• Ashley Mervin

Stunning Loyalty wedding | Olivia & Chad | Shannopin Country Club


Chad & Olivia booked me with Loyalty entertainment and we began our journey last September. When we met for the first time, was downtown at Andy's Bar inside of the Fairmont Pittsburgh. I was greeted by a gorgeous lady and her handsome fiancé in the same location where they had their first date. They were dressed to impress and we had an amazing night of photo taking around the city. Since then, we talked a bunch about their wedding day and planning what would turn out to be an amazing wedding day.

I met them at their venue early May, where we walked the grounds and chose perfect spots for each section of photos of the day, and me and Olivia planned a session ahead of time, for her bridal session. Those can be found in the blog before this one (you have to see those!!)

On their wedding day, I arrived to greet Olivia and her girls getting ready at their home they share together. I was taken aback by their beautiful decor including large prints of their engagement photos, which always puts a smile on my face. Her and the bridesmaids were having the time of their life sharing stories and champagne while they were getting made over by the hair and makeup team. You could tell they all had a bond in one way or another and shared the same love for both Olivia and Chads moms. Everyone was like family, and even I was tossed into the mix of love. While they finished up their beautification, I walked around grabbing detail photos of her gorgeous dress, shoes and jewelry. I loved all the different textures and styles that could be found in the bridesmaids dresses and how their own personal style meshed to make a perfect look when they were all together. We had a personal moment with just Olivia, her mom and her sister, putting on her dress, veil and jewelry before sharing a gift exchange amongst them and Chad's mom. It was very heart warming to watch and was excited for the big reveal to the rest of the girls. Once we were all squared away, we hopped in the bus and were off to Shannopin Country Club for the First look.

Once we were all settled in, I joined up with the rest of the crew for the day and we began our plans for the first look. The guys headed off to grab Chad and I, Olivia. We revealed in a way that isn't often seen, where instead of her tapping chad on the shoulder to turn, we turned Chad around far enough back where he had the chance to see her in her full glory. She was stunning and he was in awe. They were so excited to finally see each other and share a moment together before the start of photos and the ceremony.

Once we were finished with some super fun and beautiful photos with the bridal party and the family, it was time to head off to the ceremony.

The ceremony setup was so pretty. They had a garden arbor built for their home for after the wedding setup on the lawn near the green. It over looked course and had a beautiful opening the showed off the city sky line. It was an amazing view! The white rows of chairs that would seat close to 200 guests, were lined with floral arrangements on pedestals and kissing balls that hung from the chairs. The music was beautiful, the weather was perfect and the ceremony went off without a hitch. I would have to guarantee they loved it.

Once we finished with the ceremony, we took just the two of them out on golf carts and had a little fun playing on the course and in the beautiful field that sprung up with buttercups and queen annes lace. The sun was beginning to set and the colors of the light was perfect. Chad had the opportunity to get a few golf swings in and have some fun posing on the course he frequents. It was really sweet for them two.

Now was time for the party to start and what a party it was. To start off, Olivia and Chad's decor was stunning. It was full of gold and pinks and little hints of glass and mirrors. I absolutey loved their cake display and all the flower and candle arrangements. Everyone was smitten over the food stations and cheesecake bar: TO DIE FOR! After all of the important events which included beautiful speeches, first dances and the anniversary dance, it was time to get down, get down, get down... well you know how it goes. The guests did not leave the dance floor empty at any single part of the night. Of course, when you have an awesome Loyalty DJ to break it down and help the party move along, who would want to sit? Yeah, me neither. It was so much fun. It was the right kind of music for the crowd at hand and everyone left with smiles and you know they were all pleased!

To finish up the night, me and Alan of Allycat media took the couple for one last hoorah of the night for a poetic ending in the rain, under their arbor. They shared a few last kisses in the rain for some amazing photos and video under the night sky. It was a perfect was to end the night.

To sum up the day? It was a gorgeous and well planned wedding for two very beautiful and fun loving people. May God bless them in their journey as husband and wife and congratulations to the couple once again.

I was honored to be apart of your day <3

VENDORS:

Photographer: Loyalty Entertainment - Ashley Mervin

Assistant: Brian Kunst

Venue: Shannopin Country Club

DJ: Loyalty Entertainment - DJ 007 (Ryan)

Video: Alleycat Media

HMUA: Classic hair and Makeup

MUA: Face by Grace

Cake: Love & Cake


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PITTSBURGH, PA

WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER
DESTINATION WEDDING & ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

@2020 ashwood imagery. Creator of Escape the Ordinary

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