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Kristin + Pete | slideshow

Slideshow from Kristin and Pete’s wedding.  Due to the size, it may take a few moments to load.

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Dena

Congratulations, you make a beautiful couple. Andrea is also doing our wedding in a few weeks, and we’re very excited. Your pictures are beautiful! I remember your engagement session slide show too, and to see the wedding then is neat. Good luck to you two.

Kristin Arbonaise

Andrea,
This is the first time I have seen your blog and it is wonderful….so many beautiful photos! I absolutely love every image I have seen so far! Words cannot describe how I feel when I watch the slideshow….Your wedding day goes by so fast, and you are so overwhelmed with joy and anxiety, happiness, everything!…These photos ARE your memories….I don’t know how to thank you enough…you are such an outstanding photographer! All of our love, Kristin and Pete

Kristin + Pete | weddings

We were in luck – my almost perfect record of not having a full day of rain on any wedding I photograph was kept intact!  While my assistant and I were driving from Pittsburgh to the Bridgeport, WV area, it was overcast and raining off and on and the weather people were calling for the same throughout the day.  But fortunately, the sun came out and it turned into a lovely day. 

Here are a few selected images from Kristin + Pete’s wedding – I’ll be posting a slideshow featuring more images soon, so be sure to stop back.  For those of you who follow my blog, you saw some images from their guestbook here.

While simple, these classic white bows and tulle at the end of each pew in the church were a nice touch.

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Kristin opted for a bouquet featuring pink and cream roses each containing a pearl in the center of the rose.

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I loved the dramatic lighting I captured here when Kristin was placing her garter on her leg.

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It seems that no matter how hectic things are while a bride is getting ready, she gets a very serene look on her face when putting in her earrings – Kristin was no exception.

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I thought it was great that both Kristin and Pete were baptized in this church and were able to get married there.

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Yum…cake! :)

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The best man, who was also Pete’s brother wasn’t afraid to get the couple and their guests laughing during his toast.

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A thank you goes out to Amanda & Perry, whose wedding I photographed a few years ago – they referred Kristin to me.

ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Stonewood, WV
reception: Bridgeport Conference Center, Bridgeport, WV
baker: Bonnie Belle’s Pastries, Clarksburg, WV
florist: Mary’s Rose of Sharon, Clarksburg, WV
bridal boutique: Classic Bridal, Morgantown, WV

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We have a winner!

Who gives himself with his alms feeds three,
Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me.”
- The Vision of Sir Launfal, James Russell Lowell

I want to thank all the people who took the time to submit entries for the first contest held on the blog – we enjoyed reading and hearing about you or your loved ones.

The decision was tough, but ultimately, we decided upon Kristy and Steve who are getting married on Friday, October 3, 2008. Each person on my judging panel felt that the volunteer-ism shown by these two embodies the qualities I was hoping to find when I announced this contest. They give of themselves – putting their lives in danger, not expecting financial gain for doing so. I’ve had the chance to talk with Kristy on the phone and I’m truly excited about the opportunity to work with her, Steve, and their family and friends.

Here is an excerpt from the letter I received from Desireé, the person who nominated them:

Steve and Kristy met almost 4 years ago while both working nights and weekends at the same local restaurant. A short time after becoming coworkers, Kristy learned that the reason Steve was taking on the long, late night hours was not because he wanted to, but rather out of necessity. In addition to being a full time college student, Steve also volunteered all of his free time as a fire fighter and EMT for the town fire department. The first time I met Steve, I vividly remember the silver band worn around his wrist. Engraved on it, the name of a fallen fire fighter who lost his life on 9-11. To him, it didn’t matter that he had never met this man, it was an honor to display the name of a hero to anyone he met, at every chance he got. In that moment, I knew I was shaking the hand of a compassionate man and for that, I was thrilled.  During that same year, Steve’s dedication to providing the community countless hours of service earned him the award and title of “Fire Fighter of the Year”. This all came as no surprise to our family, anyone who knows Steve also knows how dedicated he is to his passion.

