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Lauren and Henry met when they were in graduate school at Carnegie Mellon. Students no more, they are very busy preparing for their wedding later this month. I met when them at Lauren’s childhood home on a beautiful summer evening. What an incredible backyard for a photo shoot!

I really enjoyed my time getting to know Lauren and Henry and I’m looking forward to seeing more of their gorgeous faces at their wedding. Congratulations, Lauren and Henry!

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When Jessi and Justin were planning their wedding, they told me that one of the most important parts of their wedding day was the photography. They stated many, many times that we would take as much time for photography as  necessary (!) because they had been to so many weddings waiting for the bride and groom to arrive at the reception. And now it was their turn to take photos. While they were willing to be flexible with their schedule in case of adverse weather, the weather was perfect and the photography was right on schedule.

Jessi and Justin were married in the beautiful Mount Saint Peter Parish in New Kensington. Jessi has planned many proms for the high school where she works and I think they chose the style of their wedding at Armstrong Farms Fieldstone House as a departure from her yearly party planning routine. We took advantage of the gorgeous evening light for another photo session while the guests were getting the dance party started. I really think that Jessi and Justin enjoyed their wedding tremendously and that is such a treat for me to see!

Many thanks to Nicki for shooting with me on this gorgeous wedding day.

Congratulations, Jessi and Justin!

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Wedding days are full of surprises. What will the bride’s dress look like? How will the groom react when he sees her for the first time? What song will they dance to for their first dance? Sarah and Matt’s wedding had more surprises than most.

The first surprises were during their wedding gift exchange. Matt gifted Sarah a hand drawn artist’s rendering of her childhood home and Sarah gave a custom made Scrabble board detailing Matt’s best attributes. Sarah and Matt exchanged vows in a Catholic wedding ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh where they had the exciting surprise of seeing each other for the first time. Sarah and her bridesmaids looked beautiful with hair and makeup by Justine and Carly.

When it was time for the wedding reception at Longue Vue Club, Sarah and Matt’s wedding guests were the ones being surprised with entertainment by Cityscape and fancy donut station by Bella Christie. Sarah surprised Matt twice more at the reception with a groom’s cake covered in copies of love letters they had shared during their relationship and later she changed into a sparky party dress.

It was a true honor to be able to capture this wedding day. I was thrilled to be working with the insanely talented photographer Pamela Marie and the incomparable cinematography team of from Syncopated Pictures.

Congratulations, Sarah and Matt!!!

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Rebecca and Steven have a craving for learning. They met when they were working together at The University of Pittsburgh before moving to separate cities for work and school. Rebecca is just finishing her work as a PhD candidate in St Louis. And Steven is just beginning a MD/PhD program in Cleveland. What a great match of two people who can really understand how to navigate academia.

Below are some of my favorite shots from their engagement session in Schenley Park and Pittsburgh’s North Shore. I’m thrilled to celebrate with them this fall at their Heinz History Center wedding!

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Thankfully, it is rare to have a repeat customer as a wedding photographer. Really, the closest thing I ever hope to have the same family hire us to be the wedding photographer for a sibling’s wedding. When I photographed Laura and Donnie’s wedding, I met Laura’s sister, Sara. When I was unavailable to photograph Sara’s wedding this year, Nicki was up to the challenge, so to Uniontown she went!

“Since Randi photographed Sara’s sister’s wedding in Hawaii a few years ago, I’ve heard nothing but great things about Sara’s family. Because Sara and Justin live in Florida, I wasn’t able to meet with them before their wedding day. While Sara was getting ready, I was interested to find out who Justin was and what their relationship was like. Sara told her friend that she wasn’t nervous about getting married because she knew for a fact Justin was the right person for her. “He has never ever done anything wrong. Ever.” She was spot on in that description. All things were better when they were together and I don’t expect that to change in the future.

Sara and Justin exchanged vows at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. As part of their church’s tradition, the bride and groom accompany each other down the aisle, so they had an informal “First Look” just before their ceremony began.  The couple continued their celebration at their reception at Duck Hollow Golf Club, also in Uniontown. Because it was a beautiful evening, Christina and I snuck the couple out to the golf course during the end of dinner to take a few more photos as the sun began to set.

What a beautiful and fun wedding! Congratulations, Sara and Justin!!” – Nicki

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  • SaraJune 24, 2014 - 17:19

    They are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I cant wait to see them all!!!

  • Tammy BoyleJuly 7, 2014 - 15:58

    Love the pictures. Beautiful wedding.

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