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Kristin and Mark’s Lingrow Farm Wedding:

bride and groom face each other as they stand in a farmer

This was probably the most beautiful weekend of last summer: Jes and David‘s wedding was on Saturday followed by Kristin and Mark’s on Sunday, and they both had perfect weather for their outdoor weddings.

Kristin put a huge amount of effort into planning the wedding day. It’s rare to see this level of attention to detail. Lingrow Farm is already a beautiful venue, but Kristin turned it up a couple of notches. Even with all of that careful planning, it was a day filled with spontaneity and joy. Here are some of my favorite images from the day:

A grasshopper hangs on to the screened porch where Kristin and the bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done:

a grasshopper perches on a screened porch window as a bride has her hair and makeup donea bride looks at her makeup in a hand held mirror as her bridesmaids get ready for her wedding

Mark and Kristin’s brother Matt share a laugh over drinks at Mark and Kristin’s house (Lisa’s photo):

two men share a laugh as they drink from red solo cups

Kristin and her mom Sis embrace as Kristin gets dressed:

a bride smiles as she embraces her tearful mother while getting ready for her wedding

Mark kisses Kristin’s hand as they have their first look:

a groom kisses his bride

Mark and the guys:

groom punches his best man on the shoulder as he and his side walk to the ceremony

Kristin and her girls walk towards the barn for the ceremony:

bride leads her bridesmaids to the wedding ceremony

Mark holds Kristin’s bouquet for her (Lisa’s photo):

groom yells as he holds the bride

Kristin and the girls get ready to walk down to the ceremony site from the basement of the barn:

bride laughs with her bridesmaids as they stand in a room waiting to walk to the ceremony

Kristin and her dad Dave watch the bridesmaids walk to the ceremony:

bride rests her head on her father

Then it was their turn. What a beautiful scene:

bride and her father walk across a vast lawn on a beautiful summer day on their way to her wedding ceremony

Sis watches with pride as Kristin and Dave approach:

bride

The handoff:

smiles all around as the father of the bride hands his daughter off to her husband to be

The couple exchange vows:

bride and groom hold hands and smile during their wedding ceremony

Married! I love their expressions:

bride and groom hold their hands up in celebration at the end of their wedding ceremonybride and groom kiss as they walk away from their wedding ceremony

The rings:

wedding and engagement rings are artfully arranged on wooden letters saying mr & mrs

Some details:

details from a wedding day including tables, decorations, candy, dress, shoes

Mark cracks Kristin up as they’re announced into the reception:

groom makes his bride laugh before they walk into their wedding reception

I think everyone knew that this was going to happen:

bride and groom smash cake on each other

Getting cleaned up before their first dance:

bride and groom wash cake off of their faces

All cleaned up (Lisa’s photo):

bride and groom touch foreheads as they share their first dance

During dinner we ran back outside to catch the last of the day’s sunlight:

bride laughs as her husband whispers in her ear

So cute!

cute baby girl and her mother walk down a path wearing dresses and cowboy boots

Kristin and her dad share a dance (Lisa’s photo):

bride dances with her father

It was Mark and his mom, Eugenia’s turn next:

groom and his mother dance

Everybody dance!

a babywoman in green sticks her tongue out while dancing with her boyfriend

Lisa’s photo:

groom and his friends dance energetically at his wedding reception

There’s Rachel from Pittsburgh Wedding Cinema in the upper left corner. She’s so talented, I love working with her. Here’s a link to the highlight reel:

bride and groom dance with each other during their wedding receptionbride and her bridesmaids dance in a group

Lisa’s photo:

woman smiles and man holds his hands in the air as they dance

A fireworks display – the perfect way to cap off the day:

red fireworks explode above a bride and groom as they embrace at the end of their wedding reception

Jesica and David’s Succop Conservancy Wedding:

A newlywed couple stands in front of a large, red barn at sunset.

Talk about fate intervening: Jes and David went to the same university in North Carolina. They even rode the same bus most mornings, but never really met. A few years passed and they both ended up in Boston, where unbeknownst to either of them they were neighbors. One evening Jes showed up on David’s porch, uninvited, while he was getting ready for a barbecue. They immediately recognized one another and the rest, well, led them to Succop Conservancy last summer.

Like I said in my last post, I’m incredibly fortunate to work with people who are so open to sharing their love with each other, with their families, and friends. It’s a joy to be able to tell their story and to be included in their love and joy.

Jes shares a toast with her mom Jacque and her sister Alyssa:

A bride embraces her sister and mother as they drink a toast.

Jes and her dad Bob share a laugh in the old house at the Succop:

A bride throws up her arms as she greets her father.

Meanwhile, David wrote his vows (Lisa’s photo):

A groom quietly writes his wedding vows while seated next to a window.

