Emily and William had a sunny summer outdoor wedding ceremony in June at Greystone Fields in Gibsonia, PA with their reception on the property in the adjacent banquet room.

Emily and William first met in grade school and years later worked at a local pizza shop together. Will proposed during dinner at The Capital Grille.

Before the ceremony, the couple each got ready separately in Carnegie. Emily got ready at her childhood home and William’s sister was kind enough to let us use her nearby home for the groom and groomsmen’s prep. Then it was off to the hotel to catch the shuttle and wait for the gates of Greystone Fields to open!

We wanted to make sure to maximize their rental time at Greystone Fields with a first look. The grounds are well-manicured at Greystone Fields and we recommend a first look there and then later coming back out for sunset photos when there is a bit more shade on the hottest of hot days! This way, you have some great variety in your photos and some softer light too on some hidden gem photo spots on the property. When you have your ceremony and reception all in one place, we typically recommend either an extended cocktail hour (if permitted/possible) or a first look to get photos done prior – or, for some flexible couples, both! This gives the maximum photos with the minimum amount of rushing!

After some brief pre-ceremony photos, the couple headed upstairs where they had rented out the bride and groom suites before the ceremony. This was a great time for us as photographers to snag all those reception detail shots – before the cocktail hour! Following the ceremony, there was a receiving line into the reception.

Then the couple made their entrance and danced the night away! Everyone took home a planted succulent as a favor before heading outside to the sparkler send off! Other special details included a s’mores bar and ceremony violinist as well as a special orange flower incorporated in Will’s bountonierre.

Note to the couple:

Emily and Will, 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: Carlson Craft Wedding & Stationary Products
Prep location: Private home
Gown Designer/Salon: Maggie Sottero/MB Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Liberty Men’s Formals
Florist: Weischedel Florist & Greenhouses
Hair Stylist: Caruso on Vanadium
Make-Up Artist: Caruso on Vanadium
Hotel Accommodations: Pittsburgh Marriott North
Transportation: Lenzner Tour and Travel/Coach USA
Ceremony venue: Greystone Fields
Violinist: Stephen Weiss
Reception venue: Greystone Fields
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: Monteverde’s Catering
Entertainment: Greystone Fields/Adam
Photo Booth: Photobrations
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Lisa and Nate met during a summer internship at Caterpillar in Illinois in 2014. After the summer was over, the couple decided to try long distance. While long distance, Lisa and Nate both liked to travel and would often meet up in other cities. At one point, Nate was living in Michigan and Lisa was in Dubai. More international travel dates continued as the two made long distance work. Eventually Nate moved to Pittsburgh for work and during a visit, Lisa fell in love with the city. Lisa moved to Pittsburgh where they both now work for self-driving Uber.

Lisa and Nate describe themselves as “dorky” – they enjoy traveling, board games and date nights. They made their own save the dates – Pokemon themed! Their rings were also carried down the aisle in a Pokemon ball instead of the traditional ring box. Lisa had her bouquet made out of book pages – specifically Harry Potter books. Lisa gave Nate a hankie that once belonged to her grandmother – their wedding day would have been her 94th birthday.

Lisa and Nate love the outdoors and chose to get married outside at Riverview Park. Lisa and Nate shared a “first touch” prior to the ceremony. At 1:59PM, as Lisa was about to walk down the aisle, it started to rain! The guests each picked up their chairs and ran to the covered tent. After a very short delay, the bride and groom made it to the tent with their umbrellas and the guests all clapped. Although it was pouring by this time, Lisa and Nate were smiling the whole time. The officiant apologized for having to “yell” during the ceremony over the heavy downpour.

Lisa and Nate’s reception was very laid-back – they had the guests build their own centerpieces with legos, they had a table of board games to play, their dinner was pizza from a food truck and dessert was Rita’s Italian Ice (and of course a cookie table since this is Pittsburgh!).

