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Stephanie and Jared | Epiphany Church & LeMont Wedding Photography

Starting at the Omni William Penn and the South Side on to uptown at Epiphany Church then finally to Mt. Washington for the reception at the LeMont – the skyline of Pittsburgh provided a lovely backdrop for Stephanie and Jared’s wedding.

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Stephanie and Jared are a very stylish couple and the evidence of this was apparent in the details of the day.  They’re also very sweet and kind, so they’ve got a huge group of very loving friends and family who all had a fantastic time celebrating the day with them.

Joining me again was the very creative and hard-working Jasmine Goldband.  It’s always a joy to be able to work with her.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

I started the day with Stephanie at the Omni William Penn where she and the girls had their hair and makeup done.

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While Jasmine started the day with the guys over at the South Side Works:

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Stephanie and her sister Lauren took a moment away from the hustle and bustle to breathe and get centered:

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Jasmine’s photo:

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Andrew, the ring bearer, waits for the signal to head down the aisle:

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Jasmine’s photo:

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I love Stephanie’s expression in this photo:

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Purple was the theme of the day:

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My vote for the best bridesmaid’s shoes of 2012 (next two photos by Jasmine):

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Stephanie and her dad:

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Jared and his mom (Jasmine’s photo):

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The dance floor was packed for the entire evening!

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David Morgan - March 15, 2013 - 11:45 am

Great hairspray shot! :-)

katrina - March 17, 2013 - 12:34 am

Lots of fun moments in this one! Great job you two!

Elaine - March 18, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Really great wedding photographs. This wedding looks like it was a lot of fun, and you captured it really well!

Stephanie Novak - April 15, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Thanks Joe!!! You did such a wonderful job, captures the moments and the feelings of the day perfectly. I can’t stop looking at them! A million thanks:)

Joe - April 20, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Aw thanks Stephanie :) It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you and Jared.

Kate and Will | Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Wedding Photography in Pittsburgh

Kate and Will.  Will and Kate.

Outdoor Summer Wedding Photography in PittsburghIt had a vaguely familiar ring to me.

Honestly, I really didn’t get it until we were on our way to the wedding when Jasmine Goldband, my wonderful friend and fellow photographer who was working with me that day, pointed out that there is a very famous couple who go by the names Will and Kate.  Hey, I’ve got a lot on my mind on a wedding day:D

Like that famous couple, Kate is breathtakingly beautiful and Will is a very classy guy.  Unlike that famous couple, despite their considerable achievements and talents they are both humble, approachable and completely down to earth.  It was a joy to be with them on their wedding day.  Their wedding took place at one of my favorite venues, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside.  It was a perfect early fall day for an outdoor ceremony as you’ll see when you look through the photos:

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Kate’s maid of honor presented her with a piece of jewelry to wear as something borrowed:

Meanwhile, Will got ready in another room down the hall at the Springhill Suites in Bakery Square (Jasmine’s photo):

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Will’s sister helped Kate with her dress:

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Kate and her mom:

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The first look:

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Bridal party photo in the sculpture garden at Mellon Park:

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We stopped by Kate and Will’s favorite watering hole, Gooski’s in Polish Hill:

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Kate’s dad’s emotions got the best of him as they waited for the signal to walk down the aisle:

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Kate and her dad (Jasmine’s photo):

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Jasmine’s photo:

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Next two photos by Jasmine:

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Kate and Will make their entrance into the reception tent at the PCA:

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First dance:

Will’s brother, sister and stepmother performed a song for the couple:

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Will thanked his brother (Jasmine’s photo):

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On to the dancing (next two photos by Jasmine):

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Jasmine’s photo:

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Rebecca - February 26, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Great moments, Joe!

Joe - February 26, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Thanks Rebecca!

David Morgan - February 26, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Lovely images Joe! :-)

Sarah C - February 27, 2013 - 2:53 am

Lovely couple and so many sweet moments! Great work.

Todd Laffler - February 27, 2013 - 10:17 am

Well done Joe!

katrina wallace - February 28, 2013 - 3:00 pm

yay joe and jasmine! i adore the shot of the older man sticking his tongue out during the dancing and the fun expression on the woman’s face. what a fun wedding! great job you two!

SARAH KANG - March 1, 2013 - 2:31 am

So much emotion, and all captured beautifully! Great job, Joe!

kirsten - March 21, 2013 - 11:10 am

Lovely as always Joe!

Tara and Steve | Syria Shrine Wedding Photography in Pittsburgh

It was a chilly, rainy day in September when we started for Tara and Steve’s wedding.  Spirits were high even though the weather wasn’t great at the beginning of the day, but the clouds broke and glorious glorious sunshine appeared just as Tara and Steve walked out of Our Lady of Victory in Harwick.

