A bride holds her groom's hand and blows him a kiss as they exchange wedding vows beneath a chuppah in the Urban Room during their wedding at the Omni William Penn hotel.
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 bride holding a bouquet in one hand and her groom's hand in the other looks up and laughs as they walk down the aisle at the end of their wedding at Sacred Heart Church in 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 groom holds on to his smiling bride from behind as he kisses her cheek.
A bride seated in the back of an antique limousine sniffs the flowers of her bouquet.
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

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Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

Choosing a photographer for your wedding can be tricky! But it doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m Joe Appel and I’m here to make that decision easy for Pittsburgh couples.

I create award-winning, candid, storytelling images for happy couples on their wedding day. My photos focus on moment and emotion, and I combine those with modern and creative portraits to tell your unique story.

Take a look around my website and you’ll see brides, grooms and their families laughing, crying, hugging, kissing – feeling all the feels! I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings over the years in all sorts of venues around Pittsburgh and across the country. No matter if your wedding is in a barn or a ballroom, you’ll look at your images in years to come and those emotions will be right there with you again.

Here’s how we’ll do it – 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.

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!! You have done so much for us from shooting our Greek wedding to being a complete God-send on our Hotel Monaco wedding morning. You went so far above & beyond for us. We are forever grateful.

Yasmine & Andrew

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Wedding coverage starts at $2750 and includes full-resolution image files. Fill out my contact form or call 412-999-7363 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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In my experience as Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers 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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Coptic Wedding at the William Penn

Coptic Wedding at the William Penn Photography from Cassie and Ash's Coptic wedding at the William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh. Getting Ready at the Omni William Penn Cassie's matron of honor, Sarah helps out with the garter belt. Sarah and Cassie hold hands while...

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Montour Heights Country Club Wedding

Montour Heights Country Club Wedding Melissa and Eric's Montour Heights Country Club wedding was such a fun and memorable event. I've had photos from their wedding on my website for a long time but somehow have never gotten around to doing a post. Consequently, I'm...

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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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Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers:

Joe Appel Photography

28 Emerson Avenue,

Pittsburgh, PA 15205