PHIPPS CONSERVATORY ENGAGEMENT SESSION / Audrey + Trenton

Audrey + Trenton

Phipps Conservatory Engagement Session

Yeah yeah yeah, we know what you’re thinking. We blogged this Phipps Conservatory wedding before the Phipps Conservatory engagement session. So sue us. “Occasionally I’ll hit someone with my car, so sue me” – Michael Scott. <– Literally the exact same thing here.

Well, anyways. Audrey and Trenton freaking rocked this engagement session. Not only did we hit up Phipps Conservatory, but we also went to an abandoned restaurant next to a couple of abandoned overpasses and to finish it off, we stopped by Mount Washington, all around the Pittsburgh area.

This engagement session started off at Phipps Conservatory (which is where Audrey and Trenton were later married). We started off by exploring the never ending, floraly, planty, thorny, cactusy, huge, small, hot, and super hot, 1000000 degree rooms that Phipps has to offer (August at noon is not an ideal time of year/day to be exploring a greenhouse, just sayin’, but we did it anyways because we’re gluttons for punishment and loveeee that sunshine and shadow contrast). Just feel for Trenton and Audrey because they had to hang out with our sweaty, stinky hot mess selves for the WHOLE stinkin’ day. Y I K E S.

We started in the Palm Court (where Audrey and Trenton would later share the first dance #awwww), with the sun blazin’ and the fronds of different palm species and tropical plants bowing, creating the perfect color and texture. Audrey and Trenton are pros at looking cute (as you can probably tell), so our job was a piece of (vegan) cake (is it really a “job” if you have this much fun doing it?).

We were mesmerized by the butterfly room experience. Even with it being so warm and toasty, we gazed as a dozen different species of butterflies flitted about at different speeds. So many colors, shapes and sizes. As we were walking out of the butterfly zone, we came across a chain curtain (meant to keep butterflies within their room). Initially, we stood by it because a small, cool breeze was being blown through the doorway (we were desperate okay? feelin’ hot hot hot). Luke noticed that it created a beautiful textured shadow all over Audrey and Trenton.

And thus, some more cool, moody portraits were born. Moody to the max, ya’ll. Being sweaty hot messes paid off, see? (v special thanks to Phipps Conservatory for being so awesome and magical and Willy Wonka-esque and letting all of us wander around and take pictures there) Next up, we headed to a secret spot on the outskirts of Pittsburgh (its not really a secret, we just have absolutely no idea where it was). We pulled up to an abandoned restaurant on the river with underpasses leading up to the driveway. It was quiet, and still, and the light shining through the underpasses made harsh, funky shadows everywhere.

Audrey and Trenton let us be our weird, funky creative selves, and didn’t make (too much) fun of us as we discussed (argued) about our separate artistic visions. I mean, look at that light, right?! All the heart eyes for that dreamy, harsh light (and the cute couple).

Our last stop of the day was meant to be the Dusquesne Incline. Trenton had proposed to Audrey at the top of the incline (awwww) on a trip to Pittsburgh. We pulled up to the entrance for the incline and immediately pulled right outta that parking lot because woooowwwwweeee such a long line! Ain’t nobody got time for that. You’ll have that with touristy things sometimes, and that’s okay. We took the windy roads up to the top of Mount Washington (Pittsburgh people…HOW DO YOU DRIVE THESE TINY, SKINNY ROADS?).

At the top, we wandered down the sidewalk for the perfect vantage point of the downtown skyline. Audrey and Trenton did some more of the cute thangs (piggy back rides, gazing into the distance with purpose, you know). With it being such a sentimental place to these two, it was a sweet, meaningful ending to the shoot.

We headed to a fantastic vegan restaurant (we’ve spoke of this before…Onion Maiden…highly recommend) and scarfed down all the calories we had just sweat off during the shoot. Thank you again, to the wonderful Trenton and Audrey, for choosing us and putting up with our quirkiness. You da real MVPs.

