Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers » One of the "50 Top US Wedding Photographers" - weddzilla.com

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.

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 001

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:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 002

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.

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 003

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

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 004

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:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 005

Lindsey on her way to the first look:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 006

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 007

We did one more quick portrait before the guests arrived:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 008

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

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 009

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

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 010

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

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 011A

Someone else had amazing blue eyes, too:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 012

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

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 013

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

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 014

Laszlo watched as the processional began:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 015

Lindsey and Jack wait their turn:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 016

Andy’s brother Tony served as officiant:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 017

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

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 018A

A portrait at the front of the clubhouse:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 019

First dance:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 020

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 021

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 022

Lindsey and Andy held hands while listening to the toasts:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 023

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

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 024

A shot through the curtain of their photo booth:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 025

Andy dances with his sister Madalynn:

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 027

Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding 028

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

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

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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:

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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:)

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Drew gets the thumbs up from Peter:

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Kids 😀

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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:

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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:

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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:

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

A couple of my favorite detail shots from the day:

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Cake cutting.

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

He deserved it:

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Next three photos by Lisa:

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Kate and her sister Alexis on the dance floor:

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Kate’s dad shows off his break dancing skills:

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

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!

  • […] in the time she wasn’t working on her degree she was planning her wedding. She was taken by the photos that were on the front page of my website at the time and loved how they told the story of the couple in a natural, honest way. After just a […]

Bride and groom embrace near the Roberto Clemente Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh
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:

bride has her makeup done at the Renaissance Hotel in Pittsburgh

Sarah and her mom Wendy – two great ladies:

bride and her mother embrace before her wedding.

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 😀

Bride and her sister drink champagne straight from the bottle at the Renaissance hotel in Pittsburgh

Bride and her sister embrace.

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

bridal party clowns around in front of Old St. Luke

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

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

groom and groomsman hug.

Melissa looks back at Sarah before entering the church:

maid of honor peeks around the corner while waiting to enter the church before a wedding.

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

father of the bride kisses her on the head before walking down the aisle.

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:

bride and her father walk down the aisle at Old St. Luke

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.

groom puts a ring on his bride

Photo by Lisa:

Bride and groom embrace during their wedding ceremony.

bride and groom celebrate after they

A private moment before everybody else came outside:

bride and groom kiss outside of Old St. Luke

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:

groom kisses his bride

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:

Lock with couple

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!

bride and groom in the back seat of a Mercedes Benz limousine after their wedding.

Lynne and David had their wedding at the beautiful St. Bernard Church (locals pronounce it like ber-nerd) in Mt. Lebanon.  It’s such a big, beautiful church and I’m used to lots of guests at weddings there.  Lynne and David had just their families and a few close friends with them, but the place was filled with love and happiness.

Afterwards, they took their guests to dinner at their favorite restaurant, The Capital Grille in downtown Pittsburgh.  They treated Lisa and I to a fantastic meal, too!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day:

Lynne says a prayer with Father David before the wedding ceremony. I was respectful of their prayers while taking this photo.  Lynne is very pious, and since her faith is such a significant part of her life I felt it was important element of their story.

a bride says a prayer with a priest before her wedding

David and his dad were next:

a groom and his father pray before his wedding.

Lynne shares a laugh with David’s mom’s husband while she waits for the ceremony to begin:

A bride laughs with her father-in-law before her wedding.

Lynne’s dad hands her off to David at the front of the church:

Father of the bride hands his daughter off to her husband to be.

Spectacular sanctuary of St. Bernard

Father David says a blessing during the mass:

Priest blesses a bride and groom during their wedding mass.

The happy couple make their exit down the aisle:

Happy bride and groom exiting St. Bernard

Lynne and David share a moment while we waited for the family to gather for formal photos at the front of the church:

Bride and groom near the altar of St. Bernard

Details from the St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon wedding:

Details in and around St. Bernard

David and his mom and step-father share a moment after the wedding:

Groom and his parents embrace after his wedding.

A portrait outside of the church:

portrait of a bride and groom beneath the arched walkway outside of St. Bernard

The Capital Grille offers some interesting opportunities for detail photos of the wedding rings:

Wedding rings in the beak of an owl.

Lynne and David cut their cake:

Bride and groom cut their cake at The Capital Grille in downtown Pittsburgh.

Bride and groom kiss after cutting their cake at their wedding reception at The Capital Grille in downtown Pittsburgh.

While their guests finished their dinners, Lynne and David got changed and hit the road for their honeymoon.  Lynne took a little bit of cake with her:)

Bride and groom leave for their honeymoon.

Looking back on April and Jamie’s wedding always brings a smile to my face.  You’d be hard pressed to find two people who are as funny, kind and sincere as they are.  We had a great time photographing the wedding and reception – the day flew past.

Weddings in February are a crapshoot in terms of weather, but we got lucky.  I wasn’t too worried, though.  Even if the weather had been horrible the Grand Concourse is a beautiful place for photos.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 001

April and her girls got ready at the Sheraton Station Square, so we started out there:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 002

The big windows on the river side of the hotel provide some beautiful light for portraits.  April looked fantastic:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 003

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 004
Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 005

April’s dad helps tie a half windsor knot.  It’s a handy thing to know how to do:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 006

When we got to the chapel we found out that the florist hadn’t yet arrived with the bouquets.  No bueno, florist:(

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 007

Yay!  She arrived!

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 008

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 009

You’ve got some explaining to do, Miss Florist!

This situation provides a really great lesson. Weddings are complicated, emotional events involving human beings – who are by nature fallible.  Kudos to April for being able to keep things in perspective and focus on what was important – two people deeply in love standing in front of their friends and loved ones while they made a promise to each other.  Really, once it was over it was left in the past.  I don’t think another thought was wasted on the flowers arriving late, and everybody went on to enjoy the day.

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 010

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 011

Waiting to walk down the aisle:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 012

Father McCool has a great sense of humor – April and Jamie thought so, too:)

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 013

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 014

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 015

Wedding rings, or as Father McCool referred to them “The most expensive set of handcuffs you’ll ever see!”  Father James Murphy (right) co-celebrated the ceremony

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 016

I love this shot by my second photographer Lisa Eggleston of April and Jamie lighting the unity candle.

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 017

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 018

A little wink from April:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 019

Jamie gets a hug from his aunt after the ceremony:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 020

It was pleasant outside, so we walked around the Duquesne University campus as we took some portraits:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 021

I told you these two are funny:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 022

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 023

Cristal for everyone!  Or Crystal. Whatever 😛

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 024

Annie O’Neill was with us and she shot this image of April and Jamie practicing their first dance on the Smithfield Street Bridge before the reception:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 025

The happy couple is announced into their reception:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 026

Cake cutting:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 027

Jamie’s niece hit the dance floor with his parents:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 028

Jamie and his mom share a dance:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 029

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 030

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 031

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 032

Last dance:

Duquesne University Chapel Wedding 033

I loved everything about this wedding and feel so grateful to have been a part of the day.

Rachel from Pittsburgh Wedding Cinema was on hand to document the day.  We work together in the same unobtrusive, story-telling manner to provide documentary coverage.  Let me know if you’re interested in adding video to your wedding coverage.  Here’s a short piece that she put together from this Duquesne University Chapel and Grand Concourse Wedding:

April & Jaime from Rachel Wagner on Vimeo.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...