Once upon a time, literally 12 years and 297 weddings ago, I used to be a teacher. And Betsy was in the 11th grade English class I student taught and she was always so sweet (and still is!) I just adore her and it was good to see Caitlin and Jimmy (2016 clients!) and Chelsea (also a student of mine back in 2008!)

We weren’t sure if this wedding would happen because COVID-19. Betsy and Ethan’s first date was down walking the Boston Bike Trail – and they’ve spent the entire year completely renovating their first home. It’s beautiful and Betsy moved in the night of the wedding! I loved her décor and their kitchen is a dream! Also, I have never seen such cute house numbers on the front of the house and I must now begin searching etsy for them (Allison said to me as we walked up “Oh you wish you had those huh?” and yes, I do!)

The wedding was not without challenges! The ceremony was able to be held this year with a casual at home party for the family while the big reception is postponed until next year, when it will hopefully be much safer to celebrate in a crowd of 200+! And of course, because it’s Pittsburgh, the rain came down just as the reception began!

But we were able to get some great photos in their new neighborhood, which makes the photos really special and sentimental to them. The suburbs are full of gems and we as photographers chase light, expression, pose, and emotion – in that order – and background is actually the last thing we focus on! Here’s a photographer’s secret – sometimes, what looks “blah” to the eye looks great in photos. And sometimes, a gorgeous scene in front of you doesn’t translate well photographically (due to dynamic range, dappled light, positioning, etc). We were able to use their neighbor’s yard and get tons of fun photos.

We will be celebrating with you next year – but until then, enjoy your time as newlyweds and your road-tripping minimoon!

Note to the couple:
Betsy and Ethan, 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: Basic Invite
Prep location: Private homes
Bridal Salon: David’s Bridal
Other Bridal Accessories: USA Bride by Dareth Colburn
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Valotta’s Tuxedo
Florist: Jim’s Floral Shop
Hair Stylist: Bella Hair Salon
Make-Up Artist: Studio H by Haley Joy
Cinematographer: All Pro USA
Ceremony venue: St. Michael Parish
Reception venue: Private Home
Cake: R-Place Restaurant
Catering: R-Place Restaurant
Rings: Jab Jewelry Designs
Tent: Family Tent Rental
Favors: Pens
Alterations: Family Friend
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Youghiogheny Country Club
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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We’re baaaaaaaaacckkkkkk! We went 126 days without photographing a wedding because of COVID-19. We still don’t know what the entire wedding season will look like, but Jenna and Donnie kicked things off with a scaled down event (guest list scaled down, not their joy!)

I know there are many ways to handle this pandemic and weddings – some people are doing a split plan, getting married now and the reception next year. Some are going full force this year. Some are postponing everything. Some are moving venues. Jenna and Donnie decided to just scale down their guest list to about 25 people and get married at their church, then had a beautiful tented reception in Jenna’s parents’ yard.

These two used to date back in middle school and then reconnected in November! They got engaged after just a few months of dating (because when you know, you know, and they’ve known each other their entire lives!)

These two are both teachers, so summer break was a great time to get married. They both got ready in their church and then we did photos around downtown Freeport – I love finding cool new spots to photograph. Sometimes, parks aren’t your best bet – sometimes it’s neat walls and alleyways!

These two had yard games and they bravely had their cake brought out the yard to cut. They also drove off in style in Donnie’s grandpa’s convertible – the same one they took to prom many years ago!

Note to the couple:
Jenna and Donnie, 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: Homemade
Prep location: Grace Community Presbyterian Church
Shoes: J. Renee
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair Stylist: Family Friend
Make-Up Artist: Family Friend
Transportation: Grandfather’s vintage car
Ceremony venue: Grace Community Presbyterian Church
Reception venue: Private home
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: The Chef and I Catering
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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We already know that, when it comes to COVID, outside is better! You can check out my whole post here on outdoor venues. 

2020 and 2021 will see more clients pivoting to backyard or at least outdoor weddings and receptions. I wanted to lay out some tips having done many backyard weddings and outdoor weddings over the past few months! 

