Pittsburgh Market Mixer hosted by The Knot

Each year The Knot hosts a Market Mixer in the city of Pittsburgh to recognize and celebrate the city’s finest wedding professionals.  This year Epic Event Planning by Jessica & Kourtney had the great honor of being chosen to design and coordinate this entire event.

The Market Mixer was held on June 25th at the Mattress Factory – Museum of Contemporary Art located in Pittsburgh’s North Side.  The inspiration for the event was POP ART with many Warhol inspired accents.  The main lobby of the Mattress Factory was glowing with illuminated furniture pieces and large, red Chinese lanterns suspended from the ceiling as well as polka-dot lighting covering white brick walls. 

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(Photos by Palermo Photo; Illuminated Rentals by The Prop Shop; Cocktail Tables and Linens by General Rental Center; Lighting by mobileMix Entertainment)

Each cocktail table was decorated with modern floral centerpieces adorned with a specialized logo emulating the famous Warhol soup can design. 

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(Photos by Palermo Photo; Centerpieces by Allison McGeary Florist; Stationery Design by Sapling Press; Digital Prints by Copies at Carson)

Giving the room the loveliest decoration were the live models displaying bridal fashions reminiscent of the 1950’s era.  In addition to hairstyles of that era, the vibrant color palette chosen for each models’ makeup was designed to add splashes of pop art color to complete their look. 

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(Photos by Palermo Photo; Dresses Provided by Glitter & Grit Bridal Boutique; Hair Styling by Swank Hair Studio; Make-Up by Chet Michael/The Beauty Xpert; Bridal Bracelets and Necklaces by Belmonili)

The theme was visible in every last detail of the evening including the event programs, menus, and signage . 

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(Photos by Palermo Photo; Stationery Design & Programs by Sapling Press; Digital Prints by Copies at Carson)

Guests delighted in amazing vegetarian and non-vegetarian hors d’ oeuvres of grilled tomato and artichoke crostini with toasted pine nuts and steak ribbons with a bourbon dipping sauce to name several.  A hydration station, neon signature cocktails, local brewed beer, and wine provided delicious refreshment for all. 

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(Photos by Palermo Photo; Catering by Ladyfingers; Hydration Station/Bartending by 3 Rivers Events; Liquor by Wigle Whiskey; Beer by The Church Brew Works; Wine by La Vigneta Winery

Those guests whose favorite part of the meal is dessert were not forgotten. A delectable table displaying mini cupcakes, mini trifles, cake pops, cookies, and chocolate covered pretzels of every variety was included.  The sweet treats did not end there, a rainbow candy buffet kept guests returning to the café for a sugar rush. 

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(Photos by Palermo Photo; Dessert Table by Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique)

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(Photos by Palermo Photo Candy Table by Pittsburgh Sweet Treats

The wonderful Disc Jockey and Master of Ceremonies kept the entertainment vibe alive with great music and commentary.  Professional ballroom dancers performed and mingled with guests encouraging them to gather on the dance floor.  When guests were not eating, drinking, or dancing, they were able to head to the photo booth to take some memorable pictures using a variety of funky props.  One of the most innovative aspects of the evening was the live artist capturing the essence of the event in his painting. 

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(Photos by Palermo Photo; DJ mobileMix Entertainment; Dancers from Integral Ballroom; Photo Booth by Clear Choice Photo Booth; Wedding Day Artist Jay Flores from A Little Guilty

Toward the conclusion of the mixer guests had the opportunity of winning specialty giveaway items such as: restaurant gift baskets, handmade jewelry, and art pieces.  

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(Photos by Epic Event Planning; Top Left – Wedding Day Artist Jay Flores from A Little Guilty; Top Right – K. Lo-Rebel Art; Bottom Left –K. Lo-Rebel Art ; Bottom Right – Pittsburgh Pottery;  Additional Giveaways provided by Audra Azoury, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Girasole

The evening was an absolute success and was made possible by the true teamwork of our EEP Team and fantastic vendors.  The creativity and thought dedicated to the event was apparent from the moment guests entered the door.  Guests, popped in, mixed it up, and had a blast.  EEP, yet again, plans “an event that will make history!”

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(Photos by Palermo Photo; EEP Team from Left – Natalie Hurst/Event Assistant, Kourtney Wofford/Co-Owner, Jessica Long/Co-Owner, and Joyce Jackson/Intern)

Thanks to ARIELLA FURMAN of JUST HITCHED WEDDING FILMS for this great video showcasing our event!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFkZG_7TAuc

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