It only rained during the ceremony and the couple were able to have their portraits taken throughout the park. Lisa and Nate love nature and green spaces so it was easy to find some great spots! The couple shared their first dance to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and had a sparkler send-off.

Note to the couple:

Lisa and Nate, we had so much fun working with you on your 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:
Invite: Made by the Bride & Groom
Prep locations: Private homes
Gown Designer: W1 White One/Bridal Sense
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Macy’s
Florist: Etsy/CENTERTWINE (Bride’s bouquet) & Etsy/BookFlorist (Bridesmaids’ bouquets)
Hair Stylist: Hair by Kara Burnell
Make-Up Artist: Ciel Cosmetics
Hotel Accommodations: Comfort Inn Hotel Pittsburgh & Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh
Day of Coordinator/Planner: Exhale Events/Nicole McCann
Ceremony venue: Riverview Park Chapel Shelter
Officiant: Adorkable Weddings/Ian Alexander
Reception venue: Riverview Park Chapel Shelter
Dessert: Rita’s Italian Ice
Catering: Earth, Wheel and Fire/Mobile Wood Fired Pizza
Entertainment: Amp Entertainment
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Sarah and Ian had dated for over six years before getting married Memorial Day weekend at the Historic Church of St. Peter and the reception was at Southpointe Golf Club.

Ian and Sarah exchanged gifts the morning of their wedding – Sarah received a pair of pearl earrings and Ian received personalized glasses and a bottle of liquor.

Sarah and Ian both added personal touches to the details on their wedding day. Sarah had rosary beads and a photo pin of her late grandfather in her bouquet. Ian wore his late father’s cufflinks and family ring as well as wearing a photo pin inside of his suit.

With Ian being a huge Star Wars fan, he and all the groomsmen wore Star Wars socks and Sarah surprised him with a Star Wars garter.

After the ceremony and on the way to our photo location, the limo’s tire blew! While the groom directed traffic, one of the groomsman changed the tire. We even were able to grab a few quick pictures of the men in the bridal party being put to work on the wedding day! After a short delay, we got to Washington & Jefferson campus for photos and at that exact time it started to rain. But that’s okay because this – being Pittsburgh – we always prepare a rain plan for our couples. In this case, we planned to use Old Main at W&J which has great covered arches and we brought along one of our sets of umbrellas for the bridal party.

After a few quick pictures, we headed to the reception. Sarah and Ian’s reception featured a different type of floral centerpiece on each table. Sarah and Ian were able to leave the reception for a few moments to finally get their golf course photos. They ended the night with a singing of “Country Roads” for all of the WVU alum to join in.

Note to the couple:

Sarah and Ian, it was such a pleasure working with you on your 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:
Prep location: Private home
Gown Designer: Pronovias/Bridal Beginning
Men’s Formalwear: Vera Wang/Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Pretty Petals Floral
Hair Stylist: JL Studio & Beauty Boutique/Samantha Colton
Make-Up Artist: JL Studio & Beauty Boutique/Amanda Vicinelly
Hotel Accomodations: Cambria Inn & Suites
Transportation: Vogue Limousine
Ceremony venue: Historic Church of St. Peter in Brownsville
Reception venue: Southpointe Golf Club
Cake: Cakes by Tammy
Catering: Southpointe Golf Club
Entertainment: Audio Force Productions/DJ Sean Nice
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Kendra and Robert chose to have a simple, elegant wedding in Pittsburgh with lots of greenery, with colors of white, ivory and hints of pink. Being that neither are from Pittsburgh, most of the guests were from out of state.

Kendra and Robert met while they were both working in Kansas City. Both are eye doctors and enjoy hiking, going to concerts, traveling, reading and cooking.

After getting ready at the Omni, the couple chose to do a first look followed by portraits downtown and around Pitt campus. It rained on the day of their engagement photos but the rain held off for their wedding day – however, it was very windy!

