It was great to see Rachel and Greg again! We photographed their wedding and they have come back to see us through the years as their family has grown!




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Brandon is the younger brother of 2011 KWP Bride Ashley Q (and my very very good friend). He and Juli met at CalU seven years ago and on a hot day in August, they got married!
August 7th was the date and the 7th is an important wedding date for quite a few members of Brandon’s family. These two have been engaged since before the pandemic started and I was so glad to see their day go off without a hitch.

Juli’s dress weighed fifteen pounds, no exaggeration, and had 22 layers, but it was gorgeous. I’m loving my brides’ dresses this year – every bride is putting her own spin on it – Juli had these custom sleeves added and it gave the gown something extra. The day was very warm, almost 90 degrees, but the rain stayed away and we got to do some images in front of this old chicken coop on private property and everyone was a trooper throughout including the men who had on full tuxes in the heat! Oh and here’s a tip – for some reason, tulle dresses attract a lot of tiny bugs. This is just one of those things that happens with wedding gowns and I’m not sure why – it happened in Florida too. Little bugs are just drawn to it! If you’re a bride and this happens, don’t despair. They won’t be visible in photos and will fall out when you move to a new location or indoors – it isn’t worth it to try to pick them all out – just ignore them and they will eventually get tired of taking a ride on the dress and fly away!

They also went with a very popular color this year, shades of purple. This might be the color of 2021 the way blush pink was for 2016 or dusty blue was for 2019 and 2020.
Brandon and Juli are very active in their church and you can tell how many people they have in their corner supporting their marriage. The best man Ryan and Juli’s dad might have tied throughout the day for the most tears. You can tell everyone cares about them so much.

These two have a pup named Cooper together and spent their honeymoon in Jamaica! It was such a joy to work with them and their wonderful families.

Note to the couple:

­Juli and Brandon, 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:
Save the Date: MagnetStreet
Invitation: Shutterfly
Prep location: Hampton Inn & Suites Irwin
Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Perfume: Versace Yellow Diamond
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie (Regency)
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Bride made
Make-Up Artist: Alexis Vince Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Irwin
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Cinematographer: Penderville Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Bridge City Church
Reception venue: Antonelli Event Center
Cake: Walmart
Catering: Antonelli Event Center
Entertainment: Top of the Line Entertainment/Michael Moats
Rings: Etsy Pristine Custom Rings & Brielle Shop
Linens: Antonelli Event Center
Photo Booth: Antonelli Event Center
Shuttle: Antonelli Event Center
Favors: Mints
Lighting: Antonelli Event Center
Alterations: Sewing by Beteena
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Rodney’s Restaurant
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Megan and Michael had a beautiful day for their engagement session. Their October wedding will be on the blog soon!




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We’ve had quite a few weddings out in farm country this year and it’s a nice change of pace. You don’t have to worry about city traffic or city events like ballgames and festivals blocking the streets. Things are just more casual – I love wearing a dress with sneakers to these more outdoor and casual events.

I was driving out to Brianna and Kyle’s wedding locations for scouting and thinking about the blue skies and the cornfields and barns. It was a lovely way to spend the day. Shelocta, Ford City, Creekside, and Elderton – these are the towns where the wedding prep, ceremony, and reception took place.

Brianna and Kyle love country living – there was a speech at the reception that talked about the first time the best man met Brianna, she was riding on the back of Kyle’s four wheeler. Together these two love spending time outdoors and describe themselves as simple. I love how Brianna incorporated some glam into the country setting, they had their dog Reggie for photos, and Brianna’s smile just lit everything up all day. Weddings can often be stressful for photographers, but as we drove away from their reception, I said to my assistant “Hey, that was really fun.” JOY comes to mind when I think of their day.

