Janessa and Mike's Spring Fox Chapel Golf Club Wedding
I spent the morning crossing my fingers and doing superstitious "please don't rain" rituals. After enduring sideways downpours at their engagement session, I knew Janessa and Mike deserved perfect weather for their wedding. While mother nature wasn't on my side, the drizzle didn't get these two down. I started the afternoon off with the bridal party as they got ready art the lovely Orchard Hill Church. I always like to start my morning with details, so I was excited as Janessa's bridesmaids handed me her adorable invite from Minted, gorgeous Badgley Mischa shoes, bouquet from Blossoms by Jillian, and drop dead gorgeous Pronovias gown from bridal Beginnings. Orchard Hill has great light, and the pretty color palette of the day photographed beautifully, so styling details was a total breeze. After I wrapped up with details, Janessa and Mike got ready in separate areas of the church. Janessa had a total dream team of vendors, with Glam to Go doing her hair and Emily of Artistry by Emily working on her make up. The pair finished up her makeup and left her looking flawless, but of course Janessa was gorgeous even before the ladies worked their magic! The pair exchanged heartfelt letters which they read privately before the ceremony. After a moment to themselves, it was time for the ceremony! I definitely caught Mike as he let out an audible "Oh WOW"as Janessa stepped into the aisle. The nuptials had me in tears since one of the readings the couple chose was Pablo Neruda's Sonnet 17 (fun fact, I have a piece of this sonnet tattooed on my left arm surrounded by flowers, including lilacs, so I was basically a mess at the lilac colored, Neruda filled wedding). After the pair said I do, we all braved the rain to head to Fox Chapel Golf Club for portraits. While the rain cleared up, we photographed in covered areas. Honestly, if I could be at any venue on a rainy day, Fox Chapel Golf Club is the dream. Every inch is stunning and the light is beautiful. Outside, the landscaping is the perfect spot for romantic, classic portraits any couple would hold dear! Once we wrapped up portrait time, it started to pour. Thankfully, under the stunning lighting in the bright and airy atrium, you'd never know it was such a gloomy day. Tasty Bakery had crafted a gorgeous cake, it perfectly fit with the whole vibe of the wedding and I loved the floral accents that Jillian added to fit her pretty centerpieces. After being announced from the iconic balcony over the atrium, Janessa and Mike came downstairs to dance the night away before their rainy sparkler exit. I'm sure after enduring a rainy engagement session AND rainy wedding, they'll be soaking up the sunshine on their honeymoon in Hawaii!