Duquesne University Chapel and Grand Concourse Wedding
Looking back on April and Jamie’s Duquesne University Chapel and Grand Concourse Wedding always brings a smile to my face. You’d be hard pressed to find two people who are as funny, kind and sincere as they are. We had a great time photographing the wedding and reception – the day flew past.
Weddings in February are a crapshoot in terms of weather, but we got lucky. I wasn’t too worried, though. Even if the weather had been horrible the Grand Concourse is a beautiful place for photos.
April and her girls got ready at the Sheraton Station Square, so we started out there.
The big windows on the river side of the hotel provide some beautiful light for portraits. April looked fantastic!
April’s dad helps tie a half windsor knot. It’s a handy thing to know how to do.
When we got to the chapel we found out that the florist hadn’t yet arrived with the bouquets. No bueno, florist 🙁
Yay! She arrived!
You’ve got some explaining to do, Miss Florist!
This situation provides a really great lesson. Weddings are complicated, emotional events involving human beings – who are by nature fallible. Kudos to April for being able to keep things in perspective and focus on what was important – two people deeply in love standing in front of their friends and loved ones while they made a promise to each other. Really, once it was over it was left in the past. I don’t think another thought was wasted on the flowers arriving late, and everybody went on to enjoy the day.
Ceremony at Duquesne University Chapel
Waiting to walk down the aisle.
Father McCool has a great sense of humor – April and Jamie thought so, too 🙂
Wedding rings, or as Father McCool referred to them “The most expensive set of handcuffs you’ll ever see!” Father James Murphy (right) co-celebrated the ceremony.
I love this shot by my second photographer Lisa Eggleston of April and Jamie lighting the unity candle.
A little wink from April.
Jamie gets a hug from his aunt after the ceremony.
It was pleasant outside, so we walked around the Duquesne University campus as we took some portraits.
I told you these two are funny.
Cristal for everyone! Or Crystal. Whatever 😉
Annie O’Neill was with us and she shot this image of April and Jamie practicing their first dance on the Smithfield Street Bridge before the reception.
Reception at The Grand Concourse
The happy couple is announced into their reception.
Jamie’s niece hit the dance floor with his parents.
Jamie and his mom share a dance.
I loved everything about this wedding and feel so grateful to have been a part of the day.
Rachel from Pittsburgh Wedding Cinema was on hand to document the day. We work together in the same unobtrusive, story-telling manner to provide documentary coverage. Let me know if you’re interested in adding video to your wedding coverage. Here’s a short piece that she put together from this Duquesne University Chapel and Grand Concourse Wedding:
Here’s another great winter wedding: Tera and John