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Angela + Matthew – St. Mary of the Mount and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Great Room

For this wedding, I had the opportunity to work with one of my friends, Dana at Scheller & Co Image and Design. Dana and I first met several years ago when I was photographing her relative’s wedding and we became friends then. We have a style and approach that is very complementary when it comes to weddings, so it’s always a great time photographing with her. In this case, Dana only needed me for a few hours to help with the ceremony and the start of the reception.

Bride and groom at the West End Overlook - Pittsburgh, PA

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Throwback posts: Jenni + Jim, Omni Bedford Springs, Bedford PA

Will be doing a string of throwback posts since there are some weddings that never made the AKP blog:

Jenni + Jim got married at the beautiful Omni Bedford Springs Resort. If you’re looking for a lovely historical location for your wedding that’s within easy distance of Pittsburgh, this is a place to check out.

Originally, the plans were to have the ceremony outdoors, but Mother Nature had different plans for the day, so the couple made the decision to move their ceremony indoors. Even with the change in plans, the staff at Bedford Springs took it in stride and had everything set up quickly and the ceremony went smoothly.

Jenni went with muted purples and blush pinks for the wedding flowers and her jewelry.

Beautiful bridal bouquet with blush and pink roses and blue/purple hydrangea

The Henry Clay suite was the room that Jenni got ready in – it was a gorgeous room with a pretty view.

Bride getting ready in the Henry Clay Suite, Omni Bedford Springs Resort

After spending some time with Jenni while she was getting ready, I went over to see Jim and got some photos with him. 

Groom putting on shamrock cuff links at the Omni Beford Springs Hotel

The couple had plans for an outdoor ceremony and while we always hope for perfect weather, sometimes nature has different plans. Due to rain, the ceremony had to be moved indoors, but both Jenni and Jim were laid back about the plan change and the Bedford Springs got everything set up quickly so that everything was able to proceed on time.

An impromptu wedding ceremony held indoors at the Bedford Springs Hotel due to rain.

After the ceremony, the rain slowed a little bit and while it was still misting a little, the couple was willing to go outside for a few minutes to get some photos.

Purple tulips in bloom at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort

One of the things that I love about the Omni is all the windows in the ballroom area.

Reception room set up at the historic Bedford Springs Hotel

For their wedding cake, they used a pretty pale blue color and they used elephant figurines for placecard holders – elephants with upturned trunks are supposed to represent good luck and fortune, so I thought that they would make a good holder when getting a detail of the wedding rings.

Light blue wedding cake and elephant figurines holding rings

You can just tell how much in love they are in their first dance.

Bride and groom dancing their first dance at Omni Bedford Springs Resort

 

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A baby of a different sort

One of the things that I love best about the area where we live is that while we are a 15 minute drive from downtown Pittsburgh, we are far enough out and have a nice big yard so that we have a fair amount of wildlife activity – mostly deer and turkey. This is our 3rd year of having the opportunity to enjoy seeing fawns grow up right in front of us (or more acurately – in back of us since they are typically in our back yard).

To be honest, it’s a bit of a love/hate relationship…the deer seem to believe that our apple trees are there for their enjoyment and they get more than their fair share of those. Any plants I buy for in the yard, aren’t planted with the idea of “these would be the prettiest plants”, but instead, “these just might not appeal to the deer”. Last year, I thought I had it figured out with marigolds for the flower bed…sure enough, the deer left them alone. The turkey however, thought that the bright flowers were wonderful to lop their heads off.

So, flowers at the Kelly household…not faring so well. But when you have cute animals like this born in your backyard, somehow it all makes it better.

fawn
fawn

 

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Beth – Awaiting (maternity), Pittsburgh maternity photography

So very far behind on blogging.

Awaiting (maternity) session with Beth who was just a few weeks away from having her little one. Most of the session was done outdoors, but we went inside for a few photos also.

Beth - maternity (awaiting) Pittsburgh

Beth - maternity (awaiting) Pittsburgh

Loved this park setting

Beth - maternity (awaiting) Pittsburgh

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Jessica + Greg – The Inn at Leola Village (Part 3) – Weddings by Andrea Kelly

 

A few details from the reception:

One of the things that was extremely special that evening was that Greg had written a speech that he delivered to his lovely bride during the reception…there was both laughter and happy tears – the third picture below on the right was taken while he was reading the speech.

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Jessica + Greg – The Inn at Leola Village (Part 2) – Weddings by Andrea Kelly

Love it when couples are able to incorporate heirlooms into their wedding day. Jessica did a perfect job – the one ring was her grandmothers, the bolo tie that wrapped around her flowers was her grandfather’s, and she actually was able to wear her mother’s wedding dress by making modifications to it. On the far right, you see a detail of the embroidered flower and down on the lower left hand side, Jessica is showing the embroidered panel that she had placed in the underneath part of the dress – it has her parents wedding date and names along with her’s and Greg’s:

They opted to do a “First Look” and saw each other for the first time before their ceremony. Absolutely adore how happy Greg looks here when he first saw his bride.
They opted to have only the very closest family and friends for signing the ketubah…Jessica’s parents are right behind her and look so pleased. You could tell that Jessica and Greg had been “family” long before the wedding day.
After they signed the ketubah, they went downstairs to recite vows to one another in front of the rest of their family and friends.
Super talented ring bearers – they also played music during the ceremony.

Final installment of this wedding on it’s way.

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Jessica + Greg – The Inn at Leola Village (part 1) – Weddings by Andrea Kelly

Back once again to photograph a wedding at the Inn at Leola Village. When I arrived, the first photo that I took was of the building – the time of day was perfect so that sun was in the right position allowing me to capture the beautiful sky filled with fluffy clouds.

From there, I gathered a few of the details that help to set the location apart from others and help in telling the story of the setting that Jessica and Greg selected.
When I got to the room with the guys, Greg’s dad was helping him with final touches – straightening his tie.

You can tell that Greg has a great sense of humor – he picked up the pillow in the room and held each side up with the appropriate responses to what the pillow was saying.

Since we still had some time before I was joining the ladies, we all headed down for Greg and his guys to play a game or two of pool.

Jessica incorporated many sentimental pieces to her wedding day attire. The bolo tie around her flowers belonged to her grandfather and with a few alterations, she was able to wear her mom’s wedding gown. In the lower left image, you can see that she had a patch sewn into the dress that had her parents names and wedding date and her’s and Greg’s names and wedding date embroidered inside. The flower you see on the right hand side is a close up detail from her dress.

Loved this moment with Jessica and her mom just before they headed out from the room where they were getting ready.

 

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