Arielle A: Barberry Horse Farm Senior Photos

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Arielle A: Barberry Horse Farm Senior Photos

My goal during every session: get at least a few photos of some genuine, natural smiles. Arielle made it sooooo easy to hit my goal with her naturally bubbly and bright personality! This sweet senior is in the midst of her senior year at Eden Christian Academy, and one of her favorite hobbies is horseback riding! So, of course, it was only natural that we would utilize the beautiful location where she rides (Barberry Horse Farm in Sewickley) for her senior session!

Arielle - you are beautiful inside and out, and it was such a pleasure to get to know you (and Ferrari! ;) ) Congratulations on your senior year!!

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Elizabeth + Jason: The Pennsylvanian Wedding Photos

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Elizabeth + Jason: The Pennsylvanian Wedding Photos

We arrived at the Pennsylvanian early the day of Elizabeth and Jason’s wedding to drop off our equipment. As we gathered our light stands and sandbags, I looked up into the rotunda of the Pennsylvanian and felt a familiar sense of wonder at it’s unique beauty. Built in 1900 as Pittsburgh’s Union Station, this building has remained a place that draws all types of people from all walks of life - then, as a train station, now, as an event venue (and apartment!). And, of course, this venue was THE perfect fit for Elizabeth and Jason, who currently live in Chicago, and had people from lots of different areas joining them to celebrate their marriage.

One of my absolute favorite touches from Elizabeth and Jason’s ceremony was the location of their ceremony. Right under the front rotunda in the photo you see below, there’s a pillar with the word “Chicago” written over top. To the left of the Chicago pillar, there’s a pillar that says “Pittsburgh” overtop, and to the right of the Chicago pillar, one that says “New York.” Elizabeth and Jason are from Chicago (as I mentioned before), both went to the same school (NYU) in New York (they didn’t know each other at the time - but what an amazing coincidence!), and tied the knot in Pittsburgh. So, of course, it was perfectly fitting to have their ceremony right under the Chicago pillar! It seems like that venue was made JUST for them! And it’s not only where they had their ceremony that paid homage to their journey - but the colors they chose for their wedding, too! Purple and silver are NYU’s colors, perfectly symbolizing a large point of connection in their relationship!

We had an absolute blast photographing these two (even in the crazy Pittsburgh heat and humidity!) and are so thankful to have been a part of their day! Congratulations, Elizabeth and Jason! 💛

Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception: The Pennsylvanian

Hotel Accommodations: The Westin Hotel

Catering: Rania’s Catering

Invitations: Minted

Bride’s Dress: Honey Bridal in Chicago; gown designed by Rebecca Shoneveld

Hair: Elisha Evans Styling

Makeup: Mock Makeup (Danielle Mock)

DJ: Jeremy Ganss Productions

Florist: Bloomer’s Floral

Videographer: Dorosh Documentaries

Pennsylvanian Wedding Photos provided by Jenna Hidinger Photography

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Maddy L: Hartwood Acres Senior Photos

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Maddy L: Hartwood Acres Senior Photos

Maddy was an absolute JOY to photograph from start to finish! We had a beautiful day for her senior session, which took place at one of my favorite places - Hartwood Acres! For all of the times I’ve had sessions at Hartwood, I still never seem to get sick of it - there’s always a new angle to find and use. But what really makes a photo session amazing isn’t the location - it’s the person in the photo! And let me tell you - Maddy is such an incredibly kind human with so many awesome aspirations!

Maddy, you are lovely inside and out and it was so fun getting to know you! ☺️

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Annie + Joe: North Shore Engagement Photos

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Annie + Joe: North Shore Engagement Photos

It is absolutely unbelievable to me that I’m blogging this session today!! I have known these two for quite a while - but I’ve known Joe for especially a long time! Joe is my cousin, and finally popped the question to his long time girlfriend, Annie - and they are getting married next YEAR!! What an incredible honor it was to take these photos for you two, Annie and Joe! I am so thankful for you both!

