When Bryan and Brandy first approached me to photograph their wedding at the George Washington Hotel, I knew it would be an amazing experience—both for the happy couple and for me as a photographer! As I spent time with them, it was obvious that they were madly in love with one another—and that’s what makes a great shoot spectacular.
How It All Began
Bryan Pierce and Brandy Reams first met in December 2016 as students at Carlow University. Although they’d shared classes for several years, it wasn’t until one fateful, chilly day in December that they first started talking.
A spark was immediate from their first meeting, but they didn’t start going out right away. In fact, it was only after their last undergraduate final that Brandy said ‘yes’ to Bryan’s request for a date. And what a first date it was: they went to Brandy’s first (but certainly not last) Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game!
The moment of truth for Bryan and Brandy came last September, when a casual night at the Milkshake Factory took a turn for the unforgettable. Bryan had decided to pop the question then and there, and got down on one knee as Brandy went to get their shakes from the counter. When she turned around, though, she almost tripped right over him!
In front of a few other customers and some employees—casually, comfortably, and totally in love—Bryan asked Brandy to marry him, and she said yes.
First Look + Bridals
Washington, PA is a charming town, and offers ample opportunities for beautiful shots. For Bryan and Brandy’s first look and bridal photos, we went to the Washington County Courthouse. Designed in the Italian Renaissance style, the courthouse provides a gorgeously dramatic backdrop for a young couple!
While there, we had a surprise visit from a horse-drawn carriage and photographed the couple with the horses.
A Gorgeous Wedding at the George Washington Hotel
After the couple’s beautiful ceremony at Sacred Heart Church, the reception took place at the stunning George Washington Hotel. Surrounded by friends and family, it was clear why two such caring, joyful people found such a meaningful connection together!
We also took some ethereal nighttime photos around the town of Washington and on the beautiful campus of Washington and Jefferson College.
Every wedding is different, because every couple is different. As a wedding photographer, I get to see Erie and Pittsburgh at their most romantic. Even when I’m photographing the same locations, every shoot captures something new and beautiful. I can’t thank Bryan and Brandy enough for letting me be part of their special day.
Photography is the business of making memories that truly last. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Erie or Pittsburgh, get in touch with me—I’d love to meet you and help you make your special day one to remember!
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