Maddison and Jonah met in high school and have been together for nine years including their time together at Penn State. They both love to travel and Jonah even proposed on their flight to Asia.

Faith and family are very important to the couple and before they walked down the aisle, Jonah was brought into a room blindfolded so their family and friends could pray over the both of them. During the ceremony, they read testimonies to each other – it was a very emotional and sweet moment to watch! Both Maddison and Jonah gave their parents cards and gifts on the day of their wedding. Jonah even wrote a special note to Maddison’s father (there might have been some tears!).

It was raining right before the ceremony was to begin, but after delaying for a few minutes, we were able to have the ceremony outside on the 18th hole of the Sewickley Heights Golf Club. This was a perfect spot for a ceremony underneath the beautiful blue skies.

Guests had cocktail hour inside the Golf Club while we took bridal party photos on the golf course. We were even able to sneak out at sunset with Maddison and Jonah to a different part of the course for portraits. We had cotton candy skies and even a rainbow!

During the reception, Jonah sang a song or two to Maddison with The Company Band. The couple ended the night with a sparkler send-off before riding off in a Cadillac.

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Maddison and Jonah, congratulations again! 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: Shutterfly
Bride’s Prep location: Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Groom’s Prep Location: Private home
Bridal Salon: Ribbon Bridal
Other Bridal Accessories: Ribbon Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Altar’d State
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Gidas Flowers
Hair Stylist: MaxManni Aveda Concept Salon & Spa
Make-Up Artist: Matron of Honor
Coordinator/Planner: Megan Wine at Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Cinematographer: Vows to Video
Ceremony venue: Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Reception venue: Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Entertainment: The Company Band
Rentals: Muffies & Elegant Chair Cover Designs
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Tammy and David met in Indianapolis at a mutual friend’s party and had their first date at an EDM concert. (Their wedding website says the party was themed “wear as much denim as you can” – which is a very good party theme!) David was so kind – taking all the photos Tammy wanted throughout the day. We had such a great time with them!

Tammy had her hair and make-up done in the Chemistry Room at the Embassy Suites. Plenty of room for her, the mothers and her bridesmaids. She had the cutest pink sneakers she switched to after the ceremony!

Our limo driver Rex from Tortorice Limousine was great! He knew exactly how to avoid the parkway because of a weekend of paving. We were able to smoothly get to the ceremony and the portrait location without missing a beat.

The couple had rented a vintage bus to take guests from the hotel to the church.

The couple did a toast in the limo to their bridal party – thanking them for being here on the special day. It was cloudy when we entered Tammy’s hometown church in Munhall, but the sun came out with that autumn glow just as we headed to Mellon Park.

Mellon Park Walled Garden is a beautiful spot for portraits. We ran into three other bridal parties while we were there! There are several different locations to shoot in the park. These two have a 1.5 foot height difference – it was fun to play off that for the posing!

David had a groom’s cake with his college mascot. And that’s not all the reception fun – I don’t want to forget to mention the late night eats – delicious nachos and hot dogs at the end of the night. I heard a rumor that SOME VIP’s were even pouring nacho cheese all over their hot dogs – but it wasn’t me!

Throughout the entire day, the theme of La Vie en Rose was evident – in Tammy’s pink shoes, in the bridesmaid dresses and floral, and in the reception decor. The hashtag was #lavieenrusk as a play off David’s last name and their aesthetic. I don’t make a habit of plagiarizing here on the blog, but Tammy and David put it best on their wedding website by explaining this theme. “La Vie en Rose” is a song made famous by Edith Pilaf in the 1940’s and its title literally translates to “life in pink”. But a more befitting translation when taking into account the meaning of the song’s lyrics would be “life in happy hues”, “life in rosy hues”, or “life seen through happy lenses”. The spirit of this song romanticizes la vie; live a life of happiness filled with cheerfulness and merriment. It’s about a state of bliss when everything around you feeds this idea of joyfulness. This is the state we find ourselves in when we are deeply in love.

And these two are deeply in love. It was my honor to be a part of this special day.

Note to the couple:

Tammy and David, 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 Paper Store
Prep location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Pittsburgh
Gown Designer: Essense of Australia
Bridal Salon: Brides by Young
Shoes: Ted Baker London
Maid of Honor’s Dress: Donna Morgan
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Florist: One Happy Flower Shop
Hair Stylist: Classic Hair & Makeup
Make-Up Artist: Classic Hair & Makeup
Hotel Accommodations: Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Pittsburgh
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Ceremony venue: St. Therese of Lisieux Parish
Reception venue: Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Pittsburgh
Cake: Grandview Bakery
Catering: Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Pittsburgh
Entertainment: Modern Era Weddings – DJ Thomas P. Walter
Rings: Robert Goodman Jewelers
Linens:Linen Hero by Chair Covers and Linens
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental
Alterations: Brides by Young
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: The Yellow Rose Studio
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Maria and Graham were married on the first day of fall which coincidentally felt like the first real fall day with a temperature in the 60’s. These two met at Penn State in supplemental housing. For those of you who don’t know what supplemental housing is, that is when the dorm runs out of space and they put you in a common room with bunk beds until enough people drop out of school that there’s room for you in regular dorms. 🙂

Maria’s sister Natalie, serving as maid of honor, gave a toast that talked about how when she first met Graham he had flowing brown hair and was playing his guitar and she knew from that moment that Graham would steal Maria’s heart. Maria’s dad, Paul, gave one of the best father of the bride speeches we’ve ever heard!

On the way to the ceremony, Maria and her bridesmaids were listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, in which Maria knew all the words. The couple are going to New York for a few days as a mini moon and got tickets to see the show.

It was important for Maria and Graham to keep all of their events for their day close together because they had so many out of town guests. Maria go ready at her parent’s home and Graham got ready at the Fairfield Suites in McCandless. We all headed to St. Teresa of Avila Church. With the cocktail hour starting right after the ceremony, we headed over to a great portrait location nearby – La Roche College. Some of the guests could probably see us taking photos since the reception venue, Grand Room at Holy Trinity Church, was right across the street from La Roche.

Now there’s nothing like a live band at a wedding! This band, Dan Orlando Band, kept the dance floor going all night! This band is from New York City and Maria and Graham saw them when they were guests at another wedding. The couple ended their reception with a sparkler send-off.

Note to the couple:
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Maria and Graham, 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: Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique
Bride’s Prep Location: Private home
Groom’s Prep Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh North/McCandless Crossing
Gown Designer: Anne Barge – Berkeley
Bridal Salon: Anne Gregory for the Bride
Other Bridal Accessories: Etsy
Bridesmaid Dresses: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Men’s Formalwear: Black by Vera Wang/Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Gidas Flowers
Hair Stylist: Pretty Hair Salon/Kala Herak
Make-Up Artist: Bongiorno, Bella! Makeup and Hair by Phylicia
Hotel Accommodations: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh North/McCandless Crossing & Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh/McCandless
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Cinematographer: Shofilms
Ceremony venue: St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Parish
Reception venue: The Grand Room of Holy Trinity Center
Cake: Fenoglietto’s Wedding Cakes & Vegan Treats Bakery
Catering: The Grand Room of Holy Trinity Center
Entertainment: Dan Orlando Band
Rings: Koehler’s Jewelers
Photo Booth: DGM Weddings & Photo Booths
Alterations: Anne Gregory for the Bride
Rehearsal Dinner Location/Catering: The Foundry Table & Tap
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Heather Martin
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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   This is a question I get asked a lot in the limo on the way to the reception. Inevitably, a bridesmaid will say to her partner “Hey, we have to think of something to do when we come in to the reception!” Silence. Sometimes, they’ll turn to me and say “You do a lot of weddings! Do you have any ideas for us?”

Over the past fifteen years (5 as an assistant and 10 as a primary), I’ve seen dozens and dozens of different bridal party introductions into the reception. When I hear those familiar notes of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” you know some stuff is about to go down. Literally – plenty of people trip and fall on the way in to the hall!

But seriously, here are my ideas and thoughts!

First, tips for my couple:
1. You don’t HAVE to do introductions with the whole bridal party if you don’t want to.
2. You don’t HAVE to do wild and crazy intros for each couple – people can just walk in with a smile! That’s okay!
3. Leave a nice WIDE aisle from the door to the dance floor. There should be no confusion on which way to go.
4. Hit your mark and do your move on the dance floor or where you can clearly see the photographer near you and all the guests can see the moves. Too many people do their choreographed move by the door where most guests cannot see them.
5. Ask some employees from the venue to work the doors invisibly from the outside and open for each couple.

