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One of my favorite things about having a career in photography is the opportunity to have a wide variety of experiences. Industrial photography offers a glimpse into an array of businesses where men and women actually make things out of raw materials. There’s something about a mill with its furnaces, heavy machinery, and enormous scale that is so dramatic:

mill workers mind a furnace as steel is melted in giant ladle.

A mill worker pokes at a ladle filled with molten metal:

a mill worker in a heat suit glows orange as he pokes at a furnace filled with scrap metal that is being melted

The molecular structure of polished samples of cross sections of metal rods are observed under a microscope in a lab at the mill:

polished disks of metal are observed under a microscope in a laboratory.An electric furnace glows orange as it melts a ladle full of metal at the mill:

electrodes glow as they create an arc and melt steel in a furnace

These photos were shot on assignment for a metals industry publication.

A bride smiles as her husband kisses her shoulders
If you look at most of the weddings featured on this website you’ll mostly see all-day events that go from getting ready through the reception. As a documentary wedding photographer I love being able to tell a couple’s story from the beginning of the day to the end. From the nervous anticipation at the beginning of the day to the crazy dancing at the end of the evening there’s a whole lot of storytelling to be done.

Many couples decide that a shorter, more intimate event is more in keeping with their personalities and taste. I get a lot of calls asking if I photograph these types of weddings. The answer is yes. I’ve done several already this year on a Tuesday, a Thursday, and a couple on Friday afternoons, like Sarah and Kenton’s small outdoor wedding at Point State Park:

Sarah walks towards Kenton for their first look:

an out of focus groom smiles as his bride approaches him from behind

They were happy to see each other:)

a bride and groom embrace after seeing each other in their wedding clothes for the first time

We did a few portraits before the wedding ceremony. A storm cloud blew over the Point which gave us an opportunity to try some dramatic lighting:

dramatic light illuminates a young couple as they stand underneath threatening clouds

It passed as quickly as it came. Sarah’s a natural when it comes to posing:

a beautiful bride smells her bouquet of flowers during a portrait

Sarah’s grandfather Lonnie officiated the wedding. He opened his briefcase which had the marriage certificate and bible inside of it:

a wedding officiant opens his briefcase as the bride and groom look on

Just their immediate families were on hand for the ceremony:

an outdoor wedding ceremony with the skyline of the city of pittsburgh in the backgrounda couple holds hands as they exchange wedding vows outside in clearing amongst the trees

The happy couple embraces after their ceremony:

a bride caresses the cheek of her groom at the end of their wedding

Kenton gets a hug from his grandmother while Sarah hugs her brother:

a grandmother hugs her grandson after his wedding

Kenton swept Sarah off of her feet as we headed towards the fountain for some more photos after the ceremony:

a groom carries his bride down a path along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh

The fountain was turned off for cleaning, but the view of the Fort Pitt bridge against blue skies was pretty nice, too:

a bride and groom recline on the fountain at Point State Park with the Fort Pitt bridge in the background

One last photo in the tunnel under the parkway:

silhouette of a couple in the tunnel beneath the parkway

Please feel free to get in touch if you’re planning a smaller wedding, especially if it’s on a weekday or the off-season. As you can see from these photos, shorter doesn’t equal less feeling.

Photos from Ed and Dave’s Andy Warhol Museum Wedding:

two men sit on Andy Warhol

After Pennsylvania’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage was overturned by a federal district court judge I hoped that I would get a chance to photograph such a wedding. Not too long after that Ed and Dave booked me for their wedding at the Andy Warhol Museum. I was thrilled to be a part of their day!

The event was different from any other wedding I’ve ever photographed, and not in the way that you’d think. The heart of the matter was the same as any other wedding: Two people in love declaring their commitment to each other in front of their family and friends.

What was different about this wedding was just how much Ed and Dave decided to break with the traditional way of doing things. They upended the timeline completely. They decided to do portraits first, followed by the cocktail hour. Then after some refreshments everyone went into the theater for the wedding ceremony. Afterwards, the guests were able to participate in art projects, games, or tour the museum. Next was a themed buffet which included Asian dishes, sliders, a carving station, and some traditional Pittsburgh fare.

I’m grateful to have had the help of my dear friends Annie O’Neill and Lisa Garrison. There was so much to photograph and it was wonderful to have such a great team to work with.

Wow, that’s a whole lot of writing! Let’s look at some pictures:

detail photos of a pair of mena groom pulls the string on a bag holding the wedding bands

a man ties his tie as his partner looks on reflected in a mirror

a man inserts a pocket square into his suit jacket

Ed and Dave each got new suits for the event. Sharp!

two grooms check out each othertwo men walk along Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh

It was a rainy day, but the were prepared. Honestly, it was better than a bright, sunny day because we had Riverfront Park all to ourselves for the portrait session:

two men pose beneath an umbrella prior to their weddingtwo grooms stand on a pier in the Allegheny River near downtown Pittsburghbrown dress shoes, black dress shoes, and yellow leaves all on a manhole cover

On to the Warhol. Ed had his X Box set up to work on the movie screen in the museum theater. The younger guests had a great time playing with it later in the evening:

a man plays grand theft auto as his x box is projected on to a giant screenA window at the Andy Warhol Museum with a portrait of the artist along with a photo of a wedding program with a quote by Warhol.

Since the wedding was close to Halloween it just made sense to have a candy table:

A couple eats candy taken from a candy buffetsamples of different candies on a table

Downstairs in the studio guests made silk screen prints on t-shirts:

teenagers silk screen designs on t-shirts

Upstairs was an art project where the guests decorated small squares which were combined in one big frame:

a collaborative art project for wedding guests at the Warhol Museuma set of cards against humanity next to several bottles of craft beer.three young girls hear no evil, speak no evil, and see no evil

Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted exhibit was going on at the time. A wanted poster was a must-have photo:

Two grooms stand in for a most wanted mug shot

The officiant sat alone for a while before the ceremony gathering his thoughts:

a large, bald man sits on a bench and is reflected in the wood wall behind him.

Dave and Ed wait at the back of the theater before walking to the stage for the ceremony:

two grooms stand close together before saying their wedding vowsa woman reads while two grooms look on during their wedding ceremony

Vows were exchanged in front of a very interesting artistic rendition of the skyline of downtown Pittsburgh:

two men exchange wedding vows in front of a stylized artistic background of the city of pittsburgh

…and they were pretty hilarious:

a man looks out at the audience while saying his wedding vowsa man smiles and rolls his eyes during his wedding ceremonydramatic lighting on the wedding reception area in the main foyer of the Warhol Museum along with a stylized artistic rendering of downtown pittsburgh

While the guests went to the reception, we were able to go to the Silver Clouds exhibit for some photos:

two men play with a silver mylar pillow after their wedding at the Warhol museum

A chef prepares Bananas Foster:

flames shoot up in front of a chef as he makes bananas foster

The food was amazing!

detail photos of the dinner including pierogi kielbasa, egg rolls, edamame

Toasts at dinner:

wedding toasts go on as a groom crosses his fingers and squints his eyestwo grooms thank their wedding guests as they stand at a microphone during their wedding reception

They had a caricature artist, which was a lot of fun for the guests:

A woman laughs as a caricature artist makes a drawing of she and her boyfriend

The theater was turned into a game room. The younger guests had a great time:

two children play connect four during a wedding reception

Guests have dessert and work on squares for the collaborative art project:

people enjoy dessert while seated at a bar in front of a picture window at the Warhol museum

two girls kiss their sister on the cheeks as they pick her up off of the groundtwo grooms laugh as they have their caricature drawndetail photo of photos from a photo booth

This was a such a wonderful day – I am very grateful for the opportunity to photograph it for Ed and Dave. It’s really just a matter of the way things happened to work out, but this post seems especially timely with the recent Supreme Court making same-sex marriage a right nationwide. It seems like we’re able to get some things right as a society, even if it involves a long, hard struggle to get there.

bride and groom smile as they stand together outside on a sunny fall dayKara and Patrick’s wedding at J Verno Studios took place on one of those perfect Western Pennsylvania early fall days. It’s my favorite time of the year when it’s still warm enough to spend the days outside but the humidity of late summer is gone. Enough about the weather – this was a wonderful day all around.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

Kara and her sister Kaitlyn take a look at the wedding gown:
bride and her sister look at the bride

The bridesmaids gathered in their dressing gowns after their hair and makeup was done:

bridesmaids stand together while wearing monogrammed dressing robes

Meanwhile, despite a house filled with women laughing, yelling, and running around Kara’s dad Jeffrey found a quiet place for a quick nap:

father of the bride naps while the girls get ready for the wedding

Kara dabs away a tear as she reads a letter from Patrick:

bride wipes a tear as she reads a letter from her groom

I asked Kara’s mom about the drawings hanging in the upstairs hallway. She pointed at the one on the right and said that was Kara. I knew that as soon as she was finished dressing Kara would walk out of the door behind her and past these drawings. The juxtaposition between the grown woman on her wedding day and the drawing of her as a young girl was a storytelling moment that I wasn’t about to miss:

bride walks past a line of paintings of her and her siblings hanging in her parent

A couple of details:

detail photos of a chalkboard and a pair of pink high heels

Kara sheds a tear as she and her dad walk down the aisle at Saints John and Paul Parish:

bride sheds a tear as she and her father walk down the aisle bride and groom smile as they listen to the priest during their wedding

This is something nice that Father McCaffrey does: He positions himself in the aisle so that the couple faces their guests while they take their vows (Lisa’s photo):

bridal party stands on the altar of a church as the priest stands in the aisle when the bride and groom recite their wedding vowsbride and groom smile as they talk during communion

After the ceremony Kara thanks the flower girl, Reese:

bride tickles a little girl who laughs

Kara’s sister Krista gets the bubbles started as the guests exit the church:

maid of honor blows soap bubbles outside of the church

More bubbles:

the air is filled with bubbles as the bride and groom exit the church.

Still more bubbles (Lisa’s photo):

bride and groom pause outside of the church for a kiss

On the limo bus with some bubbly:

bride swigs champagne from the bottle as groom gives her a look

Hah!

bridesmaids cover their faces as a groomsman opens a bottle of champagne while he too looks away

Kara looked so beautiful with her flowing veil. Patrick was holding on to the bouquet while I was taking some other photos of Kara when I looked over at him and saw the light on his profile. I don’t think he was too crazy about me taking his photo while he held the flowers, but it turned out to be a pretty nice portrait:

portraits of a bride and a groom outside in a park

Some more details:

closeup detail photos of a groomsmanwedding and engagement rings on the top of the wedding cake and the wedding cake reflected in the cake serversignature cocktail and a place setting at the wedding receptionwestern Pennsylvania cookie table

The couple arrives at J Verno Studios for the reception:

bride and groom enter the reception beneath the outstretched arms of their bridal partybride and groom share a piece of cake after cutting their wedding cake

Parent’s dances:

groom dances with his mother and bride dances with her father

(Lisa’s photo):

bride spins around at the end of the arm of a friend as they dancecouple laugh as they kick their legs and dance during a wedding reception

bride and groom dance while their guests watch. Their names are projected on the wall behind them.

Thanks again to Kara and Patrick for having us there to tell the story of their day.

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