For years, I’ve been struggling to explain cropping. We are all familiar with the common frame sizes of 5×7″, 8×10″, and 11×14″. (As an aside – I can’t tell you how many people think 11×14″ is HUGE when in actuality, an 11×14″ is typically the smallest size that should be placed on a wall unless part of a grouping. 5×7″ and 8×10″ prints are actually historically known as “desk prints.” But I digress!)

But these common frame sizes don’t line up to the way our current cameras actually produce an image and the way I typically deliver most wedding and portrait images (from time to time, I will deliver a long and thin panorama, for example, but this is rare and a stylistic choice). Think about ratios from school – my cameras shoot in a 3:2 ratio. So if you don’t want ANY of your digital file cropped for a print (canvas is a different story due to the wrapping of the edges), you should choose a print in the 3:2 ratio. This would be, for example, a 6×4, although in photography, we usually use the smaller number first regardless of which way we are holding the print, portrait or landscape.

The sizes of prints with NO cropping would be: 2×3″, 4×6″, 8×12″, 12×18″, 16×24″ and 20×30″.  When you are ordering images from our online gallery, if you have a group of people or important things towards the edge of the frame, order one of these sizes – just leave it in the notes for me! If not, I will choose the best crop for you.

8×10″ prints are a 4:5 ratio and really more of a square than a typical digital photo ratio. This makes it fairly difficult to accommodate a large family group in this size, for example, even though we try to leave as much room for cropping as possible.

Then what to do? In general, I recommend ordering an 8×12″ print instead. In fact, if I see that a client has ordered an 8×10″ print through our gallery that will result in bodies or faces being cropped, I typically upgrade people to 8×12″ prints free of charge.

But where do you get frames for 8×12″ prints?

Another great way to do it is to buy an 11×14″ frame but use this mat cut to 8×12″ size, like this one from Michael’s:

https://www.michaels.com/studio-decor-pre-cut-single-mat-8in-x-12in/M10131835.html

But what if you really, really want to use an 8×10″ frame you already have? In that case, let me know and I can sometimes extend the background in Photoshop to make it work (Photoshop charges may apply)!

Here’s an example of a reception family groupings as originally photographed and as it would print as an 8×12″ print:

Here’s an example of the crop if you selected an 8×10″ print – you can see we are cutting off the shoulders and faces of those on the ends:

And lastly, the background being extended via Photoshop so that the client could use an 8×10″ frame they had specially selected:

I’m attaching our cropping guide below to further illustrate the differences in sizes. Happy cropping and printing!

 




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Recently, I was in an establishment (getting my eyebrows tamed) and as I was leaving, an employee stopped me to tell me she overheard that I was a wedding photographer. As I was getting my brows done, I had been chatting with the stylist – and the stylist knew I was widowed suddenly when I was 27 and married just three years.

The employee asked for my best pieces of wedding advice as her son was getting married soon. I’m all about the wedding advice when it’s solicited – I love to give my opinion (don’t we all?) on all practical matters including timeline, logistics, etc. I even have a 90 page guide that I give to my booked clients.

But the employee was also asking for my best advice given my situation, as a young widow. And that’s some heavy, weighty stuff that I don’t bring up in consults or in my wedding guide – because it isn’t based on best practices in photography reasoning or rooted in my experiences shooting 250+ weddings.

It’s rooted in just one wedding, mine, and it’s deeply personal.  Is the advice valuable to all brides and grooms, 99.999% of whom will not be widowed at a young age, fortunately? I think it is. So these are the 3 quick thoughts I gave that employee.

