Mary Ann to finalize some decisions and get a clearer idea of what we need to prepare as the wedding approaches. They are all amazing people and simply wonderful to work with. They made sure our minds were at ease and that we will be ready for our wedding weekend!

Here is a little peek of our centerpieces. I love them. ๐Ÿ™‚


Nicolas and I chose to get married in the beautiful Saint Paul Cathedral. Built in 1906, Saint Paul Cathedral is modeled after the Gothic style of the 14th century. After visiting several cathedrals throughout our travels in Europe, we found Saint Paul to be so fitting as it reminded us of our travels in Italy and Spain! The cathedral is also only a short walk or five-minute drive from Mansions on Fifth.


A special thank you to my parents for making this wedding planning process so special. We couldn’t do it without them!

I cannot believe how quickly the wedding is approaching. Words cannot describe how excited I am! Thanks for stopping by Breakfast at Madison’s, and have a lovely day.

xx, Madison

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  • Reply Madeline November 30, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Gorgeous! You are going to look back at your pictures and always be so happy you went with such lovely venues. I mean, that ceiling alone is stunning! How exciting for you all.

    • Reply Madison Marie December 2, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Awe thank you so much, Madeline! Your comments always make me smile so much! xx

  • Reply mamasmercantile November 30, 2018 at 9:50 am

    How wonderful, such a beautiful venue. The centrepieces were stunning.

    • Reply Madison Marie December 2, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you so much! I love the centerpieces, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Nicole November 30, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    What a beautiful venue! Your wedding pictures are going to be stunning!

    • Reply Madison Marie December 2, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you, Nicole!!! So sweet of you to say. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Billie jo November 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Cannot wait!
    So happy for you, my daughter!

    • Reply Madison Marie December 2, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      I can’t wait either! Love you lots. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Danielle Alexa December 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Wow, that place is dreamy. Like an actual fairytale!

    Danielle xx

    • Reply Madison Marie December 2, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks, girly! I think so, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • Reply Bernadette December 4, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    This Venue looks absolutely gorgeous, almost a combination of art and history. x

    • Reply Madison Marie December 11, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you so much, Bernadette! Yes, I’d have to agree. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Michele December 6, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    You look so happy in the pictures! The venue looks wonderful and you look amazing in that skirt! So happy for you!

    • Reply Madison Marie December 11, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      Aweee, thank you! You are too sweet. The skirt is one of my favorites from the brand MOSS Copenhagen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Diana December 6, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    This is so exciting, what a gorgeous venue! It looks like it’s going to be such a beautiful wedding xx

    • Reply Madison Marie December 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you, thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Asha December 7, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Wow, looks so pretty! Congrats

    Asha xo Age of Youth

    • Reply Madison Marie December 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you, Asha! xx

  • Reply Stephanie December 8, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Oh Madison, I am speechless! First of all, you and Nicolas are just the cutest couple! You are going to be one of the loveliest brides as you walk down the aisle ๐Ÿ™‚ This venue is truly amazing and I must say, ever so enchanting. I am so glad your dreams are coming true, my friend. You have such a big heart and you are a beautiful person, inside and out. Thanks for sharing your joy with us. Hugs to you! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

    P.S. -LOVED your Thanksgiving outfit. And I’m loving the clothes on Unique Vintage…thanks for telling us about them ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Madison Marie December 11, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      Ahh, Stephane, your comment made my day!!! THANK YOU. So glad to have you as a friend! Also, yes, check out Unique Vintage. They have the most adorable clothes! xx

  • Reply Juliana Zambrano December 11, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Omg, I’m dying at how absolutely stunning this place is. I can only imagine how much more beautiful it will look filled with your wedding decor. I can’t wait to see more, I’m getting more and more excited about your wedding as the posts keep coming!

    Juliana | Ohhjuliana

    • Reply Madison Marie December 11, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      Ahh, thank you!!! You are so sweet. <3

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