Jess and Joe’s PPG Aquarium wedding was a fantastic celebration in a very different type of venue.
When you think of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium usually the first thing that comes to mind is a place to take kids for a day trip. But it’s also a lovely, private place for an event like a wedding. Plus, you get to go around and see the animals without all of the crowds!
The Big Day
Jess and Joe got ready at the Courtyard Marriott in Shadyside:
Joe and the guys were just a couple of floors away from Jess and the ladies so it was easy to pop down to get some photos. Joe keeps his beard trimmed precisely with a straight razor:
Some details including Jess’ clutch purse and pearl necklace and earrings, her shoes, and dress. I loved the silver and white color palette:
Jess’ mom Kathy helps her with the clasp on her necklace. The pearls were an elegant choice that complemented her dress perfectly:
Those blue eyes!
Jess’ dog Walter stopped by for a visit. It was important to her to have a photo with her buddy and I was happy to do it. Look at that face!
Jess shares a laugh with her friend Lacy:
The ladies gathered for a prayer before leaving for the church. It was such a beautiful, heartfelt moment and I’m glad that nobody noticed that I climbed on top of a table to get the angle I needed 🙂
The flower girls needed a little encouragement to head down the aisle for the ceremony at The Union Project:
I love to shoot Union Project weddings. The light in the room is beautiful and the atmosphere is perfect for a non-denominational wedding:
Jess and Joe were so happy as they exchanged vows in front of their family and friends:
A kiss at the end of the ceremony…
…followed by the breaking of the glass. Mazel Tov!
The joyful couple walks out of the hall after their ceremony:
We stopped at the park in front of the King Mansion on the way to their PPG Aquarium wedding for portraits. The open wooded area was filled with dappled sunlight. It was lovely, as was Jess:
The bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses and coral-colored heels:
The Zoo and Reception
Before we moved on to the PPG Aquarium wedding, the couple and I were able to tour the Pittsburgh Zoo for photos. The leopard was very interested in Jess and Joe. I’m glad there was thick glass between them:
As the sun set we made our way to the PPG Aquarium:
But that golden light was too pretty to miss. So one last portrait:
The couple is announced into their PPG Aquarium wedding:
Guests watch the first dance from the floor and the balcony above:
A beautiful homemade wedding cake by Joe’s grandmother Jennifer. Jess made sure that Joe got some:
Jess and Joe laugh as the matron of honor, Jess’ sister Stephanie gives a toast:
Next up was the best man, Steve:
Dory from Finding Nemo was a guest 😂
The dancing began with Jess held up in the air during the Hora:
The ladies hit the dance floor:
I knew that I needed to make a portrait that said “PPG Aquarium Wedding” so I scoped out this vantage point near the huge aquarium in the middle of the building. With the colorful coral and water behind them, I felt that a silhouette would be the most dramatic way to go: