PITTSBURGH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
SUCCOP CONSERVANCY WEDDING
I meet with Liz and Mark just a handful of months before their wedding. We met for coffee and went over everything from the timeline to the details of the day. By the end of the meeting, we knew we were a good fit. Liz and Mark were very much wanting to spend the day together, with their friends and family, and that included attending their extended cocktail hour. I mean, who wouldn’t love that?!
FIRST LOOK PHOTOS
In order to to attend their cocktail hour as they wanted, we scheduled in a first look followed by portraits with their bridal party prior to the ceremony. First looks are really fantastic for a number of reasons, and for Liz and Mark, it meant that they had a less rushed, more relaxing day following the ceremony. We planned for time after the ceremony for family portraits as I always do when planning out the photography, but because we were completely done with portraits, they were able to mingle with friends and family.
This was also a great time to capture some candids of their guests as well. While photographing during this time can have it’s challenges – people eating – it’s always a good time to grab the fun candid images of everyone before they sit down for dinner. Don’t worry though, I will never take a photo of someone eating. That’s just plain rude! And honestly, nobody wants a photo of someone eating.
Because the first look was done and Liz and Mark were able to spend time together before the ceremony, they took advantage of the time and shared in a champagne toast together. These guys were just a blast.
CEREMONY AT THE SUCCOP CONSERVANCY
What I love about the Succop Conservancy weddings is that you have a variety of areas to hold your ceremony. Liz and Mark opted for a ceremony under the amazing willow tree they have there on the property. Aside from the incredible look of the house, the willow tree is always the big selling point for the Succop. Anytime I chat with my couples about the venue, that is always the first thing they mention. It’s a fantastic backdrop for portraits and even better for a ceremony.
Liz re-purposed her grandmother’s old desk for a chic backdrop for the ceremony. Paired with pink florals and candles, this set up was a Pinterest board to love!
While Mark and Liz had a first look prior to the ceremony, Mark became overwhelmed with joy as Liz walked down the aisle. This is my FAVORITE moment of the ceremony – the grooms reaction. When they have an incredible reaction, much like Mark’s, it makes for some wonderful memories in the gallery. Many couples that I meet with that are hesitant with a first look because they think it will ruin the feeling of the first look at the ceremony, well, you know, ask Mark and Liz. It didn’t ruin it ONE BIT.
WEDDING RECEPTION and SUNSET PHOTOS AT THE SUCCOP
Liz and Mark had an amazing summer day for their wedding. The grounds of the Succop are gorgeous and so it is always a bonus when we have a lovely sunset to book end their portraits from the day. After we were done with their sunset sneak out, they quickly visited their ice cream station for a wonderful treat from Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt. They got married on National Ice Cream Day, so having an ice cream station was fitting for the reception.
Liz and Mark, thank you so much for choosing me to be there for your wonderful wedding day. I had a great time with everyone there and can’t wait to see you both again!
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