Double Decker Bus

A spring wedding in Pittsburgh, PA.

About the Shoot

The Setting

This inspiration-packed styled shoot revolved around a late spring wedding. In that warm, mellow air of the season, the wedding vibe kept it cool and relaxed. Shot at dusk, the lighting and feel of the evening lent themselves to a romantic, intimate wedding. The focal point of the wedding photo shoot, the celebration, and the wedding decor was a completely unique wedding venue choice: a converted double decker bus with a retro yet updated, modern aesthetic.

This event space renovated bus was the perfect unusual wedding location, with an open-air upper level decked out with grass, diner-style seating and tables, and space to dance, along with an enclosed lower level perfect for cozying up. A floral arch at the bus door entrance and a welcome sign placed out front really brought the wedding feel to the next level.

Not only was the bus wedding venue itself a beautiful space for a special, small wedding, but the space the bus was parked in also contributed its own major venue perks. Situated in a public park, the bus got the benefit of added lounge and dance space on the open field that surrounded it, and the city skyline views visible from the park–and especially from the upper level of the bus–made for a true wedding wow factor.

The Color Palette

This wedding shoot created a distinct modern neutral color scheme with warm shades, bright pops. The neutral wedding palette with a twist came to life between the finishes throughout the bus, the decor items, the wedding flowers and floral design, the invitation suite, the groom's wedding suit and bride's wedding dress, and even the food. The primary wedding colors were soft minimal white, ivory, brown, and tan. The bus's exterior was painted all in white, setting the scene for the rest of the colors, and the couple sported those same muted, light and airy tones in their wedding attire.

Rust and terra cotta served as the base for the more colorful side of the wedding, as those shades were the foundation for the floral arrangements used in the flower arch and the centerpieces, and they were the color of the rich velvet upholstered seats on the bus. Pinks, peach, and even contrasting light mint green and dark teal round out the accent colors to compliment the subtle neutrals. They were represented in the bouquets, the couches in the lounge area on the grass in front of the bus, on the vibrant charcuterie board, and in the cakes and macarons of the dessert grazing spread. Overall, the colors made for an especially playful wedding.

The Attire

Nearly as central to the overall feel, and look of this whole inspirational wedding editorial as the statement-making bus itself were the suit and wedding dress. The couple's coordinating bride and groom modern wedding outfits gave a relaxed feel by staying away from any styles or accessories that felt too fussy, so the attire kept things casual but upscale.

Model Marty went all in on the cool factor with a cool groom suit. For a neutral and elevated yet laid-back look, he wore a tan wedding suit styled with just a white dress shirt, top button undone, no tie, and classic matching brown belt, shoes, and watch to prove that, sometimes, simple is the best way. The finishing touch to his carefree and put-together groom look? Round, gold wireframe glasses that added a touch of fun and funky style while reinforcing the light neutrals theme and complementing the color and texture of the tan suit and the brown accessories, creating a warm look.

The bridal look for the wedding shoot continued that cool, modern, city feel. The deceptively simple gown model Jamillia wore was a unique V-neck wedding dress. Tapered spaghetti straps, all-over appliques for textured floral fabric, a mesh border, and a body hugging cut made for the perfect and perfectly breezy wedding dress vibe. Slinky but easy to move in, the bold wedding dress styling was finished off with some subtle bling. Beyond her sizable oval engagement ring, Jamillia's wrists were decked out dainty but dazzling gold bracelets, and she wore a beautiful gold and diamond necklace to bring the whole look together.

The Finishing Touches

The wedding design struck a balance between the retro and the contemporary, and the key was all in the details. With vintage decor, geometric elements, the refurbished bus, the neutral-with-a-pop color palette, and current, fashion-forward wedding attire brought the whole event a leveled-up, party energy in a lovey, cozy environment.

Catch this wedding in motion with a video from the shoot along with a look at the colorful wedding details from the bright punchy floral to a wedding dessert macaron tower, extra views of the urban skyline, and more stunning photos, check out the full feature on Burgh Brides.

"SuitShop helped us put together a look that was sharp and casual. They definitely brought it with the light tan suit for a late spring event."

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Modern style bride and groom holding hands in front of converted bus for unique wedding venue
Wedding dessert macaron with engagement ring, flowers, and wedding invitation for pink, yellow, orange, tan, and white neutral wedding color palette with bright pops
Groom wearing casual styled tan suit for men holding hands with bride wearing v-neck wedding dress in front of floral wedding arch
Newlywed table with bride smiling at groom wearing cool suit in tan color
Bride and groom hugging wearing neutral light and airy wedding attire in front of double decker bus venue in city park.
Tan wedding suit style displayed on cool groom at relaxed small outdoor wedding smiling at bride
Neutral color palette bride and groom in white wedding gown and tan wedding suit lounging inside converted bus venue
Modern minimalist style bride in floral applique dress and groom in tan suit at outdoor wedding