Nestled in the charming town of Dawson, just a stone’s throw away from Belle Vernon (where Mia and Benjamin grew up), Linden Hall Mansion exudes timeless romance. Mia and Benjamin’s enchanting wedding at this historic venue was a testament to their love for each other and their shared passion for the outdoors.

I have dreamt of owning an old mansion and transforming it into a picturesque wedding venue, so you know I loved this venue.

The ladies started the day at the hotel down the hill from the mansion and so did the guys. After some prep there, both parties moved up to the mansion. The guys are usually kept sequestered in the basement and the girls in the upstairs. After a few photos on the grand staircase, we headed outside in between rain drops for the first look. It was so windy and cold, but it was also “peak leaf” – the time of the year when the leaves are their best and brightest!

Mia and Ben’s love story, which began eight years ago in high school, blossomed over their shared adventures, including their engagement in the Outer Banks and their love for fishing.

Mia and Ben’s ceremony unfolded flawlessly outdoors. The backup plan was in the main hall of the mansion, but the outdoor ceremony space is beautiful with a long aisle. As they exchanged vows, a beam of light illuminated them, a touching reminder of Ben’s late mother watching over them from above.

Following the ceremony, guests gathered inside the mansion for cocktail hour. This mansion is a great photo location if it is raining – so few venues in Pittsburgh can say this! We would definitely recommend a first look here to take advantage of all it has to offer.

Ben’s forest green tuxedo and Mia’s uniquely adorned sleeves perfectly complemented the elegant ambiance of the venue, reflecting their aesthetic and style. As the evening progressed, guests were treated to a buffet dinner, treats from the giant cookie table, and lively dancing under the heated reception tent.

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Mia and Ben, 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: Linden Hall Hotel

Gown Designer: Essence of Australia

Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginnings

Shoes: Dolce Vita

Other Bridal Accessories: Etsy

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ’s House

Men’s Formalwear: Ticknor’s

Florist: Florals by Gypsy Annie

Hair Stylist: Beauty Bar – Jason Peak and Julie Rathway

Make-Up Artist: Beauty by Joy – Seven Two Four

Hotel Accommodations: Linden Hall Hotel

Ceremony venue: Linden Hall (mansion grounds)

Reception venue: Linden Hall (tent)

Cake: family friend – Patti Chalfant

Catering: Linden Hall

Entertainment: DJ Powerbomb Productions

Rings: Beeghly & Company

Rentals: Illume – Drapery

Photo Booth: Illume

Alterations: Maria’s Alterations, West Newton

Rehearsal Dinner Location: Linden Hall

Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Nicole and Jim

At our final meeting, Nicole told me about the medals she would have on her bouquet and I asked whose they were – they were hers! Nicole served in the Air Force (and because of that, she qualified for a special gown through Brides Across America too)

Nicole and Jim got married on a rainy Saturday. These two named their table numbers after mountains – they both love to ski! They also did their engagement photos at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies! They got engaged at Batton Hollow Winery in West Virginia – their first date was at Bar Association in Canonsburg.

These two took first dance lessons – I loved seeing their dip and lift! We had a lot of fun traveling in the trolley with them!

After church, we went to a local greenhouse for photos (with permission – we are so thankful to this local business for allowing this) – which was perfect because the rain was coming down torrentially at that point. But Nicole is my kind of client! When we got to the golf club and the rain slowed down, she wanted to run out and get a few more photos! And at night too – we did some photos in the rain! I would have loved to keep taking photos all day with these two – but alas, it was time for the sparkler exit!

You two are so sweet and I love a couple who loves photos!

Note to the couple:

Nicole and Jim, 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: The Knot
Prep location: Southpointe Golf Club and Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Gown Designer: Madison James
Bridal Salon: The Exquisite Bride
Shoes: Target
Veil: The Exquisite Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Generation Tux
Florist: Memories in Bloom and Sola Wood Flowers
Make-Up Artist: Mariah Hathaway
Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Transportation: Molly’s Trolley
Coordinator/Planner: Lauren at Southpointe Golf Club
Cinematographer: Marodi Media
Ceremony venue: Immaculate Conception Church
Reception venue: Southpointe Golf Club
Cake: Tasty Bakery
Catering: Southpointe Golf Club
Entertainment: Steven Vance Entertainment
Engagement Ring: Jared’s
Wedding Rings: Jab Jewelry Designs
Linens: Southpointe Golf Club
Boxwood Wall: DIY
Neon Light:
Favors: Tunnels to Towers (T2T) donation
Dance Lessons: Pittsburgh Wedding Dance by Amanda Wolf
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Atria’s
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography
Portrait Location: Sherwood Nursery and Greenhouse




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I adore when clients come back to us again and again for their sessions after we have done their wedding. Kelsey and Kyle and their little one are no exception! These two just purchased a new home (and they were on HGTV’s House Hunters and those folks even used one of our photos on the show!) and we did the session on a rainy and chilly morning in October – but their trees were changing and we took a break inside and it was so great to see how their little one had grown!




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THE ISSUE

Hello, photographer!

TL;DR: Random unlinking in radio transmission mode while using OCF is a known problem within the Canon flash system and is likely related to a wifi device causing interference with some venues being worse than others. Switch to optical mode when you encounter this (rather than radio mode) and see if it works.

Welcome to my deep dive on a super niche topic. Because wedding photographers are mainly self-taught and the settings we all use are very customized – it can be hard to find someone who runs their system the same as you! And when that system starts to act up or fails in seemingly random situations – it’s even more difficult to troubleshoot. A system that has worked for me for seven plus years started to become unreliable.

You probably found this page because you Googled “Canon flash unlinks” or “Canon flash disconnects after a few minutes” or “Canon wireless flash problem” or “600 EX II-RT drops link.” This problem is on the rise.

What basically happens, in plain English, is that you set your flashes up at home or studio (600 EX II-RT) using radio transmission and they work perfectly. You take test shots. Great.

You then go to a wedding/on location and it doesn’t work!

STORYTIME
Sure, it works at first, but then when there is a pause in action of more than just a few minutes, the flash unlinks and shows red on the link indicator.

It might happen at a critical time (bride coming down the aisle, reception intros, champagne spraying night shot). Now you are limited to on-camera only. You get through the reception and go home and troubleshoot – working fine. Hmm, maybe a fluke. Maybe my batteries weren’t charged great.

So you then go to the next wedding. Flashes seem to work! Great! You leave the wedding thinking that solves it.

You go the next wedding. Now you can’t take any off-camera portraits in the church. It just will not work. It’s a winter wedding at night. You go outside the church in the snow and flash is firing perfectly.

You go to a venue and it works perfectly. You go there two weeks later and it won’t work. You go back another two months later and it works perfectly. A year later? Won’t work.

WAYS THIS MANIFESTS/PROBLEMS YOU MAY HAVE ENCOUNTERED

Another thing that may seem to happen is the on cam flash will repeatedly overheat and stop firing especially in ETTL mode while the off cameras unlink.

Sometimes only the ON camera will fire, sometimes NOTHING will fire.

At one wedding, the flash would disconnect every time I walked by a certain pillar (light turned from green to red back to green). The sender/receiver light will sometimes will disconnect if I do a vertical shot. Sometimes the light is still green on the sender but red on the receivers.

Sometimes they will reconnect themselves if I move around but MOST times I have to walk over to the off cameras and turn off my on camera flash, turn off the off camera flashes, turn the off camera flashes back on then turn the on camera back on.

Years ago, if I left the ballroom and went outside, sure, the flashes would disconnect but reconnect immediately when I returned. Not anymore in certain venues.

Once set up/fixed, it will work for 2 shots or 2 hours, but sometimes disconnect.

The chain will be working, but if there is a lull/lag before the bride goes down the aisle or the reception intros start – it stops working.

Multiple ppl have had this issue on Reddit and on the Canon forums. I’m attaching links below:

https://www.reddit.com/r/WeddingPhotography/comments/101n83f/anyone_here_very_knowledgeable_about_canon/

https://community.usa.canon.com/t5/Speedlite-Flashes/Canon-600EX-II-RT-drops-link-HELP/td-p/334018/page/3?fbclid=IwAR3aYoFB-0AaA8WtI3gX2NDqV0JN3Spi1iTH3ocJRlZ4ipohEdNNFnh81HU

WAYS PEOPLE HAVE SUGGESTED TO FIX IT THAT HAVEN’T RELIABLY WORKED

You try moving the flash. You mess with the ID numbers.

I tried buying all new flashes for $1500 to fix the issue. I bought all new batteries. I bought new chargers. I made sure the hot shoes were tight. I switched my on camera flash to manual mode (instead of ETTL in Grp Mode, which is my preferred style) because sometimes that seemed to fix it and they would all fire together. But the issues seemed to increase in frequency. A certain venue has an all glass wall – could that be it? Making the flash overheat?

Another venue has a big steel beam in it – flashes won’t fire on one side of the wall. Could that be it?

I went to a venue on Tuesday, flashes worked perfectly. Saturday, when the hotel was busy and the venue was filled with people – the flashes didn’t work.

Should I switch flash systems to Godox? I saw on certain forums/Facebook groups that they also have this issue too occasionally (and other issues) Should I switch to Profoto?

What about updating firmware on the flashes?

Should I send the camera in for repair? The flashes themselves? Use external battery packs?

