I loved hearing during the toasts about Kara and Jason’s relationship. Jason is a hardworking DIY type of guy and Kara is also a hardworking nurse. Because of this, Kara’s parents helped her plan this beautiful wedding at Hotel Monaco.
The ladies got ready in a suite – one little touch I saw was Kara’s little baby bunny stuffed animal from when she was a kid. The guys got ready in another room as well and I loved how they were up for anything – I had the best man riding on the borrowed bike from Hotel Monaco for their photos.
After doing individual portraits, we all got ready for the ceremony in the Sofia ballroom. One little thing that made me smile was that the unity candles just would not light – the wicks were short and Kara and Jason’s moms struggled and then they finally decided symbolic lighting was good enough!
They exchanged vows and we did family portraits, then we headed to the rooftop. We kept wedding party photos short to focus more on the couple (at their request) and this couple, despite being a little more quiet/not wanting attention, had so much fun and got silly and playful during their portraits.
With a cloudy day, we were rushing before sunset downtown but we got their photos done. During the reception, Kara and Jason showed off their skills from their dance lessons and then Kara and her dad did dance lessons as well, so they had a lovely father-daughter dance. Then, Kara’s dad had a special surprise planned – in came the stilt walker, juggling and giving out glow stick necklaces. I also loved the taper candles on the centerpieces – they were beautiful and the florist worked hard to light every single one individually – a labor of love! Towards the end of the night, Kara’s dad and a few other family friends sang a song and Kara and Jason posed under their neon sign for a final night shot!
Note to the couple:
Kara and Jason, thank you for letting us be a part of your special day! It was a pleasure to work with the two of you! We thank you for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness always. Congratulations!
Prep location: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Gown Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Salon: One Enchanted Evening
Other Bridal Accessories: One Enchanted Evening
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Tuxedo Junction
Florist: Fragile Paradise
Hair Stylist: Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar
Make-Up Artist: Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar
Hotel Accommodations: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Coordinator/Planner: Lindsay Yealy at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Ceremony venue: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Reception venue: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Catering: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Entertainment: The Rick DJ Ricky Mathews
Stilt Walker: Entertainment Unlimited
Rings: Urbanowicz Jewelers
Favors: Moonshine (made by mom)
Alterations: One Enchanted Evening
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography