If you look at most of the weddings featured on this website you’ll mostly see all-day events that go from getting ready through the reception. As a documentary wedding photographer I love being able to tell a couple’s story from the beginning of the day to the end. From the nervous anticipation at the beginning of the day to the crazy dancing at the end of the evening there’s a whole lot of storytelling to be done.
Many couples decide that a shorter, more intimate event is more in keeping with their personalities and taste. I get a lot of calls asking if I photograph these types of weddings. The answer is yes. I’ve done several already this year on a Tuesday, a Thursday, and a couple on Friday afternoons, like Sarah and Kenton’s small outdoor wedding at Point State Park:
Sarah walks towards Kenton for their first look:
They were happy to see each other 🙂
We did a few portraits before the wedding ceremony. A storm cloud blew over the Point which gave us an opportunity to try some dramatic lighting:
It passed as quickly as it came. Sarah’s a natural when it comes to posing:
Sarah’s grandfather Lonnie officiated the wedding. He opened his briefcase which had the marriage certificate and bible inside of it:
Just their immediate families were on hand for the ceremony:
The happy couple embraces after their ceremony:
Kenton gets a hug from his grandmother while Sarah hugs her brother:
Kenton swept Sarah off of her feet as we headed towards the fountain for some more photos after the ceremony:
The fountain was turned off for cleaning, but the view of the Fort Pitt bridge against blue skies was pretty nice, too:
One last photo in the tunnel under the parkway:
Please feel free to get in touch if you’re planning a smaller wedding, especially if it’s on a weekday or the off-season. As you can see from these photos, shorter doesn’t equal less feeling.
Photos from Ed and Dave’s Andy Warhol Museum Wedding:
After Pennsylvania’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage was overturned by a federal district court judge I hoped that I would get a chance to photograph such a wedding. Not too long after that Ed and Dave booked me for their wedding at the Andy Warhol Museum. I was thrilled to be a part of their day!
The event was different from any other wedding I’ve ever photographed, and not in the way that you’d think. The heart of the matter was the same as any other wedding: Two people in love declaring their commitment to each other in front of their family and friends.
What was different about this wedding was just how much Ed and Dave decided to break with the traditional way of doing things. They upended the timeline completely. They decided to do portraits first, followed by the cocktail hour. Then after some refreshments everyone went into the theater for the wedding ceremony. Afterwards, the guests were able to participate in art projects, games, or tour the museum. Next was a themed buffet which included Asian dishes, sliders, a carving station, and some traditional Pittsburgh fare.
I’m grateful to have had the help of my dear friends Annie O’Neill and Lisa Garrison. There was so much to photograph and it was wonderful to have such a great team to work with.
Wow, that’s a whole lot of writing! Let’s look at some pictures:
Ed and Dave each got new suits for the event. Sharp!
It was a rainy day, but the were prepared. Honestly, it was better than a bright, sunny day because we had Riverfront Park all to ourselves for the portrait session:
On to the Warhol. Ed had his X Box set up to work on the movie screen in the museum theater. The younger guests had a great time playing with it later in the evening:
Since the wedding was close to Halloween it just made sense to have a candy table:
Downstairs in the studio guests made silk screen prints on t-shirts:
Upstairs was an art project where the guests decorated small squares which were combined in one big frame:
Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted exhibit was going on at the time. A wanted poster was a must-have photo:
The officiant sat alone for a while before the ceremony gathering his thoughts:
Dave and Ed wait at the back of the theater before walking to the stage for the ceremony:
Vows were exchanged in front of a very interesting artistic rendition of the skyline of downtown Pittsburgh:
…and they were pretty hilarious:
While the guests went to the reception, we were able to go to the Silver Clouds exhibit for some photos:
A chef prepares Bananas Foster:
The food was amazing!
Toasts at dinner:
They had a caricature artist, which was a lot of fun for the guests:
The theater was turned into a game room. The younger guests had a great time:
Guests have dessert and work on squares for the collaborative art project:
This was a such a wonderful day – I am very grateful for the opportunity to photograph it for Ed and Dave. It’s really just a matter of the way things happened to work out, but this post seems especially timely with the recent Supreme Court making same-sex marriage a right nationwide. It seems like we’re able to get some things right as a society, even if it involves a long, hard struggle to get there.
