I love weekday weddings! So when Amy and Cyrus contacted me about their wedding that was to take place on a Wednesday in a little less than 6 weeks, I was thrilled. It was an intimate wedding with only a few friends and immediate family. The couple really put a priority on photos and laid out a plan that took us from Point State Park to Phipps Conservatory to the Gatehouse at Schenley Park to the Grand Estate at Hidden Acres – with photo shoots at each place! If you look at the weddings on my website you’ll see that storytelling and moments are my jam. I definitely like to do portraits but the typical wedding day doesn’t have a lot of time built in for extended sessions with just the couple. But I was up for the challenge and brought a lighting assistant along with me so that we could move fast.
In the end, I didn’t need to worry because Amy and Cyrus were so excited to be married and so cute together that it wasn’t all that hard. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:
We started out at Point State Park:
The sun in the middle of the day can be harsh, so I brought along a portable studio light to make sure that the couple looked great!
If it’s a nice day you can bet that there are always a ton of people out. I think it’s best to embrace it and work out how to make good photos while incorporating the crowds.
But if you’re patient, you can usually find a minute for the couple to be alone.
I noticed pretty early on that Cyrus likes to carry Amy. It was so cute and it went on all day!
The ceremony took place in the Broderie Room at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Big or small, Phipps is a great place for a wedding. Amy’s cousin provided the music.
The looks on their faces said everything about their feelings. They were so happy:
At the end of the ceremony:
The Broderie Room is a lovely space. It’s a representation of a formal garden that would be found at a French chateau during the reign of Louis XIV in the 17th century:
At the aquatic garden outside of Phipps:
Heading to the front entrance of Phipps for a group photo:
Amy and Cyrus planned a dinner just across Panther Hollow Road at the Schenley Park Cafe. So while their guests were having cocktails we found some nice light in the park:
Amy and Cyrus share a private moment at the end of dinner:
We drove up to the Grand Estate at Hidden Acres after dinner. Amy and Cyrus rented the entire place so that they and their guests could all stay there:
We loved the red felt on the pool table in the game room. It’s the symbolic color of happiness 😊
The staircase reminded me of the Golden Ratio <– I’m an art nerd 🤓
Cyrus arranged for a fireworks display. A perfect way to end their Grand Estate at Hidden Acres wedding!
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