I love nothing more than when wedding photos that truly reflect all the love and emotion of the day, and Lauren and Curtis' do just that... and THEN some! Lauren was such a sweet, laid-back bride to work with, so I can only imagine how great of a person Curtis must be. They were married at The First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh on October 11th, with a reception at the always dynamic Carnegie Museum of Art. Such beautiful backdrops and such full emotion makes it hard to narrow down which photos of their day to share with you!

all images courtesy of
Ryan Zarichnak

When you tried on your dress, how did you know it was the one?
- I tried on dresses three times before coming to Glitter and Grit. Each time I left feeling unsure that I would be able to find something timeless, modern and even remotely comfortable. When I tried on my dress I was overwhelmed by how right everything was. I felt confident and more importantly like a bride. It was the only dress I tried on the I could see myself getting married in!
What was your groom's reaction to seeing you in it?
- We did a "first look" before the ceremony and his reaction was an amazing mix of surprise and love. He said he thought I looked beautiful and the dress was just perfect.
Please tell us your favorite thing about Curtis...
- Everything!...But really he is the kindest, most loving person and has a way of balancing me out no matter what the situation is.
Did you incorporate any traditions into your wedding?
- My hair piece was made out of a part of my mom's wedding dress. And I had a sixpence on my shoe, that my older sister had at her wedding. I also used spider plants in my bouquet and centerpieces which mimicked the flowers at my parents wedding.
Please describe the most memorable moment of the day.
- Having a first look was absolutely wonderful! It gave us some quiet "us" time away from the chaos of the day and refocus on why we were getting married. It was also really great to sit back during the reception and just kind of watch and see our families interacting and coming together and having a great time!
Do you have any special advice for future brides?
- Try to pick a couple of things that are really important to you as a couple and focus on planning those, but try not to get lost or overwhelmed in tons of details. Remember it is about sharing your vows in front of friends and family.


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