Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers | Photography by Lyndsey

pittsburgh wedding photographersHello and welcome to my blog!  I am Lyndsey, a Pittsburgh wedding and engagement photographer.  Photography by Lyndsey is a husband (Marc) and wife (Lyndsey) team of published and award-winning Pittsburgh wedding photographers providing creative and modern wedding photography in Pittsburgh.  We adore weddings and love working with couples who aren’t afraid to let their love shine!

Feel free to shoot me an email at lyndsey@photographybylyndsey.com for investment information and date availability.  Email me today and let me know all about your wedding plans!  I am currently booking 2015 and 2016 wedding dates.

Best Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers and Best Pittsburgh Engagement Photographers serving the Pittsburgh metropolitan area including Pittsburgh, Cranberry, Wexford, Sewickley, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Peters Township, Shadyside, Oakland, Fox Chapel, Oakmont, Monroeville, Greentree, Robinson Township, and surrounding areas.

Photography by Lyndsey is a team of Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers providing creative and beautiful wedding photography for the inspired romantic.  I have been published in Whirl magazine as well as on a variety of wedding industry blogs including Style Me Pretty, WedLoft, Lace and Loyalty, Savvy Deets Bridal, The Fete Blog, Lea-ann Belter Bridal, My Hotel Wedding, Head over Heels, and Hearts in Focus.  I am also the recipient of The Knot Best of Weddings Award for 2014 and 2015, the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award for 2015 and the 2014 Two Bright Lights Editors Choice Award.

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Information and Prices for engagement session in June 2015 and wedding in may/June 2016

Best Punta Cana Honeymoon | Em and Theo

What are you looking at right now outside of your window?  I’m guessing not blue skies, clear water and palm trees.  That is if you are in Pittsburgh.  You may be somewhere tropical or at least not snowy!  But if you are like me and staring at a crazy amount of white stuff outside then this post is for you!  Another trip to tropical paradise, this time with Em and Theo!  Em is a fabulous guest blogger, I’m sure you’ll appreciate her wit!

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From Em

We chose the Iberostar Grand Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for our honeymoon destination and we loved it! It was sunny and in the mid-80’s every day and it was the perfect place to visit after the freezing weather hit Pittsburgh. The food at the 5 Restaurants were amazing and we tried so many fantastic dishes at the French, Asian, Mediterranean, Surf & Turf and Italian Restaurants. Our drinks were ALWAYS filled with fruity deliciousness and the wait-staff were so friendly and helpful! “Good Morning Mr. and Mrs!  Mimosas?” Yes, always yes.

We would highly recommend getting an oceanfront view suite, equipped with a butler. They were so hospitable and reserved our favorite cabana for us daily. Our cabana was a 30 second walk from our room and right next to the pool and the water submerged sunbathing chairs. The pool wrapped from one end of the inner resort to the beach line, with an incredible infinity edge and beautiful ocean view. There were also two hot tubs, not always so hot, but still fun! Our favorite restaurants were Le Tourbillon and El Galeon, while the best meals we had were the duck confit and sea bass. The buffets were good and convenient for breakfast/lunch, but the nicer restaurants were something we looked forward to each evening. Remember to make reservations in advance!

There was plenty to do in terms of excursions and on-site activities, including daily BINGO (Theo’s favorite), darts, cornhole, archery, shooting, volleyball and more. There were even prizes for the winners and we’re proud to say we came home with a medal and the oh-so-coveted bottle of rum. We also went on two excursions, including the Ranchero Macao buggie adventure and the Zip Lining course in the heart of a tropical forest. The Ranchero Macao tour was a muddy romp through the Punta Cana backroads, en route to a cave for swimming and the Macao Beach. We also saw how the locals made coffee, chocolate and cigars. This was fun, but not the best excursion for thrill seekers. The Zip Lining was amazing though! Nothing beats zooming through the tree tops screaming. There were over 20 guides assisting at the 12 platforms and we always felt safe.

The night life varied depending on your energy level and range of sobriety. We quickly settled into early nights after huge dinners and lots of wine, but we spoke with lots of couples who went to ‘Da Club’ on the docked boat in the center of the resort. Although, we preferred the nightly shows (ahem, Michael Jackson) and live music at the Lobby Bar/Café, there was definitely something available for everyone.