Jes looked so beautiful in her gown from glitteR & gRit:

A bride is reflected in the glass of a picture hanging on the wall as she stands by a window.

Jes greets her grandfather Ed as Jacque looks on:

A bride greets her elderly grandfather as her mother looks on.

Little brothers! David’s niece and nephew Cora and Jude were the “Flower Kids” for the ceremony:

A little boy picks his nose while standing next to his big sister

Bob and Jes were cracking each other up the whole way down the aisle:

A bride and her father laugh as they walk down the aisle together at her wedding.

Jes and David exchange an emotional glance as she is presented by Bob and Jacque:

A bride looks at her groom as she stands with her parents.

Wide shot of an outdoor wedding taking place beneath a willow tree.

Jude holds his dad Jon’s hand as Charlene, the officiant, addresses the couple:

A little boy sucks his thumb as a bride and groom listen to the reverend during their wedding ceremony.

A lovely moment during the ceremony (Lisa’s photo):

A bride and groom hold hands and look at each other.

A tear falls down Jes’ cheek as she and David exchange vows:

A tear drop forms on the cheek of a bride as she recites her vows.

There was lots of laughter during the ceremony (Lisa’s photo):

A bride laughs as she puts the ring on her groom.A bride and groom walk through a field after their wedding ceremony.

One of my favorite portraits from just after the ceremony:

A bride and groom embrace after their wedding ceremony.

I guess this is why they call it a sweetheart table (Lisa’s photo):

A bride kisses her husband

First dance:

A bride and groom laugh as they have their first dance.

High-five! (Lisa’s photo):

A bride and groom exchange high-fives after their first dance.

Jes and Bob dance to “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” by Dr. Hook. It was a song that they’d listen to and sing together as Bob would drive Jes to school when she was a young girl.

A bride and her father share a dance during her wedding reception.A father embraces his daughter during her wedding reception.

Keeping with the picnic feeling of the reception, there were games available for the guests to play:

Wedding guests play a game of cornhole as the sun sets behind them.

(Next two photos by Lisa):

The pavilion at The Succop Conservancy in Butler County, Pennsylvania is filled with dancers at sunset.

And lots of dancing:

Female wedding guests dance together as one of them holds her hands in the air.An older couple laugh heartily as they share a dance during a wedding reception.A groom sings along with a song during his wedding reception.

As the dance circle formed, Jacque busted out her favorite moves:

The mother of the bride dances in the middle of a circle during her daughter

The worm!

A man does the worm as he dances in the middle of a circle at a wedding reception.

David learned that there are risks involved if you’re going to break dance:

A groom holds his knee in pain after attempting to break dance during his wedding reception.

It didn’t take him long to recover. He and his brother Chris must have been big fans of “House Party” when they were kids:

A groom and his brother kick their legs together as they dance during a wedding reception.A bride and groom, sweaty and unkempt after a night of dancing, embrace at the end of their wedding reception.

Details can tell an important part of the story. This stained glass window was from the church that Jes’ parents and grandparents were married in. The family acquired it when the church was torn down. They used it as the backdrop for their ceremony, but I thought it might make an interesting picture once the evening drew to a close. It was the last photo of the evening:

Silhouette of a couple in front of a stained glass window.

  • Kate McElwee - March 4, 2015 - 9:02 pm

    These are such gorgeous photos Joe! What a cute couple too!

  • […] was probably the most beautiful weekend of last summer: Jes and David‘s wedding was on Saturday followed by Kristin and Mark’s on Sunday, and they both had […]

Susie and Guido’s Pittsburgh Athletic Association Wedding:

A bride and groom embrace in front of the grand fireplace in the lobby of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association

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:

A bride looks at herself in a full-length mirror held by a bridesmaid

Guido waits for the first look with his groomsmen (Lisa’s photo):

A groom looks for his bride while standing near the Cathedral of Learning

Susie and the girls walk over to the Cathedral of Learning for the first look:

A bride holds her arms out as she walks along Fifth Avenue in Oakland

Lisa’s photo:

A groom stands with his eyes closed as his bride approaches for their first look

a bride and groom embrace while their bridal party looks on

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:

a bride and groom walk hand in hand beneath the trees outside of the Cathedral of LearningA groom kisses his bride

Leah’s son Weston is a cutie:

A cute little boy looks up at the camera with his fingers in his mouth

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):

two young ring bearers burst into the wedding

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:

a groom kisses the forehead of a ring bearer in a wheelchair

Lisa’s photo below:

A bride and groom say their vows as they are photographed from above

The ceremony was so joyful. It really captured Susie and Guido’s spirit:

