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Samantha and Ed | Green Gables Wedding in Jennerstown

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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:

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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.

Liz and Justin | Saint Mary of the Mount Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

I’d been looking forward to Liz and Justin’s wedding for a long time.  We had a great time getting to know each other during their engagement portrait session in the fall of 2011.  I’m so grateful – they were fully invested in the process and gave me complete freedom to make photos that not only showed who they are, but how they feel about each other and their family and friends.

The ladies started the day out at the salon:

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Liz was a little nervous before getting her dress on:

Liz’ mom Anne worked the steamer to make sure the dress was perfect:

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Their wedding ceremony was at St. Mary of the Mount – a beautiful church that overlooks downtown Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington.  Justin and the guys got there early.  Joining me was a new associate photographer, Lisa Eggleston.  She did a great job!

Liz didn’t want anybody to see her inside of the limo as they were parked outside of the church:

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Photo by Lisa:

Liz and her dad Rob wait for the signal to head down the aisle:

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Father Mike presents Liz and Justin as husband and wife.  Father Mike is terrific!

Liz and Justin get a thumbs-up from Anne:

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After the ceremony, we went across the street for some portraits (and some fun photos like the one above).  Just about then, the limo stopped running.  It was very hot and there is no shade on Mt. Washington, so I suggested that we go up on to the porch of the rectory to get out of the sun.  I always talk about how it’s not as important where we go for portraits as it is for the couple to be in the moment.  Well, I had to put my money where my mouth is that afternoon:)  So instead of sitting around, we moved some furniture and had a photo shoot.

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The limo company got the bus working (yay!) and we headed down to the Hot Metal Bridge on the South Side:

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Some details (photos by Lisa):

Hmmm…

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Justin’s brother Andrew was the best man, which meant a speech was among his duties.  He did a great job:

First dance:

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Everybody was on the dance floor that evening:

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There was a body building convention at the Sheraton that evening, some of the guests decided to have their own competition:

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Photo by Lisa:

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The competition for the bouquet was fierce (Photo by Lisa):

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Rebecca Kiger - January 7, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Such strong work, Joe! Absolutely great! They must be thrilled. On another note, those were some crazy shoe combinations. Love it!

Joyce B - January 8, 2013 - 12:14 am

What wonderful pictures! I was there and you did a great job of capturing two people very much in love and having the time of their lives.

katrina wallace - January 10, 2013 - 8:15 am

Awesome work Joe!! Especially love the thumbs up picture right after the ceremony! What a sweet moment!!

Lindsay Stark - January 10, 2013 - 9:10 pm

So many sweet moments and emotions captured! Great work, Joe.

Tracy Kuhl - January 12, 2013 - 2:43 am

Really great Joe!

Fearless Award!

The results are in for the round 13 of the Fearless Photographers Wedding Photography Awards – and one of my images was selected!

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I’m so happy!  This image from Katie and Pete’s wedding this summer is one of my favorite photos.  It’s a sweet moment between Katie and her mom Mari just before the ceremony.  It was just the three of us on the deck of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and I felt so honored to have been able to witness such a touching moment between these two wonderful women.  I love the way Katie raised her shoulder to receive Mari’s kiss as they held hands.  Little things like that say so much.  Their feelings for each other are summed up so well in this frame.

I can’t help but get a little emotional every time I look at this photo.  I know that they treasure it, too.  To have the judges from the toughest wedding photography contest in the world pick it as one of the best is icing on the cake:)

Verna Pitts - January 3, 2013 - 6:29 pm

Sheer loveliness.

Katie - January 10, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Joe! Congratulations – mama bear and I are so touched! You are truly amazing – I’ll never stop singing your praises.

Joe - January 17, 2013 - 10:38 am

Thank you, Katie!

Amanda and Doug | Chanteclaire Farm Wedding Photography

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OK, so after a busy fall I’m a little behind in posting weddings to the website.  But with the snow piling up outside, it’s awfully nice to be transported back to late August as I sit here remembering just how wonderful the day was when Amanda and Doug had their wedding at Chanteclaire Farm near Deep Creek Lake in Maryland.

Since we live in different cities, the wedding day was the first time we’d met in person.  Within moments Amanda, her parents and her friends made me feel like an old friend.  Caroline, who was with Doug and his best man Matt, said it was the same experience for her.  It was a warm, happy and friendly atmosphere that August day.  Here are some of my favorite photos:

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Amanda’s niece Hailey was excited:

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This was a good indication that the rest of the day was going to be lots of fun.  Amanda with Doug’s cousin Olivia:

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Next 2 photos by Caroline:

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A sweet moment between Amanda and her mom Lois:

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Amanda’s sister-in-law Claire was also her matron of honor:

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Photo by Caroline:

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Amanda’s dad Vince drove her to the ceremony site in his beautiful ’63 Corvette convertible:

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Amanda’s nephew, Tyler was the ring bearer:

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Amanda and Doug worked hard putting together the look of the wedding.  Here are some details:

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Amanda and Doug with their English Setter, Roxie:

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Doug and Amanda didn’t have a first dance.  Instead Doug danced with his mom Margaret and Amanda danced with her dad Vince:

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The farm is a great place for kids to run wild!

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Tyler got out of the fancy clothes as fast as he could:

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This is the last post for 2012, but I’ve got plenty of weddings left from the fall that I’ll be showcasing over the winter months.  2012 was full of adventures.  To my couples – I’m very grateful to have been able to share in the beauty, love, and both the trying and happy moments that were all a part of it.  We’ve got two more weddings this coming week and then it’s on to 2013!

Shauna - December 26, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Joe! These are stunning.. those children in the field? mindblowing! love love love!

Todd Laffler - December 26, 2012 - 8:10 pm

Great work!

Sherry - December 26, 2012 - 9:17 pm

What a gorgeous wedding! Beautiful work Joe!

katrina - December 27, 2012 - 12:48 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE this wedding and the fantastic images that documented all the love and the beautiful story of their day! great work!

damon - December 27, 2012 - 5:00 am

woww Love the Photo’s so much !!

Tracy - December 28, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Really beautiful work Joe…

Carolina Rivera - December 31, 2012 - 3:43 pm

wow what an amazing setting and great captures! love love love the one of the kids running down the field!!

Kate and Pete | Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Wedding Photography

best wedding photographers in pittsburgh pennsylvania It’s always a pleasure to work at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside.  But when you get the combination of a genuinely lovely couple, beautiful weather (oh, summer where have you gone?), and a whole lot of loving family and friends it makes for a fantastic day!

So here are some of my favorite photos from Kate and Pete’s wedding:

Kate’s friend Becca helps her with her makeup while her other friend and bridesmaid Carin does her own makeup:

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Kate’s mom Mari sees Kate in her wedding dress:

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Pete pours champagne for his best man Dan (left) and groomsman Eric (photo by Caroline):

Meanwhile, the girls enjoy a toast of their own:

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Kate is very beautiful:

Kate and Mari share a quiet moment before walking down the aisle:

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Kate’s friend Alon (left) with fellow bridesman Caulder after the ceremony:

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A portrait in the walled garden at Mellon Park:

Some details:

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Groomsmen Steve (left) and Eric escort bridesmaid Becca into the reception:

First dance:

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Mari toasts the couple:

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Pete was wise not to escalate the cake smashing.  The cake was a burnt almond torte from Prantl’s.  Mmmmm:

Lots of great dancing to end the evening:

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Best man Dan and his little boy (photo by Caroline):

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