Ryan & Jacquilyn | Cranberry Marriott Wedding

Ryan and Jacqui were married this past Saturday and the day was beautiful. From the pretty pastel details and flowers to their vows and fabulous reception, Ryan and Jacqui planned a lovely wedding celebration. And, notably, Ryan and Jacqui did not let the day pass without honoring their families with affection and gratitude. Weddings hold a menagerie of precious, quickly passing moments, but Ryan and Jacqui savored each one with whispered “I love you”s, joyful tears, firm hugs, and countless expressions of gratitude to their loved ones. We were privileged to document such a remarkable day! Thank you, Ryan and Jacqui, for trusting us to preserve your wedding memories. Many thanks to you both! 

Hair | Sculptures Hair Boutique

Flowers | Posies by Patti

Ceremony | Highland Presbyterian Church

Reception | Marriott Pittsburgh North

Cake | Prantl’s Bakery

DJ | Easy DJ Productions

Photography | Willa J Photography

Chris & Rose | Grove City, PA Wedding

What a beauty this wedding was! Along with their families, Chris and Rosie put together a joyous, beautiful, and uniquely Christ-centered celebration. From the hand-picked, vintage details to the palpable excitement and holiness surrounding the day, this wedding was an absolute delight. Thank you, Chris and Rosie, for so kindly welcoming Jake and me. You two are a joy - it was our privilege to document the start of your marriage and life together. Much love and gratitude to you both!  

Hair | Hairtique

Church & Venue | East Main Presbyterian Church

Catering | Taste of Ireland

Cake | Erin Bancroft

Wedding Planner | Beth Mohr

Photography | Willa J Photography

Ian & Gina | Meyersdale, PA Wedding

This wedding was everything a hometown wedding should be and absolutely beautiful from start to finish. While Ian and Gina actually met and fell in love in West Virginia, they decided to hold their wedding in Gina’s charming hometown - Meyersdale, PA.  They pledged their lives to each other in the church where Gina’s parents were married, took portraits on her gorgeous childhood farm, and hosted a joyous celebration at the delightfully artsy historic Morguen Toole Company.  Ian & Gina, thank you for the honor of photographing the start of your marriage. We adore your you two (and your families!) and loved capturing your wedding day. Much love and gratitude to you both!

Hair | Clipped by Mandy

Preparation Venue | Levi Deal Mansion

Flowers | Anderson’s Floral

Ceremony | Meyersdale Grace Brethren

Reception | Morguen Toole Company

Videography | Platinum Fire Productions

Photography | Willa J Photography

Chris & Rose | Volant, PA Engagement

I think we encountered more wildlife while on this shoot than on any other I’ve done. We started our time off near a beautiful blue heron, then spent some time chasing and eventually catching a baby frog, and ended the shoot surrounded by the ubiquitous mosquitos.  Bugs aside, I had a wonderful time getting to know Rose and Chris a bit more and documenting this season in their life together. They’ll be married in just a few weeks and I can’t wait to photograph that lovely day! 

Curt & Sara | Embassy Suites Coraopolis Wedding

As I routinely checked the forecast last week in preparation for Curt & Sara’s wedding, I prepared myself for a relentlessly wet day, planned for portraits in covered areas, and packed up my umbrellas. The forecast called for 100% chance of rain eight hours of the day and any chance of photographs outside seemed dubious. But, not only did the skies give us an incredible and timely break for portraits, the entire wedding day flowed seamlessly. Curt and Sara put together a truly lovely celebration - from their beautiful, reverent ceremony at Our Lady of Fatima to their wonderfully lively reception at Embassy Suites, the wedding was a delight. Curt and Sara, you two are such a gracious, authentic, and enjoyable couple - photographing your wedding was our joy. We hope you enjoy a few of our favorite frames from your wedding day. Much love and gratitude to you both! 

