Brittany & Ryan | Mayernik Center Wedding | Pittsburgh Wedding | Rustic Wedding | Pittsburgh Rustic Wedding | Avonworth Wedding | Avonworth Community Park | Mayernik Center Wedding Photography |Mayernik Center Wedding Photos

I’m excited to (finally!) share Brittany and Ryan’s wedding day here on the blog! If you’re wondering why it’s taken so long to get their wedding post up, you can read this blog post for a backstory with my blog and the downtime that came with it. Anyway! Brittany is such a special girl–I mean, I even left my vest in her dressing room and she texted me the next day to ask me if it was mine, when she should have just been spending time with her brand-new husband, but, this is Brittany, and she is a loving, caring soul, and all about everyone else. This resonated throughout her wedding day–all about Ryan, her adorable nephews, her sis-in-law who had a newborn 10 days earlier (and you couldn’t tell, super jealous!) and making everyone comfortable and concerning herself with everyone and making sure they had a good time–which they totally did!
They held their ceremony and reception in the same place (so smart!) at the Mayernik Center in Avonworth Community Park. It’s awesome to have your wedding at an all-inclusive place like this because they provided a lovely room for Brittany and her girls to dress in, and it saves your guests (and you!) from running around to different places on your already busy day. It’s also convenient because I was able to take photos of the groom, his groomsmen, and some family photos before the ceremony because they wished to remain traditional and not see each other before their vows. Simple. Easy. Yes!
The Mayernik Center was the perfect backdrop for Brittany’s burlap and lace accents, contrasting with a bright, cheeful Tiffany Blue for her bridesmaid dresses and accents.
It was wonderful to spend the day with these two. Many, many years of happiness to their long life together!

The Mayernik Center (also known as Avonworth Community Park) provide a beautiful backdrop for photos, even in April before any leaves had bloomed! I especially loved the creek running through the park.

Brittany and Ryan really know how to throw a party…

Lots of love to you both! ❤

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Beth & Michael | St. Wendelin Wedding | R.C. Men’s Club Wedding Photos

Beth and Michael had one of the prettiest and unique weddings I’ve been to. Beth is hilarious, and Michael is the perfect compliment to her fun and cute personality. Their day was filled with vintage details–from the collage centerpieces of records, succulents in teacups, and vintage tines, to Beth’s beautiful lace gown and dried lavender bouquet. I love shooting at St. Wenedlin Church in Herman because of its windows that let so much light pour in. After the heartfelt ceremony and vows, we headed to the R.C. Men’s Club for a beer and the bridal portrait. I love shooting at the R.C., I’ve spent quite a bit of time there, and the grounds are always beautiful no matter what season it is! The pond has a lovely trail beside it, the rolling hills make for a stunning backdrop, and of course my personal favorite–the clusters of pines are majestic and romantic. It was the perfect place to catch Beth’s veil flowing in the wind!
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Katherine & Forrest | National Aviary Wedding | National Aviary Wedding Photos | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

I love shooting weddings at The National Aviary! Each time I’ve been there, the event has been fun and flawless. Their staff is fantastic, and the grounds are private and perfect for photos. Your wedding can be colorful and lively, or simple and elegant, as Katherine and Forrest planned for their day. Katherine was one of my most impressive brides–multitasking living out of state, working, obtaining her Doctorate Degree (woot!) and on top of all that, planning a beautiful wedding! Their First Look Session was sweet and relaxed, and their reception was a blast with a bunch of enthusiastic scientists getting to see the array of birds not seen by many. She also decided to host a Penguin Encounter, which is so cute–always a must-see at the Aviary! The fun part at the end of the night was when everyone could sign the Penguin Paintings and made a mash-up of the newlywed Doctors’ names, which are so fun and unique!
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One of the cutest guests at Katherine’s wedding!

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Jennifer & Chase | Atrium Wedding | Atrium Wedding Photos | New Castle Wedding Photographer | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

Jennifer and Chase shared so many heartfelt and sweet moments during their day! Their wedding tops one of my favorite most-romantic-list, with touches of pink everywhere, and Chase always at her side, full of compliments and kisses. The wedding was held at
The Atrium’s gazebo, with the reception immediately following. Jennifer and Chase and I hopped in my car for a quick location change to shoot their light and airy bridal portrait. I love doing closed sessions like this, with just a skip away from their party, but enough space for them to relax and take a break and just “be” with each other.
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Jennifer’s students came together to play all the songs for her ceremony, such a thoughtful gift for their favorite teacher!

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Laura & Patrick | Succop Conservancy Wedding

I was so excited to see Laura and Patrick on their wedding day at the Succop Conservancy! They are such a sweet couple, and Laura is an absolute doll baby! She’s seriously one of the most cheerful people I’ve ever met, and it’s easy to see why Patrick adores her. They got creative with their wedding day–Laura and her dad grew their own wheat grass for the centerpieces and had unique touches throughout their day–scroll through to see all the lovely details and beautiful vibrant color schemes!

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Succop Conservancy Wedding PhotosAnd for the bonfire, a girl after my own heart, she had a S’MORE BAR! YUM!Succop Conservancy Wedding PhotosWe also snuck out for a few minutes to do some sunset photos, a personal fave, with glowing light and a beautiful couple, it was easy!
Succop Conservancy Wedding Photos Succop Conservancy Wedding PhotosWe also did some more family portraits, it was easy to do on the rolling lawn and everyone was in one spot.
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Courtney & Jamie | West End Overlook Wedding Photos | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

Courtney and Jamie had a gorgeous day! They are two of the sweetest and FUN people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and they made their family and friends the center of their day. Everyone had such a great time, all smiles as they had a blast celebrating their wedding day.
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We headed to the West End Overlook in Pittsburgh for their bridal portrait. I especially loved the wisteria covered bridge, and their day took place on just the right time for the extremely SHORT blooming season of wisteria! Perfect timing, guys!
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Their reception took place at the Fairview Sunset Room, which I loved the lights and draping in the center of the room!
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Courtney and Jamie, thanks so much for sharing your day with me! Your friends and family were so fun! Lots of love to you two ❤

Jennifer & Robert | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Ellwood City Wedding Photographer

 

Jennifer and Robert were two people I loved spending the day with! Their wedding was full of emotion and SO much fun! Jennifer was so stunning, and Robert just absolutely adored her and their sweet daughter. Every detail was so feminine and pretty, and, Jennifer’s favorite, lush, exotic peacock feathers were in every detail!
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Jenn was an absolute stunner--I literally couldn't stop snapping photos of her!

Jenn was an absolute stunner–I literally couldn’t stop snapping photos of her!

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I loved Jenn's reaction as she saw her flowers! Gorgeous!

I loved Jenn’s reaction as she saw her flowers! Gorgeous!

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Patti incorporated Jenn's grandmother's veil into her bouquet--such a stunning and loving detail.

Patti incorporated Jenn’s grandmother’s veil into her bouquet–such a stunning and loving detail.

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Being both Italian and Catholic, I was drawn towards the lit seven-day prayer candles.

Being both Italian and Catholic, I was drawn towards the lit seven-day prayer candles.

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I couldn't resist this photo--mom and her little boy were having so much fun keeping him occupied during the ceremony, too cute!

I couldn’t resist this photo–mom and her little boy were having so much fun keeping him occupied during the ceremony, too cute!

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My favorite flower girl photo, EVER!

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One of the reasons it’s great to wear a veil on your wedding day! Even if it’s just for an hour or two!

After one of my FAVE bridal sessions (they did so well! <3) we headed to the Sons of Italy in Ellwood City. Now if there’s one thing that this Paisana needs to feel at home, well…I certainly felt close to home here. Their families were so warm and caring

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Italians really know how to party! Love the cornicello, of course!

Italians really know how to party! Love the cornicello, of course!

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For Jenn, I loved her Peacock Feather theme, so of course I wanted to have it on her wedding box to match all of her wedding keepsakes.

Jennifer and Robert, thank you for letting me be a part of your special day! ❤

 

Zoe & Scott | White Barn Wedding |White Barn Wedding Photos

I’m so excited to share this wedding with you! It’s the first wedding of my 2013 season, and Zoe and Scotty kicked it off right! They literally threw one of the best parties I’ve ever attended. From the moment I met Zoe, her sweet blue eyes gave way to her warm, friendly personality, overflowing with compliments and wonderful things to say of her fiance and her daughter. She showed me photos of her gown and I was enthralled with the tiers of ruffles and her daughter’s coordinating dress! She looked so elegant among all the black & white details she and Scotty planned! Everything was country chic and turned out absolutely gorgeous!

Mother Daughter Bridal Mother Daughter BridalZoe and Scotty decided that they would like to do a First Look Session. Being that it was April and the sun sets a little earlier, they wanted ample light. Zoe and I talked about it, and after answering some questions and talking it over together first (it’s a very personal choice!) they decided they liked how intimate and personal it sounded! That is the truth–these sessions are so great for that exact reason. You are lost in the moment of being with each other because there is no one else there to distract you. You also get more time with each other and it’s a more relaxed session because there is no need to rush. It’s a really romantic session–we start with a pre-designated place, and Scotty waits for Zoe. Then, Zoe hops in my car–with all of her crinoline!–and we drive and make our way to the meeting place. She walks up behind him, and when she’s ready, she’ll touch his shoulder and he may turn around to see her for the first time as his bride! It’s a sweet, touching moment! I love the smiles and laughs they shared!
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I have HOW many likes on that video already???!!!

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Quite possibly the cutest wedding cookies, ever!

Zoe’s ring was beautiful, and Scott had the coolest wedding band–it was all black!
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Wedding Preview | Courtney & Jamie | Pittsburgh Wedding photographer

Courtney and Jamie had one of the best weddings I’ve been to! Everyone in their bridal party was wonderful! Courtney and Jamie were glowing with excitement and love, and everyone had such a great time enjoying each others company and dancing the night away! The full blog post is coming soon!
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Courtney’s shoes were the perfect shade of blue!

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The wisteria JUST happened to be in bloom! It was early May, and it was gorgeous. This photo was taken with my 24mm wide angle.

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The wisteria in bloom (early May!) gave a beautiful bokeh! This photo was taken with my 50mm to give a different look from the other photo taken with my 24mm wide angle!

This Week I’ve Learned | Pittsburgh Photographer Weekly Post

Even though I’m exhausted from shooting an awesome event (photos to come!)…which entailed me climbing about six flights of stairs numerous times…I’m still here! I’m typing this with my eyes still opening, but awake! This week I’ve learned…

  • I’ve learned that I still have a deep love for the city. Sometimes I think I’m a country girl, and then I get in that concrete and somehow I feel at home. I know I complain about parking but…eh, no big deal!
  • I’ve learned that shooting at sundown against city lights is stunning!
  • I’ve learned that I can’t say no to crab cakes. Ever.
  • I’ve learned that I apparently make awesome biscotti…people don’t even believe they are home made–super flattering!
  • I’ve learned that when little boys are doing something they knooow they aren’t supposed to be doing, they can move very quickly!
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