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Here’s another wonderful wedding from my Associate shooter, Nicki Dembski:

“Emily is a flight attendant from Texas.  She met Nick, the Budweiser brew-master-slash-jiu-jitsu competitor while traveling.  Earlier this month, they were married in Nick’s hometown of Pittsburgh.  Emily’s friends and family came from Texas to meet Nick’s family from Pittsburgh and they all seemed to get along perfectly.

While they were both certainly excited to get married, they were slightly more excited to celebrate with their family and friends at the reception.  Their ceremony and reception was held at The Chadwick on a chilly November day.  The party really started when everyone got on the dance floor for a traditional ‘”family time” shot.  Friends and family stayed on the dance floor all night for celebrating and dancing.

I was joined by Christina to capture Emily and Nick’s wonderful wedding!

Congratulations, Emily and Nick!”

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This summer, Ryan and I took another road trip with my family. Together with my parents and sister, we rented an RV and headed north (surprised?) to Canada and the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Our first stop was the American side of Niagara Falls.

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Two days later, we traveled to Toronto, Canada. There, Ryan and Nicki skipped stones on Lake Ontario at Scarborough Bluffs. Also in Toronto, we visited the zoo where they have two Giant Pandas in their care.

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Most evenings we spent at our campsite, relaxing by the fire and making dinner.

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On this morning, Nicki was writing emails from a sunny spot she found in the valley.

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My favorite part of the trip was our stop in Watkins Glen. Wisely, we took a shuttle to the top of the mountain and hiked down to our RV.

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Ryan helps us navigate our RV through a low-clearance underpass. We made it!

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Dad puts out the last fire of the vacation before we head home.

20_Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer_0933We had a lovely vacation!

Maria and Brian are having a busy year! They’ve graduated from college, bought a house, got a puppy, and are busy planning their wedding for a very popular date next May. Even though they are having a busy year, they are still making time for their families and spending lots of time together. For their engagement session, they brought their new puppy, Ruby, to take a few photos in the first moments of our shoot.

When we scheduled their engagement shoot over the summer, I didn’t know I would be the one who had to ask to reschedule their session. On the original date, I was summoned to help a great friend photograph a wedding and Maria and Brian were kind enough to move the date. Even better for them, they traded a windy and gloomy day for a perfect fall afternoon.

I can’t wait to celebrate with them next May and see their fabulous guest photos from ShotBox! Best of luck, Maria and Brian!

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Can you be high school sweethearts with someone you met after graduation? Jessi and Justin are high school sweethearts. They did attend the same high school, but they didn’t know each other until they were both working as teachers at a different high school on the other side of Pittsburgh. They met at a teacher conference and discovered they lived in the same neighborhood and had the same 45-minute commute each way every day. Carpooling lead to dating, and suddenly their wedding is scheduled for next year.

For their engagement shoot at Hartwood Acres, Jessi and Justin brought two amazing outfits and beautiful smiles. I have known Justin for a long time and Jessi joked that he already came with a wedding photographer. I am honored to be their wedding photographer for their wedding next summer at Armstrong Farms.

Congratulations, Jessi and Justin!!

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  • Rachel MachenOctober 18, 2013 - 10:52

    Beautiful pictures!

  • WinnieOctober 18, 2013 - 11:34

    J&J. These pics are absolutely beautiful. If anybody doubted your love for each other all they have to do is look at you two in these photos *****your love comes across so clearly. Thanh you so much for including me in your memories. I love you both.

  • Jan SchusterOctober 18, 2013 - 22:25

    I love EVERY one of them…..

  • Holly MillerOctober 19, 2013 - 07:49

    I LOVE them all Jessi! So excited for the two of you!! Xoxo Beautiful pictures!

  • GloriaOctober 19, 2013 - 12:31

    Beautiful people! Everlasting Love!

    Love to YOU!

Josh and Stephanie both have a background in professional theater. They actually met because their mutual friend, Mark, had worked with each of them and thought that they would be great together. Having a lot of experience in the performing arts might have made their wedding feel a bit like a theater event itself. When I spoke with them about planning their wedding photography, Stephanie even referred to their wedding as a “a performance” and designated one area of their ceremony space “backstage.”

When it came to the actual wedding day, I’m sure all of their stage and performance experience helped them to be prepared, but they exhibited a range or emotions so powerful and real that it was hard to find anyone who wasn’t swept away in excitement. When they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day in a First Look ceremony, they shared an “ugly cry” and a few private moments alone. We then took some time for some portraits around lower Manhattan before moving to their even more personal, emotional wedding ceremony and reception at Battery Gardens Restaurant.

Their gorgeous outdoor ceremony was bathed in sunshine and happy tears. Their ceremony was performed by their friend, Chris, and there they exchanged beautiful wedding vows. After a gorgeous sunset, they joined their guests for their reception where everyone had a great time dancing and celebrating. At the end of the evening, they gave a speech to thank everyone, including their many out-of-town guests and moved to to an after-party (wrap-party?) celebration.

Their wedding as special for me in so many ways. Both Stephanie and Josh are great friends of mine and I would have been at this wedding no matter if I was photographing it or not. I was honored to see so many parts of the day that I would have not been able to experience if I were a guest. I felt privileged to be a part of their First Look and I felt a level of comfort and joy that only friends can share. Ryan was shooting with me all day and we had a great time both with cameras and without.

Congratulations, Stephanie and Josh!

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  • Rich DembskiOctober 3, 2013 - 05:51

    In a word ……..Breathtaking.

  • Joyce MaszleOctober 3, 2013 - 08:09

    Stunning, absolutely stunning!

  • Kari MaszleOctober 3, 2013 - 08:51

    So Beautiful and so very emotional. I am in tears. I cannot wait to see the rest. xxoo ~Kari

  • Jamie BoyleOctober 3, 2013 - 11:29

    Beautiful. Congrats, josh. So good to see you and to see you so happy.

  • Liz RestivoOctober 3, 2013 - 12:33

    My little girl – I have NEVER EVER seen any two people look so happy. And your dad looks great! Congrats!

  • KrisMcOctober 4, 2013 - 08:06

    OMG I love the “ugly cry” photo so much I started to tear up myself! This was such a beautiful day and you captured it perfectly, Randi. Congratulations again Josh and Stephanie. I am so, so happy for you! xoxo <3

  • Ted BrownOctober 13, 2013 - 12:30

    I think I short circuited my ipad tearing up over some of your pix. What a glorious couple on an equally glorious day. We all wish we could have been there but thanks to these emotion packed photos we actually felt we were! Big hugs and much love from the Hamaca bunch!

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