I was a little worried last week. We’d had three gorgeous Saturdays in October, and I felt like we just couldn’t be lucky enough to have a fourth. But I needn’t have worried – we did indeed get another perfectly beautiful October Saturday, warm and dry.

Melissa was pretty nervous when I first arrived. But as soon as she put her dress on, she felt much calmer.

This is Melissa & Jason’s niece super beautiful niece, Victoria. I always love the amazement on little girls’ faces when they see the bride. Melissa & Jason opted to see each other before their ceremony. And they chose a perfect spot for a fall day – Frick Park, just a little ways away from their home and the site of their engagement pictures. Could there be a prettier place for a first look?! My view…

My amazing second shooter, Alisa Garin, had this angle.

We ventured down into the park for some bridal party portraits. Big round of applause to everyone – but especially Melissa, who was wearing heels – for trekking through the woods for these. I love the look of combining different colors for the ladies. In this case, “cloud blue” and “cappuccino.”One big benefit of shooting at a park like Frick is that dogs are quite welcome.This one by Alisa. Melissa & Jason’s boxer, Max, also attended the ceremony. Jason motions to him…No, Max, that didn’t mean come here! Good boy. I tried to stay away from this table, but somehow kept ending up back over there. Yum.

First dance: “Waste” by Phish, performed by Fourth River. I have to say that the bubble machine was a great idea.

Lots of dancing to the lively music provided by the band.

The Edgewood Club is a great venue… and I’m not just saying that because I only live three miles away. It’s a good-sized room, and the high beamed ceilings make it feel extra spacious. I’ll share more photos of the venue in a separate post. This year’s most popular song is not a new song: “Don’t Stop Believing” Congratulations Melissa & Jason!


The Credits

Ceremony & Reception: The Edgewood Club

Flowers: Melissa’s mom!

Caterer: Strictly Business Catering

Band: Fourth River

Hair & Makeup: Capristo Salon, Shadyside

Cupcakes: Vanilla Pastry Studio

Melissa’s dress: Maggie Sottero


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