A bride laughs as she looks at her guests

Lisa’s photo below:

a bride and groom raise their champagne glasses as they toast their guests

Leaving the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts:

A groom laughs as he and his bride walk under the shelter of an umbrella

On to the reception! Weston and Lucas were still running, with Leah and Ben behind them this time:

The ring bearers run into the wedding reception

What an entrance!

bride and groom leap and run into the reception as they are introduced

Susie and Guido react to Leah and best man Anthony’s speeches:

matron of honor and best man toast the bride and groom

Parent’s dances (next 4 are Lisa’s photos):

parenttwin sisters dancea bridesmaid raises her hands on the dancefloor

These two know how to dance:

bride and groom stretch their arms out towards each other as they dance

Guido stole the show with his signature moves to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean:

groom dances with his tie swinging

Guido and his fraternity brothers gathered in a circle to serenade Susie:

a bride is surrounded by the groom and his friends as they sing to herbride and groom play air guitar

Guido’s dad Larry and Susie’s dad Dale shared a dance to the delight of the bride:

father of the bride and father of the groom share a dance as the bride laughs

Guido and his brother Gabe:

groom picks his younger brother up and swings him around on the dance floor

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:

bowlers in the basement of the PAA

Thanks very much. I just wish that there was a third sister!

Bride and groom are reflected in a puddle outside of the Cathedral of Learning

  • Rebecca Kiger - February 6, 2015 - 10:15 pm

    Awesome work, as always.

  • Stephanie Gurrera Vellente - February 7, 2015 - 1:06 am

    A night to remember ❤️

  • Karen Miller - February 7, 2015 - 2:50 am

    Absolutely stunning!

Laura and Carson’s Pittsburgh Children’s Museum Wedding:

A newlywed couple stands near the old Carnegie Library on the North Side on a summer day

Laura and Carson came back to Laura’s hometown of Pittsburgh for their wedding celebration. They’re a loving, gentle, humorous, and generous couple. Their also very detail-oriented people whose biggest concern was that their guests have a terrific time at their wedding. They totally succeeded in that, as you can see in the photos below.

I loved Laura’s reaction as makeup artist showed her the results:

a bride reacts with joy when she sees her face after the makeup artist finished her job

Carson and his brother got ready in a different room at the Hyatt on the North Shore (Lisa’s photo below):

a groom and his brother look at themselves in the mirror as they get ready for the weddinga bride reaches for her dress hanging in the window of a hotel room

Laura’s mom Maureen and her sister help her get her dress on:

a bride smiles as her mom and sister help her get her dress onsoft light wraps around the face and arms of a bride as she puts her earrings in.

Laura’s niece helped her with her dress as she headed for the first look:

bride looks back at the flower girl who carries the train of her dress as she leaves the hotel for her wedding.

Carson waited for Laura on the bridge over the water steps near PNC Park on the North Shore:

a bride taps her groom on the shoulder as they have their first look on a bridge at North Shore Park

Molly, their Welsh Corgi was waiting for her turn to see Laura:

a bride and groom with their pet corgi at North Shore Park

Laura’s dad did his best to keep a smile on his face – he was pretty emotional before walking Laura down the aisle:

A father tries to keep from crying as his daughter, the bride, as they talk before walking down the aisle.

a bride and her father walk through a portico with twinkling lights on the ceiling during her wedding ceremony at the Pittsburgh Children

The ceremony was filled with laughter:

a bride leans back and laughs while holding hands with her groom during their wedding ceremonygroom raises his fist in triumph as the bride laughs at the end of their wedding ceremony

First dance. The big red room at the Children’s Museum is a great place for dinner and dancing. It’s very elegant and the huge Chinese lantern chandeliers are very cool:

a bride and groom dance beneath giant Chinese lanterns in the big red room of the pittsburgh children

Laura and Carson’s guests rushed the dance floor to join them after the first dance:

reflections of guests rushing to the dance floor to join a bride and groom at their wedding

Lisa’s photo below:

bride and groom dance and smile during their receptionbride caresses the cheeks of her husband as they dance

There was a sort of selfie machine at the Children’s Museum that would automatically project a grid of photos on the wall above the dance floor. I love to photograph expressive people. Everybody at this wedding was very expressive:)

bride and groom make funny faces into a screenwedding guests dance energeticallygiant Chinese lanterns with tiny guests dancing beneath thema woman dances with a man as he makes a crazy face during a wedding reception

Carson’s brother plays a mean air guitar:

a man slides to the floor while playing air guitar during a wedding reception

There are so many different spots around the museum that offer interesting possibilities for portraits that I feel like I’ll never run out of ideas photographing there:

bright colored lights lead down a dark hallway where a couple embraces at the end of it

Thanks to my friend Jenna at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum for working hard to ensure that everything and everybody was well taken care of. Thanks to Rania’s catering for a great meal and to the fantastic Allison McGeary for making the space more beautiful with her floral creations. Frank Shepard from DJ Rockin’ Bob’s kept the guests dancing while All Occasions and Lendable Linens did a great job in transforming the space into an elegant dining and dancing hall. Finally, thanks to the late, great Andy Schick for providing the tasteful, classy lighting in the big red room. His gentle personality and talent are missed.

