Bridget and Cameron currently call Chicago home, but started dating when they were both living in Cleveland. I am SO excited for their wedding – it’s coming up soon! These two are adorable together. We started off near the grounds of Severance Hall and the Art Museum, then took a ride over to the skyline and a local restaurant/brewery. Cleveland was foggy that day and I love the soft diffused light it was giving me for photographs – I could have kept going all day! Alas, it was a Sunday and Bridget and Cameron had to journey back to Chicago while my assistant Allison and I had to head back to Pittsburgh – but I’m so pumped for their June wedding – it will be here soon!


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Bridget said: | Mar 23, 2019 - 01:03:08 |

We are soooo excited too!
<3
Bridget and Cam



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We just love doing winter weddings here at Kristen Wynn Photography! And Rachael and Tim’s was no exception. We met up with the ladies at the house next to Armstrong Farms Fieldstone Barn while the gentleman got ready nearby at Drake’s Guest House. The weather was a bit rainy but one thing that’s great about Armstrong Farms is that there are so many covered spaces to use for photography.

Rachael and Tim met when they were both attending college at Robert Morris University. Their aesthetic was winter but not necessarily the holidays. Although they did bring in some holiday touches, such as, a wedding cake shaped like a Christmas tree and a bright red shawl for Rachael.

Rachael and Tim were engaged in Punta Cana on the beach at sunset. Their dog, Toretto, played a part in the wedding festivities. He even had his own tuxedo shirt!

There was a hot chocolate bar for guests prior to the ceremony. The favor was individually boxed gourmet cupcakes. Rachael and Tim didn’t do a first look and the sun sets early in the winter so I wanted to share how they were able to get some additional bride and groom portraits. At the reception, while guests were still eating, the couple took about thirty minutes to drive to a few empty barns on the Armstrong Farms property. We worked with some of our specialty lighting to get photos where they could stay indoors but still be lit after dark. These two honeymooned at Secrets Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Note to the couple:

Rachael and Tim, 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: Zazzle
Prep location: Armstrong Farms
Bridal Salon: Michael’s Bridal Galleria
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Other Bridal Accessories: Macy’s
Veil: Rachael’s Communion Veil
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amazon
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Kellie Zachodni
Hair Stylist: Cara Love
Make-Up Artist: Cara Love
Coordinator/Planner: Marlene Mitko
Ceremony venue: Armstrong Farms
Reception venue: Armstrong Farms
Cake: Mainstreet Bake Shop
Catering: Monteverde’s Catering
Entertainment: Redford Djs/Andy
Rings: Trinity Jewelers
Linens: Monteverde’s Catering
Favors: Gourmet Cupcakes from Mainstreet Bake Shop
Hot Chocolate Bar: Mean Bean Catering Co.
Alterations: Michael’s Bridal Galleria
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Top Prep Locations for Brides (and Grooms too!) – In and Around the City of Pittsburgh

Kristen, is this a top 10 list? A top 20? Nope – this list is fluid and I continue to add to it as I photograph more and more weddings! These prep locations are some of my favorites for lighting, space, location, and timing needs – so if you’re searching for a hotel or prep space, feel free to use these suggestions!

You’ve chosen your location for your ceremony and reception. Did you know there’s another location you need to choose? Where will you be getting dressed?

Here at KWP, I always start wedding day coverage with details and getting ready shots. It is a great time for candids with family and the bridal party. The best possible location (and most importantly light) will enhance those images.

For the best possible getting ready and detail images, here are a few secrets to thinking like a photographer:

If the ceremony or reception site has a bridal suite, check to see if it will work for you. The biggest challenge with a ceremony or reception site bridal suite for getting dressed is timing. At many venues, the time to access the getting ready suite is limited. If you can’t get the bridal suite all day (starting at around 8 am for most afternoon weddings), it may be best to choose another location.

If you like the look of the bridal suite, but the timing won’t work, you can always get a few “touching up” shots once we arrive after having done your actual dressing elsewhere.

Talk to me about your venue prep space and I can give you my opinion and recommendations for best results.

