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Photos from Allie and Dan’s Stonewall Resort Wedding in West Virginia:

A young married couple smiles and laughs in the lobby of Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

Folks, this is an extra big post. Really, it’s two weddings so there’s a lot of material to work with here. Allie and Dan are terrific people and I was so glad to have been a part of both weddings. My kids still talk about the sushi dinner after the ceremony at St. Louise de Marillac 🙂 I met them while photographing her big sister Kate’s wedding to Drew a few years ago. It’s been wonderful to have remained in touch and to have been friends with the whole family.

Both Allie and Dan were very close with their grandmothers, so knowing that her grandmother probably wouldn’t be able to make the trip to the destination wedding at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV, they had a family ceremony at St. Louise de Marillac so she could attend. These are the photos from that event:

Allie holds hands with her mom Marsha and sister Kate before the ceremony:

A bride holds hands with her sister and her mother at St. Louise de Marillac catholic church.

While Dan shakes hands with his dad back in the sacristy:

A groom shakes hands with his father as his brother looks on at St. Louise de Marillac catholic church.

Peter and Marsha share a hug before their youngest daughter, Allie’s wedding:

Bride

Allie and Kate share a laugh while waiting for the ceremony to begin:

A bride and her matron of honor share a moment before a wedding at St. Louise de Marrilac catholic church.

Peter gives Allie a kiss on the forehead before they walk down the aisle:

Father of the bride kisses his daughter on the forehead before her wedding at St. Louise de Marillac catholic church.Bride and groom kneel before the priest during their wedding at St. Louise de Marillac catholic church.Bride and groom exchange rings before their wedding at St. Louise de Marillac church.

Peter tears up during the ceremony. I love it when dads show their emotions! Kate’s husband Drew stands next to him.

Father of the bride cries during the wedding of his daughter at St. Louise de Marillac church.Bride and groom share a kiss during their wedding at St. Louise de Marillac catholic church.

Hugs afterwards:

Bride and groom embrace the bride

Kate and Allie get a big hug from their grandmother after the wedding. What a smile 🙂

Bride and matron of honor are embraced by their elderly grandmother after a wedding at St. Louise de Marillac church.

On to Stonewall Resort a few days later:

Kate and her bridesmaids have their hair done in a suite at the resort:Bride has her hair and makeup done before her wedding at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

Beautiful bride with bright red lips has her hair done before her wedding at Stonewall Resort in West VirginiaBride

Dan concentrates as he puts his tie on in the next room. Another special thing for me was that my dear friend Sherry Pickerell came down from New York to shoot this wedding with me. I’m grateful to be close friends with some of the best photographers in the business:

Groom peers into the mirror with concentration as he ties his tie before a wedding at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Groom and groomsmen get ready for a wedding in a dark hotel room lit by a window Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

Kate gets some help getting into her dress:

Bride has help getting into her dress as light streams through the windows of her room Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Women work with great concentration  as they button up a bride

Some photo fun with mirrors in the room 🙂

Bride is reflected in a mirror as her bridesmaids look on Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

Such a beautiful bride!

Beautiful bride lit from her right side looks into the camera for a portrait before her wedding at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

Even though they’d had a ceremony a few days prior, Allie and Dan decided to do a first look. Allie had held some surprises in reserve, so it was totally worth it:

Groom and groomsmen walk to meet the bride. Bride and her bridesmaids walk to meet the groom before their wedding ceremony.Bride taps groom on the back before their first look Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Bride and groom hold hands and look at each other before their wedding at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

Peter gives Allie a kiss on the forehead as she pins the boutonniere on his jacket:

Father of the bride kisses his daughter on the head before her wedding ceremony at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Father of the bride holds his hand over his heart as he walks his daughter to her wedding ceremony at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Groom watches as his bride approaches during their ceremony at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

It was a fantastic summer day in the mountains of West Virginia:

Blue skies and trees are the setting for an outdoor wedding at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Bride and groom exchange rings beneath an arbor at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

I think I scared the reverend when I got under the arbor to get a shot of their first kiss. But you gotta do what you gotta do 🙂

Closeup of a married couple sharing their first kiss.Bride and groom look at each other as they walk from their wedding ceremony at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

On to the reception. This wonderful pier is in the lake outside of the lodge at Stonewall. I just had to photograph the couple on it:

A bride and groom walk along an s-shaped pier in the lake at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

First dance:

Bride and groom hold hands as they share their first dance as man and wife during their wedding reception at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Groom lifts bride into the air at the end of their first dance.

Dan’s mom gives him a big squeeze during their dance:

Groom

Peter spins Allie during their dance:

Father of the bride spins his daughter during their dance together.

Dan’s friends offered him a toast:

Groom sits beneath the outstretched arms of his friends as they toast during his wedding at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

Dan gets a kiss from his grandmother as they share a dance:

Groom shares a dance with his grandmother.

Kate and Drew – these guys just keep on getting better looking as the years go on:

A young couple shares a dance during a wedding reception at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.An attractive woman in a yellow dress dances during a wedding at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

Bouquet toss:

Bride holds a bouquet in front of her as her single friends wait for the toss.

And the garter:

Bride points at her groom as he holds her garter.

They’re singing “Country Roads” – a must if your wedding is in West Virginia:

Friends hold hands as they dance together during a wedding reception at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia

Dan and his buddies were on the dance floor the entire night:

Groom is framed through the outstretched arms of his friends as he dances during his wedding reception at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Colorful purple and gold lights illuminate the dancers during a wedding reception at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Black and white photo of wedding guests reveling and holding their hands in the air while dancing.

Peter’s signature move, the “Dead Bug.” He did it at Kate’s wedding, too. Take a look:

Father of the bride lays on the ground as he holds his arms and legs into the air during a wedding reception at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Bride squats low on the dance floor and looks up at her guests while they all dance during a wedding reception at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.Bride and groom share a kiss at the end of their wedding reception at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

So there you have it. A couple of wonderful weddings over the span of a few days. Thanks again to my lovely friends Allie and Dan 🙂

 

Heather and Dana – Two Brides’ Summer Wedding in Butler County.

two women smile and embrace during their wedding

Heather and Dana started planning their wedding before their home state of Texas allowed same-sex weddings. Heather grew up in the Pittsburgh area so they decided to tie the knot here, where it would be recognized. This was one of those events that was a vivid reflection of the personalities of the people involved and they’ve become such dear friends that it makes me happy every time I look at these photos. It was a good old-fashioned country 4th of July picnic with family, friends, and lots of kids. Enjoy!

Heather has her ‘do set with hairspray:

a woman covers her face as she has hairspray applied in a bright room

Dana laughs as Heather helps her get her tartan sash on:

two brides laugh before their wedding as one pins a sash on the other

The wedding party gets their flowers on:

a man smiles and laughs as he has his boutonniere pinned on

The kids from the wedding party get high fives from Heather before heading outside to the ceremony:

a bride wearing a flower crown high fives a group of children who have come to see her

First look:

a bride walks down the stairs of a house for a first look with her bride

The plans were posted on the bulletin board:

a diagram showing where everyone in the bridal party is to stand is pinned on a bulletin board next to a wedding invitation

The wedding party starts the procession from the house. No shoes, no problem 🙂

a line of children walk along a path on their way to a wedding ceremony

Pastor Keith, a family friend, greeted the guests:

two brides laugh as the officiant greets their guests during their weddinga bride has a big smile on her face as she places a wedding band on her bridebrides hold hands as they say their vows

I love this photo. What I like best is the reaction from Dana’s brother John:

two brides share a kiss during their wedding ceremony as onlookers smilechildren hold up signs calling for cheers and applause at the end of the wedding ceremony for two brides

Heather was so happy!

bride lifts her arms in triumph at the end of the wedding ceremony

They had a toast with TX Blended Whiskey from Firestone & Robertson Distilling in Texas. The ceramic mugs were custom made with glazes from minerals derived from the mine drainage remediation systems designed and installed by the company that their host Tim owns. So a little bit of Texas and a little bit of Pennsylvania:

a table full of bourbon and handmade ceramic shot glasses

Tim toasts the happy couple:

a man gives a toast to two brides during their wedding receptiontwo brides share big tears and hugs after a toasttwo brides laugh as they stand in field of wildflowers after their wedding

Their custom, hand-forged rings:

detail shot of handmade wedding bands and a cute dog

The cookie table was terrific! The family photos – old and recent – provided a nice bit of context:

western pennsylvania cookie table at a wedding

Woman overboard 😀

a sign with misspelled words and a little person falling out of a canoefriends share a hug and a kiss during an outdoor wedding reception

Dinner included a pig roast. Which kind of shocked one of the young members of the bridal party:

a little girl looks aghast at the head of a roasted pig

There was a massive water battle that included buckets, hoses, and balloons. It was great!

a bride runs away from a dousing from a bucket of water during her wedding reception.a little girl laughs as she is held upside down by a bride during a wedding reception

Dana was quicker than Tim on the draw:

water balloons explode during a wedding receptiona little boy is dowsed by the bride with a balloon full of water during a wedding receptionwater balloon fight between a tall boy with a fuzzy head of hair and a woman wearing a Scottish kilt.

After everyone was good and wet, the next activity was to wrap a watermelon with rubber bands until it exploded.

kids place rubber bands around a watermelon in an effort to make it explode

Which it did – all over Tim:

the watermelon exploded all over a man as he lays on the ground. Kids dig into the melon.

Cutting the wedding apple pie:

two brides cut a pie and then feed each other a piece during their wedding reception.

Something you don’t see at many weddings – a bride on a zip line!

a bride laughs as she swings on a zipline through a forest during her wedding receptiontwo brides embrace as they stand in a field of horses

Post script: I was one of the teachers at the Foundation First workshop in Fort Worth, TX this past January. I stayed an extra day so that I could visit with Heather and Dana, who live there. It was great to see them again, and I had a wonderful time seeing a bit of the area with Heather as my tour guide. Thanks y’all!

Two women and their dogs sit on the porch of a brick house in Texas

  • Norma Rhodes - May 8, 2016 - 9:26 pm

    Robert and I have attended 2 same sex weddings and each was unique and absolutely wonderful. Three Cheers!!

Photos from Hilary and Robbie’s Seven Springs Wedding:

Seven Springs is a scenic getaway in the Laurel Highlands – just a short drive east from Pittsburgh. It’s a wonderful place to have a wedding and I’m fortunate to have had the chance to photograph a number of them over the years.

Hilary and Robbie are such a natural pair. They’re both so sweet to each other and their families and friends. They’ve got a deep friendship and are obviously very much in love.

It was a beautiful, sunny day in the mountains and we had a great time with these folks.

Hilary checks her makeup in a mirror. Her wedding dress hangs on a door behind her:

Hilary looks at herself in the mirror after her hair and makeup were finished at her Seven Springs Wedding.

Robbie’s best man pins on his boutonniere (Lisa’s photo):

Robbie and his best man fool around before his Seven Springs Wedding.

Hilary and her bridesmaids walked to the first look which was held outside of Helen’s restaurant:

Beneath bright blue skies, a bride walks across the bridge to Helen

It was an emotional and beautiful first look:

A bride and groom see each other for the first time on the day of their Seven Springs wedding.

Everyone cried:

A bride and groom wipe away tears after their first look outside of Helen

You’ve got to get close if you want to really feel the emotions in the photos:

A bride holds the face of her smiling groom before their seven springs wedding.

The girls had some fun during bridal party portraits:

Bride holding a bouquet and her bridesmaid

Robbie and his mom share a moment before they walked up to the ceremony at Meadowoods (Lisa’s photo):

A groom wipes away tears as he holds his mom

Hilary and her dad wait for the signal to head down the aisle:

Bride and her father peek around a corner to see their guests just before walking down the aisle at Meadowoods for her seven springs wedding.

The ceremony took place under dappled sunlight filtered through the trees:

A couple is married at the Meadowoods venue at Seven Springs.

A bride and groom look into each other

Hilary and Robbie dance their way out through bubbles:

A couple dances through bubbles as they exit their seven springs wedding at Meadowoods.

The reception was in the Timberstone Room (Lisa’s photo):

A bridesmaid cries as she makes a speech during a wedding reception at the Timberstone Room at Seven Springs.

First dance:

Bride and groom dance together during their seven springs wedding at the Timberstone Room.

Everyone had a great time out on the dance floor:

Bride and groom dance between their guests as they line up on the dancefloor at the Timberstone Room during their wedding reception.

Bride and groom smile and lift their hands into the air during their wedding reception at the Timberstone Room at Seven Springs.

Guys dance together during a wedding reception at the Timberstone Room at Seven Springs.

Hilary and her dad had an audience as they shared a dance:

A little girl watches as a bride and her father dance during a seven springs wedding.

The bouquet toss was hotly contested:

A woman holds a bouquet of flowers into the air after catching them during a seven springs wedding.

The kids had fun:

Little girls dance during a wedding reception at the Timberstone Room at Seven Springs.

So did the older kids:

People dance during a wedding at Seven Springs.

Western PA loves a good fireworks display. As soon as it was dark enough, the entire party moved out on to the deck to watch:

Fireworks fill the night sky outside of the Timberstone Room during a seven springs wedding.

I’m so grateful to enjoy relationships with my clients long after their wedding day. One of the best things is to see them start families and to get to meet their kids. Earlier this week I was able to get together with Kate and Drew for some family photos with their newborn daughter Claire. I even got to hold her!

Family Photos in Pittsburgh like this young couple and their newborn daughter. They stand in the nursery illuminated by the soft light from a nearby window.

Claire was sleepy. Even though Grandma Marsha tried her best to get the baby to open her eyes, the most Claire would do was stretch and yawn 🙂

A sequence of photos shows a stretching and yawning baby as she naps in her grandmother

Mother and daughter – so beautiful!

A young mother kisses her newborn daughter on the forehead as she is reflected in a picture on the wall.

Margaret and Andrew’s Hotel Monaco Wedding:
Bride and groom seated at a table in front of two green cabinets

If you believe the narrative about the Post-Gazette and the Tribune-Review being mortal enemies you would be forgiven for thinking that Margaret and Andrew might have ended up as star-crossed lovers.

Not so. The fact of the matter is that the folks on the ground – reporters and photographers – actually respect each other and there are many friendships to go along with the rivalry. These two have moved on from all of that, though. Both are now enjoying successful careers in the media in Washington, DC. But Pittsburgh is where it all began, so this is where they returned to be married.

I worked with Margaret at the Trib and was so happy when she called me to ask if I was available to photograph their wedding at the Hotel Monaco. It’s a hip, unique, and beautiful new venue in downtown Pittsburgh. When they booked me it hadn’t yet opened, so I was thrilled to photograph one of the first weddings at the hotel.

Hotel Monaco sign, vintage watch, and flowers at a wedding

Above: Margaret’s bouquet and a vintage wristwatch passed down through the generations and engraved with the date in which the men in his family were married.

Below: Margaret’s dress complemented her tall and elegant figure perfectly:

A bride turns to see the back of her dress as she looks in the mirror.closeup photo of a groom looking at a Starbuck

Margeret’s bridesmaid Sadie takes a photo with her iPhone:

A woman uses her iPhone to take a photo of her friend who is dressing for her wedding

Margaret and her mom share a moment:

a bride and her mother hold hands as they look at each other prior to the daughter

Andrew and his mom embrace:

a mother hugs her son before his wedding

Andrew and his side of the bridal party play a board game while they wait for the call to head downstairs:

a groom and his bridal party play a board game before the wedding.a groom adjusts his jacket and boutonierre

Tim, the officiant for the day, showed up with a few glasses of whiskey to propose a toast:

groom and groomsmen raise their whiskey glasses in a toast

Margaret waits for the ceremony to begin:

a bride is reflected in a mirror as she stands before a windowpeople turn to watch a bride and her father walk down the aisle

The ceremony took place in the hallway between the two ballrooms at the Hotel Monaco. The wedding ceremony took place in the morning and was followed by a brunch reception. That meant that there was plenty of beautiful light for the ceremony:

wedding in the grand hallway at the Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh

Tim is another Trib alumni. He got his internet ordination so that he could officiate Margaret and Andrew’s wedding. When you ask a reporter to officiate your wedding, you’re going to get a story. He told the guests how Margaret and Andrew’s romance came to be.

The officiant cracks a joke during a wedding ceremonya little boy looks away from the action during a wedding ceremonybride and groom walk down the aisle after their wedding ceremony

A moment alone just after the ceremony:

bride and groom hug just after their wedding ceremony

It was a little windy on the roof of the hotel. I caught the veil before it got too far 🙂

bride

Some portraits. First Mellon Square Park. It’s been rehabilitated after falling into disrepair over the years:

bride and groom look at each other in Mellon Square Park

Back to the Hotel Monaco:

Bride and groom stand on a checkerboard floor in the Hotel Monaco

Cutting the cake.

Bride and groom feed each other cake during their wedding reception

I’m looking forward to my next Hotel Monaco Wedding coming up later this year.

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  • Carole Fibick - February 10, 2016 - 5:48 pm

    Joe, I’m so proud of the unique job you have done photographing weddings in different situations. The narration makes the pictures all the more meaningful and interesting. Thanks for sharing these beautiful moments.

  • Jim Wilhelm - February 11, 2016 - 4:55 am

    Great job Joe and best wishes again to Margaret and that PG guy. ; )