…is some RANDOM stuff! I find that the older, wiser, and more stable I get – the less I have on my Christmas list! Really, if I need something I usually just run out and get it myself. My closet is always overstuffed due to my shopping issues, and I’m sitting here surrounded by a iPhone, laptop, Kindle, and TV remote. Gadgets everywhere. Sometimes I want to throw them out the window!
In order to even make any kind of Christmas list, I have to actually write things down when I think of them and remind myself to not go out to the store… so that mom and mom-in-law can actually have some sort of list. The WORST person to ask for a list from? Brad. That man is impossible.
What’s on your Christmas list this year?
I signed up for Netflix in September (what took me so long?!), but right now my setup for watching anything on my TV is complicated! Cue hooking up the laptop to a power source, HDMI cable, and speakers and I can finally catch up on Scandal. So I’d like an Apple TV. Just to aid in the lazy factor of our modern lifestyle. Why not.
Anyone who comes to our house and asks for a cup of coffee knows that I drink instant. YIKES. You heard that right. I’ve been drinking instant coffee for a while now, thanks to my father-in-law who got me started on it. Brad doesn’t drink coffee at all (smart, non-addicted man), and so it makes no sense for us to have a coffee pot. Instead of serving the same old crappy Folgers, I’ve decided that maybe it’s time to upgrade a bit. I’ve heard that some of those K-cup flavors are pretty miraculous.
Holy heck I’m obsessed with cleaning products. Weird, right? Yes, I know this. When I’m not busy working or working out – I spend my time moving around and cleaning the house. In fact, it took me an hour and a half to clean our bathroom the other day just because I had to wipe down the walls, baseboards, and everything in-between. What can I say? I like to be thorough. And so I’m kind of obsessed with having some awesome cleaning tools around the house. My favorites? Cleaning gloves to protect my amazing manicures, and those Mr. Clean Erasers, because I always bang the laundry baskets into the walls and leave marks. Exciting stuff!
Massage Gift Cards
I’ve been enjoying some amazing massages from the Pittsburgh Center for Complimentary Health and Healing lately, and any way I can get back there more frequently is welcomed. This is the best, and most knowledgeable place I have found locally for massage. Not only are they super smart about everything, but they’re incredibly nice, welcoming, and specialize in massage. I love people who specialize. I trust them more, and they’re wonderful.
What’s on your Christmas list this year?
This wedding was a dream. Not only was it a beautiful, wintery day, but I got to spend my time with 12 people who were truly there to celebrate a LOVE and a new LIFE together.
Renee and Zach’s wedding was an early one – up for an 8am wedding ceremony at the Phipps Conservatory Broderie Room. Gina Costic (event coordinator and mom-to-be this month! She looks so fab!) was there to help us out, and not only ensuring that the ceremony was breath-taking, but that we also had a chance to roam around Phipps for photography time on our own before the doors opened to the public.
Renee and Zach are expecting a little girl in January, and their lives together are going to be just wonderful and so, so happy. They both have wonderful, FUNNY, families! It was an absolute pleasure to spend this Saturday morning with them and celebrate their love and new life together. Cheers!
The Broderie Room just sparkling for the winter.A sweet wedding ceremony:
See! Told you their families were funny! This was fun to create for them!
We had time to photograph Renee and Zach around the Conservatory, which is all decorated for the holidays. Love the main foyer room!
Look at this gorgeous bride!!
We took full advantage of all of the gorgeous scenery.
The Desert Room is always a fun one, and then we photographed them under the kissing ball of mistletoe!
LOVE this shot!
Zach works in a lab at Margaret Morrison, so we ventured over to the Carnegie Mellon campus for some photos in a place special to him.
Love the blues and wintery greens.
Zach! You look so dapper!
The ring on Renee’s bouquet was her father’s, who passed away when she was 17. A wonderful way to honor him on her wedding day.
Congratulations! Can’t wait to see you again room, and see your little babe!
Not long ago I got to thinking (in typical girly fashion) the following: “Wahhhhh I want to go see a musical but Brad hasn’t got tickets for us in a long time and wahhhhhh I wish he would go to see a show with me!”
Um, hello?! What is wrong with this picture? Not only is it the middle of hunting season, but I can’t say that Brad has ever really said “Let’s go see a musical!” to me anytime since we’ve been together. So I had to take matters into my own hands.
Logging onto the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website, I browsed through the list of coming shows and was surprised to see ELF! The Musical! on the list. PERFECTO. Brad absolutely loves the movie, so I thought this would be something he’d be down for (more than Fiddler On The Roof). I bought us tickets, and was proud of taking the initiative.