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palm fronds framed in light at Palm Court in Phipps Conservatory
shadows of couple embracing in light beams in Palm Court at Phipps Conservatory engagement session
couple laughing in Palm Court at Phipps Conservatory engagement session
couple kissing in light beams in Palm Court at Phipps Conservatory engagement session
close up of couple embracing in light beams in Palm Court at Phipps Conservatory engagement session
couple embracing in light beams in Palm Court at Phipps Conservatory engagement session
Fiance looking at camera with light beam on face at Phipps Conservatory engagement session
Couple standing in light beam and moody embrace at Phipps Conservatory Engagement session
Couple standing in light beam and smiling at Phipps Conservatory Engagement session
black and white photo of couple kissing in shadows at Phipps Conservatory engagement session
Couple pressing foreheads together at Phipps Conservatory engagement session
Engaged couple kissing in moody lighting at Phipps Conservatory engagement session
engaged couple kissing among plants at Phipps Conservatory
Engaged couple smiling at each other during phipps conservatory engagement session
shadow on collar bones of fiance at Phipps Conservatory
blurred photo of couple smiling close at Phipps conservatory
photo of engagement ring at Phipps conservatory
Couple smiling and holding hands while walking through greenery of Phipps Conservatory
couple walking through plants at Phipps Conservatory
close photo of couple laughing together at Phipps Conservatory
couple pose among plants in dappled light of greenhouse at Phipps Conservatory
couple embrace through plants in greenhouse at Phipps Conservatory
couple embrace in textured shadows of greenhouse at Phipps Conservatory
couple embrace in dappled light of greenhouse at Phipps Conservatory
couple embracing in archway between pillars at underpass in Pittsburgh
couple voguing between pillars at underpass in pittsburgh
funny photo of couple posing in between pillars at underpass in Pittsburgh
couple posing in between pillars at underpass in Pittsburgh
vertical photo of couple embracing at underpass in stream of light in Pittsburgh
couple embracing at underpass in stream of light in Pittsburgh
couple embracing at underpass in stream of light in Pittsburgh
engaged couple looking into the sun at underpass with brick road in Pittsburgh
engaged couple holding hands and looking into the sun at underpass in Pittsburgh
engaged couple looking into the sun at underpass in Pittsburgh
engaged couple standing at underpass looking at camera with weird shadows in Pittsburgh
engaged couple looking at camera with funky triangle shadow at underpass in Pittsburgh
couple stand in light at phipps conservatory engagement session
funky triangle shadows with engaged couple posing at underpass in Pittsburgh
weird pose of engaged couple in shadows of underpass in Pittsburgh
engaged couple in shadows of underpass looking to the right in Pittsburgh
engaged couple with ring on finger in Pittsburgh
shadow of couple embracing at underpass in Pittsburgh
shadow of greenery on brick road at underpass in Pittsburgh
couple gazing at each other at underpass in Pittsburgh
Greenery at underpass in Pittsburgh
Couple hugging and smiling at underpass in Pittsburgh
shadow of couple in distance embracing at underpass in Pittsburgh
couple embracing at underpass in Pittsburgh
Moody silhouette of couple holding hands at underpass in Pittsburgh
Couple kissing at underpass in Pittsburgh with sunflare
Couple looking into the distance at underpass in Pittsburgh
couple kiss in moody shadows at underpass in Pittsburgh
couple kissing in shadows at underpass in Pittsburgh
abstract show of couple holding hands in Pittsburgh
couple standing and looking right in distance at underpass in Pittsburgh
couple standing in distance at underpass in Pittsburgh
Couple standing in shadows at underpass in Pittsburgh
Couple posing in sunshine and shadows at underpass in Pittsburgh
Couple laughing during piggy back ride on Mount Washington hillside in Pittsburgh
Piggy back ride on Mount Washington hillside in Pittsburgh
couple laughing during piggy back ride on Mount Washington in Pittsburgh
piggy back ride with horizon of downtown Pittsburgh in background
couple having piggy back ride with horizon of Pittsburgh in background
horizon shot of downtown Pittsburgh with blurry couple looking in distance
horizon of downtown Pittsburgh in distance with blurry couple
overhead shot of couple kissing on Mount Washington in Pittsburgh
couple laughing together on Mount Washington in Pittsburgh
couple sitting together on Mount Washington in Pittsburgh

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