Danielle and Louis met at work and have been together for almost four and a half years – their proposal was a simple and sweet one, on a Wednesday at home. Danielle, an interior designer, put a lot of wow touches on her décor for this wedding!

The ladies got ready at Residence Inn and then popped over to Shakespeare’s to finish the dressing. I was obsessed with the dressing space in the cocktail hour room – I just used a dark green curtain to block the ladies from the men and provide a nice clean background.

One of the best photo locations at Shakespeare’s is the large door and ivy wall – it makes a great focal point in the photos and brings everything together!

Danielle and Louis provided blankets for their outdoor ceremony and people got cozy on the balcony under the heat lamps! The ceremony featured a special moment with Louis’ kids – a family unity ceremony.

Guests enjoyed cocktail hour while we headed outside with the whole bridal party and the couple as the sun started to set and the last of the fall leaves were on the trees. Then there was a reception with some great dancing (I see you, doing the splits!) and that fun was followed by a sparkler send off and a honeymoon in Cape Cod!

Note to the couple:

Danielle and Louis, 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!

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Invitation: Zazzle
Prep location: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh Cranberry
Gown Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Salon: Bridal Beginning
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: Sorella Vita
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Taunia’s Flowers by Design
Hair Stylist: Samantha Moys from The Strand Theory
Make-Up Artist: Hope Star Makeup Artistry
Hotel Accommodations: Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh Cranberry
Transportation: Star Limousine
Cinematographer: Wedding Bug Studios
Ceremony venue: Shakespeare’s Restaurant & Pub
Reception venue: Shakespeare’s Restaurant & Pub
Cake: Carol’s Cakes
Catering: Shakespeare’s Restaurant & Pub
Entertainment: Second II None Productions
Rings: Blocher Jewelers
Chair Covers: Pittsburgh Wedding Rentals
Favors: Ella Celebration Antique Gold Key Bottle Openers
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography

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First there was Carolyn’s wedding on New Year’s Eve in 2016, then there was Angela’s wedding last September, and now Suzie. All the girls are married now – we have had the honor and the privilege of working with this sweet family and I will miss them!
What do all these weddings have in common? Wild weather! Carolyn’s day – we had rain and snow and then Ang’s, we had rain. So of course, it had to rain for Suzie’s – but we lucked and out and JUST managed to get all our photos in – like we always do with this crew!
Suzie gave Kyle one of the best gifts I’ve ever seen – she wrote in a journal to him everyday since the day they got engaged – the entire book was full. It was so heartfelt and thoughtful!
I love the velvet on the bridesmaids’ dresses! After church, we headed downtown for their photos – we hit up some amazing rooftops, garage doors, and colorful walls while dodging the raindrops! These guys were troopers – we had to get out and walk but they all hung in there!
Also, at the end of Carolyn’s wedding, there was a balloon drop. I love that Suzie’s dad came up with a great confetti cannon surprise for Suzie. I loved seeing him secretly pass out the confetti cannons from a shopping bag and then everyone got in place and right when the music for the last song kicked up – the couple was showered with confetti! One of my favorite moments of the entire day!
This was truly an honor and an amazing family!

Note to the couple:
Suzie and Kyle, it was a pleasure to work with the two of you! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!

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Invitation: Julie Hanan Design
Prep location: Private homes
Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero
Bridal Salon: The White Orchid
Veil: Clarissa Boutique
Hairpiece: Etsy
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Bracelet: Macy’s
Earrings: Etsy
Bridesmaid Dresses: Babette’s Gowns
Men’s Formalwear: Valotta’s Tuxedo
Florist: Parkway Florist
Hair Stylist: Caruso on Vanadium
Make-Up Artist: Caruso on Vanadium
Hotel Accommodations: Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel
Transportation: Broadway Limousine
Cinematographer: Ian Allegrucci
Ceremony venue: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
Reception venue: Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel
Cake: Signature Desserts
Entertainment: Party Time Productions
Rings: Kay Jewelers & Pillar Styles
Favors: Candy/Cookie Table
Alterations: The White Orchid
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Bar Louie
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography

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Suzie said: | Feb 13, 2020 - 09:02:27 |

You are the best Kristen! Thank you for capturing these forever memories of the best day of our lives. We will miss working with you but hope to again someday! ❤️

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Your Wedding Venue Closed Before Your Wedding – What Now?!
((It’s okay to feel the way this little ringbearer does!))
(Also you don’t have to keep your sh*t together!)
(Also this one is true. You got this.)
(Freaking out? That’s okay too!)
(Some shouting? Sure go ahead!)
(Then a little bit more crying? Go for it. This sucks)
(Ultimately weathering this storm? Yep!)

First off, I’m sorry and this sucks. When something bad happens in life, we don’t want to hear  “you’ll find something you like even better!” or “that’s why you should have used a credit card or got wedding insurance” (You know I’m not going to harp on credit cards because I love me some Dave Ramsey so I support you if you choose not to use a credit card!) We just want to hear it sucks, you shouldn’t HAVE to be doing this, you shouldn’t have to scramble to find something, and this is very unfair.

Also, I’m so sorry to the employees who lost their jobs. This sucks.

And also, I feel for all you who had your wedding and fond memories at that venue before – it’s always fun to drive by and say “that’s where your mom and I got married” to your kids or go out to dinner on your 10th-20th-30th anniversary at the place where you made those memories years before. So I’m sad for you too.

Impact on wedding industry: Closings of big companies like Alfred Angelo (years ago) or Noah’s Event Center (recently) nationally and closings of businesses and venues locally hurt the entire wedding industry. I can’t blame couples for asking all vendors to take a credit card. I never judge couples who read my contract line by line carefully and ask for revisions. I even understand why some couples come in and ask for payment arrangements that don’t include paying 100% prior to the wedding – because of scenarios where businesses have closed and left clients high and dry.

I’m not a lawyer. I’m just a wedding photographer. But I like logistics and problem-solving and educating myself on business issues and I wanted to write down my thoughts on the mass closing of a chain of reception venues this week. This isn’t legal advice – this is just advice from a wedding professional and what I would tell my own sister or best friend to do.

First – what happened? It appears to me (and again, I could be totally wrong) that Noah’s Event Center was doing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy last spring (May 2019). A few locations had closed throughout the country – rumor had it that the ones closing just weren’t renewing their leases. I know people signed with Noah’s as late as this week – but the people at the local facility may not have known what the big bosses/headquarters knew – anyone who has a corporate job knows how that can be! You may hear rumblings but you still have to show up to work everyday and do your job. The Chapter 11 bankruptcy would have let them keep operating and just restructured (again, I Googled all of this and I’m no accountant and I might be getting it all wrong – so any client of mine who is a lawyer or accountant or just better at biz than me – feel free to correct me!)

But then, they didn’t “do as well as they had hoped” apparently and a judge changed it to Chapter 7 bankruptcy rather suddenly – saying they should not be marketing or taking payments anymore. This quote came from a WTAE News Story: “With no income, Noah’s decided to shut down. Cannon said Noah’s case will move to Chapter 7 bankruptcy soon. Cannon said the brides and grooms whose weddings were canceled will have to file bankruptcy court claims and, “Sadly, there’s not very much in the way of assets or money.” So more on filing a bankruptcy claim below…

Source: WTAE News Story here https://www.wtae.com/article/two-local-event-centers-wedding-venues-abruptly-close-forcing-couples-to-change-plans/30818464

So what should you do right now? (Again, this is just my advice and not legal advice!)
1. If you haven’t yet, stop any autopayments to Noah’s.

2. If you paid by credit card, contact the card company today. Even if just some of your payments were on credit card, contact your card today – I would call the number on the back. I had to file a claim about 5 years ago for something on my credit card (a windshield in Iceland – expensive fix) and they DID take care of it – so I highly recommend this. It took some paperwork, but I got it taken care of in the end. I know there are time limits on this and it varies card to card, but it seems those who paid on credit card may be in better shape than those who paid with debit/check/cash.

3. If you paid by debit card or check, Google tells me it is going to be harder – but call your bank. And I’d call and speak to a few different people and escalate it upwards.

4. File the bankruptcy claim talked about in the news story. This article talks about that and how to do it: https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/oh-lake/noahs-event-venue-closes-dozens-of-locations-due-to-bankruptcy-leaving-brides-to-be-devastated

5. Start looking for another venue (more on that below!)

Advice for the Future:

It seems like it could be beneficial in the future to do a few things – Of course, there are no guarantees and this is not at all shaming those who had this happen. Things happen despite our best precautions! We can’t prevent everything!

1. Make payments where possible on credit cards for the protection they provide.

2. Consider getting wedding insurance or looking at your home owner’s policy and adding an event rider on there. The cost is around $300-500 last time I looked.

3. Ask your trusted local vendors the question “Who would you book for your wedding for DJ/dress/venue/photos/etc?” I love being asked who I would book as a photographer – we vendors sometimes hear rumblings of things because we eat, sleep, and breathe this industry. We sometimes know which vendor puts their heart and souls in it and run a tight ship! We see lots of behind the scenes stuff!

Seeking a New Venue – Advice for Those Looking:

1. If you have a hot date (say, the fall or 10/10), look at places that can hold multiple weddings and events in a day, such as large hotels. They are more likely to have space for your event!

2. Remember, unfortunately weddings do get cancelled, so the date will be open somewhere!

3. If you have a hot and popular date, you may also want to look at venues that have more restrictive booking processes or only book in certain seasons – I believe Heinz Field and PNC Park fit that bill – they are beholden to the game and concert schedules, so they may book a bit later than other venues! Same thing for venues that only do summer or only do winter – they might allow you to flex on this due to circumstances!

You also could look at more rural venues/farms outside the area for example that may have availability – I noticed a lot of rural venues still had dates available!

4. If you aren’t having a lot of luck finding a venue, consider that under 200 (say 100-150 guests) will open up more choices! There are limited spaces for 200+ in Pittsburgh, but at 50-100 guests – there are many many popular smaller venues such as Tree Pittsburgh.

5. Many Pittsburgh vendors and venues are offering discounts or incentives – be sure to check out Burgh Brides Facebook group for help!


Here are a list of the incentives/availability at venues as of 02/09/20 – thanks to Jeannene Lillie Events for compiling this!


6. Obviously, money will be an issue for rebooking. Especially for those who used a debit card or check – I’d check as soon as possible for all forms of payment to see what you will get back. If you won’t be getting a refund of your Noah’s money, I realize your budget will be reduced. I was just talking with a photographer today who mentioned she had a beautiful wedding at a restaurant – so there was no room rental fee (Monterey Bay too – great views!). If you are already out your room rental fee but hadn’t yet selected a caterer, try finding another venue that doesn’t charge for rental and only charges for food and beverage, for example, such as a restaurant. Or carefully see if the caterer would allow you out of your contract/weigh your options on forfeiting that retainer/ask them for help in finding a new space.

Prices vary WIDELY in Pittsburgh – especially for rental of a space. I’m confident you can find something in your budget range now that will still be beautiful.

If you have selected a caterer and placed money there – I realize this will be more difficult! Some venues are willing to work with outside caterers in this special situation! I’ve been to two lovely North Park weddings where the rental fee was only $200-300 – then you can still use your caterer, bring your own alcohol, use your rentals, etc.

Here’s some budget-friendly options (according to my previous brides and grooms – budget has a different meaning for everyone obviously):

Banquet Unlimited
County Parks
Mt Troy Ballroom
Carmichaels Firehall
Greek Orthodox Social Hall
Private Property – maybe this is the time to ask your church, your friend with a gorgeous large home, etc
Morguen Toole Company
Riverview Park – I get asked about this venue a lot! 
North Park –  I get asked about these two incredible weddings a lot! Trisha and Eric and Emily and Bryan
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Cedar Brook Golf Club
Comfort Inn Penn Hills
Holy Cross Banquet Hall
Greater Masonic Center of Pittsburgh
St. John’s Cathedral Room
Holiday Inn Express in West Mifflin
Sunset Room in Elizabeth

