Thera & Brian | Awesome Vintage Travel-Theme Wedding!

Folks, when I first met Thera and Brian, I was so excited to photograph their wedding.  A nicer couple there could not be!  And then I found out that Thera was going to have a vintage travel theme to her wedding, I was over the moon.  I mean, they even brought props along for the photo shoot after the ceremony – props!  They brought a cute little vintage suitcase and a vintage camera – how cool is that??  It’s amazing how two small items can change the whole look of your photos.  It’s all in the details.  So, in the immortal words sung by Julie Andrews, let’s start at the very beginning…a very good place to start.

We began the day at Thera’s family home in Sarver, PA.

Thera and Brian held their ceremony at St. Joseph Church in Cabot, PA.

St Joseph Church Cabot, PA

Look at these cuties!

Thera and Brian’s reception was held at the lovely Longue Vue Club in Verona, PA.

Oakmont Bakery wedding cake

Image by Jenny.

Longue Vue Club Wedding

Awesome detail – Thera and Brian made their guests’ table cards look like post cards, complete with a personal note to each guest.

Travel is not just a wedding theme for Thera and Brian; it is a passion they both share.  I love how each table number was given a destination that they had been to, and had a little story to go with it.

What a cute idea for a card receptacle!

Image by Jenny.

First dance.

Longue Vue Club Wedding

Thera’s father gave a speech that brought people to both tears and laughter.

Longue Vue Club Wedding
Longue Vue Club Wedding

While I took this image, Jenny took the next one after it…

Longue Vue Club Wedding
Longue Vue Club Wedding

The City Heat band did a fabulous job of getting everyone dancing.

City Heat Band Pittsburgh

Is that an ice cream sundae bar at this wedding?  Why yes, yes it is.  Sweeet.  Image on the left by Jenny.

Photo Booth Pittsburgh

Photo booth? Yeah baby, yeah!

Thera and Brian, thanks so much for letting us be a part of your day – we had a blast!


Sandy :o)


Ceremony:St. Joseph Church

Reception Venue: Longue Vue Club

Florist: Allison McGeary Floral and Event Design

Cake: Oakmont Bakery

Videographer: Videosaic (side note: do you know what you don’t see a lot of in my pictures?  Bob Steranko from Videosaic.  That’s because he is a joy to work with! )

Photo Booth: Pittsburgh Photo Booth

Emily Cook - LOVE these Sandy! The scenery is gorgeous! I’m pretty much in love with the one framed by the archway! Awesome!

Sandy - Thanks, Emily!

Jenny - I love it all! It was a great day.

Suzanne - Wow Wow Wow! Beautiful work Sandy. What a gorgeous wedding. Love the details!

Amanda - What an awesome wedding!! OK favorites favorites – there’s a list! The ceremony kiss definitely, the patented Sandy yetter almost kiss, the shot from the waist down of the suitcase and camera, the magic susan stripling light in the horizontal tree shot, and anything with that stone work – yowza!

Weddings Blog – John Parker Bands » Thera and Brian ~ Old Fashioned Love! - […] band City Heat provided the soundtrack for the evening! As the photos, captured by Sandy Yetter of Red Lotus Photography, show, that music added to the atmosphere of fun and emotion…and kept the Bride and Groom and […]

Rachelle - Do you know where they had their postcard-like table cards made? I love those! I’d like to order some.

Sandy - Hi Rachelle!

I wrote to Thera and asked her about the postcards, and here is her response:

“We made those post cards ourselves actually. My sister is a big stamper and she had all the ‘post card’ associated stamps in her stash already. My sister’s blog is:
Your reader is absolutely free to send her a message on there to inquire about those stamps if she chooses! My sister would be thrilled to help her find what she’s looking for if she is interested in doing something similar (Meanwhile, i was MORE than happy to turn that part over to my sister, so I remain blissfully ignorant of those postcards) :) One other thing you may want to share with the reader though that was an essential part of the postcard was the colors of the ‘stamps’ which indicated the dishes that people had ordered. That was the best way we could think of alerting the waitstaff to what people had ordered while keeping with the theme. I had some SMART people on my team!!

Please let me know if your reader has any other questions about those postcards!! The personalized touch was a big hit with the guests – they all felt special, which is exactly what I wanted :)”

Hope this helps!!


Tia - Hello! Love the cute! I was wondering where they purchased the vintage suitcase? Thanks :)

Sandy - Hi Tia! I think it was given to them by a family member. But, if you check out your local antique shops, or even on etsy, I bet you could find something similar!

Chris - These photos are absolutely beautiful!

Nathalie - Hi, I love your photos and all of your ideas are fantastic!! Thank you for sharing! I am having a Travel-theme Bat Mitzvah and will use some of your great ideas like the story frame on the table and the postcards, as well as taking a photo with a suitcase idea. Thank you so much!

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