Chelsea + Andrew, Seven Oaks Country Club Wedding

Sometimes, when you swipe right, you meet someone special. In Chelsea and Andrew’s case, swiping right on Tinder brought them together. And Andrew’s “Elf” reference on their first date sealed the deal for Christmas-obsessed Chelsea.

Andrew had been a groomsman in a wedding I photographed a few years ago (before Chelsea). Chelsea had seen the pictures and loved everything about the wedding: the venue and the photographer especially, so when Andrew popped the question, I was one of the first calls! So awesome and very flattering!

The wedding was the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and it was a hot one! Upper 80’s and 100% humidity made being outdoors less than comfortable, but we all put on our game faces and made the magic happen!

Chelsea and her girls got ready at the MOH’s house and Andrew and his men dressed in the church nursery. The ceremony took place at Four Mile Church in Brighton, Township, which is a great location if your reception is at Seven Oaks Country Club, just a short 5 minute drive away. Even better: on this 5-minute drive is an absolutely stunning replica church that gets perfect light…the perfect place for portraits.

The reception was full of fun, fireman, and frisky unicorns (I’m not sure either, but it made for some hilarious pictures!). Thank you so much, Andrew and Chelsea, for allowing Diana and I to be a part of your special day!

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Allyson + Peter, Heinz History Center

Who needs a bunch of time to plan a wedding? Not Allyson and Peter! Their Pittsburgh wedding at the Heinz History Center was less than 6 months in the making and pretty darn perfect if you ask me!

Allyson and Peter had their ceremony at the All Saints Church in Etna, which is one of the most beautiful churches in Pittsburgh! The brickwork on the exterior, the high ceilings with the painted designs on the wooden trusses in the sanctuary, and the sparkling alter mosaic…it was just beautiful.

Looking back on the pictures, you really can’t tell that it was raining cats and dogs most of the day. After shooting formals at the church, we drove to the Convention Center for more pictures…but other bridal parties had the same rain plan, so we got started above the typical location where it was still covered. I love how the white glass reflected the shape of trees and the sister bridges and allowed the royal blue bridesmaids dresses to really pop.

The reception at the Heinz History Center was also beautiful. The ballroom had a gorgeous city view that changed from day to night offering two different moods to transition from dinner to dancing.

Best wishes to Allyson and Peter!

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Bethany + Nate, Springwood Conference Center

Bethany and Nate’s October wedding at the Springwood Conference Center in Verona felt more like a summer wedding than a fall wedding. Our dependable Western PA weather (i.e. rain) just couldn’t stay away, but once again, I say “thank you” because as soon as the rain cleared, an absolutely beautiful glow covered the stately grounds at Springwood and made my job very easy! All the trees were so rich and green and the stone looked shiny and the whole place just looked like a beautiful summer day. And to top it off, RAINBOW! Checking that one off the photographer bucket list!

I loved the navy accent colors Bethany incorporated into the reception decorations. The bridesmaids wore tea length navy dresses, which matched the gray suits the groomsmen sported. What a beautiful wedding! Congratulations, Bethany and Nate!

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