Lesser known venues that might have more dates available:

Country Dreams BnB in Rockwood
PNC Park and Heinz Field often have lesser lead times on booking due to sports schedules
Edgewood Club due to booking seasonally

Update – these venues MAY allow outside licensed caterers (I haven’t confirmed this but was told by previous brides/quick Facebook search that they may):
WBU Spring Hill
Rodef Shalom
Armstrong Farms
Allegheny County Courthouse
Hartwood Acres
North Park
Riverview Park
New Hazlett Theater
This is Red
Heaven Sent Farms
Union Project
West Overton
Point Breezeway
Pavilion at Pittsburgh Shriner Center
Lewis Family Farm
Greystone Fields
Valley View Farm

Some clients are wanting to keep things near the original venue for ease of logistics. Here’s a list of a few places nearby:

near Cranberry:
Crystal Room in the Days Inn Butler
Succop Conservancy
The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake
The Mansion in Butler
Twelve Oaks Mansion
White Barn
Atrium (and its sister property)
Shakespeare’s/Old Stonewall
Butler Country Club
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh Cranberry

near Southpointe:
Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe
Bella Sera
Southpointe Golf Club
Crowne Plaza South Hills Village

similar feel/amenities to Noah’s with on site ceremonies:
Longue Vue Club
Sewickley Heights Golf Club

7. If you aren’t having any luck finding a good venue, you may consider switching the date. Most vendors understand this is a date change due to an emergency and would likely try to work with you to the best of their ability– church, florist, photographer – provided they are not booked on the new date. In order to maximize this option, you might try switching to a Sunday, a Friday, or a winter date – when vendors will likely be much more available!

8. You could also choose to change directions on the type of wedding, the location, the feel – maybe you take off on a destination wedding because after being put through this – you definitely deserve a nice trip away!

9. If you have a little more time to wait (late 2020, 2021 brides without super popular dates) – you can perhaps see if another venue will open in the space – contact the owners of the spaces and see what the plans are as these locations were rented not owned by Noah’s.

Also, to bring it all back to the beginning of this article – I looked at 116 houses before I bought my house. I lost a house offer I was told I had and it was a bummer – I even cried because I thought I had this and I was tired of looking. It was not fair. But – I got so so lucky with the house I did get in the end. It had everything I wanted and the exact layout. 116 houses over 8 months and yet I bought a house that hadn’t even officially hit the market. The sellers? They gave me their patio furniture. They took meticulous care of the place, it was much nicer than the other houses I lost, the bathrooms were new, and the hardwoods were perfect under the carpet. So in the end, I stayed the course and kept looking and came in under budget. I know your wedding will still be beautiful and memorable as Noah’s was just a place and the real magic of a wedding is the love the couple has for each other. Years from now, you’ll look back and say “Remember when our wedding venue closed right before our wedding?” with a laugh because you will have weathered the hell out of this storm and kept right on rolling. You got this.

The Pittsburgh wedding community is here for you – please get in touch if I can be of any help!

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Charlie Walkrich said: | May 31, 2020 - 03:05:48 |

This Covid-19 situation is tough for all of us. Lots of great tips here. Thank yo , Kristen!

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It was great to see the Wakeley family again! We last worked with them for Carrie’s wedding back in 2013. The family has really grown since then. Everybody was back in town so it was great to get the whole family together for photos!

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Yinz know I love Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe and this wedding was no exception!
Jocelyn has a great sense of style – I brought in a styling board to really reflect her love of the “Magnolia” style ala Chip and Joanna Gaines. Jocelyn went with white, black, taupe, and light pink touches.
I loved getting to know these two back in May for their engagement session! Jocelyn is one of quite a few ladies from Belle Vernon area that I’ve had the pleasure of working with – the sweetest girls!
Dan and Jocelyn got ready in separate rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe. Jocelyn’s sister gave her a ring with her late father’s writing on it to wear on the wedding day – it was so special. Jocelyn also had a tie of her father’s sewn into her dress.

