Joelle and Dale have been together for ten years and they were married on a beautiful September day!
I knew they met at Speers St. Grill – but I mistakenly thought this was the site of their first date. it wasn’t – it’s where they actually first saw each other, when Joelle was Dale’s server in the restaurant! It seems only fitting that we get a few photos in that area of town.
Joelle is part of a special group of ladies – we’ve been so honored to have done weddings for quite a few of what we affectionately refer to as our Belle Vernon ladies – Michelle, Liza, Natalie, Leah, Laura, and Joelle – my apologies if I forgot any of you! These ladies all grew up in Belle Vernon or are friends with our brides from Belle Vernon – we just love this crew and they have so.much.fun. together.
Joelle got ready at her parents’ house while Dale got ready at their home – it was so fun to incorporate their 3 dogs and their cat into the photos! Joelle incorporated a piece of her mother’s dress into her bouquet wrap. Dale’s mother was remembered with a donation to Susan G. Komen as well as all the proceeds from the dollar/bridal dance going to the breast cancer charity as well in her memory.
The ceremony was Russian Orthodox and here’s an interesting part of the Russian Orthodox ceremony – dad walks the bride in, and then at the back of the church, the couple does a betrothal ceremony then comes down the aisle together. I love the symbolism of that.
At the reception, the Doubletree Meadowlands looked gorgeous with soft colors and candlelight. They incorporated some Italian heritage with a gelato bar – a nod to their honeymoon in Italy!
Note to the couple:

Joelle and Dale, thank you for choosing us to photograph 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: The Design Brewery
Prep location: Private homes
Gown Designer: Martina Liana
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Nordstrom
Bride’s Jewelry: Zales
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Beginning/Sorella Vita
Men’s Formalwear: Macy’s
Handmade Ties: David Cook
Flowergirl Dress: My Little Girl Dress
Florist: Fields of Heather
Hair Stylist: Snoballs Hair and Tanning Salon
Make-Up Artist: Simone Jene Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Meadow Lands
Transportation: TDF Limousine
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Reception venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Meadow Lands
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Gelato Bar: Mercurio’s
Catering: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Meadow Lands
Entertainment: J. Walker Creative Productions
Rings: Joyce’s Jewelry
Linens: Linen Hero by Chair Covers and Linens
Favors: Almonds from Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop & Dog Treats from Tail Bangers
Cookie Table Design: Angie Dzurinko
Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Back Porch Restaurant
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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On Labor Day Weekend 2019, Heinz Chapel hosted its first Simply Styled Weddings. Similar to a pop-up wedding event/elopement, each couple had an hour for a ceremony at Heinz Chapel, a short photo shoot in the chapel, and then a small reception with champagne and the Pittsburgh cookie table.
This was a great option for couples who wanted something sweet and simple but not the time and expense of planning a huge event. Couples were able to have up to thirty guests at the wedding and I know some of the couples were hosting a little dinner at a restaurant or their home afterwards. I loved how the cookies were personalized for the couples and so were the bouquets! We also personalized our photography to the couple’s wishes and personalities!
Heinz Chapel arranged the officiant, the photographers (that’s us!), the floral, the cookies, the organist – it was just bring your own marriage license and guests! We had such a great time and everything ran so smoothly! I loved seeing the joy and excitement for each couple! Congratulations to all of you!

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Vendors:
Officiant: Acting Officiant
Organist: Jon Tyillian
Florist: Pisarcik Greenhouses and Flower Farm
Calligraphy: CalligraSki
Ceremony venue: Heinz Chapel
Cookie Table: Potomac Bakery
Customized Cookies: Sara’s Sweet Addiction
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Amy and Jeff have been dating for four years now. These two were actually friends in high school, but didn’t start dating until their junior year of college. Jeff proposed at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. It was great to get to know these two during their engagement session. We are so excited for their wedding next July!




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This is an *all* Oakland wedding – it’s such a fun and easy thing for the bride and groom to have their prep at the Wyndham University Center, the ceremony at Heinz Chapel, photos at the Cathedral of Learning, and then the reception at Soldiers and Sailors – the bridal party was able to walk between all the locations!
Morgan went to Pitt (along with several bridal party members and siblings) and John went to Allegheny. These two got engaged on a sunset cruise in Lake Tahoe.
There’s a lot to LOVE about this wedding day – and some of my favorite features included the balcony above the reception space at Soldiers and Sailors, the delicious and numerous food stations at the reception, the Hawaiian shirts and jorts for the ladies prep instead of robes (what a fun take on getting ready outfits!), White Claw instead of champagne during the prep (this is THE summer 2019 drink right? “Ain’t no laws when you drinking claws” is the slogan I have been told), the American flag socks for the groomsmen as it was Labor Day weekend, and the dance floor craziness during John’s favorite reception song “Shout!” (It got WILD!)
I hope Italy was AMAZING, you two!

