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Pittsburgh Golf Club Wedding

Some of my favorite photos from Kate and Brian’s wonderful Pittsburgh Golf Club wedding.

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When Kate told me that her dream had always been to begin her wedding day with a 5K race I got really excited. What a great idea! So on the morning of their wedding day Kate and Brian’s friends and family all got together at the Bartlett Shelter at Schenley Park for bagels, mimosas and a race along the same trails that Kate ran with her high school cross country team.

bride and groom smile after running a race before their wedding

I ran the entire 5K backwards;)so that I could get shots like this:

bride and her bridesmaids run a 5k race prior to her wedding

A little bit later we met again at the Golf Club for the wedding. It’s such a beautiful old Pittsburgh place. I’ve photographed other events there, but this was the first time at the club for a wedding. I loved it. There’s an abundance of natural light and the building and surroundings are an elegant oasis in a busy city.

Kate’s mom Sally helps her with a necklace:

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Kate and Brian wanted to do a first look so that they could have time for formal photos prior to the wedding:

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Andrew Russell, one of my former newspaper colleagues, joined me for the day. It was great to work with him again. He did a fantastic job! (Andrew’s photo below):

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Brian’s sister couldn’t make it to the wedding as she was almost ready to have a baby so was prevented from traveling. Since she was watching things via Skype I figured out a way to fit her into the family formals:

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I love this photo of Brian and his guys (Andrew’s photo below):

groom and his groomsmen around a table

Kate is very beautiful:

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In the hallway waiting for the ceremony to begin:

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Brian and his parents Carl and Kathleen prepare to enter the room where they held the ceremony:

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Kate enters with her parents Martin and Sally:

bride and her parents enter the room where her wedding ceremony is held

Brian got a little emotional upon seeing Kate. Sometimes people worry that having a first look will rob them of this kind of moment, but it’s still a thrilling emotion-filled moment for a groom to see his bride walking towards him:

groom gets emotional upon seeing his bride enter the room for the wedding ceremony

(Andrew’s photo below):

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Kate and Brian listen as their friends Caitlin and Sean perform a song:

bride and groom watch a friend sing a song for them during their wedding ceremony

A sweet moment just after the first kiss (Andrew’s photo below):

bride and groom embrace after their first kiss

Brian breaks the glass at the end of the ceremony:

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Kate and Brian had a self-uniting ceremony. Sometimes it’s called a Quaker Wedding. Brian’s childhood friends Joshua and Zachary served as the officiants of the ceremony and then witnessed the signing of the marriage license:

bride and groom sign their marriage certificate

It was a lovely early summer day:

portrait of a bride and groom on a golf courseA couple of cute kids:
a baby squirms on the floor as a little boy watches

First dance (Andrew’s photo below):

bride and groom during their first dance

My view of the first dance:

bride and groom nose to nose during their first dance

The speeches from Matron of Honor, Shari, and Best Man, Samuel, were hilarious. Shari handed out medals for the 5K earlier in the day:

collage of photos from the speeches during a wedding reception

Dancing the Hora (Andrew’s photo below):

bride dances with her guests as seen from a  balcony above

I love Kate’s expression in this one!

bride and groom hold on to a napkin while being hoisted in chairs during their wedding reception

June 22nd was the night of a Supermoon – the largest and closest full moon of 2013. Brian is a college physics professor and professional astronomer, so you bet they were going to get their portrait made with the moon in it. The best part was when we went outside their musician friends Caitlin and Sean were already there checking out the sky. So naturally they began to serenade the couple with a lovely rendition of “Blue Moon” while we did the photos. A perfect ending to a lovely day!

bride and groom stand for a portrait during a super moon astrological event

 

Kate McElwee - February 17, 2014 - 1:00 am

Oh my goodness Joe, that hallway photo (before the ceremony) is just spectacular! Beautiful coverage as always. The Skype family formal is such a cute idea too. :) Kudos!

Kate Louise - February 17, 2014 - 2:01 pm

You did a fantastic job, Joe! We really hit the jackpot finding you. A wonderful photographer and a runner!

Katrina Wallace - February 18, 2014 - 11:16 pm

oooooh i love that hallway portrait before the ceremony too! beautiful images joe!!

