Tammy and David met in Indianapolis at a mutual friend’s party and had their first date at an EDM concert. (Their wedding website says the party was themed “wear as much denim as you can” – which is a very good party theme!) David was so kind – taking all the photos Tammy wanted throughout the day. We had such a great time with them!

Tammy had her hair and make-up done in the Chemistry Room at the Embassy Suites. Plenty of room for her, the mothers and her bridesmaids. She had the cutest pink sneakers she switched to after the ceremony!

Our limo driver Rex from Tortorice Limousine was great! He knew exactly how to avoid the parkway because of a weekend of paving. We were able to smoothly get to the ceremony and the portrait location without missing a beat.

The couple had rented a vintage bus to take guests from the hotel to the church.

The couple did a toast in the limo to their bridal party – thanking them for being here on the special day. It was cloudy when we entered Tammy’s hometown church in Munhall, but the sun came out with that autumn glow just as we headed to Mellon Park.

Mellon Park Walled Garden is a beautiful spot for portraits. We ran into three other bridal parties while we were there! There are several different locations to shoot in the park. These two have a 1.5 foot height difference – it was fun to play off that for the posing!

David had a groom’s cake with his college mascot. And that’s not all the reception fun – I don’t want to forget to mention the late night eats – delicious nachos and hot dogs at the end of the night. I heard a rumor that SOME VIP’s were even pouring nacho cheese all over their hot dogs – but it wasn’t me!

Throughout the entire day, the theme of La Vie en Rose was evident – in Tammy’s pink shoes, in the bridesmaid dresses and floral, and in the reception decor. The hashtag was #lavieenrusk as a play off David’s last name and their aesthetic. I don’t make a habit of plagiarizing here on the blog, but Tammy and David put it best on their wedding website by explaining this theme. “La Vie en Rose” is a song made famous by Edith Pilaf in the 1940’s and its title literally translates to “life in pink”. But a more befitting translation when taking into account the meaning of the song’s lyrics would be “life in happy hues”, “life in rosy hues”, or “life seen through happy lenses”. The spirit of this song romanticizes la vie; live a life of happiness filled with cheerfulness and merriment. It’s about a state of bliss when everything around you feeds this idea of joyfulness. This is the state we find ourselves in when we are deeply in love.

And these two are deeply in love. It was my honor to be a part of this special day.

Note to the couple:

Tammy and David, it was a pleasure to work with the two of you! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!

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Invitation: The Paper Store
Prep location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Pittsburgh
Gown Designer: Essense of Australia
Bridal Salon: Brides by Young
Shoes: Ted Baker London
Maid of Honor’s Dress: Donna Morgan
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Florist: One Happy Flower Shop
Hair Stylist: Classic Hair & Makeup
Make-Up Artist: Classic Hair & Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Pittsburgh
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Ceremony venue: St. Therese of Lisieux Parish
Reception venue: Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Pittsburgh
Cake: Grandview Bakery
Catering: Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Pittsburgh
Entertainment: Modern Era Weddings – DJ Thomas P. Walter
Rings: Robert Goodman Jewelers
Linens:Linen Hero by Chair Covers and Linens
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental
Alterations: Brides by Young
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: The Yellow Rose Studio
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography

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