Last fall, we met up with Jackie and Matt (and Hue! Their Great Dane) at Hartwood Acres. You know Hue was making another appearance at the wedding in August!

These two met on Bumble – they are both Pitt alum. They got engaged in Muir Woods outside San Francisco on their winery tour!

We started the day with the ladies at Matt’s parents’ home in Wexford. The ladies (and bridesman) got ready together and then we headed to church to capture the guys. Jackie and Matt shared a first look in front of the church and read letters from each other.

Following the ceremony at St. Alexis, the couple did a bubble exit. The rain was starting to threaten, so we wrapped up family photos and headed down to Oakland.

In Oakland, we worked in the area between Heinz Chapel and the Cathedral to get as many photos as possible in the rainstorm. Luckily, the rain was light! (Later in the night, we did have wild lightning!) After the photos in Oakland, Jackie touched up her hair – I am officially adding a blow dryer to my emergency kit on the wedding day!

Hue came in for the introductions at Soldiers and Sailors (he did say goodbye before dinner!) The couple took dance lessons and included lifts, dips, and spins! Jackie wanted a “Last Supper” photo which I feel took a moment to create – so thank you to the patient wedding party and my assistant for getting this image!

Afterwards, the dance floor was packed until the sparkler send off (the rain held off!) After the sparklers, the couple re-entered the ballroom and did a final last dance together in the empty room before heading to the after party!

Note to the couple:

­Jackie and Matt, 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: Zola
Prep location: Private home
Perfume: Valentino
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Other Bridal Accessories: Gems and Juniper (ring from Grandpa’s ashes)
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Val’s Creative Touch
Hair Stylist: Bloom Beauty Parlor (Deanna Machi)
Make-Up Artist: Bloom Beauty Parlor (Tamie Konzier)
Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh – University Place
Transportation: Elite Transportation
Coordinator/Planner: Kristen Kane Events
Cinematographer: Marodi Media
Ceremony venue: St. Alexis Church, Wexford
Reception venue: Soldiers and Sailors
Cake: Costco
Catering: Chef and I
Entertainment: Kevin Redford DJ and Joey Papadakos Music
Rings: Trinity Jewelers
Linens: Chef and I
Photo Booth: Kevin Redford DJ
Lighting: EF Lighting
Alterations: Alterations by Netta
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Fresco’s – Chadwick
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Jackie and Jeff have been together for many years, but never made it official!. Their niece Megan contacted me right before their backyard wedding and I traveled out to their beloved family vacation home in Shanksville with just a few days’ notice.

This wedding was heartfelt and casual. I loved hearing how the cottage had been their grandparents and how any kind of dress up event at the property was out of the ordinary – one of the cousins told me most of the ladies don’t even bring makeup when they visit and stay every summer, let alone wedding attire.

We did a variety of different family photos to emphasize everyone being gathered all together and then right after the emotional ceremony, everyone got more casual, changing into shorts and swimsuits for rides in the boat – Jeff even captained one of the cruises around the lake.

If you follow our blog, you know we usually list out all the vendors that made the day happen – but in this case, there were no vendors. Family and friends were making the food in the small kitchen and serving on the deck with the adorable family dogs underfoot and aunts were outside at the ceremony site moving the potted plants around, debating where just the right spot was for the ceremony with the background to be the lake view. There was a flash mob rehearsed and cornhole boards being made with handprints and a wholesome printed sign on one of the first floor shared bathrooms indicating that room was reserved for Jackie as a bridal suite. The whole vibe was summer camp and family reunion on Cape Cod and I am thankful to get a glimpse into people’s lives and share their first official day of marriage. Congratulations to the newlyweds and thanks to the whole family for selecting me as part of your very special intimate gathering.




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We love Succop for weddings – and we love a mid-week microwedding even more! Sarah’s dad contacted me just a few weeks out from their wedding to make arrangements.

