Amy and Manuel’s outdoor wedding in Pittsburgh:
Late summer in Western Pennsylvania is a pretty special time. The weather starts to get a little bit cooler in the evenings and the afternoon sunlight is magical. Amy and Manuel took a hands-on approach to their wedding. In the very best sense of the phrase “Do It Yourself” they invested their aesthetic and taste into every aspect of their wedding day. Their goal was to have a day that was relaxed, fun, and personal – which was exactly how things turned out.
We started out a couple of evenings before the wedding in a field of flowers on the hillside above where their wedding ceremony was to be held at Simmons Farm.
Once the flowers were picked, family and friends pitched in to make the arrangements.
The guys turned the greenhouse into a reception hall. They tied cornstalks to the posts and strung fairy lights across the ceiling:
Fast forward to a couple of days later, Manuel laughs with a friend while getting ready for the wedding (photo by Lisa):
The weather turned kind of unseasonably cold on the wedding day so Amy rocked her jean jacket over top of her wedding dress:
It was a little tense, but the rain held off:
Some details from the farm. It’s a lovely place on the edge of a heavily populated area that gives you an idea of what much of what Western PA used to be like.
Manuel helps Amy down from the hay wagon that delivered them to the ceremony site on the hillside above the pond:
Amy’s dad walks around the fire pit with his grandkids:
The portrait session before the ceremony was a lot of fun!
There’s a playground nearby where they’ve got an old fire truck:
…and some big tractor tires. The kids had a great time:
Both sets of parents walked Amy and Manuel to the ceremony site:
Amy’s brother and Manuel’s sister acted as officiants. As a result, both the English and Spanish speakers were able to follow along with the proceedings.
An embrace after the ceremony:
Manuel’s dad had a few words for Amy after she boarded the tractor to head over to the reception:
One of my favorite photos from 2014:
Some more details. It’s incredible how Amy and Manuel, along with their friends and families, were able to turn a cement-floored greenhouse into a beautiful reception venue:
Amy’s dad gave a beautiful toast that was translated into Spanish by the gentleman standing behind him:
Amy’s niece and her step-father performed a couple of songs before the dancing started. They’re very talented:
That was an awfully big fire for making s’mores 😀 (photo by Lisa):
There were sparklers and fireworks. Guys love that kind of stuff! (photo by Lisa):
Amy and Manuel met while taking Tango dance classes, so it was no surprise that there was a lot of dancing: