Kara and Malek were married on a beautiful Sunday in August. We first met Kara almost four years ago when she was a maid of honor in her friend Emily’s wedding.

The couple met in Denver, Colorado and Malek proposed to Kara in front of the Bean at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Kara and Malek got ready at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center and then walked across the street to Heinz Chapel for their ceremony. At the Wyndham University Center, Kara and her girls used a junior suite for getting ready. This is a great size room for a larger bridal party. For future clients, we also recommend king rooms for getting ready over the rooms with two double beds.

Before the ceremony started, Kara and Malek shared a first touch and prayed together. One of Kara’s bridesmaids sang during the ceremony with her husband accompanying her.

After the ceremony, the couple and their bridal party had their portraits taken at the Cathedral of Learning and CMU columns. Everything was in walking distance so it was easy to work with the couple and their large bridal party – 12 attendants on either side and 2 flower girls! We hopped off the limo at Mt. Washington as one last stop on the way to the reception at the LeMont.

The couple shared their first dance to “Love is Here to Stay” by Frank Sinatra. At the end of the night the couple got a few photos of the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline all lit up.

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Kara and Malek, we loved working with the two of you on your special day! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!

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Vendors:
Prep location: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Gown Designer/Salon: Pronovias/The Bridal Collection
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse/Calvin Klein
Florist: Cialella & Carney Florists
Hair Stylist: Louis Charles & Company
Make-Up Artist: Makeup Design Studio
Hotel Accommodations: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Cinematographer: Weekend Project Studios
Ceremony venue: Heinz Memorial Chapel
Reception venue: LeMont Restaurant
Cake: Autumn’s Cakes
Catering: LeMont Restaurant
Entertainment: Red Hot Chameleon Entertainment
Rings: Zales
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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There’s nothing more Pittsburgh than a Mt. Washington wedding ceremony. Megan and Matt were married on a beautiful and sunny August day. We just love the unique touches these two put on their special day: their use of the Clemente Bridge as a motif for their invitations, the Ted Baker details – matching floral heels and purse, earrings and a suit for Matt. The couple also had a super cute vintage trolley. Matt got Megan a lovely wedding gift – a pair of Valentino heels!

Megan and Matt had plenty of time for portraits so they were able to go to several locations within Pittsburgh. After the ceremony at St. Mary of the Mount Parish, we stayed on Mt Washington to get a few photos with their dog Lucy. She was very excited to see the couple and their bridal party! We then hopped on the trolley to go to two of the more popular photo spots – the Cathedral of Learning and CMU columns. Last stop before heading to the reception was the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel has such a classically beautiful reception space. The wedding colors were highlighted in the gorgeous floral centerpieces.

After dinner, the couple went downstairs from the reception to the Clemente Bridge to take a few photos. It was a great time to take photos on the bridge because the lighting at sunset is the best and the bridge was closed to traffic for an event. Megan and Matt even thought ahead and brought a lock and key to add to the collection on the bridge.

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Megan and Matt, thank you for letting us be a part of your special day! 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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Vendors:
Invitation: Our Wedding Brand
Prep location: Private home & Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Gown Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Salon: Babette’s Gowns
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Groom’s Formalwear: Ted Baker London/Nordstrom
Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Macy’s/Calvin Klein
Florist: Harold’s Flower Shop
Hair Stylist: Justine Reidy
Make-Up Artist: Makeup Design Studio
Hotel Accommodations: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Transportation: Vogue Limousine
Cinematographer: Penderville Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: St. Mary of the Mount Parish
Reception venue: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Cake: Potomac Bakery
Catering: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Entertainment: DJ Craig Evans
Rings: Zachary’s Jewelers
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Jeanine Bonadio Photography
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Samantha and Sean actually booked their wedding reception space before it was even built! They are one of many couples who booked the Carnegie Science Center’s new event space called PointView Hall (that’s the correct spelling – but I’ve heard lots of people call it “Point of View Hall” so in case you are Googling – there you go!) in the new PPG Science Pavilion. This new reception space opened in July of 2018 and Samantha and Sean had their reception the first weekend in August!