Sarah and Dalton are such a sweet couple – they had a small ceremony at Succop Nature Park and Sarah’s dad and brother served as musicians. The couple married beneath the Willow Tree which is one of my favorite ceremony locations at Succop.

One of my favorite parts of the day was the butterfly release – the butterflies stayed on Sarah’s shoulder and gown.

The weather was beautiful and warm and sunny – Succop always photographs so beautifully.

After portraits at Succop, the group headed just a few minutes away to Servanti’s on the Runway which is at the Butler Airport for a reception dinner complete with a cake (with butterflies on it of course) and a Pittsburgh cookie table.

Note to the couple:
Sarah and Dalton, 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
Bridal Salon: Misora Bridal Boutique
Florist: Violet’s Flower Farm
Hair Stylist: Copacetic Beauty Lounge/Caroline Taylor
Ceremony venue: Succop Nature Park
Reception venue: Serventi’s on the Runway
Catering: Serventi’s on the Runway
Alterations: Suz Pisano
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Hartwood Acres is one of the most popular family portrait spots in the Pittsburgh area. It was great to see Rachel and her family again. They have come back to us every year and the kids are getting so big!




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I first met Katlyn and Joseph in person when I was all sweaty wearing workout clothes – they happened to be checking in to the hotel a few days before their wedding when I came through the lobby with my flash and folder, checking out the venue. I didn’t expect to run into anyone! They were so gracious and didn’t judge me.

Even though I have been working in the wedding industry for nineteen years (thirteen of those owning my own business) – I still scout every location before a wedding. I may have been to the venue ten times – but have I been there in the rain? In high winds? In that season? At that time of day? On a sunny day when it’s one hundred degrees? In a large venue – have I been there for that specific configuration of rooms or was the cocktail hour elsewhere last time? Did the venue do construction and their lights are now LED’s that are a different color temperature or are more easily caught by the camera shutter? Is an iconic photo location there closed or altered now (trees cut down, fountain off for repair)? Is there a major event in the city closing the road in front of the venue, so we need to leave earlier or allow extra time? Is the couple looking for a specific aesthetic or look or photo I haven’t done there before and want to see how I can execute it? These scouting trips are a big part of my job – I typically spend four to eight hours a week looking at venues!

Kate and Joe are so incredibly intelligent. They have both been through undergrad and grad school and PhD work and post-doc. The schools they went to that were mentioned casually blew my mind – Stanford, Columbia! They are organized and such a great team – I heard Katlyn talking about how it was nice that Joseph also was really involved in the wedding planning so they could share that load/burden of planning. I love that – I knew I could email either one of them and get an answer! Teamwork!

These two had their first date as a double date at a movie theater and a New Orleans themed bar and have been together since 2015. They also have been long distance at times – you have to do what you have to do for your schooling and careers and they made it work cross country with Joe in southern California and Kate in Miami. Pittsburgh was a natural choice for their wedding as Kate is originally from Pittsburgh and Joe from Philly – but they met out in the San Francisco area.

These two became engaged in June of 2021 on Kate’s birthday on Sanibel Island and they got married two years later, planning a gorgeous modern elegant wedding at Hotel Monaco. We embraced the industrial look of the alleyways and rooftop by the venue – I just love the look and contrast of the elegance and the grittier Pittsburgh downtown.

They did a first look on the rooftop and their bridal party were troopers in the heat! We mixed it up with some nice and natural portraits at the Mellon Green Park as well to give variety. The ceremony was held in the Sofia Ballroom with cocktail hour moved from the rooftop to the foyer ballroom area due to a quick storm. But we made it BACK up to the rooftop for the afterparty and these two were so sweet to pose under the string lights for me – I love the glow!

I just loved seeing these two interact and have little hidden moments throughout the day together – they are such a kind, mature, wise and sweet couple and it was truly an honor to be their photographer!