They did a first look on the grounds of Hilton Garden Inn and then we headed to a really beautiful fall foliage spot nearby – just 12 or so minutes away where we did photos with the bridal party too.
The ceremony was outside under the pergola – I love this option here. Later, we left the reception to witness a gorgeous glowing sunset for photos!
Congratulations, you two!

Note to the couple:

Jocelyn and Dan, it was a pleasure to work with the two of you! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!

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Invitation: Minted
Prep location: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Gown Designer: Morilee Madeline Gardner
Bridal Salon: Henri’s Cloud Nine
Shoes: Aldo
Veil: Henri’s Cloud Nine
Jewelry: Henri’s Cloud Nine
Bridesmaid Dresses: Sorelle Bridal Salon
Men’s Formalwear: Liberty Men’s Formals
Florist: Vintage & Vines
Hair Stylist: Bad Wolf Studio
Make-Up Artist: JL Studio & Beauty Boutique/Amanda Vicinelly
Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Coordinator/Planner: Alexandra Jordan from Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Cinematographer: All Heart Photo & Video
Ceremony venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Reception venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Cake: Aunts of the bride
Catering: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Entertainment: Jonny Hartwell with Kelli Burns Entertainment LLC
Rings: L.J. Marks Jewelers
Linens: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Favors: Sarris Candies
Lighting: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Alterations: Henri’s Cloud Nine
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography

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Disclaimer: I’m no health insurance expert. I just wanted to share what I have found over the years! Always consult an expert in the field! I also have no children or special medical conditions, so again – this advice is not for everyone.

Heyyy, self-employed (or WANT to be self-employed) friends – this is for you. Let’s talk about health insurance. My in real life not-internet friends and I have discussed this a few times…were your parents VERY into having health insurance?

Maybe you discussed a gap year after college and they were like “what would you do without health insurance though? You can’t!”

Or in college, you only needed 6 credits that final semester to graduate but you took a whole course load because you needed 12 credits to stay on their insurance?

Or maybe you or the spouse is staying at a corporate job just to keep the insurance? Maybe you are going with your boyfriend/girlfriend to the courthouse for a marriage license just to get on their insurance?

And maybe you don’t know what to do being self-employed – how do you even GET insurance? Is that even a thing?! (This is one of the questions I’m asked the MOST when people find out I own a small business. It’s a mystery!) We certainly didn’t learn about health insurance in school.

^^I’ve been there before, before I was self-employed. Because getting a broken leg or appendicitis can bankrupt you if you don’t have insurance. And I grew up on my parents’ insurance of course, then I was on my late husband’s insurance. And then I just had to sit down and figure some stuff out when I was widowed and this was one of the things I researched.

It’s clear for a lot of people that health insurance needs to change in this country – I think everyone can agree on that, regardless of political beliefs!

I also have a lot of clients who are in the medical profession and of course I support them and their right to be paid fairly for all their training and expertise! I’m in awe of them and I want them to make the money they deserve.

There’s a few takeaways here, but as a self-employed person, my biggest shift was changing the way I thought about health insurance personally – from using it as essentially an “everything should be covered” concept to using it as I would car insurance – I use health insurance as a way to keep from going bankrupt. So I personally (as a relatively health individual now with no chronic conditions) look for a very low premium, just as I do with car insurance.

Everyone’s opinion is different on this. I don’t personally use my car insurance for a scratch or a dent – I fix it myself and just pay or leave it alone on my car. I view my insurance as the same way – little stuff, I am okay with paying for – a co-pay for urgent care here, a prescription there. I’m trying to insure myself for a major medical event – if I get hit by a bus, break my leg skiing, or get appendicitis. Those $3000+ events.

Open enrollment comes around every year in November-January. (You can also enroll other times with a life changing event like job loss, marriage, etc. and I’m pretty sure when I purchased my own insurance, I could just call up and get some at any time, honestly as I was on COBRA and there is such a thing as interim insurance. So it’s worth a shot to try now and not just say “well, I have to wait til November – hope I don’t fall on the icy Pittsburgh streets before then!”)

