Brianna and Jacob have had a whirlwind summer! They planned their wedding in five months, moved (and are fixing up their new place!), they got married, went on a dream honeymoon to Italy, and lastly Brianna underwent a career change and started law school!
Whew, I’m tired just thinking of it – but they got it done! The wedding was beautiful from start to finish, with everyone getting ready at the Residence Inn on the North Shore and ending with a bang with fireworks from the Pirates game at PNC Park just as the reception was ending at the PPG Pavilion at the Carnegie Science Center. We had gorgeous sunshine and light throughout the day!
Those CMU Columns will never go out of style and speaking of style, I loved the boxwood hedge and custom made neon the couple had designed for their head table – which then doubled as a DIY photo booth wall during the reception.
2019 has been the year of the champagne popping shot and I’m happy to capture that! The color palette of slate blue (larkspur? dusty blue? we call it all of these things), white, greenery, gold, and acrylic was gorgeous with roses, eucalyptus, and silver dollar used throughout the bouquets. This wedding was classically beautiful and we were honored to capture it.
Note to the couple:

Brianna and Jacob, 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:
Invitation: Minted
Prep location: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh North Shore & Private Home
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Rosebud Floral
Hair Stylist: April Redford of Prila Hair Salon
Make-Up Artist: Kourtney Leech of Blush and Ink Beauty
Hotel Accommodations: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh North Shore
Transportation: Red Carpet Limousine
Coordinator/Planner: Jessica Garda Events
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Calvary United Methodist Church
Reception venue: Carnegie Science Center – Pointview Hall
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: Culinaire/Carnegie Science Center
Entertainment: DJ Rick Peluso
Rings: Henne Jewelers
Rentals: Eventioneers
Neon Sign: Howdy Dudey Neon
Greenery Wall: Brittany Anne’s Rentals
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Kristen Vota Photography
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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It was so great to see little Philip again! We last saw him for a mini session around Mother’s Day. This first birthday session had a subtle Star Wars theme. Mom capped off the session with a big traditional birthday balloon. He’s so adorable!




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Do you know the names of the Pittsburgh Pirate Pierogie mascots? Joe does! Joe’s a big Pirates fan, and I love that Rebecca and Joe had Oliver Onion for a photo op during cocktail hour at their PNC Park Jim Beam Left Field Lounge reception. (It used to be called “Hometowne Lounge I think – ahh, sponsorship! But don’t worry, you don’t HAVE to drink Jim Beam at your reception – I saw plenty of White Claw – the official drink of summer 2019 – on the tables!)
It was a bright sunshine-y day in Pittsburgh – it’s so rare, as a wedding photographer, I almost forget what these are like! It was warm but gorgeous as the ladies got ready at the Residence Inn on the North Shore in the suites, with the guys just a few floors below. We did portraits around the outside of PNC and then headed to church in the trolley.
After church, we made some quick photo spots on the way back to PNC including the edge of Allegheny Commons Park, a cool ivy wall, and the Andy Warhol Bridge (since the Clemente was closed to traffic for Picklesburgh) – then we did the traditional must-have PNC Park seats and warming track photos – it’s a tradition if you’re having your reception there and are baseball fans!
At sunset, we dashed out to get a few more shots on the Riverwalk and my assistant Allison even got the couple a balloon and a pickle on a stick for a fun photo op with something uniquely Pittsburgh – a yellow bridge and Heinz.

Note to the couple:
Congratulations, you two! We had such an amazing day laughing and having fun with you all!

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

Vendors:
Invitation: Stylish Wedd
Prep location: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh North Shore
Gown Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: De Blossom Collection
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Blooms Florist
Hair Stylist: Motive Salon
Hotel Accommodations: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh North Shore
Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys Pittsburgh
Ceremony venue: Saint Peter Church
Reception venue: Jim Beam Left Field Lounge at PNC Park
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Aramark
Entertainment: DJ Nick from Second II None Productions
Engagement Ring: Goldstock Jewelers
Wedding Bands: Henne Jewelers
Linens: Aramark
Favors: The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company
Lighting: Second II None Productions
Alterations: Laurel Sewing Shoppe
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Narcisi Winery
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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It was a lovely Mt. Washington proposal in the summertime! A great spot to propose in Pittsburgh is of course on Mt. Washington, but specifically, I like the spot across from Monterey Bay. There is no railing and it’s a great unobstructed view of the city. I also recommend two great Mt. Washington restaurants before or after the proposal – Monterey Bay or Altius. Congratulations again Emily and James!