Note to the couple:

­Katlyn and Joseph, 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:
Prep location: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Gown Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Salon: One Enchanted Evening
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Perfume: Kilian Paris – Can’t Stop Loving You
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse/Calvin Klein
Cologne: Kilian Paris – Sacred Wood
Florist: Gidas Flowers
Hair Stylist: Brooke Rockwell Hair Design
Make-Up Artist: Allison Renock Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Coordinator/Planner: Erin Rose from Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Reception venue: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Cake: MB’s Cakes
Catering: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Entertainment: DJ Digital Dave
Rings: Jae’s Jewelers
Moon Arch: Vintage Alley Rentals
Favors: Cookies
Alterations: One Enchanted Evening
Rehearsal Dinner Location: LeMont Restaurant
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Jessica and Frank were engaged for quite a while, planning their wedding at the National Aviary. They got engaged Christmas morning in front of family and they selected their wedding date for June to honor Jessica’s late mother.

And then, just about seven months before the wedding – Taylor Swift announced her concert in Pittsburgh for the date of their wedding – also on the North Side.
This led to some parking issues for Jess and Frank following the rehearsal dinner and some hotel room woes – but they rolled with the punches even though it threw a small wrench in their plans.

They got ready in a lovely AirBnb just a few blocks away from their reception venue! The weather was perfect and it was many of Jess’s family members’ first visit to Pittsburgh.

The couple had a family member doing their beautiful flowers and a friend was DJing as well – so it was truly a labor of love.

After a first look and photos, they were united in the garden for a ceremony. One of my favorite things about the Aviary garden is the way the light comes in – even on a bright summer day. The garden is one of my absolute favorite ceremony venues. Jess was escorted down the aisle by her son.

Then it was time for cocktail hour with the bird exhibits open to the guests and Patrik the penguin (she’s a girl!) came out to greet the guests.

Following the cocktail hour, the couple enjoyed time with friends and family, many of whom traveled in to see them in Pittsburgh.

The Aviary food is always delicious – it’s one of the best buffets in town and I definitely went back for seconds, which I never do! The sun set on this beautiful evening – all the planning paid off for the couple!

Note to the couple:
Jessica and Frank, 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: AirBnB
Gown Designer: Sophia Tolli
Bridal Salon: Lovest Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Kate Spade and Gianni Bini
Veil: Sophia Tulli
Perfume: Jo Malone London English Pear and Freesia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Twobirds
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Cologne: L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent
Hair Stylist: Pittsburgh Beauty Company
Make-Up Artist: Pittsburgh Beauty Company
Cinematographer: Just Hitched
Ceremony venue: National Aviary
Reception venue: National Aviary
Cupcakes & Sweetheart Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: Atria’s
Entertainment: City of Stars/DJ Hypnotik
Rings: Zales
Calligraphy: Just Write by Ashley Calligraphy
Linens: Atria’s
Photo Booth: Steel City Selfies Photo Booths
Favors: Sunglasses
Lighting: City of Stars
Alterations: Dania Bridal Alterations
Rehearsal Dinner Location: La Tavola Italiana
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Ellie and Josh met at work and they both share a love of physical fitness. They will be getting married next summer at a golf club. We are so excited to work with them!


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Cindy M Brown said: | Nov 27, 2023 - 10:11:18 |

What a fun session!
Love the photos on the bridge.



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I’ve known Elisha for over 10 years and she’s a very talented hair dresser. We’ve worked with her on many weddings. It was great to work with her and her family again!




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Matea and James brought their Croatian and Ukrainian heritage to their wedding! The aesthetic of the day was champagne, dusty blue, and lots of neutrals – black/white/cream. They kept the colors muted and went with a timeless look.

Everyone got ready at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe – the ladies had the Green Room which I love. Then Matea and James did a first look and rode together to the church in Millvale. Matea was eager to get this show on the road and go see her husband!

After church, the band played in the parking lot for a celebration before we took off to CMU Columns for photos. Matea and James were into photos – so we did daytime portraits, a sunset sneak out, and a night session with sparklers. I love when couples allot lots of photo time!

