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Fearless Awards!

I was thrilled to find out that two of my photos were chosen for the Fearless Awards latest collection of images!  This is one of the toughest contests out there to place in.  Thousands of images are submitted by photographers from around the world and less than 10 percent are chosen. Here are the photos:

Mackenzie and Chris walk down the aisle at the end of their wedding at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside:

Kim and Jim cut the cake at their wedding at Lingrow Farm:

 

Here are a couple of my other winning images from prior rounds of the contest.

Round 2

Round 13

Kara and Mike’s Butler County Wedding

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OK, so this one made me feel really old!  When I was in college I worked summers delivering beer for my uncle’s distributorship (definitely a great job!).  Kara’s dad Chris worked there, too, and I became friends with him and Kara’s mom Chris.  I was shocked last year when I got a call from Kara asking if I could photograph her wedding.  There was no way that the little girl I knew then was old enough to be out of school let alone getting married!

In truth, I was delighted to have the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.

Kara and Mike had their ceremony at Holy Sepulcher Church near Butler and their reception at a place called Schnoodleberry Farm (really!) near Saxonburg.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

I had my friend Phil Pavely working with me that day.  The first photo is his:

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Kara and her mom, Chris:

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The girls played cards while they waited for the ceremony  to begin:

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Kara and her dad, Chris:

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Next two photos by Phil:

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Mike and his guys celebrate after the ceremony:

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Kara shares a laugh with her mom and mother-in-law Linda:

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We went over to nearby Armstrong Farms for some portraits:

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Some details:

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A great shot from Phil:

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You knew this was going to happen:

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The grass dance floor was packed the whole evening (Phil’s photo):

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It was Mike’s birthday, so everybody joined in to sing “Happy Birthday” to him:

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Stacy and Noah | Green Gables Wedding Photography in Jennerstown

Mountain Playhouse Wedding in PennsylvaniaStacy and Noah have a great story of how they met.  It was at a summer camp in the Pocono Mountains where Stacy was the camp nurse and Noah was a counselor.  Noah had a medical condition which piqued Stacy’s interest.  Eventually, that initial interest in Noah’s biology led to their discovery that they have great chemistry together.

Their wedding was a real reflection of their personalities and interests.  They put a lot of thought and effort into bringing their vision to reality – from typing each individual invitation to making jam as a favor for their guests.  It was a great pleasure to photograph such a fresh and personal event.  Let’s look at some photos:

Stacy gets ready with her mom and sisters:

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Noah checks the sound for the ceremony with his friend Chris (Caroline’s photo):

Noah has a large collection of typewriters that he’s fixed up.  They typed out their invitations on these old machines.  Guests were encouraged to use them to type a message to the couple:

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Stacy and Noah have a word before the ceremony:

Noah’s mom Nancy gives Noah a hug after walking him down the aisle (Caroline’s photo):

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Stacy’s dad Allan gives her a kiss at the end of the aisle:

Noah’s sister Sarah and his mom Nancy were taken with emotion:

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Stacy and Noah held a self-uniting ceremony, also known as a Quaker Wedding, which requires no officiant.  Their friend Chris acted as master of ceremonies:

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The weather had been threatening rain all day long and it finally came during the ceremony.  The staff at Green Gables passed out umbrellas to the guests and the wedding ceremony carried on.  Yay!:

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Stacy signs the self-uniting document while Noah’s mom Nancy (left) and Stacy’s mom Sue (right) served as witnesses.

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Noah’s dad Ira held an umbrella for the couple as they embraced at the end of the ceremony:

Noah’s uncle Danny welcomed Stacy into the family with a hug:

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Stacy and Noah bought a pallet of pumpkins that weighed hundreds of pounds.  They brought them to Green Gables where they first served as decorations during the ceremony and then their guests carved them:

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Instead of dancing, the reception featured a talent show.  Stacy and Noah kicked it off with a piano and clarinet duet of “You Are My Sunshine”

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Their guests were a talented bunch!  Their friend Daniel sang:

Noah’s uncle Ian played a beautiful medley of songs on his 12-string guitar:

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Noah’s sister Sarah and her husband Jason brought down the house with an interpretive dance performance of Stacy and Noah’s courtship.  It helped that they both were professional dancers:

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Stacy’s dad Allan gave a toast:

Danny Bakan and the Nephfolk performed 84,000 Ways on Guitar, toe cymbal and kazoo:

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As an example of the broad range of performances, the couple’s friend Kat did a hula hoop dance:

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Thanks again.  A Green Gables Wedding always seems to be unique and very fun affair.  It really is a lovely place in a beautiful part of Pennsylvania.

Stacy and Noah’s album turned out beautifully.  Check it out here.

Rebecca K - April 21, 2013 - 12:39 pm

So sweet! I love the idea of the talent show!

David Morgan - April 24, 2013 - 1:56 pm

I like the ‘thumbs up’ shot Joe! :-)

katrina wallace - April 27, 2013 - 12:18 pm

I ADORE this wedding! You really captured their spirit in an honest and beautiful way Joe! Love, love, love!

Kate and Justin | Pittsburgh Grand Hall Wedding Photography

I had a wonderful time with Kate and Justin during their engagement portrait session in St. Michaels, Maryland in the spring, so I was really looking forward to their wedding in the fall.  The ceremony was at Holy Innocents Parish in Sheraden – Justin’s family parish – and the reception was held at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall.

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Kate and the girls got ready in the townhouse across the street from the Grand Hall:

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While Justin got ready with the guys at his brother’s house in Green Tree (Caroline’s photo):

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Justin tossed a football with Richard, the ring bearer (Caroline’s photo):

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Caroline’s photo:

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Richard really liked Justin’s mom’s dress:)

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Caroline’s photo:

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Kate and her sister Jennifer said a prayer before heading into the church:

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The first dance (Caroline’s photo):

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Parent’s dances:

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It was a really fun party!

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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.

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