Kristy, recognizing the difference her boyfriend was making through his unselfish volunteer work, soon decided to join forces with Steve. With the encouragement he gave her, she too soon began giving up numerous weekends of leisure time and dedicated them instead, to unpaid training for the fire department. In Kristy’s first year of service and 2 years after first meeting Steve, she too earned the award and title of “Fire Fighter of the Year”. Other than the departments’ chief, Kristy responded to more calls that any of her fellow volunteers, all the while juggling her full time medical billing career. Watching her commitment for saving lives grow into her own personal passion was again, amazing. So many times I have seen write ups in the paper or on the web and more than once, Kristy and Steve have been on the front lines of life saving rescues.

This now brings us to where these two are today. Steve recently graduated college and accepted a career fire fighting position in his home township of Winslow, NJ. We are so proud of him and his willingness to do what had to be done to finish his degree, but also, always finding time to be with our family. Kristy still holds a full time career as a medical biller as well as continuing to attend biweekly, unpaid training classes on the weekends for the fire department. In addition to Steve’s new position, he also continues to volunteer his free time with Kristy at the fire department where this all started. To help defer some of the impending wedding costs, he also works any available shifts that he can as an EMT. Sometimes when I think about how much these two accomplish in a week, I wonder how they find time to sleep.

Andrea, your work is something I would have wanted for my own wedding and what I KNOW they’d love and appreciate, should they be chosen as winners. In fact, I cannot think of two more unselfish, courageous, deserving people in my life.

To end, I wanted to quote one line of a famous fire fighting movie, Ladder 49. Each time I watch this movie, the same line  makes me think of Kristy and Steve. Everything they know. All that they love. Is what they risk every day.

I thank you for your time and know that even if they aren’t chosen, you’ll have gotten a glimpse into the lives of these 2 special people. To end, their wedding date is October 3rd, 2008. More information is available on their wedding website at: www.steveandkristy.com

 

Kristy & Steve

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[…] life, we have the option to “give back”.  Earlier this year, I decided that I would gift a couple with my services for their wedding date – there were many things that were considered when […]

Kristy

Andrea, Steve and I can not thank you enough for choosing us as the winners of your contest. The most important aspect of our wedding to me was that we had a wedding photographer who could truely capture all the special moments and aspects of our day. Thanks to your generosity, our wedding day will now be complete. In todays world it is hard to find someone who appreciates and respects the unselfish acts of others, and is also willing to provide their services free of charge. Andrea please know that we could never thank you enough for your generous gift. The work shown on your website is beautiful and we can not wait to work with you, and have you be part of our special day. With all the thanks we can give…Kristy and Steve

Desiree

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY FAVORITE ENGAGED COUPLE!! You guys are SOOOOOO lucky to get the chance to work with Andrea and her team, I’m both jealous and thrilled. I can’t wait to see these images and know that your wedding will be perfect, especially with her as the photographer.

FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY!

One of the things that I’m really excited about doing with the new blog is running contests and promotions from time to time.  For quite a while, I’ve wanted to find a truly special couple to donate my services to.  As a former bride, I know how quickly the wedding day goes by and how easy it is to miss important moments or not remember them until looking through photos later.  I also know what it is to have restrictions that make it difficult to have the type of wedding and photographer that you dream about…so with that in mind, I’ve decided to run a contest.

I’m looking for truly deserving couples who have a great story – ones who may have endured hardships or have overcome obstacles together; not someone who is having an elaborate wedding  in some exotic location (though I’m happy to photograph those, I can’t afford to foot the travel costs associated) – this contest is to give something to a couple who may not otherwise be able to have the moments of their wedding day captured by a professional wedding photographer. 