Last fall, we met up with Sam and Sean in Oakland for their engagement session. Sean’s mom is a hobbyist photographer herself, so photos were very important to her. We always try to please all our couples and their families – and especially the bride and groom themselves! It was a super busy day in town – the Regatta, a Pirates’ game, and the pre-game block party – but we still made the trek down to the Clemente Bridge for a few fun shots that were important to them! (Note: We recommend for safety reasons only doing “yellow bridge” photos when the bridge is closed to traffic as it is for games.)

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves! The couple got ready at their respective parents’ homes. We traversed into Sam’s neighbor’s yard for photos – he had a great shady spot to keep the ladies covered on this 85 degree day. Then we headed to their hometown church for the ceremony.

After church, we headed to the North Shore and then to the Science Center just in time to catch Iceburgh from the Penguins taking photos with the guests! These two enjoy going to sporting events here in town and wanted to incorporate that into their reception.

We also were able to make a brief stop outside the Science Center for photos as well as inside – and we got a few photos with the temporary Lego exhibit, since Sam and Sean had Legos as their favor – it was only fitting!

PointView Hall has a great balcony for cocktails and evening portraits – we did some nice sunset shots out there and had a view of Sam and Sean’s new place – their home on Mount Washington.

We capped it all off with the Regatta fireworks on the balcony. My assistant Allison scouted the best spot for the fireworks and saved Sam and Sean a direct view! The grand finale was so loud (as the display was launched from barges in the river)– we all felt the thundering booms deep inside our chests and guests said they had never in their lives had such a great front row view!

Note to the couple:

Sam and Sean, congratulations! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always!

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Vendors:
Invitation: Minted
Prep Location: Private homes
Bridal Salon: Sorelle Bridal Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Susan Schellin
Hair Stylist: Kelsey Quayle/Salon Blanca
Make-Up Artist: Mary Trojanowski
Hotel Accommodations: Hyatt Place Pittsburgh – North Shore
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Memorial Park Church
Reception venue: Carnegie Science Center PointView Hall
Donuts: Peace Love & Little Donuts
Cake: Lincoln Bakery
Catering: Culinaire/Carnegie Science Center
Entertainment: Fireside Events, LLC
Rings: James Allen
Additional KWP Team Member for this Wedding: Custom Portraits by Charlene
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Diana and Joe first met at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where they are both ballet dancers. They formed a connection over the fact that they are both from Ohio and they both have strong Catholic faith. When they first met Diana knew Joe was from Ohio because of his love for the Cleveland Browns! After three and a half years of dating, Joe took Diana to mass on Mt. Washington and proposed to her on the overlook. The couple had a Catholic ceremony at St. Stanislaus and a reception following at the Grand Hall at the Priory.

Diane and Joe had separate Priory townhouses right next to the reception site and it made the getting ready process very convenient! Diana and her mother made her beautiful cathedral length veil. Her mother also gifted her a small blue rosary to wear in her dress pocket – yes, her dress had pockets! Diana wore her mother’s pearl bracelet, carried her grandfather’s monogrammed hankie and used her great aunt’s clutch. Joe wore socks of his hometown football team – the Cleveland Browns.

Diana and Joe did a “first touch” prior to the ceremony where they exchanged cards. During the ceremony, Diana’s aunt and uncle sang and they had a friend play the viola. During the recessional, flower petals fell from the ceiling.

Between the ceremony and reception, we got to take the couple and their bridal party to several photo locations throughout Pittsburgh – the Strip District, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, CMU Columns, Mellon Park Walled Garden and the Clemente Bridge. Ceremony was at 2:00PM and the cocktail hour didn’t start until 6:00PM so we had a great amount of time for photos! Diana even put on her pointe shoes for a few shots! While we were getting their photos, the parents of the bride and groom hosted guests in the Priory townhouses. This is a great option to keep your guests occupied while still having enough time for photos.

The couple had subtle details of their ballet dancing background throughout their reception – the escort cards were made to look like ballet tickets and some of their tables were named after ballets they had done together. Diana and Joe choreographed their first dance. The wedding cake topper was vintage and one that has been used in many weddings on Joe’s side of the family.