Kendra and Robert had an intimate ceremony at Heinz Chapel where they made sure to include those closest to them. Kendra’s sister was her matron of honor and Robert’s middle school friend was his best man. Robert’s uncle was the officiant, both of Robert’s sisters did readings and Kendra’s brothers were ushers.

The reception was held at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Cocktail hour was in the Lawrence Welk Room with dinner and dancing in the Bob & Dolores Hope room. The Bob & Dolores Hope room has dark wood paneling and an intricate ceiling. Right outside the room is an indoor balcony that is great for photos. The Omni William Penn is a great choice for weddings with a lot of out of town guests because after the reception the guests are able to go right up to their room. Kendra and Robert even held a brunch the next day at the hotel for their guests.

After spending the day with Kendra and Robert you can see that they are a perfect fit for each other!

Note to the couple:

Kendra and Robert, it was so great to work with the two of you again! 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:
Invite: Vistaprint
Prep location: Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh
Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero/Bridal Beginnings
Other Bridal Accessories: Veil/Bridal Beginnings
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy/Bridal Beginnings
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Fragile Paradise
Hair Stylist: Alison Roth Studio
Make-Up Artist: Alison Roth Studio
Hotel Accomodations: Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh
Ceremony venue: Heinz Chapel, Pittsburgh
Reception venue: Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh
Entertainment: DJ Jeremy Ganss
Rings: Henne Jewelers
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Disclaimer: USB Memory Direct was kind enough to provide me with some flash drives to review and use for my business in exchange for this post.

As a professional photographer, USBs are a very important asset to me. Many of my photography friends ask me why I even still bother using USB drives – so many photographers do a digital download now. Though I may be one of a handful of photographers who still loves USBs, I don’t plan to ditch the drives anytime soon. In fact, when it comes to delivering galleries to clients, I still prefer a USB drive any day over online gallery downloads. While online galleries are a simple and a quick way to transfer photos to clients, it doesn’t deliver the same lasting impression a flash drive does. Let me share with you three key reasons why I am such a firm believer in using flash drives.

 

1. They Hold Large Quantities of High-Resolution Photos-

 

Every photographer knows how many photos are taken during a shoot, especially when it’s for a wedding. After all the images and video have been captured, you’re left with the decision of how to deliver the photos to your clients. I always use USBs because they have such a large storage capacity. This way I can include hundreds of photos onto one drive without worrying about running out of space.


Also, with USB drives I don’t have to resize photos. During busy periods like wedding season, resizing images to smaller sizes takes up a lot of time. USB drives eliminate this issue and instead make downloading photos effortless compared to alternative delivery methods.

2. A Professional Way to Show Your Appreciation to Clients-

 

When it comes to delivering digital galleries, there is nothing more meaningful than a tangible USB drive. By giving your clients a product they can hold on to, it shows your appreciation to them. Clients put their trust in you to capture remarkable photos of them, meaning you want to deliver those photos in an even more spectacular way.

 

I truly adore including flash drives in photo packages for engagement sessions and weddings. The new flash drives I recently received fit the aesthetic perfectly for outdoor, farm, or rustic weddings due to light pine wood tone.

 

3. They Work as a Great Marketing Tool-

 

Flash drives bring a lot of brand awareness to your business. When clients share their galleries with their friends and family, the logo on the flash drive advertises the photographer who took the photos.


One of the things I like most about USBs is that they are customizable. I love that I can pick the color and style of the flash drive to match my taste and brand. Every one of my wholesale flash drives has my laser engraved logo on it so my clients won’t forget who took their pictures. It’s a great feeling to have a product promote my business for me.

 

I want to give a special thank you to USB Memory Direct for the wonderful flash drives. I recommend any photographers who are in the market for USB drives to check out their website. They have a large number of wholesale flash drives to choose from.

 



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Elaine and George have been together since 2010 while they were both students at Pitt. They currently reside in Philadelphia. After weeks of cold weather, Elaine and George had a beautiful Saturday for their wedding.

Elaine and George both got ready at the Mansions on Fifth Hotel. Elaine chose to do her own make-up and following George’s greek heritage tradition, the best man presented Elaine’s shoes to her stuffed with money on a tray.

Not only did Elaine and George share cards with each other on the morning of their wedding, but they both wrote letters to their parents – such a sweet sentiment!

The couple did a first look and took their portraits around the Pitt campus before meeting up with the rest of their bridal party. We loved photographing Elaine as she knew how to work all of her angles! The couple had their ceremony at Heinz Chapel followed by a bubble exit.

We headed back to the Mansions on Fifth Hotel for the reception. Introductions took place in the main lobby, which is where the dancing also took place. The guests dined in three separate rooms – with Elaine and George eating each part of the meal in a different room so they could spend time with all of their guests. The maid of honor Rachel put together a special popcorn bar for Elaine. During the cocktail hour there was cheddar cheese and garlic parmesan and after dinner it switched to chocolate caramel and kettlecorn. The guests not only got to have wedding cake, but a macaroon tower and greek desserts were also available. The guests started off the party with the traditional greek money dance. As with many of our Pitt couples, they ended the night with Sweet Caroline in a circle with their guests.

Note to the couple:

Elaine and George, 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:
Invite: minted
Prep location: Mansions on Fifth Hotel, Shadyside
Gown Designer: David Tutera from Seng Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses: MB Bride
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Green Sinner
Hair Stylist: Samantha Williams from Motive Salon
Make-Up Artist: Bride
Transportation: Vogue Limousine
Cinematographer: Smith Digital Video
Ceremony venue: Heinz Chapel
Reception venue: Mansions on Fifth Hotel
Cake: Priory Fine Pastries
Catering: Mansions on Fifth Hotel, Shadyside
Rings: Barsky Diamonds
Linens: Pittsburgh Chair Covers
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Stacey and Randi had an intimate spring wedding in Pittsburgh. Randi proposed to Stacey along the riverwalk at Station Square after brunch at the Grand Concourse. They wanted to have a small wedding with dinner for their family and friends. These two are new homeowners and they joked that they would be spending their honeymoon at their new house.

On the day of the wedding, Stacey and Randi got ready at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. After some photos on the Clemente Bridge, we headed over to the venue, Gaucho Parrilla Argentina in the Strip District. This restaurant is very popular and often a line out the door! Stacey and Randi had a private room downstairs for their guests. They kept their ceremony very simple and did a self-uniting license. After a very short ceremony, their family and friends were treated to a delicious meal and a beautiful cookie table.

Note to the couple:
Stacey and Randy, we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography!

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

Vendors:
Prep location: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Stacey’s Dress: Asos
Randi’s Attire: Express
Hair Stylist: Revive/Ashley Jubach
Make-Up Artist: Revive/Ashley Jubach
Reception venue: Gaucho Parrilla Argentina
Catering: Gaucho Parrilla Argentina
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Andrea and Brian had a winter engagement session at Schenley Park followed by photos on Mt. Washington and then we did some night shots at the North Shore. They will be getting married this October at one of the venues known for the best food – Bella Sera! These two got engaged during a sloth encounter at the Aviary and then there was a surprise lunch arranged with both families at Narcisi Winery. Andrea and Brian have been together for eight years an we can’t wait to celebrate with them this October!




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We were already booked for Nicole and Matt’s wedding date but they decided to do an engagement session with us instead and it was a lot of fun! It’s always a little tricky doing an engagement session in the winter in Pittsburgh but we were able to find a great location that actually looked a bit more fall-like. Nicole and Matt brought their two adorable dogs, Mr. Jones and Lily and I made sure to do a photo that was a tribute to the memory of one of their dogs that recently passed. We wish you two a wonderful wedding this summer!




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David wanted to plan a surprise proposal for Paula. It took place on the West End Overlook at sunrise!




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