Here’s some links to some private property/backyard weddings we’ve done before:
Maria and Jason
Tina and Joe 

1. Consider the weather!

Pittsburgh weather has been gorgeous this summer – but it typically rains a ton. So any plan you come up with – assume it will rain sideways. Get a tent (this is a good idea no matter the weather – people will want shade!) Also have available sides for the tent that can be installed/rolled down just in case. Have the tent installed several days in advance to make sure the ground under the tent stays dry (unless you are also doing flooring)

Do I really really need the tent? YES. Reserve it well in advance for popular dates – during COVID, tent rentals are flying off the shelves!

Because I’ve done lots of tent weddings, I would also give the advice to have the tent much much larger than you need due to weather – when it rains, people will naturally want to move their chairs away from the edge. The same goes for bright sun!

You’ll also need to rent heaters if your wedding is after mid-September. How late in the season can you have an outdoor wedding? It depends on the ability to heat the space, how late in the evening the wedding is, etc. The average high and low in Pittsburgh in November is 51 degrees for the high and 37 for the low. How early in the wedding season can you have an outdoor wedding? In April, the average daytime high is 61 and the average low is 41. Historically, I have said October 17th or so is the last safe outdoor weekend – but with COVID, I realize adjustments have to be made and with professionals, you can heat a space until mid-November. (Obviously still encourage good airflow)

When I was in Denmark in January, their outdoor heaters and big fluffy blankets for use in outdoor seating at restaurants was really cool to me – they had furs on the back of the chairs. It really made me stop and think about why we don’t do that here in the US – eat outside year round!

And speaking of good airflow, you will want fans. Air conditioning is also very welcome in the summer months – a quick Google search tells me a 40×60′ tent would cost $2400-3600 for air conditioning. This will be more important if there is no alternate source of A/C such as a cocktail hour space indoors.

Additionally, discuss with your tent rental company what may happen in high winds or lightning – I’ve seen a tent partially collapse before in some Florida winds!

In order to get guests to and from the areas on the property and possibly during an outdoor uncovered ceremony, you can buy umbrellas here on Amazon or here or at Ikea – Ikea in-store often has the best prices!

Also, decide how much indoor interaction you are comfortable with – do you want people going into your home if they’re hot/cold? Are you going to serve the buffet in there? Or for safety’s sake, do you want to keep everyone outside as much as possible?

2. Consider all your costs.

With a tented backyard wedding, you will need to rent everything from a dance floor to possibly a tent floor to linens, tables, chairs, glassware (some people say buying Ikea glassware is cheaper than renting!), silverware, plates, bartending/appetizer/buffet tables, and restroom trailers (yes, they are a thing – they are not port-a-johns – and they are awesome; it is recommended to have one stall per every 35 guests).

Can you run enough electric to the tent (safely) or are you going to need large generators?

Also, you may have costs to prepare the yard – to make it more attractive – freshening up the mulch beds, hanging string lights, prepping the fire pit. You need to think about lighting – it can get very dark on private property in the evening and you want to avoid anyone tripping and falling!

Another cost would be a day-of-coordinator and a set up team as well as staff to clean up and bus tables. When an event is outdoor, it cannot be as easily set up the night before – table cloths may blow away. Set up is done closer to the start of the reception in some cases and items can’t typically be left outside. So you will want to hire someone to do the set up. And if you have your heart set on detail shots, work with your photographer and consider adding a cocktail hour tent/area while roping off the main event tent to keep details pristine.

I have one more cost many don’t think of but could be necessary – you may need to have a pest company come out and spray for bugs! I once did a lovely sunset ceremony and as soon as the sun dipped just below the horizon in the field, you heard people slapping their arms and saw them jumping up from their chairs – the mosquitoes immediately came out and started biting! So provide bug spray and have the field bug bombed before the big day, especially if your home is on the water.

You also have to consider your catering – will they be able to set up a makeshift kitchen on the property? Will you have bartenders, who will bring the ice? (Note: It shouldn’t be you, your fiancee, any member of the wedding party, or your parents making ice runs that morning while trying to get ready!)

3. Consider your neighbors.

If you’re in a regular suburb, make sure to check in with them and let them know of your plans. Check in with the borough or township as well. Arrange parking (a nearby empty field? A church?) and get the necessary permits. Check on noise restrictions as well – what time does the music have to be off? Can we use the neighbors’ yards for photos if yours is full with the tent and wedding items?

Be realistic about how many people your yard can hold comfortably – I have a typical suburban backyard and I’d say here, 25 max if I wanted to allow good space for social distancing! Most tent rental companies will come out and guide you on what they can do for you – have them do a site visit consultation.

You might want to invite the neighbors over if you have the guest space!

4. Consider your personalities and those of your guests and close family!

Is your fiance(e) always roasting and sweating? Is your bride to be miserable when it gets cold? Are your guests huge air conditioning dwellers or do you guys love camping and hiking? Make sure you can roll with the punches and that this wedding lines up with your style! You might want to consider your fashion/beauty choices too – keep your dress light and your hair up if it’s going to be hot!

You can really lean into the outdoor wedding idea and serve barbecue or have a seafood boil as dinner!

Make sure your property is accessible for all guests, including those with mobility challenges. A tent at the bottom of a big hill that gets tons of runoff when it rains is going to be a tough situation for many guests! And also securely cover and separate any pools or water features if you have little ones that may wander during the wedding.

5. Bonus Tip: Save the dances for the twilight – have an evening summer wedding!

If your wedding is in the summer or on a sunny day and you’ve spent some money on lights and lighting, you may wish to wait on your dances and toasts until the sun is going down if you want the lights to really appear in the photos. Tent weddings can sometimes have challenges for photography – say the sun is shining in one stripe right along the middle of the dance floor, for example – you might want to wait until the light is more even and all guests can comfortably see the dance without squinting! Also, more guests tend to dance when it is dark outside versus broad daylight – they feel more comfortable getting down when they’re less visible!

What if your backyard doesn’t quite fit the bill? I know mine doesn’t, so I started looking at some big rental houses! Want to rent a big old house for a destination wedding, bachelorette party, shower, or a friends’ trip? I put together a list of rental homes in western PA that might work perfectly for events! If you book from the AirBnB link here, I get a few dollars, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra!

It’s important to always ask the home owner if they allow events such as weddings to be held (some list it right in their AirBnb description that they allow it for a small extra fee) and ask what their policy is on large gatherings! Also, check out nearby AirBnb’s and hotels for other guests if you all don’t want to share one big place all weekend!

Harris House in Randall Reserve – Stahlstown, PA (near Donegal) 

My Whole List of AirBnb’s for Events that I have found through Googling and seeing previous weddings there as well as a place we just stayed in last week (Tidoute log cabin with hot tub right on the river, about two hours from Pittsburgh!)

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It was great to see Rachel, Greg and the family again! They’ve added another baby since we’ve seen them last. We chose to do their session at home since we’ve all been spending so much time at home this quarantine. Great to see you all again!




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It was great to meet up with Erin and Michaeljohn for their engagement session! These two got engaged in December and are planning a big celebration for 2021. They opted for a small, backyard ceremony on their original date in July – and those photos are coming soon! Erin and Michaeljohn like eating tacos, drinking wine and sharing a good conversation.




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It’s 2020 and Hawaii is definitely out for a honeymoon destination – they’re stricter than strict on the quarantine. Europe will have to wait – au revoir, France! I don’t think even our neighbors to the north are letting us in, eh Canada? Some places like Antigua and St. Lucia and Croatia ARE, as of this writing, letting in US Citizens, but you have to have a negative COVID test and quarantine before and after and it’s just a lot right now – so most people are sticking closer to home including yours truly!  It doesn’t look like I will hit my goal of going to all 7 continents by next year – I was on track, but Antarctica shall have to wait. Of course, for a honeymoon, you can always do Myrtle Beach or OBX (Kill Devil Hills is my favorite, especially off-season as school goes back!) or Virginia Beach – I just wanted to highlight a few places that might be closer or under the radar or different and let you avoid hotspots!

This year, with COVID-19, we all have to find safer ways to travel. The silver lining is that I’m discovering more places close to home to do little short getaways! My couples and my social media followers suggested some great places nearby to honeymoon or minimoon (that’s a short trip you take right after the wedding) or anniversary trip – no flights needed! Note: Some of these links are sponsored/I’m an associate and I get paid if you book through them. Full disclosure! https://www.airbnb.com/associates/52556?c=.pi115.pk0_11&a4ptk=11681_0_11_52556&af=115&s=67&unique_share_id=1654bdd9-58d2-46f4-98af-b7f2aa6bd848

 

I can’t vouch for all of these, but I wanted to throw out a few ideas I love and have been dreaming about myself. As always, travel safely and follow all local rules. If any of these places should pop up on a hot spot list, either allow time for quarantining when you return or switch locations – that’s the beauty of 2020, being flexible and last minute with plans. Plan on eating outside or getting takeout for the most part and stay socially distanced while wearing your mask. For a planner like me, it’s definitely hard to embrace this new normal, but letting go of perfection and just living in the moment has been a big coronavirus lesson for me.

