Heinz Chapel Weddings
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.
A Special Place
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:
A Comfortable Space to Get Ready
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.
University of Pittsburgh
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
Some popular reception sites often paired with Heinz Chapel Weddings:
Here are some links to weddings that I’ve photographed at Heinz Chapel: