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!

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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!

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note to the couple:

Kristi and Matt, we loved working with the two of you again! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Julie and Brian, thank you for letting us be a part of your special day! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Kara and Malek, we loved working with the two of you on your special day! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!

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




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

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

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

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

Note to the couple:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Megan and Matt, thank you for letting us be a part of your special day! It was a pleasure to work with the two of you! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note to the couple:

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

Be sure to see our full galleries here!

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




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Diana and Joe first met at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where they are both ballet dancers. They formed a connection over the fact that they are both from Ohio and they both have strong Catholic faith. When they first met Diana knew Joe was from Ohio because of his love for the Cleveland Browns! After three and a half years of dating, Joe took Diana to mass on Mt. Washington and proposed to her on the overlook. The couple had a Catholic ceremony at St. Stanislaus and a reception following at the Grand Hall at the Priory.

Diane and Joe had separate Priory townhouses right next to the reception site and it made the getting ready process very convenient! Diana and her mother made her beautiful cathedral length veil. Her mother also gifted her a small blue rosary to wear in her dress pocket – yes, her dress had pockets! Diana wore her mother’s pearl bracelet, carried her grandfather’s monogrammed hankie and used her great aunt’s clutch. Joe wore socks of his hometown football team – the Cleveland Browns.

Diana and Joe did a “first touch” prior to the ceremony where they exchanged cards. During the ceremony, Diana’s aunt and uncle sang and they had a friend play the viola. During the recessional, flower petals fell from the ceiling.

Between the ceremony and reception, we got to take the couple and their bridal party to several photo locations throughout Pittsburgh – the Strip District, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, CMU Columns, Mellon Park Walled Garden and the Clemente Bridge. Ceremony was at 2:00PM and the cocktail hour didn’t start until 6:00PM so we had a great amount of time for photos! Diana even put on her pointe shoes for a few shots! While we were getting their photos, the parents of the bride and groom hosted guests in the Priory townhouses. This is a great option to keep your guests occupied while still having enough time for photos.

The couple had subtle details of their ballet dancing background throughout their reception – the escort cards were made to look like ballet tickets and some of their tables were named after ballets they had done together. Diana and Joe choreographed their first dance. The wedding cake topper was vintage and one that has been used in many weddings on Joe’s side of the family.

We did a sparkler send off with the couple and it was probably one of the biggest ones we have ever seen. After the reception was over, we rode up to Mt. Washington with Diana and Joe to take some final photos since it is such a special place to them where they got engaged.

Note to the couple:

Diana and Joe, we loved working with 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:
Prep location: The Priory Hotel
Gown Designer/Salon: Romona Keveza/Something White Bridal
Bride’s Headband: Clarissa Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Beginning/Dessy Group
Men’s Ties: Dessy
Florist: Budget Blossoms by Jillian
Hair Stylist: Rochelle Noone Hair Creations Salon
Make-Up Artist: Allison Roth Studio
Hotel Accommodations: The Priory Hotel
Transportation: All Star Limousines Worldwide
Cinematographer: Black Guy in Black Tie Wedding Videographer
Ceremony venue: St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
Reception venue: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Cake: Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique
Catering: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory
Entertainment: Greg Sovek Productions
Rings: Ashcroft & Oak Jewelers
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography




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Amber and Max are getting married next year! We met up with them and their sweet dog for some portraits at Mellon Park Walled Garden and The Point. We had to reschedule the session three or four times due to rain but in the end I am so glad we did because it was worth it. The light we got was beautiful!

I love old houses and something that you may not know about the Mellon Park Walled Garden is that it is actually the remnants of the Mellon Mansion. The Mellon Mansion was one of the largest homes around the turn of the century and it was demolished in 1941. The land then became Mellon Park. I can go on and on about homes of the Gilded Age but my assistant Allison says this isn’t the time for a history lesson. 😛

Amber and Max, we can’t wait for your wedding next year!

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Michelle and Alden are expecting their first baby in just a few weeks! We first met Michelle and Alden when we did their wedding a few years ago. They are expecting a baby boy and plan to name him Leo. They brought a few different props with them that family and friends had made. Of course we had to have their first baby, Lily (their dog) come along for a few pictures!

Congratulations you two! We are so excited for your new arrival!

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