“You should be using Auto for best channel, you should be scanning for best channel every time you change locations, you should be choosing your channel, changing channel does nothing. Use Channel 13.” I’ve heard it all.

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON

I first noticed this issue in 2021 – but finally felt compelled to start Googling and really diving in as it increased more and more throughout 2022 and 2023.

I am no technology expert, but what I THINK is happening is that there is interference from somewhere. It can be a venue’s router, lights controlled by the DJ wirelessly, the photobooth, any kind of interference and with more and more electronic devices out there, the problem may continue to increase.

One photographer was having this issue at his studio of all places. The culprit there was an Apple Home Mini and once unplugged, the flashes began to work properly.

There are also rumors of a Canon rep saying to just move locations if it doesn’t work – which as a wedding photographer won’t work!

Canon has said they are aware of the problem and possibly working to fix it. People have reported the issue with the new flashes Canon has out as well – it’s likely a system issue and not a specific model of flash issue from what I can tell.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME RIGHT NOW

Here’s what I have been doing/following to (mostly) solve the issue.

One, I scout venues every single week. I go to the venue and use my flash set up. I allow enough time to have the flashes naturally go to sleep. I see if they stay linked. This is no guarantee they will work on the wedding day due to interference from other vendors and equipment brought in that day – but it helps! I am more prepared.

Secondly, when I encounter an issue, I put all the flashes into optical mode instead of radio. This is a big difference in my settings (and only one set of settings can be saved in the memory of the Canon flashes) so I wrote down the instructions and practiced them several times, doing it as fast as I can. I also have the instructions to do this written on my work armband in case I blank/panic – I just need to follow those steps.

For me, I run my normal wireless flash set up like this:
On cam – ETTL (to accommodate for subjects moving toward and away from me)
Off cams – each separate group – I choose the power – typically around 1/64th – I prefer to set manually as rim light/background separation light.

When I need to, I then turn off the firing on the on-cam to have images lit JUST by the off cam and vice versa.

You can replicate this in optical mode by having each flash in their own group in optical – it seems to work fine.

Where this will not work is taking say, a photo from outside to inside of the couple lit by an optical flash behind them when there is glass and walls between us. That’s fine, I can make it work – I have other ways to light for that rare situation (continuous).

I HAVE heard of this optical trick not working for a photographer at a certain venue here in Pittsburgh – but for me, this has worked almost all of the time.

When you encounter a flash problem, write down the venue and any details you can remember (DJ, lighting, etc) – you may start to see a pattern. I now KNOW of a certain venue where it always happens and have contingency plans for there and am happy to report that my optical workaround worked perfectly there.

My further contingency plan is to switch to Profoto – but I love the small size and ease of the Canon units and the quality I get from them plus I love having everything as a Canon system, so I’m not going that route yet!

I hope this helps – feel free to drop a comment or connect on socials if you are encountering this issue!




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Kelli and Adam met me for their engagement session during fall and this past October, they were married with an elegant fall theme.

Kelli and her friends and family assembled the bouquets themselves using Sola Wood Flowers. One of my favorite moments from the day was Kelli taking special moments with her parents – she is their only daughter – and she did a first look with her dad AND tried on and wore her mom’s wedding dress for a few photos in the morning!

Kelli is the youngest sister of two older brothers – I loved hearing during their speeches all the memories of her growing up. Something very special was that Kelli’s two sister-in-laws were her matrons-of-honor – they’d been in the family about 20 years, since Kelli was a little kid!

These two met at work and got engaged on a family trip to the beach. They are both very bright engineers and they love country music – it was fun to mix country music with the upscale vibe of the Renaissance ballroom! They married on October 7th, which was the bride’s late grandfather’s birthday. Together, they love going to Pirates games and Pitt/WVU games.

These two choreographed their first dance and did a first touch around the staircase at church before going down the aisle. Kelli and Adam are newer homeowners and when they aren’t golfing, fishing, or traveling, (or goal-setting/goal-achieving – they are both super motivated!) – they can sometimes be found relaxing on the back deck.

They also had their seven nieces and nephews in the wedding! I loved learning more about these two through their family and friends. They have such a lovely family – there was a spirit of warmth and support throughout the whole night!

Note to the couple:
Kelli and Adam, 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: Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh
Gown Designer: Kitty Chen
Bridal Salon: MB Bride
Shoes: Nine West
Perfume: Jimmy Choo and Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue
Other Bridal Accessories: Macy’s
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Sola Wood Flowers
Hair Stylist: Olivia Matta with Mane on Main
Make-Up Artist: Esthetics by Jenna LLC 
Hotel Accommodations: Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh
Transportation: Tortorice Limousines
Cinematographer: Penderville Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: St. Peter Arch Street
Program: Wedding Newspapers
Reception venue: Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Catering: Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh
Entertainment and Lighting: DJ Joe Costa
Rings: Beeghly Jewelers
Favors: matchbooks
Alterations: MB Bride
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Grand View Saloon
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Us and the Dog
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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KWP couple Jenny and Fred gifted their wedding officiant/pastor with a family session. We got to do the session in the fall. It was great to meet this family!