My advice – get a health insurance broker. I got mine via Dave Ramsey. An ELP – Endorsed Local Provider – are required by Dave Ramsey to have the heart of a teacher and explain things to you and walk you through it!

https://healthtrustfinancial.com/ (who I went with)
https://www.daveramsey.com/elp/health-insurance (where I found him)

But just go to Dave Ramsey’s website and look up an ELP for health insurance. They can shop rates for you and present options from multiple insurers. (Is this Obamacare? you might ask. It is not – because I found the numbers given to me by brokers to be far superior to the ACA plans – but those are also an option and I do encourage you to check the ACA website especially if you qualify for a subsidy! I just like having the broker explain everything to me as well!)

I didn’t understand co insurance, co payment, deductible, etc and he explained it all to me very carefully and told me the one he felt I should go with!

Disclaimer: Your deductible and choices are individual to you. This article also doesn’t cover HSA’s (health savings accounts etc) because that’s a whole other ball of wax.

Real talk and real numbers: it’s just me on my plan. I pay less than $200 per month. Is my deductible high? YEP – I chose that for myself because for me, I’d rather have a lower premium each month – run the math with a broker.          Does that mean I pay the first $3-10k out of pocket before it would cover ANYTHING?!!! (“that sounds horrible!!!”) Nope – I had my broker explain everything to me and that’s thankfully not how it works – it’s confusing, but the chance of me having to pay that in a year is small and only for a major illness/issue/injury – which I’ve had only once in 8 years, thankfully.

And for you Pittsburgh people, I went with something that’s not UPMC or AHN, so I can go almost anywhere!

There’s a learning curve to it, but about 2 years in, you’ll have the hang of it, I’ve even price shopped and negotiated things, and you can do it too! I needed a test that wasn’t covered by insurance and it wasn’t urgent. I got a few recommendations, called around, and found the best and lowest deal.

So that’s my PSA on how it all works. I know some people can’t afford it and no shame if you don’t have health insurance – but if you want it, this is what I suggest doing and I hope it saves you some researching time!

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Kate and Michael are both physicians – so they are super smart AND kind. I loved hearing during the speeches about how Kate used to be a tomboy growing up and loved doing sports, then returned to her love of the outdoors when she started dating Mike and he took her fishing! And it sounds like Mike and his brother had a great relationship growing up as well!

These two are both busy residents, yet still had time to plan a gorgeous upscale wedding. The Fairmont Hotel always does an incredible job. The first look took place on the staircase and then we traveled around the Cultural District for photos. Then it was off to St. Peter on Arch Street – we’ve been to this church several times this year and I love how bright and light it is as well as its close proximity to Allegheny Commons Park!

As the sun set, we grabbed a few quick photos at the Clemente Bridge. The reception was gorgeous and the dance floor was completely packed all night long. The late night food station was Primanti-style sandwiches and tacos – the party kept going!

Note to the couple:
Kate and Mike, 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!

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Invitation: Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique
Prep location: Fairmont Pittsburgh
Gown Designer: Demetrios
Bridal Salon: Anne Gregory for the Bride
Shoes: Nine West & Keds for Kate Spade
Headpiece: Clarissa Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Men’s Formalwear: The Black Tux
Florist: Sapphire & Lace
Hair Stylist: Alyssa Nusser from Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar/Kim Miller from KMH Salon
Make-Up Artist: Leanne O’Donoughue from Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar/Grace Wiedenhofer
Hotel Accommodations: Fairmont Pittsburgh
Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys
Coordinator/Planner: Natalie Weiss of Fairmont Pittsburgh
Cinematographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Ceremony venue: Saint Peter Church
Reception venue: Fairmont Pittsburgh
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Catering: Fairmont Pittsburgh
Entertainment: BPM Deejays
Rings: Market Street Diamonds
Linens: Mosaic Inc.
Favors: Cookie Table
Lighting: BPM Deejays
Alterations: Anne Gregory for the Bride
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Chrissy Olson from Weddings by Sal and Bella
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography

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Sometimes, couples have a theme for their wedding – and it might just be touches of that theme. For example, you might incorporate a few rustic elements if you are getting married on a farm. I also adore it when people GO for the theme and look – it gives so much fun and uniqueness to the wedding.

