Crystal and Martin’s Wedding–5/29/09

How can I begin to describe Crystal and Martin’s fabulously fun wedding? To begin with, these two are so sweet and considerate–I love my clients! They are obviously very much in love with each other, and I truly enjoyed capturing their wedding celebration.

The ceremony was held at St. Sylvester’s Church in Brentwood, and as Crystal described it, it has one of the longest center aisles in Pittsburgh. She chose this church because of the beautiful architecture–both inside and outside (I loved the steps out front!).

After some fun “formal” church pictures, we headed to South Park for some very lovely photos. Crystal and Martin had timed their wedding perfectly, so when we arrived at the park, we had the lovely sunset light that just makes everything look romantic.

Then we were off to the Georgetown Centre to get the party started! This was a lovely venue, with a nice skylight over the dance floor, and Crystal’s color theme of black, white and pink coordinated well with the decor. Enough of me writing–let’s see some photos!

Crystal’s excitement was contagious.

This little ring bearer was quite the ham.

I love first looks.

These steps were great for group shots.

When doing formal shots, I often tell the group to “talk amongst yourselves” to get a more relaxed look. Of course, I don’t often get this:

I think Crystal is a natural model. I don’t try to dictate expressions, so this is all her. It’s definitely one of my favorites!

I love the reactions to toasts:

I don’t think Martin was expecting this.

The first time she threw the bouquet, it got caught in the wreath.

Did I mention Crystal has some amazing blond hair?

Crystal and Martin, thanks so much for letting me be a part of your big day!

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Anonymous - What absolutely BEAUTIFUL pictures!!! I agree that Crystal is model material and I think she needs to pursue this! :)
The ring bearer is adorable as well…and I would say this even if I wasn't his mommy!
The bride and groom must be so pleased to have these treasured memories captured to perfection.


New Baby Seth

This story requires some rewinding. Last August, my good friends Rachel and Jeff got married, and I was privileged to photograph their wedding. Now, this was pre-blog days, so I’m going to share a wedding photo to introduce them:

You could not wipe the smile off Rachel’s face on her wedding day. She was radiant.

Now, fast forward a couple of months from the wedding, and Rachel and Jeff were very surprised to find out they were pregnant. Well, sure enough, nine months from their wedding they welcomed little Seth into the world last Saturday. We are so excited for them!

So, yesterday, Jay and I went to visit and get our first look at the cutie. Of course, I couldn’t leave my camera behind, so here a just a couple of pictures. I’ll give him a proper photo shoot later on. Isn’t he a sweetie?

He’s wearing the gloves because he scratches himself with his little fingernails.

Mom looks pretty good for not getting any sleep.

Dad got a buzzed haircut–I think Seth might have more hair than him now.

Pattern Thoughts

As I’ve been looking for good designs for the background of my blog, I’ve been thinking a lot about patterns, like those found in damask fabric. This is the nerd in me, but I like to imagine what women would have worn in ages past–when were some of those designs created? What inspired them?

And then I started noticing all the patterns around me just in my own home. Isn’t that funny how that happens? The same thing seems to occur when I learn a new word or phrase–suddenly I see it everywhere. In the article I read online, in the advertisement…does that ever happen to you? Of course, Jay would explain with his scientific mind that it’s just because I’ve started noticing the word or object that I see it so much. I’m sure he’s right.

So here’s some patterns around my house:

I almost didn’t want to show you this. The pillow is so grungy! (thanks Astin for sleeping on it)

I’ll be looking for more patterns as I head off to IKEA. I need to get my office more organized! I know, I know, I’m sure you’re shocked that it’s not a beacon of tidiness, but sadly, I really need my sister to come help me. She is Mrs. Organization. I mean, come on, her name is MARTHA. So, Martha, want to jump on a plane and come with me to IKEA?

martha - Would love to come to IKEA. When you're super rich and famous, you can pay for the trip. :-)

Some Blog Changes and a Preview

I’ve spent much of this morning trying to work on a new format for my blog that will allow me to post BIG photos and allow for easier blog navigation. Also, I wasn’t sure if the old style really fit well with my website. So, it’s still very much a work in progress, but you’ll hopefully notice a few changes. What do you think? Comments are always appreciated.

And because it’s no fun to have a post without a picture, here’s a preview from Crystal and Martin’s wedding this past Friday. See how big the photo is?

Jay Alan - Looks nice!