Hotel Monaco Wedding
Margaret and Andrew’s Hotel Monaco Wedding:
If you believe the narrative about the Post-Gazette and the Tribune-Review being mortal enemies you would be forgiven for thinking that Margaret and Andrew might have ended up as star-crossed lovers.
Not so. The fact of the matter is that the folks on the ground – reporters and photographers – actually respect each other and there are many friendships to go along with the rivalry. These two have moved on from all of that, though. Both are now enjoying successful careers in the media in Washington, DC. But Pittsburgh is where it all began, so this is where they returned to be married.
I worked with Margaret at the Trib and was so happy when she called me to ask if I was available to photograph their wedding at the Hotel Monaco. It’s a hip, unique, and beautiful new venue in downtown Pittsburgh. When they booked me it hadn’t yet opened, so I was thrilled to photograph one of the first weddings at the hotel.
Above: Margaret’s bouquet and a vintage wristwatch passed down through the generations and engraved with the date in which the men in his family were married.
Below: Margaret’s dress complemented her tall and elegant figure perfectly.
Margeret’s bridesmaid Sadie (ace reporter for the Wall Street Journal) takes a photo with her iPhone.
Margaret and her mom share a happy moment.
Andrew and his mom embrace.
Andrew and his side of the bridal party play a board game while they wait for the call to head downstairs.
Tim, the officiant for the day (another WSJ reporter), showed up with a few glasses of whiskey to propose a toast.
Margaret waits for the ceremony to begin.
The ceremony took place in the hallway between the two ballrooms at the Hotel Monaco. The wedding ceremony took place in the morning and was followed by a brunch reception. That meant that there was plenty of beautiful light for the ceremony.
Tim is another Trib alumni. He got his internet ordination so that he could officiate Margaret and Andrew’s wedding. When you ask a reporter to officiate your wedding, you’re going to get a story. He told the guests how Margaret and Andrew’s romance came to be.
A moment alone just after the ceremony.
It was a little windy on the roof of the hotel. I caught the veil before it got too far 🙂
First we went to Mellon Square Park. It’s been rehabilitated after falling into disrepair over the years.
Back to the Hotel Monaco.
Cutting the cake.
I’m looking forward to my next Hotel Monaco Wedding coming up later this year. Update: here’s the link, check it out!