Patrick and Krista’s fall wedding at the Masonic Temple in Johnstown featured just the right amount of fall wedding decor without being overdone, and the sunflowers with burgundy dresses was equally elegant and rustic. October weddings are almost as popular, if not more so, than June weddings, especially in Western Pennsylvania!
The newlyweds were so excited to tie the knot this October after a long dating relationship of 6 years. Back in 2013, they both met at a bonfire and made the relationship official a month later - and they’ve been together ever since! They both shared that they enjoy watching movies and cuddling their pup, Piper. When I met Krista in 2018, I was immediately impressed with her get-it-done attitude (a girl after my own heart) and her attention to detail. I function in the same exact way, so it was awesome for both of us to walk away from our first meeting with all questions answered, decisions made, contracts signed, and transactions done! I love love love a bride who knows exactly what she wants.
We had a great time last fall taking engagement photos at Wilmore Dam, and even though waiting ANOTHER year for the wedding seemed to be so far in the distance, it came in no time! We started the day at the church the two would be married in, and it was no surprise to me that Krista had everything gathered up and waiting for me to knock out detail shots right away! Her burgundy shoes matched the bridesmaids dresses perfectly, and the sunflowers in the bouquets (that the bride made herself!) were a great nod to both late summer AND the approaching fall season! The two shared handwritten notes to each other before the ceremony started, which was one of my favorite moments as Patrick teared up over Krista’s sweet words.
After the ceremony we headed to the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, a favorite spot of mine for wedding portraits in Johnstown, for some portraits of the bridal party and the couple. The spot is great for rustic yet elegant photos, and the bright red door at the stone chapel in the back of the lot was perfect for the fall theme Patrick and Krista were going for. It was so fun, too, working with lots of familiar faces, friends I went to high school with, and former JGP brides and grooms that made up the bridal party! Everyone was so polite and respectful, but still able to have fun and let loose!
Speaking of - the reception at the Masonic Temple was absolutely perfect, and with the breath taking uplighting provided by DJ Jack Labarko, the room was transformed again with fall inspiration with minimal clutter and decor. We snuck out for some epic night portraits after special events like a song dedicated to Krista’s grandpa. He enjoyed being surrounded by all the beautiful bridesmaids as he listened to his favorite song. Krista and Patrick did an amazing job making sure everyone was taken care of and that all details were though tof (including a seat for me at a table!!!) I hope you enjoy some of my favorite moments of this beautiful wedding (and be sure to scroll to the end for that epic night portrait I mentioned earlier!)
Venue: The Masonic Temple
Gown: Pine Ridge Bridal
Hair: Shades Salon
Makeup: Beauteous Esthetics - Lisa
Bridesmaids Dresses: Pine Ridge Bridal - Christina Wu dresses
Tuxes: Pine Ridge Bridal
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Invitations: Ann's Bridal Bargains
Cake: Lambcakes Bakery
Caterer: Anthony's Restaurant
DJ: DJ Jack Labarko
Videographer: Alex Liu