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Kari and Michael were married on December 30th, with a ceremony in the Urban Room and a reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel.

A Love Story through the Years

Mike and Kari first met in October of 2009 at a wedding for Kari’s cousin, Dee. Mike had gone to Ohio University with Dee. Kari was a bridesmaid, and Dee kept trying to introduce the two of them. Even though Mike and Kari kept telling her no, Dee insisted that they were so compatible that they simply had to try dating. Finally, at the end of December in 2013, they went on a double date with Dee and her husband to Kari’s favorite restaurant: Luigi’s. As it turned out, Dee was right. They had a lot in common, including their choice of favorite restaurant. Their dads played football in high school together and were even friends back then, too!

Three years later, in October, Kari went to Harrisburg for the weekend to spend time with Mike and his parents, planning to see the Penn State game that Saturday. She hadn’t been looking forward to the long drive after a rough day at work and a sore throat, but when she arrived, she’d barely set her bag down before Mike got down on one knee!

Because their first date had been in December, they wanted to have a wedding in the fall or winter. So at the end of the year, my second shooter, Bryan, and I headed to the Omni William Penn to be part of their amazing wedding day.

A Winter Wedding at the Omni William Penn Hotel 

Kari and Michael are VERY close with their large families, and we came in with an organized list to be sure we got all the shots we needed. We took plenty of time getting family photos before we took a limo to Heinz Field and the North Shore for portraits of the bridal party and the bride and groom. And wow, was it COLD! It was one of the coldest days of the year, and my fingers were frozen by the time we got through with pictures. But it was so worth it for the great snowy pictures.

I also loved getting shots of the details, especially the shoes. There was so much love poured into the little things, like Kari’s engagement ring. She told me that it was her nana’s, but her mom and Mike worked with Luxenberg’s to redesign it for her.

The ceremony itself was absolutely stunning. Even though the Urban Room is difficult to light, I think Bryan and I were able to nail this setup. And then we headed to the Omni’s Grand Ballroom for a celebration of love. Kari’s dad has the BEST laugh and told the funniest speech, and then Kari and Michael had the most amazing first dance, surrounded by friends and family on the dance floor.

Kari & Mike, thank you for letting me be part of your celebration of love and family. And thank you for braving the cold with me for some gorgeous winter pictures!

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omni william penn hotel wedding leeann marie photography

omni william penn hotel wedding leeann marie photography

omni william penn hotel wedding leeann marie photography

omni william penn hotel wedding leeann marie photography

omni william penn hotel wedding leeann marie photography

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omni william penn hotel wedding leeann marie photography

omni william penn hotel wedding leeann marie photography

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Vendors

Florist: Lea’s Floral Shop – John Lechliter

DJ/Band: Eric Wenning

Catering: Omni

Bakery: Bethel Bakery

Hair: Pretty Hair Salon

Makeup: Pretty Hair Salon

Video/Cinema: All Pro USA

Officiant: Guy Haberl

Transportation: Pittsburgh Transportation Group

Wedding Colors: Navy & Rose Gold

Dress Shop: Exquisite Bride

Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse

Jewelry: Bands are from Kay Jewelers.

Shoes: Betsey Johnson

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