Together, these two have an Australian shepherd (represented by their signature drink!) They first met through Tamburitzans at Duquesne – so you KNEW this dance floor was going to be wild! I loved their traditional circle where everyone showed off their best moves and tricks!

Note to the couple:
Matea and Jim, 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 Knot
Prep location: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Gown Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Veil: Bridal Beginning
Perfume: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Bridesmaid Earrings: Olive + Piper
Men’s Formalwear: Ticknors Men’s Clothier
Florist: Memories in Bloom
Hair Stylist: Ritual Hair Company
Make-Up Artist: Dessa Marie Artistry
Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Transportation: Haggerty’s Rides
Coordinator/Planner: Carolyn Eckler from Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Cinematographer: Alec James Productions
Ceremony venue: St. Nicholas Catholic Church
Reception venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Cake: Signature Desserts
Catering: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Entertainment: Justin Greenwald Band
Rings: Henne Jewelers
Linens: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Photo Booth: Soundwaves Event Group
Cold Sparklers: Soundwaves Event Group
Favors: Cookie Table
Alterations: Alterations by Netta
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Olive or Twist
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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When doing Abby and Brian’s engagement session, I remember thinking “oh, this girl knows how to move – she knows her angles.” That was definitely apparent in their first dance – more on that later!

The ladies got ready at Residence Inn on the North Side, just a short drive away from the Priory. Abby and Brian are big national park people and met while attending Penn State – I loved learning more about them. (They also have an adorable dog named Etta who couldn’t make the wedding, but was there in spirit with custom napkins! She was at the engagement session though!)

The guys got ready at the Priory and there was a little fun prank the groomsmen cooked up – they all got Etta’s face printed on their socks and got a pair made for Brian as well.

Then we did a first look in the courtyard of the Priory – but before that first look, the officiant/groomsman dressed up and tricked Brian for a fake first look (he was dressed as like a bishop I believe?)

Abby and Brian and the whole crew took to the streets surrounding the Priory and a neighbor asked if they wanted to pose with his classic Cadillac. Now that’s something different and unique from other weddings we’ve done – the kind neighbor pulled the car out front and we had a ton of fun getting different poses with it! Then it was off to grab a few quick yellow bridge photos. Attending the cocktail hour was important to the couple, so we polished off family formals as well.

The ceremony was done by Wyatt (also the aforementioned groomsman) and it was funny and touching! I have two favorite parts of the evening – one, the first dance, when Brian and Abby just CRUSHED it and I was so excited and giving them thumbs up as they nailed the dips and the lift! And seeing Abby and Brian walking in the street with their champagne glasses as the headlights of the cars came on behind them and we walked back to the Priory.

Note to the couple:
­Abby 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: Truly Engaging by MagnetStreet
Prep location: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh North Shore and The Priory Hotel
Gown Designer: Fiore Couture
Bride’s hanger: Anthropologie
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Reception Shoes: Birkenstock sandals
Earrings: Kozloff & Meaders
Perfume: Miss Dior Eau de Parfum
Other Bridal Accessories: Bridal Maven
Bridesmaid Dresses: Revelry
Bridesmaid Earrings: Kranich’s Jewelers
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Groom’s Cologne: Dior Sauvage
Florist: Armful of Flowers
Hair Stylist: Luxe Hair Salon
Make-Up Artist: b morgan makeup
Hotel Accommodations: The Priory Hotel
Coordinator/Planner: Postcards & Pearls
Cinematographer: Aaron Woods Productions
Ceremony venue: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
String Trio: Loyalty Entertains
Reception venue: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Escort Cards: National Park postcards
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Entertainment: Loyalty Entertainment/DJ Loyal
Bride’s Ring: Henne Jewelers
Photo Booth: Loyalty Entertainment
Favors: Cookies
Lighting: Loyalty Entertainment
Alterations: DeeConstructed – Danielle Onesi
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Coughlin’s Law Kitchen and Ale House
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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