This was my first Ace Hotel Wedding – hopefully the first of many. Because Kristine and Tim’s celebration was everything I love about weddings! Like I told Kristine when we were saying goodbye at the end of the night, “I think I found my people.” Really. I’m grateful that they basically told me a couple of things that were important to them and then they set me loose. Kristine and Tim honored me with their trust and I am super happy with the resulting images. So are they 🙂
Allegheny Courthouse Wedding
They actually officially got married the day before in a ceremony on the steps of the Allegheny County Courthouse. Which meant everyone had to pass through security before. Fun!
Kristine is so expressive! Tim is chill – they complement one another so well.
Brides, how about that pink pantsuit?
Kristine was having fun.
There’s some beautiful natural light in the courthouse. H.H. Richardson designed the landmark building which features his trademark arches everywhere.
I was having a little fun adding some flash to the existing light when this guy walked down the stairs between us. Perfect! I love wedding photos that don’t look like wedding photos.
Wedding Day at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
The ladies got ready on the fourth floor and the guys were on the second floor. So I bounced back and forth while they took their time getting ready. The girls had snacks and champagne. The guys had beer, bourbon and 5 hour energy. These choices speak volumes 😂
Apparently it’s good luck to rub a bald guys head. At least that’s what they said! Kristine’s sister Leanne did her makeup for her.
Before we headed to the first look I asked Kristine to jump up on the window seat for a photo. I love her style: A pantsuit, a cape, and a champagne-colored beaded dress. She let me wear the cape for a little while!
The first look and the formal photos took place in The Ballroom.
Such a great moment!
We did a few portraits before the ceremony. I especially like these two.
Ceremony in the Gym
The sunlight was shining into the gym near the entrance as Tim walked in with his parents.
Kristine with her mom and dad.
The couple wrote their vows. They were beautiful, heartfelt, funny and poetic.
The ceremony was finished when their friend who was officiating wrapped their hands. Then they literally tied the knot!
It was an amazing early spring day. So we went outside for some portraits while the guests enjoyed cocktails.
The Ace is a very cool place!
Heading back inside for the reception.
Dinner was family style – and it was delicious! The green, white and purple color scheme really fit the room.
Cocktails were served in the same room as dinner and the ceremony.
Ace Hotel Wedding Reception
Toasts! Kristine’s sisters teamed up for theirs. Kristine enjoyed it.
Parent’s dances preceded the couple’s first dance.
Kristine and Tim aren’t ones to hold on to each other and sway. It made photographing their first dance a challenge, but it was a lot of fun.
Their dance ended with a kiss❤️
After the formalities were done the rest of the night was one massive dance party. It was a blast!
Tim and his buddies.
Kristine danced with her friends while Tim was with his.
They met up at the end.
I was buzzing for days after this wedding. I had so much fun! I’m definitely looking forward to the next Ace Hotel Wedding that I photograph. If you like the photos from this wedding – and I hope that you do – then check out this one.