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Laura and John were planning to have a low key wedding. I hear this a lot from my clients, but sometimes wedding planning turns into what my husband calls “Marriage Hazing” where all of the excitement surrounding a wedding crushes the low-stress wedding dream. In Laura and John’s case, each time I talked to them, they seemed so relaxed. If I didn’t know better, I would have had to double check that they were actually having a wedding because they were SO easygoing about everything.

Laura and John renewed their wedding vows in a wedding ceremony in front of their family and friends at Harold Zion Luthern Church in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where John’s father is the Reverend. Since John’s family is so close to the church, the other Reverends couldn’t resist being a part of John’s wedding day. When they were telling me about some of the plans for their reception, I had a hard time believing John’s father was going to dress up and perform as Elvis and that his mom was going to play her accordion! Most people would become stressed out over this family involvement, but Laura and John really practiced what they had wanted all along—a relaxed and happy wedding day.

Many thanks to Nicki who joined me to photograph this very relaxed wedding day.

Congratulations, again, Laura and John!

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One of Nicki’s high school classmates, Kristine, contacted me last year about photographing her wedding. She requested Nicki to be here photographer and here is what Nicki had to say (and show) about her wedding day:

“Kristine and Matt are so lucky. While typically July is one of the driest months of the summer, this one brought a ton of rain. The 6 days before and 6 days after Kristine and Matt’s wedding, it rained! But on their wedding day, the clouds were no where to be seen. They’re not only lucky with the weather, Matt visibly adores Kristine and they are happy to be married.

They were married in a Catholic ceremony was at Saint Therese of Lisieux in Munhall. After taking some photos on the University of Pittsburgh campus, they celebrated with their friends and family at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

Christina and I really had a great time photographing such a happy couple.

Congratulations Kristine and Matt!!”

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  • AdreaJuly 21, 2015 - 10:47

    Beautiful images of a lovely day! Well done!

Like all of my amazing wedding clients, Lauren and Chris said that photography was one of their top priorities for their wedding day. They planned to have a whole hour for portrait photography in between their wedding ceremony and reception. On the day of the wedding, they had to improvise in order to avoid the people (and their cars) out and about in Pittsburgh concerts, events and following construction detours. Lauren and Chris agreed that we should change our plans to shoot at their Alma mater, Duquesne University, opting instead for a stop at Setter’s Cabin Park along the route to their wedding reception. While I am always nervous to change the couple’s plan, having more time to take photos was the best choice. At the end of the session, Lauren exclaimed “I’m so happy that we came here for photos! This is great!” It is nice to see that Lauren and Chris are already making the right decisions as a couple.

Lauren and Chris were married earlier this month in a ceremony at Zion Lutheran Church in the South Hills are of Pittsburgh. After greeting their guests, they traveled to Settler’s Cabin Park for some portraits before heading to their reception at Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. I was beyond excited to work with the talented DJ Andy Booth (after a three year hiatus) and he kept the dance floor full all night long.

Many thanks to Nicki for her excellent photographs, help, and support all day.

Congratulations, Lauren and Chris!

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Maggie and Adam met at a work conference. One of Maggie’s colleagues noticed that Adam was interested in her, but Adam thought that Maggie was married to this colleague. Thankfully, Maggie’s clever co-worker (hi, Martin!) sent up a flare and told Maggie that Adam was interested in her. Later, Maggie and Adam were on a series of long-distance dates before Adam proposed at Point State Park here in Pittsburgh. What a perfect place for their engagement photography session, too!

I’ve known Maggie in a professional setting for years , her being one of the talented catering managers for Common Plea catering. I am extremely honored that she and Adam chose me to be their wedding photographer and Maggie has made good on her promise that “when I get married, I’m hiring you to be my photographer.”

Congratulations, Maggie and Adam!

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  • A. JudyJune 12, 2015 - 21:08

    I am sitting here, crying like you were my own daughter. The photos are GREAT. Does Randi have a brother named David?

Not every wedding crowd can really appreciate a free-form photo studio set up right at the wedding reception. For Dana and Drew‘s wedding at the University Club, that wasn’t the case!  Their guests knew just what to do to make the most of some excellent hats, props, and facial expressions.

I always enjoy looking at these photos since I’m busy photographing the wedding reception while this is happening. Cheers to Ryan for his excellent crowd control. And double congratulations to Dana and Drew!

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