Joining me this day was another long-time colleague, Phil Pavely.  It’s a real pleasure to work with Phil – he’s a terrific photographer.  We’ve known each other for an awfully long time and there’s very little in the way of verbal communication needed when covering an event together.  Usually just a nod or a finger point is enough for each of us to know what the other is up to and what needs to be done.

Looking over these photos again, I’m reminded just how much Tara and Steve love to laugh.  It was a real joy to share their wedding day with them.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

Tara’s mom helps her put her jewelry on:

Tara was just a little bit nervous before she walked down the aisle:

The ring bearer, junior bridesmaid and flower girl walk down the aisle together.  Each one cuter than the other (Phil’s photo):

Tara’s dad shakes Steve’s hand:

Phil’s photo:

Next three photos by Phil:

We took the party bus over to Squaw Valley Park in O’Hara Township for some portraits:

Phil’s photo:

Tara and Steve made a triumphant entrance into the Syria Shrine!

Tara and Steve met when she caught the bouquet and he caught the garter at the wedding of Steve’s best man.  Isn’t it funny how these things work out?:)

Tara danced with her dad (Phil’s photo):

And Steve danced with his mom:

Then all of the couples were invited to join them on the dance floor:

The bouquet toss (Phil’s photo):

Tara and Steve got a beautiful 10×10 album with matching parents albums.  You can see them about 1/2 way down on this page.

Sarah C - February 22, 2013 - 2:16 pm

So a fun couple and so much joy bursting through in all the pics! Great work Joe.

Joe - February 22, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Thanks Sarah!

David Morgan - February 25, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Looks like everyone was having a great time! I think she nailed him with the cake too! :-)

Saint Mary of the Mount – A New Beginning

Last week, we had a party to celebrate the grand opening of our new studio on the North Side of Pittsburgh.  It was a great time with many clients and friends.  Father Michael, of St. Mary of the Mount was among our guests.

Father Mike told me about the celebration his church was having to unite the parishes from St. Mary, St. Justin and the Deaf community.  It’s been my pleasure to photograph a number of weddings that he’s officiated, so I was very happy to be able to join them and photograph their Inaugural Mass.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the evening:

Bishop David Zubik was the lead celebrant of the mass.  He led the priests and laity in prayer before the service:

The mass began with a processional of the precious objects from St. Justin parish:

 Father Wally of St. Justin signs for members of the Deaf community.  He’ll be staying on at St. Mary of the Mount:

Holy Water from both St. Mary and St. Justin parishes was co-mingled in a baptismal font to symbolize the joining of the parishes:

Bishop Zubik blessed the congregation with holy water from the font:

It was a long, emotional process to join the parishes.  Bishop Zubik expressed his appreciation to both Father Mike and Father Wally:

I really enjoyed photographing the members of the Deaf community.  They were so gracious and welcoming to me.  An interpreter signed for a man who doesn’t see, so he gets his sign language through his sense of touch:

There was a lovely meal afterwards – along with some impromptu dancing!

katrina - March 2, 2013 - 4:54 am

These are wonderful Joe! Great moments!

Samantha and Ed | Green Gables Wedding in Jennerstown

Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

Sam and Ed’s wedding was the first time I’d ever been to Green Gables near Jennerstown, PA.  I was immediately taken by the beauty of the place with it’s mixture of nature and rustic buildings, including the Mountain Playhouse theater.  Joining me for this wedding was James Knox, my long-time colleague and friend from my days as a staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Besides being a great photographer to work with, James had me in tears laughing all day long:)

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

Sam and her maid of honor figure out how to place flowers in her hair:

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Ed and the guys got ready in a nearby cabin.  Kilts were a great choice for the hot late summer weekend (James’ photo):

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Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

First look.  (James’ photo):

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Two from me:

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Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

Sam and Ed’s readings came from the two books below.  You wouldn’t think that a reading from Calvin and Hobbes would be touching and emotional, but it really was:

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Next two by James:

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Sam and her dad walk down the aisle on the back patio at Green Gables:

Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

James’ photo:

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We took a walk over by the Mountain Playhouse while the guests enjoyed the cocktail hour:

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James’ photo:

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Each table had its own cake from Oakmont Bakery. Mmmmm:

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Toasts:

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Ed’s brother had a lengthy speech prepared, but decided to speak off the cuff instead:

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First dance:

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James’ photo:

Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

Laurel Highlands summer outdoor wedding photography at mountain playhouse

It was a warm night with no breeze at all, which made for perfect conditions for this photo by the creek:

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Sarah C - February 12, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Lovely images and lovely couple!!!

Carolina Rivera - February 16, 2013 - 11:39 am

wow! what happiness Joe, and you captured it all so well!

kirsten - March 21, 2013 - 11:19 am

Really lovely Joe, once again. I like the way your pictures make me feel when I am looking at them.

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