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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Kristina has been so patient in waiting for her engagement portrait sneak peeks. It has been two weeks (although I showed her a quick image last weekend)! I do try to blog sessions in the order in which I photograph them out of fairness to all my couples, so Kristina and Josh’s images have been sitting here, complete, ready for blogging, and I’ve been dying to get to them-their image package has been taunting me on my desk. July is such a busy month in the world of weddings! Thanks so much for your patience, Kristina and Josh.

Kristina and Josh are getting married this fall and I’m just so excited for them. Kristina is honestly one of the prettiest girls I have ever met, ever. A few years ago, I saw her photo on a Christmas card, since our parents know each other through work, and I thought how gorgeous both Kristina and her sister are. So I was super excited when she emailed me to photographer her engagement portraits and wedding. I love photographing her even more because she is on the short side and so am I, so it is easier for me to photograph her at eye level! 🙂 (I love you tall brides too; I just use a little stepladder to get on your level and avoid shooting from down below).

We started planning out their session several months ago, and located a wonderful winery outside of Pittsburgh that was gracious enough to welcome us in for photos. We lingered after the session-I think we closed the place down!

It was hot and sunny when we arrived, but we were able to find some shade. The session wasn’t rushed at all, but leisurely, and Kristina and Josh are pros at modeling, barely needing any direction.

They’re not only at ease in front of the camera, but they are both SO, so nice. When a couple is good-looking, that’s great, but it is what is on the inside that counts and makes for a fun session. A great fit with each other, sweet personalities, and nice and polite (as well as willing to try any crazy poses I ask), well, I just couldn’t ask for better clients! That’s pretty much a photographer’s dream, nice people in love. They’re wine aficionados, so we incorporated that into their session with a few styled items.

I loved working with the two of you and the fall can’t come fast enough for your wedding! :)I can’t wait to go out and make more images together on your big day! Thanks so much for giving me the chance to capture these photographs for you two!

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