Lexi’s mom did an incredible job of planning this 1920’s/Great Gatsby themed October wedding. I love the little joke she even made “Are you ready for your surprise wedding?” she asked Lexi during getting ready. But that’s a great gift of love – to plan a wedding for your out-of-town daughter- to take all that stress off her so she can just enjoy the day.

The ladies’ dresses and headbands were amazing – Lexi’s dress even went with the theme. Jesse brought that groom style with a white jacket – and he wore it so well. Let’s talk about the antique car – amazing. And we even found some old spots in McKeesport to photograph – we used some gates on a cobblestone road and an abandoned street to bring the entire look together.

The reception details were gorgeous – and of course, sparkle was carried throughout to sparklers at the end of the night. We were so honored to capture this gorgeous wedding.

Note to the couple:

Lexi and Jesse, we loved working with the two of you! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!

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Invitation: Occasion Creation Designs
Prep location: Private homes
Gown Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Salon: One Enchanted Evening
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Veil & Headpiece: Clarissa Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Sorella Vita from MarWin Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: 700 Shop
Bouquets: All Events Floral LTD
Hair Stylist: Find the Beauty Within
Make-Up Artist: Makeup by Jenna
Hotel Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh South
Transportation: Tortorice Limousine
Coordinator/Planner: Kelli Gorecki of Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh
Ceremony venue: St. Angela Merici
Reception venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh South
Antique Car: Private owner
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Cannoli Bar: Patti’s Pasticceria
Centerpieces: Pete Donati & Sons
Catering: Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh South
Entertainment: Second II None Productions
Rings: Barsky Diamonds
Favors: Champagne Bottles
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Denunzio’s
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography

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We first got to know Emily when she was a bridesmaid in Christina’s gorgeous Jay Verno wedding a few years ago. Emily and Cody booked us nice and early and last fall, we did their engagement session in North Park.

I was so delighted for their day for many reasons: Hotel Indigo and the surrounding grounds are AMAZING for photography! We could have done portraits here all day – we made sure to hit up the Hot Metal Bridge for images.

After the rooftop first look, we headed to the church which also had beautiful grounds. September light just glows.

Then we quickly hopped over to Mellon Park – a classic photo spot.

The day was hot hot hot – but it got even hotter when a little sterno caught fire in the kitchen and the Edgewood fire department paid the reception a visit during their sunset portraits. Emily and Cody took it in stride and laughed. At the end of the night, everyone climbed aboard school busses to head to the after party. I loved being part of their day! The staff at the Edgewood Club was so welcoming, the food was delicious, and Emily did such an amazing job planning!

Note to the couple:

Emily and Cody, 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!

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Invitation: ArtePapery
Prep location: Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh – Technology Center
Gown Designer: Stella York
Bridal Salon: The Exquisite Bride
Shoes: Allegra K
Other Bridal Accessories: Clarissa Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Men’s Formalwear: Top Hat Tuxedo
Florist: One Happy Flower Shop
Hair Stylist: Crimp Hair Salon/Kara Niederst
Make-Up Artist: See Jane Blush
Hotel Accommodations: Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh – Technology Center
Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation Inc.
Ceremony venue: St. John Fisher Church
Reception venue: The Edgewood Club
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: First Class Caterers
Entertainment: DJ Joseph Costa
Rings: Trinity Jewelers
Linens: All Occasions Party Rental
Clawfoot Tub: Vintage Alley Rentals
Lighting: DJ Joseph Costa
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Dive Bar and Grille
Additional KWP Team Member for this wedding: Porter Loves
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography

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It was so great to see Jody and Michael again (we did their wedding a few years ago with a reception at PNC Park!) – and they brought back their little one to see us for his first birthday photos. It was such a pretty early fall day in the Mellon Park Walled Garden – happy birthday, little one!

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