Omni William Penn Wedding

Arielle and Jeremy’s Omni William Penn Wedding.

Arielle and Jeremy are two Pittsburgh kids who both moved to New York City. It was there that they met and fell in love. I had a great time getting to know them and their favorite places in NYC when I photographed their engagement portraits there last summer. You can read a little more about that story by clicking here.

I’d never seen the Omni William Penn decorated quite like it was for their wedding. They held the ceremony in the fantastic art deco Urban Room and their reception in the grand ballroom. It was a day filled with laughter from the joy of family and friends being together and tears for those who have departed. It was all beautiful.

young married couple stands in mellon park along grant street in downtown pittsburgh

Getting Ready

Arielle has her makeup done in a suite at the Omni William Penn. Folks, I’ve said it time and time again one of the smartest things you can do to reduce stress on your wedding day is to have your hair and makeup professionals come to you.

a bride looks at herself in the mirror after having her hair done

Jeremy gets some help putting on his bow tie (Lisa’s photo).

a groom has help putting his bow tie ona bride smiles while getting her wedding gown ona bride dances after getting her wedding gown on as bridesmaids look on

Lisa’s photo.

profile portrait of a groom

The First Look

It was top-secret operation to keep Arielle unseen as she made her way to the first look 🕵️‍♀️

a bride pretends to be a secret agent while sneaking past her guestsa bride arrives at the first look with her groombride and groom embrace after seeing each other in their wedding clothes

A toast before the formal photos.

a bride smiles as she has a toast with her bridesmaids

Ring bearers and flower girls Anya, Sydney, Naomi, and Michael looked fantastic. Some were happier than others to be all dressed up 🙂

flower girls and ring bearers looking cute in their outfits

Ceremony in the Urban Room

Jeremy’s parents Debra and Charles escorted him to the ceremony. His mom gave him a big hug before joining the rest of the guests. (Lisa’s photo)

a groom hugs his mother after walking to the chuppah at the start of a wedding ceremony

Arielle was escorted by her uncle James. He did the honors in memory of Arielle’s dad Steven who sadly passed away a few months before the wedding.

a bride walks down the aisle with her uncle

The Urban Room was a dramatic location for the ceremony, with guests seated all around the chuppah in the center.

the urban room at the william penn hotel is a dramatic location for a wedding ceremonya bride smiles and laughs while saying her vowsbride and groom hold hands as they say their wedding vowsa bride laughs during her wedding ceremonya bride cries during her wedding ceremonyA bride blows a kiss to her groom as they exchange vows beneath a chuppah in the Urban room of the Omni William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh.

a groom whispers to his bride during their wedding ceremony

Arielle’s mother Florence has a few words for Jeremy as she hands him a candle.

a groom is illuminated by a candle held by the mother of the bridebride and groom light their unity candle

Jeremy faked everybody out before breaking the glass!

a groom smiles before breaking the glass during a jewish wedding ceremony

Then the wedding party danced their way out of the room. It was such a great exit!

bride and groom and the rest of their wedding party dance and wear sunglasses as they exit the ceremony

Reception in the Grand Ballroom

Arielle and Jeremy made a grand entrance into their reception.

bride and groom make a grand entrance to the main ballroom at the william penn hotel

The reception featured a moving video message from Arielle’s father Steven. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

a groom kisses his bride on the shoulder as she cries as a video from her late father plays

Ujala, the maid of honor, followed up with a great toast.

matron of honor speaks and couple listensbride and groom get a big hug from matron of honor

Next up was the cake cutting. What a great cake!

bride laughs as she and the groom cut their cake

Then it was the first dance.

bride and groom share their first dance together

The hora is one of my favorite things to photograph!

bride and groom are lifted on chairs as the hora is danced


Here’s a link to another wonderful Omni William Penn wedding.