Consider renting a hotel suite near your ceremony venue. And consider having the groom get ready somewhere nearby as well – the tips in this section apply to his prep too! Having the groom nearby (at a private home or another hotel/at the venue) can allow me to photograph the groom and groom’s prep images with the best results. Both parties will want to avoid long drives between the prep location and ceremony. I’d be happy to provide some recommendations for the best getting ready hotels. This list is in no way all inclusive, but is just some examples of some places I’ve loved for space, layout, and lighting:

AirBnBs and Private Home

Doubletree Monroeville – King Corner Large Room

Fairmont Hotel Downtown

Hyatt Regency Airport – Conference Suite

Renaissance Hotel – Riverview Corner Room (or any of the large suites! A special touch can be the balcony suite!)

Sheraton Station Square – King Deluxe River Room or King Sheraton Club Guest Room

Wyndham Grand Four Bedroom Presidential Suite – perfect for large bridal parties

Wyndham Grand – Junior Suite or Hospitality Suite

Omni William Penn – suites or any room that faces outward to the street for best light! (avoid the inward facing rooms as they are dark – ask for a large room)

Homewood Suites Southpointe – the suburban sleeper, this one is! I ADORED the room we had here once – two restrooms, long and narrow living space with tons of windows for each makeup artist. This is a great option for Bella Sera and Southpointe Golf Club weddings! Ask for the Executive Suite when you call!

Mansions on Fifth – Presidential Suite

Priory Townhouse – get the one on the same side of the street as the Priory courtyard – right next door! (there’s also another pretty two room suite here with a big mirror in the master bedroom as well that could be a nice option!)

Hotel Monaco – Suite

*Don’t see your hotel listed here? Don’t worry! Contact me and I might be able to give you advice on that particular hotel! For example, at the Home2Suites in McCandless Crossing, you want the room that is a suite with a separate living room and not the all in one room due to the location of the bed! At the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry, you ideally will have a room available to you that doesn’t open its windows into the inner court, lest guests see you dressing. The best bet are the exterior facing rooms! Let us know your location and we will tell you our previous experiences if we have any to share and rest assured, we will always make it work no matter what

And here’s some more general tips! My booked clients get ALL my prep location tips in our Wedding Guide!

When choosing a getting ready location, look for windows. A great window can make for nice portraits and getting ready shots. Some hotels have the window obstructed by the A/C unit below it, which isn’t ideal – the bigger the window, the better!

In a hotel, a larger room is better. In my experience, any more than four ladies is a tight fit in a standard sized hotel room. A hotel suite will allow you to have the most flexibility and multiple rooms.

It may be best if the bridesmaids use their individual rooms at the same hotel to store their things and get dressed or arrive dressed to the bride’s room if space is limited. It’s best if there are other rooms someone in your party is using at the hotel both the night before and the night of the wedding (more on why later in the chapter.)

You could also get two adjoining rooms for getting ready if you have a few ladies with you.

In a hotel or a private home, you don’t want a room crammed with furniture. A room with a single bed works better than a room with two doubles. In a private home and even in some hotels, don’t be alarmed if I clear out some of the furniture. Rooms filled with furniture make it difficult to get a lot of the bridesmaids in the shot, for example.

I’ll do a little cleaning up for you, so it’s best if the bags have a place to go. This brings me back to my previous point, about the bridesmaids having rooms on site.

It’s great if at least some of the bridal party or your parents also have a room in the hotel the night before the wedding and the night of the wedding.

This gives more space, more bathroom facilities to use, and a place for suitcases and bags that isn’t in the bride’s room.

Moving bags and suitcases around involves a lot of logistics and time on the wedding day. If just one or two bridesmaids need to take their bag out to the car or transfer things to another room, it adds time to your wedding day. (The bridesmaids’ bags and gear is not usually as much of a problem in a private home, where there is more space.)

Side note: If you and the groom are coming back to the room that night, do you want to be interrupted by your bridesmaid needing to get her things from your room?!

