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Michelle and Bill | St. Scholastica and Pittsburgh Field Club Wedding

Last winter, Bill called me about shooting his wedding. I’ve known him for well over 10 years, so I was quite glad to have the opportunity to do it. When I finally got to meet Michelle I was even more excited about the wedding. She’s very sweet, and after a few minutes of thinking, “She’s laughing at his jokes just to be nice.” I came to realize that she truly enjoys Bill’s sense of humor!

It was my first time shooting a wedding at both St. Scholastica parish in Aspinwall and the Pittsburgh Field Club in Fox Chapel. They were both highly enjoyable places to photograph in. I walked into St. Scho’s (as the locals call it) and was delighted to find that it is air conditioned! It was a welcome change after a few weeks of outdoor weddings and older churches in the heat of the summer.

The Pittsburgh Field Club is at the top of Fox Chapel and features a magnificent view. Landmarks such as the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and the Fox Chapel Episcopal Church can be seen from the clubhouse, as can a large part of the beautiful golf course.  Julie Driver and her crew made sure everything ran to perfection.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

Michelle and her Aunt admire Michelle’s bouquet:

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Bill’s sister Julie arrives with her daughters Mara and Janie, the flower girls:

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Michelle chats with Bill’s parents:

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Michelle’s mom, Kooki, has her corsage pinned on:

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Michelle’s brother and his son say hello:

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Bill arrives at the church on time!  Both Bill and Michelle are avid runners with a number of marathons to their credit.  Caroline’s photo below:

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Michelle and her uncle Duane wait to walk down the aisle:

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Michelle cracks up while exchanging rings:

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Yours truly in a self portrait:

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Bill’s mom sang Panis Angelicus beautifully:

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Bill’s brother Tom congratulates him.  Caroline’s photo below:

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The competition for photos at this wedding was fierce:

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In the movies this photo is what is known as foreshadowing:

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Bill clowns around with the knife before cutting the cake.  My dad has a saying, “You fool around, you get in trouble.”

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See what I mean?  Caroline got this great shot below:

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From my angle:

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Bill makes the save:

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Caroline’s photo below:

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Another one from Caroline:

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After the cake cutting, Bill’s brothers Tom and Jim took turns roasting him:

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But since he’s the oldest, the groom got the last word:

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Michelle and her daughter Laura:

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Some portraits:

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Then on to the first dance, a la the Peanuts:

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Michelle’s mom and uncle share a dance and a smile:

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Bill’s brother Jim calls out to the rest of the family to join him on the dance floor:

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Bill and Mara dance:

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I’m not sure when doing a split went from seeming like a good idea…

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…to something painful.  But I think it was right about here:

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At the end of the evening, the guys enjoyed a cigar on the back porch of the Field Club:

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Thanks again Michelle and Bill.  We had a lot of fun, as did all of your guests.  Below is a gallery with the photos from this post and more:

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  • ChrisJuly 25, 2010 - 1:09 am

    Looks like a fun wedding. You caught some great moments and the images are great!

  • SunnyJuly 26, 2010 - 10:19 am

    Love these moments and expressions, you did a wonderful job capturing the facial expressions of your couple. Both the love and laughter of the wedding, amazing. Great images, I am sure your clients are extremely happy.

  • Julie LowryJuly 26, 2010 - 8:20 pm

    The cake series is priceless!

  • Andy RogersJuly 26, 2010 - 11:59 pm

    Really nice set of photos Joe. What an expressive couple! So many great moments here…looks like you didn’t miss a thing. Cheers!

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