Mansion at Maple Heights Wedding

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Kelly and Phil really went all out in realizing their vision of a 1920’s-look and feel to their wedding.  This Mansion at Maple Heights wedding took place well before the Great Gatsby movie came out.  Kelly is a talented artist and she enlisted the help of her friends in coming up with much of the decor from the paper flowers all the way to the fonts used on the signs and menu cards.  What really made this wedding special was the spirit of celebration that everybody shared in.  Wait until you scroll down to the dancing photos!

Kelly’s bridesmaids help her get dressed:

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…and help get the party started:

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Kelly looked simply gorgeous:

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Phil was dashing, too:

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The ceremony was held in the main hallway of the mansion (photo by Lisa):

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A reading by Kelly and Phil’s friend Leigh:

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The bridal party, except for the maid of honor and best woman, lined up on the stairs:

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A toast:

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Some portraits outside:

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Evidence of their hard work (photos by Lisa):

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The couple is announced into the reception:

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First dance:

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Phil danced with his sister Lara while Kelly danced with her dad Alan:

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Kelly’s sister Holly was maid of honor.  She cracked everybody up with her speech:

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Photo by Lisa:

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Lara might have mentioned something about the Chicago Blackhawks during her speech:

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Beautiful light + beautiful bride:

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Kelly and Phil in their photo booth (photo by Lisa):

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The dancing was pretty intense:

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Lisa’s photo:

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Lisa’s photo:

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This guy was awesome!

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Last dance:

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Sherry Grondin Pickerell - January 31, 2014 - 10:05 pm

I absolutely LOVE this wedding Joe! Beautiful work as always :)

Kelly Mellott - January 31, 2014 - 10:23 pm

We can’t thank you enough for capturing our wedding so beautifully, Joe!

Rebecca Kiger - February 1, 2014 - 2:16 am

Solidly awesome.

Sidonie Smith Aten - February 1, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Stunning work!

Joe - March 26, 2014 - 11:31 pm

That means a great deal to me, Kelly. Thank you!

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding

Lindsey and Andy are enthusiastic about outdoor sports, so the Pittsburgh Field Club with its beautiful landscape was the natural choice of venue.  They met in Colorado, where they are avid skiers, and came back to Lindsey’s home town of Fox Chapel to get married.

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Lindsey got ready at her parent’s house, just a few minutes down the road from the Field Club.  Her mom Susanna looks on as Lindsey checks herself out in a full-length mirror:

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Andy and his guys got dressed in the men’s locker room.  It’s men-only in there, so this was one of those times when it’s good to have both a male (me) and a female on your team.

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A couple of portraits.  Lisa photographed Lindsey and I photographed Andy:

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Andy brought some crystals along with him to provide some positive energy during the ceremony.  He arranged them in the spot where they’d be saying their vows later in the day:

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Lindsey on her way to the first look:

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We did one more quick portrait before the guests arrived:

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Lindsey and her dad, Jack waited in a room off of the patio:

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While Andy and the groomsmen waited down in the locker room for the ceremony to begin:

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Lindsey watched from a window as their guests were seated.  She has amazing blue eyes:

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Someone else had amazing blue eyes, too:

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Lindsey and her matron of honor Sarah share a hug as the girls line up for the processional:

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Ring bearers Laszlo and Ryder waited with their sister, flower girl Shyla for their turn to walk down the aisle:

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Laszlo watched as the processional began:

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Lindsey and Jack wait their turn:

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Andy’s brother Tony served as officiant:

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The first kiss happened just as the sun was setting over the clubhouse:

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A portrait at the front of the clubhouse:

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First dance:

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Lindsey and Andy held hands while listening to the toasts:

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Parent’s dances.  Lindsey and Jack and Andy with his mom, Donna:

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A shot through the curtain of their photo booth:

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Andy dances with his sister Madalynn:

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I hope you enjoyed this Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding:)

 

Vincenza LoPiparo - January 24, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Wow… looks like a fairy tail wedding! Beautiful

St. Paul Cathedral and Renaissance Hotel Wedding

Kate and Drew’s wedding was on a beautiful spring day in Pittsburgh – just look at the blue skies in the photo below!

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While I’ve done many weddings at The Renaissance Hotel in Pittsburgh, this was my first time photographing a wedding at St. Paul Cathedral.  So we got the best of both downtown and Oakland.  All of that is great, but what’s really important is the couple and the loved ones around them on their wedding day.  This was a very good wedding day in every sense – I truly appreciated Kate and Drew’s kindness and the warm, welcoming attitude of their families and friends.

