Rachel and Tyshawn met on Facebook dating right before the pandemic started! These two absolutely keep their faith central to everything in their lives and they really lived that out throughout the wedding day.

Rachel and the ladies got ready at the Wyndham in Oakland in a nice suite. Together, she and Ty have three kids – his, mine, and ours. The ceremony was an earlier one at Heinz Chapel, a 12:30 ceremony. Rachel and Ty kept the look classic, with black, ivory, pinks, and reds as their colors. The ladies prayed over Rachel before the ceremony.

Then we met up with the guys. Tyshawn had one of the best groom’s looks of the season – his ivory jacket with black lapel, gold belt, studded shoes, and shorter pants with a bit of a straight/wide leg on them – very fashion forward! The men prayed over Tyshawn as well.

Then they were down the aisle at Heinz Chapel, with their pastor giving a touching ceremony. Their pastor was so helpful – I saw him holding Ty’s son’s stuffed Sonic the Hedgehog at one point and also holding on to the card from the bride to the groom. Thanks, Pastor, for helping out!

We did photos in the garden at Heinz Chapel with the fountain and then on the campus at CMU Columns and around the grounds. Everyone danced up a storm at the reception, which ended at the perfect time for some AMAZING sunset photos right around the Wyndham with the couple.

It was an amazingly beautiful day and I am so honored to have worked with this sweet couple and witnessed the first day of their marriage!

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Rachel and Tyshawn, 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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Invitation: MagnetStreet
Prep location: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Florist: Dream Big Wedding Creations, LLC
Hair Stylist: Terra with Dizire Hair Boutique
Make-Up Artist: JuLea Beauty Bar
Nails: La La’s Salon & Spa
Hotel Accommodations: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Cinematographer: Gray Cloud Media
Ceremony venue: Heinz Chapel
Reception venue: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Entertainment: Loyalty Entertainment
Rings: Jared
Alterations: Bridal Beginning
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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We are so excited for Jess and Frank who are getting married at the Aviary next summer! Jess and Frank will have been planning this wedding for two years and it was so great to meet them at the engagement session when they flew in from Las Vegas.




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In summer 2014, Lexie was scheduled to go to a concert with her sister and sister’s friend – I believe it was a Backstreet Boys concert. And at that concert, the seed was planted – she heard about Thomas, a fellow incoming student at Pitt. And that fall, in Nordenberg Hall at Pitt, their shared dorm building, Lexie and Thomas met. After they met, Thomas texted a friend to express interest in Lexie/get her number (this story was recounted during the best man’s toast at the reception, complete with quoting the actual text from 2014) and the rest was history! Their first date was to see a movie at Soldiers and Sailors, which is across the street from the dorm. They’ve been with each other through college and young adulthood and PA school and finally, on a warm summer day, it was time to make it official.

Lexie and Thomas have such sweet personalities. Some highlights of the day were Thomas’s emotional first look and vows, as well as when he dozed off in the limo after photos and before the ceremony. Another little touch was that their signature drinks were named after their cats – Dewey and Freddy. Lexie and Thomas are so easygoing and their families helped out a lot with the planning of the wedding – these two wanted to make sure to incorporate a lot of flowers and had small table cards with the meaning behind each flower on them for guests. I just love what they did with Fox Chapel Golf Club too – with some vertical floral installations as well as vines climbing up the arches – it was incredible. A summery/garden flower vibe while being traditional and classic is how I would describe the day! This venue is always pretty, but their touches and personalizing made it one of my favorite venues in the area!

A favorite moment I witnessed was when people on the dance floor were grabbing and shaking Lexie’s dress as she danced to the music and then when she and Thomas ran to the doorway and danced and dipped as the cold sparks lit up all around them and the guests were cheering out loud, surrounding them with love and support. Some weddings make you fall in love with weddings and love all over again, and this is one of those. It was an honor to be there on their first day of marriage!