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Amber and Max were the very first clients to book me for 2019 – way back in 2017! Their date of June 22nd, 2019 was super popular and I’m so glad they locked it down ahead of time. It finally stopped raining in Pittsburgh – and the wedding was SUNNY. Not a single cloud in the sky!
I loved hearing during the toasts about their early dating life – Amber met Max when they were both in PA school at Duquesne and she even told her friend that she had met her husband after first meeting. When you know, you know. And sometimes – there’s a gut feeling, an intuition that this is the REAL DEAL.
These two are so cute together – I loved doing their engagement last summer (after many rain reschedules, because, Pittsburgh) and they brought their cute little dog out for a few shots.
The day of the wedding, we were able to use some of my favorite photo spots – Mellon Green and CMU Columns – the columns provided some much needed shade.
These two were getting down on the dance floor – I love seeing a couple out there celebrating!

Note to the couple:
Amber and Max, 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: Minted
Prep location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
Gown Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Salon: MB Bride
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Veil: Bella-Tiara LLC
Men’s Formalwear: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Honey Bunch Bouquets
Hair Stylist: Simply Stunning Hair Salon
Make-Up Artist: Beauty by Karly
Hotel Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation Inc.
Coordinator/Planner: Megan Hines at Duquesne University
Cinematographer: Loyalty Entertainment
Ceremony venue: Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Duquesne University
Reception venue: Duquesne University Dougherty Ballroom
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Duquesne University Dougherty Ballroom
Entertainment: Loyalty Entertainment
Rings: Groom – Kay Jewelers
Linens: Lendable Linens
Favors: Ferrero Rocher
Lighting:Loyalty Entertainment
Rehearsal Dinner Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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In June, Brittany graduated from medical school. And ALSO in June – Brittany and Aaron got married! So yes, this was a BIG summer for them!

Have I ever mentioned how I just love the Homewood Suites Presidential style room at the Southpointe location? If you have a few bridesmaids – this room is amazing! There’s a full kitchen, a living room, dining room, bedroom and TWO bathrooms! Plenty of room for photos, hair, and makeup! Honestly, this hotel room is bigger than all the apartments I’ve had and it’s close to the size of a floor of my house! This room was ideal for Brittany and the ladies!
This couple met at Westminster College where Aaron was on the football team (that impressed Brittany’s dad – who is a longtime high school football coach) – Brittany was a cheerleader all through school and college – she was even captain! I loved hearing about the early days of their dating in college from Brittany’s dad during his heartfelt toast!

For this wedding, we had a ZERO percent chance of rain. This is Pittsburgh, you guys. This is so incredibly rare – I think it’s happened one other time in my career! Usually the forecast is at least 10% or so, but nope! The sun was out and shining on these two!
This reception was a straight PARTY. In the limo on the way to the reception – a party. Before the ceremony? A little bit of a party! Some of my favorite details from the wedding included a huge cookie table (that they just kept refilling!), gourmet cupcakes in all the flavors, a sparkler send off, the cake being suspended from the ceiling, the mix of linen covered tables with a Joanna Gaines looking farmhouse uncovered tables, and the mix and match cornflower dresses!

We usually scout locations before weddings and my assistant Allison found this little gem near the church and on the way to the reception – a section of Boyce Mayview Park where the light was just wonderful for photos between the ceremony and reception.

Note to the couple:
Brittany and Aaron, 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: Handmade Highlights
Prep location: Homewood Suites by Hilton-Pittsburgh Southpointe
Gown Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Bella Belle
Other Bridal Accessories: Bridal Beginning
Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Weischedel Florist & Greenhouses
Hair Stylist: DeStefino Beauty Bar/ Veronica Nones
Make-Up Artist: Abby Coleman
Hotel Accommodations: Homewood Suites by Hilton-Pittsburgh Southpointe
Transportation: Shamrock Limousine
Cinematographer: Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Ceremony venue: St. Louise de Marillac Parish
Reception venue: Noah’s Event Venue of Canonsburg at Southpointe
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: Medure’s Catering
Entertainment: Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Linens: Noah’s Event Venue of Canonsburg at Southpointe
Photo Booth: Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Favors: Skeleton Key Bottle Openers
Lighting: Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Alterations: Bridal Beginning
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Burgh’s Pizza & Wing Pub
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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We first met Bridget and Cameron in October 2018 when we did their engagement session in Cleveland. The couple currently resides in Chicago but chose to have their wedding here in Pittsburgh where Bridget lived when she was younger.

