Jordan Elizabeth Ries (formerly Heichel), 25, Licensed Social Worker, Pittsburgh, PA
Adam Joseph Ries, 25, Staff accountant, Pittsburgh, PA
We met during our junior year at Indiana University of PA after we moved into opposite sides of a duplex with our roommates. Jordan was majoring in sociology with minors in women’s studies and English lit, and Adam was majoring in accounting and economics. Jordan was reading a book on the house’s shared front porch when Adam walked out of his front door and onto the porch. He was so tall and handsome and kind and really caught Jordan’s eye.
Both of us have HUGE loves for music, and after Jordan heard Adam playing his 12 string acoustic guitar on the porch every night, she was really smitten. We continued having porch dates, laughing and talking about life while he played his guitar.
Those porch dates continued for a few months after Adam finally got up the courage to ask Jordan out on a date. We went to a cute hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant, ate yummy ravioli, then ran back to his house in the pouring rain, snuggling on the porch and watching the Pittsburgh Penguins win a game.
Adam – Jordan was pretty intimidating at first because she was so beautiful, confident and strong and knew exactly what she wanted out of life. I remember standing in my living room and Jordan complimented my Pink Floyd poster, and I couldn’t resist wanting to know more about her. I knew that she was incredible, and she liked and truly appreciated the same music as me.
She was a unicorn and I had never met anyone like her before. I was so nervous to ask her out on an official date, but after a few dates, I began to understand the social issues and values that she was so passionate about and that intimidation turned into appreciation, love, and admiration.
Jordan – My first impression of Adam was that he was kind, charming, and extremely talented. He had a smile that really enflamed my heart and gave me that giddy new love feeling. I’m not the kind of person who ever believed in love at first sight, because I’m a see it to believe it kind of girl. That first moment really proved my feelings wrong, and I knew that I wanted to be with him.
Adam – Honestly I knew that I was in love with Jordan not too long after we started hanging out. We always listened to good music together. I looked so forward to seeing her every day, and planning out our next adventure together. My love for her grew more and more each day.
Jordan – There’s a huge music theme throughout our relationship. It all pretty much started because of Adam’s 12-string, and blossomed into late night talks about our favorite unique musicians and how we hoped music would evolve in the future. Now almost five years later, we’ve seen over 70 music artists together and plan our summers traveling across the world, seeing our favorite music and building love for new talents.
Naturally, I knew I loved Adam after our first concert together. We traveled from Pittsburgh to Bethlehem, PA to see Modest Mouse, a band that I’ve wanted to see since I was 13. As we watched the band, his arms were wrapped around me and we kissed and danced and had an amazing time.
After the show, sometime after midnight, we went for pancakes Denny’s. The entire night we laughed and smiled
and I knew that I was deeply in love with him.
There was a bit of a build up to the actual proposal. We talked about marriage a lot and we knew that we wanted to spend forever together, but I didn’t know when that was going to happen. So, it was my “golden birthday”, and I turned 24 on the 24th of September in 2016. Adam surprised me by taking me to a local jeweler where I was able to put my very in-depth engagement ring Pinterest board to use. He asked me to
give the jeweler some of my ideas, and we picked out a diamond together.
Fast forward a few months and we were spending Christmas Eve at my Mimi’s house. My mom and grandmother mean the absolute world to me, they are my best friend and I admire them for being the strong women who raised me. So we slept on my Mimi’s living room floor on a mattress (like we do every Christmas Eve), and woke up on Christmas day WAY too early. If anyone knows me, they know that I really value my sleep, so I may or may not have been a little grumpy with a 6am wakeup.
But, I woke up, got some coffee, and me, Adam, my mom, her boyfriend, my grandmother, and my uncle all sat down to open gifts. Adam insisted that I open the first gift, and everyone started to awkwardly stare at me in anticipation of my next move. I became extremely nervous and continued to open the present. It was a white t-shirt with “Feyoncé” written on it in gold (because Beyoncé, of course!).
Adam moved to one knee, and asked me to marry him. It wasn’t even 7:00am, we were engaged, and sipping on champagne! And of course, everyone in the house knew that Adam was going to propose that morning, and nobody could contain their excitement, hence a 6am wakeup!
Wine, blush, gold, navy
It was Cinco de Mayo, so of course we had tacos and signature margaritas!
Every moment was super special. The first look was really powerful because we were able to snuggle and chit chat for a bit, and my maid of honor brought us a bottle of whiskey to share during the moment. Our second favorite moment was definitely dancing to our live band with all of our guests. We broke out some glow sticks and boogied for hours.
The entire reception was a blast to plan! I’m a huge lover of flowers and I think my exact words to my florist were “just make it look like there was a huge flower explosion”. The flowers were the part that I was the most excited about, and Janessa from Gold Dust Florals completely exceeded my dreams. (Have you seen our rounded ceremony arch? I could stare at that thing for hours).
We didn’t want a traditional day at all. I wanted everything from the centerpieces to my maids to be mismatched and my main goal was for everyone to have fun. My girls chose their own dresses, we had tacos for dinner, a gorgeous handmade photo booth wall from Old Souls Vintage Rentals, a live band, and plenty of booze!
Ceremony Site: Walled Garden at Mellon Park
Reception Site: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts http://center.pfpca.org/special-events
Stationery: Unica forma!
Photographer: Hot Metal Studio https://www.hotmetalstudio.com/
Videographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Consultant: Day of Coordination and Decoration by Em + E Events
Flowers: Gold Dust Floral
Gown: Daalarna Couture by Luna Sewickley Bridal (formerly Glitter + Grit)
Hair: Hannah Conard Beauty http://www.hannahconard.com/
Make-Up: Hannah Conard Beauty http://www.hannahconard.com/
Veil: I don’t know the brand! Ah! But it was from Luna Sewickley Bridal (formerly
Glitter + Grit)
Shoes: Steve Madden
Engagement & Wedding Rings: Paul Michael Designs https://paul-michael-
Jewelry: Amazon, lol
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Menswear: Top Hat Tuxedo
Rentals: Old Souls Vintage Rentals (photo booth wall and sweetheart furniture), All Occasions rentals for tables, etc.
Linens: Linen Hero
Catering: Kimberley Ashlee Catering
Cake: Groom’s mom for our cutting cake, Bella Christie’s for cake donuts
Desserts: Pittsburgh Cookie Table, courtesy of our amazing family members and their baking talents
Music/DJ: Jason Kendall
We had so much fun planning our wedding. Each one of our vendors was so dreamy; they were friendly, helpful, and overall just amazing to work with. I remember searching for invitations on Pinterest and became really discouraged at prices and decided to go the difficult DIY route.
But then I saw a pin with a gorgeous invite suite and it was everything I wanted. The florals on the invites had our exact wedding colors and the same flowers we anticipated using for the wedding. Most of the time Pins lead you to a black hole, but I was super excited that the link led me to unicaforma.com, and I sent a message and Jordin responded within a day! Our invite suite was absolutely beautiful; it conveyed our wedding style perfectly. Thanks for being awesome and so helpful for the last year! <33
Also, I highly recommend a life cycle celebrant as an officiant for a wedding. Our officiant, Pat Carver of Perfect Promises, had us fill out an in-depth questionnaire and then curated a ceremony that reflected our relationship and dreams for our marriage. That was so special, and it was amazing to not have a cookie cutter day. All of it was super perfect.