We did a sparkler send off with the couple and it was probably one of the biggest ones we have ever seen. After the reception was over, we rode up to Mt. Washington with Diana and Joe to take some final photos since it is such a special place to them where they got engaged.

Note to the couple:

Diana and Joe, we loved working with you! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always Congratulations!

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Vendors:
Prep location: The Priory Hotel
Gown Designer/Salon: Romona Keveza/Something White Bridal
Bride’s Headband: Clarissa Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Beginning/Dessy Group
Men’s Ties: Dessy
Florist: Budget Blossoms by Jillian
Hair Stylist: Rochelle Noone Hair Creations Salon
Make-Up Artist: Allison Roth Studio
Hotel Accommodations: The Priory Hotel
Transportation: All Star Limousines Worldwide
Cinematographer: Black Guy in Black Tie Wedding Videographer
Ceremony venue: St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
Reception venue: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Cake: Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique
Catering: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Entertainment: Greg Sovek Productions
Rings: Ashcroft & Oak Jewelers
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Amber and Max are getting married next year! We met up with them and their sweet dog for some portraits at Mellon Park Walled Garden and The Point. We had to reschedule the session three or four times due to rain but in the end I am so glad we did because it was worth it. The light we got was beautiful!

I love old houses and something that you may not know about the Mellon Park Walled Garden is that it is actually the remnants of the Mellon Mansion. The Mellon Mansion was one of the largest homes around the turn of the century and it was demolished in 1941. The land then became Mellon Park. I can go on and on about homes of the Gilded Age but my assistant Allison says this isn’t the time for a history lesson. 😛

Amber and Max, we can’t wait for your wedding next year!

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Michelle and Alden are expecting their first baby in just a few weeks! We first met Michelle and Alden when we did their wedding a few years ago. They are expecting a baby boy and plan to name him Leo. They brought a few different props with them that family and friends had made. Of course we had to have their first baby, Lily (their dog) come along for a few pictures!

Congratulations you two! We are so excited for your new arrival!

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Natalie and Michael have known each other for half of their lives. They first started dating as freshman in high school and fifteen years later, they got married! Michael even proposed to Natalie in the spot where they first met.

After a week of ninety degree weather, Natalie and Michael had a perfect day for their wedding! It was eighty degrees and sunny all day. The couple had their ceremony and reception at the Grand Hall at the Priory. They also got ready at the Priory Hotel which is a great option for couples who want to do in all in one location and who want to save the expense of a limo or transportation.

Natalie and Michael wrote letters to each other to read the morning of the wedding and they also wrote their own vows for the ceremony. After an emotional reading of Michael’s letter, Natalie said that a lot of what he wrote was also what she wrote in her vows. Natalie wore a ring on her right hand that Michael gifted to her when they were just eighteen years old.

Natalie was so organized and detail oriented that she had bridesmaid and groomsmen emergency kits on hand. That emergency kit came in handy when two of the groommen used duct tape to make a size adjustment to their ties! Natalie also put together a basket of Jack Daniels and shot glasses for the men to have while they got ready.

Natalie and Michael had one of the most emotional first looks we have ever witnessed! I overheard Natalie telling her bridesmaids early in the day that she was just excited to be able to spend her entire wedding day with him.

Being that the couple did a first look, all of their portraits and family photos were taken before the ceremony. They were able to enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests outside in the courtyard of the Priory.

For introductions into the reception, each couple entered to a different song choice. In case you’re looking for a reception introduction song, the songs Natalie and Michael used were:

California Dreamin’ – Mamas & Papas
Let’s Get it Started – Black Eyed Peas
She’s a Maniac – Flashdance
SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
Every Time We Touch – Cascada
Drop it Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell
Milkshake – Kelis

The bride and groom were introduced into the reception and danced to “Whoomp! There it is!”

We were able to sneak the couple out for sunset shots right after dinner and go to some off the beaten path photo spots. After the wedding the couple even had an after party right there at the hotel.