When the main room is filled with hair, makeup, and ladies, I’ve even taken the bride to the bride’s mom’s clean, fresh room to save time and give a pristine look to the images. I am always on the lookout for the best getting dressed spot.If a standard sized hotel room doesn’t work, ask about a (sometimes complimentary) conference room (remember the windows!) for at least part of the prep. Some of my brides have had great success with hair and makeup being done in a spare conference room, then moving upstairs for the actual dressing. This is a great option.

Occasionally, I may use the same room (at a non-hotel venue) for the guys and girls, and I will have the groups swap. There have been times where the groom was placed in a gorgeous room with great light while the bride was downstairs in a locker room. Or there have been times the men were in the basement while the ladies had a spacious, pristine suite with many rooms.

In these rare cases, I may perform very strategic swaps for the actual dressing of the bride or groom only. I may have the groom dress in the optimal room, do his photos, and then bring the ladies to the optimal room while the guys are sent to wait in the golf club bar, for example. I want both members of the couple to have the best possible images and in a situation where one room clearly stands out as the best – I want to take advantage of that. So don’t be surprised if I suggest this to you.

Don’t worry about having a showroom ready home if you choose to dress at home. I’m most concerned about lighting and adequate space than the most up to date decor. Spotless housekeeping is not required, as long as there is space to move around. I’ve worked everywhere from modest apartments to the largest homes, and I’m always happy to talk with you about your needs and concerns.

I may ask you to pull up the dress and get decent in a room (in a private home or at a golf club, for example) where you are comfortable, then come out to a perfect lighting location for the final zipping, buttoning, and fastening.

Make sure you and your family are comfortable with the getting ready location. If you are using a parent’s home, make sure they understand I may move furniture around or take a peek in a few rooms (with permission, of course) to choose the best dressing spot. I will also likely turn off the lights and move some lamps around – just ignore my behind the scenes work.

For a very stress-free getting dressed experience, a hotel may work best. This can be the best option if you or your future spouse don’t want to feel pressure to clean up the day before everyone descends on the home.

When talking about hotel rooms, you will need to rent the rooms used for both the night before and the night of the wedding. Check-in and checkout times are not wedding friendly. You will need to have the room for both nights and not rely on checking in or out of a getting ready room on your wedding day – there’s simply too much to do.

No matter where you or the groom choose to get dressed, I will work hard to find the best spot and the most beautiful lighting locations!




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Not everyone will agree to do their photos behind a car wash. But these two did!

Leading up to Andrea and Brian’s wedding day, I was searching for a covered area near their venues as heavy rain was predicted. I found a cute fence behind a car wash and Hahn’s Greenhouse was so kind to let me use their covered area to take some photos adding some fall color!

The day started with one of the most PERFECT hotel rooms I have ever had for my style of shooting – the presidential suite at the Homewood Inn and Suites in Canonsburg. This room was huge and featured two bathrooms – perfect for all the ladies getting ready!

Following the getting ready, we headed over to the first look with just the bride and groom and did some photos dodging the rain drops before church!

The ceremony was held near the bride and groom’s home in West View – Brian’s cousin Jackie is a professional singer and she sang a beautiful Ava Maria during the mass.

After church, we headed to Bella Sera – we got creative there and used the portico for the bridal party photos. When you have a small amount of space, it helps to use levels to keep everyone under the cover and we used some little chairs we keep on hand to make one of my favorite rainy day bridal party photos.

The rain continued all night, but Andrea and Brian ducked out before sunset and let us get some great photos on the grounds. And of course, the night was not complete without a sparkler send off!

Note to the couple:

Andrea and Brian, 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: Beacon Lane
Prep location: Homewood Suites by Hilton-Pittsburgh Southpointe & Private home
Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston
Bridal Salon: The Exquisite Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse/Joseph Abboud
Florist: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs
Hair Stylist: An Affair with Hair
Make-Up Artist: JL Studio & Beauty Boutique/Katie
Hotel Accommodations: Homewood Suites by Hilton-Pittsburgh Southpointe
Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation Inc.
Cinematographer: Allegheny Archives & Media LLC
Ceremony venue: Saint Athansius Church
Reception venue: Bella Sera
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: Bella Sera
Entertainment: Redford Djs/Kevin Redford
Rings: Goldstock Jewelers/Simon G. Collection
Photo Location: Hahn Nursery Garden Center & Greenhouses
Favors: Candy Bar
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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You guys! Guess what – another rainy Saturday in Pittsburgh – surprise!

