My story with Melissa & Matt started with a winter engagement session at North Park. Their spark lit up the photos despite the chilly weather!
As we got closer to the wedding date, I was eager to check out the space at the Edgeworth Club. The venue coordinator was kind enough to show me around weeks in advance and let me test out the lighting. This got me even more excited for the big day! The bright natural lighting in the ceremony room was ideal and the grand staircase was absolutely regal.
The wedding day started with fun candid laughter from the girls getting ready and the boys hanging out in the basement bowling alley. Piece by piece everything came together perfectly. I was very impressed with how the venue staff managed to flip the ceremony room to a dinner reception hall so quickly and with such class. This was all taken care of when the guests were in the living room space for cocktail hour, mingling and enjoying hors d’oeuvres.
Thank you Matt and Melissa for being so wonderful to work with! And to the Edgeworth Club team for taking the extra time to show me around the space and for being so professional and accommodating.
Aniah Paris swept us away with her poise and grace at the Grand Staircase at Allegheny Courthouse. She is a Pittsburgh-based model who studied theater arts and voice. Aniah enjoys singing at her church and with her family of musicians. Her dream is to continue her modeling career in NYC.
This wedding gown is September, showing fine details of floral vines cascading down from the bodice leading to a billowing train. It is part of a collection from the bridal shop The Exquisite Bride, with locations in Gibsonia and Murrysville.
Overflowing with colors, this decadent bouquet is by Holly Hanna Floral, based in Pittsburgh, PA. The fiery tones offset the rich neutrals of the grand staircase.
The Allegheny Courthouse is a part of the Romanesque Revival style designed by H. H. Richardson, completed in 1888. At the interior of this historic landmark is the courtyard, beautifully landscaped with lilac bushes surrounding the iconic courtyard fountain.
What I loved most about this collaboration was getting to know the talented Aniah and fellow wedding vendors. We enjoyed taking our time through the process to perfect the lighting and angles. When taking a break to rest our feet, Aniah gracefully sat down on the staircase, setting up the most glamorous next shot! The September gown spilled down the staircase in a circular shape that reflected the crowning arch above the windows. It was a regal setting for such a beautiful young lady in a fine gown.
The evening started in Alphabet Reading Garden. Each nook was laced with floral vines and purple buds blanketed the stone pathways. Terry and his best man decorated the picturesque birch tree branches with threads of origami paper cranes, symbolizing good fortune and the fulfillment of your heart’s desire. We peacefully waited for the bride, listening to the the breeze rustling through the leaves with soft music in the background.
Bryttnie arrived in style and grace, with her polka dotted shoes lightly clicking on the pathway through the garden. There, they shared their vows, dappled by the evening summer sun.
Afterwards, they opened letters from their family, which expressed warm congratulations and playful jokes. Their toasts and cheers over champaign were accompanied by the setting sun, and as the sky began to glow a rich gold, we set out for the nearby Mexican War Streets to capture their newlywed moments in the beautiful nooks of Pittsburgh’s north side.
In front of an old red brick home, there stood a rustic wooden bench, which ignited memories of their first kiss. A short walk brought us to Allegheny Commons Park, where Bryttnie and Terry embraced amid a colorful grove of trees. The red leaves highlighted the firey colors of her bouquet and they giggled as I oohed and awed at the magical lighting and romance. By the end of the evening the couple was twirling and spinning with elegance under the glimmering setting sun.