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Valerie & Matt: NOAH's Event Venue Cranberry Township Wedding

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Valerie & Matt: NOAH's Event Venue Cranberry Township Wedding

When two graphic designers decide to get married, you better believe it’s going to be one absolutely gorgeous celebration - and Val and Matt’s wedding did not disappoint (hence the detail overload that you’ll see below!! 🙈) Val and Matt’s day featured shades of emerald, hunter green, champagne, merlot, and touches of brighter pink with lots of florals alongside varied metals and industrial elements (including cement blocks and hand-poured cement hearts, made by the bride!). Their entire day took place at NOAH’S Event Venue in Cranberry Township, PA, which served as a lovely backdrop for their soft/romantic meets industrial vision.

Of course, being graphic designers, Val and Matt designed their invitations together, which was one of my favorite details of their day! Another favorite detail was their ceremony, which included a unique element that I hadn’t seen at a wedding ceremony before. Val and Matt had an “Oathing Stone Ceremony,” where they each held a stone in their hand while saying their vows. Originally practiced in Scotland, the Scottish believed that a vow given near a stone or water was more binding. Over the years, this ceremony has evolved from seeking out a stone or water to the wedding couple physically holding a stone in their hand while saying their vows. Some think this is where the saying “set in stone” originated from.

Val and Matt, thank you for the incredible honor of being a part of your wedding day. It’s so easy to see how much you two love each other, and how loved you are by your friends and family! Congratulations on a beautiful wedding day and on your marriage! 💛

Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception: NOAH’s Event Venue in Cranberry Township, PA

Florist: The Farmer’s Daughter

Cake: Bev at Tasty Bakery

DJ: Chad Burner & Brandon Flannery

Makeup: Antonette Medved

Hair: Katrine Cahill

Bride’s Gown: Exquisite Bride

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Menswear: Top Hat Tuxedo

Caterer: Bistro to Go

Ceremony Violin: Steve Vance Entertainment

Officiant: Weddings Without Worry

Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental

Photographer: Jenna Hidinger Photography

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Cait & Brian: White Barn Wedding Photos

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Cait & Brian: White Barn Wedding Photos

Cait and Brian met in high school and started dating in the summer of 2011, and this past June, they tied the knot at the White Barn in Prospect, PA - which will always hold a special place in my heart, since it’s where my husband and I got married in 2015! 💛

Cait and Brian’s wedding day featured lots of happy tears (as you’ll see in the photos below! 😭), and lots of sentimental details. For their overall theme, Cait and Brian decided on tropical decor, incorporating tropical leaves and greenery into the bouquets and centerpieces - and some of Brian’s Hawaiian relatives even brought them leis!

Their day was a total dream to be a part of! Cait and Brian, you are both so kind, so sweet, and we were so honored to capture the first day of the rest of your lives! Congratulations my friends!!!

Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception: The White Barn (Prospect, PA)

Videographer: Traveling Heart Productions

Florist: Bella Fiore by Selena Vargo-Hendrickson

Donuts: Oakmont Bakery

Cake: Alyssa Rosenwald

DJ: The A to Z Collection DJ Services

Makeup & Hair: The Pittsburgh Glam Team

Lashes: Luxury Lashes

Spray Tan: Bronze Beauty Spray Tan

Bride’s Dress: Lazaro at Bridal Beginning

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Invitation Suite: Minted

Wax Seals on Invitation Suite: Artisaire

Caterer: Medure’s Catering

Signage: Oh Joyful Day!

Photo Booth: Pic Me!

Ceremony Music: Horizon Music Studio

Transportation: Star Limousine Shuttle Services

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To Wear a Veil, or to Not Wear a Veil? These Photos Might Help You Decide!

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To Wear a Veil, or to Not Wear a Veil? These Photos Might Help You Decide!

When it comes to veils, as a wedding photographer, they are one of my favorite accessories that a bride can wear! But on my own wedding day, I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to wear a veil.

Veils have been staple of bridal attire for a long period of time, but within the last decade they’ve become more and more of an optional choice. I love that brides whose aesthetic is not very veil-like can opt for a modern, sleek look without a veil, and to be honest? I LOVE photographing brides with AND without veils. But honestly - there are some wedding photos than can only be created with the magic of a veil! And today, I’m sharing some of my favorite wedding photos featuring my favorite bridal accessory: the veil!

But before we get into the photos, here are a few quick (and random!) things to keep in mind about veils:

  1. This blog post is in NO WAY meant to guilt anyone into wearing a veil! If you don’t want to wear a veil - then girl, don’t wear a veil! Go with YOUR style, and stick with what makes you comfortable!

  2. But if you are planning on wearing a veil, don’t forget to consider the length. You’ll notice that, throughout these photos, with a longer veil, we can do more things, because there’s more veil to play with! There are a few different ways we can get creative with short veils, too, but long veils give us a lot more to play with!