These are lessons learned and things I am so glad I did on my wedding day. My experience as a young widow influences how I photograph a wedding, just as some of my photographer friends who are parents themselves have that naturally influence their coverage on a wedding day in terms of photos. (That’s not to say we all won’t tailor our coverage – I absolutely do listen to what elements are important to you – but this is the natural way my coverage gravitates – to the bride and groom (or bride and bride or groom and groom) together as more important than anything else)

I think the couple themselves, together, to be the most important thing – more important than superstitions (can’t see the bride before the ceremony), more important than fun dancing with friends, more important than bridal party shenanigans, more important than the ceremony, more important than shots of shoes and rings and flowers and the “look” of the day, more important than the guests, more important than other family. (I like and love all of these things too, but the couple together are #1 for me)

So given my background, here’s some advice that’s not photographically related for your big day:

1. Let NOTHING bother you.

When I was in high school, I had a white prom dress. (Stop me if you’ve heard this story before because I tell it a lot and it’s in my advice booklet). I got mud on my white prom dress because it’s Pittsburgh and rains all the time and the ground is always wet. I was upset about it because I was a kid and not adept at handling my emotions well. I remember snapping at someone instead of letting it roll off my shoulders. I have felt bad about this incident for FIFTEEN years. And worse? Others still remember it and have brought it up to me from time to time. Ugh, shame. One of the worst emotions to have. So remember others will remember how you act and treat them on this special day. And they’ll probably bring it up for the next 30 years. No pressure or anything. 😉

So when it came time to get married, I remembered that rainy May day in 2003. I told myself over and over again “the dress is going to get dirty/the dress is going to get dirty” – it’s hard if you are a perfectionist. Prepare a little kit to get stains out, but for the most part, just accept it will be dirty and just aim for “not totally filthy.”

I told myself that no matter WHAT happened on my wedding day, I would not let it bother me. Play the part of an actress if you have to and fake it til you make it to change your mindset.

I can think of little things my brides and grooms have told me happened over the years: they forgot to wear lipstick, the limo broke down, it poured sideways, the dress ripped, the dress got stained, a fire alarm went off and the entire venue had to be evacuated, a relative says something unkind/weird, etc. On my own wedding day, I remember lots of little snafus – a few guests that didn’t make it, a parking lot that wasn’t open even though we had made arrangements, lighting that burnt out, drinks that weren’t as strong as they should be, black icing on my white dress – lots of teensy, tiny little things that despite my proper preparation – things go wrong.

These things happen – play the part of a gracious hostess and let it roll off your back. Don’t let others bring you down! It’s going to be impossible to act perfectly all day, but try not to be too upset – let your joy shine through! Because people will bring it up to you years and years later – they will only remember your emotions and not the dress you wore, the food, etc.

Years after I got married, my videographer told me he remembered how I just smiled all day long. And I really truly felt that in my heart. My cake baker mentioned she thought we were a special couple and she could really tell the love we had for each other.

2. Be NICE to each other that day and all the days. Give in to the one who wants something and not the absence of something.

When I got married, I was already in the wedding industry as a photography assistant for five years – I had probably already been to 100 weddings. Therefore, I really made our wedding about what my husband wanted – because I didn’t really have too many strong opinions on the aesthetic of things since this is what I do for a career and I see a lot of weddings.

My late husband really loved the Steelers, and Heinz Field seemed fine to me as a more casual fan – so we had it there. Some people really dislike the idea of a black and gold wedding, but I was totally fine with it – so that’s what we had. Guys, it is so much fun to see your partner LOVING certain things you made happen for the big day. I remember calling my late husband to tell him that I got the venue we wanted!

I’m not saying big surprises or expecting a big reaction – but knowing you did this all for them – it’s really cool.

Let them get the tux they want, even if it’s not a perfect match to the wedding day you envisioned. (I recently had a groom with a camo tie – and the bride was 100% good with it and they looked great together!)

Go to Hawaii (or whatever other dream location you are thinking about) for the honeymoon if you can swing it. My husband and I were on a tight budget and we were talking about honeymoons one night. We both said, on the count of 3, that “Hawaii” would be our dream if money was no object. A few days later, I went and found a way to do it economically. We decided to do it and I put the money down one Monday. The very next day, he said “I’ve been thinking maybe we shouldn’t…”

I blurted out “I put the money down” – he immediately said “Good. Good – no that’s perfect, so we don’t waffle or change our minds.” You always think you’ll have time to take that honeymoon someday and I hope you will of course. But I’m glad we went.