Note to the couple: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lexie and Thomas, 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: Blush Paper Co.
Prep location: Omni William Penn Hotel
Gown Designer: Jenny Yoo Bridal
Bridal Salon: Blanc de Blanc Bridal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Other Bridal Accessories:
Bridesmaid Dresses:
Groom’s Formalwear: Armani
Groom’s Watch: IWC Schaffhausen
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Dormont Florist
Hair Stylist: Bennett’s Beauty Bar
Make-Up Artist: Mirage by Karma
Hotel Accommodations: Omni William Penn Hotel
Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation
Coordinator/Planner: Reverie Events and Weddings
Ceremony venue: Fox Chapel Golf Club
String Quartet: Radiant Strings
Reception venue: Fox Chapel Golf Club
Cake: A Sweet Morsel Co.
Catering: Fox Chapel Golf Club
Entertainment: DJ Chuck Webb
Day-Of Stationary and Signage: Reverie Events and Weddings
Rings: Albert’s Fine Jewelry and Chapel Hills Jewelry
Linens: Fox Chapel Golf Club
Chairs: Elegant Chair Cover Designs
Photo Booth: Moxie Events/ Powerbomb Entertainment
Cold Sparklers: Moxie Events/ Powerbomb Entertainment
Favors: Sarris Candies
Lighting: DJ Chuck Webb
Alterations: Thuy Dung
Floral Donation Service: Scent With Love
Rehearsal Dinner Location: LeMont Restaurant
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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These two are a Bumble success story! They had their first date at Smallman Galley (which has since closed, but they got a sign from there as a keepsake!) Clara and Robert are both in the mental health field and Clara and Mochi (her dog and ringbearer) are actually a therapy dog team – but as we found out during the wedding at the “shoe game” – Mochi actually really bonds with Robert.

Clara wore Converse shoes under her gown and the couple got ready together! They had brunch together in the morning as well and walked down the aisle together when the ceremony started. This was the first time Clara’s family had all been in one place since December 2019. Robert and Clara also used Robert’s great-grandma’s wedding band for Clara during the ceremony (and there was a super cool photo of Robert’s grandma on display with the Clemente Bridge in the background).

Robert’s favorite flower is sunflowers so that was incorporated and the two had a non-traditional wedding part as well. The weather was hot hot hot for June, but everyone including Mochi made the trek up to Mount Washington for photos. The music was blasting all night – as an homage to Robert’s love of music as he sends Clara love songs. And Clara’s parents are avid ballroom dancers, so her dad led everyone in instruction on the dance floor. Instead of cake – Jeni’s ice cream was served! I love all the personal touches and non-traditional ways this couple brought their relationship and personalities to the wedding day table!

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Clara and Robert, 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: Paperless Post
Prep location: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Gown Designer: Etsy – WeddingBeautifulDay
Shoes: Converse
Other Bridal Accessories: ANGEEW (purse) – Vincci Ching – etsy store
Men’s Formalwear: Surmesur Menswear
Florist: Etsy – FallinLoveBouquets
Hair Stylist: Brooke Rockwell Hair Design
Make-Up Artist: Blake Artistry/Chet Michael
Hotel Accommodations: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Transportation: B & M Limo Services
Coordinator/Planner: AB Occasion Design – Ashley Ganoe
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
ASL Interpreter: Heather Gray
Violinist: Charles May with Steven Vance Entertainment
Reception venue: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Ice Cream: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Catering: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Entertainment: Steven Vance Entertainment – DJ Joey Molinaro
Rings: Groom’s great-grandma’s, Blue Nile, Trinity Jewelers
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Hartwood Restaurant and Whispers Pub
Alterations: Topaz Thimble
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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I am so excited for Jenny and Fred’s wedding in April of next year. It was so nice to meet this couple! I love their sense of style and the outfits that they chose for their session.




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I just love seeing Haley’s family grow through the years! We’ve been meeting up for a few years now to capture their photos, especially around birthdays! White Oak Park looked lovely and the kids always have the sweetest expressions and we have so much fun!




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Katie and Diego planned a beautiful day at Armstrong Farms Fieldstone Barn. The weather was in the 70’s – so not too warm, just as Katie wanted for a spring wedding.

One of Katie’s favorite features of the wedding was the florals – lots of white anemones with some light pink and blue flowers – but without looking wintery.

The ladies got ready at the house next to Fieldstone and the groom and attendants were at Drake’s Cottage nearby. This wedding featured a groomslady as one of the “best men” – we love to see wedding parties not fall along gendered lines.

