Heinz Chapel Weddings. What could be more Pittsburgh than that?
Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus is a non-denominational chapel which has long been a popular place for Pitt alumni to get married. As of 2016, there is no longer a requirement that either the bride or groom have an affiliation to the University of Pittsburgh. Good news for anyone looking for a venue that could just as well be in a wealthy medieval market town in France. The chapel was a gift of H.J. Heinz and was finished in 1938. The floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows and deep, rich oak furnishings make the interior as beautiful as any chapel in the world.
There are a number of events at the chapel so the coordinators there make sure that everything runs to schedule. They’re experts at making your event go smoothly.
I’ve got a special attachment to the place – my wife and I had our wedding there 🙂 So Heinz Chapel Weddings always have a spot in my heart. Here are some of my favorite photos from the many weddings that I’ve photographed there:
Junior bridesmaids sit in the ready room in the basement of the chapel waiting for a wedding to begin.
A bride and groom are applauded by the singers who performed during their ceremony:
The area between Heinz Chapel and the Cathedral of Learning is one of the most lovely spots in Pittsburgh:
A bride walks up the stairs from the waiting room:
Pure joy as a couple exchanges vows:
Presenting the newlyweds:
The Cathedral of Learning as seen through the doors at the back of the chapel:
A father prepares to give his daughter’s hand in marriage:
The happy couple exits the church:
A classic photo from many Heinz Chapel Weddings. It’s not as easy as it looks to get this one just right:
The bride’s grandfather waits for the service to begin:
A groom and his guys clown around in the choir loft:
A sunny early spring afternoon and a beautiful bride outside of Heinz Chapel:
Detail from the pulpit:
The magnificent windows, and columns leading to the soaring ceiling give a sense of grandeur to the chapel:
A bride in the waiting room dances with her friends to take the edge off of her nerves before the wedding:
The light at the back of the chapel is wonderful:
If you keep your eyes open, it can also be pretty dramatic:
Great place for a bridal party photo:
Long rays of the winter sunshine illuminate a bride standing on a path near Heinz Chapel:
Here are some links to weddings that I’ve photographed at Heinz Chapel: