Cody & Rachel | For All Family Farms Wedding |For All Family Farm Wedding | Butler PA Wedding Photographer | Butler PA Farm Wedding | Butler Farm Wedding

Rachel and Cody are two peas in a pod with their love of the outdoors, and for each other. Their beautiful, romantic wedding was perfectly set outside in rolling hills with a glowing sunset, surrounded by loved ones. Rachel looked stunning in her gown, and their cheerful colors of yellow and light gray complimented the rustic features through the barn and ceremony. These two were perfect models–lost in the moment of each other, their vows, and their first dance, everyone was crying (including me) and I could have shot them all day. Their love is beautiful and uplifting to see–I wish them a long and happy life together ❤

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Loved spending the day with you! All the best ❤

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Ashton & Tom | Butler PA Wedding |For All Family Farm Wedding | For All Family Farms Wedding | Butler Farm Wedding | Butler Wedding Photographer

Ashton and Tom tied the knot on a beautiful day surrounded by their family and friends. Aside from loving her color choice of purple paired with succulents (that she actually grew! yes!) I loved their unity ceremony. A beautiful hippie soul, Ashton chose a tree, which perfectly represents their relationship, to be watered and planted. This really showcased her unique personality, as well as her and Tom’s strong and growing love for each other.

Loved spending the day with you two! ❤ All the best! ❤

Brittany & Sean | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Hampton Banquet Hall Wedding Photos | Gibsonia Wedding Photographer | Hampton Banquet Hall Wedding Pictures | Butler Wedding Photographer

I’m so excited to share Brittany and Sean’s wedding! The details were chic and glam, including Brittany’s Kate Spade heels, and Sean’s Rosary from Italy. It’s been a while since I’ve been blogging the weddings I’ve shot, and this one was special because these two are head over heels for each other. Brittany made this day about everyone else–she was so attentive to everyone and wanted all of her guests to have a good time–which they certainly did!

Brittany and Sean opted for a First Look Session for their Bridal Formals, since their ceremony wasn’t until the evening. A First Look breaks the old tradition of waiting until after the ceremony to see each other–I LOVE these because it’s so intimate–it’s a special moment shared just between you and your almost-spouse! We pick a meeting place that you both love a few weeks before and the groom waits for his bride there. She walks up behind him, and when she’s ready, she touches his shoulder. He turns to see him, not just as his love and his girlfriend/wife, but as his BRIDE! The facial expressions, the reactions, the tears…there are no words to describe how fantastic it is to see each partner’s looks and exclamations to each other! It’s just JOYFUL ❤

 

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Thanks so much for choosing me for your photographer! It was a blast! ❤ I wish you a long and happy life together! ❤

Trisha & Luke | Butler Wedding Photographer | Butler Wedding Photography | Western PA Wedding Photographer | Home Wedding Photos |Backyard Wedding Photos | Backyard Wedding Photography

One of theee most fun weddings I’ve shot was Trisha and Luke’s–everyone was warm and welcoming, and had a blast together. This wedding was on beautiful day in July, and even though I took a break from blogging, I’m so glad to look back on these pictures on a snow day like today.
From the moment I met Trisha, I knew it would be a crazy day in all the best ways! Luke had “the” hockey team for all his groomsmen, he’s #popularitygoals for sure! The girls cheerful Tiffany Blue dresses showed off Trisha’s energetic and outgoing personality. Hosted by the family, their backyard was the perfect setting for an evening of cigars, cornhole, and catching up. It was a gorgeous day with a glowy sunset, finished off perfectly by a jump in the pool!

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Thanks so much for having me capture one of THE most fun weddings! All the best! ❤

Kristen & Joe | Pittsburgh Rotunda Engagement

Kristen and Joe are two lovely people I met at a Bridal Show last season. Kristen was one of the most cheerful brides at the show! You could see her enthusiasm for planning her day with Joe, and her smile was eye catching…as were her cute shoes 😉
Kristen expressed an interest in the Pittsburgh Rotunda for their engagement shoot, which is a location that I love! You can get quite a bit of variety here. What’s great about this area is that you have the metro backdrop of the rotunda, but you also get some greenery in the courtyard below. It’s a pretty green space in the middle of a busy city center!
We started out in the courtyard, and got some cute shots incorporating trees and the landscaping surrounding the sidewalks. The fall colors came together beautifully!



Below is one of my favorites–I just love how the trees frame this beautiful couple! Symmetry can be so complimenting when the straight lines are softened by leaves!

A quick walk up the stairs brought us to the Rotunda, which is right in front of
The Pennsylvanian. There are apartments here, and you can also host a wedding here! It’s also easy to find–it’s just a few blocks over from the Strip District in Pittsburgh.

Incorporating the architecture into some of the photos was a must! Just look at the details to this intricate building.

Kristen and Joe, thanks for spending the evening with me, it was great to get to know you and capture your romance! Good luck with all of your wedding planning, it’s sure to be a gorgeous day with the way you two look at each other 🙂 Cheers!

