Welcome back!! I am beyond excited to share this engagement session this afternoon [and part 2 tomorrow morning]. You will notice that this engagement session isn’t from the Washington, DC metro area [it actually took place in Pittsburgh] BUT when you are bestest friends with the editor of a wedding blog, well …. exceptions are made.

But, I know you guys are going to love Steve, Amanda, & their amazing engagement shoot, shot by Pittsburgh wedding photographer, Michael Will Photography.

Steve & Amanda’s Pittsburgh Engagement Session

Part 1 today follows Steve & Amanda around some pretty sweet parts of Pittsburgh … and Part 2well, you are just going to have to wait to see that until tomorrow. However, the end of this part will tease tomorrow’s amazingness.

Meet Amanda:

I grew up north of Pittsburgh in Wexford with my Mom and Dad, and my two sisters, Alli and Alex.

Penn State seemed like the perfect choice for college. It was close enough to come home (about 3 hours) if I needed or wanted to, but far enough away to feel like I was on my own. I knew a ton of people from high school, but there were also enough students to meet a lot of new friends too (like Steve!) Although I didn’t know much about college football at the time, I was told that Penn State had a well known football program. I grew up going to Steelers football games with my dad at Three Rivers Stadium and then at Heinz field, so I had plenty of great football memories. I soon learned that attending a Penn State football game at Beaver Stadium is unlike any other experience you could have; Steve and I have season football tickets and still go back up to State College for Penn State football every chance we can get! I graduated from Penn State in May 2008 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

I now live back near Pittsburgh with Steve, but east of the city this time, in Monroeville. I work as a Mechanical Engineer for Bechtel. I love to travel to see the world, learn about other cultures, and push myself to try new things outside of my comfort zone (like skydiving in Austin, Texas, and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef). Steve and I have a lot of the same interests, and we’re nearly inseparable. He is the nicest, most caring person I know, and I feel like the luckiest person in the world to honestly say that next August I will be marrying my best friend.

Now, meet Steve:

I grew up outside of Philadelphia in Bucks County with 2 sisters, Angela and Natalie, a step-sister, Heather, and 1 brother, Bill. My mom’s sanity was tested daily with two sons, especially when one (Bill) could be convinced to do most anything. Somehow, we made it out of our childhoods.

I only applied at one college during high school and that was Penn State. Thankfully, I was accepted and it was there I met Amanda. I graduated and decided to build a business of my own. I now run my own Internet Marketing business from home. I help people connect with the information they’re searching for online.

I enjoy photography and traveling (if you were to ask Amanda she’d say I was sheltered before I met her.) I just like to visit new places and capture experiences to share with everyone I know. Above all it doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing, all I need is Amanda by my side. Getting married means she’ll be there forever and I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I seriously tear up every time I read the last sentences Steve wrote. SERIOUSLY. I’ll unleash the amazing proposal story tomorrow with Part 2!

It really is true what Steve & Amanda said about always being with each other, as one of Steve’s roommates in college my Senior year, I can 100% attest to the fact that you don’t often find Steve without Amanda, and vice versa. They really are such an amazing couple :)

I think this next shot was after the photographer told them to look serious … clearly they are not serious people, one of the many reasons why I love them

Click inside for the rest of Steve & Amanda’s adorable Pittsburgh engagement session (Part 1!)



I love Amanda’s face in this next one.

I really don’t know why, but this feet shot was one of my favorite from the bunch

 Ok, so this begins the teasing for Part 2 … see if you can guess where this is going … :)

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of Steve & Amanda’s engagement shoot … but before you go, be sure to check out Amanda’s stunner of a ring – in all its tension set glory!




  1. Thanks for the spotlight and kind words, Bree!! We had so much fun at the photo shoot and you picked out some good ones to highlight part one! Way to draw up the suspense, I can’t wait for the big reveal tomorrow!

    PS come visit us in Pittsburgh again soon :)

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