In a way, COVID is bringing back some old school traditions – when my parents got married in 1979, it was a pretty big deal to take a honeymoon you had to fly to! Almost no one took 3 weeks in Southeast Asia or did Bali or Fiji. I’ve heard a lot of trips to Virginia Beach or a motel with a AAA discount or a road trip to the national parks and sleeping a few nights in the car. This is a return to a simpler time – take the time to ask your parents and grandparents about their honeymoons – I love hearing the stories!

I’m peppering this post with photos of my travels over the past few years, home and abroad!

1. Getaway House – if you use my link to book, I get $25 off my next trip!

I’m pretty much obsessed with these tiny houses. The founder was on Shark Tank a few years back and they’ve exploded in popularity! This is camping light – basically glamping. It’s pet friendly. I’ve been here a few times – it’s just an hour from the North Hills of Pittsburgh! It’s fun to play hipster in the woods, the location is great for Instagram, and the socially distancing is A+. I’ll be honest – you either LOVE it here and can’t wait to come back and wish you could own a tiny house, or you are very “ehhhh it was fine” – I find it delightful!

If the tiny cabin is rocking, don’t come a-knocking is what they say. Actually, wait, no one says that except me and that’s just me being silly and immature, but it is amazing to fall asleep next to the giant window and look out and see stars.

When I went to Denmark in early 2020, we stayed at this adorable little house from the 1700’s that had survived the great Copenhagen fire. We scored this rental on AirBnb.

2. Presque Isle

How far do you think Erie is from Pittsburgh? In my head, I always thought it was 4 hours. It’s actually 2! I JUST went to Presque Isle State Park last weekend after living in PA about 30 out of 35 years – it was really nice! There are dog friendly beaches. It’s a fun getaway! We stayed at Fairfield Inn at Millcreek Mall – it’s also pet-friendly and friendly on the wallet and they had great COVID procedures. While you’re up there, you can try Tim Horton’s – a Canadian tradition, although my sister didn’t think their caramel iced coffee was very good! We found Beach 6 good for swimming and for the dog, but it got crowded – Beach 11, WAY in the back, was prettier, rockier, and empty. There are some lovely AirBnb’s up there, you can rent bikes and boats – it seemed to be a great, relaxing time!  Note: I am an AirBnb Associate and earn money if you book through our link!

3. Put-in-Bay and Geneva-on-the-Lake

Admittedly, I know nothing about these two spots, but they’re mentioned all the time! Here’s a cute place I found near the ferry to Put-in-Bay on AirBnb! Here’s a spot at Geneva-on-the-Lake too! My friend Charlene goes up to Geneva-on-the-Lake to camp every fall, but this year, she was able to squeeze in a trip during peak season when everything was open.

4. The Resorts – Omni Bedford Springs or Nemacolin

I’ve also never been to either of these resorts, but on stressful days, I’ve dreamed about them and the spa! (Also, does anyone remember the episode of the Bachelor where they went to Nemacolin and did dog sledding and then of course, it was bowchickabowwow hot tub time? Ahhhh trash TV) I’ve had several friends go to Omni Bedford Springs for their babymoons!

Update: The new season of the Bachelor is now filming at Nemacolin, so they’re not taking reservations for fall 2020 – Bedford Springs is your best bet!

5. Hocking Hills or Ohiopyle or the Laurel Highlands

Fall is going to be here soon and it’s going to be gorgeous.

Have you ever tried skiing? If your getaway is this winter, maybe try Seven Springs for skiing in the Laurel Highlands! I love snowskiing and have gone since I was ten years old (thanks, middle school ski club) – it can be fun to hit the slopes. A few years ago, we rented a condo for Allison’s 30th birthday and that was tons of fun for all her friends for a weekend.