Note to the couple:

Natalie and Michael, it was great to work with the two of you on your wedding day! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!

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Vendors:
Invitation: minted
Prep location: The Priory Hotel
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Other Bridal Accessories: Etsy
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Men’s Formalwear: Macy’s
Florist: Bloom Brigade
Hair Stylist: Luxe Hair Salon
Make-Up Artist: Luxe Hair Salon
Hotel Accommodations: The Priory Hotel & Springhill Suites by Marriott
Cinematographer: Francis Rocks! Productions
Ceremony venue: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Reception venue: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Cake: Priory Fine Pastries
Catering: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Entertainment: mobileMIX Entertainment/David Kleba
Lighting: mobileMIX Entertainment/David Kleba
Linens: Elegant Events by Andrea
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Emily and William had a sunny summer outdoor wedding ceremony in June at Greystone Fields in Gibsonia, PA with their reception on the property in the adjacent banquet room.

Emily and William first met in grade school and years later worked at a local pizza shop together. Will proposed during dinner at The Capital Grille.

Before the ceremony, the couple each got ready separately in Carnegie. Emily got ready at her childhood home and William’s sister was kind enough to let us use her nearby home for the groom and groomsmen’s prep. Then it was off to the hotel to catch the shuttle and wait for the gates of Greystone Fields to open!

We wanted to make sure to maximize their rental time at Greystone Fields with a first look. The grounds are well-manicured at Greystone Fields and we recommend a first look there and then later coming back out for sunset photos when there is a bit more shade on the hottest of hot days! This way, you have some great variety in your photos and some softer light too on some hidden gem photo spots on the property. When you have your ceremony and reception all in one place, we typically recommend either an extended cocktail hour (if permitted/possible) or a first look to get photos done prior – or, for some flexible couples, both! This gives the maximum photos with the minimum amount of rushing!

After some brief pre-ceremony photos, the couple headed upstairs where they had rented out the bride and groom suites before the ceremony. This was a great time for us as photographers to snag all those reception detail shots – before the cocktail hour! Following the ceremony, there was a receiving line into the reception.

Then the couple made their entrance and danced the night away! Everyone took home a planted succulent as a favor before heading outside to the sparkler send off! Other special details included a s’mores bar and ceremony violinist as well as a special orange flower incorporated in Will’s bountonierre.

Note to the couple:

Emily and Will, thank you for letting us be a part of your special day! 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!

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

Vendors:
Invitation: Carlson Craft Wedding & Stationary Products
Prep location: Private home
Gown Designer/Salon: Maggie Sottero/MB Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Liberty Men’s Formals
Florist: Weischedel Florist & Greenhouses
Hair Stylist: Caruso on Vanadium
Make-Up Artist: Caruso on Vanadium
Hotel Accommodations: Pittsburgh Marriott North
Transportation: Lenzner Tour and Travel/Coach USA
Ceremony venue: Greystone Fields
Violinist: Stephen Weiss
Reception venue: Greystone Fields
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: Monteverde’s Catering
Entertainment: Greystone Fields/Adam
Photo Booth: Photobrations
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Lisa and Nate met during a summer internship at Caterpillar in Illinois in 2014. After the summer was over, the couple decided to try long distance. While long distance, Lisa and Nate both liked to travel and would often meet up in other cities. At one point, Nate was living in Michigan and Lisa was in Dubai. More international travel dates continued as the two made long distance work. Eventually Nate moved to Pittsburgh for work and during a visit, Lisa fell in love with the city. Lisa moved to Pittsburgh where they both now work for self-driving Uber.

Lisa and Nate describe themselves as “dorky” – they enjoy traveling, board games and date nights. They made their own save the dates – Pokemon themed! Their rings were also carried down the aisle in a Pokemon ball instead of the traditional ring box. Lisa had her bouquet made out of book pages – specifically Harry Potter books. Lisa gave Nate a hankie that once belonged to her grandmother – their wedding day would have been her 94th birthday.

