I’m writing this just days after Casey and Chris’s beautiful springtime wedding. It was such an honor to capture their special day – these two were dream clients! As someone who has photographed over 300 weddings, I sometimes have my own ideas of poses and inspiration I want to do, but at this wedding, I loved some of the ideas that Casey and Chris came up with!

These two got married on a drizzly and chilly day in May but we didn’t let that stop us from getting some beautiful images and in many ways, I like the diffused light of overcast days – I can shoot more quickly and not have to worry about the sun’s directional lighting. There was so much joy in the air! I love some secret photo spots I got to use like the amazing ivy wall and the azalea at the golf club that matched their wedding colors and bouquets perfectly.

Casey and Chris are organized and Casey’s dad in his speech referenced how she liked, as a kid, to have things “just so” – you all know Type A+++ brides and grooms are my jam. (We also have very relaxed couples too – I seem to get either/or and not very many people who fall in the middle!) We are very into thoroughness of coverage – comprehensive wedding photography – around here and Casey even made sure during their dance that the “dip” was facing the right way for the photography – I can’t tell you how helpful she is!

This is the first wedding back since February 2020 where we could HUG our clients and I really meant that squeeze at the end of the night. I wish we could do this wedding all over again every weekend – dream clients, good lighting, good people and a good party.

Note to the couple:

Casey and Chris, we loved working 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: Shutterfly
Prep location: AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh Southpointe & Southpointe Golf Club
Gown Designer: Essence of Australia
Bridal Salon: Sorelle Bridal Salon
Shoes: Neil Lane by Nine West
Purse: Made from bride’s mom’s wedding dress
Perfume: Daisy by Marc Jacobs
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Memories in Bloom
Hair Stylist: April Redford/Prila Hair Salon
Make-Up Artist: Ashle-a Powell
Hotel Accommodations: AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh Southpointe
Transportation: B&M Limo Services
Ceremony venue: St. Bernard Church
Reception venue: Southpointe Golf Club
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Catering: Southpointe Golf Club
Entertainment: Bachelor Boys Band
Rings: Louis Anthony Jewelers
Linens: Southpointe Golf Club
Favors: Cake Pops (made by the groom’s mom)
Alterations: Arman & G Fashion
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Mindful Brewing
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Jaymee and Kate got engaged on a rainy and gray December day, but what was unique about this engagement was it actually took place on the lot of their future home that they are building! Taking a photo in front of the sold sign gave Jaymee a great excuse to get Kate out to the area all dressed up and then I was able to come up and capture their proposal. Their dog even joined in a few photos. Can’t wait until their New Year’s Eve wedding!




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When listening to the speeches at their wedding, I heard that Katherine’s dad calls the bride and groom “Kevan” – you know, the way we call celebrity couples Brangelina or Kimye (and that’s likely the only time Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will EVER be mentioned on this blog).

It’s May in Pittsburgh, so you know the weather is going to get a mention here – we had it all. Rain, a little hail, windy, chilly, sunny. Just a typical Pittsburgh day!

These two met on a blind date and they’re both dentists. Their favor was a little chocolate tooth from Sarris Candy (I should have snagged one) – I love the sweet little joke of a pair of dentists giving out a sugary treat! I’ve had a pair of eye doctors get married, I’ve had a pair of pharmacists get married, and now we had a pair of dentists!

Evan gave Katherine a pretty pair of earrings and Katherine gave Evan some beautiful Cartier cufflinks. Little details included the bride’s grandma’s blue fabric pinned in her dress, the groom’s grandfather’s engraved pocketwatch, the custom masks, the embroidery in the groom’s jacket, and a really nice floral arch with bright florals that set the tone for the entire day.

It was windy on the roof and during the ceremony, I really liked the natural moment of Katherine and Evan trying hard to get that unity candle lit – I think it took 3 tries and the groomsmen crowding around the flame to get it done. Teamwork makes the dream work.

For their photos, we wanted to really pull in some of the eclectic and funky Hotel Monaco vibes – from the bright pop of floral to the cool couches and yellow doors in the space to the posing – it was such a treat and so fun to get creative because this couple was so easygoing! The dance floor was packed at 11pm when the lights finally came up and the newlyweds headed off to Key West!

Note to the couple:

­Katherine and Evan, 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: Minted
Prep location: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Gown Designer: Jane Hill
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Perfume: Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile
Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters
Groom’s Formalwear: Surmesur
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Gidas Flowers
Hotel Accommodations: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Ceremony venue: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Reception venue: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Entertainment: Anthony with Steven Vance Entertainment
Rings: Paul Michael Designs
Linens: Mosaic Inc.
Favors: Sarris Candies
Alterations: Bridal Beginning
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Nicolle and Nathan first met when she, a student at Carlow, was working a summer job at the Edgewood Club. There, she met a Pitt football player who was also working a summer job – Nathan. During the speeches on the wedding day, I heard that Nathan told Nicolle’s parents very early on in the process that he was going to marry their daughter one day.

Nicolle and Nathan have been together for more than five years – their first date was at Cappy’s in Shadyside. After a Christmastime proposal (pre-pandemic), they started to look at venues and went with the Wyndham Grand in downtown for its lovely views and large windows. Due to the pandemic, they hadn’t been able to see it all decked out for a wedding, so when the room was transformed with uplighting and chiavari chairs and high centerpieces, it was such a nice surprise for them to see how it all came together.

