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When Jill first contacted me last May, I had no idea that there was a destination wedding location located nearby in Pennsylvania.  Now, I don’t normally double up my weddings in one weekend and so when she had sent me her date request – I let her know that I was already booked for that weekend.  It was really cute how Jill persisted and I’m so glad she did.  She and Travis are a super sweet couple and the Foxburg Inn located on the Allegheny River was beautiful!  I was also excited that they chose to do “The Reveal”.  The Reveal is sometimes called the first look.  It’s so cool, as it gives the couple a chance to see each other for the first time in private.  Well, almost private…..we are there to capture it, of course.  The Reveal is something that I discovered recently was a popular option on the west coast.  There’s no doubt it’s becoming more popular, because another great reason to choose this contemporary option is time.  Some couples don’t want their guests to have to wait a few hours between the ceremony and the reception.  The Reveal allows us to grab the images we would usually take after the ceremony, since the bride and groom have already seen each other.  So once the ceremony ends, the couple can go straight to the reception and start the celebration!  🙂

Back to Jill and Travis – the weather was perfect for their ceremony on the bridge and then we wandered the grounds (which include a winery and an old train car) for their formals.  David and I couldn’t help but talk about going back up, again, for an overnight visit.  It really was a beautiful place.

Her niece practiced scattering the flowers when we went outside for these shots. 🙂

The flower girl's hair was adorable. Love the little sparkles.

Jill was stunning

I love how her sister is peeking out the door.

Their first look...

Love how Travis can't keep his eyes off his bride-to-be.

Off for a few formal shots before the ceremony.

David was able to capture some great close-ups from his angle. These next three are his.

The one on the right is David's view.

Love this cute candid of Jill and her niece.

Dad looks so proud of his little girl. 🙂

Jill & Travis – we wish you many years of happiness and thank you for allowing us to capture your day.  We’re so glad to have been a part of it.

Most of you know, that a few months back I set a goal for myself.  I decided that I wanted to become a Certified Professional Photographer.  Some people asked me why?  To me it was simple, in our modern day when these amazing cameras have become so affordable and there are now so many new “photographers” turning up everyday, how do you set yourself apart?  How do I prove to my clients that I have worked hard studying, learning new techniques and spend a huge amount of my time trying to consume every bit of knowledge I can to take my passion to the next level?

So, during the summer I submitted my images to the panel of judges and did a big happy dance, when they notified me that I passed – that was 1 of 2 parts to becoming a CPP.  The 2nd part was an exam.  A really, really tough 100 question exam which I drove to Akron to take in the early morning hours about a week ago.  I was sure I didn’t pass and when I got home that morning, I was already checking their site to see when/where I’d be taking the exam next.  The testing sites usually aren’t very close and are few and far between.

Yesterday, I ran out to get the mail and in their waiting for me was this gold tube – and I mean, really shiny gold – and it was from PPA (Professional Photographers of America).  I knew what it was before I even opened it…what else could it be?!  I passed-yay!  Inside was a brand new certificate and it read – Michelle M Galazia, Certified Professional Photographer.  Wow – I’ve got a little tag at the end of my name now.  No, it’s not MD, but to me it may as well be.  I’m such a photo geek, I know – my husband reminds me everyday, but I’m loving every minute of it.  🙂 🙂 🙂

What a wonderful time we had capturing the wedding of Kathleen & Kyle.  Such awesome colors, details, one really gorgeous gown and great family and friends on top of all that really make my job a lot of fun.  When Kathleen and I were discussing via email what she would like her wedding day images to look like, she brought up pillars – immediately I thought of Stambaugh Auditorium.  All I can say is these two along with their bridal party totally rocked that location.  On to the reception, the dj had interviewed them prior to the wedding and played little snippets of how the two met and fell in love.  That was one of the coolest things ever.  Fate definitely stepped in and these two were meant to be together.

How gorgeous is her dress...

Loved all the details!

The bride helping dad get ready. This is so cute. 🙂

The first look always gets me.

Kathleen's sister painted this from one of their engagement pictures!

Kathleen & Kyle – David and I both thank you for allowing us to be there to capture your wedding day and wish you both many, many years of happiness!

xo – Michelle

I met Erica & Mike at their alma mater in Pittsburgh for their e-session.  Wow!  My first time on Pitt Campus – what a gorgeous place to photograph such a beautiful couple.  The images speak for themselves and I’m super psyched for their wedding in Pittsburgh next Fall.  Sounds like it’s going to be fabulous and I’m happy to be a part of it!

The Cathedral of Learning is one really tall building.

We went inside to grab a few shots, since these two used to spend late nights studying there.

This wall was part of Forbes Field...

Thank you, Erica & Mike!  You were both great and I’m really excited for next year!  🙂

These two had me cracking up as we went through Millcreek Park a couple of weeks ago.  🙂  They were so much fun and they’re so completely adorable together.  With their sense of humor and the way the make each other laugh, I have a feeling their wedding is going to be a great one.

Thanks so much, Justine & Sean!  Can’t wait for your day!  😉