As we pulled up to the getting ready location, Julie’s sweet father Tim comes out of the front door to greet us, clad in his festive wedding suit (we loved his colorful bowtie and suspenders), and a large smile on his face. He introduces himself, and also their pet dog, who was meandering around the yard. Tim invited us into the house, and we climbed up the steps to the second floor to gather the wedding dress and shoes and begin photographing. Ann, Julie’s mother who I met at a pre-wedding timeline meeting, was at the top of the steps and said “Hi Leigh! Can you help me with my dress?” She turns around, and I zip the last inch of the neck of her dress to the top. What I absolutely adore about this family is, not only that they are some of the most kind and genuine people you will ever meet, but also that they made us feel comfortable and right at home instantly after stepping out of our car.
We hear the front door open. Julie and her bridesmaids had just finished at the salon. Julie’s beautiful strawberry blonde locks had been styled into elegant, long curls (which stayed in throughout the wedding day) and her eyes gleamed with excitement and she was absolutely radiant. So began the story of Julie and Matthew’s wedding day.
Watching Julie and Matthew together that day, they had so many subtle yet beautiful moments of love. They would gently squeeze of the other’s hand, laugh upon hugging each other, and exchange smiles when people talked about how perfect they are for each other. One of my favorite moments of their wedding day was watching their reactions to the toasts at the reception- happy tears and laughter were split seconds apart. Tim’s welcome toast made me tear up the most; it was the earnest words when he said that Matthew was absolutely everything he could ask for in a husband for Julie (but Tim said these words one million times more eloquently.) After the toasts, the dance floor opened up with the most amazing music, and it created a vibrant and lively celebration! (Barry and I couldn’t help but to dance as we took pictures!)
Take a look to see what I mean…
Cake: Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique
Ceremony Musicians: Hilal String Trio
Ceremony Venue: Saint Scholastica
Entertainment: Studio e Entertainment, LLC
Florist: My Garden Floral
Hair Artistry: eDry Bar: ESSpa Kozmetika
Makeup Artistry: ESSpa Kozmetika
Photographer: Lavender Leigh
Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Field Club
Transportation: Regency Transportation