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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Kelsey and Kyle are our third set of “alliteration” names this spring. We had Nicolle and Nathan, then Casey and Chris, and now Kelsey and Kyle, all in one month! The weather was hot hot hot for early June (40 degrees higher than the week before) and sunny – we even got some sunburns during their ceremony! But the warm weather worked perfectly for their colors and their ceremony under the pergola.

I love that Kelsey embraced the warm weather and asked for her first look to be outside rather than hiding out in the air conditioning (but we did have plenty of A/C breaks for them to recover). One thing I loved about the day was the openness to feelings Kelsey and Kyle had. There was tears and laughter and the whole dynamic range. After the first look, we took a very quick drive to a fun secret garden to get some photos, then back for the ceremony. Burton – their sweet dog – made an appearance in the wedding and the photos – he was so well behaved!

Kelsey is the third daughter to get married in her family (as her mom and dad said as they entered the reception “We’re done!”) and I loved some of the little anecdotes shared during the speeches. First, dad had Kelsey come down during his toast and cut up the credit card he gives to his girls as single ladies – since she’s married now! Kyle’s best men shared some stories about how kind he is that brought tears to my eyes – and I go to a lot of weddings, so it takes work to make me tear up!

Then Kelsey’s sister shared how she was the matchmaker and put the two of them together – by volunteering Kelsey to run on Kyle’s marathon relay team. They held their rehearsal dinner where they held their first date a few years ago to bring it all full circle. I would describe Kelsey and Kyle as kind hearts with incredibly sweet spirits – we were honored to witness the first day of marriage for this couple.

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: Prep location: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe

Gown Designer: Morilee Madeline Gardner

Bridal Salon: MB Bride

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Other Bridal Accessories: MB Bride

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Men’s Formalwear: Jos A. Bank

Florist: Memories in Bloom

Hair Stylist: Classic Hair & Makeup/Kel Wes

Make-Up Artist: Classic Hair & Makeup/Tatiana Szul

Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe

Coordinator/Planner: Alex from Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe

Ceremony venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe

Reception venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe

Cake: Potomac Bakery Catering: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe

Entertainment: Redford Djs/Andy

Rings: Kay Jewelers

Photo Booth: Lux Photobooth

Alterations: MB Bride

Rehearsal Dinner Location: Totopo

Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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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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