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One Amazing Wedding Recessional….

10/29/2017

Got your attention, didn’t we?!?  So much of Alex and Anne’s outdoor ceremony in St. Clairsville, Ohio, was memorable but their wedding recessional beyond compare.

One of the reasons we adore photographing weddings is because wedding days have a natural rhythm and flow that is not unlike the acts of a play or scenes from broadway show.   You know —  the rising action, climax and resolution.   Emotions and story.  At various times throughout the day, there are many natural points when emotions just rise and (hopefully!) spill over.

First looks between a bride and groom.   When a father sees his daughter in her gown.  The exchange of a special note or gift.

The recessional of a bride and groom from the ceremony is definitely one of those occasions….but Alex and Annee raised the bar to a new level!   Just as they were announced to their guests, a gentle breeze picked up Annee’s veil, they kissed tight and then carried that emotion back down the aisle.    Sprinkle in a few well-placed guests with confetti cannons and, well, take a look!

And Hemingway — the super cute Maltese — you had us at first wag!

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Oglebay Resort Wedding Photography — Camp Russell

07/08/2017

We absolutely love night wedding shots!   Just like any photograph, though, it’s best when we can use a meaningful location for the image.   So we were thrilled when Ellie noticed that the pavilion at Oglebay Resort’s Camp Russell where Amanda and Gabriel had just exchanged vows earlier that day was still decorated….  Add the natural magic that these two bring and you get this…..

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Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel Wedding Photography

02/05/2017

Samantha closes her eyes and we steady our cameras as the door to the Drawing Room at the Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel slowly opens….

Jake appears and as he looks up, their eyes connect for the first time on their wedding day.   After they embrace, Jake is near speechless as he circles his bride. A moment of total bliss.

First looks or “reveals” are some of the most intimate, quiet moments a couple can share and we are truly honored to be able to capture that fleeting experience forever.

Our wedding celebration with Jake and Samantha first began the night before at the Orchid Cellar Meadery & Winery near Frederick, Maryland where they hosted a wonderful rehearsal dinner for family and friends.  After dinner and drinks, Samantha’s father and his band “Guys in Thin Ties” played and all had a great evening anticipating the rest of the weekend.

We started our wedding day with Samantha at the Antrim while she dressed with her mother and bridemaids in the Boucher Suite — a beautiful room with it’s entry uniquely positioned, pocket-style, at the mid-point of Antrim’s grand staircase.  A relaxed morning was capped when Samantha’s father came for his own first look as his daughter was now ready to see her groom.

After Jake and Sam’s reveal, we decided to shoot images on the staircase — symbolic of Samantha coming from her suite to Jake waiting at the bottom.  We also braved some cold temperatures for some shots in the snow-covered gardens and grounds of the Antrim.

The emotional ceremony was officiated by close friend Susan Greenawald Ammatelli and also included hand fasting cords that were knitted by Samantha.  Personal details were plentiful throughout the day — handmade “Bomboniere” —  Italian guest favors were given with the five sugared Jordan almonds symbolizing health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life.  In small lace bags adorned with beautiful ribbon, these were sourced from the town where Sam’s grandmother hailed from.  And while we were in Taneytown, Maryland, the finest of Pittsburgh wedding traditions was observed with a large cookie table filled with cookies and truffles, each made by a close friend or family member and proudly displayed on Samantha’s antique china collection.

Capping a spectacular day, they received their guests in the Antrim’s banquet room with Alex Sincevich from the Dapper DJs keeping the guests moving on the dance floor all night long. And — as we always love to do — we closed down the evening with a night shot in front of the Antrim! Here’s some of our favorite images from their day…

And the team that helped make this day go smooth:

Beth Hnatio-Pumphrey, Special Events Manager, Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel

Alex Sincevich, Dapper DJs

Florist, Abby Chapple

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Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer — Gilfillan Farm Wedding

02/04/2017

As we were unloading our bags from the car, we kept peeking up at the sky….rain was definitely coming…when would it stop?   Ashley and Grant were due to arrive shortly and everyone was hoping for the planned outdoor ceremony at the Gilfillan Farm in the Pittsburgh suburb of Upper St. Clair.  The Gilfillan Farm is a real gem.  Located in a part of Pittsburgh which is very developed, it offers a beautifully secluded locale right in the heart of the South Hills area.

So where are we going if this rain keeps up?  At that point, super-helpful coordinator Emily of Em + E popped over to greet us and directed us into a cute white barn.   Taking a quick look inside just made us smile.  Why, yes, this will do just fine!

As chairs and such were quickly being pulled into the barn, we walked in and saw an incredible array of personal details and hand-made items that Ashley and Grant chose to accent their wedding.   It wasn’t necessarily vintage, it didn’t fit a theme. Simply put, it was Ashley and Grant and if you had never met, you would know what was important to them just by looking at the room.   They wonderfully paid homage to those who came before them and made this day possible.  Lovingly displayed in the corner of the barn were all the wedding dresses worn by Ashley’s mother and grandparents complete with framed portraits of all on their respective wedding days.  Handmade, personalized fans for the guests, more photographs of today’s bride and groom and relatives.  Cold drinks.  It was amazingly authentic.