Note to the couple:
Morgan and John, 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: Wyndham University Pittsburgh Center
Bridal Salon: The Exquisite Bride
Shoes: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Macy’s/Ralph Lauren
Florist: Gidas Flowers
Hair Stylist: Bennett’s Beauty Bar
Make-Up Artist: Allison Renock Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Wyndham University Pittsburgh Center
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Heinz Chapel
Reception venue: Soldiers and Sailors Hall and Museum
Cake: A Sweet Morsel Co.
Catering: Chef Rey’s Catering
Entertainment: DJ Chuck Webb
Rings: Jared/Etsy
Linens: Chef Rey’s Catering
Alterations: Bride’s aunt
Rehearsal Dinner Location: University of Pittsburgh University Club
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Brianna and Jacob have had a whirlwind summer! They planned their wedding in five months, moved (and are fixing up their new place!), they got married, went on a dream honeymoon to Italy, and lastly Brianna underwent a career change and started law school!
Whew, I’m tired just thinking of it – but they got it done! The wedding was beautiful from start to finish, with everyone getting ready at the Residence Inn on the North Shore and ending with a bang with fireworks from the Pirates game at PNC Park just as the reception was ending at the PPG Pavilion at the Carnegie Science Center. We had gorgeous sunshine and light throughout the day!
Those CMU Columns will never go out of style and speaking of style, I loved the boxwood hedge and custom made neon the couple had designed for their head table – which then doubled as a DIY photo booth wall during the reception.
2019 has been the year of the champagne popping shot and I’m happy to capture that! The color palette of slate blue (larkspur? dusty blue? we call it all of these things), white, greenery, gold, and acrylic was gorgeous with roses, eucalyptus, and silver dollar used throughout the bouquets. This wedding was classically beautiful and we were honored to capture it.
Note to the couple:

Brianna and Jacob, 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: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh North Shore & Private Home
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Rosebud Floral
Hair Stylist: April Redford of Prila Hair Salon
Make-Up Artist: Kourtney Leech of Blush and Ink Beauty
Hotel Accommodations: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh North Shore
Transportation: Red Carpet Limousine
Coordinator/Planner: Jessica Garda Events
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Calvary United Methodist Church
Reception venue: Carnegie Science Center – Pointview Hall
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: Culinaire/Carnegie Science Center
Entertainment: DJ Rick Peluso
Rings: Henne Jewelers
Rentals: Eventioneers
Neon Sign: Howdy Dudey Neon
Greenery Wall: Brittany Anne’s Rentals
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Kristen Vota Photography
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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It was so great to see little Philip again! We last saw him for a mini session around Mother’s Day. This first birthday session had a subtle Star Wars theme. Mom capped off the session with a big traditional birthday balloon. He’s so adorable!




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Do you know the names of the Pittsburgh Pirate Pierogie mascots? Joe does! Joe’s a big Pirates fan, and I love that Rebecca and Joe had Oliver Onion for a photo op during cocktail hour at their PNC Park Jim Beam Left Field Lounge reception. (It used to be called “Hometowne Lounge I think – ahh, sponsorship! But don’t worry, you don’t HAVE to drink Jim Beam at your reception – I saw plenty of White Claw – the official drink of summer 2019 – on the tables!)
It was a bright sunshine-y day in Pittsburgh – it’s so rare, as a wedding photographer, I almost forget what these are like! It was warm but gorgeous as the ladies got ready at the Residence Inn on the North Shore in the suites, with the guys just a few floors below. We did portraits around the outside of PNC and then headed to church in the trolley.
After church, we made some quick photo spots on the way back to PNC including the edge of Allegheny Commons Park, a cool ivy wall, and the Andy Warhol Bridge (since the Clemente was closed to traffic for Picklesburgh) – then we did the traditional must-have PNC Park seats and warming track photos – it’s a tradition if you’re having your reception there and are baseball fans!
At sunset, we dashed out to get a few more shots on the Riverwalk and my assistant Allison even got the couple a balloon and a pickle on a stick for a fun photo op with something uniquely Pittsburgh – a yellow bridge and Heinz.

Note to the couple:
Congratulations, you two! We had such an amazing day laughing and having fun with you all!

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Vendors:
Invitation: Stylish Wedd
Prep location: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh North Shore
Gown Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: De Blossom Collection
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Blooms Florist
Hair Stylist: Motive Salon
Hotel Accommodations: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh North Shore
Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys Pittsburgh
Ceremony venue: Saint Peter Church
Reception venue: Jim Beam Left Field Lounge at PNC Park
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Aramark
Entertainment: DJ Nick from Second II None Productions
Engagement Ring: Goldstock Jewelers
Wedding Bands: Henne Jewelers
Linens: Aramark
Favors: The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company
Lighting: Second II None Productions
Alterations: Laurel Sewing Shoppe
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Narcisi Winery
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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It was a lovely Mt. Washington proposal in the summertime! A great spot to propose in Pittsburgh is of course on Mt. Washington, but specifically, I like the spot across from Monterey Bay. There is no railing and it’s a great unobstructed view of the city. I also recommend two great Mt. Washington restaurants before or after the proposal – Monterey Bay or Altius. Congratulations again Emily and James!




