A preview for Leanne & Chris! They were blessed with such a beautiful wedding day!
A preview for Leanne & Chris! They were blessed with such a beautiful wedding day!
The tulips are out on Pitt campus just in time for graduation – and Carissa + Chad’s engagement photos!
Lindsay and David met in Myrtle Beach, and have a huge love for the beach. And Weasley.
Who’s Weasley? That’s their little mini-dachshund! He was adorable, and spotted, although a little skeptical of the lady with the camera. I suppose I would be too
It’s spring in Pittsburgh – one of my favorite seasons to shoot! I love those blossoms!
How cute are they!? And they love How I Met Your Mother = bonus.
Ahh those Pittsburgh rivers. Always a beautiful backdrop for any city engagement photography session:
A cute Save The Date photo! Congrats!
Sunday morning. Sunny. Starbucks in hand, and on my way to work with Angela and Rob. It was a good day.
Angela, Rob, and I first met over sushi, and since then we’ve been planning and looking forward to not only their woodsy engagement session this month, but also their wedding in September. They’re truly a relaxed, extraordinarily friendly duo, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with them. In fact, Angela and I did a lot of research into creating the perfect engagement session, and the spot we found was gorgeous! What’s not to love about tall trees, boat docks, and cat-tails.. with a bit of love in there too!
Here are some of my favorite photos from Angela and Rob’s Pennsylvania woods engagement session:
The tall trees. Simply to die for. AND, let me add, not easy to get to!
They’re really cute together!
Rawr! You gorgeous thang! xoxo to you both, and can’t wait for your wedding in September!
Spring has spring, and the cherry blossoms are out – perfect for Lindsay and David’s downtown Pittsburgh engagement session last night!
A beautiful way to kick off wedding season! A preview of Angela and Rob’s outdoorsy engagement session:
As I sat at my kitchen table this morning, I answered emails and drank coffee from my LA Starbucks coffee mug. The news has been on in the background all morning, and I’m following all that is happening in Boston. I have lots of photographer friends in the Boston, Mass, and Connecticut areas and am definitely thinking about all of them at this time. Watching the news unfold brings so many questions to my mind about the world we live in today and how I simply don’t remember it being like this when I was a kid. Perhaps it was the young naivety that kept me sheltered from all of it – and I hope it’s that way with children today too.
But it’s not just what’s going on today, but this week that makes me realize that sometimes life throws us the unexpected, and dealing with it can be difficult. A day can start so happy, and change in the matter of an instant. A close family friend of ours was recently in a serious accident, and it’s hit hard and very, very real – and so Brad and I cling closer to each other and our family members.
It makes me reflect on marriage a lot this week too, and what it really means to commit to someone for the rest of your life. Through the good, and the unexpected bad. What happens when the world throws you a curve ball that you could have never predicted? Brad and I thought about it a lot this week, and I know that deep in my heart if anything were to ever happen to him – I’m always there for him no matter what. I know it as if there’s just no other option in the world. That’s how it has got to be.
We’re also in the process of making some significant financial decisions, and I think that working together as a team (we always say team) and being realistic about finance, money, and our future has been a huge part of our marriage and why we feel like we can count on each other and hold a lot of trust between us.
I know this is a bit of a ramble, but isn’t today just a bit of a ramble? What I’m getting to is this: we stood on an altar almost five years ago, and we pledged to be there for each other through whatever the world brings. Our life is so happy, but there will be bad. In the world – we see the bad, and it’s unexpected. The most I could ever hope for (in our relationship and anyone out there getting married) is for a sense of trust, reliability, and understanding that no matter what the world brings your way, marriage is bonding and life-giving. Be there for each other – always. Love like there is no tomorrow.
Photos by Jason Groupp.
Megan: She’s a lover of Mexican Food, mom to the cutest little boy, designer of wedding-day beauty, and a Pittsburgh staple. Her floral shop, Fragile Paradise, has been a downtown Pittsburgh staple for the past 10 years. She works with downtown venues such as the Omni and The Renaissance often, but isn’t afraid to branch out to other venues in the SWPA area for weddings. You can see her work on display in the Omni William Penn lobby daily, and on top of her obvious talent… she’s a true doll!
Megan and I enjoyed lunch recently, where we learned that we live pretty close to each other and now have a date to go and get “only the best drinks in our area” at Palazzo. Megan and Fragile Paradise also showcased with us recently, and her work was beautiful and creative!
I like the light shades of blue – a sucker for hydrangeas.
For the uber-elegant look:
The colors in the flowers on the left would make for a beautiful “fall, but not too autumn” wedding look:
“OMG. I can’t take his pants. And he is standing way too close. I’m just going to keep looking at my menu… YES! Water. NO! Nothing else” ::eyes averted::
Needless to say, our waiter had on pants that were just way too tight.
Melissa, Loren, and I headed out to The Smiling Banana Leaf in East Liberty (S’lib!) the other night for dinner. It was Loren’s turn to pick the spot, and I loved that she had me driving through Morningside (where Brad and I used to live!) to get there! The restaurant was small, and the pants tight, but the food was delicious and the company even better.
We have some great ideas up our sleeves for this summer (I’m bursting to share with you, but can’t until the details are finalized!), and we got to talking about all of the awesome weddings starting in just two weeks! We have a full schedule of working together, and we’ll all get to see each other often throughout the summer. I seriously cannot wait. Both Loren and Melissa are amazing, and together we’re a trifecta - myself: business. Loren: art. Melissa: you’ll see (if I told you, it’d ruin the surprise!)
Melissa’s chicken pad thai, with a “spicy” scale of “5… or 6.. you know.. between 5 and 6. 5.5”
Not our most flattering, but hey! It was a Thursday?
What if you become deathly ill on the day of our wedding? What if something happens out of nowhere and you just can’t make it?
Valid questions! I hear this now and then in my client meetings, and….. not to worry! I’ve dedicated lots of time since the conception of my business networking with photographers and building a wonderful group of friends in the Pittsburgh area. On top of that, Melissa and Loren are my go-to girls, so if something were to happen, I’m fully confident that I have friends who would be able to photograph your wedding well.
Actually, this situation just occurred this weekend! My good friend, Meaghan Elliott, had booked a wedding for April 6th.. only to realize a short while later that she was pregnant. And due on April 7th! Oh my! Not to worry, though. Meaghan and I had been in touch since the early stages of her pregnancy, and since I was available on April 6th, I made sure to keep my day open so that I could help if anything were to happen. Sure enough, she had her super cute baby boy this past Wednesday, and we decided that it would be best for her to remain with him instead of running around for 10 hours straight just four days after giving birth.
Meaghan and I were in touch with the bride and groom, and we nailed down the timeline. We were chatting throughout the entire week to make sure no detail was overlooked, and the wedding day went smoothly. Melissa and I tackled the wedding day photography, and Meaghan will take care of the editing and album delivery for her bride and groom. Problem solved!
So, what’s the lesson? Hire a professional with a good network and you will be taken care of. Always. Even if you’re not our client – we want all brides and grooms to have an amazing, stress-free wedding day! Go team!
The wedding this past weekend was held at the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Melissa and I loved how there were different rooms throughout the club to keep the wedding guests entertained (dancing room, bar, dessert + coffee area, and pool table room). The bride and groom enjoyed a lovely dinner with the amazingly well-organized Duquesne Club serving staff, and the wedding cake looked like a slice of heaven! We’d love to photograph a wedding at the Duquesne Club again!