Archive for March, 2010

We first met Shannon & Dave back in 2008 when we shot their engagement photos in downtown Pittsburgh, and since then we’ve gotten to know them better and have been anxiously awaiting the BIG day! Sometimes I think we get almost as excited as the couple, especially when we’ve developed a relationship with them over such a long period! : )

After the anticipation, Shannon & Dave’s wedding did not disappoint! In fact, it was one of the funnest weddings we’ve ever shot! We may be biased, but we just think that no one quite knows how to party like people from the Burgh! So it only makes sense that this Pittsburgh wedding was one insanely fun celebration where everyone let loose!

Here are the vendors that helped make their day perfect:

Ceremony: Community of Christ Church – Bethel Park, PA
Reception: The Georgetown Centre – Pleasant Hills, PA
DJ: Wenning Entertainment
Transportation: Exceptional Limousine
Floral Arrangements: Brides & Butterflies

Before you even see the photos, let me paint this picture for you… the theme was very Irish and very Pittsburgh. The wedding took place the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day (Shannon’s favorite holiday) and there were Irish elements throughout the wedding (including a rockin’ recessional to U2’s “Beautiful Day” – SAH-WEEET!!!). It was also the first weekend of spring, and we were blessed with GORGEOUS sunny weather! A week prior there were still piles of ugly snow/ice around but it all melted away before the big day! And last, but not least, in true Pittsburgh style there was some black and gold included in the wedding! Shannon wore a Pens garter and Dave and all the groomsmen put on Crosby jerseys once the formal photos were over. So you get an idea of how fun this wedding was! It was SO fun that guests from the other wedding going on at the Georgetown Centre came over and crashed Shannon & Dave’s wedding! Seriously! We definitely had the best DJ and the room was rockin’, so who can blame them? Ah, good times!

The highlight of the wedding was probably Shannon & Dave’s son, Dayton. He really stole the show, especially when he sang and danced to 3 Michael Jackson songs at the reception. Oh, did I mention that he’s only 3 years old?!?!?! Yeah! It was HILARIOUS! Be sure to watch the outtakes at the end of the slideshow! I promise you won’t want to miss it! : )

Don’t forget the outtakes at the end of the slideshow! Enjoy!! : )

Last week we met up with one of our June couples, Becky & Matt, for some engagement photos in downtown Pittsburgh! The first stop was the very scenic Mt. Washington, which offers one of the best views of the city. I may be biased, but I don’t think any city has a better view! It was a beautiful Friday evening and Becky & Matt got all snuggly and romantic looking out at the city while “my” Matt and I captured their sweetness from a distance. While on top of Mt. Washington we also shot a few photos outside the beautiful St. Mary of the Mount Parish. It’s brick walls and stained glass windows are so stunning!

Next we drove downtown and just walked around. We ended up at one of Pittsburgh’s most notable downtown building, PPG Place. When you look at the city skyline, it looks like a huge glass castle. The first 5 night shots below were taking there. I really love the last one showing their reflection in the glass. It was such a sweet moment!

As we walked to PPG Place, Becky & Matt pointed out this cool little bar/restaurant called Papa J’s that they kept wanting to check out. On the way back to the car, we decided to stop in to check it out. First step in the door and it already exceeded expectations. It looked like a quaint little bar with a restaurant in the back. The air was filled with fresh garlic and there were just a few people hanging out having a few drinks. We sit at the bar and continue to look around at all of the old decor and the bartender proceeds to fill us in about the history of the building. Apparently, it was once a brothel! We were really intrigued and looked around the rest of the building. Being a quiet evening there, it was particularly chilling. We were like kids exploring a haunted house. Every little thing about the place seemed extremely cool, and we HAD to do a few photos there! We were especially drawn to the “Madame’s Room,” which included a very old brick wall and a beautiful hanging light. Matt shot in black and white to capture the mood and we played a little with the lighting. I think the photos are very steamy in a subtle, suggestive way!

We had so much fun spending time with Becky & Matt again! And we couldn’t get over the discovery of Papa J’s! It was a hidden treasure in downtown Pittsburgh! So glad that they suggested it! It made for a very adventurous evening! Can’t wait to see you two again this summer!! ; )

When we met Stephanie & Dave about a year ago we began talking about shooting their St. Augustine engagement photos at the airplane graveyard. A couple friends of mine did sessions there and since then others have followed. It’s one of the coolest locations in North Florida (okay, THE coolest location). And since Dave is a pilot, we HAD to shoot there!

But before hitting the graveyard, we walked the streets of St. Augustine and talked about their wedding day. I really want to tell you all about the incredible plans they have for the perfect St. Augustine wedding, but you’ll just have to wait until next month when the wedding happens! I will just say it’s going to be gorgeous!!!

We took photos throughout the Oldest City, including a stop at the Lightner Museum (where they will hold their rehearsal dinner). Stephanie & Dave are so laid back and cute and flirty together that the photos just happened naturally. We spent most of the afternoon chatting and enjoying some beautiful Florida weather! The guys talked a lot about planes and basketball, of course!

I’m just grinning looking at these photos! Aren’t they so adorable together?! Don’t forget to watch their slideshow at the end! : )

Such a cute moment between Stephanie & Dave…

… but I think I like this one better! It wasn’t until after we looked at the photos on the computer that I noticed the alien painted on the side of the plane. Nice!! : )

I adore this shot taken by Matt!

Matt’s shot…

And my shot…

More photos from the 30th Annual Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) convention! This time I have photos to share from a HOT photo shoot in the desert hosted by Scarlett Lillian!

It was really nice to get away from the craziness of the Las Vegas strip and shoot in the beautiful surrounding desert! The bus ride alone was so much fun and I got to meet some great photographers because of this workshop! In fact, our gorgeous models were Erin & Gavin Wade, a husband and wife photography team from California! Just as amazing in front of the camera as they are behind it!

I knew that my trip to Vegas would not be complete unless I did a shoot in the desert, so as soon as Scarlett’s workshop went live I was frantically trying to type in all the information to secure my spot! I thought it would sell out immediately, so my heart was racing! It did sell out fast, but my spot was safe! : )

It was so great meeting everyone who participated in the shoot and I want to thank Scarlett for organizing it and Erin & Gavin for bringing the hotness to these photos! Their love for each other and the beautiful location in which this entire shoot took place just made for the most romantic photos! I’m so excited to finally share them!

You can tell how excited Angie was about marrying Johnny by her Facebook page. Before the wedding day was over, she had already proudly changed her last name on her profile to let the world know that she was now MRS. Daniels!

There is a joke that your marriage is official when you change your status on Facebook, but the truth is that Angie & Johnny’s wedding was made official at the historic Bethel Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville. As soon as I saw the church, I fell in love with it! It’s one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen! Bethel’s growing congregation has made it necessary to build a new sanctuary, but Angie & Johnny envisioned their dream wedding in the old sanctuary. Anyone can see why by how beautiful it is!

The reception was held at the Arlington Women’s Club. There were some very sweet moments (especially a tender moment between Angie & her youngest son – see below) but most of the evening was a party! I just wanted to put the camera down and dance! Taylor Made Productions knows how to get the party started and keep it going all night long! And, as usual, everything went smooth thanks to the team at Alpha & Omega! We really enjoy working with them! The day was complete with a gorgeous cake from Metro Custom Cakes and transportation by A Luxurious Limo!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Daniels!

Ah… has it really been 7 days already that I’ve been in Vegas?!?! I’m sitting at the airport right now waiting to head back to the East Coast, thinking about the blur that has been the past week. Between all the workshops, shoots, trade show, chatting with people and dealing with a 3 hour time difference, I feel like I was hit by a truck that went in reverse and ran over me again! Whew!

