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.
… and then they cried.
They even shared a handkerchief.
Then laughed again. This was a constant pattern throughout the ceremony.
They shared their first kiss…
… then a very touching, long embrace.
On our way out of Phipps, we were able to capture some beautiful images.
Then we traveled around Pittsburgh to a few landmarks for some beautiful portraits.
Emily was more than thrilled when the wind started blowing her veil.
I was honored to be able to capture the love these two share…
… and a few shots that portray their loving, but fun relationship.
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.
As you can see here, the pages are naturally bending and warping
The spine itself looks okay, but…
From this angle you can see, it no longer fully closes.
Also, why is there a barcode? I have no idea.
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.
The front cover features a beautiful script debossed into the leather.
It lays flat, so you can use an entire spread without an unsightly interuption.
The pages are strong and so far I have not had any issues with bending or warping.
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.
I have enjoyed capturing a ton of exciting moments for Christen and Nick over the past year and their wedding is no exception. It was an honor to spend the day with them and capture some special moments. Here is a sneak peek of the first part of their special wedding day.
These two are so sweet together, their boys are just precious, and Christen looked absolutely stunning! Check back soon to see the second part of their day.