I’ve had this post from Courtney and Rick’s Renaissance Hotel Wedding in Pittsburgh on the schedule for a couple of weeks now. It’s been a busy start to the wedding season and frankly the task of updating my website has fallen by the wayside.
Coincidentally, I talked with Rick on the phone yesterday and I was glad to hear that both he and Courtney are very happy and enjoying full lives and busy careers. It’s always a pleasure to find out what’s going on with couples in the months and years after their weddings. I’m privileged to be with them on Day 1 of their marriage. Life goes on and changes happen, which is why I believe that having a set of photos that document what the day was like and show how you felt on Day 1 is so important.
Courtney and her girls share a toast:
Courtney’s mom Sheila helps her get her dress on as the bridesmaids look on:
Since the wedding ceremony was to be downstairs and the guests were already downstairs, Courtney and Rick had their first look in the suite. It was a beautiful and private moment, just like it ought to be:
(Lisa’s photos below):
There was great light coming in the windows, so why not do a few portraits in the suite? Courtney’s bouquet was by the always-elegant Allison McGeary:
The ceremony was on the grand staircase in the lobby of the Renaissance:
The combination of white marble and red carpeting is beautiful and timeless:
First kiss (photo by Lisa):
Beautiful bride in a beautiful gown:
The couple is introduced into the reception:
Courtney laughs as DJ Kelli Burns talks about members of the bridal party (Lisa’s photo below):
The ring bearer, Zayden, smells the flowers of his mom Tessie’s bouquet while Courtney and Rick have their first dance:
I love this photo by Lisa of Courtney and Rick as they feed each other cake:
The couple listens to toasts while sitting at the sweetheart table:
Sheila surprised Courtney by having her favorite teacher from high school perform a song during the reception. While still a teenager, Courtney said that when she got married she wanted him to perform at her wedding:
These guys were so sweet!:
Nothing like a little AC/DC to bring out the air guitar players in the crowd:
Sheila bangs on a pot to signal time t0 change partners during the money dance:
So there you have it, some of my favorite photos from the day. One of my main goals this season is to keep the site updated. I’ve got a lot of really great weddings in the pipeline and I’m excited to share the photos with you. So check back soon.