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Jesideh and Keon contacted me last winter about photographing their wedding at Armstrong Farms’ Fieldstone. I was surprised to learn that they had no connection to Western Pennsylvania, but were looking for a nice getaway from New Jersey/New York for themselves and their guests. Luckily (for me), they chose me to be their wedding photographer.

Their wedding day was full of joy! They requested that their guests refrain from using phones and cameras during the ceremony so they could fully enjoy the emotions of the event. It was lovely to see the bridal procession with smiling faces on either side of Jesideh! Even more joy came from Jesideh and Keon’s independently written, but amazingly parallel wedding vows. It was fun to see a couple celebrate so openly, candidly together for so long, celebrating at every moment.

I’m so honored to share these photos today. Many thanks to Nicki for her photographs, support, and general awesomeness.

Congratulations, Jesideh and Keon!

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I’ve written many times about how honored I am when I am hired to be the wedding photographer for someone who works in the wedding industry. I’ve written separately about the joy I feel when a sibling of a past client chooses me to be the photographer as well. So when I was hired to photograph Susan and Jim, I felt doubly humbled. I photographed Jim’s sister’s wedding a few years ago, AND I work with Jim often since he is a member of Jason Kendall Productions. I sincerely enjoyed my time working with both of them on planning their wedding, especially since Jim is a wedding scheduling expert.

Susan and Jim chose Hyatt House Pittsburgh – South Side as their one-stop wedding venue. They had their First Look on the Greater Allegheny Passage Trail directly behind the hotel, followed by some bridal and family portraits in perfect August sun. They were married in front of their family and friends on the outdoor patio, and celebrated their reception under the tent.

Since Jim’s band, Jason Kendall Productions, was performing at the reception, there were many great surprises! We enjoyed a special performance by Susan’s dad on guitar, Jim playing guitar at his own wedding, an acoustic version of “At Last” during a short power outage, and a solo performance of “Thunder Road” as the last song. I loved how the guests interacted with the band during the performance. It is rare that family and friends get to see what we do as wedding professionals. What a joy!

I was working with another favorite wedding professional on that day too. Many thanks to Nicki for her wonderful assistance and photographs.

Congratulations, Susan and Jim!!!
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  • ChristinaSeptember 9, 2016 - 14:36

    Fantastic, as always, Randi. These really capture the joy (and fun!) of the day.

It is easy for me to write about Dana and DJ’s wedding. I had the best time getting to know them over the last year. We had a great relationship since Nicki and I photographed weddings for each of Dana’s two sisters, Sara and Casey, over the last few years. We had a mutual respect for each other and appreciation for great photography during the busy wedding day schedule.

Dana and DJ were married at St John Capistran Catholic Church in Pittsburgh. After the ceremony, we all traveled to the shaded tunnel under the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for some bridal portraits. I appreciated the shaded area to beat the heat, and it seemed as though the lights were tinted pink just to match the bridesmaids dresses. Everyone had a great time at the reception at  The Westin Convention Center with lots and lots of dancing and celebrating.

Many thanks to Nicki for her help in photographing this wonderful family on three different, very important days.

Congratulations, Dana and DJ!!!

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  • Casey R.August 22, 2016 - 13:04

    Randi– these are great per the usual!

  • MeganAugust 23, 2016 - 16:00

    Beautiful pictures, wedding and a wonderful couple!

  • diane j fowlerAugust 24, 2016 - 13:39

    GREAT PHOTOS . SO AWESOME . WISH I WAS THERE .

  • Diane FowlerAugust 24, 2016 - 13:42

    LOVE THE PHOTOS BEAUTIFUL AWESOME

  • TamaAugust 25, 2016 - 08:37

    Looks like you had a wonderful wedding. Dj you look so handsome and Dana you looked so beautiful. Enjoy every minute of everyday together. Dj remember happy wife, happy life! Congratulations to the both of you.

Julie and Brian were married at The University Club at the University of Pittsburgh. At their unplugged ceremony, it was a treat to see the guests enjoying the procession and the ceremony without obstructed faces. I particularly enjoyed seeing some guests turning around to see Brian’s face as Julie walked down the aisle.

Following a short portrait session just outside of the club, Julie and Brian entered the reception hall to huge applause as they shared their choreographed first dance. After dinner, everyone (myself included) enjoyed wonderful entertainment by The Company Band. They kept the dance floor full all evening until Julie and Brian made their getaway!

Thank you, Nicki, for all of your help photographing this beautiful wedding.

Congratulations, Julie and Brian!

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Kara and Brandon had a fairy tale for a wedding day. Kara looked like a princess as she walked down the aisle at St Mary of the Mount. Together, the newlyweds posed for portraits in sunny Schenley Park before celebrating at the reception at The Grand Concourse.

Planner Natasha Brody of Hello Productions brought everything together beautifully!

Thanks to Ryan for his hard work and photographs at this wonderful wedding.

Congratulations, Kara and Brandon!

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