The day started at the Drury Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. While Bridget and Cam shared a “first touch”, they chose to include their parents in the moment where they prayed before the ceremony.

The couple exchanged several gifts on the day of the wedding. Cam gave Bridget framed lyrics to their first dance song “From the Ground Up”. Bridget had Cameron’s pocket square embroidered with a sweet message.

If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, shuttles are a convenient way for everyone to get around! Continuous shuttles ran from the hotel/church/reception for their guests.

All of Bridget and Cam’s family played an important role in the wedding day, including the five-month-old flower girl who was wheeled down the aisle in a floral covered wagon!

While the couple and bridal party took portraits around Longue Vue, cocktail hour was held outside. Along with appetizers and drinks, the couple had giant Jenga and corn-hole. The bride’s younger brother even made the corn hole boards – one Cleveland Browns and one Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Bachelor Boys band played during the reception. The cookies on the cookie table were all made by family and friends of the couple. Late night food – the couple’s favorite, tacos – were brought out before the couple headed out for their sparkler exit.

Note to the couple:

Bridget and Cam, 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: Calla Events, Design & Travel, LLC
Prep location: Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
Gown Designer: Eddy K
Bridal Salon: Julie Allen Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey
Men’s Formalwear: Jos A. Bank
Florist: Allison McGeary Florist
Hair Stylist: Fluhme Glam Bar
Make-Up Artist: Fluhme Glam Bar
Hotel Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown & Omni William Penn Hotel
Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation Inc.
Coordinator/Planner: Calla Events, Design & Travel, LLC
Cinematographer: One Night Only Films
Ceremony venue: Saint Peter Church
Reception venue: Longue Vue Club
Cake: Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique
Catering: Longue Vue Club
Entertainment: Bachelor Boys Band
Rings: Michael W. Hayes
Photo Booth: Pittsburgh Prestige Photo Booth
Favors: Cookies
Lighting: Gray Phoenix Production
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Mezzo at Sienna Mercato
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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I’ve partnered with Basic Invite before and we’re baaaack with another post. Right now, they’re focusing on their new western country bridal shower invites – but there’s SO much more to Basic Invite than just “basic invites” after all!

If you follow my work, you know I’m into my styling kits and so I relished the opportunity to style these invites for them!

Disclosure: I am always on the lookout for products and services who help our brides. This post is a paid post by Basic Invite who asked Kristen Wynn Photography to partner with them and promote their invitation line.

I recently hosted a casual seafood boil at Casa Wynn and I wish I had these invites for it! Aren’t they adorable? They have invites for everything – birthdays, parties, thank you cards, etc. And everything is customizable!

Here’s some of the cool things they offer:

Free Wedding Websites – I’ve been working on a website redesign for over EIGHTEEN months – a custom redesign. That’s longer than most engagements. Ain’t nobody have time for that when planning a wedding. Get yourself a free wedding website with Basic Invite – they’re mobile friendly and easy!

Almost Unlimited Colors – Is that color for your wedding larkspur? slate blue? dusty blue? Whatever you call it, Basic Invite can probably match it and you can get a sample to compare against the dresses and swatches you have at home!

Custom Samples Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed. (I believe there’s a Seinfeld episode about glue poisoning or something from cheap wedding invites. So, yes, peel and stick forever. If you want to be extra fancy, you can do a wax seal right on top!)

Over 900 Wedding Invitation Sets –  You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards! Everything is part of a set to make it easy. When it comes down to that last month before the wedding, forget trying to print programs on your home printer at the 11th hour – order and be done!

Seal & Send Wedding Invitations – Many of my couples this year are using these! Less waste, super easy, and RSVP postcards cost less to mail back than traditional small envelopes! Keep it simple and stylish.

Photographer friends, their CLEAR business cards look amazing – I’m looking forward to switching over to these!

Happy wedding planning!




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For Elizabeth, the day started at her sister’s home for hair and makeup while the men were getting ready at the Sheraton Station Square. This wedding incorporated people from all over – I heard Chicago, I even heard Alaska when people were discussing where they were traveling from or originally from! I love a day that really brings people together! And because they had so many out of town guests, Elizabeth and Jeff selected LeMont as their reception location – you know you choose LeMont for that great view for out of town guests!

