Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Photography by Lyndsey

Photography by Lyndsey is a professional Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer providing creative and beautiful wedding photography for the inspired romantic.  Feel free to shoot me an email at lyndsey@photographybylyndsey.com for investment information and date availability.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Best Pittsburgh Wedding Photography and Best Pittsburgh Engagement Photographer serving Pittsburgh, Cranberry, Wexford, Sewickley, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Peters Township, Shadyside, Oakland, Fox Chapel, Oakmont, Monroeville, Greentree, Robinson Township, and more.

Photography by Lyndsey is a professional Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer providing creative and beautiful wedding photography for the inspired romantic.  Lyndsey has been published on a variety of wedding industry blogs including WedLoft, Savvy Deets Bridal, The Fete Blog, Lea-ann Belter Bridal, My Hotel Wedding, Head over Heels, and Hearts in Focus.  Lyndsey is also the recipient of The Knot Best of Weddings 2014 Award and the 2014 Two Bright Lights Editors Choice Award.

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Ceremony Time | Wedding Day Series

So its finally here!  This is the moment you have been waiting and planning for.  The ceremony!  I always tell my brides after this, its all downhill!  The ceremony is Part 2 in our Wedding Day Series.

Here is the Wedding day Series so far in case you missed the first post and want to start at the beginning!

Part 1:  Pre-Ceremony

At this point in the day my couples are usually chomping at the bit to get down the aisle!  So many nerves and so much anticipation of this moment!  One of my favorite moments of the day occurs during this time – walking down the aisle.
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There is so much to be said about the first look between the bride and groom while walking down the aisle.  Remember that line from 27 Dresses?  Katherine Heigl’s character says “You know how the bride makes her entrance and everybody turns to look at her? That’s when I look at the groom. Cause his face says it all you know? The pure love there.”  She is totally right!  There is nothing better than the look on the groom’s face.  We all expect the bride to have an emotional reaction when walking down the aisle but its amazing to see the emotion on a grooms face.  Next time you are at a wedding make sure to glance back at the groom.ceremony time Blog_001-13

This is why a photojournalistic approach is SO important during this time of the day (in my opinion).  I could never imagine this type of emotion to be present if we weren’t in the background documenting what was going on.  Blog_001-12Blog_001-11ceremony time Blog_001-7Blog_001-14Blog_001-6Blog_001-15

Can you tell that the formalities are over?  I love the look of relief on the couple’s face when they turn and face their family and friends.  Next stop, family portraits! Blog_001-10ceremony time

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Pre Ceremony Wedding Pictures | Wedding Day Series

Part One of the Photography by Lyndsey Wedding Day Series is the pre-ceremony wedding pictures!  I always break the wedding day down into five parts.  Over the next few weeks I’ll go into more detail about each of the five parts.  Today we are starting with pre-ceremony.

Pre-ceremony is one of my favorite times of the day to shoot!  I am always recommending to clients to front-load my coverage.  What would you rather have – fun awesome candids of you and your girlfriends getting your hair and makeup done while relaxing with mimosas or tons and tons of dancing shots at the end of the night?  I always say what an important part of the day the prep is.  Also since you have me and Marc with you prior to the wedding, you are getting coverage of both the bride and her bridesmaids and the groom and his guys prepping!

This part of the day has some of the best emotions.  Usually when I arrive brides are a little nervous but having a great time.  Its amazing to see the reality of the day set in as makeup and hair concludes and they put their dress and veil on.  This part of the day usually requires very little direction from me.  Aside from directing you into better light, I let emotions unfold naturally by staying as behind the scenes as possible!pre ceremony wedding picturespre ceremony wedding picturespre ceremony wedding picturespre ceremony wedding pictures2014-02-04_00302014-02-04_00312014-02-04_00322014-02-04_00332014-02-04_00342014-02-04_00352014-02-04_0036

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First Look Wedding Photos | Photography by Lyndsey

The First Look is one of the hottest wedding trends.  I’ve also found it to be quite polarizing!  Couples are usually all about it or absolutely not into it.  The first look is definitely a derail from tradition but it can have some amazing upsides. Why would the first look be for you?  Well if you think you are going to be super emotional when seeing your bride/groom for the first time, the first look is a great way to feel that emotion in a more intimate setting.  So many couples get so nervous prior to walking down the aisle, getting that first glimpse of each other beforehand definitely helps to calm the nerves.  Another reason builds on what I mentioned before, the intimacy of the moment!   I love seeing couples reactions when they have a first look.  When its just the two of them (and me photographing of course:)) the emotions are AMAZING!  Another benefit to the first look?  It really helps ease your wedding day timeline.  After the first look we can shoot all of your bridal and bridal party portraits leaving the time between the ceremony and reception for you to enjoy cocktail hour with your guests.  I rarely get the time to shoot cocktail hour so I love when a couple chooses a first look.  This way I can shoot your wedding reception room and details before anyone enters while Marc can shoot candids of you hanging with your guests and enjoying a drink now that the pressure is off.  Double bonus!

Amy and Mike chose to do a first look this past year and prior to the look they stood back to back and read letters that they had written to each other.  I thought this was a great addition to the first look and really amped up the anticipation!  first look wedding photosfirst look wedding photosfirst look wedding photosfirst look wedding photos2014-02-04_00172014-02-04_00202014-02-04_00162014-02-04_00152014-02-04_00182014-02-04_0019

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Outdoor Wedding Venues | Venue Series

Welcome to the second post in the venue series!  Another great option for a wedding venue is an outdoor wedding venue.  In the Pittsburgh area there are a bunch of gorgeous farm and outdoor locations to choose from.  These venues are perfect for the couple who wants an intimate feel with lots of charm.  Generally most things at a farm or outdoor venue is a la carte.  Couples can choose their caterers, florists, bakeries, etc. without being locked into a certain package.  However, venues definitely have preferred relationships with vendors they have worked with before.  It always helps to ask for these lists since the venue has prior experience.  They can give great tips on who they have worked with in the past!  Another added benefit of an outdoor reception is space.  Although the actual reception area may be smaller than a ballroom, you generally have a substantial outdoor area where guests can walk and mingle.  This is especially good for a cocktail style or more laid back reception where guests are more likely to be enjoying a glass of wine and conversation rather than jamming on the dance floor all night long!

One downside of an outdoor wedding venue is weather.  We do live in a rather unpredictable climate here in PA so my advice to any bride and groom who is planning an outdoor wedding is to have a back up plan!  Many venues can provide tents or indoor options in case of inclement weather.  Make sure to ask about these plans when booking!

We have been lucky enough to shoot at Armstrong Farms, Greendance Winery, and Shady Elms Farm and can’t wait to add Lingrow Farm and Succop Conservancy this year!

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Family Photo Session | Photography by Lyndsey

I love shooting family photos despite having very little time in my schedule to do it.  Which is why you haven’t seen a lot of families on my blog lately.  But I wanted to share some family photo sessions shot over the past few months.  I also wanted to share some advanced notice on fall minis – I will be shooting fall mini sessions in October this year.  Due to our very busy wedding season this year I am going to have very limited availability for other family sessions throughout the year.  However, family fall minis will be in October.  I will likely announce the dates in late summer but wanted to let my family clients know that I will be scheduling them and to keep your eyes open for the announcement!  Last years minis sold out the same day I announced them in August!family photo session2014-02-04_0038Blog_003

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