The wind was kicking up for photos but Katie wanted some veil flowing photos, so that worked out well! The couple had an outdoor ceremony with dove release – we don’t get to see these often in our career but Katie’s cousin is starting a dove release business, so she brought the birds – such a fun surprise for everyone!

One fun touch this couple had was a signature drink and drink menu featuring their two cats Ziti and Rigatoni.

Also – they had temporary tattoos with their names and wedding date – that was a big hit and something unique we hadn’t seen before!

Everyone enjoyed the live band, we had some incredible sunset views for golden hour photos, and at the end of the evening, the couple did a send off with their wedding party with lighted balloons. It was such a wonderful day!
Note to the couple:

­Katie and Diego, 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: Apres Studio
Prep location: Armstrong Farms Fieldstone House and Armstrong Farms Drake’s House
Gown Designer: Made With Love Bridal
Bridal Salon: Joon Bridal
Shoes: Bryr Clogs
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Barakat Bespoke
Florist: Pisarcik Greenhouses and Flower Farm
Hair Stylist: Laura Mildner
Make-Up Artist: DeeDee Malloy
Hotel Accommodations: Pittsburgh Marriott North
Transportation: Star Limousine and Urso Bus, LLC.
Coordinator/Planner: Morgan from Armstrong Farms
Cinematographer: Campfire Films & Photos
Ceremony venue: Armstrong Farms Fieldstone Barn
Reception venue: Armstrong Farms Fieldstone Barn
Cake: Confections by Casey Renee
Catering: Pittsburgh BBQ Company
Entertainment: Bachelor Boys Band
Rings: Brilliant Earth and Sissy’s Log Cabin
Favors: Honey Bears from Sun Harvest Honey
Alterations: Alterations by Lynn
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Penn Brewery & Pirates game
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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As a photographer, I love an expressive face. Some of my favorite wedding images come from weddings with couples who really wear their emotions on their faces! I also talk a lot about “matching and absorbing a couple’s energy” – so if you’re quieter and calmer, I will match that as best I can. And if you are exuberant and energetic, I will match that too. Lindsey and David’s happiness is contagious.

We were with them for 13+ hours and I still didn’t want it to end – I left their wedding feeling pumped up. The joy on their faces reminds me of why we’ve been doing this most of the weekends of my adult life.

These two met in middle school at band camp and started dating in high school. David moved to Texas for a job and Lindsey followed a few months later. They got engaged and realized it was on the date that David was packing up the truck and moving to Texas several years ago. They are such a good pair together.

They got engaged at the Eiffel Tower restaurant in Vegas overlooking the Bellagio Fountains – David had candles, roses, and a handpicked custom menu.

I saw on Instagram that these guys and some of their wedding party were in the 4:30am club at the airport on Monday morning, flying back home or flying to their honeymoon in Montego Bay Jamaica – I’m not sure! In the photo on Instagram, Lindsey and David were of course still smiling huge.

Some unique things about their wedding day that I liked – we did their photos on the grounds of the church! This doesn’t always work but in this case, the grounds are gorgeous and the light was perfect (due to a Friday night wedding that was a bit later than most Saturday ceremonies!). I loved riding in their classic stretch limo with them and capturing some little moments of them singing along to their favorite music. And then they had a “bridal dance” which I thought would be a slow song where each member of the bridal party danced with their partner but it was actually a fast group song and you could tell they practiced. Here’s how you know these two are caring souls – they surprised the THREE guests with birthdays on the dance floor at the reception to honor them. David had each groomsman’s favorite beer put on custom socks (and some of the beers were hard to find!)

These two have the sweetest spirits. They embody a phrase I often use about weddings “let nothing bother you that day.” It was an honor to be there on the first day of their marriage.

Note to the couple: ­Lindsey 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!