Some simple rules:

  1. The couple must be getting married in fall or winter of 2008 and have both their date and location set.
  2. I must have the date available (obviously!).
  3. Couples that have already booked my services aren’t eligible for the contest (sorry!).
  4. The couple sign my standard wedding day agreement and allow me to use their names and images for promotions such as my blog.
  5. Send a recent photo of the couple that is a maximum of 800 pixels on the long side must be attached (please, no large files) along with a story no more than 1000 words as to why you or who you are nominating is the best couple to win.  Oh, and it will be really helpful to have ways to contact everyone.
  6. Entries must be received via email at contest @ andreakellyphotography.com (eliminate the spaces) no later than May 15, 2008

The winners will receive 7-8 hours of wedding day photography by me, online posting of all their presented images, an 8×8 30-image album, and a DVD of the images when the album is completed.   The stories will be reviewed by me and my panel of judges and the winner will be announced on the blog. So, do something good for someone that deserves it…spread the word, send this link out to family, friends, acquaintances, etc…I want this contest to be a difficult one for us to pick a winner. Oh, and for those of you who don’t qualify for this contest, be sure to come back since there are plans underway to have other assorted contests and give-aways in the coming months.   

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I did this last year and it was so fun to read all the different stories! I know you will get tons of entries since you are such a talented photographer!!

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Hi all!  I’m still working on making the blog a better place for everyone to visit, with little enhancements happening along the way.  Earlier today, if you clicked on the “Contact” link, it wasn’t working properly – but everything is set up now and ready for you to use!  If you want to check on my availability or ask any questions, just fill in the information asked for within the form and send it off.

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Dena + Rich’s guestbook

Another sign-in book being shipped out today – this time for Dena + Rich. You’ll see them again in a few months; they are getting married on July 19, 2008 in Harrisburg, PA.

The images were taken in the fall at the beautiful Schwab Estates and St. Francis University in Loretto.

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I took a few quick photos of the book before packing it up to send out…

Their cover:

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Love the color in the leaves at the top of this page…and of course,  it’s wonderful when  my couples just seem to forget that I’m around and enjoy hanging out with each other.

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And, when there’s leaves all around, you have to have a leaf fight ending in a friendly kiss. This is also a great opportunity to mention about the flexibility of designing with these books – the pages lay almost flat when opened (making it easier for guests to sign) and there’s no gutter in the center, which means that we can do true panoramic photos.

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This tree was just amazing –

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[…] getting to know Dena and Rich through email, phone calls, and a great engagement session, I knew that this was going to be an extra special wedding for me.  I can say that I all my […]

Andrea

Shari – I would LOVE to have you visit in the fall. Pennsylvania gets such an amazing show of colors with all of the trees blazing…I think it’s one of my favorite times of year. You have an open invitation, just say the word. :)

Oh Andrea… this guestbook is gorgeous! I love designing these! They are so much FUN! The photos are GORGEOUS… I need to come visit you in the fall!!

Dena

I JUST OPENED THE BOOK!!! We LOVE it!!!!! :) It’s so beautiful Andrea. It’s exactly why I was dead set on having you as our photographer. We can’t wait for our wedding! I know we’ll cherish the images forever, as we do our engagement photos. It’s so special. You do an exquisite job! You’re very talented at capturing the feelings we’re having during this precious time together. Thank you so much for the beautiful images of us together.

And thanks for sharing our photos with others! I absolutely love seeing your work with other couples. It’s so beautiful, I couldn’t imagine wanting anything else. What was the most exciting was knowing that you were going to photograph US! It’s so neat to see the final images. They are as beautiful as I imagined. I’m so excited for the wedding! You’re the tops. *Dena

More goodies arrived!

Kristin & Pete will be getting married on May 10 in Stonewood and Bridgeport, West Virginia.  Last fall, we got together for their engagement session.

They are doing some great things with the images that we got during the shoot – last last year, I designed a lovely save-the-date magnet for them to send out to their guests.  And they are planning on using selected black and white 5×7 images from the engagement session in an 8×10 mat and frame to place on each of the guest tables.  Kristin and I talked about what would look best on the tables and I can’t wait to see it! 

And finally, what arrived – their sign-in book for their guests which is getting sent out tomorrow.

Kristin & Pete – I can’t wait to see the two of you!  Only about a month to go!

These are a few of the layouts from their guestbook – area is left around the images to allow guests to write their thoughts and well-wishes.

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[…] Here are a few selected images from Kristin + Pete’s wedding – I’ll be posting a slideshow featuring more images soon, so be sure to stop back.  For those of you who follow my blog, you saw some images from their guestbook here. […]

Another great book!! Such great soft warm light in the images too. LOVE that!

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