Note to the couple:

­Bri and Kyle, 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: Creative Custom Prints by Tabitha
Prep location: Private Home
Bridal Salon: MB Bride
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Bridesmaid Dresses: White Lace Bridal
Florist: Kimbery’s Floral & Design
Hair Stylist: Emma Sabula
Make-Up Artist: Emma Sabula
Bridesmaids’ Hair Stylist: The Scissor Shoppe
Transportation: Red Carpet Limousine
Ceremony venue: Harmony Grove Church
Reception venue: Towne Hall
Cake: Tina Williams
Catering: Dizzy Lizzie’s Restaurant
Entertainment: DJ Asher
Rings: Dilick’s 5th Avenue Jewelry
Favors: Mints & Peanuts
Lighting: Classic Tent Rentals & Party Supplies
Swag: Classic Tent Rentals & Party Supplies
Alterations: MB Bride
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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I’ve been noticing Florida weather here in Pittsburgh anymore. What’s Florida weather, you ask? That’s an afternoon shower almost every single day and hot and sunny temperatures – almost tropical. (I used to live in Florida and I actually really like the heat!) I have a farmer’s tan this summer from the wedding day sunshine outdoor ceremonies.

Megan and Andrew’s wedding was no exception! On a Friday in July, we headed up to Chestnut Ridge Golf Club – we hadn’t photographed a wedding here for about 6 years (coincidentally, that one was a rainy day too!) Here’s what made Megan and Andrew’s wedding day photography a success – the first look. These two chose to do a first look and get many of their photos done around 1pm – now, that afternoon light can be harsh at that time, but I scouted some locations with shade and there were some amazing photo opportunities.

Then it was over to the “big tree” as I call it for wedding party photos, followed by family photos under the ceremony pavilion on the golf course. Megan and Andrew built in tons of time to go and refresh and I captured the reception room details before the outdoor ceremony.

Here’s where the sky opened up and the rain just poured down in droves. The littlest flowergirl even had to cover her ears due to a huge clap of thunder! Megan had a wide ten foot aisle to accommodate my favorite feature of this wedding – her long cape that was made of tulle – an alternative to a veil.

The reception kicked off with all the main events done before dinner and glowsticks and partytime into the night!

Note to the couple:

Megan and Andrew, 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: Keri Kreates (etsy)
Prep location: Hampton Inn & Suites Blairsville
Bridal Salon: Babette’s Gowns
Shoes: Badgley Mischka and Keds for Kate Spade
Veil: Babette’s Gowns
Earrings: Olive + Piper
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Rosebud Floral
Make-Up Artist: Allison Renock Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Blairsville
Cinematographer: Light Motion Studios
Ceremony venue: Pavilion at Chestnut Ridge Resort
Reception venue: London Room at Chestnut Ridge Resort
Cake: Chestnut Ridge Resort
Catering: Chestnut Ridge Resort
Entertainment: DJ Underdog
Rings: Star Jewelry Inc.
Alterations: Babette’s Gowns
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Chestnut Ridge Resort
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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I’ve been a wedding photographer for twelve wedding seasons and before that, I was an assistant for five seasons. The last time I was at the Carnegie Museum for a wedding was probably around 2006 as an assistant, so I was really really really looking forward to this wedding.

Chandler and John are such kind people. During our last Zoom meeting before the big day, they actually were out and about buying a cake for a co-worker’s birthday and dropping it off – I could just tell they are thoughtful people.

Chandler’s gown was gorgeous. It shimmered and sparkled and it came from the Ukraine. The veil was custom made to match.

The Oaklander is an amazing hotel and after the ladies readied themselves in the Presidential Suite, we headed over to a private first look for the couple on the stairs of the museum in the more modern section. With the weather being so hot, we kept the outside photos brief – just a quick spin near the Mary Schenley Fountain (this is a new favorite spot of mine near the Frick Fine Arts Building) and then we were able to do photos all over the museum grounds. I have to say, as a photographer, this is probably hands down the most photographic opportunities of any venue in the city.

I love old buildings so I was captivated by all the charming aspects of the museum, which is celebrating 125 years. Chandler and John chose to have a ceremony in the actual Music Hall, which you don’t see often. It reminds me of Heinz Hall (and indeed, it was where the symphony played before Heinz Hall was built). Following the ceremony, they had their cocktail hour in the balcony space above the Music Hall Foyer and the reception itself was held in the Music Hall Foyer proper.

Dallas and the entire staff at the museum are incredible. I can’t say enough about all the vendors that made this day go smoothly. And of course the most credit goes to Chandler and John – the emotion, the sweet dinosaur cufflinks she had for him, their caring nature and affection for each other – it makes you fall in love with weddings all over again as a vendor.

