Jaymee and Kate got engaged last December in front of the lot where their new home was being built – we were fortunate enough to capture the proposal. They planned a New Year’s Eve wedding up in Cranberry, near where they live, which worked out great for their schedule since Kate is a teacher.

Kate was very relaxed about her wedding planning – her style of planning would have probably been a beach elopement! But there were a lot of family and friends who wanted to see them get married, so New Year’s Eve it was – although the weather was a bit beachy at 58 degrees in Pittsburgh in late December! Not a winter wonderland, but that temperature works out so much better for the ladies and their evening gowns.

The bridesmaids wore rose gold and the look of the evening was New Year’s Eve glam with mixed metals (gold, rose gold, silver) and black as the colors. Kate got all the bridesmaids a blush colored faux fur. Kate herself wore a cathedral veil and she even kept her Ugg boots on hidden underneath her dress for some of her photos – you couldn’t tell and it was perfect for the soft ground since it had been raining in Pittsburgh a lot recently!

We made a few stops around town for photos – it was quite the busy day up in Harmony for their annual Silvester New Year tradition (but we knew that going in and had our permit ready!) and then Kate and Jaymee headed to the later evening mass at their church. They had some time to relax in the church and recover from their car ride (since some members of the wedding party get a bit carsick!) Many New Year’s Eve weddings have mass at about 2pm, but theirs was at 5:30pm – which avoided a long gap for their guests and also avoided eating too late.

After church and some photos in the church, we headed to the Doubletree for the reception. I loved Kate and Jaymee’s centerpieces – different decorative clocks and manzanita branches. They had a ton of fun at their reception (it was so nice to see them relaxing and big genuine smiles after all the events of the day were over and it was time to just enjoy!) and of course, there was a big balloon drop and fun party hats at midnight! And a kiss between our newlyweds!

Note to the couple:
­Kate and Jaymee, 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: Elegant Wedding Invites
Prep location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry
Gown Designer: Jane Hill
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Macy’s/INC
Shawl: Alex Bridal (Etsy)
Jewelry: VitaminLove (Etsy)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Revelry
Men’s Formalwear: 700 Shop
Ties: Revelry
Men’s Shoes: DSW
Florist: Root + Bloom
Hair Stylist: JuLea Beauty Bar
Make-Up Artist: JuLea Beauty Bar
Hotel Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry
Transportation: Antique Coach Excursions
Cinematographer: Loyalty Entertainment
Ceremony venue: Saint Kilian Parish
Reception venue: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh- Cranberry
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry
Entertainment: Loyalty Entertainment
Rings: Moses Jewelers
Photo Booth: Loyalty Entertainment
Favors: The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company
Alterations: Bridal Beginning
Rehearsal Dinner Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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I heard the thunder and lightning start at about 3am as I laid in bed before the wedding, thinking of Chelsea and Dan and their plans. They had been through some tough times and losses together – her sister’s speech at the reception referenced this – and they went through the pandemic together too – Chelsea’s aunt talked about their tough times during the pandy as well when she gave the homily at their wedding ceremony. And man, I just wanted them to catch a break. The weather was calling for 63 degrees (not the winter wonderland Dan dreamed of, but Chelsea who is always cold would like this temperature more!) but rain and very high wind all day.

Longue Vue Country Club is known for their pretty river views, the solo tree, the archway and patios and stonework – it’s been around for over one hundred years. But rough weather would make it hard to capture all they dreamed of and taking photos of a large bridal party in an indoor space filled with guests and moving furniture can be a challenge for us and the staff (and the guests’ patience!) So for that reason, I really hoped the weather would clear up for them for at least a little bit of outside reprieve time.

And it did! We made it work. The wind whipped around Chelsea’s cathedral length veil and her hair (wisely done in an updo!) stayed put perfectly. We kept the bridal party photos outdoors brief, especially for the twelve bridesmaids as we didn’t want their hair too messy before the ceremony! We had the ladies inside and fortunately, Longue Vue had some of their Christmas décor up! We were using flash and ring light and window light and just changing plans on the fly throughout the day when we needed to – we got it done for the couple!