So give in to the positive thing if you can. And don’t default to the negative – or the absence of something. It breaks my heart to hear “Well, I wanted video but Bob said we’d never watch it” or “Sally said we didn’t need to do cupcakes – it didn’t go with her plan” or whathaveyou. Reach decisions mutually.

This of COURSE goes for photos – even if they’re not something you like, if she/he likes them – do them without complaining (or go the extra mile and even do them happily). For them.

3. It’s your wedding day – spend it TOGETHER.

I’m a big fan of the first look of course. But even if you’re not doing that – spend time together. Help your wife carry her train into the limo – don’t run ahead with your boys and leave her to fend for herself. Wait with him while he gets his individual photos done.

Dance together or greet tables together – and if one of you isn’t the biggest dancer, that’s okay – just check in with each other every so often.

Focus on photo time together as most important. If we have limited time, make couple photos the priority, not the fun and silly bridal party shots. Now that you’re getting married, “the girls” or “the boys” will take a lower priority in your life.

Ask many married people – how many members of your bridal party do you still talk to? It’s so weird to say this, but yes, for some people – the wedding day is the last time you will really see that bridesmaid or groomsman as your lives evolve and change. I love taking photos of the wedding party, but remember that these people don’t all typically know each other and these photos are not usually as meaningful as the couple together. (And your bridesmaid Susie would rather have a photo of you and her together than a few where she’s paired up with your groom’s cousin and there are 15 other faces in the shot)

So spend your wedding day together – carve out those moments. It goes by so quickly and you can never get enough time together.

I don’t often share my emotions on my blog (there used to be a time back in 2010 when this was all the rage – when you had to write long and personal stories on your blog all the time – thank goodness those days are over in the industry!) and I don’t play the “widow card” in my life and business because it feels yucky to me. But I’ll just say this – my wedding to my late husband was almost ten years ago and I can still remember we were lined up to go down the aisle for the ceremony.

He was at the front of the line and I was with my dad at the back. I kind of “broke away” from my spot in line and I rushed up to him and kissed him before we went out there to get married. I’m not an impulsive/passionate person but I just had to see him and kiss him and tell him I loved him before this huge moment. I remember we were both emotional (he was tearing up, I was full on crying). My dad said “okay okay calm down, you’re okay” – not wanting me to be a mess before I walked down the aisle. But that’s one of the best memories of my life – to be overcome with emotion and love and to know someone else is feeling it too on this day you planned just for them to enjoy.

(This photo provided by Mark May Photography)

So – therapy and advice session over. You do you. But you know – you do them too. Because you’re a team now – let nothing bother you and smile all day, be KIND to each other always, and spend time together. That’s my wedding advice. And maybe a little life advice too.




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Angela and Eric are a young couple that met at West Liberty University. They just bought their first home together and were married on a rainy September Saturday. Angela, a speech language pathologist, got ready with her ladies at both Caruso’s Salon and at her parent’s home. Angela’s parent’s house was beautifully decorated and the open concept living room had fantastic light for getting ready. In between rain drops, we did our ladies formal photos out in front of the home and Angela’s dad was so helpful he even cut down a few tree branches on the sidewalk for the photos!

Angela carried a rosary in her heirloom purse and I can tell that her grandmother who had passed on was a very important person in her life. It was also great to see Carolyn, a December 2016 bride serving as matron of honor.

Eric and the guys got ready at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe. We managed to get their photos in during the rainstorm as well. Then we all met up at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

Pittsburgh weather can be unpredictable. Before every wedding, I scout the locations and find a suitable rain plan to keep our clients dry and hair and makeup intact. For this wedding, we went to the beautiful campus of Washington & Jefferson College. Old Main looks great – rain or shine! We came prepared with umbrellas for the whole bridal party and towels to keep Angela’s dress dry, as well as some lighting to make the rain photos really pop.