But guess what else? Olivia and Tyler had an incredibly beautiful wedding day, regardless of our ever-drizzly city! Olivia was a stunning bride who literally looked like royalty; her dress suited her style and wedding day so perfectly. The headpiece that Olivia wore was actually the same one her mother wore on her wedding day! This Heinz Chapel ceremony was intimate and sweet, and the couple had a brunch reception at the Grand Concourse in Pittsburgh’s lovely Station Square.

Brunch weddings are amazing – and after the reception ended, the couple treated their guests, many of whom were out-of-towners (since Olivia hails from Florida) to a sunset cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper. Everyone wrapped up in blankets and had some hot cocoa and cider as the rain picked up a bit and we headed over to a great view of the Point’s fountain!

With a special cameo from Olivia’s Chocolate Lab, Darcy, the couple’s portraits turned out lovely despite dodging some raindrops and braving the cold temperatures. Olivia even had a cute dress coat for the outdoor shots! We finished the evening with a sparkler send off and few night shots up on my favorite overlook on Mt. Washington!

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Olivia and Tyler, we loved working with you on your special 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:
Invitation: Fresh Cut Prints
Prep location: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Gown Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Salon: MB Bride
Other Bridal Accessories: MB Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung/Nordstrom
Groom’s Formalwear: Samuel Baron Clothiers
Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Generation Tux
Florist: The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers
Hair Stylist: Elisha Evans Styling
Make-Up Artist: See Jane Blush
Hotel Accommodations: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Transportation: Paul’s Party Bus
Coordinator/Planner: Poppy Events
Ceremony venue: Heinz Chapel
Reception venue: Grand Concourse
Cake: Frosted Envy
Catering: Grand Concourse
Entertainment: DJ Matt Thompson
Cruise: Gateway Clipper Fleet
Dance Lessons: Pittsburgh Wedding Dance
Favors: Homemade Jam
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Cara and Nick first met at Robert Morris University. They have been together for over 6 years and currently reside in Panama City Beach, Florida. They have been planning this wedding for almost a year and a half and the week of the wedding Hurricane Michael hit their town. While Cara was in Pittsburgh, Nick stayed behind and rode out the hurricane in their restaurant, Tudor’s Biscuit World. Once the roads were open, Nick ended up driving over night Thursday into Friday. Cara and Nick graciously asked their wedding guests for donations for their employees, who they consider family. Thankfully, all of Cara and Nick’s employees are safe, although some did lose their homes.

We first met Cara a few years ago when she was a bridesmaid in two different weddings. Both Cara and Nick got ready at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. Their dog Shelby, a puggle, was there for prep in the morning and even made a special appearance at the reception in the ballroom later that night!

The ceremony was held at St. Bernard Church with portraits right after at Dormont Park which was only a few minutes down the road. What would a Pittsburgh wedding be without a stop on Mt. Washington? We had a few moments to take just the bride and groom on Mt. Washington. We couldn’t have asked for better light!

During the cocktail hour, there was a cigar bar on the Sheraton’s balcony. As their wedding favors, all the guests got a jar of Tupelo Honey, which is a special kind of honey that is only produced in northwestern Florida. The song they shared their first dance to was also “Tupelo Honey”.

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Cara and Nick, it was great working with the two of you on our 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:
Invitation: Out the Box Creative
Prep location: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Gown Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Other Bridal Accessories: Bridal Beginning
Bridesmaid Dresses: Hayley Paige Occasions from Bridal Beginnings
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Petal Pushers
Hair Stylist: Antinas Salon
Make-Up Artist: Antinas Salon
Hotel Accommodations: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Coordinator/Planner: Soiree by Souleret
Cinematographer: Shofilms
Ceremony venue: St. Bernard Church
Reception venue: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Entertainment: Redford Djs/Kevin Redford
Linens: Linen Hero by Chair Covers and Linens
Rentals: Elegant Chair Cover Designs
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Andrea Kelly
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Maddison and Jonah met in high school and have been together for nine years including their time together at Penn State. They both love to travel and Jonah even proposed on their flight to Asia.

Faith and family are very important to the couple and before they walked down the aisle, Jonah was brought into a room blindfolded so their family and friends could pray over the both of them. During the ceremony, they read testimonies to each other – it was a very emotional and sweet moment to watch! Both Maddison and Jonah gave their parents cards and gifts on the day of their wedding. Jonah even wrote a special note to Maddison’s father (there might have been some tears!).

It was raining right before the ceremony was to begin, but after delaying for a few minutes, we were able to have the ceremony outside on the 18th hole of the Sewickley Heights Golf Club. This was a perfect spot for a ceremony underneath the beautiful blue skies.

Guests had cocktail hour inside the Golf Club while we took bridal party photos on the golf course. We were even able to sneak out at sunset with Maddison and Jonah to a different part of the course for portraits. We had cotton candy skies and even a rainbow!

During the reception, Jonah sang a song or two to Maddison with The Company Band. The couple ended the night with a sparkler send-off before riding off in a Cadillac.

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Maddison and Jonah, congratulations again! 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: Shutterfly
Bride’s Prep location: Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Groom’s Prep Location: Private home
Bridal Salon: Ribbon Bridal
Other Bridal Accessories: Ribbon Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Altar’d State
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Gidas Flowers
Hair Stylist: MaxManni Aveda Concept Salon & Spa
Make-Up Artist: Matron of Honor
Coordinator/Planner: Megan Wine at Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Cinematographer: Vows to Video
Ceremony venue: Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Reception venue: Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Entertainment: The Company Band
Rentals: Muffies & Elegant Chair Cover Designs
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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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!

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

Vendors:
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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Maria and Graham were married on the first day of fall which coincidentally felt like the first real fall day with a temperature in the 60’s. These two met at Penn State in supplemental housing. For those of you who don’t know what supplemental housing is, that is when the dorm runs out of space and they put you in a common room with bunk beds until enough people drop out of school that there’s room for you in regular dorms. 🙂

Maria’s sister Natalie, serving as maid of honor, gave a toast that talked about how when she first met Graham he had flowing brown hair and was playing his guitar and she knew from that moment that Graham would steal Maria’s heart. Maria’s dad, Paul, gave one of the best father of the bride speeches we’ve ever heard!

On the way to the ceremony, Maria and her bridesmaids were listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, in which Maria knew all the words. The couple are going to New York for a few days as a mini moon and got tickets to see the show.

It was important for Maria and Graham to keep all of their events for their day close together because they had so many out of town guests. Maria go ready at her parent’s home and Graham got ready at the Fairfield Suites in McCandless. We all headed to St. Teresa of Avila Church. With the cocktail hour starting right after the ceremony, we headed over to a great portrait location nearby – La Roche College. Some of the guests could probably see us taking photos since the reception venue, Grand Room at Holy Trinity Church, was right across the street from La Roche.

Now there’s nothing like a live band at a wedding! This band, Dan Orlando Band, kept the dance floor going all night! This band is from New York City and Maria and Graham saw them when they were guests at another wedding. The couple ended their reception with a sparkler send-off.