Lisa and Nate love the outdoors and chose to get married outside at Riverview Park. Lisa and Nate shared a “first touch” prior to the ceremony. At 1:59PM, as Lisa was about to walk down the aisle, it started to rain! The guests each picked up their chairs and ran to the covered tent. After a very short delay, the bride and groom made it to the tent with their umbrellas and the guests all clapped. Although it was pouring by this time, Lisa and Nate were smiling the whole time. The officiant apologized for having to “yell” during the ceremony over the heavy downpour.

Lisa and Nate’s reception was very laid-back – they had the guests build their own centerpieces with legos, they had a table of board games to play, their dinner was pizza from a food truck and dessert was Rita’s Italian Ice (and of course a cookie table since this is Pittsburgh!).

It only rained during the ceremony and the couple were able to have their portraits taken throughout the park. Lisa and Nate love nature and green spaces so it was easy to find some great spots! The couple shared their first dance to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and had a sparkler send-off.

Note to the couple:

Lisa and Nate, we had so much fun working with you on your wedding day! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always Congratulations!

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Vendors:
Invite: Made by the Bride & Groom
Prep locations: Private homes
Gown Designer: W1 White One/Bridal Sense
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Macy’s
Florist: Etsy/CENTERTWINE (Bride’s bouquet) & Etsy/BookFlorist (Bridesmaids’ bouquets)
Hair Stylist: Hair by Kara Burnell
Make-Up Artist: Ciel Cosmetics
Hotel Accommodations: Comfort Inn Hotel Pittsburgh & Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh
Day of Coordinator/Planner: Exhale Events/Nicole McCann
Ceremony venue: Riverview Park Chapel Shelter
Officiant: Adorkable Weddings/Ian Alexander
Reception venue: Riverview Park Chapel Shelter
Dessert: Rita’s Italian Ice
Catering: Earth, Wheel and Fire/Mobile Wood Fired Pizza
Entertainment: Amp Entertainment
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Sarah and Ian had dated for over six years before getting married Memorial Day weekend at the Historic Church of St. Peter and the reception was at Southpointe Golf Club.

Ian and Sarah exchanged gifts the morning of their wedding – Sarah received a pair of pearl earrings and Ian received personalized glasses and a bottle of liquor.

Sarah and Ian both added personal touches to the details on their wedding day. Sarah had rosary beads and a photo pin of her late grandfather in her bouquet. Ian wore his late father’s cufflinks and family ring as well as wearing a photo pin inside of his suit.

With Ian being a huge Star Wars fan, he and all the groomsmen wore Star Wars socks and Sarah surprised him with a Star Wars garter.

After the ceremony and on the way to our photo location, the limo’s tire blew! While the groom directed traffic, one of the groomsman changed the tire. We even were able to grab a few quick pictures of the men in the bridal party being put to work on the wedding day! After a short delay, we got to Washington & Jefferson campus for photos and at that exact time it started to rain. But that’s okay because this – being Pittsburgh – we always prepare a rain plan for our couples. In this case, we planned to use Old Main at W&J which has great covered arches and we brought along one of our sets of umbrellas for the bridal party.

After a few quick pictures, we headed to the reception. Sarah and Ian’s reception featured a different type of floral centerpiece on each table. Sarah and Ian were able to leave the reception for a few moments to finally get their golf course photos. They ended the night with a singing of “Country Roads” for all of the WVU alum to join in.

Note to the couple:

Sarah and Ian, it was such a pleasure working with you on your wedding day! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always Congratulations!

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

Vendors:
Prep location: Private home
Gown Designer: Pronovias/Bridal Beginning
Men’s Formalwear: Vera Wang/Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Pretty Petals Floral
Hair Stylist: JL Studio & Beauty Boutique/Samantha Colton
Make-Up Artist: JL Studio & Beauty Boutique/Amanda Vicinelly
Hotel Accomodations: Cambria Inn & Suites
Transportation: Vogue Limousine
Ceremony venue: Historic Church of St. Peter in Brownsville
Reception venue: Southpointe Golf Club
Cake: Cakes by Tammy
Catering: Southpointe Golf Club
Entertainment: Audio Force Productions/DJ Sean Nice
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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