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Vendors:
Prep location: Home 2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh/McCandless and Private Home
Gown Designer: Martin Thornburg
Bridal Salon: One White Lane Bridal Gallery
Shoes: DB Studio
Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Flowerama Pittsburgh
Hair Stylist: Angela Hubert
Make-Up Artist: Allison Renock Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Home 2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh/McCandless and Springhill Suites North Shore
Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation Inc.
Cinematographer: Aaron Woods Productions
Ceremony venue: St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church
Reception venue: Rivers Casino
Cake: Rivers Casino
Catering: Rivers Casino
Entertainment: DJ Andrew Walsh
Rings: Jared
Linens: Lendable Linens
Favors: Cookie Table
Alterations: One White Lane Bridal Gallery
Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Chadwick
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Custom Portraits by Charlene
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Michael and Lena are new to Pittsburgh! They previously lived in New Jersey and are new Pittsburghers. Therefore, it was so wonderful for their families to make the trip in for the big event!
Lena and Michael are really practical and I LOVED their idea of getting their wedding attire on and doing all the portraits about a month prior. Sure, it takes a little extra on the hair and makeup and floral to do this in advance, but it is AMAZING as a photographer. You get to control the lighting, the locations, you can reschedule due to weather, you can go to many more spots, you can really spend the time to perfect the image and try new things. They even had some of these wedding photos up at their ceremony and reception as decor.
On the wedding day, these two opted to skip over flat lays and “getting dressed” shots but they still saw each other before the ceremony to get all their photos on the grand staircase accomplished. I have never photographed a courthouse wedding before and I loved this so much – I love old building and cool architecture and light illuminating the face with lots of darkness behind to really bring out the subject. You could photograph in the courthouse for hours!

After the ceremony on the grand staircase, everyone enjoyed an intimate dinner and dancing in the County Courthouse Courtyard. Say that three times fast. The architecture and beauty of this space needs little decoration and the fountain makes a lovely focal point. The weather was delightful and the rain held off as they danced and mingled and enjoyed.

Note to the couple:
­Michael and Lena, 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: Invitations by Dawn
Bridal Salon: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Bonobos
Florist: Blumengarten Florist
Hair Stylist: Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar
Make-Up Artist: Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar
Hotel Accommodations: Distrikt Hotel Pittsburgh
Coordinator/Planner: Weddings by Taylor
Ceremony venue: Allegheny County Courthouse
Officiant: Ceremony Officiants/Lisa Ann
Reception venue: Allegheny County Courthouse
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Sausalido Catering & Bistro
Entertainment: Pittsburgh DJ Company
Bartender: Ace Bartenders
Rings: Caesar’s Designs
Rentals: Windswept Event Rentals
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Jocelyn is such a sweet spirit and she was so organized leading up to her wedding day. I saw on her Instagram some very sweet engagement photos of her and Chris on the beach (he was lifting her up, etc) so I knew they would be so fun to photograph on their wedding day.

What we didn’t factor in was the heat! It’s almost never 95 degrees in mid-May here in Pittsburgh! Whew, good thing the church had A/C and so did the reception! We started the day at Jocelyn’s parents’ home. You might remember this prep location from when Jocelyn’s sister Joelle got married in 2019. The house is beautiful and light-filled and we had so much fun doing the prep, especially photographing under a tree that is meaningful to their family and Jocelyn did a first look with her dad.

The guys were just a few minutes away at Jocelyn and Chris’s house, which was freshly painted a nice light gray and looked great for photos. Chris got ready with the groomsmen, but with all the chaos, he forgot to put his vest on! Luckily, that was rectified once he arrived at church (a quick trip home and he was all set!)

The church ceremony is so interesting to photograph – there is a betrothal ceremony done in the back of the church before the couple comes to the front together and officially gets married.

After the ceremony, we headed to an awesome photo spot. The drive from Belle Vernon to Canonsburg/Washington has lots of private property, but not a ton of great photo locations that are easy for the limos to pull in and provide shade. I fortunately found this on my scouting trip (drove right past it at first!) and secured permission – I love that the vibe/location was different than her sister’s photos, which we did at a park. I try to always tailor my coverage for the client and give every client something different and unique!

The couple had a packed dance floor and a rocking reception – love their tradition of the dollar dance and the groom breaking in to grab the bride!

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Jocelyn and Chris, 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: Zazzle
Prep location: Private Homes
Gown Designer: Morilee Madeline Gardner
Bridal Salon: The White Orchid
Shoes: Nina
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Beginning
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Florist: Florals by GypsieAnnie
Hair Stylist: Stonewater Salon and Spa
Make-Up Artist: Shannon Cole Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Transportation: TDF Limousine
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Reception venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Entertainment: Second II None Productions (Chaz)
Rings: Jared
Linens: Lendable Linens
Favors: Sugarded Almonds
Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Back Porch Restaurant
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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