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Lexie and Josh planned an earthy, natural celebration! Their colors were moss green, lavender, and gold with baby’s breath. Josh and Lexie met in high school and got engaged on the beach at sunset – the same beach Josh visited every summer. They have been together for eight years!

Lexie and Josh got married on a hot, hot day – the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. The two got ready separately at the Residence Inn North Shore – then we braved the sun for a first look and portraits at the river. These two shared private vows.

Lexie wanted to incorporate a lot of backgrounds in her photos – the Point, the Andy Warhol Bridge, Mount Washington. And of course, the Aviary Garden is always so pretty and fit her aesthetic. The ceremony was held in the garden and during cocktail hour, Patrik (female!) the penguin came out to greet guests.

These two celebrated with a nice long honeymoon to Italy – which looked incredible on Instagram – I was following along!

Lexie, I just loved your off the shoulder dress and the way you two interacted – it was such a fun wedding! You two are a great couple!

Lexie and Josh, 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: Zola
Prep location: Residence Inn North Shore
Gown Designer: Sophia Tolli
Bridal Salon: One White Lane
Shoes: Nine West
Perfume: Burberry
Other Bridal Accessories: Diamonds by Rothschild, Yuriy’s Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Men’s Formalwear: Macy’s, Calvin Klein, HartSchaftnerMarx
Cologne: Dior
Florist: Floral Farms
Hair Stylist: Sam Gothe – Flourish Hair
Make-Up Artist: Rachel Bongiorni Artistry
Hotel Accommodations: Residence Inn North Shore
Transportation: Regency Transportation
Coordinator/Planner: Hello Productions (Christina and Shannon)
Cinematographer: Interval Photography
Ceremony venue: National Aviary
Reception venue: National Aviary
Cake: Lincoln Bakery
Cookie Table: My Sweet Lily
Catering: Atria’s
Entertainment: DJ Donnie (family friend)
Rings: Diamonds by Rothschild, Yuriy’s Jewelers
Linens: Atria’s
Rentals: National Aviary
Alterations: One White Lane and Macy’s
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Bella Notte
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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These two are incredible athletes and people!

Jessica is so organized.

These two selected a Friday wedding because they didn’t want to wait another year to get married. The Royal Suite at the Omni was absolutely beautiful for the prep. We had three bridesmaids who were pregnant and these ladies were troopers – luckily, it was warm but not too hot!

After getting ready, these two did their first look at the Mellon Green, which is my favorite downtown parklet. Then we headed over to the always classic CMU Columns before heading to St. Mary of the Mount for the ceremony. And if you get married on Mt. Washington – you HAVE to go get those Mt. Washington overlook photos. The clouds came out and softened the sun just as these two hit their final pose on the overlook.

Then we headed to the Omni where the reception was to be held in the Urban Room. The Urban Room is incredible – art deco. The atmosphere is so elegant, sophisticated, and timeless. These two brought an easygoing, positive vibe to their day and the band kept the dance floor rocking the whole night – I just loved the high end, evening gala feel their wedding had!

These two enjoyed several weeks in Greece as their honeymoon!

Note to the couple:

Jessica 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: Minted
Prep location: Omni William Penn Hotel
Gown Designer: Theia Couture
Bridal Salon: Blanc de Blanc Bridal
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Veil: Etsy
Perfume: Le Labo Bergamote22
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Men’s Formalwear: Jos A. Bank
Florist: Pete Donati & Sons
Hair Stylist: Elisha Evans Styling
Make-Up Artist: See Jane Blush
Hotel Accommodations: Omni William Penn Hotel
Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys
Cinematographer: Traveling Heart Productions
Ceremony venue: St. Mary of the Mount Parish
Reception venue: Omni William Penn Hotel
Cake: Bella Christie’s
Catering: Omni William Penn Hotel
Entertainment: You Pick Entertainment – Band Name: Your Playlist
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Linens: Lendable Linens
Lighting: Pinnacle Onsite
Alterations: Blanc de Blanc Bridal
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Leo Greta in Carnegie
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Us and the Dog – Charlene Potts
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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It was so wonderful to see Michelle and Reese again and I loved taking their family’s fall pictures at Hartwood Acres. It was windy and rainy but my favorite moment of the session was when a rainbow came out! Their little one is so adorable!




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Heather is one of our best family portrait customers. We love seeing her and her kids year after year to get their birthday photos done!




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