Sara and Tim | University Club Wedding

“So… do you think it would be possible to photograph our wedding pictures with a 1950s Chevy?” Sara asks as she opens up a conversation on the days leading up to her wedding. We were talking on the phone, so she couldn’t see my movement, but my hands flew up in the air, I looked towards the sky and cried “YEEEESSSS!”  You know it is going to be an amazing wedding when the bride and groom have an AWESOME vision for their wedding photos.

But I already knew that it was going to be an amazing wedding from the second I met Sara and Tim. They are fun, sincere, giving, and energetic.  Which is why they are so perfect for one another. Their first dance said it all- instead of swaying to a slow song, they chose to perform a choreographed dance, inclusive of a lift, to the Michael Jackson classic song, “The Way You Make Me Feel!”   Watching their first dance was one of my favorite parts of their wedding day, but honestly, I also loved how laid back the day was.  Usually wedding days are full of frenzy, but their day seemed to be a go with the flow, and focus on the fun type of day.

At the end of the night, I opened a card that Sara had given to me. “One of the best things I’ve done throughout this whole wedding process was choosing you to be our photographer!”  My heart soared when I read this, and then I got a little choked up.  Yes, photographing weddings is my job, but it means so much to me to photograph couples that you *really* connect with, and it is the best feeling when they think the same way about you.

So here’s to Sara and Tim, and their gorgeous wedding day on Saturday (complete with a 1950’s Chevy!)
Lace Wedding Dress Hanging in Window by Lavender Leigh Photograhy
Purple Satin Wedding Shoes by Lavender Leigh Photography
An engagement ring sitting on top of a purple font wedding invitation by Lavender Leigh Photography
Wedding shoes, earrings and the garter details by Lavender Leigh Photography
The bride has her makeup completed while bridesmaids fix their hair
A bride having fun while she gets ready for her wedding day
A bride and her mother take the wedding dress off of the hanger
The maid of honor helps to button the bride
The maid of honor and mother of the bride help to button the wedding dress
A bride opens a card and a gift from the groom
A bride reads a letter from the groom and opens his gift to her
A bride pins and straightens her bird cage veil in the mirror
Portrait of a Bride by Lavender Leigh Photography
The bride has finished getting ready and is ready to leave for the wedding ceremony
A bride has finished getting ready and is about to leave for her wedding ceremony
The bride rides to the wedding ceremony with her bridesmaids in the limousine
The Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington Pennsylvania
The best man helps the groom put on his jacket while the groomsmen watch

The groom receives the gift of a puppy from the bride

One of Sara’s gifts to Tim- a dog!

The groomsmen watch the groom open his gift from the bride
The groom puts his new cuff links on his jacket
Portrait of a Groom
The bride
The groom hanging out with his groomsmen before the wedding ceremony
A bride walks down the aisle on her wedding day with her mother and brother

Groom Sees Bride in Processional

I love how Tim clasps his hands in excitement when he sees Sara!

Giving the bride away at a ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, Pennsylvania
Wedding Ceremony at The Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, Pennsylvania
Bride and Groom Enjoying their Wedding Ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania
The bridesmaids watching the wedding ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania
Priest
Groomsmen Watching Wedding Ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania
Wedding Ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, Pennsylvania
A unique vantage point of a groom through the candles of the church
Wedding Vows at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington Pennsylvania
Wedding Ring Exchange at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Washngton, Pennsylvania
Bride and Groom stand on altar at Wedding Ceremony
Priest Gives a Blessing to the Bride and Groom at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania
Bride and Groom Kiss at a Wedding Ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania
Bride and Groom During Processional at their Wedding Ceremony at the Immaculate Concpetion Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania
Bride and Groom During Wedding Recessional at the Immaculte Conception Parish in Washington Pennsylvania
Portrait of a Bride and Groom at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania
Bride and Groom at The Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania
Portrait of a Bride and Groom at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania
Bride and Groom Walking Together at Schenley Park

When you have twelve minutes to spend with a bride, a groom, and a 1950’s Chevy.  Here’s how we spent it…
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy
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Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy
Groom Hugs Bride
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bride, Groom, and a Purple 1950s Chevy
A Bride in a 1950
A Bride in a 1950

Bridesmaids at Schenley Park

I love how the bridesmaids dapple down the hillside at Schenley Park.

Bride and Bridesmaids at Schenley Park
Bridal Party at Schenley Park, Lavender Leigh Photography
Bridal Party At Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bridal Party At Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bride and Bridesmaids at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bride and Bridesmaids at Schenley Park
Bride
Bridesmaids at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Groom with Groomsmen at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Groom and Groomsmen at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We decided to head over to PPG Paints Arena since Tim’s first love (after Sara) is the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Groom and Groomsmen at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Bride and Groom Enter Reception at The University Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wedding Party Cheers Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom Cut the Cake at the University Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bride and Groom Toasts at the University Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bridesmaid
Bride and Groom React to Toasts at the University Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom
Mother Son Dance at the University Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Godfather Daughter Dance at the University Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Guests Dancing at The University Club Reception in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Guests Dancing at the University Club Wedding Reception in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Guests Dancing at a Wedding Reception at the University Club in Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaGuests Dancing at a Wedding Reception at the University Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bride Dancing at Wedding Reception, University Club
University Club Wedding Reception in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wedding Reception Details at the University Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The bride and groom
Wedding Cake with Purple Flowers at the University Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Escort Cards at the University Club Wedding
Wedding and Engagement Rings at the University Club
Bride and Groom End the Night at the University Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cake and Cookies: Bella Christie & Little Z’s Sweet Boutique
Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception Parish
Décor Items: Vintage Alley Rentals
Escort Cards: Oh Joyful Day
Florals: Community Flower Shop
Hair Aritstry: Lauren Rambo
Entertaintment: Modern Era, DJ Tim Harris
Limousine: Tortorice Limousine
Linens: Linen Hero
Makeup Artistry: Valarie Panei
Photo Booth: Shutter Booth
Photographer: Lavender Leigh
Reception Venue: The University Club
Videographer: Just Hitched Wedding Films

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