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Emily & AJ // Phipps Conservatory & PPG Aquarium Wedding

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I met Emily & AJ back in 2014 and had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session, which you can view HERE. Fast forward to the beginning of 2015, when they contacted me and booked me as their wedding photographer. Finally now at the beginning of 2016, I was able to capture their wedding day.

The ceremony was beyond touching and the amount of people with water dripping from their eyes astonished me. Not only did they display an incredible love for each other, but they had a room full of people who loved them as well. The whole day was full of real emotion and I decided to create a post just about that – the emotion that I saw between these two.

First, they laughed.
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… and then they cried.
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They even shared a handkerchief.
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Then laughed again. This was a constant pattern throughout the ceremony.
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They shared their first kiss…
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… then a very touching, long embrace.
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On our way out of Phipps, we were able to capture some beautiful images.
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Then we traveled around Pittsburgh to a few landmarks for some beautiful portraits.
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Emily was more than thrilled when the wind started blowing her veil.
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I was honored to be able to capture the love these two share…
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… and a few shots that portray their loving, but fun relationship.
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… and then they danced.
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Congratulations Emily and AJ!!! … and thank you!

Kiley & Jay // Engagement Session

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I absolutely loved shooting this session. Then finally today I got to edit it – ahhhh. My heart sung. I LOVE THIS SESSION. It was hard choosing just a few photos to share because these two rocked this session!!!

Kiley & Jay Engagement Session

Kiley & Jay Engagement Session

Kiley & Jay Engagement Session

Kiley & Jay Engagement Session

Kiley & Jay Engagement Session

Kiley & Jay Engagement Session

Kiley & Jay Engagement Session

Kiley & Jay Engagement Session

Kiley & Jay Engagement Session

What do you think? Was this session awesome or what?? Leave a comment and let me know.

I cannot wait for their wedding next year! It is at my favorite wedding venue – the hayloft! (I may be biased considering I got married there too – haha). I am sooooo looking forward to it!

Wedding Albums // Professional Lab vs Consumer Lab

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One thing I do highly encourage ordering is a wedding album. Some clients do not have the funds upfront when they sign the contract, which is fine. Clients are more than welcome to order albums and prints after their wedding.

Personally when I got married years and years ago, I hired a friend who was just starting to photograph weddings on her own and she ordered me the sweetest gift along with my pictures, a small wedding album from Shutterfly. I still treasure that small album to this day, but it has shown some wear and tear over the last 5.5 years. Although it stays in a display case in my livingroom, when I went to photograph it I noticed it is starting to bend and warp.

So, I decided to create a blog post to compare the professional albums you can order from your photographer vs creating an album on your own via shutterfly, wal-mart, etc.

First, my personal shutterfly album.

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As you can see here, the pages are naturally bending and warping

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The spine itself looks okay, but…

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From this angle you can see, it no longer fully closes.

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Also, why is there a barcode? I have no idea.

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Now here is a sample album from one of my 2014 weddings. This album was printed through my professional printer. It is a 8×8 leather bound album with 15 spreads and thick pages.

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The front cover features a beautiful script debossed into the leather.

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It lays flat, so you can use an entire spread without an unsightly interuption.

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The pages are strong and so far I have not had any issues with bending or warping.

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There is no doubt in my mind, these professional leather bound albums will last a lifetime. As I design them, I love thinking about who will be browsing through them 50-100 years from now.