Throughout their engagement, Nicolle and Nathan found themselves having to move a few times – they’re finally settled in the Minneapolis suburbs now and made the trip home for the wedding. Nicolle got ready at her parents’ spacious home in White Oak (hey, I live there too!) and then it was off to Point Breeze for the ceremony as Heinz Chapel had to be changed due to pandemic restrictions.

For photos, we wanted a light, bright, and airy style to compliment the dusty blue dresses, the spring wedding, and their aesthetic of clean and bright and lots of neutrals. I found some lovely grounds nearby in Point Breeze for them and, because a yellow bridge shot is a tradition in Pittsburgh, we headed onto the lawn during the reception to have the couple pop a few bottles!

Note to the couple:

­Nicolle and Nathan, 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: Etsy & The Print Shoppe
Prep location: Private Home
Gown Designer: Exquisite Bride Private Label
Bridal Salon: The Exquisite Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Fragile Paradise
Hair Stylist: Mane on Main & Crimp Hair Salon
Make-Up Artist: Jodie Lynn Makeup & Makeup by Jenna
Hotel Accommodations: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Coordinator/Planner: Ashley Barna
Ceremony venue: St. Bede Church
Reception venue: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Entertainment: Second II None Productions/DJ Cool Breeze
Rings: Parsley Jeweler
Linens: Eventioneers
Bourban Bar: Eventioneers
Craft Beer Bar: Eventioneers
Acrylic Signs: Customized by Cara
Photo Booth: Second II None Productions
Late Night Snacks: Primanti Bros.
Alterations: The Exquisite Bride
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Edgewood Country Club
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Chandler and John are getting married next month! They survived the pandemic together in their apartment this past year. They were so fun to be around and easy to talk to. You can just tell they are excited to start their new life together!




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Andrea and Kyle came in from out of town for their session and they brought their sweet dog too! I love golden retrievers! We started the session at Nova Place and it was perfect because their dog’s name is Nova. Thanks so much to the family members who helped out and took care of the pup in between shots. We can’t wait to celebrate with them this September!




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We first met this family in 2019 when they moved to Pittsburgh from Texas. It was great to see them again and we had so much fun – until the balloon floated away!




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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!

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

Vendors:
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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It was so great to meet up with Jamie and Bo for their engagement session this past fall at Point State Park. They drove up from West Virginia for the session and it was great timing to catch that fall foliage. The weather was a bit rainy but it soon cleared up. I love Jamie’s cream off-the-shoulder sweater! Their dog Lumi was just so cute! By the time of their wedding, these two will have been together almost ten years!




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This delightful celebration was originally planned as a hotel ballroom wedding at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. I love how Nicole’s dad took an active role in the planning – I remember talking to him way back in December of 2019 about all the plans. We didn’t know what was emerging then virus-wise, but these two did a pivot!
The church, Sacred Heart in Shadyside, was large enough to accommodate everyone with social distancing. One of my favorite features of this church is the cobblestone little driveway out front and the chapel area for the Virgin Mother, which is filled with light from a stained glass window. This church has great photo spots too – it has an old world look.

One of my favorite memories from this day is looking for some colorful trees – I knew there were 3 trees left with leaves on them in late fall, but they were on an awkward hillside. The sun shone through them just right and Nicole popped out of the limo to get some bridal portraits there in an unconventional place.

We returned to Southpointe later for the reception – Nicole and Troy were unsure if they would have to use the garden tent, but they were able to use the inside ballroom to accommodate everyone.

I just loved working with Nicole and Troy over the past year. When their engagement session was postponed again and again due to the lockdown, I actually ended up Photoshopping out some of the crowds on a Walt Disney World photo these two had so they could get their save the dates out. Nicole’s whole family loves going to Walt Disney World and Troy, as I understand it, has also grown to love it as he has become a big part of their family trips! Part of their honeymoon was spent in WDW and the other part in Florida.

Together, Nicole and Troy now have two dogs, and they definitely made their appearance at the wedding! I know I breathed a sigh of relief when Friday night before the wedding rolled around, no new mandates were announced (November was so touch and go!) and these two were able to say their vows and finally get excited for the weekend!

After the ceremony, the large bridal party was ready to celebrate after this tough year! They popped some bottles in the park as the sun went down – it was gorgeous light for their photos in a venue that really shines in the late fall, Mellon Park Sculpture Garden. This park is on the grounds of the old Mellon estate (the house – one of the many mansions on Pittsburgh’s Millionaire Row in the East End – was demolished in the 1940’s and the garden and gates and outbuildings are all that remain). This park is just perfect for formal weddings with the large gates, the fountain, the trees, the leaves, and the ivy. At the reception, the couple had their dogs Roc and Mia represented in their cookie table with some of the best custom cookies I have ever seen.

Note to the couple:
Nicole and Troy, 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: Melissa & Seventh
Prep location: AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh Southpointe
Gown Designer: Martina Liana
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Wtoo by Watters
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Fragile Paradise
Hair Stylist: Studio E Salon
Make-Up Artist: Shannon Cole Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh Southpointe
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Cinematographer: Ryan Sanderson with Evermark Studios
Ceremony venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Reception venue: Bella Sera
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: Bella Sera
Calligraphy: Written by Nicky Calligraphy
Rings: Joyce’s Jewelry
Linens: Mosaic Inc.
Photo Booth: Lux Photobooth
Lighting: EF Lighting
Alterations: Exquisite Fit Bridal
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Valleybrook Country Club
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography
Custom Cookies: Woodland Cookie Company




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