  • Rebecca Kiger - January 20, 2015 - 1:48 am

    Awesome job, once again!

  • Wendy Crise Cosentino - January 20, 2015 - 5:50 pm

    Beautiful photos!! So sorry we missed this wonderful event!

Photos from Marina and Tony’s lovely early summer wedding at Lingrow Farm:

couple embraces in the doorway of a farmhouse

The farmhouse at Lingrow is a great space. It has such a wonderful feel to it with sunlight filling the rooms. Here Marina has her makeup done:

bride is reflected in the glass of a table top while having her makeup done

Meanwhile Tony was outside giving shoulder rubs to the guests as they arrived (Lisa’s photo below):

back rub chain of groom and wedding guests

The first look was impromptu when Tony came into the room where Marina had just finished getting her gown on:

groom pops his head into a bedroom door to see his bride in her wedding dress

It was a lovely moment with Marina’s mom Nancy looking on:

couple kisses as the bridebride looks in a mirror as her maid of honor and makeup artist adjust her necklacegroom smiles as his boutonniere is pinned to the lapel of his suit jacket

portrait of a bride lit by a window

Tony and his mom get ready to walk down the hill to the pavilion before the wedding (Lisa’s photo):

groom makes a nervous gesture as he and his mother prepare to walk down the aisle at his wedding.

Marina and her dad Frank waited in the lower level of the barn for their turn to walk down to the pavilion:

bride and her father stand ready to walk down the aisle togetherbride looks at her father as they walk down the aisle together

Tony watches as Marina and her dad make their way towards him (Lisa’s photo):

groom smiles as he sees his bride coming towards them during their wedding ceremony

The ceremony was really lovely and personal. A friend wrote the score for the processional and the couple surprised everyone by exchanging their vows through a vocoder voice synthesizer. That was a new one for me!

bride looks at her groom during their wedding ceremonyview of the wedding from behindgroom looks at his bride during their wedding ceremony

Exchanging the rings proved to be a challenge for both of them:

bride struggles to get the ring on her groom

(Lisa’s photo below):

groom makes a face as he struggles to get the ring on his bride

The couple stopped at the top of the hill for a moment just after the ceremony:

bride and groom embrace as they pause on a hill above their wedding ceremony

I love the bright colors and light on the back porch of the farmhouse:

bride and groom look out the windows of a farmhouse porch after their wedding

First dance (Lisa’s photo below):

bride and groom share their first dance under strings of lights

Marina’s dad’s speech was pretty athletic:

father of the bride jumps in the air while giving a toast to the couple

But it was definitely entertaining (Lisa’s photo below):

bride and groom laugh during toasts

…and heartfelt:

groom smiles during a toast from the father of the bride

(Lisa’s photo below):

groom and father of the bride embrace after a toast

One of the couple’s young guests ran through the field as the crew prepared the fireworks display for later that evening:

a child leaps into the air in a field during a wedding reception

One of the guests came up with an awesome and original tribute to the couple:

the shaved head of a wedding guest reveals the last name of the couple

Tony danced with his mom:

groom picks his mother off of the ground as they danceadults and children dance together during a wedding reception in a barn

This brave guest patted one of the farm cats on the head. From the looks of this cat, it gets into a fight every night and loses a lot of them (Lisa’s photo below):

a wedding guest pats a farm cat on the head during a wedding reception

Both Marina and Tony are artists. Tony made the disco ball out of broken mirrors:

a mirrored disco ball spins during a wedding receptionlesbian couple kills it on the dance floor during a wedding reception

This fantastic fireworks shot was taken by Lisa:

bride and groom kiss with fireworks in the background

There was a campfire for the guests to enjoy. Tony’s dad spent weeks soaking pine cones in different salt solutions so that the flames would be colored. It was a very interesting effect:

wedding guests gather around a camp fire

Marina and Tony had dozens of these multi-colored lights spread out on tables all throughout the reception. I thought it’d be an interesting element in a portrait if I gathered a bunch of them together. I think it worked out pretty well:

bride and groom share a tender moment illuminated by colored lights at their wedding reception

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  • Rebecca Kiger - January 15, 2015 - 11:37 pm

    These are fantastic!

  • Joe - January 19, 2015 - 5:30 pm

    Thanks Rebecca!