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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.

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

Kate and Will.  Will and Kate.

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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:

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Next three photos by Phil:

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

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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.

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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! :-)

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