Natasha & Lane | Succop Conservancy Engagement

I had met Natasha and Lane while shooting a wedding earlier in the season–they were on the dance floor the whole time! They were certainly a fun couple, with Natasha’s brilliant smile and Lane’s contagious sense of humor, they were easy to talk to! I was so excited when Natasha contacted me to do Engagement photos of her and Lane–they were such a cute couple, I knew it would be a good time. We went to the Succop Conservancy, where there is such a variety of beautiful places for back drops.

We started the session by doing some photos in front of the house–the wrought iron lattice work is so pretty!

I also love the back courtyard, it’s like a step back in time, and also offers the ability for some sitting poses with the brick half-wall.

These two small buildings caught Natasha’s eye, so we used them for some poses. She has a good eye–these turned out so romantic, and the colors are gorgeous! Painted brick is so timeless and looks awesome.

The barn was a wonderful backdrop, and the tree behind it looked like it was on fire! Perfect for a fall shoot!

Aren’t they adorable?!?!?! 😀

We used the arbor because, haha, they got the memo that Natasha was wearing burgundy and decorated it accordingly! 😉 Of course that’s not the truth but it worked out so well for Natasha and Lane’s shoot!

Natasha has sparkling blue eyes that are just striking! They made a statement in every photo. Just gorgeous!

This huge weeping willow made a very romantic backdrop. I loved shooting through the leafy vines to frame them. They are so in the moment with each other, it was fun to watch them joke around with each other while I shot.

Love this one in black and white!
One of my favorite things to do–shoot into the sun! It blurs everything, making the light bounce everywhere and gives the photo a soft glow and a romantic feeling. No photoshop was used in these photos. It was all done in camera with a prime lens, the sun, and a beautiful couple!

I love this one because you can look at her eyes and see how much she adores him!

And now…for Miss Lola!!! She was so tiny and cute!

Can you spot Lola? 😉

Love the bench with the birch trees by the ponds. Just so pretty!

And we caught a beautiful sunset! What a lovely backdrop for these cuties!

Lola even laid her head down 🙂 Too cute!

Loved doing this one for Natasha–her family sells lights like this! It’s their family business, so Natasha’s involved in knowledge about lights like this too. It’s always nice to see something that you identify with and that’s a part of your life. It’s fun to incorporate something very personal into your Engagement shoot, it’s all about you, after all! It will be nice to give this to Natasha’s parents so that they can have it in their office–their daughter, her new husband, and the family business! Oh, and Lola 😉
Natasha and Lane, it was wonderful to spend the evening with you two! Thank you for letting me capture these special moments for you! You are such great people and are meant for each other, it warms my heart–I can’t wait for the wedding! 🙂

Children’s Portait | Succop Conservancy

These two cuties were a joy to spend time with! They are just so adorable, and incredibly well behaved! I love how siblings act together in front of a camera–they are usually a little shy at first, but then they find their comfort zone and the sillies come out 🙂
All these photos were taken at the Succop Conservancy, which has beautiful grounds and a variety of places to go. Some of my favorite areas are the back courtyard (shown directly below), the barn, and the back yard pond. The herb garden is lovely too, with the large willow tree and lots of flowers planted in the beds. Just add children who love to be outside and you’ve got yourself some wonderful family portraits!

This is one of my personal favorite areas to shoot–the back brick courtyard. There’s something so beautifully historic and charming about it. It’s the perfect backdrop for any kind of portrait! I’ve used it for weddings, engagements, and families, and I’m always happy with the results. Plus it has the brick half-wall which is really nice to do some poses while seated, giving you even more variety 🙂

This is one of my favorites–I love how the sun frames them, and how natural they look! Oh and of course they are just so darn cute, it would be hard to take a bad photo of them! 🙂

So pretty! She was such a little lady! I love this one because of the way the sun glows through her hair.

There’s nothing more beautiful than an sincere hug from a child! I asked them to hug each other, and they squeezed so tight, it was adorable! You can see that brothers and sisters can be friends and DO get a long…at least sometimes! 🙂


Loved this last one too, one of their mom’s requests–it looks so sweet, I remember them giggling as I was setting up the shot. I hope that’s how they always stay–ready to play, laughing all the time, joking with each other. The bonds of brother and sister here are strong and invaluable, and I’m so honored I could capture it for this beautiful family!

Rachel & Aaron | Succop Conservancy Wedding

I’m always a little nervous when I meet up with clients face to face for the first time, but from the moment I met Rachel and Aaron, I was immediatley at ease. They are friendly and genuine people, and I’d soon come to find that they treated all of their family and friends with love and respect. It was wonderful to see Rachel and Aaron surrounded by loved ones simply because everyone likes being around them! Rachel is as sweet as she is stunning, and Aaron is a perfect gentleman. I was so excited to spend the day with them! They couldn’t have picked a better day, the weather was perfect and the Succop Conservancy held a beautiful backdrop for their Black and White Themed wedding.

These beautiful paper lanterns echoed the black and white theme to the ceiling, and were just so pretty!

Place cards looked so elegant placed against black and white jacquard print paper. For her favors, Rachel had wine charms and fans. The fans we later used as a sassy prop for the bridesmaid photo! The wine glass charms were a big hit with the ladies, too!