After photographing these items, we then joined Ashley in the Gilfillan farm house for photographs of both her and then Grant getting ready.  More great moments.  Many times we photograph the bride with her mother admiring the wedding dress — it’s always a meaningful and emotional moment.  On this occasion, that was raised because Ashley’s mother actually designed and made the dress!  Ashley looked stunning and we just love the warm tones and classic mood created in the Gilfillan house.

While the day was originally planned to be an outdoor ceremony, we celebrated barn ceremony, recessed through a shower of bubbles and then raced back to the farmhouse to conclude the Gilfillan tradition of the bride and groom ringing the farmhouse bell!  And we did end up outside — the rain quickly subsided and Ashley and Grant received their guests under the stars in a tented reception on the Gilfillan grounds.  Here are a few images that show their day!

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Benton Grove Wedding — Morgantown Wedding Photographer

02/01/2017

We are often asked where we find inspiration as wedding photographers.  “Live the Life you Love”  — during our time with Beth as she was finishing hair and makeup, I noticed the phrase she had placed in script on her forearm.  The phrase just stuck with us for the balance of the day, like a lyrical good luck charm.   Inspiration found.

High atop a mountain overlooking the rolling hills surrounding Morgantown, Beth and Daniel exchanged vows and danced their evening away at the Benton Grove B&B   We began our day with Beth as she dressed and, from a window in her suite, was able to watch their guests assemble outside.  Meanwhile, Daniel enjoyed time with his groomsmen and parents as the ceremony time arrived.  As Beth was escorted down the aisle, Daniel approached before gently lifting her veil.  They decided to include a wedding ribbon tying into their ceremony — it’s always so nice when couples add personal touches whether they be religious, ethnic or family traditions.

After, we were able to have a period of creative photographs on the Benton Grove grounds — including a scenic shot high over the valley and farms below on a beautiful mustard sette.  Incidentally, if you just happen to love the vintage sette as much as we do — Beth just so happened to launch a fantastic vintage rental shop, the Mustard Couch, shortly after her wedding!

We capped the evening with a jam-packed reception on the Benton Grove veranda and as we love to do — we were able to sneak away for one last night shot from the balcony overlooking the ceremony area.  Here are a few of our favorites…

 

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Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer — Montour Heights Country Club

01/15/2017

Throughout Chris and Natasha’s outdoor wedding ceremony at Montour Heights Country Club, we had a watchful eye to the Western sky — clouds were building. Fingers crossed and the entire ceremony went off without a hitch. As if on cue, just after Chris and Natasha kissed and they were presented to their guests, the first drops fell from the sky.   No.  Panic.

Gently reaching for the sky in celebration, Natasha calmly exclaimed to their guests “don’t worry” while Chris smiled and took his bride’s hand down the aisle…

But, let’s back up — we kinda knew it would be this way with Chris and Natasha. Their story with us started last year with an enthusiastic inquiry and Skype call to our studio while they were at home in New York City — the positive energy was clear to us during our call and we couldn’t wait to work with them! We just loved their enthusiasm and it was going to be a beautiful day.

We arrived early in the day to photograph Natasha while she prepared with her bridesmaids and mother. As always, we were sure to grab shots of Chris making sure he looked great and then we went outside for their first look on the Estate’s grounds. The rain didn’t last long and we were able to venture outside for images around the Club’s garden areas. Their evening was rounded off with a wonderful reception at the Club where they danced the night away — and we capped the night with a night shot on the grounds in front of the Club…. Here are a few of our favorites!

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St. Paul’s Cathedral and Carnegie Museum Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

08/12/2016

Quietly yet quickly, I move up the center aisle and find my position in the ornate St. Paul’s Cathedral in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.  Anna and Aaron are just about to kiss for the first time as husband and wife and the anticipation is evident on the faces of their family and friends as they lean in for a look.   A quick check over the shoulder and I see that Ellie is ready (as always!) having taken a position in the balcony.   For a few seconds we wait….Father says his concluding words and makes the invitation.  I peer through the viewfinder and…there it is….click.  click.  Nailed it.

As their guests applaud I exhale a bit knowing that they will love the image.

Like always, though, my inner-voice is telling me to keep looking through that view finder.  Don’t lower that camera from your eye!  There is more here…keep working…and then, as they relax and look at each other, they gave us all this beautiful, authentic, magical moment —-

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Wheeling Wedding Photography — Lawrencefield Bed & Breakfast

08/11/2016

In their vows, Gloria and Brad proclaimed that they came into each other’s lives unexpectedly.  As we listened to their personal exchange of vows, the level of meaningful details and thought that went into their day struck us both.  On an unseasonably warm February day, Gloria spent the morning getting ready surrounded by her children, Alexa and Austin, while Brad dressed with family and visited with friends at the beautiful Lawrencefield Bed & Breakfast in Wheeling.  The main room of the Inn — decorated by Gloria with dozens and dozens of candles, arrangements and lace — provided the perfect, cozy backdrop for the occasion.  We couldn’t have imagined the beautiful light that greeted us outside after the ceremony!  Special thanks to Betsy and family at Lawrencefield for all of their expert assistance.  The evening dinner was prepared by the fabulous Food by Jane.  Here are a few of our favorite images from the day —

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