Note to the couple:
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Maria and Graham, 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: Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique
Bride’s Prep Location: Private home
Groom’s Prep Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh North/McCandless Crossing
Gown Designer: Anne Barge – Berkeley
Bridal Salon: Anne Gregory for the Bride
Other Bridal Accessories: Etsy
Bridesmaid Dresses: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Men’s Formalwear: Black by Vera Wang/Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Gidas Flowers
Hair Stylist: Pretty Hair Salon/Kala Herak
Make-Up Artist: Bongiorno, Bella! Makeup and Hair by Phylicia
Hotel Accommodations: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh North/McCandless Crossing & Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh/McCandless
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Cinematographer: Shofilms
Ceremony venue: St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Parish
Reception venue: The Grand Room of Holy Trinity Center
Cake: Fenoglietto’s Wedding Cakes & Vegan Treats Bakery
Catering: The Grand Room of Holy Trinity Center
Entertainment: Dan Orlando Band
Rings: Koehler’s Jewelers
Photo Booth: DGM Weddings & Photo Booths
Alterations: Anne Gregory for the Bride
Rehearsal Dinner Location/Catering: The Foundry Table & Tap
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Heather Martin
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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   This is a question I get asked a lot in the limo on the way to the reception. Inevitably, a bridesmaid will say to her partner “Hey, we have to think of something to do when we come in to the reception!” Silence. Sometimes, they’ll turn to me and say “You do a lot of weddings! Do you have any ideas for us?”

Over the past fifteen years (5 as an assistant and 10 as a primary), I’ve seen dozens and dozens of different bridal party introductions into the reception. When I hear those familiar notes of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” you know some stuff is about to go down. Literally – plenty of people trip and fall on the way in to the hall!

But seriously, here are my ideas and thoughts!

First, tips for my couple:
1. You don’t HAVE to do introductions with the whole bridal party if you don’t want to.
2. You don’t HAVE to do wild and crazy intros for each couple – people can just walk in with a smile! That’s okay!
3. Leave a nice WIDE aisle from the door to the dance floor. There should be no confusion on which way to go.
4. Hit your mark and do your move on the dance floor or where you can clearly see the photographer near you and all the guests can see the moves. Too many people do their choreographed move by the door where most guests cannot see them.
5. Ask some employees from the venue to work the doors invisibly from the outside and open for each couple.

Now, here’s some “fun” “silly” or even cliche bridal party entrance ideas you can swipe so you don’t have to resort to the Charlie’s Angels pose. Bring your mom and dad sense of humor for these.

1. Piggyback ride (guy gives to the girl) – be careful

2. Piggyback ride (girl gives to the guy) – be careful

3. Make like Magic Mike and come in pretending to ride a pony (also done in the Gangam Style type intros)

4. When a group of three are walking together, the two people on the ends lean in to kiss the person in the middle on the cheek. At the last second, the middle person ducks out, so the other two kiss each other.  Obviously, consent is super important for this one and you need to make sure it’s done with a pure heart as a prank, not as a form of say homophobic humor or anything – so make sure to arrange the two people who agree to kiss on the outside ends, regardless of gender.

5. Old standby – come in and cross arms, doing a shot or crushing a beer

6. Make it rain with a stack of ones

7. THE dance of the summer – the floss, etc.

8. A simple spin

9. Form a tunnel over the next couple to come in

10. Spin Terrible Towels, wear sunglasses – bring those props

11. Pretending to throw a football/baseball and the other person catches it – photographers generally hate this one because you aren’t on the same plane and it’s hard to capture both people (A variation on this is pretending to catch a fish and reel it in – you know the one) 🙂

12. One person is the celeb, one person pretends to be paparazzi (I can feel your eyes rolling from here, but hey – there are big bridal parties and I’m pulling out everything I’ve seen here)

13. A luggage cart is wheeled in with one person pushing, one riding (and if you want to be super extra, you gotta play Titanic’s My Heart Will Go On)

14. Mascot or marching band comes in – I’ve seen the Nittany Lion run in during intros

15. Wheelbarrow rides – bet you haven’t done that since the 6th grade!

16. Confetti cannon – you can get them on Amazon

17.  My favorite – and it’s rare, I’ve only seen it once…a guy and a gal paired together switch clothes, so she wears the tux and he wears the traditional bridesmaid dress (you have to be somewhat the same size). It’s risky, it’s ballsy, it’s silly, it’s go big or go home – but hey, you asked for my favorite one and that’s it!

Party on, wedding parties!




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