Here’s a cool Hocking Hills Treehouse – Hocking Hills accomodations seem fun – lots of old shipping containers and creative stays! And you know I love tiny houses!

6. Breweries and BnB’s and Wineries – Road Tripping

I hear Columbus has a great zoo. I didn’t take this photo in a zoo – but tell me that young hyenas aren’t actually kind of cute?!

One of my June brides, Betsy, did a little exploration of some wineries and went to a BnB that she and her husband had gone to before! I think familiarity is a good thing at this time! If you (or your partner!) is a beer drinker, then Columbus opened up a hotel that’s literally inside a brewery and I understand that they have a shower beer fridge. Columbus is a short drive and they have a great science center and zoo! My friend Charlene also told me they have those fun scooter rentals – you can scoot around town, preferably before you go to the brewery!

Update: I JUST went to Brewdog Doghouse hotel in Columbus in mid-September and it was AMAZING! I don’t even drink beer and we had an amazing time – very relaxing. If you (or your partner) loves craft beer, this is the place to go! Just three hours away, 20 minutes outside Columbus, lots of outdoor seating and good COVID policies. We got the shower beer package AND the in-room draft!

Again, fall is just around the corner and you could also do a safe and socially distanced road trip through New England. Vermont’s “peak leaf” is supposed to be around October 3rd-10th this year.  Kristen, isn’t New England far to road trip? When I was in 3rd grade, we took a road trip to visit my cousins in Massachusetts and we had 8 people in a 7 passenger van and I had to sit on an Igloo cooler for 12 hours on the ride home with a plant my mom bought in front of me and also, 1993 was a different time. So yeah, my answer is, road tripping to New England is fine. Just don’t sit on a cooler without a seatbelt.  Also, when I went to Massachusetts, I slept on my aunt’s gameroom floor in a sleeping bag – but YOU can stay here in this gorgeous inn in the Berkshires – the owners’ photos make me want to paint my own bathroom at home a very dark gray or black or forest green!

7. “On Top of Old Smokey…” Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, Tennessee

“On top of spaghetti
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball
When somebody sneezed. “

Do you guys remember singing that nonsense in elementary school? No, just me? Okay, well, let’s not talk about sneezes because – let’s just not.

The National Parks are some of the United States’ finest treasures and this one is close enough to drive to! Also, you guys might notice, I love filtering AirBnb’s by “hot tub” status and I can’t decide if that makes me weird. I am totally the person who would go in that champagne hot tub I saw in the Poconos on Married at First Sight and why yes, I DO have a new show to binge-watch during quarantine, thanks very much. Here’s a place in Gatlinburg! Also, here’s a platform tent for glamping ala Girl Scout Camp in 1996 – this is adorable!

8. Mackinac Island (pronounced Mack-in-naw I believe)

When I was in maybe 5th grade, I was still going to soccer, rather reluctantly. I remember this girl on our team, her family vacationed every summer to Mackinac Island. She always told me how it was amazing – there were no cars and you had to take horses and bikes around. I never heard of such a place but it seemed so cool to 10-year-old me. I’m 35 now and yeah, it still seems amazing and now I have the internet and can look up this island – it seems to be such a cool spot. One of our July brides honeymooned here and I was loving her Instagram stories – it’s now a goal of mine to stay at and photograph a wedding at the Grand Hotel on the island!


  
Wherever you roam this year and next, stay safe and healthy, mask up, wash those hands, and enjoy every minute!




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It’s July 19th, 2020 – so we as a nation are a little more than 4 months into this crisis/shutdown, and as a world – COVID probably has existed for what we think is about eight months, maybe longer if you use data from search engines searches last fall in the Hubei province. Either way, it almost seems like we don’t know much more than when this first started – but in many ways, we do! We are learning every day how to stay safer and live with this virus.

I haven’t blogged about COVID because the regulations and rules are rapidly changing as we learn more about the virus. Gathering sizes change weekly. It’s a fluid situation and I’m no epidemiologist, just a pretty opinionated (about weddings!) Pittsburgh wedding photographer.

It’s fairly clear now that the virus does not spread as much outdoors when six feet of distance is maintained and masks are used (when six feet of distance cannot be maintained). It does spread more rapidly indoors, especially in areas where there is low ventilation, few windows, HVAC is used, and masks come off (for eating and drinking) – hence the risk of eating inside a restaurant right now.

