This Hollywood Styled Shoot Was Inspired by a Former Movie Theater

Pittsburgh wedding planner Kelly Hall of Kelly Lynn Weddings brought together local vendors to create 1960s-era Hollywood inside The Grand Theater in McDonald, Pa.

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When Kelly Hall saw The Grand Theater in downtown McDonald, Pa., inspiration immediately struck. The timeless theater was reminiscent of old Hollywood, and the owner of Kelly Lynn Weddings knew it would be the perfect place to capture the glamour and elegance of the 1960s through a styled shoot. 

“It was really inspired by the building itself,” Hall says. “The ’60s were really like the heyday of the theater as a cinema. When you walk into the building, you’re instantly struck by the beautifully maintained original floors and sconces on the walls and original theater-style seating.” 

She organized local vendors, who all volunteered their time or products, to bring the vision to life for the styled shoot.

“It’s a really great way for vendors to showcase our talents and do something that’s a little bit more fun,” Hall says. “This is kind of a more creative way to come together and show off what you do.” 

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The theater, on the border of Allegheny and Washington counties, was the ideal romantic atmosphere for photographer Angela Cunningham of Angela Rose Photography to bring the 1960s back to life. The Art Deco-style theater was constructed in the 1920s and converted to a movie theater in the mid-1900s. Today, the spot hosts weddings and other events. 

Hall reached out to Danielle and Re’maro Rush, a couple she knows personally who wed in 2019, to be the models for the shoot.

“I really wanted to work with a real couple because their chemistry is 100% genuine and I think you really see that through the photos,” Hall says. 

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The couple’s attire was traditional black tie with the groom dressed in a black and white tuxedo and the bride in a ballgown and a V-neck gown provided by Bella Sposa Bridal, Prom & Tux. 

Floral centerpieces by SerendipiDee Blooms matched the ivory and gold place settings. 

“The tablescape design was very reminiscent of real weddings in that era, so ivory linens and gold accents, white roses, feathers, and then kind of a twist by incorporating elements like the champagne tower shots and the arcade and pool table in the lower level of the building,” Hall says. “So traditional and elegant but with a fun twist.” 

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The champagne tower and arcade area added an interactive and entertaining prop for the photos, along with a mobile bar from Trot ‘N Tipsy. The matte black color of the truck, soft string lighting and textured orange seating complemented the classy but fresh vibe of the shoot. 

Hall says everyone’s talents blended well to create the final set of photos. 

“I’m in love with the gallery and how it turned out,” Hall says. “I think we’re all really proud of the end result.”

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Planner: Kelly Lynn Weddings
Venues: The Grand Theater & Helicon Brewing
Photographer: Angela Rose Photography
Florist: SerendipiDee Blooms
Models: Danielle & Re’maro Rush
Bridal Gowns & Accessories: Bella Sposa Bridal, Prom & Tux
Tuxedo & Accessories: Bella Sposa Bridal, Prom & Tux
Wedding Bands: JAB Jewelry Designs
Hair: Alchemy Hair Studio
Makeup: Studio Seven
Stationery: Unlatch Designs
Mobile Bar: Trot ‘N Tipsy 

Categories: Weddings