weddings

mr & mrs. sipes...an outdoor wedding at mccann school of art

8 years have gone by since she told me that i would shoot her wedding.  

that day came!

adrianne and nick were married at the McCann School of Art in Petersburg, PA.  nestled way back in the forest, just a little past happy valley, this wedding location was to die for.  

bridges and weeping willow trees....fountains and iron statues...cabins and an art gallery.  it was a true fairy forest that hosted adrianne and nick's special day perfectly.  

not only is adrianne stunning, she is brilliant too.  she finished law school early, and practices law here in dubois.  she is also a fierce runner and soccer coach.  

AND she did everything herself for this wedding.  from making each invite by hand, to every bouquet, or decoration featured.  the woman is a smart, talented one woman show...AND now nick's wife :)))

all that talk about adrianne...as you can see, nick has special traits as well.  he's an athlete and works in orthopedics...their kids are going to be superstars :)

my "light tester" for the reception :)  he he he  (it's my sister shannon!)

and adrianne's night pictures that she loves so much!

adrianne and nick the journey you have allowed me to share with you, to this point has been so special!  thank you for the opportunity to not only capture your memories, but to gain your friendship.  

i'm looking forward to see all the goodness and blessings that life has in store for you next!

much love!

lauren and ryan - a pittsburgh wedding

if i was asked to describe lauren and ryan's wedding in one word, it would be very simple.

HOT

the weather

the look

the feel

and

the love.

the wedding showcased some of pittsburgh's finest.

st. mary on the mount 

the overlook on mount washington

the hot metal bridge

and the circuit center 

perfect gorgeousness all around

HOT HOT HOT!

you guys!!!  what a day!  

congratulations -xx

 

codi & charlie - what a love story

if you had read codi and charlie's love story, it certainly was one that you would never forget.  

if you haven't, you can read it here.  trust me, you will want to.  

so the thing about codi and charlie, besides their incredible story, is that their love just brings anyone who meets them into it.  

it's like watching a great movie...your forget you're watching it, because you're so involved.  

such is being around codi and charlie.   

their love, the looks they give one another, the kindness they extend for everyone, and just the way it is evident that they understand what a gift life and love are, make them so very very special. 

as codi and charlie are together because of codi's brother, there were so many special tributes to him and his memory throughout the day.

the wedding and reception were all held on charlie's parents' property.  it was gorgeous!

codi and charlie also planted a tree to memorialize their special day.  well, charlie planted it - codi made sure it was all done right :)!

and THEN they even braved a boat for pictures!

codi and charlie what an honor it has been to share in your journey and your love story.  

i can't wait to see what the future holds.

-xx mr. and mrs. lion! 

rachel & matt

even after all of these years, i still am amazed every time i look through the viewfinder of my camera.  of course i get to see the images i create, but often times what i SEE, i then use to create the visuals.  

i know it's confusing. :)

words joelle words!

maybe what i'm trying to say is that i witness so much of what a person or a couple is made of when i get to shoot with them.  that sometimes what screams out to me more is the infectious love they have, or the joy they carry...or the soft heart.  

this is the case with rachel and matt. 

genuine, sweeter than sugar, full of love, and so giving.  

they live so full of joy that it pours out to everyone around them. 

and i'm lucky enough to have them as clients and friends.

matt's last name is steele.  it was tons of fun that they put the super hero twist to their day. 

rachel is a former miss pennsylvania.  the bridal party was full of royalty as well :). 

matt can DANCE!!

matt and rachel had this life sized cut out so friends could pose with them in the photo booth. 

how fun is that?

oh and london assisted me this day.  the last photo with her is exactly how she feels.  complete adoration for this special couple.

actually rachel and matt, we all do. 

xoxo

 

 Ceremony: St. Michael's
Reception: The Lakeview Lodge
Videography: BC Productions
Decorations:  House of Weddings
Florals:  Brady Street Florist
DJ: Matt Grieniesen
Cake: Judy Huey
Photo Booth: Blue & White Photobooths
Cariactures:  Aaron Dwyer
 

 

einstein and love...the Kohlhepp / Gunter wedding

it was the 2nd wedding for the family in 8 months. 

i had the honor once more to freeze their moments. 

two incredibly smart, kind, and most loved people.

 albert einstein was quoted in the ceremony...

they spoke of scientific terms that i cannot pronounce...

so to honor them, i'll have to use the master's words once more...

 

 The laws of gravity cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.

Albert Einstein

 

How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?  -Albert Einstein

When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think its two hours. That’s relativity.  -Albert Einstein

 Love is a better teacher than duty.  -Albert Einstein

When you trip over love, it is easy to get up.   But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.  -Albert Einstein

 

congratulations you two!

 

Florals:  Brady Street Florist

Venue:  Luigi's Villa

Decor:  Honeydew Vintage

DJ:  Good Times Entertainment

Officiant:  David Bish

Chief Wedding Coordinator and Sister:  Joanne Kohlhepp Bish :)

 

i said i would stop. abbie & ben. soldiers & sailors, pittsburgh, pa

i cannot tell you how many times i have said that i am done with weddings. 

i started shooting weddings when i was 27.

in my career, i have shot HUNDREDS.

it looks like glamorous work. 

it looks fun.

it is.  

it is exhilarating - emotional - intense.

BUT, it is really really hard. 

the amount responsibility on one for the "day of a lifetime", is enormous. 

now, as i am 13 years older than when i started, the toll it takes on my body is far greater than it used to.  

i carry 35 lbs of equipment around on me all day. 

thank the good lord jesus, that chaz did not get a shot of me the day of abbie's wedding.

it had hit 100 degrees that day, i had eaten ravenously before the wedding, some random burrito chaz found on the strip in pitt.  i was gulping down gatorade, and the entire picture was NOT pretty. 

but let me tell you what was glorious:

my friend abbie.

her husband, ben.

the dreams they and their family made into reality and the enormously special day that they became husband and wife. 

i do not shoot because of the glamour. 

i shoot because of the moments.  i shoot because of the people, and the memories.

and my dear, beautiful abbie, yours were exquisite.

ONLY part one of the day...

many more to follow.

abbie, ben and families....

i love you!
 

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