Yrai and I officially met a few years ago in the woods near a hiking trail for a photo shoot. She dressed in a white dress and blue rain boots and photographed so beautifully in the bright summer colors. We had a wonderful time, but as we were nearing the end, we both realized we had clearly touched some sort of poisonous plant. We rushed off to the nearest drug store with burning hands and legs for something to ease the pain, laughing as we carried out our bags of benedryl.
At the time, Yrai was working at Mt. Lebanon Floral. I had the pleasure of working with her on weddings and projects over the years between our first meeting and her wedding. When she introduced me to her fiance, Chris, and booked me for her wedding – I was over the moon. I just knew it would be a beautiful day – and I certainly wasn’t wrong!
We arrived in the early afternoon. Yrai and Chris prepared for the big moment in separate cabins on the Penn Scenic View grounds, both quaint and perfectly fitting their surroundings. The skies were initially clear but the clouds quickly rolled in and the rain began. You couldn’t complain, though. The rain was gorgeous in the wooded setting and both Yrai and Chris had already prepared for such weather.
Guests gathered under cover as Chris and his groomsmen walked to the head of the ceremony site. Yrai and her mother, hidden away behind their guests, tightly held hands and exchanged smiles and nervous faces. The soft music played as Yrai walked towards her soon-to-be husband. Guests smiled and sighed at the beauty of it all.
A big thank-you to Abie Livesay for second shooting this wedding with me and contributing some of the images above.
Venue: Penn Scenic View
Florist: Yrai Santander, bride
Cake: G & J Bakery
Caterer: Greg Cusimano
Dress shop: The Gown Co
Dress designer: Alfred Angelo
DJ/Band: DJ Juan Diego
Bartending: 3 Rivers Events
Penn Scenic View Wedding Photographer: Veronica Varos