As 2014 comes to a close, I've spent some time looking back over my first official year in business. It's been an incredible ride filled with some incredible people, places, and learning experiences. I truly, from the bottom of my heart, can't begin to thank everyone enough who has supported me and my business in some way - from the awesome clients I've been priviledged to work with to other fantastic photographers who have somehow poured into me, to my fiance, friends, and family who have encouraged me along the way. God has been so good! I'm so incredibly thankful that He's given me the opportunity to do what I love, and to love other people in the process. Speaking of things I love - I wanted to use this blog post to review some of my favorite wedding venues of this year! There are four I shot at this year that I particularly loved, each for a variety of different reasons. Let the countdown begin: 4. Hartwood Acres Mansion


Hartwood Acres Mansion is a gorgeous, castle-like structure located in Allegheny County Park. Its beautiful architecture and colorful flowers (at the right time of year!) surrounded by 629 acres of forest and park make it the perfect location for an intimate wedding.

3. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh


The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is not your typical wedding venue - which is why it's one of my favorites! Flooded with interesting exibits and colorful details, the museum gives any wedding a unique, artistic feel.

2. Lingrow Farm


This little farm in Gilpin Township has some seriously beautiful views! Get married under a pavilion overlooking a small body of water and breathtaking country landscape - you might even see a couple of horses running about! 1. Shady Elms Farm


So.. as you can tell, I LOVE farm weddings! Shady Elms Farm was quite possibly my favorite wedding venue I had the honor of photographing this year! This farm is the perfect spot for a charming country wedding, with little details hidden in every corner (which might be why I loved it so much!). Complete with a sweet country farm house and a stunning barn, this place is perfect for any bride who wants a rustic wedding! (This wedding was featured on local Pittsburgh blog "Lace and Loyalty" ) Though these four are my favorite from this year - there are some other places I would love to give an honorable mention to! Schnoodleberry Farm and the White Barn (my wedding venue this coming summer!) are two places I've visited before but have never had the opportunity to photograph. If you're a bride looking at any of these venues, I'd love to hear from you! Send a message using the "Contact" tab in the navigation bar above, or email me directly at Happy new year - and here's to 2015!