Note to the couple:

Chandler and John, 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: Blush Paper Co.
Prep location: The Oaklander Hotel
Gown Designer: Pollardi Fashion Group – Ida Torez – Seduction Collection – Airiness
Bridal Salon: For Love Bridal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka & Keds for Kate Spade
Headpiece: Dareth Colburn
Bridesmaid Dresses: Revelry
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Blossoms by Jilliann
Hair Stylist: JL Makeup Studio & Beauty Boutique
Make-Up Artist: JL Makeup Studio & Beauty Boutique
Hotel Accommodations: The Oaklander Hotel
Coordinator/Planner:Day of Pittsburgh/Katie Gittien
Ceremony venue: Carnegie Museum of Natural History Music Hall
String Quartet: Stellare Strings
Flower Wall: Pittsburgh Flower Wall
Officiant: A Simple Vow
Reception venue: Carnegie Museum of Natural History Music Hall Foyer
Cake: Culinaire
Catering: Culinaire
Entertainment: Andy Booth Productions
Rings: Frost & Co.
Linens: Lendable Linens
Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals
Favors: Cookies
Reception Lighting: Benack Sound Productions, Inc.
Alterations: Exquisite Fit Bridal
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Atria’s
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Custom Portraits by Charlene
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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This was a wedding made for the ultimate guest experience. So often on a wedding day, couples are pressed for time. Everything is rush rush rush and there are so many special events that there is scarcely a chance to greet all the guests, dance a dance, drink a drink, and then the night is over. But Reese and Michelle made so many excellent choices during their planning and they were able to have a great night at the reception with tons of chatting and dancing – they kept only the traditions that were important to them and left the ones that didn’t matter to them (garter toss, bouquet toss, numerous speeches) at the door.

Michelle and Reese started dating four years ago after meeting online. Michelle comes from a big family and I loved seeing how everyone came together to help them with their wedding – so many helping hands from sisters and sisters-in-law. The day called for rain but we only had a light sprinkle and overcast skies.

Reese and Michelle shared an emotional first look and we got most of their photos done prior to the ceremony – so they could go and enjoy their cocktail hour.

I don’t often get choked up at weddings, but the sun came out just a little as Michelle and her dad came down the aisle and I teared up seeing her smile as she approached her groom.

Michelle did a beautiful job with her floral selections and she looked incredible in her gown. Scrolling through Instagram and Facebook the morning after the wedding, I noticed many guests kept remarking on the wonderful time they had at the wedding – the dance floor was packed all night and I know the bride and groom worked hard at all the music selections and with the food and alcohol choices they had – all about the guest experience.

With some couples, you can just tell they already have such a strong marriage-like partnership that the wedding is just making it official. I can tell that this is Reese and Michelle from their interactions together and their teamwork and communication – they’re already such a great couple together and I can’t wait to see where life takes them!

Note to the couple:

­Michelle and Reese, 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: Vistaprint
Prep location: Succop Nature Park
Gown Designer: Essence of Australia
Bridal Salon: Sorelle Bridal Salon
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ’s House
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Roots & Wings Floral
Hair Stylist: Pretty Hair Salon – Kala Herak
Make-Up Artist: Antonette Medved Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Hyatt Place Cranberry
Transportation: Brighton Transportation Services
Ceremony venue: Succop Nature Park
Reception venue: Succop Nature Park
Cake: Tinman Sweets Bake Shoppe
Catering: Medure’s Catering
Entertainment: Pittsburgh Entertainment Company/ DJ Spillz
Rings: Trinity Jewelers
Favors: Cookie table
Rehearsal Luncheon Location: Juniper Grill
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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In kindergarten, Levi and Jill’s twin brother were in the same class, so through the years, they were always in each other’s orbit – especially growing up in a small town like Grove City. But they didn’t start dating until they reconnected at a dive bar in their hometown when they were all grown up.

Within a year, they had made the big move to Colorado together where they really started their careers and bought a house. That was seven years ago (eight years together!) Still, the decision to come home for their wedding was a natural one. Jill’s brother was married on the property several years ago.