  3. Some veils are heavy, so if you go with a long veil… give it a test run before your wedding day! I once had a bride get a crazy migraine because her veil was too heavy, and I felt so bad!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, too! If you’re married, did you wear a veil for your wedding day? If you hope to be married someday… do you think you’ll wear one? Comment below and let me know!

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Cassidy & Dylan: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding Photos

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Cassidy & Dylan: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding Photos

Joy is the first word that comes to mind when I think back to Cassidy and Dylan’s wedding day at the beginning of June at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. I would describe these two as joyful, genuine, and just… so in love!

Cassidy and Dylan met while they were both attending Slippery Rock University. They were engaged by November of 2018, where Dylan proposed on a mountain in Colorado! They love being outdoors together, which made the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden the perfect spot to celebrate the beginning of the next chapter of their relationship!

My favorite part of the entire wedding day (there were SO MANY favorite moments!) was when we were taking photos during golden hour (the hour before the sun sets) in a field at the Gardens. Cassidy started crying, and Dylan asked her what was wrong. She said “I’m just SO happy.” And they hugged. And then I turned into a giant puddle of tears, too! 😭 I don’t think it gets much better than that!

I could go on about these two for paragraphs upon paragraphs - their kindness, they authenticity, the way they both genuinely care for the people around them - but I think I need to let the photos to do the talking! So without further ado - check out some highlights from Cassidy and Dylan’s wedding day below! 💛

Congratulations, you two!!! We were SO honored to be a part of your wedding day!!!

VENDORS:

Ceremony & Reception: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Videographer: Dorosh Documentaries

DJ: Joel Lindsey Entertainment

Cake: Signature Desserts

Bride’s Dress: One Enchanted Evening

Catering: Hazelnut Catering

Invitations: Etsy

Hair: Christy Lawrence at Anna's Salon Elite

Flowers: The Hayloft Floral

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding Photographer: Jenna Hidinger Photography

*Special thanks to Taylor Dymond for second shooting!

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Leah & Greg: Embassy Suites Downtown Pittsburgh Wedding Photos

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Leah & Greg: Embassy Suites Downtown Pittsburgh Wedding Photos

It’s hard to know where to start with these two, and hard to explain what an honor being a part of this day was for us. The first time I met Leah and Greg at their initial meeting over two years before their wedding date, I knew that I had stumbled upon a gem of a couple. We spent the evening - two and a half hours, to be exact - at a coffee shop, talking about all things wedding, marriage, and DISNEY related (for those of you who might not know, my husband and I are huge Disney fans!), only to learn that Leah used to live in California within easy driving distance of a Disney Land (not to be confused with Disney World in Florida!).

Of course, our mutual love of Disney, along with their incredible kindness and hospitality, built the foundation for not just an amazing business to client relationship, but a friendship! 💛 And I’m so thankful that showing up on their wedding day felt like showing up to photograph a friend’s day (as many of our wedding days tend to feel like with couples we get to know beforehand - it’s such a blessing!).

Leah and Greg’s entire wedding day took place, from start to finish, at the Embassy Suites Downtown Pittsburgh, which has quickly become one of my favorite wedding venues in Pittsburgh! It’s fairly easy to get to, right across from Mellon Square, and in the heart of downtown.

As a true-blue (or should I say… black and gold?) Pittsburgh couple, Leah and Greg incorporated so many Pittsburgh-themed details into their wedding day, along with lots of details representative of the two of them! A few of my personal favorites included: Pittsburgh themed welcome bags for guests, mini Heinz Ketchup bottles as favors (big ketchup fan over here!!), a surprise visit from Iceburgh (the Pittsburgh Penguins mascot), Pittsburgh Popcorn at the reception, pierogies as a late night snack, and a mini remote control firetruck that acted as the “ring bearer” for the ceremony (totally adorable!).

Our evening with Leah and Greg ended with a walk to the Roberto Clemente bridge for some epic night photos in their most favorite city! And, truly - we couldn’t have asked for a better day! Leah and Greg, we are SO honored to know you both - it was such an honor to be a part of your day! We love you guys!

And without further ado - here are Leah and Greg’s wedding photos! 🎉

VENDORS:

Ceremony & Reception: Embassy Suites Downtown Pittsburgh

Bride & Bridesmaid Bouquets: Sapphire and Lace

Floral Centerpieces & Cake Flowers: Alex’s Floral Shoppe

Cake: Bethel Bakery

DJ: John Wiggins

Hair & Makeup: Hannah Conrad Beauty

Bride’s Dress: MB Bride

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Invitation: Minted

Photo Booth: Lux Photobooth

Harpist: Marissa Knaub Avon

Calligraphy: Victoria Fiaretti

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5 Things to Remember if it Rains on Your Wedding Day

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5 Things to Remember if it Rains on Your Wedding Day

Just typing the title of this blog post makes me FEEL uncomfortable! 🙈 Almost no one hopes for rain on their wedding day, and sometimes it’s even hard to think about rain being a possibility – but if you live somewhere with crazy weather patterns (like Pittsburgh!) sometimes there will be a chance of rain or inclement weather.

