Floria and Roger traveled across the country to have their wedding in Floria’s hometown of Pittsburgh.  They had a beautiful, sunny summer day for a Pittsburgh Center for the Arts wedding.

We started out at another one of my favorite places, the Renaissance Pittsburgh.

Floria checks a text message while bridesmaid Melinda and her sister Olivia help her get ready:

Off to the first look:

Caroline walked Roger and the guys over to Katz Plaza for the first look while Floria and the girls came over in the limo:

Pouring champagne for toasts on the limo bus:

On the way to the PCA we stopped by the Mellon Institute for portraits:

Roger walks in with Floria’s dad Ren:

Getting Roger’s nephews ready for the ceremony:

Floria’s cousin Ella was the flower girl:

Floria sat down a few minutes before leaving for the ceremony to write out what she was going to say:

Like I said, it was a beautiful, sunny summer day:

Floria’s friend Joy presided over the self-uniting marriage ceremony.  Also known as a Quaker Wedding, Pennsylvania is one of the few states that allow such a marriage ceremony.  I’ve shot several and think they’re a wonderfully personal way to get married.

Floria’s friend Susanne and Roger’s friend Mitch performed a wonderful rendition of Van Morrison’s “These are the Days”

Roger signs the wedding certificate:

This was a pretty cool visual representation of how the guests came to know Floria and Roger.

Some details:

The good folks at All Occasions Party Rental provided the tables, chairs, linens and other items.  Rania’s Catering cooked a fantastic meal for the guests.  Flowers by Pete Donati and Sons made everything that much more beautiful.

The chinese characters in the frame for guests to sign translates as “double happiness” – which is a beautiful sentiment.

During the ceremony, guests were asked to share a word or a thought with the couple.  These were placed on a board at the entrance to the reception:

Toasts by Floria’s sister Olivia, her mom Phoenix and Roger’s brother Peter:

Roger’s brothers with their dad:

The first dance was in the tent:

The second dance was inside the PCA:

Brooke and Susanne hit the dance floor:

Roger dances with his mom, Joyce:

The end of the evening:

It was a wonderful day, I wish you both much happiness together!

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