A bride and groom are silhouetted in the doorway of Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside. The groom holds one of the bride's hands up to kiss it.
A bride laughs as her groom kisses her on the shoulder beneath the purple skylight in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh.
A smiling bride wearing a dress with lace sleeves is kissed on the cheek by her husband as seen through the waterfall across the street from the Omni William Penn.
A bride seated in the back of an antique limousine sniffs the flowers of her bouquet.
A bride in a strapless dress smiles as her red-headed groom embraces her from behind and kisses her cheek.
A bride and groom kiss in front of a flowered arbor at an outdoor ceremony.
A bride smiles broadly as she sees her husband-to-be walk into the door of a room for their first look. The smiling groom is seen in the mirror behind her.
Seen from above, a terrier sticks his tongue out as he eats a crumb of a muffin offered by his owner.
Detail photo of a bride and groom's held hands with the words "I love you" tattooed on the bride's wrist.
A bride lifts her shoulder up as her mother kisses it before her wedding at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
A bride and groom smile at a passing bicyclist as they walk across a bridge arm in arm

One of the “50 Top US Wedding Photographers.”



Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

I’m Joe Appel, a photographic artist based in Pittsburgh who creates award-winning, candid, story-telling images for happy couples. My photos focus on moment and emotion which along with modern and creative portraits tell your unique story.


If you’re from West Virginiawestern Maryland, and Ohio then I’d love to talk with you about your wedding. I also travel to New York, Washington, DC , and New England to photograph a wedding or two each year.


Check out my most recent work by visiting my blog.

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Please fill out my contact form or call me at 412-999-7363. I’d love to hear about your wedding plans and talk about how I can tell your story.

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Wedding coverage starts at $2750 and includes full-resolution image files. Fill out my contact form or call for complete details.

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My photographs have appeared in publications from daily newspapers to national magazines. Clients in industries ranging from manufacturing to education to healthcare choose to work with me because of my professionalism, versatility, and attention to detail.

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Favorite Venues

In my experience as a Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer I’ve worked at many of the popular venues in the area. You’ll find links to weddings from these venues along with lots of helpful information.

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Click on the link above and fill out the contact form. I’ll get back to you promptly. You can also call or text me at 412-999-7363.

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Joe Appel

Joe Appel

Choosing a wedding photographer can be tricky! It doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m here to help couples like you who are searching for a wedding photographer.

Take a look around my website and you’ll see happy couples experiencing real emotions and having moments that resonate. I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings over the years in all sorts of venues around Pittsburgh and across the country. I’ll use that experience to make photos that you’ll love and treasure.

Here’s what I encourage – just be yourselves and have the best day of your lives! I’ll blend in and make pictures that don’t just show you what you look like, but how you feel.

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from the blog

Children’s Museum Wedding

Children's Museum Wedding Shannon and Larry's Children's Museum wedding took place on a clear and warm(ish) December afternoon. It was a great way to close out a wedding season! I was really excited about their wedding because we're all friends from the running club...

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Embassy Suites Pittsburgh Wedding

Embassy Suites Pittsburgh Wedding Avery and Anthony's Embassy Suites Pittsburgh wedding was on a crisp and clear fall day. The couple chose to travel from their home in Phoenix to Western PA so they could get married close to their families. Avery and Anthony stand in...

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Renaissance Phipps South Asian Wedding

Renaissance Phipps South Asian Wedding Nadia and Tom's Renaissance Phipps South Asian Wedding was a fantastic two-day event filled with joy, color, dancing, tradition, family and love! It was a blending of Sikh and western traditions that reflected the personalities...

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Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

Joe Appel Photography

28 Emerson Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15205