After portraits, we made the quick drive to Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe to capture the reception details, including the elaborate king’s table. While the rain continued steadily outside for the next two days, the party inside couldn’t be stopped!

Note to the couple:

Angela and Eric, ­­­­­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: Shine Wedding Invitations
Bride’s Prep location: Private Home
Groom’s Prep Location: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero
Bridal Salon: Sorelle Bridal Salon
Headpiece: Elizabeth Bower
Shoes: Adrianna Papell
Other Bridal Accessories: Clarissa Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Sorelle Vita
Men’s Formalwear: Sorelle Bridal Salon
Florist: Wallace Bethel Park Flowers
Hair Stylist: Caruso Hair & Esthetics
Make-Up Artist: Caruso Hair & Esthetics
Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Transportation: Broadway Limousine
Cinematographer: Ian Allegrucci
Ceremony venue: St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Reception venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Entertainment: mobileMIX Entertainment/David Kleba
Rings: Garcia Jewelers
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Nicole and Ryan married on Labor Day weekend in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. They both started the day getting ready at the Priory hotel. The ladies were in the townhouse (this townhouse is on the same side of the street as the Priory courtyard). The gentlemen were in the apartment suite at the top of the Priory. They each got each other heartfelt wedding day gifts. Nicole’s favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast and Ryan gave her a preserved rose that will never wilt.

A fun fact from this wedding: one of Nicole’s bridesmaids, Rochelle, just had a baby and could not attend – so they carried around a larger than life cut out of her head all day!

We headed to church where Nicole and Ryan did their first touch and after church, it was photo time at Washington’s Landing and the difficult to get to but totally worth it Fineview overlook. It was almost 100 degrees (and hotter in the limo) but these two rocked it. At the reception, they handed out toothbrushes and candy (Nicole is an occupational therapist and Ryan is a dentist) and had a big sparkler send off!

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Nicole and Ryan, we loved working with you on your wedding 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:
Save The Date: minted
Invitation: MagnetStreet
Prep location: The Priory Hotel
Bridal Salon: Carlisle’s Bridal of Pittsburgh
Headpiece: Carlisle’s Bridal of Pittsburgh
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Valerie Brooks
Hair Stylist: Wanderlust Beauty Pittsburgh
Make-Up Artist: Wanderlust Beauty Pittsburgh
Hotel Accommodations: The Priory Hotel & Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pittsburgh North Shore
Transportation: Amore Limousines
Cinematographer: AGL Branding
Ceremony venue: Ridgewood Church
Reception venue: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Cake: Priory Fine Pastries
Catering: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Entertainment: DC Sound DJ
Rings: Blue Nile
Rentals: Pittsburgh Chair Covers
Photo Booth: Starz Photo Booth
Lighting: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Melissa and TJ have been dating since their high school days – they even won cutest couple their senior year! On the morning of the wedding, everyone got ready at the Doubletree in Cranberry, formerly the Sheraton. This hotel is huge. The atrium is beautiful. If you are having your wedding or prep here, we recommend that you ask for a room on the outside of the hotel facing the street. This will provide the best light and keep guests from seeing you putting your dress on.

One of my favorite moments of the day was when TJ presented Melissa with a pile of notes he had saved from their high school dating days.

After church we made sure to stop at a memorial bench for TJ’s late mother. Then it was off to some unique photo spots in the Wexford area, including a barn and a tree lined path in Pine Park. Normally as a photographer we don’t love gazebos, but the sun was just right for this photo of Melissa and TJ from a distance and they were so kind enough to indulge me for the shot!

Their reception featured custom koozies and drink coasters. The uplighting looked great with their decor.

