Katie and Sonny’s wedding set a new record for me for the farthest I’ve traveled for photos! [Though I look forward to hopefully breaking this record again over and over – anyone getting married in Portland, Seattle, Miami, Hawaii, or California and want to take me with you?] It was so exciting to take a road trip up to Katie’s hometown, Pittsburgh, it was my first time in Pennsylvania. I had no idea what to expect because I don’t go to a lot of cities so I was completely blown away driving around through what looked like a rural area, all of a sudden I went through a tunnel and on the other side was a GORGOUES city with all these cool bridges, I fell in love immediately. Anyways, on to the important details about the wedding [I’ll post some other photos from the trip soon too]!
Sonny and Katie met at Hokie House in Blacksburg, Virginia through mutual friends when they were students at Virginia Tech. They bonded over their shared love of sports. In January of 2015 they came back to Blacksburg to celebrate their anniversary. Despite a snow storm, they came out to the Virginia Tech campus where Sonny surprised Katie under Torgersen Bridge by getting down on one knee and proposing.
We started out the morning at the adorable Studio Raw in Pittsburgh [when you first walk in there is a row of mannequin butts so I knew it was my type of place] where Katie was having her hair done and hanging out with her mother. Later on we moved to the Mayernik Center at Avonworth Park where the wedding would be taking place to finish preparing for the ceremony. It was SWELTERING hot outside and humid with the threat of a storm looming that fortunately turned out to only be a sprinkle so their outside ceremony was only delayed by a few minutes. Katie wore her grandmother’s pearl necklace and carried a bouquet of sunflowers as she made her way down the aisle to marry Sonny. At the reception, Sonny’s brother and sister surprised the newlyweds by performing a song. Afterwards was the biggest dance party that I have seen at a wedding reception, and tons of music from the 90s.
Pittsburgh Wedding Vendors:
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Venue: The Mayernik Center at Avonworth Park
Hair: Studio Raw
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
Officiant: Mark DeNuzzio – A Simple Vow, Ambridge, PA
Cake Baker: Oakmont Bakery, Oakmont, PA
Caterer: Remo’s Catering, Pittsburgh, PA
Jeweler: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Premium Soundz, Pittsburgh, PA
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic and The Tie Bar