Flowers | Botanical Emporium

Ceremony | Our Lady of Fatima

Reception | Embassy Suites Coraopolis

DJ | Tommy Dinelo

Videography | Platinum Fire Productions

Photography | Willa J Photography 

Dave & Kate | McConnells Mill Engagement

It’s probably fairly apparent that I am most inspired by nature and natural light in my photography. I do love some interesting architectural backdrops or a pop of flash in a dark room, but my photographic aesthetic has been most distinctly shaped by the natural world and scenery. And for Dave & Kate, I think it’s safe to say that their relationship has been largely cultivated within the playgrounds of nature - from kayaking ventures on nearby rivers to a memorable proposal on the hiking trail.  Dave has a deep love for nature and has shared his pursuit of natural adventure with a very willing and gracious Kate. Photographing these two surrounded by the beauty of nature, where their love has grown, made perfect sense. So we met at McConnells Mill State Park and spent the evening creating photographs along the rocky trails, beside the rushing Slippery Rock Creek, and in some gorgeous nearby rolling fields. Thank you, Dave and Kate, for such a lovely evening - you two are gems. I can’t wait for your outdoor wedding this autumn! 

Anthony & Miranda | Clyde’s at Willow Creek Farm Wedding

My goodness, this wedding was lovely. From start to finish, this celebration was an incredible collaboration of talent, beauty, and well-curated details.  Anthony and Miranda (or Tony and Mandi as we know them) have marvelous taste and their wedding could not have reflected this more. But more significant than the aesthetic surrounding their day was the palpable love, joy, and affection. We have been privileged to call Tony a good friend for many years; seeing him in love and at home with Mandi - an absolute gem - was a great joy. 

Mandi and Tony, being so intimately present at your wedding, as a groomsman and photographer respectively, was such an honor. Thank you both! We hope you enjoy remembering your wedding day through our lens and that you (finally!) enjoy yourselves immensely in Spain. Much love and gratitude to you both. 

Wedding Planner | Margo Fisher, The Bright Occasions

Preparation Venue | Lansdowne Resort

Hair & Makeup | Claudine Fay

Florist | Holly Chapple Flowers

Officiant | Pastor Justin Fung, District Church

Ceremony & Reception Venue | Clyde’s at Willow Creek Farm

Band | Drymill Road Band

DJ | Amen Ra

Photography | Willa J Photography

Anthony & Brittany | Volant, PA Engagement

I cannot say enough good things about these two! When I first met Anthony and Brittany this past winter for coffee, they seemed to be just the sort of couple I enjoy working with - kind, trusting, and laid back. And they proved to be all of these things and so much more this past Saturday. They had a vague idea of where we planned their photographs, but were completely up for following me around the backroads of Volant with their sweet dogs to a myriad of rural spots. From quickly hopping out of their car on the roadside to bouldering a steep trail to a waterfall, Anthony and Brittany were incredibly easygoing and such a joy. How fortunate I am to work with such wonderful clients! Enjoy a few of my favorite frames from their beautifully green and sunny engagement session.

Patrick & Christine | The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake Wedding

What a beautiful day this past Saturday turned out to be! I always feel a bit nervous shooting the wedding of a couple I’ve never met with in person, but Patrick and Christine could not have been more gracious and welcoming. From the moment I began photographing Christine’s gorgeous personal details in her childhood home, I knew we were in for a delightful day.  Christine has flawless taste and intentionally surrounded her wedding day with reflections of the past - vintage family wedding photographs, her mother’s jewelry, and heirloom handkerchiefs. She and Patrick, after all, share a love rooted in a rich legacy of family, faith, and community; involving all of these things in their wedding day only seemed sensible. Naturally, the two were united in holy matrimony in their home church, St Frances Cabrini in Aliquippa, where they’ve spent many years in service and worship. They then hosted a lovely waterside reception just down the road at the beautiful Gathering Place at Darlington Lake. Thank you, Patrick & Christine, for the privilege and joy of documenting the start of your marriage! Much love and gratitude to you both. 

Hair | Tiffany’s

Makeup | Kiss and Makeup

Florist | Floribunda Designs

Ceremony | St. Frances Cabrini

Reception | The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake

Band | Casanova

Photography | Willa J Photography

Max & Alexa | Frick Park Engagement

The odds were against us for this shoot.  Between schedule conflicts, fallible forecasting and actual inclement weather, Alexa and I rescheduled this shoot about half a dozen times in a few different locations over the course of a month! But we finally landed on the most beautiful Spring evening in Frick Park. I met Alexa and Max a bit before sunset and had a really wonderful time wandering along the park paths, documenting this season in their life together. They share such a fun, romantic, and effortless chemistry. And the light - oh, the light was definitely worth the wait! Enjoy a few of my favorite images from a lovely evening. 

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