We chose this resort because it was the #1 ranked Trip Advisor resort in Punta Cana. It was pricier then other All-Inclusive resorts, but it provided us with the luxury and amazing accommodations we were looking for. It was a spectacular resort and we hope to go back some day! The Best Week Ever following our Best Day Ever.

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Pittsburgh Wedding Trends | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

There were a TON of wedding trends we saw this year at weddings that we just loved!  I wanted to compile a list of some of my favorite things from weddings this year, both trends and favorite vendors.

Amazing bouquets by Posy.  I got to work with Paulette from Posy for the first time this year and I was blown away by her talent.  Not only are her bouquets beautiful but she has the most creative centerpiece and detail ideas and she was an absolute joy to work with.  Both Laura and Bethany chose her as their florist and they both loved her as well!
pittsburgh wedding trendsNext on the list is on-site make-up and hair.  This is such a clutch decision!  When brides choose to have their makeup and hair artists come to them in my head I am doing a happy dance.  This helps the timeline tremendously and brides can RELAX pre-wedding.  Plus with amazing artists like Christy Pickell of Simply Captivating On-Site Beauty Services and Meghan Nunes, you can trust that your hair and makeup will be taken care of!pittsburgh wedding trendsFirst Looks and alternative first looks.  I know first looks aren’t for everyone and I totally get why.  But… but… there are some cases where I DEFINITELY recommend a first look.  One being if your wedding happens to be during daylight savings time.  Aside from the fur that Emily is wearing you would never have guessed that her and Tim’s wedding was shot in NOVEMBER!  Late November at that.  Daylight savings means little to no light during the traditional bridal portrait time.  Blog_001-10

I love this alternative first look!  I’m not a Pinterest wedding photographer and do not like to recreate things I see online BUT this one is super cute.  And not to hard to pull off if you have a door:)pittsburgh wedding trends

I love pre-ceremony prayer.  pittsburgh wedding trendsUnique entrances and exits.  If you’ve been around my website you’ve seen this adorable photo of Justin and Bethany during their sprinkle exit.  It is one of my favorite photos of the year.  I thought it would be fun to show the aftermath of this fun exit.  Sprinkles in the ears.pittsburgh wedding trendsEntrance by boat!Blog_001-12Sparkler exit!
http://meghannunes.comBridal wear I love!  I love when bridesmaids are given a color to wear and get to pick their own dress!  These champagne cocktail dresses were my absolute favorite.  I also loved dresses with unique backs i.e. Bethany’s bridesmaids and her bridal gown.
pittsburgh wedding trendsThese shoes.  They are Kate Spade.  Enough said.pittsburgh wedding trendsOK so this one is KEY.  Guys are you listening?  Grooms are opting to forgo the rental tux and buy a suit.  Sound crazy?  It’s not!  First of all you can bundle your cash together with your guys and take advantage of a BOGO deal.  I kid you not, Jos A. Bank has had a buy one get three free suit sale.  Plus, you can GUARANTEE that your suit will fit.  No more too short pants and too big coat.pittsburgh wedding trendsPersonalized wedding details are where its at.  This is your wedding!  Use it as a time to make it yours.  I am loving all of the creativity this year from custom signs to monogrammed Chuck Taylors, and unique escort cards. I love it all!pittsburgh wedding trendspittsburgh wedding trendsI am loving this trend, long reception tables.  So I know this isn’t doable everywhere but it is generally doable for at least your head table.  I love that it has a more intimate feel no matter how big your wedding is!  This trend will overtake sweetheart tables, mark my words!pittsburgh wedding trendsBurnt almond torte from Prantls.  I mean its the best cake in the US.  Need I say more?pittsburgh wedding trendsSpeaking of desserts, couples are going so beyond cake!  I love the dessert bars popping up!  Laura and Brian had a gelato bar and Jackie and Matt had the most insane dessert bar I’ve ever seen!  Give your guests a reason to get up and dance (hint burn calories):)pittsburgh wedding trendspittsburgh wedding trendsSpeaking of food, we had some of the most amazing food this past year.  I love the new trend of food stations.  Fish Hawk Acres catered the stations at Jen and Patrick’s wedding and not only was it incredibly unique but it was probably the best wedding food I’ve ever had.pittsburgh wedding trendsBands are making a comeback!  Em and Theo had Jason Kendall band at their reception and I have never seen a party get going like that.  They are incredibly talented and I seriously want to go and see them somewhere.  Or maybe someone can just book them this year:)pittsburgh wedding trends

So there you have it, my favorites from 2014!  What have you seen this year that you loved?  Comment below and let me know!

