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Wedding Planning Wednesday 

Welcome back folks to our first Wedding Wednesday of 2015.  I had great plans for the monthly WW (Wedding Wednesday) last year and well… life got in the way and I have been a total slacker.

This is NOT going to be the case this year.  You will get information on planning your wedding if it’s the last thing I do!

I am SO happy to kick this years tips off with the topic of Wedding Planners.  A lot of people don’t realize the value in them so I wanted to shine the spot light of an awesome Pittsburgh Wedding Planner I have had the privilege to work with this past year and have come to call a friend.  But enough of my yapping about it – Lets here directly from the source – Ashley of AB Occasion Design.

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From Wedding Planner Ashley of AB Occasion Design:

So what does a wedding planner do?  The world may never have a complete definition but nevertheless, take away this message: the primary duty of a wedding planner is to satisfy the concerns that the bride had when she decided to look for a wedding planner. No two weddings are alike and the duties of a wedding planner changes with each and every client he or she will work with.

So let’s get right down to it! The following is my summary of the primary duties and skills that wedding planners are responsible for, from Engagement to Honeymoon!

When a wedding planner first meets with a client, the conversation should consist of simply explaining the packages available and briefly discussing the type of wedding the client wants. Typically, a wedding planner is hired for either Full Service or Day-of Coordination, and it is imperative that the planner fully explains to the client what is included in each of their packages.

Day of coordination involves taking care of all the logistical details of the wedding on the day of the wedding itself.

Full Service planning involves everything included in Day of Coordination plus a lot more, such as managing budget, vendors, venues, and all the nitty-gritty details that go into planning a wedding.

What does a day of coordinator do?

A day of coordinator will coordinate the logistics of your wedding day to make sure that everything that you have spent months planning runs exactly how you envisioned. From the arrival times of the florist, limo pick up and drop offs to packing all your gifts and goodies at the end of the night, the day of coordinator they will take care of it all.

It is strongly recommended that every couple that is planning their own wedding hire a day of coordinator. Planning the entire wedding without a coordinator is already stressful enough, so the least you can do is hire someone who can handle the stress of the day. Your peace of mind on your wedding day will be worth every penny!

What should you expect from your day of coordinator?

When your day of coordinator comes on board, she or he will be the new point of contact for your vendors. They will introduce themselves to your vendors and get an idea of what to expect on the wedding day. Also, the coordinator will review your contracts and understand exactly who is doing what and when. She will create your day of timeline, which will break down all the details regarding arrival times, setup and breakdown.  The day before your wedding, your coordinator will run your rehearsal, and on your wedding day, she will be there to run the show!  We’re there to make sure that each hour of your wedding day is worry-free and seamless.

What is included in full service planning?

Full Service wedding planning is comprised of everything included in Day of Coordination in addition to months of planning and perfecting prior to the big day.

It includes determining a budget for the wedding, selection of venues and vendors and turning magic into reality, Save the Dates, wedding invitations, rehearsal dinner invitations, menus, place cards, programs and welcome letters.

Wedding planners can save you time and money.  AB Occasion Design offers an initial, no-cost meeting with couples to learn about them both as individuals and as a couple and to determine their wedding wants and needs.  Based on this information, and the couple’s budget, we’ll customize individual planning packages with the services most beneficial to the couple.

We can help you bring your vision to life and we’ll let you actually enjoy your wedding.

You hired us for a reason let us sweat the small stuff and you sit back and enjoy your big day!

Still on the fence about hiring a wedding planner let us treat you to a cup of coffee and answer any and all your questions you may have about your new best friend…Your Wedding Planner!

(Hey it’s Krystal again!) So there you have it.  Day of Coordinator or full wedding coordinator.  It’s SO worth considering.  Wedding Planners make the day go by without a hitch and they take the worry off of you.  Ashley is worth a call!

http://www.aboccasiondesign.com 

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Mansions On Fifth Wedding | Heinz Chapel Wedding

For more on Wedding Planning and Wedding Tips please see:

Planning your timeline! 

First looks and why I LOVE them! 

You’re Engaged, now what? 