Therefore, many clients wishing to proceed with their weddings in some form this summer/fall (July, August, September, October – after that, it gets pretty cold!) are looking into outdoor solutions, as at the time of this writing, gathering limits are 25 indoors in the state of Pennsylvania (with the caveat that some venues may fall under a rule that allows them to do 25% of fire capacity rather than 25 guests – this is debatable), 50 outdoors in Allegheny County, and 250 outdoors in other counties in western Pennsylvania. This rule remains until lifted – so there’s no telling how long this will be in effect, but I would guess through the summer at the minimum.

This can change at any time, but if you are looking for outdoor/tented reception spaces, my list is below as a resource.

I have tons of thoughts and tips and even some concerns about tented/backyard events – but those can wait for a future blog post or video!

My ultimate advice is: if you decide to switch to an outdoor event, it is safer than proceeding indoors. However, distancing, masks, and all other safety rules should be followed, you should think very carefully about your inclement weather plan as Pittsburgh is not ideal for outdoor events (cold, heat, wind, rain), and I wouldn’t necessarily move venues with the thought that you will be able to have 150+. Some downsizing of your event may still occur due to tent space limits and new restrictions, so if having a large number of guests is extremely important to you, you might want to postpone. Additionally, you likely selected your original venue for a reason, and those reasons may make you want to wait and continue to see the rules in effect.

Aviary
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2016/08/yanting-and-nick-wedding-ceremony-at-st-pauls-cathedral-in-oakland-reception-at-the-national-aviary-garden-tent-pittsburgh-pennsylvania.html

Phipps
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2013/07/kristin-and-brian-married-heinz-chapel-wedding-ceremony-and-phipps-conservatory-reception.html


Armstrong Farms Westminster Property – and they might be able to work something out at Fieldstone property as well
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2015/11/kate-and-jeff-wedding-ceremony-and-reception-at-armstrong-farms-westminster-preserve.html

Bella Sera – outdoor tent
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2016/09/lindsey-and-jack-married-wedding-ceremony-at-epiphany-catholic-church-in-pittsburgh-and-reception-at-bella-sera-in-canonsburg.html

Gathering Place at Darlington Lake
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2016/10/kristen-and-chuck-are-married-the-gathering-place-at-darlington.html
http://www.customportraitsbycharlene.com/blog/kristen-chuck-gathering-place-at-darlington-lake-wedding-photography/

Springwood
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2014/09/jennifer-and-david-wedding-ceremony-and-reception-at-springwood-in-verona.html

Succop
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2017/08/jamie-and-cody-mcclellands-wedding-succop-conservancy.html

Sewickley Heights Golf Club (already tented for cocktail hour, may need to go bigger)
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2019/01/maddison-and-jonah-ceremony-and-reception-at-sewickley-heights-golf-club.html
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2017/08/katie-and-ben-wedding-sewickley-heights-golf-club.html

Another option is to ask your existing venue if they can place a tent on the property.

Private home/yard – possibly the best option for many people in terms of regulations. Family Tent Rental, Windswept, All Occasions Party Rental, and Taylor Rental all rent tents in the Pittsburgh area.
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2013/11/maria-and-jason-married-peters-creek-prebsyterian-church-ceremony-and-private-home-reception.html

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts – I’m not sure they are still doing weddings, large tented space on back
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2015/12/rachel-and-greg-married-wedding-ceremony-at-first-unitarian-church-of-pittsburgh-and-reception-at-pittsburgh-center-for-the-arts.html

Pittsburgh Zoo Tent
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2012/06/kathryn-and-brandon-married-first-free-evangelical-church-and-pittsburgh-zoo-wedding.html

Public Park such as Riverview Chapel Shelter (I’ve seen this tented) as well as North Park
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2018/08/lisa-and-nate-ceremony-and-reception-at-riverview-park-chapel-shelter.html

White Barn – I hear they may now have a tent available.
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2015/08/kayla-and-jeremy-married-wedding-ceremony-and-reception-at-the-white-barn-in-prospect-pennsylvania.html
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2015/10/bekah-and-connor-married-wedding-ceremony-and-reception-at-the-white-barn-in-prospect-pennsylvania.html