Now, here’s some “fun” “silly” or even cliche bridal party entrance ideas you can swipe so you don’t have to resort to the Charlie’s Angels pose. Bring your mom and dad sense of humor for these.

1. Piggyback ride (guy gives to the girl) – be careful

2. Piggyback ride (girl gives to the guy) – be careful

3. Make like Magic Mike and come in pretending to ride a pony (also done in the Gangam Style type intros)

4. When a group of three are walking together, the two people on the ends lean in to kiss the person in the middle on the cheek. At the last second, the middle person ducks out, so the other two kiss each other.  Obviously, consent is super important for this one and you need to make sure it’s done with a pure heart as a prank, not as a form of say homophobic humor or anything – so make sure to arrange the two people who agree to kiss on the outside ends, regardless of gender.

5. Old standby – come in and cross arms, doing a shot or crushing a beer

6. Make it rain with a stack of ones

7. THE dance of the summer – the floss, etc.

8. A simple spin

9. Form a tunnel over the next couple to come in

10. Spin Terrible Towels, wear sunglasses – bring those props

11. Pretending to throw a football/baseball and the other person catches it – photographers generally hate this one because you aren’t on the same plane and it’s hard to capture both people (A variation on this is pretending to catch a fish and reel it in – you know the one) 🙂

12. One person is the celeb, one person pretends to be paparazzi (I can feel your eyes rolling from here, but hey – there are big bridal parties and I’m pulling out everything I’ve seen here)

13. A luggage cart is wheeled in with one person pushing, one riding (and if you want to be super extra, you gotta play Titanic’s My Heart Will Go On)

14. Mascot or marching band comes in – I’ve seen the Nittany Lion run in during intros

15. Wheelbarrow rides – bet you haven’t done that since the 6th grade!

16. Confetti cannon – you can get them on Amazon

17.  My favorite – and it’s rare, I’ve only seen it once…a guy and a gal paired together switch clothes, so she wears the tux and he wears the traditional bridesmaid dress (you have to be somewhat the same size). It’s risky, it’s ballsy, it’s silly, it’s go big or go home – but hey, you asked for my favorite one and that’s it!

Party on, wedding parties!




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Every bride is told, “it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day,” and that rang true for Dana on her wedding day with her sweet groom, Dan. The Laurel Highlands was the perfect backdrop for this beautiful day and we had a little mist coming down for a super fine light rain from time to time. Dan and Dana were married at The Barn at Country Dreams B&B in Rockwood, PA.

These two met on eHarmony and Dan proposed at sunrise in Ocean City, New Jersey. They love traveling and adventuring together and some of their details reflected that.

Dana and her matron of honor stayed the night before in the Country Dreams B&B right next door to the barn where the wedding ceremony and reception were going to be held. Dan stayed no more than 15 minutes down the road at Rockwood Trailhouse B&B.

We ducked the rain drops to get some beautiful portraits of these two, and Dan’s motorcycle even made a cameo! There were nine flowergirls and ringbearers in this wedding and they all hung in there and did a great job. The couple chose to do a first look and had portraits done at a nearby farm and scenic overlook.

The ceremony was intimate and romantic and these two and their families and friends had such a great time celebrating their marriage on the dance floor all night long!

Note to the couple:

Dana and Dan, 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:
Invitation: Ann’s Bridal Bargains
Bride’s Prep location: Country Dreams B&B
Groom’s Prep Location: Rockwood Trailhouse B&B
Bridal Salon: Alfred Angelo
Shoes: TOMS
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Men’s Formalwear: Berk’s Menswear & Tuxedo Shop
Florist: Sola Wood Flowers
Bride’s Hair Stylist: Caruso on Vanadium – Kristie Smith
Make-Up Artist: Caruso on Vanadium – Kristie Smith
Hotel Accommodations: Country Dreams B&B
Cinematographer: Bill Siard Video & Photo Services
Ceremony venue: The Barn at Country Dreams B&B
Reception venue: The Barn at Country Dreams B&B
Cake: My Daughters’ Wedding Cakes
Catering: Oakhurst Grille & Event Center
Entertainment: Jammin’ Entertainment
Rings: Beeghly and Company Jewelers
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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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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