Tara is one of my absolute favorite people in the world. You cannot be in a room with her and not catch on to her infectious energy. When she sent me a text with will you be my bridesmaid crossed out and photographer written in, I knew that I was in for the most fun day ever! It is not hard to understand quickly why her and Matt compliment each other so well. I don’t think they left the dance floor or each other the entire evening and being able to have that much fun together is the best showing of love!
The new Pittsburgh downtown Embassy Suites is such a beautiful venue. Tara and Matt opted to do a first look and then we headed out for portraits in the city streets. Strawberry Way and it’s painted street is one of my favorite city spots!
The ceremony with the Babie’s Breath arch by Community Flower Shop was gorgeous. The modern and neutral decor of the Embassy Suites is so elegant. Tara’s hair and makeup was perfectly executed by Justine with Beauty Justified and those awesome skyline invites by Lauren at Noteworth Invitations were the perfect precursor for the weekend. Of course the dancefloor was packed all night with Andy Booth as DJ!
Just in love with these two and their photos! Hope you enjoy!
Even though this wedding took place in November, it gives me all of the Valentine’s day feels! Those lush red and pink florals created by The Farmer’s Daughter, the sweet and romantic look created by Hannah Conard Beauty and the beautiful backdrop of Heinz Chapel, Mellon Park and Mansions on Fifth. I was seriously swooning all day long! I hope that you have the most amazing day with your loved ones!
Mingxin and Kyler’s engagement session on the North Shore was of epic proportions. Not 20 minutes into the shoot the sky darkened and the sky was practically illuminated with consistent lightning. I knew that we did not have long to take cover before the sky completely opened. We snapped a couple more portraits with that pre-storm twilight and then decided to get indoors to wait out the storm. And what a storm it was! Horizontal rain, some hail and some very close lightning bolts made me very happy we had made it indoors in time!
After about an hour the storm finally slowed down enough to head back down the Riverwalk and across the Clemente Bridge to where we were parked. The city lights were beginning to come on and we took this as an opportunity to get city backdrop photos from the top of our parking garage. Standing at the highest point with the city lights and a couple of rumbles of thunder still in the background was an amazing moment, scroll down to see the outcome.
Oh and when a couple says, “borrow our boat for your photos”, you borrow the boat. Thankful for Pittsburgh generosity!
Cannot wait for their October wedding at the Renaissance. I have a feeling it will be just as epic!
Bucket list check! I’ve been dreaming for years of shooting an engagement session in DUMBO park Brooklyn and on the Brooklyn Bridge, so when Rachel and Matthew booked their wedding for next year in Pittsburgh but said they would love photos in their hometown of Brooklyn, I was completely down! Luckily I was there shooting a Sunday wedding (which is headed to the blog soon) and was able to do both in the same weekend, though I’d make my way to the city any time really!
There is nothing quite like the Manhattan skyline. And the bridge, let’s talk about iconic! I was literally in heaven shooting their session and the weather cooperated beautifully as well. We took a stroll to the carousel, walked along the coastline of the Hudson, found a perfectly hidden gem of a park with the most beautiful light and ended up on a very crowded bridge where it somehow felt like we were the only ones around.
I am a total big city girl at heart, and part of my heart totally lies in NYC. My fabulous second shooter Kristy Lumsden and I had a great time Ubering around the city and trying out fantastic brunch places. Let’s say that I am an Avocado toast aficionado now! Shopping in Soho, wandering in the Upper East Side, meeting up with old friends and just a good old fashioned road trip made for a perfect weekend. Can’t wait to head back soon!