At long last, it was Brigette’s wedding day! Brigette and I had first talked about photographing her wedding about eighteen months ago, and after a minor date change and some location swapping, the plans were set.

Justin’s family made the trip from Ohio to Brigette’s hometown for the wedding.

The photography began with the groom and groomsmen at the hotel, then continued over at Brigette’s mom’s house, where Brigette, her sister (and maid-of-honor), her two brothers, and her mom all got ready.

I love this moment Brigette and her mom shared as they hurried towards the car to get to the ceremony!

Then it was off to the ceremony at St. Mark’s Parish in Liberty Boro. I don’t typically feature a lot of ceremony photographs here on my blog, but the lighting in this church was phenomenal! Many churches can be dark, but this church was filled with natural light, just making the warm wood background glow. If you are looking for a church in the South/East Pittsburgh suburbs, I highly recommend this one for weddings, and I couldn’t help but feature several photographs here on my blog of the ceremony.

Bride’s Hairstyling: The groom’s sister did a fabulous job!
Ceremony Venue: St. Mark’s Parish-Liberty Boro Site
Officiant: Bride’s uncle
Reception Venue: Holiday Inn in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Catering: Woody’s Catering in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Photography: Kristen Wynn Photography of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Palm Bay, Florida

After the ceremony, we headed to Renziehausen Park in McKeesport for some bride and groom portraits, and then it was off to the reception at the Holiday Inn in West Mifflin.

As the sun set, we ducked outside for some final bride and groom portraits around the hotel. There was even a fair of some sort going on that day and some of the guests gathered outside to watch the fireworks.

Brigette and Justin have a honeymoon planned later on, but they took a few days to go camping after the wedding and enjoy some time together as newlyweds. I actually saw them on the highway the next morning, with their “Just Married” sign still emblazoning the car’s window!

Everyone formed a circle around the bride and Justin had to try to break through to get to Brigette!

Congratulations, you two, and thank you so much for having me as part of your special day. You were truly a delight to work with and I wish you so much happiness!

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Please enjoy these additional images from Kelsey and Kevin’s big day! As always, music is used with permission.

I also wanted to put together a quick collage with all of their Penn State style details for those of you out there also planning a blue and white wedding, whether you are in State College, anywhere in Pennsylvania, or having your wedding elsewhere but still incorporating where you met.

The gallery for the wedding is now live for all of the guests, family and friends. Please visit the gallery to the left, under “View and Order Prints.” If you need the password, check with the bride and groom! 🙂

Thanks so much!


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I frequently get requests from engaged couples and friends for other types of wedding professionals and vendors in the industry, since I am pretty much attending weddings every weekend. It can be hard to find vendors in certain categories, especially if you have only been to a few weddings in your lifetime or are the first of your friends and family to get married!

I can’t always respond to those referral requests as soon as I’d like due to my schedule, so I decided to put together a few blog posts about some wedding professionals with whom I have loved working. You can still always email me for help though 😉

(Standard boring disclaimer: I only recommend based on my personal experience and out of a desire to help brides. So nope, I don’t make any money from these vendors for the recommendation. As always, do your own homework and shop around of course for the right fit for your big day!)

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Nicole from Penelope Poppy on three different weddings:

Ashley and Ryan’s Wedding in Plum Borough, Pennsylvania
Rachael and Mark’s Wedding in Winter Park, Florida
Katie and Brandon’s Wedding in the Pittsburgh Zoo’s Garden Tent

Nicole is a designer and illustrator based in the Pittsburgh suburbs, and she works with both local and long-distance brides.

I went to the same high school as Nicole, and I am so thrilled when I get to work with another young female business owner! She does fabulous, custom, unique work to go with your wedding theme, and so I wanted to put together a little collection of images to show some of her designs.

If you are needing paper goods for your wedding, you can contact Penelope Poppy here on their Minted page, here on Facebook, or here on the website.

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Where are your images right now? Are they still on the DVD set you selected from Kristen Wynn Photography?  Maybe they’re on Facebook too.

You invested a lot in your wedding day or portrait session. You had your hair and makeup done, new outfits for the whole family, maybe a manicure, had your engagement ring cleaned, your husband had his hair trimmed, I know some of you even whitened your teeth for the big day. You spent time planning locations and pinning inspiration shots on Pinterest.

And yet the biggest photo you have displayed in your home is an 8×10″. An 8×10″ is what we refer to in the industry as a “desk print,” meaning it is placed on a table. 8×10″ are usually too small to be put on a wall as a rule of thumb.

