It was great to see Christina and Justin again – we did their wedding a few years ago and I finally got to meet their son. We did the session for his one year birthday and we actually got rained out two or three times before! When the day came the sun was so beautiful coming through the trees at Succop. It was so much fun getting to see them again!




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It was so great to see Heather and her family again! We have been seeing her family since Phillip was just a few weeks old. Can’t wait to see you guys at your next session and this time Phillip will be a big brother!




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It was so great to see Bethany and Patrick again. We actually did their wedding as one of our first weddings back in 2010. Since then, they’ve had two kids and Patrick has started up his own business. These kids were absolutely adorable and so well behaved. I told Bethany that her sweet kids are obviously a testament to her good parenting. Hope to see you again soon!




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In the strictest sense of the word, an elopement is where the couple runs off together and gets married and no one knows until it is over – think Vegas drive through chapels or 1943 before shipping off to war. But today, we think of elopement as a really small destination wedding or a wedding planned fairly fast with just immediate family – some people call those microweddings or intimate weddings.

This is what Sarah and Jay did. They had plans to get married in Jamaica in a destination wedding, but Covid was making that difficult and they were expecting! So there was a pivot in plans – they moved their trip to Jamaica up – so they could still go in plenty of time before baby and that became their honeymoon. They then made a plan to get married and plannd everything in under a month – keeping it fairly casual.

They showed up flash mob style at the Duquesne Incline for their ceremony and then did some photos on Mt. Washington before dinner at Monterey Bay in a private room on a Sunday night. There weren’t any bridesmaids or groomsmen, but there were smiles and a beautiful sunset and heartfelt toasts and delicious food. Then it was off to Jamaica for the couple! Congratulations on your wedding and congratulations on your growing family!

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We are so excited to be working with Clara and Robert on their wedding this June! These two both work in the mental health field and have an adorable dog. For their session, we did photos at Washington’s Landing and then headed to the Strip District and the North Shore.




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Have I sung the praises of a small bridal party to you yet? Emily and Will had 3 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen, 2 flowergirls and a ringbearer (Covid caused one of the groomsmen to have to be there in spirit only) – and gosh was that perfect.
Smaller bridal parties are more intimate and less hassle for you and we were able to create so many images in just an hour!
The day started at Emily and Will’s townhome in Cranberry and then we moved to the men at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cranberry. Then we all headed to church at St. Ferdinand’s in Cranberry.
I’ve been doing weddings for twelve years full time and I worked as an assistant before that (from 2004-2009), but in seventeen wedding seasons, I’d never been to the Stables at Conquenessing for a reception. It’s not a huge wedding venue and here in Pittsburgh, big weddings are the norm – but this venue can hold about 120-140 people and it’s very adorable, set next to a cool RV campground with so many photo spots. We were able to get a ton of locations within a block or two – a field, pine trees, a big hydrangea (thanks to the kind neighbor that let us use her yard), blue sky, woods, and a lake/pond. Next time, we will have to get that Kennywood-style paddle boat up and running!
The weather was 75 and just a smidge overcast and it doesn’t get better than that for a September wedding! What a gorgeous day and wonderful clients – makes my job a pleasure to do!

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!

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Vendors:
Invitation: Minted
Prep location: Private home and Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry
Gown Designer: Morilee Madeline Gardner
Bridal Salon: One Enchanted Evening
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Jewelry: Olive + Piper
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Snyder’s Flowers
Hair Stylist: Jamie Aversa
Make-Up Artist: Artistry by Emily
Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry
Transportation: Star Limousine
Guest Shuttle: A.J. Myers and Sons Inc.
Coordinator/Planner: Events by Emily
Ceremony venue: St. Ferdinand Catholic Church
Reception venue: The Stables at Connoquenessing
Cake: Costco
Catering: John Marshall Catering
Entertainment: Loyalty Entertainment
Rings: Orr’s Jewelers
Photo Booth: Loyalty Entertainment
Lighting: Loyalty Entertainment
Alterations: Judi Rexford
Welcome Party: Domenico’s Ristorante
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Allison and Chad have such an interesting engagement story. They’ve been together for nine years and have been engaged the entire pandy. Here’s how it went – the two of them are “winter” people and winter enthusiasts and they went out west to go skiing – this was around March 13th of 2020. They got in one day of winter activities and Chad proposed! They started hearing from the ski resort workers that everything would be shutting down – and therefore, they celebrated their engagement with Subway sandwiches (since sit down places were closed) and flew home. They started planning a roughly one year engagement – but Covid had other plans and they moved their February 2021 wedding to August of 2021. The colors and aesthetic they chose still worked for August and thankfully Allison didn’t have long sleeves on her dress since her wedding day was about 85 degrees!

