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Tamra & Chad: The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres Wedding Photos

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Tamra & Chad: The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres Wedding Photos

Chad and Tamra’s summer pink and navy wedding took place at the Grand Estate at Hidden Acres on one of the most beautiful, summer July days! These two Office loving, dog parents had one of the most FUN wedding days we’ve seen from beginning to end!

Some of my favorite details included some subtle Office details - like the signature drinks, named after two main characters in the show, Jim & Pam - and the entrance into their reception, which was taken from Jim & Pam’s wedding (in the show)! Not to mention the beautiful invitation suite & signage, designed by the groom himself!

Chad and Tamra, it was such an honor to be a part of your wedding day! I hope these photos serve you well for many years to come! 💛


Vendors: The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres (Ceremony & Reception), Posies by Patti (Florist), Debi Maker (Makeup), Cheri Parise from Profiles Salon (Hair), Sorelle Bridal (Bride’s Dress), Oakmont Bakery (Cake), DJ Steve Maffei Jr., Nate Cully (Ceremony Music, Violin), Chad Parise (Invitations), David’s Bridal (Bridesmaid Dresses), Men’s Warehouse (Menswear), Hoffstot's Café Monaco (Caterer), Classic Tent Rentals (Linens & Ceremony Decor), Adorkable Weddings (Officiant)

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Alyssa & Billy: Bella Sera Wedding Photos

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Alyssa & Billy: Bella Sera Wedding Photos

Alyssa and Billy met on the University of Pittburgh’s campus in January of 2014, and during a trip to Vegas in November of 2017, Billy asked Alyssa to spend the rest of her life with him - and in June of 2019, they finally said “I do” on one of the most beautiful Pittsburgh days!

From the very first phone call I had with Alyssa, I knew these two were an incredible pair. Both Alyssa and Billy are the type of people who you immediately feel comfortable with - you know, the ones that are so kind and who go out of their way to make sure everyone around them feels like an old friend! So, as you can imagine, their wedding day was a dream! Their friends and family made us feel like a part of the family, and we had the pleasure of working with an incredible vendor team that kept the whole day running ahead of schedule (which is no easy feat on a wedding day!).

Alyssa and Billy, it was such an honor to be a part of your wedding day. Wishing you two all of the very best as you start your married lives together! 💛


VENDORS:

Planner - Shayla Hawkins Events, Ceremony - St. James Church Sewickley, Reception - Bella Sera Event Villa, Videographer - Traveling Heart Productions, Florist - greenSinner, Cake - Bethel Bakery, Violinist - Steve Vance Entertainment, Makeup Artist - Jae Lee Paredes, DJ - mobileMIX, Hair - Alora Salon, Bride’s Ceremony Dress - Bridal Beginning, Bride’s Reception Dress - Sorelle Bridal, Bridesmaid Dresses - Bridal Beginning (Dessy Dresses), Menswear - Men's Warehouse Rentals, Invitations - Ink & Ivory (Kaitlin Sockman), Rentals - All Occasion Party Rentals, Linens - MOSAIC, Lighting - EF Lighting

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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!