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Real Wedding: Military Love in Pittsburgh

Matthew and Jena were training for the army, ready to fight for their country. Little did they know that they would find love while standing tall and proud. Now both Captains, they are ready to say 'I Do' and celebrate amongst family, friends, and Steelers fans at their reception in Pittsburgh!

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11. The Glamourous Bride...

One of my favorite wedding shots is the hanging bridal gown. Photographers get so creative and always find the perfect lighting for the bride's dress to glow in the sunlight. While the photographerhung the stunning Casablanca gown, the bride and her bridesmaids continued to get ready at the townhouse they rented right next to the Priory Hotelwhere they held their beautiful reception.

10. The Stunning Flowers...

I love the colors of the bride's and bridesmaid's bouquets and how lovely they match their dresses. This is such a beautiful way to capture their flowers and placing them side by side creates a great photo for their wedding album.

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9. The Adorable Flower Girl...

For winter weddings you never know what the weather will be like, especially when your ceremony is in Ohio and your reception is in Pittsburgh. Jena's little flower girl was adorable and warm in her David's Bridaldress and her little white shaw. I love this photo and how only the flower girl is looking at the camera!

8. The Military Ceremony...

Their beautiful military ceremony was held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Wintersville, Ohio. Matthew's groomsmen were made up of members of his troop who saluted him and his bride in traditional military fashion.

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7. The Awesome Bridal Party...

A little note from the beautiful bride:

"I had a blast at our wedding, but it went by so fast! At one point
one of my friends said, 'Jena would be having a really great
time if she was here. Look at her over there in that love bubble.'
It is such a memorable day with all your family and friends in one
place. Just sit back and enjoy!"

6. Their First Dance...

"A wedding is just one day, but a marriage is forever. We wanted to
throw a great party for our family and friends, but we made sure from
the beginning that we would never forget to place emphasis on building
a solid marriage foundation first. And that is the most important

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5. Their Gorgeous Cake & Cake Topper...

Jena and Matthew were so happy to find a venue that helped ease their worries of finding everything on their own. Their beautiful cake was made byPriory Fine Pastries who are also the owners of their reception hall at Priory hotel. How much do you love their adorable personalized cake topper, it was made by the groom's sister!

4. Steelers Fans Rock...

Matthew and Jena's guestswere big time Steelersfans waving around their terrible towelsall night long! They even watched the AFC playoff gameon a screen during the reception inside the Grand Hallat the Priory Hotellocated blocks away from Heinz field.

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3. The Beautiful Reception...

"Some advice for brides: If you can, find a venue that will take care of
the details. Our venue took care of center pieces, the cake, favors,
lighting, chair covers, etc. It took a lot of stress off of our
shoulders to not worry about those details. Also, have the cake plated and
served as a course. That way everyone gets a piece."

2. The Groom's Grandfather...

I have a sweet spot in my heart for wedding photos that include grandparents. Both sets of mine are no longer with us and it touches my heart when I see grandfathers and grandmothers dancing and having a wonderful time. The grandfather of the groom is pictured here dancing with the groom's sister Mallorie, who recently had her own Military wedding!

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1. A Shared Moment...

Always remember to steal away a shared moment together. Take a moment to look at all the excitement and the loved ones who came together on this day just for you. I love this photo of Jena and Matthew and wonder what she was whispering in his ear! You can see and feel the love they share and the wonderful day they experienced. Congratulations Jena & Matthew!

Special Thanks to Photographer: Rima Campbell

Brides Dress: Casablanca Bridal/ Floral Design: Florist: Blooms FloristPittsburgh, PA / Tuxedo: Men's Warehouse/ Cake: Priory Fine PastriesPittsburgh, PA / Cake Topper: Mallorie Monas (sister of the groom) / Shoes: Bamboo/ Bridesmaid dresses: Eden Bridals/ Flower Girl dress and headband: David's Bridal/ Ring Bearer tux with tails: Formalkids / DJ: Eric Schiemer

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