Alex and Stephan said “I do” with a view! Veltre’s Event Centre in Plum, Pennsylvania (just northeast of Pittsburgh) features panoramic hillside views over the beautiful Allegheny River. The Veltre Event Centre is a hidden gem of a venue: not only does it come with an incredible backdrop, this riverside wedding venue boasts equally outstanding authentic Italian food by the Veltre family. If you’re looking for a riverside wedding venue in the ‘Burgh, be sure to check out Veltre’s!
Of the four rooms within the riverside wedding venue, Alex and Stephan opted for the intimate rustic chic room. The exposed brick paired with the sparkling chandelier and luxury ballroom-style ceiling created the perfect ambiance for their small and classic wedding. I loved the understated elegance that photographed beautifully!
These two are so much fun to be around. You can’t help but smile at Stephan’s hilarious faces, and he know just what to say to get a giggle (and eye roll) out of Alex. I’d say they’re a perfect match! Their day was filled with laughter, happy tears, and lots of dancing. Together with their closest friends and family, they took the first steps together as husband and wife. Cheers to the happy couple!
How to Plan a Picture-Perfect Wedding
How plan your wedding day in a way that will produce great photos? Try these tips:
1. Create a Mood Board.
It’s time to bust out that middle school Pinterest wedding board—with some revisions, most likely. Now that it’s finally time to actually start, you’ll want to dust off the old boards and refine. Save anything that inspires you, and then go back through and start narrowing down to get your perfect wedding vision.
2. Give Yourself Enough Time Throughout the Day.
Schedule enough time for each section of the day, and minimize the amount of locations used throughout the day—it saves time for more photos and lessens the stress of moving around all day. Selecting a venue with versatile backdrops all in one spot (like this gorgeous riverside wedding venue), make that a bit easier to do.
In addition, plan enough time for hair and makeup to avoid delays. It may go without saying that this is one of the most common causes of running behind—that’s a lot of hair to get through! Plus, when you aren’t stressed about time, you’ll feel more relaxed and able to really enjoy every moment (so you’ll get fantastic candids!).
3. Keep Lighting in Mind.
The best time for any photos is around 1-2 hours before sunset. The best of the best lighting for portraits is typically one hour before sunset—AKA the Golden Hour. The Golden Hour also happens one hour after sunrise if you are planning a morning elopement, ceremony, or first look.
The worst time for lighting is typically 12-2pm since the sun is directly overhead, causing harsher light and lots of shadows.
Also, think about lighting for your reception. Usually, the more lighting the better (unless it is fluorescent lighting from the DJ/lasers; in that case, less is more). You can add overhead twinkle lights or white uplighting like Alex and Stephan use to create a romantic glow in the room (and add just a bit more light for photos).
4. Plan Accessories with Photos in Mind.
Whether during group or couple’s portraits, the ceremony, your first dance or your grand exit, incorporate festive accessories. Toss items such as confetti, rose petals, streamers, confetti poppers, light wands, and sparklers to add excitement and create some really beautiful, fun photos. If you are wearing a veil, wear a long one—it gives me more to work with for some romantic photos (like Alex’s stunning bridal shots and intimate couple’s photos)!
More with Mariah Treiber Photography
I don’t just show up on your wedding day to snap a few photos. I care about your wedding experience—the better the experience, the better your photos will be. I’m happy share my wedding expertise (like great riverside wedding venues) with every couple who books with Mariah Treiber Photography. Connect with me here to get started.