Hotel Monaco Rooftop – smaller gatherings
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2017/11/katie-and-gabe-ceremony-at-st-pauls-cathedral-and-reception-at-hotel-monaco.html

I can’t vouch for the outdoor options at the following venues, but have heard there are outdoor options at these sites from my couples and fellow vendors:
Rustic Acres (JPC Event Group)
Aspinwall Riverfront (JPC Event Group)
Hartwood Acres – tent and glass pavilion
Valley Brook Golf Club – under the portico – https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2017/09/sarah-and-lou-ceremony-at-st-bernards-and-reception-at-valleybrook-country-club.html
The Atrium – https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2015/08/shelby-and-stephen-married-wedding-ceremony-and-reception-at-the-atrium-in-butler-pennsylvania.html
Grand Estate at Hidden Acres
Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens
Gardens of Stonebridge (JPC Event Group)
AirBnB but allows for events – must check with owners first
Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe – https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2020/01/jocelyn-and-dan-ceremony-and-reception-at-hilton-garden-inn-pittsburgh-southpointe.html
https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2019/07/laura-and-jason-ceremony-and-reception-at-hilton-garden-inn-pittsburgh-southpointe.html
Greendance Winery – Mt. Pleasant, PA – Westmoreland County
Butler Country Club – I believe they may now have a tent. https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2018/01/morgan-and-eric-ceremony-at-first-united-methodist-church-and-reception-at-butler-country-club.html
Grand Estate at Hidden Acres
Holy Trinity Center in the McCandless area (currently has a tent installed outside) – https://www.kristenwynnphotography.com/2018/12/maria-and-graham-ceremony-at-st-teresa-of-avila-roman-catholic-parish-and-reception-at-the-grand-room-of-holy-trinity-center.html

I hope this helps some of you on your search!




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Bridget and Rory were married on Valentine´s weekend this year on a blustery cold but sunshine-y day. These two met on a dating app – Bridget gave Rory a card that said ¨So glad I swiped right¨ as part of his wedding present. It was a great wedding present because it also featured cufflinks, socks (Mr. Rogers socks!), a bow tie and a chocolate cake flown in from Chicago. These two got engaged following a YoYoMa concert in Chicago.

Bridget´s veil came from her grandmother´s wedding in 1939 and even featured a headpiece that was vintage that you simply just don´t see anymore! Bridget´s sister had worn this veil previously as well.

Bridget brought in a lot of vintage touches for the wedding day. A great option for the ladies was using Rent the Runway for bridesmaid dresses – they rented them once in December for trying on and then were able to rent the exact size they needed in February for the wedding.

For dessert, rather than cake – these two served up mini pies, the Pittsburgh cookie table, and some delicious popsicles they brought with them all the way from Chicago where they make their home now!

Note to the couple:
Bridget and Rory, 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: AC Hotel by Marriott
Gown Designer: Sottero and Midgley
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Veil: family heirloom
Earrings: Etsy/tiachia
Purse: Etsy/tiachia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Rent the Runway/Badgley Mischka
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A Bank
Florist: Blumengarten Florist
Hair Stylist: Hair by Bri
Make-Up Artist: Allison Renock Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: AC Hotel by Marriott
Transportation: Ace Vintage Bus (Antique Coach Excursions)
Ceremony venue: St. Bernard Church
Reception venue: Heinz History Center
Pies: Signature Desserts and Prohibition Pastries
Catering: Common Plea Catering
Entertainment: J Helbig No Cheese Boutique DJ & MC
Engagement Ring: family engagement ring
Wedding Bands: New York Jewelers (Chicago) and Etsy
Linens: Mosaic Inc.
Photo Booth: Action Inc.
Favors: Pretty Cool Ice Cream mini popsicles
Alterations: Bridesmaid´s mom
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Bados Pizza Grille and Ale House
Programs: Paper Chaser
Table numbers: Etsy/JonNi Paper Goods
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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We met up with Kaci and JC and their little one on a windy day in late fall! These two are engaged and mom and dad came along to help out with their baby – we combined a family session and engagement session together! Thanks so much you two!

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I loved getting to know this sweet little family for their daughter’s third birthday. They’re new in town and we hope they are loving Pittsburgh! Welcome home!




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