If you’re a bride who has rain in the weather forecast for her wedding day, or a bride who’s afraid of having rain in the forecast for her wedding day, know that this blog post is for you. Know that there’s nothing I hope for more for my own brides than for their day to be beautiful, warm, and sunny.

But also know that what matters more than the rain itself is what you do with it, and the lens through which you choose to view the rain (or potential rain) on your wedding day.

Here are five things to remember if it rains on your wedding day:

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 1.     You will still be married at the end of the day, even if it rains.

This might be the most cliché response to rain on a wedding day, but truly – this is the attitude you want to have if it rains on your wedding day. Even if it rains – you still get to marry your best friend. The rain doesn’t automatically nix the significance of that event – don’t let it steal the joy and anticipation that has been building over the months (or years) that you’ve spent waiting for this day to get here! You still have a lifetime of beautifully, sunny days ahead of you. So don’t let on rainy day ruin the significance of what’s taking place!

2.     You have the opportunity to get some really unique photos!

Couples are usually upset about the rain if they: 1) planned an outdoor ceremony and/or reception, and 2) were planning on having their photos taken outside. Which, trust me – I totally understand. I married my husband in an outdoor ceremony, so the thought of rain on our wedding day kind of made me want to cry. But when it came to my photos, I knew that we were in good hands. We hired a professional photographer who I knew could deliver… rain or shine. And I knew that she had tricks up her sleeve – and could deliver unique, beautiful photos, even in the case of rain, which was so important in keeping my peace of mind!

As a sort of side note, another way to have a little bit more peace of mind when it comes to weather on your wedding day is to hire a wedding planner or day of coordinator. That way, your wedding planner or coordinator can execute your rain plan without you having to worry about everything that needs to change!

3.     Umbrellas and rain boots will be your best friend, so make sure you have a ton on hand!

Don’t forget about the umbrellas! Your bridal party, family, and guests will be oh-so thankful if you have a bundle of umbrellas that can be used by everyone on the day of. And for you – don’t forget to bring a pair of rain boots, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your wedding shoes while running between locations!

4. You can always redo (or touch up) your hair and makeup.

Alright, for the ladies in the house, this one could be LIFE CHANGING. One of the main things us ladies worry about when it comes to our wedding day is paying money for hair and makeup, only to have it all wash off/out in the rain - right? Well, if it looks like it might rain on your wedding day.. bring some extra styling supplies with you! You can always touch up your hair or makeup if you’ve been out in the rain. I know it might not be the same as your hair stylist or makeup artist (those people are magicians!) but truly, it’s better than nothing. And chances are, even if you can’t replicate the same hair/makeup look yourself, you’ll have a bridesmaid with a talent for beauty!

5.     Your state of mind and attitude will set the tone for the rest of the wedding day.

This is a tough one to write, because I know that, as a bride, it’s a tough one to hear. You and your fiancé are the center of the celebration, so you set the tone for the wedding day, whether you realize it or not.

I learned this lesson early on in my wedding photography career, noting how the bride’s (and groom’s) words, actions, and reactions can shape the day not only for herself, but for the people around her. If the bride is having a major meltdown over something that went wrong, that reaction ripples throughout her wedding day – unless she can gain control of her emotions and remember what’s important. The same is true in the opposite way. If the bride is focused on what’s important and refuses to let anything diminish the significance of the day, others around her will pick up on her attitude and adopt the same.

One of my favorite examples of this comes from a wedding of mine in 2018. I worked with the sweetest couple who just had the worst luck when it came to weather. It rained for most of their engagement session. Then on the day of their bridal shower. And then, for the couple’s entire wedding day, it rained. There was barely even one moment where it stopped. I felt so terrible! And of course, there were moments of panic and tears – that is sometimes inevitable and unavoidable! But what I admire so much about this bride is how she and her new-husband made the very best out of it. They still had an amazing time, and even took advantage of the rain by going out in it for a few photos! I was totally in awe of their attitudes and unrelenting desire to move past the rain and remember what was really important: their marriage, each other, and their friends and family.

So if you’re thinking that rain might end up being a part of your wedding day… don’t let it dampen what’s truly important. The last thing you’ll want to do is look back on your wedding day and remember having a miserable time. This day is a day that happens once in a lifetime, so enjoy it, rain or shine!

And if you’re looking for more tips on how to deal with rain on your wedding day, check out this additional blog post for tips for how to manage rain when it comes to your photos!