My little sis, Kayla got married the last weekend in April and it was absolutely wonderful. They got married in Pittsburgh, PA in the strip district. She married Ryan Love which means the wedding was for Mr. & Mrs. Love.
We made our way to Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon and after a smooth rehearsal at the church, we all headed over to Bado's Pizza Grill & Ale house for a delicious rehearsal dinner. Afterwards, the kids were anxious to get back to the hotel to get some swimming in before bed and then it was off to sleep before the big day!
The day was fantastic. We had great weather, despite a forecast of possible rain. My two kids were enlisted as the ring bearer and flower girl while Tasha and I acted as co maid & matron of honor. The girls spent the morning getting glam'ed up while the amazing photographer: Shell Bailey Photography and videographer: Nathan Hamblin caught all the best moments from start to finish. And the boys, well, they did what they do - sh*t, shower, and shave basically. (Grey jumped on the hotel bed for approximately 4 hours straight).
Let me just preface this by saying that this post is photo heavy. But because it needs to be. Kayla and Ryan did an amazing job planning everything with beautiful and meaningful details. So much of the ease of the day is credited to Kayla's amazing planning and the support and help of the day-of wedding planner, Shayne of Soiree by Souleret.
|My beautiful sister. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|The Bride and her maids in Etsy robes; a gift from the Bride. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|Abba & Gemmi. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|Booboo helping Aunt Uch get ready.|
|Gemmi in her cupcake style flower girl dress from Etsy. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|My heart. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|the Bride. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|Shoe change and unbuttoning of the top button needed to make this kid happy.|
|on the busride to the church. Cranky/Sleepy Gemmi Girl|
But, in a miracle of miracles, both kids walked perfectly down the aisle while I choked down a lump in my throat to see my two impossibly grown babies walk the length of the church aisle with grace and proud composure.
|photo credit: Taryn :)|
|My big boy. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|My sweet girl. -Shell Bailey Photography|
The ceremony was beautiful and touching. My three younger cousins sang a gorgeous rendition of Hail Mary in honor of our late grandmother and both of our kids fell asleep only a few minutes into mass; which meant they were quiet and well behaved through the whole thing!
|Brandon and Kevin walked my Mom down the aisle. - Shell Bailey Photography|
|Dad & Kayla. cryfest. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|Mr. & Mrs. Charles Ryan Love. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|Adams Family photo with two sleeping grandkids! -Shell Bailey Photography|
The Bridal party headed out to take pictures while Brandon and my inlaws (Gigi & Pappy) took the sleeping kids to walk around the Strip District before the reception at the Pittsburgh Opera House.
|The wedding party. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|SCF. Sisters come first. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|Studerbaby#3 in the photo with the Bride! hehhe. -Shell Bailey Photography|
|The newlyweds. -Shell Bailey Photography|
The reception began on time and after entrances, the first dance, and the cake cutting; Tasha and I sat looking at each other in nervous tension as we had two big hurdles yet to jump. Our speech and our big secret surprise that included half of the guests at the wedding!
|"You are the best thing" sung by the talented bridesmaid; Stacey Resavage.|
|Cutting the cake. -Shell Bailey Photography|
Tash and I made our speech which included a bit about Kayla & Ryan's shared love of running. They have trained and ran together in multiple 5Ks, a Tough Mudder, and the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. In our speech, we talked about how Kayla once mentioned that to encourage her and Ryan to train on a day they hadn't felt like it - she reminded him how much easier it was to run on the day of the race when all the spectators were out there cheering for them. And just like it's easier when people are watching and cheering during a race, we reminded them that everyone there at the wedding were those people - the cheerleaders encouraging and supporting them through the marathon of marriage. At that, we had folks wave their napkins, cheer, and hold up banners. It was seriously awesome and we want to thank everyone who helped make our speech finish strong.
|Flash Mob! -Shell Bailey Photography|
The rest of the reception went off beautifully. So much dancing, laughing, and great times. The kids really loved dancing and showing up their moves for everyone. It was such a wonderful day for my little sis and her new husband.
In case you need a little more loveliness from the Love wedding, check out some pinspiration from her wedding here, or watch their wedding trailer:
Love Wedding from Nathan Hamblin on Vimeo.
Congratulations to my little sis and brother in law, Ryan. What a wonderful day for such a wonderful couple. We love you guys so much.