Jill and Levi always planned for a backyard wedding, even before Covid forced so many people to have a backyard wedding. To call this a backyard is an understatement, it’s really more acreage fronting a private lake. These two had an open air ceremony, sunny skies, a tented reception, a bar inside the barn, and food trucks to feed all the guests.

I know Jill’s dad worked very hard on this wedding – he built the copper archway. Jill’s mom and dad looked far and wide for unique colorful vintage glass goblets to be used as beverage cups throughout the night (also very eco-friendly). Between the house, the little camp style cabin, the lake and docks, the greenery, and the vintage Airstream – I was in photographer heaven! If every reception venue could have these photo locations – my job would be easy-peasy every weekend!

I loved all the emotion of the day and Jill and Levi’s mellow, relaxed, and unruffled wedding style. It was so great to spend the day in the great outdoors capturing the first day of their marriage!

Note to the couple:

Jill and Levi, thank you for letting us be a part of 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:

Prep location: Private home and Super 8 by Wyndham Grove City

Bridal Salon: Carlisle’s Bridal of Pittsburgh

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Florist: Flowers on Vine

Hair Stylist: Olivia Minor with Inspire Salon and Spa

Make-Up Artist: Olivia Minor with Inspire Salon and Spa

Ceremony venue: Private home

Reception venue: Private home

Ice Cream Sundae Bar: Handel’s Ice Cream

Catering: Vagabond Taco Truck and North Country Brewing Company

Entertainment: DJ Diehlz Entertainment

Rings: Brilliant Earth

Tent: MHR Equipment and Event Rentals

Tables: MHR Equipment and Event Rentals

Dance Floor: MHR Equipment and Event Rentals

Favors: Succulents

Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Amanda and Travis have been together for seven years and they’re expecting a baby this fall. They decided to keep their wedding simple and casual and planned it in about two weeks! They did their ceremony at the Wedding Garden and their wedding dinner at Cenacolo in Irwin. Congratulations, you two!




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It’s been almost twenty one months since we worked at Heinz Chapel. Just typing that sentence – it doesn’t feel real. We’re usually there once a month! This wedding felt like a reunion for us!
Gina and Stephen got ready for their beautiful wedding in Shadyside – it’s so nice that Stephen’s parents live just five minutes from the couple in a stately 1930’s style home – the lighting was just perfect for groom’s prep. Gina and her ladies got ready in their townhouse nearby (where the proposal happened) – the master bedroom also had some great light – and Allison and I hid in the spacious closet to photograph the dressing and prep.
Gina and Stephen made our job easier because they didn’t have a ton of requests and because of that, we could really be creative and just take the opportunities where we saw them. For example, the hydrangeas outside Heinz Chapel in the courtyard were blooming. These flowers only bloom for such a short time each year – so we had to snag some photos with them.
The day was overcast, but that’s okay – I planned a stop at a colorful location to bring some spring/summer brightness into their portraits and we got some great staircase shots too. Our bridesmaids were troopers – some of these ladies were expecting and still climbed up the steps and walked all around the campus.
These two planned a great timeline – they had time for all their photos and they even got to join in on their cocktail hour. Their wedding could be best described as simple, pretty, and elegant – which is perfect for this easygoing duo who like hanging out with their dogs and doing home improvement projects, because teamwork makes the dream work, baby.
Speaking of dream work – I’m so fortunate to have worked with these two!

Note to the couple:

­Gina and Steve, 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: Private homes
Gown Designer: Hayley Paige
Bridal Salon: Luxe Redux Bridal
Shoes: Loeffler Randall
Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey
Men’s Formalwear: The Black Tux
Florist: Brides and Butterflies
Hair Stylist: Jess at Be Pure Organic Salon
Make-Up Artist: Emily Van Scoy & Co.
Hotel Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh/Harmarville
Transportation: Vogue Limousine
Cinematographer: All Pro USA
Ceremony venue: Heinz Chapel
Reception venue: Veltre’s Wedding and Event Centre
Cake: Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique
Catering: Veltre’s Wedding and Event Centre
Entertainment: DJ Travis Chickness
Rings: Brooks Diamonds, Diamonds Direct, Henne Jewelers
Alterations: Iron Horse Atelier
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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