Susie and Guido’s Pittsburgh Athletic Association Wedding:
Asking me to pick my favorite weddings is kind of like asking me to pick my favorite child. Every wedding is different and I love them for different reasons. Susie and Guido’s wedding was pretty special for me, though. You see, back when I started to get serious about taking on wedding commissions I was fortunate enough to be hired by Susie’s big sister Leah and her husband Ben. I always do my best, but their wedding was the one where it all sort of clicked for me and I felt like I had found my voice as a documentary wedding photographer. It helped that Leah and Ben and their families are some of the kindest, most open, and loving people you’ll ever meet.
So I was quite excited when Susie contacted me to tell me that she was getting married and she wanted me to photograph her wedding. She said it was already a done deal. She and Guido weren’t considering anyone else because they wanted the best photographer they could get and I was that guy. No pressure, right?!?
Anyway, we met up for an engagement session and I got a sense of who they are as a couple. A golden retriever and a snowball fight will make any portrait session fun
Here are some of my favorite photos from their wedding day:
Susie looks at herself in a full-length mirror held by her bridesmaids. Such a simple and beautiful dress:
Guido waits for the first look with his groomsmen (Lisa’s photo):
Susie and the girls walk over to the Cathedral of Learning for the first look:
We were very lucky to have caught a break in the rain for the first look and portraits prior to the wedding ceremony. The light was soft and beautiful:
Leah’s son Weston is a cutie:
Ring bearers Weston and Lucas burst into the wedding. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be held outside in the sculpture garden in Mellon Park, but rain caused Susie and Guido to go to their Plan B inside of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. You’ve always got to have a Plan B when you have an outdoor wedding (Lisa’s photo):
Compositionally this is not the greatest photo that I’ve ever taken, but it never fails to move me when I look at it. In this moment Guido’s affection for Leah and Ben’s son Wyatt says so much to me about the quality of his heart:
Lisa’s photo below:
The ceremony was so joyful. It really captured Susie and Guido’s spirit:
Lisa’s photo below:
Leaving the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts:
On to the reception! Weston and Lucas were still running, with Leah and Ben behind them this time:
What an entrance!
Susie and Guido react to Leah and best man Anthony’s speeches:
Parent’s dances (next 4 are Lisa’s photos):
These two know how to dance:
Guido stole the show with his signature moves to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean:
Guido and his fraternity brothers gathered in a circle to serenade Susie:
Guido’s dad Larry and Susie’s dad Dale shared a dance to the delight of the bride:
Guido and his brother Gabe:
The after party was held in the bowling alley in the basement of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. A very fun way to end a great day:
Thanks very much. I just wish that there was a third sister!