A Classic Early Winter Wedding

It was Thursday in the late fall, right before Thanksgiving, and I was out location scouting for Kelly and Jason’s big day. I usually scout earlier in the week, but with the pandemic, there had been lots of last minute changes, so I would typically wait until just a few days before to make sure the venues were THE venues.

I drove and saw their lovely ceremony site, then drove to their reception site and a few photo spots. I was home only two hours when Kelly and Jason called – that ceremony site was closing to events that very day. (This was during the second wave of restrictions and things could just change by the day).

No worries though, Kelly and Jason found a BETTER ceremony site and booked it right away the next day! And it was actually closer to even better photo locations, so I was all about it!

I’ll always remember the very soft evening light for this November wedding – a misting rain, the headlights of the trolley outside the church as they waited for the couple to board, and the candlelight in a back room near the kitchen at the reception for a night shot.

This was our last wedding for the year in a year that started out normally in the February cold, taking photos in front of a packed vintage bus as the sun set, and ended unbelievably, with so much uncertainty week to week. Those of you who have followed my business for a long time know I can be thorough, I can be very Type A, Allison really keeps us organized, we do things just so and a certain way. But yet I grew as a photographer, I learned to go with the flow, what will be will be, flexibility – the freedom of so many weddings that don’t go exactly as planned made me a better artist. Wearing masks, Allison and I carried a dozen candles and little battery lights and a mirror into that room near the kitchen and took the final shots of the 2020 wedding season, showing the connection of the couple – the most important thing in our work.

Raise a glass to these two (and they had some of the coolest glasses – custom made beer steins for the groomsmen and dads) and to all the 2020 couples – for all who waited or overcame and adapted and persevered!

Note to the couple:

­Kelly and Jason, 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: Zazzle
Prep location: Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh/McCandless
Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston
Bridal Salon: The Exquisite Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids & Dessy
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Caricature Steins: Etsy – ToonedUp Gifts
Florist: Bride’s mom
Hair Stylist: Kalon Artistry, LLC
Make-Up Artist: Kalon Artistry, LLC
Hotel Accommodations: Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh/McCandless & Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh North
Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys
Ceremony venue: Calvary United Methodist Church
Reception venue: The Grand Room of Holy Trinity Center
Cake: The Grand Room of Holy Trinity Center
Catering: The Grand Room of Holy Trinity Center
Entertainment: The DJ Crew
Rings: Jared & Rogers & Hollands
Photo Booth: Pittsburgh Paparazzi
Favors: Koozies
Lighting: The Grand Room of Holy Trinity Center
Alterations: The Exquisite Bride
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Wildwood Golf Club
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography

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