Rachel DIY’d almost everything–be sure to get a look at all the details throughout!

Annnd then there’s the dress…the Item that started the Black and White theme! Take a look at this exquisite gown by Sottero and Midgley! It’s timeless and unique.


Rachel’s black lace Aldo stilettos…complete with “I Do” in Tiffany blue on the bottom!


Everyone toasted Rachel before getting dressed 🙂

This room had no shortage of pretty girls…love this image below! Gorgeous!
Rachel’s bridesmaids were smart–in order to hook all the buttons on her gown, they brought crochet needles with them! It was easy to get the buttons through the eye this way. These needles can be purchased at Michael’s Craft store here, and come in lots of different sizes.

Can’t lie, photographing Rachel was SO fun! She’s just so pretty, and her smile lights up the room! She truly is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She’s a doll!

I love these close-ups, they are so classic!

We did a semi-sassy one too, just because she’s so gorgeous and the dress was so incredibly versatile, there are just so many different looks with a beautiful girl and an awesome gown!

Loved turning some of these black and white!

Heirloom wedding bands tied to her bouquet for her something old and borrowed!

After the girls were done dressing, I hopped downstairs to catch up with Aaron and his groomsmen to watch them pin on their boutineers. Rachel’s mom also came in for a quick hug before the ceremony!


I loved this new take on tradition–both of Rachel’s parents walked her down the isle 🙂



Sisters in law looking on 🙂
Rachel’s mom has the cutest smile 🙂



This was something Rachel had an idea for–right after the ceremony, after she and Aaron walked down the isle, she wanted to have “just five minutes” alone with him. In our meeting that we had before their day, she said “I’m marrying him, and I know the day is going to go so fast, but the day is there for us, and I just want to take a moment and soak it in”. She has absolutely the right idea! I told her I’d scout out a place where they could have a break, and this little cove by a greenhouse was a great fit. Wanting to truly give Rachel her wish of being only with Aaron for a moment, I stood quite a bit away from where they were and shot telephoto, and snapped this sweet photo of them 🙂

After shooting the family formals in front of the arbor, we headed to the pond to do the bridal party portrait!

We took some of the fans and used them for the cute bridesmaids! Too fun 🙂


And all the good looking gentlemen!


Annnnd a really cool jump photo 🙂


And then we did Rachel & Aaron’s bridal portrait–perfect weather, beautiful woods, and two people head over heels for each other!

I loved the look of the back courtyard paired with Rachel’s dress, it looks like a photo that was taken 100 years ago, and is still gorgeous to this day!

The lovely table scape at the reception–black and white with lots of lush greenery to soften the edges.

I loved how the candles were set in black glitter sand. It gave it some sparkle while holding the candle stabilized in place!


Loved these adorable lanterns that lined the pathway to the reception.


The beautiful (and delicious!) cake was made by Cakes by Autumn, and I actually got to talk with her a bit while she was setting up the cake. She’s a dear and she’s very talented!

Everyone had a great time dancing! Craig Lawrence of Red Hot Chameleon kept the dance floor filled the whole night! He really knows how to get your party going!

After dinner, Rachel said she’d like to do some sunset photos. I’m sooOooOoooOoo glad she wanted to do that, because look at these photos!
Sunset is the best time to shoot, with glowing rays from the setting sun, the light filtering through the trees, and a beautiful couple to frame sun flares with, it’s just wonderful. I’m very glad she set aside some time for another small shoot, because it’s worth it for you to take a break with your new spouse and enjoy a short break together. Your wedding day goes so fast, take the time to breathe it in with your new spouse!
Making time for your photographer is a good investment, the results will be well worth it! The bridal portrait is the most important portrait of the day–because the wedding wouldn’t have happened with out you two!


This was a good time–Aaron passed out cigars to his groomsmen and friends. It turned out to be a really cool photo op, too!


One of my favorites, you really can’t get a cooler family portrait than something like this!

I saw these wispy feathers and…perfect for nestling a ring in!

Everything coordinated so perfectly. These wine bottles doubled as table numbers.

Aaron’s brother ended the party by doing a karaoke of CCR’s Traveling Band.
He was AWESOME!

Since the house is so gorgeous with the lattice ironwork, Rachel wanted to do some night shots, which turned out very soft and romantic!

This classy Cadillac drove Rachel and Aaron off in stlye! Pretty sharp, huh? 🙂

Rachel and Aaron, I am so honored to be a part of your day! You two were absolutely wonderful to spend time with and I’m honored that I was able to capture these beautiful moments for you! It brought a tear to my eye to see two people that love and care for each other so much. Best wishes to you both and I hope to be seeing you again in the future!

Family Portrait | Succop Conservancy Portraits

One of my long-time girlfriends had contacted me for family photos and I was so excited to see her and her adorable kids again! Not only are they well behaved, they are also so photogenic and sweet! We met at the Succop Conservancy in the evening, just as the sun was setting, which produced some gorgeous light! Here are a few of my favorites from their session!

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