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Koreen + Kurt: Renshaw Family Farms Wedding Photos

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Koreen + Kurt: Renshaw Family Farms Wedding Photos

I've had the privilege of photographing two weddings within weeks of each other this year at Renshaw Family Farms in Freeport, PA! And I have to say - it's quickly becoming one of my favorite farm wedding venues, not just for the gorgeous sweeping scenery or all of the beautiful little photo spots - not even for the outstanding staff who go above and beyond in every single way - I truly believe that something about Renshaw Farms draws the sweetest, kindest, most loving couples (I've photographed three and counting here! Check out Kaitlyn & Marshall's here, and Maddie & Tyson's here). Koreen and Kurt were absolutely NO exception and were a joy to work with on their wedding day! If you missed their spring engagement session a few months ago, you HAVE to check it out. We hit up the most beautiful spring scenery (including pink trees!) at just the right time! See it here!

On Koreen and Kurt's wedding day, it was supposed to rain. But instead, it turned out to be one of the most beautiful days of the week! Koreen arranged the florals herself (girl has some serious talent!) and even made the flower crowns that her daughter, Kenlee, and the other flower girls wore. Speaking of Koreen and Kurt's daughter - one of my favorite moments of the wedding was when Kenlee was walking down the aisle and realized that her dad was standing at the end of it. She let out a loud "Daddy!" and ran the rest of the way down to him, where he, beaming, took her hand.

After the ceremony, Koreen, Kurt, and Kenlee entered the reception barn, all grinning ear to ear, where friends and family toasted to their new adventure, and danced the night away. We snuck out for a few evening portraits right at sunset - and let me tell you, they were worth scrolling all the way to the bottom of this post to see!

Koreen and Kurt, I cannot thank you enough for the honor of being a part of your day. The three of you make an amazing family, and I am so honored that I got to be a part of your journey towards becoming husband and wife!

For vendor information, scroll to the very bottom! But in the mean time - enjoy a few of my favorite moments from Koreen & Kurt's wedding day!

Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception: Renshaw Family Farms (Freeport, PA)

Cake: Patti's Pasticceria Inc.

DJ: DJ Colt

Makeup: Shannon Cole

Hair: Headlines by Jackie

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginnings (Allure)

Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal

Invitations: Ace Brothers Printing

Caterer: Cracked Egg Catering Co.

Violinist: Megan Reilly

Selfie Station: Action Inc. Brandon Battista 

 

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Allison B: Hartwood Acres Senior Photos

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Allison B: Hartwood Acres Senior Photos

What an amazing honor it has been to photograph not just one, but three awesome siblings from this beautiful family for their senior photos! (Click here and here to see!). Allison is the youngest of five siblings and has one of the sweetest souls! Our families grew up literally across the street from each other, so I've known Allison basically since she was born, which is why it's so unbelievable that she's finally a senior!

Allison, you are beautiful inside and out and I hope you never EVER forget that!

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Abby + Dave: The Grand Hall at the Priory Wedding Photos

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Abby + Dave: The Grand Hall at the Priory Wedding Photos

The Grand Hall at the Priory has been on my "bucket list" of wedding venues to photograph a wedding at in Pittsburgh for a while, so you can imagine how excited I was when Abby and Dave contacted me to photograph their wedding there! Just to give a little background, the Grand Hall was built in 1894 and operated as "St. Mary's Church" by German immigrants (per the Priory's website), and maintains much of the classic church architecture, including the large organ pipes on a balcony overlooking the ceremony & reception space.

I met Abby and Dave at a previous wedding a few years ago, where Abby was a bridesmaid! It's always a HUGE honor when someone who was a part of a wedding I photographed reaches out when their wedding day comes around! 💛 And let me tell you, this wedding did NOT disappoint! The classic elegance of the Grand Hall meshed perfectly with Abby and Dave's vision for their day. I could go on and on about how absolutely stunning this day was, but I think the photos speak for themselves, so I'll let them do their job! 😉 Congratulations on your marriage, Abby and Dave!

Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception: The Grand Hall at the Priory

Invitations: Dina Paola Designs

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginnings

Hair & Makeup: Caviar & Curls

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Florist: Kathy Bonessi

DJ: Pittsburgh DJ Company

Cake & Cupcakes: Priory Bakery Shop

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer: Jenna Hidinger Photography

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Sam M: Historic Harmony Senior Photos

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Sam M: Historic Harmony Senior Photos

Sam is a surfer, guitar player, music writer, book reader, and Boston Market mac'n cheese lover! We had the pleasure to taking Sam's senior photos not too long ago in one of my favorite places (especially for guys!) - Historic Harmony! Throughout the session, we had so much fun getting to know Sam (and of course, his mom, Jennifer!), hearing about their adventures to the beach, and Sam's impressive recovery from not just one, but TWO knee surgeries (yes, he still runs!). Thanks so much for a great session, Sam! Have an amazing senior year!!

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Lindsay + Ryan: Hidden Valley Resort Wedding Photos

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Lindsay + Ryan: Hidden Valley Resort Wedding Photos

Ohhh friends. This is a good one!!! I am SO excited to share Lindsay and Ryan's Hidden Valley Resort wedding photos today! One of the BEST perks about being a wedding photographer is working with couples on one of the very best days of their lives. There's always so much joy and love, and for Lindsay and Ryan, I'm pretty sure that joy and love was doubled! These two might be two of the kindest individuals we've had the pleasure to photograph, and we quickly felt like fast friends with these two!

The wedding day started out with photographing the bridal details, and of COURSE, I had to incorporate some of the resort's amazing lodge-like decor! I took over their lobby for about thirty minutes to get these shots (all good things take time! 😉) but it was totally worth it for the final result!

After details and the final getting ready touches, Lindsay stepped right outside her getting ready room to a beautiful stone and wood staircase for a first look with her soon-to-be husband (Not sure what a first look is or if you should do one?! Click here!), followed by portraits of the two of them around Hidden Valley's amazing property, as well as bridal party photos.

Shortly after, we reconvened at the Stone Patio at Hidden Valley Resort for the main event: a gorgeous and heartfelt ceremony, decorated with bright blooms and sweet smiles! After, everyone headed over to the Lodge to celebrate with tons of dancing and amazing food! We were even able to sneak these two out for some sunset photos! ☺️

Lindsay and Ryan, it was truly such an honor to be a part of your day. We are so thankful to know you both and pray all the very best for you on this new adventure!

Vendors:

Event Coordinator: Eileen Crawford - Special Occasions Coordinator at Hidden Valley/Seven Springs

Ceremony: The Stone Patio at Hidden Valley Resort (PA)

Officiants: Traci Marriott Bowman and Dave Bowman

Reception: The Lodge at Hidden Valley Resort (PA)

Florist: Linda Brown's Floral

Invitations: Kim McCartney (family friend)

Makeup: Pretty Hair Salon, Valerie Dixon

Hair: Pretty Hair Salon, Christina Oros

Bride's Dress: Exquisite Bride

Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal

Menswear: Men's Wearhouse

Cake: Hidden Valley/Seven Springs Chef

Linens: Table Talk Linens

 

DJ: 2nd II None Productions

 

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Taylor D: Hartwood Acres Senior Photos

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Taylor D: Hartwood Acres Senior Photos

We had the most BEAUTIFUL evening for Taylor's senior portraits at Hartwood Acres Mansion! The sun was in hiding for most of the time, but it came out RIGHT at the end and brought the most beautiful, golden light!

Taylor is heading into her senior year at Seneca Valley. She loves Disney (we got along just fine! ;) ), homemade ranch dressing (none of that from the bottle stuff!), and has aspirations of becoming a lawyer! Congratulations on your senior year, Taylor! 

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