I’m taking away a lot from WPPI, and one of those things is some fun Trash The Dress photos on the Las Vegas strip! This was part of a group shoot set up by Chicago photographer Melissa Diep. As you can imagine, trying to do a group photo shoot with over 40 photographers and 5 models on the busy sidewalks of the strip was a bit chaotic. But when we were able to take the models to the side streets and shoot we were able to get some fun images. Here are a few:

Hello from Las Vegas! I’m currently hanging out in Sin City for the 30th Annual Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) convention, but before the convention kicked off I met up with one of our awesome couples, Maricel & EJ, for a Las Vegas engagement photo session!

Maricel & EJ are getting married this May in California and were referred to us by Jenny & Miguel (see their engagement photos at the San Diego Fair here). When I was thinking about coming out to Vegas for WPPI, I shot Maricel an email and asked if she had any interest in coming out to Vegas while I was here. She wrote me back and said that EJ was already going to be in town the same weekend!!! When she told me that, I KNEW I had to make the trip out here!

We met up with Maricel & EJ at a gorgeous spot on the Las Vegas strip. Maricel kept hinting that she had some sort of surprise for me, but I had no idea what it was. Then when we met up she said “Here’s your surprise!” and it was Jenn! It was a huge surprise! We ran into Miguel a little bit later in the shoot. Their friend Pia also joined us and helped out a lot with lighting (thanks so much, girl!!). My roommate Ananda came along to shoot as well, and we all had so much fun!

Just seeing Maricel & EJ again (and my “surprise”) made the trip to Vegas worth it, but the photos just keep making me feel all lovey dovey. At one point Pia started crying because you could just see the love between Mars & EJ. I know I don’t have to explain it because the photos say it all! They are so in love and so full of happiness!

I miss you guys already, but will see you soon! And this time, Matt will be with me! ; )

We hope you enjoyed looking at Stacey & Mike’s Nassau destination wedding photos! We are now excited to present their slideshow highlighting the entire wedding day!

Here’s a look back at all of their beautiful destination wedding photos:

Nassau Destination Wedding Photos: Part II
Nassau Destination Wedding Photos: Part I
Engagement Photos at The Cove – Atlantis Resort
“Dinner on the Eve” at Luciano’s of Chicago
Atlantis Resort & Casino – Nassau

We’ve been sharing lots of photos from Stacey & Mike’s gorgeous Bahamas destination wedding, but now it’s finally time to post the important part – the place where they said “I do!” The wedding and reception were held at in a private community in Nassau, offering the perfect blend of the island’s tropical and historic charms. About an hour before the ceremony, dark clouds covered the sky and it looked like it might rain, but once the ceremony began the sun was shining once again! It was such a beautiful setting! As the sun set, everyone enjoyed cocktails by the pool and then came inside for an intimate reception.

As the evening came to an end, Stacey & Mike made their grand exit to the limo waiting outside. We all followed behind on the buses and joined the bride and groom in their suite for an after party. It’s bittersweet that it had to come to an end, but that’s what photos are for! We will have a final video slideshow soon, but for now here are some more photos from Stacey & Mike’s destination wedding:

We’ve posted some of the events leading up to Stacey & Mike’s gorgeous destination wedding in the Bahamas, but posting the actual wedding day photos has been a challenge because there are just too many for one post. I asked Matt what we should do and he said to just create a long post. When I told him I had 50 images edited just from the first card, he said “Oh!” So what we’ve decided to do is post the wedding day in multiple parts. Soon we will share photos from the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and all of the gorgeous details that made this wedding complete!

But for today’s post, we thought it was only appropriate to give you a “first look” at their wedding by sharing what happened leading up to the ceremony. Stacey & Mike gave us a lot of time to be creative before the wedding began, including a very emotional first look on the beach where the ceremony took place. All of the months of planning, visiting Nassau, having family visit Nassau to also help with plans, the waiting and dreaming of what the day would be like, the threat of rain on the wedding day, the excitement in the days preceding the wedding – it all came down to this one moment when they remembered what it was all for. It was just the two of them (and a couple of photographers observing from a distance). Matt and I wondered what was going through their minds, but we think that the photos will tell the story.

After the first look, we took a few photos of them together before they relaxed with the wedding party and watched the guests arrive…