Allison has given me the sweetest gifts and I have loved getting to know her and Chad – they actually met at a good friend’s wedding (at the after party they connected!) and soon it was long distance as Chad was living in Florida at the time. He moved up a few years later and these two even recently purchased a lake house, which is great because Chad is a boater AND his last name is Marine.
Speaking of last names, poor sweet Allison. Her maiden name is Virus (pronounced Veer-us) and she had to spend the entire last year hearing terrible dad jokes about the word Virus. I even have one to tell myself. Shortly after the pandemic started, I went on Instagram and saw “avirus” (her IG name) was following me. And this was in the early days of Covid so I thought someone was being funny. 😉

These two are just the sweetest and kindest go with the flow people. A few days before the wedding, the best man couldn’t make it. They lost their original church. And yet everything remained upbeat and fun and happy and the dance floor was packed all night. Allison is a Type A planner and, as someone said in their toast, Chad is “tell me what time to be there” – this is the perfect complement to each other. Planner Heather said, after listening to Allison’s speech, “when I grow up, I want to be her” and same, girl, same. We’re so fortunate to have been a part of this beautiful event.

Note to the couple:

­Allison and Chad, 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: Hello Beautiful Designs
Prep location: The Oaklander Hotel
Gown Designer: Jasmine Bridal
Bridal Salon: This Magic Moment Bridal Studio
Veil: This Magic Moment Bridal Studio
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair clip: Dareth Colburn
Earrings: Dareth Colburn
Bridesmaid Dresses: Macy’s
Men’s Formalwear: Top Hat Tuxedo
Florist: Gidas Flowers
Hair Stylist: Suzanne Holliman
Make-Up Artist: Allison Roth Studio
Hotel Accommodations: The Oaklander Hotel
Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation Inc.
Coordinator/Planner: Day of Pittsburgh
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: St. Mary of the Mount Church
Reception venue: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum
Cake: Signature Desserts
Catering: The Chef and I Catering
Entertainment: Fireside Events, LLC
Rings: Frost & Co.
Rentals: Mosaic Inc.
Lighting: Fireside Events, LLC
Alterations: Bridal Alterations Pittsburgh
Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Porch at Schenley
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography


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Allison & Chad said: | Dec 9, 2021 - 10:12:14 |

Thank you for this sweet recap and blog post of the day. We are forever grateful to you and the whole KWP team for capturing these moments and just being incredible people to work with!



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It was great to see Rachel and Greg again! We photographed their wedding and they have come back to see us through the years as their family has grown!




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Brandon is the younger brother of 2011 KWP Bride Ashley Q (and my very very good friend). He and Juli met at CalU seven years ago and on a hot day in August, they got married!
August 7th was the date and the 7th is an important wedding date for quite a few members of Brandon’s family. These two have been engaged since before the pandemic started and I was so glad to see their day go off without a hitch.

Juli’s dress weighed fifteen pounds, no exaggeration, and had 22 layers, but it was gorgeous. I’m loving my brides’ dresses this year – every bride is putting her own spin on it – Juli had these custom sleeves added and it gave the gown something extra. The day was very warm, almost 90 degrees, but the rain stayed away and we got to do some images in front of this old chicken coop on private property and everyone was a trooper throughout including the men who had on full tuxes in the heat! Oh and here’s a tip – for some reason, tulle dresses attract a lot of tiny bugs. This is just one of those things that happens with wedding gowns and I’m not sure why – it happened in Florida too. Little bugs are just drawn to it! If you’re a bride and this happens, don’t despair. They won’t be visible in photos and will fall out when you move to a new location or indoors – it isn’t worth it to try to pick them all out – just ignore them and they will eventually get tired of taking a ride on the dress and fly away!

They also went with a very popular color this year, shades of purple. This might be the color of 2021 the way blush pink was for 2016 or dusty blue was for 2019 and 2020.
Brandon and Juli are very active in their church and you can tell how many people they have in their corner supporting their marriage. The best man Ryan and Juli’s dad might have tied throughout the day for the most tears. You can tell everyone cares about them so much.

These two have a pup named Cooper together and spent their honeymoon in Jamaica! It was such a joy to work with them and their wonderful families.

Note to the couple:

­Juli and Brandon, 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:
Save the Date: MagnetStreet
Invitation: Shutterfly
Prep location: Hampton Inn & Suites Irwin
Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Perfume: Versace Yellow Diamond
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie (Regency)
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Bride made
Make-Up Artist: Alexis Vince Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Irwin
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Cinematographer: Penderville Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Bridge City Church
Reception venue: Antonelli Event Center
Cake: Walmart
Catering: Antonelli Event Center
Entertainment: Top of the Line Entertainment/Michael Moats
Rings: Etsy Pristine Custom Rings & Brielle Shop
Linens: Antonelli Event Center
Photo Booth: Antonelli Event Center
Shuttle: Antonelli Event Center
Favors: Mints
Lighting: Antonelli Event Center
Alterations: Sewing by Beteena
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Rodney’s Restaurant
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Megan and Michael had a beautiful day for their engagement session. Their October wedding will be on the blog soon!




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