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Melissa and TJ, congratulations again! 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: Dot and Bow Paperie
Prep location: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry
Gown Designer: Martina Liana
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Men’s Formalwear: The Black Tux
Florist: Gerard Boeh Flowers Inc.
Hair Stylist: Glam To Go
Make-Up Artist: Allison Renock Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry
Transportation: Vogue Limousine
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: St. Alexis Church
Reception venue: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry
Cake: Lincoln Bakery
Catering: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry
Entertainment: Jammin’ Entertainment
Rings: James Allen
Linens: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry
Lighting: Jammin’ Entertainment
Photo Booth: ShutterBooth Pittsburgh
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Kristi and Matt had their ceremony at Duquesne University Chapel and their reception at Veltres’s Wedding and Event Centre. Kristi and Matt both attended Duquesne University and while they noticed each other, didn’t actually meet until one night at Mario’s on the South Side.

Both Kristi and Matt wore rings that belonged to their grandfathers. Kristi also wore her grandmother’s pearl necklace which her mother wore on her wedding day too.

One of the things that I love about being a wedding photographer is that every day is different and there is usually a little snafu or funny thing that happens during the day. For Kristi and Matt, the only thing that went “wrong” was the fire alarm evacuating the chapel a few minutes before the ceremony was to begin. It of course was a false alarm! Before the mothers walked down the aisle, a beautiful version of the song “Hallelujah” was sung.

After the ceremony, we made a few quick stops around Duquesne University before going to Mt. Washington for photos with the bride and groom and bridal party. Our last stop for photos was the ever popular CMU Columns.

Veltre’s Wedding and Event Centre had been recently remodeled. The cocktail hour and reception are held in the banquet room that has an entire wall of floor to ceiling windows. Chandeliers line the ceiling and there is a delightful view of the river.

The maid of honor toast had Kristi crying and during the best man toast, Kristi was gifted with a Philadelphia Flyers (Matt’s hometown team) customized jersey – even though she is a diehard Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Half the room was clapping while the other half booed.

Kristi and Matt were on the dance floor the entire night along with their family and friends before heading to the after party at the hotel.

Note to the couple:

Kristi and Matt, we loved working with the two of you again! 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: Wood & Grace Boutique
Prep location: Private homes
Gown Designer: Rebecca Ingram
Bridal Salon: Rusted Rose Bridal
Bride’s Jewelry: Macy’s
Bridesmaid Dresses: Rusted Rose Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Florist: Leechburg Floral
Hair Stylist: Burtner’s Hair Salon
Hotel Accommodations: Towneplace Suites Pittsburgh Harmarville
Transportation: Extreme Limousines
Ceremony venue: Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Duquesne University
Reception venue: Veltre’s Wedding and Event Centre
Cake: Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique
Catering: Veltre’s Wedding and Event Centre
Entertainment: Flipside DJ’s
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Christina Montemurro
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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It seems almost every wedding photographer starts their blog posts with “it was a beautiful (insert season here) day for Sally and Bob’s wedding” or “it was a rainy day” or whathaveyou. We photographers get fixated on the weather leading up to the big day. I’m guilty of it. I check the five different weather apps I have at least fifty times.

This day was no exception when it came to Pittsburgh weather. The forecast was calling for 90% rain all day at one point. I scout for my weddings to find the best spots and be organized – I found a great rain plan location – but fortunately, it didn’t rain a drop and wasn’t needed. In fact, Julie and Brian ended up being done with photos and ready to head to the cocktail hour in just a few minutes (that August heat can be a lot when you’re wearing a tux) – they wanted to keep photos brief and enjoy the reception. We’re here to serve our clients – so while most of our clients spend 1-2+ hours taking photos, we wanted to show what can be done with a shorter amount of time. We tailor our coverage to you as a couple.

They started the day getting ready separately at the Omni William Penn Hotel. If you are planning to get ready at the Omni, I can highly recommend Room 1166 – the Lafayette Suite. This provides a nice amount of space and windows for getting ready as well as plenty of places to hang the gown. If a suite isn’t in the cards, we do recommend getting a large room with outward facing windows there (some rooms face into the interior/brick wall) and the light is much better in the outward facing rooms!

