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For my first wedding of 2015, I was honored to join Nicki while she was photographing her friend’s wedding. Nicki met Brittany when they were both working as the costumed-character Kenny Kangaroo at Kennywood Park. They’ve been friends for over a decade, and I know how mutually excited they were to be spending Brittany’s wedding day together in a unique way.

Brittany and Brian went to the same high school. Brittany always thought that Brian, a comedian, was hilarious and had a school-girl crush on him. Brian thought that Brittany was a pretty girl he saw in school, but she was younger and he didn’t talk to her. Years later, after they had both attended college, they met again and started dating.

They spent the first part of their wedding day getting ready (girls) and hanging out at the bar at the William Penn Omni (guys) before meeting together in The Union Trust Building. This beautiful building is closed to the public, but they were granted special access since Brian works for the building’s management company! We stopped for some additional portraits in the Strip District before joining their family and friends for the wedding ceremony and reception at Georgetown Centre.

Congratulations, Brittany and Brian!!

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  • Rich dembskiMarch 26, 2015 - 12:26

    Beautiful work from my two favorite Photographers.Brian and Brittany you had such a beautiful wedding.Hope you enjoyed the day.

  • kim yacavinoMarch 31, 2015 - 19:42

    Wow, these shots are terrific–can’t wait to see photos of the groom’s family–that would be us. :-)

While shopping for greeting cards two years ago, I walked into Nota Bene, a fine paper boutique near my home in Aspinwall. I was impressed by the incredible collection of custom invitations. If you’ve ever shopped for a wedding invitation or holiday card online, everything looks flat, making it difficult to choose what card you want. You may be asking “what is the difference between these invitations?” and “what is letterpress?”

At Nota Bene, you can sit down in their showroom and view thousands of actual samples. While you’re there, you can also find personalized stationary, personalized wedding gifts, and greeting cards. This year I returned to Nota Bene to take some photographs for their new website. I’m still impressed!

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  • Leeann MarieMarch 17, 2015 - 09:54

    I want everything in this store. Eek!

At this year’s Turkey Bowl (our eighth year!) we saw that Rich still doesn’t the rules to Rock, Paper, Scissors. If you look at his face in the photo, you’ll see that he’s suppressing a laugh. He’s either a bad liar or he really wants to win.

We also saw our first injury, someone finally invited Kevin, and the blue team defeated team “too much mustard.” Or did they? Let the countdown begin to next year’s game!

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Coordinating a vacation for a family of working adults isn’t easy, but it is nearly impossible when only one of them has a nine-to-five job. When the others are photographers, contractors, and a nurse, it takes a while to find the right time to get out of town. Nicki was planning to run a half marathon (spoiler alert, she did it!) in Arches National Park at the end of October, so we all hopped onto the first part of her trip out west.

We started at the incredible Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in Albuquerue, New Mexico. The balloon launch happens at dawn on select days of the festival. The following photos were collected during two different days of the event.

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At the Sandia Peak Tramway, the view was great! Until we made our way into the clouds where there wasn’t much to see.

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Four Corners. Family of four.

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Our next stop was Glen Canyon and Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon is slot canyon (a tall, narrow canyon) located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. We took a guided tour of the Upper Slot Canyon  and a somewhat more adventurous tour of the Lower Slot Canyon–with stairs and ladders!

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(Below is one of four iPhone photos in this post. Can you spot the others?)

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Horseshoe Bend

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Our trip took us to a few small towns where light pollution is limited. It was the perfect time to practice some wide-field Astrophotography. Here are some of the many, many, many practice shots of the night sky near Monument Valley.

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Our final stop was Arches National Park. Such a great trip!!

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  • SisterDecember 9, 2014 - 23:07

    Sister!! These are great!!

  • BradDecember 9, 2014 - 23:17

    Super jealous of your experience. Awesome pictures!

  • DarcyDecember 10, 2014 - 20:40

    These are so pretty they look fake. I’m starting to think maybe you didn’t go at all! Those nighttime shots are unreal. I love them all!

  • Rich dembskiDecember 10, 2014 - 22:07

    First time I saw the ones from Antelope
    canyon with the shadows and the night time photos are unreal.

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