At the end of the ceremony, Chelsea and Dan did a little fakeout on their recessional song – ala the Office and the famous YouTube dance to Chris Brown’s Forever. As they (and the bridal party) danced down the aisle – Chelsea tripped a little and fell – but she was such a good sport about it and laughed it off and wasn’t hurt – people clapped as she got up and just brushed it off – definitely a very easy-going bride and groom! Now, later on at the reception, when two bridesmaids and a groomsman entered and then tripped – was that an homage to Chelsea or was that real? I have no idea but everyone laughed and no one got hurt!

Chelsea and Dan worked so hard on this wedding and brought unique touches – a video guestbook old school syle that their bridesmaids and groomsmen filmed as an homage to Dan’s work in video production and Chelsea’s touches were on everything as she owns an etsy store and small business at Chelsea Helen Designs. It was a personal and memorable day!

Note to the couple:

Chelsea and Dan, 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: Chelsea Helen Designs
Prep location: Longue Vue Club
Gown Designer: Pronovias
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Veil: from bride’s mother’s wedding
Wrap: from bride’s grandmother
Earrings: Olive + Piper
Hairpiece: Olive + Piper
Purse: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie and Revelry
Men’s Formalwear: StudioSuits
Florist: Arnold Flower Shop
Hair Stylist: Crimp Hair Salon/Kara Niederst
Make-Up Artist: Kalon Artistry, LLC
Hotel Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh/Harmarville
Cinematographer: Pittsburgh Dream Weddings
Ceremony venue: Longue Vue Club
Reception venue: Longue Vue Club
Cookies: Mandy’s Cookie Co.
Cupcakes: Bloom Bakery Cakes
Catering: Longue Vue Club
Entertainment: Pittsburgh’s Best DJ’s/John Stepansky
Pianist: Ryan Croyle
Rings: EidelPrecious (etsy) and Golden Dreams Jewelers
Neon Sign: Amazon
Table Numbers: Chelsea Helen Designs
Signs: Chelsea Helen Designs
Bar Sign Illustrator: Perfect Storm Publishing
Photo Booth: Lux Photobooth
Favors: Glowsticks and Flip-Flops
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Oakmont Tavern
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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A year and a week – that’s how long Megan and Corey had to wait for their wedding – and they’re still having to wait for their European honeymoon, thanks, omicron variant.

Megan and Corey have been through the ringer with wedding planning. It started with their original venue, Noah’s Event Center, closing on them! So we figured that would be their biggest wedding snafu. But then, a month later, Covid. And Megan knew by summer she would have to postpone – which was the right choice, because by Thanksgiving 2020, things were shutting down again!

And with her wedding, with most of her friends married, they were more than ready to get on with it! In the meantime, they did get an adorable silver lab named Rooney – so it was a good year to get a puppy!

We lucked out – the day was chilly but the sun was absolutely gorgeous. Who would have thought gloomy old Pittsburgh would have some of the most gorgeous sun this fall and winter?

Megan’s colors were ones I haven’t seen before – a light dusty purple velvet for the bridesmaids’ dresses which matched the neckline of Megan’s dress, a V.

The couple did a first look at the hotel and got a few photos with Rooney, who was very excited and confused. Then we headed up to Harmony, just a short drive from Cranberry Marriott, for portraits. I like using brightly colored areas like this when the leaves are off the trees – it just gives a little extra to the background.

We had a ton of fun with the bridal party, keeping it light and enjoying the photo time. Then it was back to the Marriott – and here’s where I am so glad they did a first look. You could really feel the chill in the air starting around 3:30 in the shade at the Marriott – so the temperature was much more comfortable for them earlier in the day!

We finished up family photos and then headed to the ceremony and the reception. I loved the neon sign above the head table and all the candles in the reception room. I will say – Megan and Corey had the best food spread of 2021 I think – their stations were BBQ and pasta and there was too much food. Their cake was interesting too – I definitely saw a layer of I think Oreos! And then the kicker – ice cream to go with that cake – as their sign said, it’s never too cold for ice cream!

It’s been a long time coming for these two, who met years ago working at a day camp and then have been engaged since Easter time 2019. We’ve been working together for about two and a half years and I am glad they finally could have their beautiful day!

Note to the couple:

Megan and Cory, 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: Zazzle
Prep location: Pittsburgh Marriott North
Gown Designer: Morilee Madeline Gardner
Bridal Salon: One Enchanted Evening
Shoes: Loft
Veil: Clarissa Boutique
Hairpiece: Clarissa Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus
Men’s Formalwear: Macy’s
Florist: One Happy Flower Shop
Hair Stylist: Simply Captivating/Christy Pickell
Make-Up Artist: See Jane Blush
Hotel Accommodations: Pittsburgh Marriott North
Cinematographer: Traveling Heart Productions
Ceremony venue: Pittsburgh Marriott North
Reception venue: Pittsburgh Marriott North
Cake: Tinman Sweets Bake Shoppe
Catering: Pittsburgh Marriott North
Entertainment: DJ Crush, Tony Griffith
Signage: Designs by Haley
Rings: Trinity Jewelers
Lighting: DJ Crush, Tony Griffith
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Primanti Bros. and Lumberjaxes
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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This was a first for me – Angela got married on her birthday!

Angela and Brian met eight years ago at Duquesne University and they’ve been together ever since. I love that Angela let Brian embrace a lot of his hobbies and interests (like Star Wars etc) during the wedding and wedding photos and Brian’s family even surprised them with a light saber entrance into the reception.

The day was a bit chilly but we got the photos done quickly at a nearby park before heading to church. The team at Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe always does an incredible job and the reception room looked beautiful.

One of my favorite parts of the day was an extremely sentimental toast in honor of Angela’s late father. Angela’s stepdad Chris had a special toast to all the men who pitched in and helped raise Angela and her brother after her dad passed when she was just eight years old. And the Crown Royal used for this toast was purchased by Angela’s father on the day she was born 28 years ago. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house – I can tell how much love there was surrounding Angela on her big day from her mom, her late father, her stepfather, her brother, and the whole community.

It was such a great day – it was truly my honor to work with you, Angela and Brian.

Note to the couple:

­Angela and Brian, 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: Truly Engaging by MagnetStreet
Prep location: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Gown Designer: Sophia Tolli
Bridal Salon: One White Lane Bridal Gallery
Shoes: Kailee P
Other Bridal Accessories: One White Lane Bridal Gallery
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Malone Flower Shop
Make-Up Artist: J. Casaldi Artistry
Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Transportation: Haggerty’s Rides
Coordinator/Planner: Alexandra Jordan at Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Cinematographer: Lily & Lime
Ceremony venue: Holy Child Church
Reception venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Entertainment: Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Rings: Etsy
Linens: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southointe
Photo Booth: Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Lighting:Pittsburgh All-Stars Event Services
Alterations: One White Lane Bridal Gallery
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Walnut Grille Bethel Park
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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I first met Breanna and Joe when I did their wedding years ago. They now live in Ohio but still come back and do sessions with us almost every year. The kids are always so well behaved and we had such a great time with them even though it was so cold!




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Ashley and Ben recently moved to the area from DC. They brought their dogs with them to the engagement session. They got these photos done in the fall to get ready for their February wedding!




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Teresa and Mike have been together for many years and together they have five kids! They’ve been engaged for awhile too but plans kept being put on hold (due to having a baby, health issues, and the pandemic) but finally on Thanksgiving week, they were able to get married!

Teresa had a lot of little details incorporated in her day and even had very light touches of the movie Beauty and the Beast. She also walked down the aisle to the new remix of Kiss the Girl from the Little Mermaid.

Speaking of walking down the aisle, Teresa rolled with the punches when the rain storm rolled in. They didn’t do a first look, but they did do a first touch, so we got some photos with them touching but with Mike’s eyes closed. Then, after the ceremony in the ballroom, we quickly gathered outside for some photos in the wedding garden and then we drove just a short distance down the road to a covered area where they could get out of the misty rain and dance in the rain too.

