Heidi and Tom can thank the unpredictable Pittsburgh weather for forcing them to reschedule their Washington’s Landing engagement session TWO TIMES. But as they say, the third time is the charm 😉 And while it did rain on the day of their pre-wedding shoot with Abbie Tyler Photography, you’d never know it by looking at these photos. Heidi and Tom are as happy as two seagulls with a couple of French fries. In an eyelet lace black dress, hair and makeup by Glam to Go, and a colorful bouquet of fresh flowers, Heidi was all smiles as she and Tom explored Washington’s Landing with Abbie and her camera in tow. They took in the after-storm sunshine and breathtaking views of the city, all while sharing their thousand-watt smiles. A little bit of rain wasn’t going to get this couple down, and these engagement photos are a good reminder that there’s always a rainbow after a storm!
About the Couple
Tom and I actually met at a bar! I had been living in Shadyside and rarely left Walnut Street, but reluctantly agreed to venture to the South Side with some girlfriends. Tom had been at a wedding earlier in the evening and I noticed him at the bar because he was completely overdressed in a suit. We exchanged a few glances and one of Tom’s friends approached me, playing wing man on his behalf. We ending up chatting for a bit and exchanging numbers. Honestly, neither of us were extremely interested in the other, but we played along to appease his friend for his effort. Tom asked me out a few times over the next week or so, but I kept turning him down! After a few shutdowns, I knew that if I didn’t agree to meet him, he would stop asking. So I agreed to meet for dinner (mostly because I was really hungry that day). As soon as we sat down, Tom asked me how old I was. I was completely caught off guard and wasn’t sure if he was serious or just rude. He tried to redeem himself and claimed that the night we met, he remembered that I was beautiful but thought that I was way too young for him because he was in his mid-thirties and he thought I was in my early twenties. Thankfully for Tom, I was also in my thirties and we laugh about his rude first question to this day. He claims he really did think I was too young for him, but I think he was just trying to get on my good side.
About the Session
Tom and I are fortunate that our actual engagement was caught on film. We got engaged right after the holidays on a frigid winter day while we were taking pictures with our two dogs. The high that day was only 14 so we were bundled in coats, gloves, and hats and we shivered during the entire session. It was a special moment but we were so cold that we didn’t want to stay outside for much longer than we had to. For our planned engagement session, we wanted something completely different and more enjoyable weather. We wanted lighter clothes, sunshine, and to be able to enjoy taking the photos. Of course, this didn’t happen because we live in Pittsburgh and it was cold and rainy the next two times we tried to take the photos. We ended up rescheduling for a third time on a date in early June. Our photographer, Abbie, and I have actually known each other since high school. The day we rescheduled for was, of course, calling for rain, but we decided to take our chances and kept the session as scheduled. Abbie said we could play it by ear and see if there was enough of a break in the weather to get the session in. Abbie sat in the car with us as we patiently watched the radar waiting for the storm to pass. Thankfully, after 45 minutes, it stopped raining and we were able to get in a quick session at Washington’s Landing. We chose Washington’s Landing because we thought it had a little bit of everything. We knew we could get city views, bridges, water, greenery and that amazing stone staircase! We got outfit advice from our wedding planner, Kim of Olive & Rose Events. We were so glad that we waited out the rain because it’s true…there’s always sunshine after a storm!