When the evening rolled around, we got to talking about whether we might go to dinner before the show, and agreed that Sonoma Grille would be the perfect place, since we always l-l-love their food. Alas, our dinner was a nice long one complete with tapas, perfectly seared scallops, lamb bolognese, and pumpkin spice bread pudding. I was in heaven with every last, warm bite, and in even more bliss that my guy was all dressed up and smiling at me from across the table.
We made our way over to the show – he in this purple sweater that I always beg him to wear, and me in my sparkly blush sequins skirt that I only get to wear on rare occasion. It was a bit chilly, so I just loved snuggling into his arm and entering The Benedum with our tickets in hand. The show was fun and entertaining, and although there were probably more kids than adults in attendance, we still held hands throughout and he smiled over to me when I was busted for looking at him mid-scene.
At the end of the night, on our drive home from the city to the countryside, he held my hand in the warm car and sweetly said “Thanks for a wonderful date night, my love.” And my heart melted, and I remembered that it’s not always his job to plan our dates. When I plan, they’re still magical. Wouldn’t have traded that night for anything.
We see lots of beautiful wedding dresses – each of them very unique! This week we’re featuring some of our super-special wedding dress details from color, to fit, to accessories. We love them all!
Lace details along the hems…
Loren’s bride Thea rocked this gorgeous lace shrug!
How about a one-shoulder dress?
Loren’s bride Anne donned this gorgeous key hole back:
The bejeweled back on Kelly’s dress was an unexpected surprise.
Erica highlighted her teeny tiny waist with this intricate belt:
And finally, one of our absolute favorites – Erin’s coffee colored wedding dress fit her like. a. glove. Amazing.
We LOVE our brides. Like absolutely, a million percent, adore them. They are what make our world go ’round, and we are so blessed to be able to work with such cosmopolitan, stylish, and oh-so-down-to-earth ladies!
Each year we like to hold a special event towards the end of the season (like last year’s Launch Party!), and for 2013 we decided to invite our lovely ladies out to dinner at Six Penn for a night of drinks, delicious food, catching up, and some treats along the way. It was a wonderful night together discussing everything from our favorite tapas places, to what we really think of “Four Weddings“. Wouldn’t change it for the world!
Thank you so much to all of the girls who came out in the cold to the city. We love all of you, and thank you again for being so amazing to us and trusting us not only as your wedding photographers but also as your additional hidden bridesmaids for the day. We are just smitten.
Stacy, Karen, and Erica opening some gifts…
The lovely Thea and Leigh – yay!
Oh yes, Erica loves Michael Kors as much as we do
Not sure what’s going on here, but I’m sure it’s something silly.
MELISSA TOO! <3
What we love this year…
What’s new, blog land?! Life has been good lately, especially because it’s now December and the holiday season is in full swing! If you’re like me, this is the season you look forward to all year. I get giddy over Christmas, and there are constantly carols playing through my home while I’m working. I may or may not sing along – loudly – as they play, and trimming the tree is the perfect way to spend an evening in the living room,
But decorating is not the only thing I’ve been up to lately, and in true photographer fashion – here’s Instagram to tell the story!
I’ve been working on still staying healthy this holiday season. Don’t get me wrong, I indulge in my fair share of cookies, cakes, and mashed potatoes, but working out and generally eating well still makes me a happy girl, and so I try to stay on top of things. Between yoga and barre method (and Kam Jamz hip hop classes that I’ve been LOVING!) I’m staying active! And want to learn how to cook some absolutely delicious meals? Try the Well-Fed books. Big nommmm.
Also ever a home-body, I’ve been spending time around the house just lounging in plaid pajama pants, playing piano, decorating, and occasionally enjoying a visit from my good friends Carolyn and Michelle of Post Script Productions (their office is right in the area where I live!)
Going from a hike on the trail nearby (the perfect way to spend an afternoon with some of the mild weather. I listen to lots of podcasts as I walk), to this amazing pair of perfect nude pumps! Brad and I recently celebrated our friend Bill’s birthday (the guy from Primal Palate, so he knows food!) at Union Pig and Chicken – a must try for new Pittsburgh BBQ in East Liberty!
Hopefully soon I’ll be able to post lots of holiday-cheery-twinkle-lights-and-sparkle photos. SQUEE!
We have shoe closets. Yes, that ended with an “S”. Multiple. Love of shoes. Therefore, it’s no big surprise that we tend to swoon over these wonders. Here are our favorite shoes from this year’s weddings!
We truly admire Chelsie for walking the day in these high heels!
Colorful. Sparkly. Always Kate Spade.
That red sole is universally loved.
Purple with toe sparkles. Fits right in with the damask!