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!
Shannon and her girls had a suite at the Residence Inn on the North Shore. There are plenty of options for hotels near the Children’s Museum, so it’s easy to find a place as long as the Steelers aren’t in town.
The full-length mirror and window light made for a lovely scene.
Part of the reason they got ready on the North Shore was the fabulous view for their first look and the portraits to follow. I asked Larry to face downtown while Shannon approached.
I love the look on her face!
Larry’s reaction 🤩
With the first look done, we walked around the North Shore for a little while before heading up to the Children’s Museum.
It gets dark so early in December but the quality of the sunlight is just wonderful.
The photos came naturally. I didn’t have to do much in the way of posing. I mean, during portrait sessions I’ll offer suggestions when they’re needed. It seems like the process of just taking a walk gives us the opportunity to make authentic portraits. It’s great if you have time to do that and Shannon made sure that we had it built into the timeline.
How great was it that we had the whole North Shore to ourselves?!?
The water steps near PNC Park were drained for the winter. So yeah, let’s go climb them!
The Children’s Museum
After we were done on the North Shore, we headed over for their Children’s Museum wedding. One photo that Shannon really wanted was with the blue doors on the old Allegheny Post Office part of the Children’s Museum. She’d kind of based her color scheme on them.
As a result of getting to the place before everyone else we were able to go through the exhibits and have some fun 😄
Poor Lisa was curled up into a little ball out of sight in the corner of the tent while she held my light.
Shannon walks in with her mom and dad. They had their ceremony in the lobby. It was the first time I’d photographed a ceremony in that space and it turned out to be a really good spot. This is the same area where Anne and Andy had their reception at another Children’s Museum wedding I photographed. Seems like a pretty versatile space.
Rev. Mark from A Simple Vow officiated the ceremony.
Lots of laughs!
You might have noticed Shannon’s bouquet in an earlier photo. Yes, those are donuts! Potomac Bakery in Dormont made them for the ladies. I am definitely a fan of this idea. I mean, what if you get hungry during the ceremony? Well, problem solved!
Instead of a cake, Shannon and Larry had cupcakes from MayBakes on every table.
The reception took place in the Big Red Room where dinner was catered by Big Burrito. There were cookies in addition to donuts and cupcakes. These guys know how to party!
Everybody danced thanks to DJ Joe Reinhart!
The collage from the video booth was a lot of fun!
I hope you enjoyed these photos. I certainly enjoyed making them 🙂