Kara and Patrick’s wedding at J Verno Studios took place on one of those perfect Western Pennsylvania early fall days. It’s my favorite time of the year when it’s still warm enough to spend the days outside but the humidity of late summer is gone. Enough about the weather – this was a wonderful day all around.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:
Kara and her sister Kaitlyn take a look at the wedding gown:
The bridesmaids gathered in their dressing gowns after their hair and makeup was done:
Meanwhile, despite a house filled with women laughing, yelling, and running around Kara’s dad Jeffrey found a quiet place for a quick nap:
Kara dabs away a tear as she reads a letter from Patrick:
I asked Kara’s mom about the drawings hanging in the upstairs hallway. She pointed at the one on the right and said that was Kara. I knew that as soon as she was finished dressing Kara would walk out of the door behind her and past these drawings. The juxtaposition between the grown woman on her wedding day and the drawing of her as a young girl was a storytelling moment that I wasn’t about to miss:
A couple of details:
Kara sheds a tear as she and her dad walk down the aisle at Saints John and Paul Parish:
This is something nice that Father McCaffrey does: He positions himself in the aisle so that the couple faces their guests while they take their vows (Lisa’s photo):
After the ceremony Kara thanks the flower girl, Reese:
Kara’s sister Krista gets the bubbles started as the guests exit the church:
Still more bubbles (Lisa’s photo):
On the limo bus with some bubbly:
Kara looked so beautiful with her flowing veil. Patrick was holding on to the bouquet while I was taking some other photos of Kara when I looked over at him and saw the light on his profile. I don’t think he was too crazy about me taking his photo while he held the flowers, but it turned out to be a pretty nice portrait:
Some more details:
The couple arrives at J Verno Studios for the reception:
Thanks again to Kara and Patrick for having us there to tell the story of their day.
Washington DC Wedding Photography:
Last summer I got a really detailed narrative through the inquiry form on my website. It was from Elizabeth who you see in these photos, and it was basically the whole beautiful story of who they are, how they met, started dating, fell in love, and decided to get married. I can’t resist a great love story, so I was instantly hooked. I remember it was a Sunday evening when the inquiry came in. The wedding date was September 20th and it was going to be in Washington, D.C.
Well, that’s my birthday and I love D.C. so I included that little bit of information when I replied to tell them that I had the date open. I invited Elizabeth and Joe to get in touch to discuss the details of their wedding. Within minutes Elizabeth replied saying that September 20th was also her birthday, and as it turns out her mother’s birthday, too!
It’s safe to say that we both had the feeling that the universe was kind of pushing us in the direction of working together. And so it came to be. In case you’re wondering, I did make the obvious joke about Joe being in big trouble if he forgets their anniversary 🙂 Here are some of my favorite photos from Elizabeth and Joe’s wedding day:
Elizabeth had her makeup done in her suite at the Washington Hilton in DuPont Circle:
Joe was 2 floors up in his own suite getting ready.
Joe and his buddies all served together in the United States Marine Corps. Their attention to detail in their tuxedos and planning was pretty fantastic. Most grooms aren’t as involved with things like wedding day logistics, but Joe had the plan down cold.
Elizabeth and her dad arrived at the church in a 1952 Bentley.
St. Matthew’s Cathedral is an incredibly beautiful church. This was a morning wedding, so the light coming through the windows filled interior with color as it reflected off of the marble and mosaics.
Elizabeth and Joe paused for a quick hug and kiss at the back of the church immediately after the ceremony:
Their guests cheered them as they returned to the front of the church for pictures:
After the ceremony I got in the front seat of the Bentley with the chauffeur while Elizabeth and Joe rode in the back. There was a limo bus in front of us carrying the bridal party and parents while Joe’s buddies from his veteran’s motorcycle club followed behind in a big, black Chevy Tahoe. Let me tell you, those guys were such a great escort. They blocked aggressive D.C. drivers from getting in between the vehicles as the motorcade made its way from the church to the Lincoln Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, and to the reception at Cafe Milano in Georgetown.
Elizabeth and Joe embraced while we were on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It’s weird to think that with all of the tourists you’d need a permit to take wedding photos at these national parks, but you do. Thanks to Joe for making the proper arrangements. As it was, no Park Rangers ever approached us.
Elizabeth has a quiet moment before heading into the reception:
Not only were these guys great escorts, they provided the military pageantry as the couple entered Cafe Milano:
Cutting the cake. Yes, those are Steelers and Eagles helmets on the topper:
Thanks to Elizabeth and Joe for having me photograph their wedding. It was a great way to spend my birthday!