I know I say this so much, but I am so lucky to have the job I have. I meet amazing people, get to know them, they give me VIP access to one of the most important day in their lives, and I can pay my bills while doing it. Why didn’t I discover this job long ago?! All jokes aside, these two reminded me why I love my job so much. I love that it isn’t considered creepy that I notice things like how Sara laughs with her chin tucked in and the way Rob looks at her with his warm eyes and brilliant smile. Their love is so natural, they seem to say so much to each other just by looking into one another’s eyes.
When we first met at Espresso a mano to get to know each other and make sure we were a good fit, I was nervous because Sara is a genius designer and Rob is a genius software engineer and I am not a genius. But I was blown away by how easy Sara and Rob were to talk to. Luckily my husband works in the tech industry so I could sort of keep up. I remember leaving the meeting in a great mood and had my fingers and toes crossed that they would book me. The very next day they told me that they would like me to document their wedding day, this is always the best feeling in the world!
When their wedding day came around I was so excited! I asked for details first so I could style them up and photograph them. When couples bring me in with plenty of time I am instantly more creative and less stressed to document everything in a as fast as I possibly can, I get to have more fun with it which results in cooler photos. Sara and Rob did just that, they had a very nice timeline for me which helped make the day flow a lot smoother.
The whole day consisted of intimate moments, happy tears, stunning details, and some of the biggest smiles I have ever seen. They chose to do all portraits and family photos before the ceremony, so they could greet their guests in the lobby of the hotel while everyone arrived while a family friend Dixie Doc and the Pittsburgh Dixieland All-Stars played in the background. They followed that with the ceremony where they had their bridal party hold the chuppah that was the same one all of Sara’s sisters were married under. They stepped on the glass and their guests were moved to the ballroom for dinner and many lovely words were spoken during this delicious meal. The guests slowly began working there way down to the second ballroom for dancing, and cookies! I was the best kind of exhausted at the end of the day, and filled with the amazing energy of their friends and family. It was a day I will not soon forget.
The George Washington Hotel is tucked away in Washington, PA with it’s old charm and very kind staff. I was thrilled to be able to return to this location, as I have a minor (major) obsession with old architecture. The way designer Thommy Convoy of 4121 Main set everything up was one of the most amazing transformations I have ever seen.
George Washington Hotel Wedding Photographer Mandy Fierens