Heinz Chapel and LeMont Wedding
Helen and Paul’s Heinz Chapel and LeMont wedding was a day filled with friends and family traditions. Looking back on this late July wedding in Pittsburgh, I’m thinking about how easy-going and genuinely kind Helen and Paul are. It was a Sunday wedding, so the normally busy areas around Oakland were mostly deserted. Since they had no bridal party it was mostly just the three of us walking around and taking photos after their ceremony. I truly enjoyed the time we had together.
Helen gets ready to leave for the ceremony at Heinz Chapel. In addition to the Badgley and Mischka flats, she had a couple of family heirlooms with her – a brooch on her bouquet and her necklace. Fun fact: Helen’s parents live across the street from an ice cream stand! That made the drive into town from the south hills so much more enjoyable🍦
Helen and her dad Walt wait their turn to walk down the aisle.
Helen and Walt make their way to the altar at the beautiful Heinz Chapel.
Just after taking the last photo I ran down the side of the chapel to get a photo as Helen and Walt walked towards Paul.
It was a self-uniting ceremony, so one of Helen and Paul’s friends acted as master of ceremonies.
The couple are professional singers. A choir of their talented friends was a big part of their ceremony. Beautiful music reverberated through Heinz Chapel.
Helen and Paul were all smiles.
The happy couple is presented to their guests at the end of the ceremony.
Before starting on the formal photos Helen and Paul went back to the altar to thank their friends.
Portraits around Oakland
Beautiful light at the back of the chapel.
With an early time slot for their ceremony, Helen and Paul’s timeline included a lot of time for portraits. It was a treat to be able to work in the area around the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel – one of the most beautiful areas in Pittsburgh.
We walked over to the Mellon Institute for some more portraits. It was great to have the place to ourselves!
I am a cookie table expert. Being a wedding photographer I look at it as my responsibility 🙂 I love it when family members make the cookies, especially when they use favorite recipes that are handed down through the generations. Paul comes from upstate New York, so his family (including his niece) was no doubt blown away by this Western Pennsylvania tradition:
The skies were clear and the sunset provided the light that gave a pastel-like quality to the scene as we took a couple of portraits up on Mt. Washington.
Back inside, toasts to the couple were offered by guests.
First dance. Wow, they look happy!
Some details, including a macaron tower in lieu of a cake.
The sunset over the Ohio River was stunning. It was a fitting end to fantastic day!
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