Jessica and Frank were engaged for quite a while, planning their wedding at the National Aviary. They got engaged Christmas morning in front of family and they selected their wedding date for June to honor Jessica’s late mother.

And then, just about seven months before the wedding – Taylor Swift announced her concert in Pittsburgh for the date of their wedding – also on the North Side.
This led to some parking issues for Jess and Frank following the rehearsal dinner and some hotel room woes – but they rolled with the punches even though it threw a small wrench in their plans.

They got ready in a lovely AirBnb just a few blocks away from their reception venue! The weather was perfect and it was many of Jess’s family members’ first visit to Pittsburgh.

The couple had a family member doing their beautiful flowers and a friend was DJing as well – so it was truly a labor of love.

After a first look and photos, they were united in the garden for a ceremony. One of my favorite things about the Aviary garden is the way the light comes in – even on a bright summer day. The garden is one of my absolute favorite ceremony venues. Jess was escorted down the aisle by her son.

Then it was time for cocktail hour with the bird exhibits open to the guests and Patrik the penguin (she’s a girl!) came out to greet the guests.

Following the cocktail hour, the couple enjoyed time with friends and family, many of whom traveled in to see them in Pittsburgh.

The Aviary food is always delicious – it’s one of the best buffets in town and I definitely went back for seconds, which I never do! The sun set on this beautiful evening – all the planning paid off for the couple!

Note to the couple:
Jessica and Frank, 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: Minted
Prep location: AirBnB
Gown Designer: Sophia Tolli
Bridal Salon: Lovest Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Kate Spade and Gianni Bini
Veil: Sophia Tulli
Perfume: Jo Malone London English Pear and Freesia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Twobirds
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Cologne: L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent
Hair Stylist: Pittsburgh Beauty Company
Make-Up Artist: Pittsburgh Beauty Company
Cinematographer: Just Hitched
Ceremony venue: National Aviary
Reception venue: National Aviary
Cupcakes & Sweetheart Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: Atria’s
Entertainment: City of Stars/DJ Hypnotik
Rings: Zales
Calligraphy: Just Write by Ashley Calligraphy
Linens: Atria’s
Photo Booth: Steel City Selfies Photo Booths
Favors: Sunglasses
Lighting: City of Stars
Alterations: Dania Bridal Alterations
Rehearsal Dinner Location: La Tavola Italiana
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography

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