Renaissance Hotel Wedding in Pittsburgh
I’ve had this post from Courtney and Rick’s Renaissance Hotel Wedding in Pittsburgh on the schedule for a couple of weeks now. It’s been a busy start to the wedding season and frankly the task of updating my website has fallen by the wayside.
Coincidentally, I talked with Rick on the phone yesterday and I was glad to hear that both he and Courtney are very happy and enjoying full lives and busy careers. It’s always a pleasure to find out what’s going on with couples in the months and years after their weddings. I’m privileged to be with them on Day 1 of their marriage. Life goes on and changes happen, which is why I believe that having a set of photos that document what the day was like and show how you felt on Day 1 is so important.
Getting Ready at The Ren
Courtney and her girls share a toast.
Courtney’s mom Sheila helps her get her dress on as the bridesmaids look on.
Since the wedding ceremony was to be downstairs and the guests were already downstairs, Courtney and Rick had their first look in the suite. It was a beautiful and private moment, just like it ought to be.
There was great light coming in the windows, so why not do a few portraits in the suite? Courtney’s bouquet was by the amazing Allison McGeary.
Ceremony on the Grand Staircase
The ceremony was on the grand staircase in the lobby of the Renaissance.
The combination of white marble and red carpeting is beautiful and timeless.
First kiss (photo by Lisa).
A beautiful bride in a beautiful gown.
Reception in the Symphony Ballroom
The couple is introduced into the reception.
Courtney laughs as DJ Kelli Burns talks about members of the bridal party (Lisa’s photo below).
The ring bearer, Zayden, smells the flowers of his mom Tessie’s bouquet while Courtney and Rick have their first dance.
I love this photo by Lisa of Courtney and Rick as they feed each other cake.
The couple listens to toasts while sitting at the sweetheart table.
Sheila surprised Courtney by having her favorite teacher from high school perform a song during the reception. While still a teenager, Courtney said that when she got married she wanted him to perform at her wedding.
These guys were so sweet!
Nothing like a little AC/DC to bring out the air guitar players in the crowd!
Sheila bangs on a pot to signal time t0 change partners during the money dance.
So there you have it, some of my favorite photos from the day. One of my main goals this season is to keep the site updated. I’ve got a lot of really great weddings in the pipeline and I’m excited to share the photos with you. So check back soon.