Heinz Chapel and the Cathedral of Learning were great photo spots for Elizabeth and Jeff, who met while they were students at Pitt and have been together for over four years. One of their first dates was at Fuel and Fuddle in Oakland. This couple was super organized with their planning too – the spreadsheets were great (you guys know I am into organization!) I loved their choice of first dance song too – “I Got You Babe” by the Bahamas – if you’re looking for a song suggestion for your own first dance. The look of their wedding was classic and romantic.

These two took off for London – in Ontario, Canada – that is! This is a gorgeous time of year for Canada and Canada is so peaceful – a great place to wind down after all the wedding festivities.

Note to the couple:

Elizabeth and Jeff, 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:
Bride’s Prep Location: Private home
Groom’s Prep Location: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Gown Designer: Stella York
Bridal Salon: The Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Nina
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Gidas Flowers
Hair Stylist: Charlotte and Angie for REFEYEANCE Makeup & Hair LLC
Make-Up Artist: Charlotte and Angie for REFEYEANCE Makeup & Hair LLC
Bride & Groom Accommodations: AirBnB
Guest Hotel Accommodations: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Transportation: All Star Limousines Worldwide
Coordinator/Planner: Autumn Wagner
Ceremony venue: Heinz Chapel
Officiant:The Pittsburgh Oratory of St. Philip Neri
Vocalist: Ovation Special Events
Reception venue: LeMont Restaurant
Catering: LeMont Restaurant
Entertainment: Dave Ott for DJ Joseph Costa
Favors: Deck of cards
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Grand Concourse
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Laura and Jason were married on a beautiful day in early May. The venue was the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe, one of our favorites and they’ve recently undergone some beautiful renovations! Let’s start with the bridal suite/prep room – the Greene Room is newly updated featuring shades of gray decor and plenty of space for your entire bridal party to get ready. I really like all the windows in this room and the black couches. The guest rooms are updated as well and feature some new decor. I noticed the ballroom now has been updated to a more gray color scheme; it’s a fresh look! Laura chose to go with clear Lucite/ghost chairs and that really matched the tone of the room.

Pittsburgh’s been experiencing a lot of rain this week so we were mindful to keep the bride and bridesmaids’ gowns clean before the ceremony. Fortunately we found a few great spots around Southpointe to take photos as both the ceremony and reception were at the hotel. Laura and Jason chose to do a first look which is always a great idea if your ceremony and reception are in one place without a long time gap in between those two events. One of my favorite parts of the day was when Jason gave Laura a letter to read during the first look. Another favorite part of the day for me was seeing that Jason chose joke/gag gift wrapping paper for his groomsmen gifts including Paw Patrol wrapping paper, Ninja Turtles, and baby shower gift wrapping paper, etc.

I also want to note how gorgeous the bridesmaid dresses were. I know people always say this but they truly were flattering for everyone! The shade of sterling was gorgeous and they had pockets! Pockets are the holy grail in dresses.

After some portraits and the first look, it was time for the outdoor ceremony. I like that the officiant kept the focus on what’s important in a marriage when he described how he had to deal with his own marriage plans during the time of the Vietnam War. It really brings it into perspective for you. After the ceremony, the guests gathered in the foyer for cocktail hour and then the reception began! Laura and Jason are very humble and even had the lights lowered so that they wouldn’t be put on display too much/be the center of attention. These two are also very caring for others and that’s why they are both nurses – it’s how they met! We did a quick set of sunset photos and a sparkler line later in the night! It was an awesome party that kept going till 11 PM with the dance floor full! We hope you two had a wonderful honeymoon and congrats again! It was an honor to celebrate with you on your special day.

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

Vendors:
Invitation: Minted
Prep location: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Gown Designer: Mikaella
Bridal Salon: Sorelle Bridal Salon
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Veil: USABride by Dareth Colburn
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Memories in Bloom
Hair Stylist: Haley’s Chop Shop
Make-Up Artist: b morgan makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Coordinator/Planner: Joanna Bazzano of Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Ceremony venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Reception venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Entertainment: Soundwaves Event Group
Rings: Jared
Linens: Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe-Pittsburgh
Favors: Cookies
Photo Booth: Soundwaves Event Group
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Atria’s
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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