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Favorite Pittsburgh Wedding Photos | Best of 2014

We had such an awesome year working with all of our brides and grooms.  We got to shoot in some gorgeous places this year!  I love how unique each of our couples are and how INSPIRED they are!  We consider ourselves wedding photographers for the inspired romantic.  I love our images because they are romantic but not too over the top and we love to capture the inspiration behind each couple’s individual wedding.  I love how couples are really trying to make their wedding their own.  It also helps to keep me fresh when I get to see so many different things!  I love new and creative inspiration.  We are welcoming 2015 with excitement and can’t wait to see what our couples this year have in store.  But before we close the book on last year, I wanted to share a few of my favorite wedding photos from this year.pittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photosBlog_001-9pittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photospittsburgh wedding photos

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Pittsburgh Honeymoon Advice | Jackie and Matt

So my guess is that its totally possible that right now you are sitting at your desk, possibly looking out the window like I am at SNOW!  Ugh that’s right friends, its January, the end of the holiday season and the beginning of the cold and dreary winter.  What sounds better than jetting off to Punta Cana right about now?  While I can’t offer you a trip there, I can invite you to read the perfect blog post for a blustery morning like today!  Remember Jackie and Matt?  They got married back in August and graciously offered to be the first guest blogger for my honeymoon series!  I know this is a huge decisions for my couples to make, where to go, what to do, all-inclusive or no?  So many questions to ask!  Well, hopefully this guest blog by Jackie and Matt will help make some of your honeymoon decisions for you!  Oh, and help you dream of sunny skies, blue water and sandy toes!

From Jackie…

When planning for our honeymoon, my only requirements were all inclusive and adults only. I naively thought that would help to narrow down our choices, but I was wrong. We were overwhelmed with pictures of beautiful beaches, nice restaurants, and awesome rooms. After looking online at resorts, we realized we needed help, so we booked an appointment at AAA. The woman who worked with us was extremely helpful, but we still felt we needed more guidance. We reached out to all of our married friends and asked them if they liked their honeymoon destination. Surprisingly, a lot of them had gone to Exellence Punta Cana and loved it. We were sold. Matt booked another appointment with AAA and we had the honeymoon checked off the list!

The rooms options included either ocean view or garden view with a price difference of a couple hundred dollars. From reading reviews on TripAdvisor (definitely a great resource), I learned that the ocean view wasn’t really worth it, so we went with the garden view. The resort offered an upgrade package called the Excellence Club which included premium alcohol in the room, a club lounge, a private beach, and an upgraded room service menu. We decided since it was our honeymoon to go for it, and we were so happy that we did.

When we arrived at the resort, we were welcomed with the staff saying, “Welcome Home” and offering us glasses of champagne. We probably looked so lame with our cheesy smiles staring at the beautiful resort as we were taken to our private check in the Excellence Club.  We were taken to our room after being offered more champagne and some snacks. Our room was clean and well-kept and looked out onto a beautiful garden.

Another one of the reasons we picked Excellence was their restaurant selection. The resort has 8 restaurants. Matt can be a bit of a picky eater, so we knew we would want a lot of selection in case he didn’t like something. The food was definitely our biggest disappointment of the resort. Matt and I would describe it as “ehh” or just a little off. Nothing was horrible or anything, but everything was just a little bit off. After coming back, a lot of people told us they thought the same thing and it is just something you deal with when going to a Caribbean resort.

We spent our days on these giant beds in the Excellence Club private beach area. Matt and I said numerous times that the beds were worth the extra money for the Excellence Club. They were comfy and covered, which was perfect for me and my paleness! They even had waiters come around and get you drinks, which was awesome. The water was rough and they had a red flag up all the days we were there, but it really was similar to the East Coast beaches.  The resort also had two large pools. One pool ran parallel to the beach and along the entire resort and the other pool was tucked away with a waterfall.

Overall, we would recommend Excellence Punta Cana to other couples looking for somewhere to go for their honeymoon with a warning of the food not being the best. All of the staff spoke English and were extremely nice. The resort was clean and beautiful.

Some photos from Jackie and Matt

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