Why not go bigger? I know 24×36″ sounds big, but when you hang it on the wall, it’s just right.

Amy and Will chose a favorite image from their Oakland, Pittsburgh engagement session last winter and had it stretched and mounted on canvas.

When the order arrived here at the office, I loved it. I wish I could have kept it as a sample for my office walls, but alas, it had to go to its rightful home at Amy’s place.

As I packaged it for delivery, I couldn’t resist taking a few photos of the canvas image. Thanks so much, Amy and Will, for the inspiration for this blog post!

If you are seeking some wall decor from your session, check out the Kristen Wynn Photography Product Guides here under the Pricing tab.

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Amy Scarlato said: | Jul 12, 2012 - 07:07:36 |

We absolutely LOVE our canvas print and will definitely be ordering more! The larger size looks awesome on the wall and the quality of the canvas is excellent. We are happy customers and highly recommend this product. Thanks KWP!

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Please enjoy more images from Dana and Brad’s wedding. As always, music is used with permission.

Family, friends, and invited guests, please check out their gallery here or click “View and Order Prints” on the menu to the left. The password is the date of the wedding as MMDDYYYY-please contact the bride and groom if you have any questions!

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I recently accompanied my sister Kristen as her assistant on Dana and Brad’s wedding in Hopewell Township and Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. One thing that really struck me was how wonderfully nice the Hopewell Township area is-this is a beautiful, quaint part of the Pittsburgh area and everyone was so friendly.

Wedding Professionals that made the day a huge success:

Hairstyling-Tina’s Hair Design in Oakdale, PA

Gown Designer-Casablanca Bridal

Ceremony Venue-Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Hopewell Township, PA

Reception Venue-The Timberhouse at Rolling Acres Golf Course in Beaver Falls, PA

Floral Design-All Occasion Silk Creations

Entertainment-DJ Donna Music Express

Cake Design-Carol’s Cakes in Aliquippa, PA

I know that Kristen just adored working with Dana and her family, especially her sister Jessica, who was a classmate of Kristen’s back at Robert Morris University for graduate school.

Dana’s mother did all the flower arrangements for the wedding day and they were beautiful. There was a lot of attention to detail down to the tiny flowers on the bubble and program baskets. She doesn’t just service the Pittsburgh area-she does destination weddings and ships all over, so definitely check out her work! Everything looked gorgeous.

Dana and Brad were so easygoing and the wedding was an absolute pleasure to work with no stress whatsoever. Dana’s mom really welcomed us into her family.

Dana and Brad chose to do a first look and see each other before the ceremony. This is definitely a personal decision that each couple has to make for themselves, but it is a nice time saver on the wedding day and also allows for a private moment between the bride and groom.

This image was captured by Kristen as Dana’s dad gave the bride away.

Dana’s gown was unique in that it was light gold/champagne in color instead of the typical white or ivory-it really sparkled. Dana was pretty much willing to do anything for a photograph, and Kristen’s favorite is this one of the couple in purple flowers on the side of the road-being willing to go off the beaten path results in wonderfully unique images.

Congratulations to Dana and Brad–I hope you enjoyed your Orlando honeymoon! I know they really enjoy Walt Disney World and working for the airlines, I hope you get a chance to take many more trips there over the course of a long, long marriage and happy life together!

Thanks so much for having Kristen Wynn Photography!

-Allison Wynn on behalf of Kristen Wynn Photography


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Rebecca Jeanne said: | May 29, 2012 - 04:05:39 |

Kristen, you did such a LOVELY job!!!! Gorgeous!!

Kimberly said: | May 29, 2012 - 04:05:58 |

These are stunning, each and every one of them. Kristen, your attention to detail is spot-on. Both of the images with the Father-of-the-bride brought tears to my eyes. I can feel the love and raw emotion. The bride’s gown is gorgeous. I love the images of the couple with the purple flowers and the last one needs to be on a magazine cover! Fantastic work Kristen!

Susan Harman said: | May 29, 2012 - 07:05:47 |

Kristen, you are amazing! Thank you for all your hard work spent photographing Dana and Brad’s wedding! We cannot express how much we appreciate the time and energy you put toward capturing their special day. Every image is so beautiful; it’s hard to pick a favorite. There are so many sweet moments that we were not even aware were photographed at the time.

We very much enjoyed working with you and greatly appreciate the kind words regarding the flowers.

We have received so many compliments from wedding guests on your work and professionalism. Again, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for going above and beyond anything we could have imagined! 🙂

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Thanks so much for a beautiful wedding, Princess and Joel. Many more photos to come. -Sincerely, Allison Wynn for Kristen Wynn Photography

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Here’s some additional images from Kristina and Josh’s November wedding! Please enjoy!

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There are times when you meet someone and you just know it is a really good match. I’m not talking about Kristina and Josh (although they are an excellent, excellent match!), I’m talking about me and Kristina. I truly love all of my couples and I love my job. And every once in awhile, a bride comes along that just really touches your heart. A Kristen Wynn Photography bride is joyful, excited, a planner, confident, and places a high priority on photography-she’ll put up with me when I say “Just one more image!”

Because sometimes that one last image is something I envisioned when we first talked details. I think this image of Kristina really shows the elegance, the classical qualities, and the majesty of her wedding day.

I don’t know how well Kristina slept the night before her wedding, but I could barely sleep a wink. I was so excited and nervous for her big day. We had phenomenal weather for early November in Pittsburgh-just beautiful.

I just adored working with her and Josh over this past year as she planned their wedding. Last summer, they had their engagement session at Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia, and they incorporated their images on their wine bottle guest book on the big day!

Before they met, Josh’s brother was training Kristina at work. He told Josh “You really should meet this new girl I’m training.” But the timing wasn’t right, and Josh never took him up on the offer to introduce them. Strangely enough, they happened to meet by chance on their own, and the rest is history!

Hairdressing: Geno Levi Salon
Ceremony Venue: Duquesne University Chapel
Floral Design: Harold’s Florist
Bridal Gown: Sottero and Midgley
Reception Venue: The Willow Room
Entertainment: DJ Rockin’ Bob’s
Cake: Cakes by Tammy

After the salon, we headed to Kristina’s childhood home (which is immaculate), where the ladies had their makeup done and dressed. Josh gave Kristina a gift-a second sparkly wedding band with a sweet card attached. Then it was off to the iconic Mellon Institute columns for photos, and it actually got so warm that the ladies didn’t need the fur stoles they had prepared.

Then we met up with the groom and groomsmen outside the Duquesne University Chapel; Duquesne is Josh’s alma mater. Josh’s two brothers served as his best men, and Kristina selected her sister and cousin as her attendants. It’s always nice when the bridal parties are intimate and made up of just family.

Josh is such a nice, earnest guy, very warm to everyone he meets. After the nuptial mass, we did photos on the grounds of Duquesne. It was windier than expected up on the bluff! Josh even gave in to Kristina’s request and picked her up for the last couple photos-happy wife, happy life, right?

One of the sweetest moments of the whole day was when Kristina’s dad gave a toast in her honor. You can tell how strong and close Kristina’s immediate family is, as her dad sweetly called Kristina “one of his three princesses.” (Kristina’s mom and sister Janelle are the other two!) Later, he surprised her during the father-daughter dance with a slideshow of photos through the years. It was very touching that a father thought to put such a finishing touch on the reception, and the last slide read “And they lived happily ever after…” which is the perfect ending to a story about his daughter, his princess, and her fairytale wedding to her prince.

I hope you two enjoyed your mini-moon at Nemicolin-I know Mexico will be fabulous this winter! It was an absolute honor to work for you, Josh and Kristina-I can only say thank you, thank you for selecting Kristen Wynn Photography.

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Kimberly Svenson said: | Nov 30, 2011 - 05:11:22 |

Stunning. Perfect. Gorgeous.

kimberly saylor said: | Nov 30, 2011 - 06:11:56 |

you looked beautiful Kristina. Congratulations. Great blog!

Libby Johnson said: | Nov 30, 2011 - 10:11:34 |

These are absolutely beautiful, Kristen! I love every last one of them, but my favorite is the third one down of the bride with her veil – stunning!

Jessica said: | Dec 2, 2011 - 11:12:00 |

What a beautiful bride, these are all so fantastic. Amazing work!

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I hope the true sentiments and emotion of the day come through in this slideshow featuring more images from Phillip and Shayla’s beautiful Pittsburgh wedding at Calvary United Methodist on the North Side and their reception in Mt. Lebanon at Holy Cross Banquet Hall. They are so sweet and fun!

Thank you, Phillip and Shayla, for really incorporating who you are into your big day. You make my job easy with your affection for each other! 🙂

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Anonymous said: | Aug 28, 2011 - 04:08:49 |

They look so in love!

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