Kristen and Steve were married at the Gathering Place at Darlington Lake. It is a beautiful venue north of Pittsburgh overlooking the lake. This couple is so much in love, and this wedding has been a long time coming. You could just see it throughout the entire day. I don't always cry at weddings, but I definitely had tears in my eyes for this one (when the groom cries, I always lose it!).
While they didn't see each other before the ceremony, they had a letter exchange and were able to talk to each other. It is always an emotional moment. After the ceremony, their friends and family celebrated in style, with some epic dance moves. Check it out!
- Venue: The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake
- DJ, Officiant, Guitarist, Videographer: Joel Lindsey Entertainment
- Cake: Lincoln Bakery
- Florals: Fred Dietz Floral & DIY
- Hair & Makeup: Capristo Salon & Wellness Spa
- Dress: The Exquisite Bride
- Suits: Top Hat Tuxedo
- Caterer: Medure's Catering
- Photographer: Kathryn Hyslop Photography
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I had the pleasure of photographing Colten & Louis’s amazing wedding at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The museum holds an event every third Thursday of the month for the 21+ crowd, which always has a theme. February, the theme was ‘We Do’. The art museum did something they’ve never done before - they held a contest for a win a free wedding. You just had to be willing to get married at the event, and be open to all of Pittsburgh being invited!
Katie & Dave had a chilly winter day for their wedding. They powered through pictures outside. Other than the shivering & goosebumps, you could hardly tell they were cold!
Since we all road together to get to the first look location, the groomsmen took great pleasure in blindfolding Dave so that he couldn’t catch an early glimpse of his bride-to-be. Getting him on and off the bus was a challenge, but made for some great moments. The look on his face when he saw Kate for the first time made the wait worth it.
Ally & Ron are a fun-loving, adorable couple and amazing people. I was so inspired by Ally’s vision for the day. As you can see, it turned out incredible! Even though their date was cold and windy, they persevered and got some great photos. A personal favorite moment was when the cookie table was presented - there was dancing involved! Their joy is truly infectious. Everyone had a smile all night long.
Brittany & Scott had a beautiful day. It was a little cold outside, but everyone stayed warm & cozy inside the barn for the ceremony, and dancing always helps to chase away the chill! My favorite moment of the night was sneaking away to watch sunset over the pond (check out the last photos of this post). The colors were just incredible.
Rachel and Bob had a gorgeous wedding! All their details were so stunning, from the ice sculpture to the summery florals. Personally, I’m obsessed with Rachel’s hair color, and how well it worked with the style she picked!
Miko & Steve had a small, gorgeous wedding at the Andy Warhol museum. First off, I’m obsessed with her dress - which she MADE herself. Does it get better than that? Their style went perfectly with the museum; which is where we did most of their photos. They didn’t have a wedding party, so we focused on them. They even walked down the aisle together!
Roxy & Brendan got married in a very small, private ceremony in their hotel room at Hotel Indigo, then we walked down the street to Ace Hotel for their reception, taking photos along the way.
What a gorgeous day for a wedding! Ashleigh & Adam got ready at their home (he was downstairs, she was on the first floor) and they drove together to there ceremony. He had to wear a blindfold so that he didn’t catch a glimpse of her in the dress too early! The ceremony took place at Heinz Chapel, and then we drove around the city for their portraits, stopping at the columns, Mellon Park, and (of course) Mt. Washington.
Jim and Maura are amazing human beings. They held an all-American, red, white & blue themed wedding at Presque Isle lighthouse, which was just stunning (just wait till you see all these photos!). Maura got ready at her parents’ house in Erie, while Jim donned his suit at a nearby hotel. They were then married at St. Peter’s Cathedral, a beautiful church.