The ceremony was in the always lovely St. Mary of the Mount which has the best view in town for a church and lovely stained glass.

The ladies wore some earrings which had art deco elements and the couple chose the Urban Room for their reception to bring in a bit of a vintage vibe. The Urban Room is a ballroom at the Omni that was first opened in 1929 and designed by Joseph Urban – its motif is black and gold (but not in a Steelers way – a metallic gold) and the walls are made of black vitrolite (carrera glass) – and yes, I looked all of this up in Google and probably should cite my sources. (Check out https://www.drivingfordeco.com/a-pittsburgh-urban-suprise/ for more)

Speaking of black and gold Steelers style, this couple had Terrible Wedding Towels made for them as a surprise by her parents and sister, who had done this tradition at Lauren’s wedding several years ago! The dance floor was packed all night and late night snacks were even brought out for the partygoers.

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Julie and Brian, 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: Omni William Penn Hotel
Gown Designer: Rebecca Schoneveld
Bridal Salon: Luna Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Florist: Harold’s Flower Shop
Hair Stylist: Tease Salon/Shari Tumminello
Make-Up Artist: JL Studio & Beauty Boutique
Hotel Accommodations: Omni William Penn Hotel
Transportation: Mlaker Trolley
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: St. Mary of the Mount Parish
Reception venue: Omni William Penn Hotel
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Omni William Penn Hotel
Entertainment: Redford DJs/Kevin Redford
Wedding Bands: D’Antonio and Klein Jewelers
Engagement Ring: David S. Diamonds
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Photography by Amanda Wilson
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Kara and Malek were married on a beautiful Sunday in August. We first met Kara almost four years ago when she was a maid of honor in her friend Emily’s wedding.

The couple met in Denver, Colorado and Malek proposed to Kara in front of the Bean at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Kara and Malek got ready at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center and then walked across the street to Heinz Chapel for their ceremony. At the Wyndham University Center, Kara and her girls used a junior suite for getting ready. This is a great size room for a larger bridal party. For future clients, we also recommend king rooms for getting ready over the rooms with two double beds.

Before the ceremony started, Kara and Malek shared a first touch and prayed together. One of Kara’s bridesmaids sang during the ceremony with her husband accompanying her.

After the ceremony, the couple and their bridal party had their portraits taken at the Cathedral of Learning and CMU columns. Everything was in walking distance so it was easy to work with the couple and their large bridal party – 12 attendants on either side and 2 flower girls! We hopped off the limo at Mt. Washington as one last stop on the way to the reception at the LeMont.

The couple shared their first dance to “Love is Here to Stay” by Frank Sinatra. At the end of the night the couple got a few photos of the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline all lit up.

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Kara and Malek, we loved working with the two of you on 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:
Prep location: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Gown Designer/Salon: Pronovias/The Bridal Collection
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse/Calvin Klein
Florist: Cialella & Carney Florists
Hair Stylist: Louis Charles & Company
Make-Up Artist: Makeup Design Studio
Hotel Accommodations: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Cinematographer: Weekend Project Studios
Ceremony venue: Heinz Memorial Chapel
Reception venue: LeMont Restaurant
Cake: Autumn’s Cakes
Catering: LeMont Restaurant
Entertainment: Red Hot Chameleon Entertainment
Rings: Zales
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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There’s nothing more Pittsburgh than a Mt. Washington wedding ceremony. Megan and Matt were married on a beautiful and sunny August day. We just love the unique touches these two put on their special day: their use of the Clemente Bridge as a motif for their invitations, the Ted Baker details – matching floral heels and purse, earrings and a suit for Matt. The couple also had a super cute vintage trolley. Matt got Megan a lovely wedding gift – a pair of Valentino heels!