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Amber and Max were the very first clients to book me for 2019 – way back in 2017! Their date of June 22nd, 2019 was super popular and I’m so glad they locked it down ahead of time. It finally stopped raining in Pittsburgh – and the wedding was SUNNY. Not a single cloud in the sky!
I loved hearing during the toasts about their early dating life – Amber met Max when they were both in PA school at Duquesne and she even told her friend that she had met her husband after first meeting. When you know, you know. And sometimes – there’s a gut feeling, an intuition that this is the REAL DEAL.
These two are so cute together – I loved doing their engagement last summer (after many rain reschedules, because, Pittsburgh) and they brought their cute little dog out for a few shots.
The day of the wedding, we were able to use some of my favorite photo spots – Mellon Green and CMU Columns – the columns provided some much needed shade.
These two were getting down on the dance floor – I love seeing a couple out there celebrating!

Note to the couple:
Amber and Max, 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: Minted
Prep location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
Gown Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Salon: MB Bride
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Veil: Bella-Tiara LLC
Men’s Formalwear: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Honey Bunch Bouquets
Hair Stylist: Simply Stunning Hair Salon
Make-Up Artist: Beauty by Karly
Hotel Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation Inc.
Coordinator/Planner: Megan Hines at Duquesne University
Cinematographer: Loyalty Entertainment
Ceremony venue: Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Duquesne University
Reception venue: Duquesne University Dougherty Ballroom
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Duquesne University Dougherty Ballroom
Entertainment: Loyalty Entertainment
Rings: Groom – Kay Jewelers
Linens: Lendable Linens
Favors: Ferrero Rocher
Lighting:Loyalty Entertainment
Rehearsal Dinner Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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In June, Brittany graduated from medical school. And ALSO in June – Brittany and Aaron got married! So yes, this was a BIG summer for them!

Have I ever mentioned how I just love the Homewood Suites Presidential style room at the Southpointe location? If you have a few bridesmaids – this room is amazing! There’s a full kitchen, a living room, dining room, bedroom and TWO bathrooms! Plenty of room for photos, hair, and makeup! Honestly, this hotel room is bigger than all the apartments I’ve had and it’s close to the size of a floor of my house! This room was ideal for Brittany and the ladies!
This couple met at Westminster College where Aaron was on the football team (that impressed Brittany’s dad – who is a longtime high school football coach) – Brittany was a cheerleader all through school and college – she was even captain! I loved hearing about the early days of their dating in college from Brittany’s dad during his heartfelt toast!

For this wedding, we had a ZERO percent chance of rain. This is Pittsburgh, you guys. This is so incredibly rare – I think it’s happened one other time in my career! Usually the forecast is at least 10% or so, but nope! The sun was out and shining on these two!
This reception was a straight PARTY. In the limo on the way to the reception – a party. Before the ceremony? A little bit of a party! Some of my favorite details from the wedding included a huge cookie table (that they just kept refilling!), gourmet cupcakes in all the flavors, a sparkler send off, the cake being suspended from the ceiling, the mix of linen covered tables with a Joanna Gaines looking farmhouse uncovered tables, and the mix and match cornflower dresses!

We usually scout locations before weddings and my assistant Allison found this little gem near the church and on the way to the reception – a section of Boyce Mayview Park where the light was just wonderful for photos between the ceremony and reception.

Note to the couple:
Brittany and Aaron, we loved working 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: Handmade Highlights
Prep location: Homewood Suites by Hilton-Pittsburgh Southpointe
Gown Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Bella Belle
Other Bridal Accessories: Bridal Beginning
Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Weischedel Florist & Greenhouses
Hair Stylist: DeStefino Beauty Bar/ Veronica Nones
Make-Up Artist: Abby Coleman
Hotel Accommodations: Homewood Suites by Hilton-Pittsburgh Southpointe
Transportation: Shamrock Limousine
Cinematographer: Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Ceremony venue: St. Louise de Marillac Parish
Reception venue: Noah’s Event Venue of Canonsburg at Southpointe
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: Medure’s Catering
Entertainment: Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Linens: Noah’s Event Venue of Canonsburg at Southpointe
Photo Booth: Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Favors: Skeleton Key Bottle Openers
Lighting: Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Alterations: Bridal Beginning
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Burgh’s Pizza & Wing Pub
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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