Alaina & Jason | Mariott Renaissance Weddings | Pittsburgh

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So we’ve never had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at the Renaissance. We’ve photographed lots and lots of receptions, but never a wedding ceremony and I have to say…it was lovely! Of course you know the architecture is truly a site to see so what a treat for your guests! Because of the different levels we were able to get all kinds of views, which was fun.

Alaina & Jason were probably one of the most relaxed couples we’ve ever worked with. Nothing could get to these two….all smiles, all happiness and all kinds of good times were had on this day. In fact, these 2 were so chill I was actually surprised to see them all over that dance floor as much as they were! Which of course makes our job that much easier. ;-)

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Venue: Marriott Renaissance
Florist: Hens & Chicks
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Makeup Stylist: All Dolled Up
Hair Stylist: Pretty Hair Salon
DJ: Pittsburgh DJ Company
Day of Coordination: Flawless Execution Events
Linens: Lendable Linens
Ceremony Strings: Innocenti Strings
Stationary: Boxcar Press

Andrea & J.W. | Love on a Rooftop Sneak Peek

Ohhhhh this is going to be fun. So. Much. Fun. I know you know how absolutely fabulous Shayla Hawkins Events, Mt. Lebanon Floral, the Marriott Renaissance, Beauty Justified, All Occasions, Bella Christies, Lendable Linens, E.F. Lighting and Diva Gone Domestic is…but do you have any idea how much the fabulosity factor skyrockets when you put them all together?? Well, you’re in luck, because you are about to take in one dandy of an eye-explosion. Well…at least a bit of a peek of an explosion. ;-)

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The Many Faces of a Woman | Boudoir Photographer | Pittsburgh

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Ahhhhh yes….the many faces of a woman. Playful, seductive, fun, casual, elegant, sensual, bewitching…and on and on and on. I think a session that includes as many attributes as possible is what makes it successful. Women are very complex and we wear many faces in a day depending on who we’re standing next to.

You saw a bit of S from a previous post and here are a few other photos from her day with me. S was a crazy amount of fun to hang out with. Wow was she funny….and just bad….in a good way. ;-) Right when you least expected it she would deliver a one-liner that had both Justine and me rolling. And then with a snap, all of a sudden she turned into a Vogue model right before our eyes, then twirl around like a little girl playing dress up the very next moment. It was fun to capture all of those sides with her…what a day.

Makeup or no…how can you not love a face like that!

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There is Something About a Black and White Photograph | Boudoir Photography | Pittsburgh

I showed a few photos from Y’s session last week but I’m going to unleash a few of my favorite black and white photos for you to see. There truly is something about a black and white photo. It somehow makes it timeless. Some photographs simply look better in color but others…when you see them and you know it has to be in black and white…those I could stare at forever.

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Beautiful transformation by the ever-so-talented Justine Lynn of Beauty Justified. Of course.

Alaina & Jason | Sneak Peek

Love giving out a little sneak peek before the big reveal. These 2 photos were 2 of my favorites from the day. One thing Pittsburgh has a ton of is beautiful architecture….that plus one good-lookin’ couple and BAM. That’s a mixture for some awesome photos.

More to come!

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Soraya & Hank | Carnegie Museum of Art Weddings

Carnegie Museum of Art Weddings and Receptions-0039So excited to share Soraya and Hank’s wedding day with you! Such a lovely, lovely couple. We first got to spend some time with Soraya and Hank when we photographed their engagement session and we knew right then and there that their wedding day was going to be extra fantabulous. Hank has such a calm manner about him and an easy smile. It was so touching to see his face just light the night every time he looked at Soraya. The smile would start with the upturn of his lips in one corner, then you’d see the teeth followed by that warmth creeping right up into his eyes as they crinkled in the corners, finished off with a huge toothy grin. Annnd Soraya….life of the party for sure. HUGE smile at all times, beautiful laugh, cracking jokes, delivering one-liners and all with hugs, sweetness and buckets of love. I will tell you, I didn’t feel like I was working at this wedding; I felt like I was a guest that just happened to have a very expensive camera and knew how to use it.

And such beauty in the day! Look at those bridesmaids dresses! After describing Soraya’s personality to you, is it any wonder she wanted her bridesmaids showing off their beauty in bold, bright, gorgeous colors?? And you’ll notice the Sofreh table tradition after the ceremony. Soraya’s mother’s side of the family is Greek (listening to Soraya talk to her grandparents in Greek over the computer because they couldn’t be here for the wedding was touching) but her dad’s side is Persian. You may remember this from Natalie & Amir’s wedding we photographed this year. I love love love this tradition! The table is filled with items to mark the future hopes, dreams and wishes for the couple and it was so fun to see Soraya and Hank accept this tradition together. What was interesting was the tradition NOT to rush guests out of the ceremony site so photos can be taken. They are invited to socialize and leave at will…which made photos interesting. ;-) I loved it.

And then the party started. I believe Soraya and Hank were the most dancingest couple I have ever witnessed. Hank left the dance floor to regenerate a few times but Soraya just never stopped. You’ll notice that Soraya changed her wedding gown for the reception and it was a good thing. Her ceremony gown was STUNNING but not very easy to move in. So her reception gown was a necessity to really be able to enjoy her night. Both gowns were just lovely.

And then, just like that, the party was over. I don’t feel bad though…the next day Soraya and Hank took off for Hawaii…poor things. ;-)

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Venue: Carnegie Museum of Art
Day of Planner: Mikaela Jaros
Florist: Blumengarten
Makeup Stylist: Beauty by Joy
Hair Stylist: Tease Salon
DJ: Jeremy Ganss
Videographer: Pictory Productions
Caterer: Parkhurst Dining

Getting Your Mojo Back | Beauty & Boudoir Photography | Pittsburgh

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All women lose themselves at some point. Most of us find our way back and I always cheer a woman that courageously searches for and works to get their mojo back. This is what brought Y to my studio. Going through an amicable divorce at this time in her life, Y decided that she wanted to feel pretty again…sexy again… and remind herself that yes, she is a beautiful and strong woman that is simply starting a new and exciting chapter in her life.

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And as you’ll see in more photos to come (and the photo below), Y has more mojo than I think she’ll know what to do with. ;-)

Y was lovely, down to earth, had a mouth like a sailor (just like me ;-)) and was just damn funny. I could have photographed her all day long…and then went out together for a beer and cheeseburger afterwards.

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