Courtney and Chris | Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Wedding

You just *know* it is going to be a good day when you walk into the bride’s getting ready room, and the first thing you hear is Top 40 music and laughter from the bride and her bridesmaids.  This precisely sets the scene for the start of Courtney and Chris’s wedding day.  Except, not only were Courtney’s bridesmaids part of the getting ready scene, but also an entourage of her other friends and family. It was obvious how absolutely adored Courtney is by the amount of people who popped their head into the room to say hi, to help with the day’s tasks, and to take pictures.  I can see why she is adored so much- not only is she caring (she offered us food not even five seconds after we entered the room!) but also helpful, and absolutely hysterical.  I got the biggest kick watching her shoo Barry away when he tried to help her move chairs and other heavy objects to declutter the room for pictures.  Then she turned around and helped to apply the Junior Bridesmaid’s makeup.  All done with her bright and beautiful smile.  Who doesn’t love an independent, energetic, “go getter” woman?!

Chris is just as loveable with his genuine smile, relaxed demeanor, and can-do attitude.  When he wraps his arms around his bride, they fit perfectly together.  His expression of excitement as he watched Courtney walk down the aisle will always be unforgettable- it was a mix of his jaw dropping to the floor, his eyes wide open in awe, and his huge smile that boasted “that’s my bride!”  And out of amazement, he carried this expression the entire time Courtney walked down the aisle at Heinz Chapel.  So adorably sweet.

Take a scroll through their images to see what I mean…

Badgley Mischka, high heels, white satin, shoes

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Black and ivory wedding invitation, pocket fold, classy, elegant

Above are a few of the glamorous wedding details we captured during the getting ready time.

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Courtney was so helpful on her wedding day- she applied makeup in her spare time!

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The moment Courtney’s mother saw her for the first time that day.

Bride, mother, holding dress, putting dress on, hotel room, Pittsburgh Airport Marriott

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Just a few of the intimate moments Courtney had with her parents and grandparents.



Wow- just look at her! Stunning!

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Courtney had to walk through the pool area to avoid her guests from seeing her!

Black bridesmaids dresses, neutral colored wedding bouquets, bride, bridesmaids, laughter, fun

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Mermaid style, Cristiano Lucci, wedding dress, white, rhinestones, Bridal Beginnings, Pittsburgh

Moving locations, we had enough time to get Courtney

Moving locations, we had enough time to get Courtney’s portraits at the Mellon Institute College of Architecture.

A bride in her Cristiano Lucci wedding dress.

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There’s something so simple and touching about this picture of the bridesmaids helping Courtney walk down the steps…

Groom, best man, grandfather, getting ready, hotel, Pittsburgh Airport Marriott

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An Excited Groom | Lavender Leigh Photography

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I just love this moment between Chris and his mother.

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Lookin’ sharp, gents!


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Well, at least one of the Flower Girls wanted their picture to be taken!

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The look between Courtney and her Father right as they walk down the aisle.

Groom Sees Bride

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Wedding Ceremony Processional

Wedding Party at Cathedral of Learning

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Heinz Chapel Wedding Portraits

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Dancing in the Hall

CMU, Architecture, laughing, smiling, in love

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Rainy Day Wedding

As we were heading to the reception, I got a picture of Barry and our friend Josh of JHC Videography.  Josh is really good at his craft- check out his work (link below in credits!)

Barry and our friend Josh of JHC Videography. Josh is really good at his craft- check out his work (link below in credits!)

I love watching the joy of everyone cheering on the bride and groom as they enter the reception.

I love watching the joy of everyone cheering on the bride and groom as they enter the reception.

first dance for the newly wed couple.

First Dance

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The toasts were phenomenal! The guests went wild!

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Father Daughter Dance

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Wedding Reception Dancing

Dr. Zoot, wedding band, entertainment

Dr. Zoot is an amazing band! They had the dance floor going all night long!

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Wedding Escort Cards by Candlelight

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Band: Dr. Zoot
Cake: Carol’s Cakes
Ceremony Venue: Heinz Chapel
Florist: Parkway Florist
Hair Artistry: Lisa Jurasko, Serenity Salon
Makeup Artistry: Emma Orlich
Photographer: Lavender Leigh
Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
Transportation: Vogue Limousines
Videography: JHC Videography






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Anne Murray

Wow, great pictures!!!! The photographers were awesome, humorous, kind and OUTSTANDING!