Mansions on Fifth Wedding
Erin and Barrett brought a dose of New York style and a whole lot of fun to their Mansions on Fifth wedding in Shadyside. They’re a fabulously energetic and enthusiastic couple. I knew that going in to the wedding day, but I found out that their friends and family share the same joy of living that they do. It was an evening of wine, song, and dancing.
I could go on, but let’s get to the photos.
Erin’s dad restored this magnificent Packard 120 coupe, completing it just in time for Erin and Barrett’s wedding. Erin didn’t want to do formal photos in a church, so she rented the Frick Car and Carriage Museum in Point Breeze. This turned out to be a great plan because her wedding day was one of the rainiest days that I can remember working on:
Erin checks her makeup in a mirror while getting ready at the Mansions on Fifth.
Having tall bridesmaids is a good thing when your dress is hung in a high place to keep it off of the ground.
Erin and her mom hug after getting the dress on.
Barrett gets some help with his bow tie (Lisa’s photo).
Off to the Church!
Sure, rainy days aren’t ideal for a wedding. But the soft light really brought out the beautiful color of the paint on the Packard. This looks like it could have been taken in the early 1940’s!
The bridal party traveled to St. Maria Goretti Parish in a trolley bus while Erin and her dad rode over in the Packard.
Erin stayed out of sight by waiting in the stairway to the choir loft. I saw that the light coming in the window was perfect for a portrait.
Once the guests were seated it was time for the processional. Erin and her friends have a lot of experience in theatre and dance, so this was choreographed and timed to the music. You’ll see another example of choreography later in the post (foreshadowing!).
Erin and Barrett share a moment together before heading off from the church. I got to ride in the back seat! It was a little bit of an adventure riding in a vehicle with early 20th century technology – no turn signals and dodgy brakes – but Barrett used to drive race cars, so we were in good hands.
OK, remember when I said that Erin and her friends were dancers? Well, they came up with a burlesque-style dance before the garter. It was a complete surprise for Barrett 😄
The view from my camera.
The John Parker Band provided the evening’s entertainment. The dance floor was packed all night long!
Barrett is a wine expert who represents distributors in the New York area. When I scouted out locations for portraits in the Mansion, I came across the wine cellar. So it made total sense to take the couple down there for a portrait session at the end of the evening.
Rachel Wagner of Pittsburgh Wedding Cinema captured the day on video. It’s always a pleasure to work with Rachel, who is a documentarian, recording what goes on without interrupting or otherwise being obtrusive. Here’s a link to their video.