Sewickley, PA Intimate Vegan Wedding | Chad&Kate

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Sewickley, PA Intimate Vegan Wedding | Chad&Kate

A few years back I started working at an all vegan restaurant.  I had been craving a change in my life. This was it. You know when you start a new chapter in your life and can feel in your bones how much good is going to follow it? Working there led to so many transformations both big and small. One of those shifts was how I thought about other woman. Before that time I’ll admit I was usually pretty closed off to having any girlfriends and never wanted to connect to other women. But during my time working there my entire perspective changed. I some how spontaneously gained a tribe of amazing and unique ladies who all had something different to offer the world. One of those women was Kate. 

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Kate and Chad are kind people; the type of people who go out of their way to spread compassion to anyone who might cross their path.

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They met while Kate was managing a community program that paired adults with children so that they can read and spend time together. Chad was a volunteer “reading buddy”. After some urging from coworkers Kate invited Chad out to get drinks. For their first date they met up at Kelly's Bar in East Liberty PA. And by their second date Chad had won Kate over through cooking a homemade dinner from the popular vegan cookbook, Thug Kitchen.

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Chad and Kate proved that short engagements and rapid wedding planning can work, if you are willing to let those that love you help. Chad proposed this past July in the Allegheny National Forest and by October they were saying I do! I’m pretty sure this is secretly every girl’s wedding goals, less time to be stressed and more time to feel blessed.

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It really was a collective effort. Their fathers married them during a meaningful ceremony.  A good friend made the gorgeous bouquet and hairpiece along with playing her cello during the ceremony.  SaludPgh and Campfired catered some delicious plant based Caribbean food and vegan pizza as appetizers. Friends and family brought pies in lieu of cake.  The day really felt more like a large family gathering than a wedding.

Witnessing everyone come together for these two sincerely joyful people truly gave so much more significance to the entire wedding day and I am so grateful Jp and I were a part of it!

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Photography: Liz Capuano Photography/Second Shooter JohnPaul Janicki
Venue: Sewickley Hills Borough Building
Caterer: SaludPgh + Campfired
Cellist: Iron City Cello
Bouquet+Hair Piece: Rachel Smith
Hair/Make-Up: Sean's Signature Salon
Dress: Lulus

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St. Mary's Church Butler, PA Wedding | Angie&Colby

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St. Mary's Church Butler, PA Wedding | Angie&Colby

Angie and Colby decided to say I do mid-October, in the heart of fall. Their wedding gave me a chance to go back to my roots in Herman PA. The wedding day took place about five minutes from where I grew up.  It included the church my Grandfather was a part of and landscapes I am all too familiar with.

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Angie and Colby met while still in high school at a local produce farm and have been dating one another for almost a decade. It was apparent just how much they cherished their more traditional courtship, but they were so ecstatic to finally be married!

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During their couple portraits we ventured around the small village of Herman PA. Of course we included Derailleur Bike Shop Café as one of our stops. It’s a favorite place for local and non-locals alike to stop at during trail rides. They offer delicious homemade drinks, soups and other eats. It’s vintage country charm made the perfect backdrop for Angie and Colby to show off their newly wed emotions.

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Family is so significant to Angie and Colby, so they were committed to visiting the graves of their grandparents.  They took a moment of prayer at each site and this was by far one of the most touching moments I have witnessed at a wedding. I believe it’s so important for us to honor those who are no longer physically here, and I was moved that Angie included this as part of her wedding day.

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From the beginning of the day at Angie’s childhood home, up through the reception at the local Herman Fire Hall, there were friends and family helping all along the way; from creating flower arrangements, to setting up the hall, and everything in-between.

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The reception was simple but elegant with tones of slate blue and grey. Everyone was there to have a good time, including the many older couples that had years upon years on these newly weds. This was shown during the anniversary dance where many couples had been together over 30 years. Pro-tip for my future brides, if you want to see me cry, include an anniversary dance at your reception. When new love meets that of a life time it always gets me. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

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Photography: Liz Capuano Photography/Second Shooter JohnPaul Janicki
Venue: Herman Fire Hall Banquet Center
Caterer: Pat Angerett
Cake: Diane Lehnerd
DJ: Lost Boys DJ Service
Hair/Make-Up: Lightning Hair Lounge
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Club at Shadow Lakes Beaver PA Wedding | Meghan&Nick

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Club at Shadow Lakes Beaver PA Wedding | Meghan&Nick

September was a whirlwind with weddings, and Im so grateful we closed out the month with Meghan and Nick! I really push my couples to meet with me and do an engagement session pre-wedding so it’s rare working with a couple for the first time on their wedding day. Meghan and Nick currently live in New York City, while Nick pursues his acting career. That being said we didn’t have much interaction prior to the wedding day. But I knew just from our long distance meetings that these two were going to be an ultra sweet couple to document.

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Meghan and Nick weren’t really into elaborate details or bling. They kept things simple and classic. What was important was focusing on celebrating with friends and family, having a good time, enjoying the love from everyone in attendance.

Staying true to this, Meghan and her ladies got ready in her childhood home, kids included. There were children playing all over the house, make-up being applied in the living room and Meghan putting on her final touches in her old bedroom. I loved how personal this part of the day was.

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Later for the reception, we arrived at The Club at Shadow Lakes in Beaver, PA where we ventured around for portraits. Nick was so sweet and romantic with Meghan. He wrapped her up and kissed her with so much love all throughout the day. Among the winding paths, willow trees and the affection between these two it was too easy documenting this part of the day!

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This beautiful golf course, which could be viewed through the large windows in the banquet room, was the perfect backdrop for dinner and dancing.

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Since most of Nick’s groomsmen are either in acting or comedy you can imagine what a fun time the dance floor was throughout the evening.  Let’s just say there was a lot of sing alongs and group dancing happening.

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Meghan and Nick are sweet, and funny and oh so kind! Here’s to wishing them all the happiness in this new adventure called marriage!

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