Megan and Matt had plenty of time for portraits so they were able to go to several locations within Pittsburgh. After the ceremony at St. Mary of the Mount Parish, we stayed on Mt Washington to get a few photos with their dog Lucy. She was very excited to see the couple and their bridal party! We then hopped on the trolley to go to two of the more popular photo spots – the Cathedral of Learning and CMU columns. Last stop before heading to the reception was the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel has such a classically beautiful reception space. The wedding colors were highlighted in the gorgeous floral centerpieces.

After dinner, the couple went downstairs from the reception to the Clemente Bridge to take a few photos. It was a great time to take photos on the bridge because the lighting at sunset is the best and the bridge was closed to traffic for an event. Megan and Matt even thought ahead and brought a lock and key to add to the collection on the bridge.

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Megan and Matt, 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: Our Wedding Brand
Prep location: Private home & Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Gown Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Salon: Babette’s Gowns
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Groom’s Formalwear: Ted Baker London/Nordstrom
Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Macy’s/Calvin Klein
Florist: Harold’s Flower Shop
Hair Stylist: Justine Reidy
Make-Up Artist: Makeup Design Studio
Hotel Accommodations: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Transportation: Vogue Limousine
Cinematographer: Penderville Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: St. Mary of the Mount Parish
Reception venue: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Cake: Potomac Bakery
Catering: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Entertainment: DJ Craig Evans
Rings: Zachary’s Jewelers
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Jeanine Bonadio Photography
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Samantha and Sean actually booked their wedding reception space before it was even built! They are one of many couples who booked the Carnegie Science Center’s new event space called PointView Hall (that’s the correct spelling – but I’ve heard lots of people call it “Point of View Hall” so in case you are Googling – there you go!) in the new PPG Science Pavilion. This new reception space opened in July of 2018 and Samantha and Sean had their reception the first weekend in August!

Last fall, we met up with Sam and Sean in Oakland for their engagement session. Sean’s mom is a hobbyist photographer herself, so photos were very important to her. We always try to please all our couples and their families – and especially the bride and groom themselves! It was a super busy day in town – the Regatta, a Pirates’ game, and the pre-game block party – but we still made the trek down to the Clemente Bridge for a few fun shots that were important to them! (Note: We recommend for safety reasons only doing “yellow bridge” photos when the bridge is closed to traffic as it is for games.)

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves! The couple got ready at their respective parents’ homes. We traversed into Sam’s neighbor’s yard for photos – he had a great shady spot to keep the ladies covered on this 85 degree day. Then we headed to their hometown church for the ceremony.

After church, we headed to the North Shore and then to the Science Center just in time to catch Iceburgh from the Penguins taking photos with the guests! These two enjoy going to sporting events here in town and wanted to incorporate that into their reception.

We also were able to make a brief stop outside the Science Center for photos as well as inside – and we got a few photos with the temporary Lego exhibit, since Sam and Sean had Legos as their favor – it was only fitting!

PointView Hall has a great balcony for cocktails and evening portraits – we did some nice sunset shots out there and had a view of Sam and Sean’s new place – their home on Mount Washington.

We capped it all off with the Regatta fireworks on the balcony. My assistant Allison scouted the best spot for the fireworks and saved Sam and Sean a direct view! The grand finale was so loud (as the display was launched from barges in the river)– we all felt the thundering booms deep inside our chests and guests said they had never in their lives had such a great front row view!

Note to the couple:

Sam and Sean, congratulations! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always!

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

Vendors:
Invitation: Minted
Prep Location: Private homes
Bridal Salon: Sorelle Bridal Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Susan Schellin
Hair Stylist: Kelsey Quayle/Salon Blanca
Make-Up Artist: Mary Trojanowski
Hotel Accommodations: Hyatt Place Pittsburgh – North Shore
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Memorial Park Church
Reception venue: Carnegie Science Center PointView Hall
Donuts: Peace Love & Little Donuts
Cake: Lincoln Bakery
Catering: Culinaire/Carnegie Science Center
Entertainment: Fireside Events, LLC
Rings: James Allen
Additional KWP Team Member for this Wedding: Custom Portraits by Charlene
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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