Marissa and Zach | Engagement

 

I shot engagement photos for Marissa and Zach yesterday. We could not have asked for more beautiful weather while we roamed around the North Shore. We ended the shoot with a beer at Southern Tier. (A gorgeous beer loving couple? YES PLEASE.) I had so much fun with these two, I can hardly wait for their August nuptials!

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Barnes Wedding | Pittsburgh, PA

 

Lets talk about how I started my 2018 wedding season off with one of the SWEETEST couples, Sarah and Carson. I had the luck of getting to meet them well before their big day because I photographed Sarah's brother, Brad's wedding in August of 2017 and then their cousin Rachel's wedding in November of 2017. 

I would describe this day as elegant, classic and chilly. I'm not sure anyone could have predicted there would be snow on the ground Saturday morning, but there was. (Pittsburgh has a way of dragging on winter.) It didn't stop the bride, groom and their bridal party from braving the cold to take beautiful photos though. Major props to all of the ladies for looking gorgeous despite shivering!

Thank you for having us be a part of your special day, Sarah and Carson. <3

(I'm so thankful my assistant gets awesome detail shots like this!)

 

Second Trimester Must Haves

 

The second trimester of this pregnancy came slowly but then was gone quickly!

When I was pregnant with Clark I bought a grey maternity dress from Target. The Liz Lange line there is basically what I lived in but mostly this dress. I wore it alone in the summer with flip flops and continue to wear it with sneakers and a sweater or boots.

The Bio Oil helps with stretch marks for sure. I don't know if it's helped me not get them on my belly but I have been fortunate so far. I use this on and off with the Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion.

I got a really bad head cold and since there isn't much pregnant women can take, this Crane Cool Mist humidifier was a life saver. (We have one in Clark's room and one for the new baby!)

This pregnancy I have also been congested pretty much the entire time. Whether it's just hormones or my allergies (and I can't take my normal meds for that,) saline spray is something I found safe but super helpful.

Heartburn came in full force this pregnancy. Tums are my best friend.

This is where starting to sleep on your side is important, the Snoogle pillow helps me do that since I'm a back/belly sleeper normally. Couldn't get a nights sleep without it!

A new purchase this year is the Blanqi maternity support leggings. I know it's a splurge but honestly the support in them in SO helpful since I've started to have some sciatic issues this time around. Right now they are having a half off sale. RUN don't walk for these buttery leggings.

Check back for my third trimester must haves, along with what I am packing in my hospital bag!