At the end of the reception, the couple did a private last dance (this is a new trend up here this year but has been a thing in Florida when I photographed weddings there a decade ago!) and then they went out to do a sparkler send off and start their new married life together.

Note to the couple:

­Teresa and Mike, 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: Truly Engaging by Magnet Street
Prep location: Private Home
Gown Designer: Casablanca Bridal
Bridal Salon: MB Bride
Shoes: Macy’s
Other Bridal Accessories: Macy’s
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Sola Wood Flowers
Hair Stylist: John Fredricks Hair Salon
Make-Up Artist: Makeup by Allison Nicole
Hotel Accommodations: Springhill Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Washington
Transportation: Elite Transportation Inc.
Cinematographer: Bill Mike Productions
Ceremony venue: Sunset Room
Reception venue: Sunset Room
Cake: Patti’s Pasticceria
Catering: Stratwood Catering
Entertainment: Loyalty Entertainment
Rings: Jared
Favors: Soaps from Black Bird Bathhouse
Alterations: MB Bride
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Lou Lou’s Smokehouse
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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I first met Mackenzie doing her sister Kylie’s wedding back in 2017. Now it was Kenzie’s turn for her big day!

Kenzie finished up nursing school and has been working hard throughout this pandemic as a new nurse while also being a momma to Callie and new arrival Evey! Having a baby just a few months before a long-planned wedding is not for the faint of heart, but Kenzie is very laid back and also go with the flow.

I loved her wedding day style. She went with a great floral crown headpiece AND an overskirt for her dress for the reception only. She got ready at the June Cottage at Grayson House – Grayson House is a newer venue in Uniontown and the aesthetic is nice and neutral with white walls and chandeliers. The June Cottage matches that aesthetic.

We got lucky – the leaves JUST started changing here in the mountains for this wedding!

After the getting ready at Grayson House (and the Elk Room for the guys), the couple did a first look. After the first look, we headed to the ceremony location at Jumonville. Jumonville is a pretty big, definitely cool Christian summer camp and retreat center. And we’re talking real camp – bunkhouses, etc.

Kenzie and Dustin share a strong faith and the Jumonville cross meant a lot to her. We had to wind up through the fog – the cross is usually visible for miles around but with the fog, we couldn’t see it until we pulled right up on it! It was a bit of a challenge but I actually LOVE the results – it was more magical than a plain shot of the cross and couple together!

Kenzie had plans to do her ceremony at Green Cathedral, which is quite beautiful, but due to the heavy rain (thanks, Pittsburgh, you know how it is!), she went with her backup plan of the Whyel Chapel. But that’s okay because there were plenty of great photo spots RIGHT by the chapel.

Then we headed back to Grayson House for the reception. Dustin and Kenzie chose delicious BBQ and had a donut wall as a sweet surprise! I loved all their special dances – first dance, father-daughter, mother-son, but then Dustin danced with Callie to Elvie Shane’s “My Girl” – about a dad and stepdaughter’s relationship – there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. I also loved Kenzie and her mom dancing together (Kenzie’s mom recorded the song!) and then Kenzie and Callie (and Callie sang on this recording).

This was such a beautiful wedding and we had an amazing time with this lovely couple, sweet family, and big bridal party! It was an honor to work with your family again!

Note to the couple:

Kenzie and Dustin, 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: Designed by sister (MOH)
Prep location: June’s Cottage at the Grayson House
Gown Designer: Essence of Australia
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Hairpiece: Sorelle Bridal Salon
Veil & over-shirt: Bridal Beginning
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Tuxedo Junction
Florist: Florals by GypsyAnnie
Hotel Accommodations: Hampton Inn Uniontown
Cinematographer: Marodi Media
Ceremony venue: Whyel Chapel
Reception venue: The Grayson House
Catering: Mission BBQ
Cake: Krency’s Bakery
Entertainment: Second II None/Eric Whiteman
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Tradesmens Inn
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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I loved seeing this family again! It was out third session together. Although the session centered around the birthday girl, I got to meet their newest little addition this time too!




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It was so great to see this family again for their session! This is the third year we have done a birthday session for their daughter. It was great because grandma was actually able to join us for this session too!




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