So here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

Kate had her hair and makeup done in the August Wilson Room.  It was open, airy and filled with great light:

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Kate got Drew a guitar as a wedding present.  Pretty nice! (photo by Lisa):

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Kate’s dad Peter gives her a kiss before leaving for the church:

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Kate waits in the narthex of the cathedral as the wedding party begins their walk down the aisle.  I won an award for this one:)

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Peter and Kate walk down the aisle as Drew waits by the altar.  St. Paul has a spectacular interior:

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Drew gets the thumbs up from Peter:

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Kids:D

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As we got the families together for formals, I saw this moment with Kate’s grandmother.  It’s a beautiful moment with three generations of women:

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Photos like this make me happy because they remind me that spring is coming:

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I was so happy to receive a Christmas card from Kate and Drew with this photo on it.  I love it when couples find different ways to enjoy their photos:

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I don’t know who suggested it, but it seemed like a good idea for the girls to pick Drew up.  I guess he’s a lot heavier than he looks:

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A couple of my favorite detail shots from the day:

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Kate and Drew share a private moment in the Symphony Ballroom before their guests entered the room (photo by Lisa):

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Cake cutting.

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He deserved it:

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Next three photos by Lisa:

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Kate and her sister Alexis on the dance floor:

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It got kind of steamy with all of that dancing going on:

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Kate’s dad shows off his break dancing skills:

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What a great St. Paul Cathedral and Renaissance Hotel wedding. Thanks folks!

Rebecca Kiger - January 17, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Really great, Joe!

Sherry Grondin Pickerell - January 18, 2014 - 5:29 am

Nice work Joe!

Old St. Luke’s Church Wedding

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Sarah and Rich’s Old St. Luke’s Church wedding in Scott Township.  The site of one of the oldest churches in Western Pennsylvania, the parish was founded in 1765 when this part of the country was a British colony.  The church building itself dates back to 1852.  Rich is an architect, so the history of the structure and the spare, elegant interior was just what he and Sarah were looking for.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

Of all the things that a bride can do to keep the stress level as low as possible on the wedding day, having a hair and makeup professional come to you is at the top of the list.  Sarah had her makeup done by the wonderful and talented Justine Lynn from Beauty Justified:

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Sarah and her mom Wendy – two great ladies:

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Rich reads a card from Sarah (photo by Lisa):

A groom reads a card from his bride at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

Looking great!:

A bride looks at herself in a hand mirror after having her makeup done.

Sarah and Melissa, her sister/matron of honor, took a couple of belts straight from the bottle:D

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Bride and her sister embrace.

Rich and the guys keep it loose at Old St. Luke’s (photo by Lisa):

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Bride has her dress buttoned in the back as bridesmaids watch.

I have no idea of what was going on here:D(photo by Lisa):

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Melissa looks back at Sarah before entering the church:

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Sarah’s dad Barry gives her a kiss before they head into the church:

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It’s really tight in the church, so Lisa was up front and ready to get this photo of Sarah and Barry walking down the aisle.  I love that she included Sarah’s mom Wendy in the frame:

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Rich totally teared up when he saw Sarah walking down the aisle towards him (photo by Lisa):

Groom has tears in his eyes as he watches his bride walk down the aisle to him.

Photo by Lisa:

Bride and groom smile while looking at each other at the front of the church before their wedding.

Exchanging rings.  The officiant, Rev. Karen Stevenson, cracked everybody up with a dead-on impression of The Impressive Clergyman from The Princess Bride. “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dream.” I could hardly keep my concentration I was laughing so hard!  Here’s a link to the scene in case you’ve been living under a rock.

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Photo by Lisa:

Bride and groom embrace during their wedding ceremony.

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A private moment before everybody else came outside:

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Photo by Lisa:

Bride looks out the window of Old St. Luke

Bride and groom pose for a portrait outside of Old St. Luke

Ever the gentleman, Rich kisses his bride’s hand as they begin their first dance at their reception at Olive or Twist in downtown Pittsburgh:

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Sarah and Rich are huge fans of “This American Life” and were shocked when their friends presented them with an autographed photo of Ira Glass, the show’s host and executive producer.

Bride and groom hold an autographed photo of Ira Glass that they received as a wedding gift.

A couple of detail photos from the day:

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Cake cutting:

Couple cuts their cake during their wedding reception at Olive or Twist in Pittsburgh.

Then some dancing:

Bride and groom dance during their wedding reception at Olive or Twist in Pittsburgh.

What a great time!

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