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 North Shore Pittsburgh Engagement 

I love Pittsburgh.  The city has SO many cool spots that you can just tuck away in for photos.  For Maura and Joe’s engagement session, we chose to start off on the North Shore and then make our way across the big yellow bridge to the heart of the city.

We had a great deal of fun on their session. (Well I did, anyway) – These two are easy going and kept me laughing the entire time! Plus Maura’s outfit choices are styling!

I am really excited to be photographing the big day for these two this year, so be on the look out for that next winter!

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Ohhh Pittsburgh rooftops, you make my heart happy.  AND so does Joe twirling Maura – I mean – HOW CUTE? 

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Golden hour for the win there at the end!! Thats the end of our north shore pittsburgh engagement!

**PLANNING TIP** For any session you’re booking that is outdoors, try to schedule for the golden hour – typically 40 minutes before the sun is scheduled to set.  You can get some gorgeous light at this time of day and us photographers eat it up! For your wedding day try to plan a few minutes into the schedule to sneak out for one or two portraits during this time as well.  You won’t regret it!

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 Saxonburg Engagement Session

- In Black and White 

Today for your viewing pleasure, I present to you an engagement session in classic black and white.

Lauren and Drew chose the historic town of Saxonburg as the setting for their engagement photos.  They will be getting married in this town later this year, and are planning on living here as well! With the family roots and the sentimental value, it was an obvious choice for the backdrop of their engagement photos.

They of course have a large variety of images in both color and black and white, but today I will be showing you the later.  I can not tell you how excited I am to be photographing these two.  I can not wait for the wedding.

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^Favorite! I think you’ll agree that her smile says it all.

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^^ This restaurant is where Drew proposed!! We had to grab a shot or two on the steps! 

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This Chapel is part of the church these two will be getting married in.  I can’t wait to re-create a similar image on the wedding day.

How awesome is Saxonburg in black and white!? I just love it.  And these two! See ya real soon.

I hope you guys love the classic look of black and white as much as I do!

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A Cathedral of Learning Proposal 

A few days before Christmas I got the most exciting email – Someone was inquiring about my availability to photograph a proposal.  I was immediately jumping up and down.  I mean how romantic?! I usually only get to celebrate with couples months into the planning.  I could just anticipate the emotions I would be able to see and document.  So Mark and I made a plan.  He told me he was taking his girlfriend to the Cathedral of Learning and was going to ask for her hand in marriage.  *Insert school girl swoon here*

We arranged the spot of the proposal before hand and I anxiously waiting like a tourist just taking pictures of the cathedral of learning.  My assistant for the day (HEY Addie!) was my lookout and was waiting for them to enter the building. When she saw them she signaled to me and I got prepared… And then there it was! Mark was down on one knee, Jessica was beyond happy and all was right in the world.  She obviously said yes!

Mark pointed me out after a few minutes and I think it is safe to say she was surprised! We took a few pictures in the Cathedral of Learning and then they were off to celebrate with family and friends.  

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^^^ Look at the LOVE. I die.

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Disney Wedding Inspired Photos

The Cathedral of Learning reminds me of a Disney Wedding. You all know I love me some Disney. ha. 

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Congratulations love-birds! I am so glad I was able to document this moment for you two and I wish you both a world of happiness, love and laughter!

PS to the blog world… I LOVE photographing proposal’s – If you know of someone who is going to pop the question, please send them my way! krystal.healy@gmail.com

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So I have been terribly behind on posting some of these fabulous engagement sessions I have had the privilege of doing in the past few months.. Its been all weddings all the time… SO I thought now would be a great time to show you all some of 2015 upcoming wedding clients! They are all fabulous, and you’re going to love them. I can not wait for their weddings.

First up is Shannon and Andrew! We had a Christmas/Winter engagement session in Downtown Pittsburgh, and we had a blast.  PLUS we started the session by meeting in Starbucks where I was able to get my first official Peppermint Hot Chocolate of the season – so that was enough for a great day right there! The three of us laughed and laughed (Mostly they felt sorry for my stupid jokes and laughed to spare my feelings! haha)

Here are just a few from the session! Enjoy this downtown pittsburgh engagement session!

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