Logan and Kirsten | Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

by | Nov 4, 2016 | Pennsylvania Weddings | 0 comments

Reflecting back

Reflecting back on the wedding day

Kirsten and Logan are such a cute couple – I mean just look at the candids we got on their wedding day! My favorite – that shows off their personalities – is the image where they are leaving the alter together as husband and wife. He throws his arm around her and the expression on his face just says it all! It helps though that their venue was absolutely breathtaking! The flowers and greenery surrounding them made for a perfect backdrop to their love story! This was not my first time photographing at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, I had been there prior for another wedding the year prior for Ben and Valerie’s wedding.

Interview with the bride

Reflecting back on the wedding day with the bride.

Why did you choose your ceremony venue?

We live in Nashville TN, but we wanted to get married outside in our hometown. Phipps was the best option in our price range with the best rain plan.

Did you face any obstacles while planning your wedding?

It was hard to plan from Nashville. I had to do everything over email or phone and some vendors (not my photographer 🙂 ) were not used to communicating exclusively through these means. I had a hard time getting in contact with or getting answers from some of my vendors.



Did everything go as planned on your wedding day?
Yes. Besides my grandparants being a little late, everything went perfectly.

Your favorite wedding day moment…

My favorite moment was when our officiant asked us to look out at our friends and family during the ceremony. We have lived at least 500 miles from most of our old friends and relatives for about 4 years. During that time, we made other close friends in Nashville. In that moment, we got to appreciate how much love and support we have from all of our friends and family that are normally scattered across America. For one day, all of our loved ones were in one place.

Vendor Information

Information on those who helped make this day a success.

Second Photographer: Andrea Kelly

Florist: Bettis Floral

DJ: Steven Vance Strolling Violins & DJ Package

Cake Designer: Bella Christies and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique

Caterer: Phipps Conservatory

Bride’s Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bride’s Dress Store: Alfred Angelo

Groom’s Attire By: Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Hair Stylist: Classic Hair and Makeup

Makeup Artist: Classic Hair and Makeup

Uplighting: Gray Phoenix

Getting Ready

The entire wedding day was held at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in downtown Pittsburgh.The bride got ready in a bridal room located near the reception and ceremony, by the butterfly garden. 


The area of Phipps Conservatory that held as the location for Kirsten and Logan’s wedding ceremony was the outside garden on the east side of the venue. It overlooks the Cathedral of Learning and the landscaping is absolutely breathtaking with multiple tiers of botanicals.

Wedding Portraits

In true Maria Angela fashion, we had to have a little humor and fun with the over-sized play house located near the bridal suite. In my defense – two of the groomsmen (best man and the brother of the bride) went running first into the house (as seen in the windows)!



There are multiple reasons why I loved this reception – the vibrant colors, twinkling lights, white tent space (great for the photographer!), and the backdrop of the outdoor garden at night.


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