Sacred Heart Church Wedding

Kristin and Tom’s Sacred Heart Church Wedding was followed by their Phipps Conservatory Reception.

Bride and Groom stand in front of colorful paintings at the Special Events Hall in Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh

Kristin and Tom’s wedding was an elegant reflection of their refined sense of style, taste in art and love of family. This was evident in their choice of venues: Everybody got ready for the day at the fantastic Mansions on Fifth in Shadyside.

Getting Ready at the Mansions on Fifth

Kristin and her mom Pat share a moment as Kristin puts her dress on. Pat made the dress for her own wedding and was thrilled to see Kristin wear it for her wedding.

A bride and her mom smile at each other as she puts her veil on at the Mansions on Fifth in Shadyside

Meanwhile down the hall, Tom is reflected in a mirror as he buttons up his vest (Lisa’s photo).

A groom is reflected in the mirror as he puts on his vest while getting ready for his wedding at the Mansions on Fifth in Shadyside

Kristin wore this terrific headpiece that perfectly complimented the dress!

A bride is reflected in a mirror as she poses for a portrait at the Mansions on Fifth in Shadyside

Tom hands over the custom-designed wedding bands to his best man Paul (Lisa’s photo).

The best man checks to make sure that he's got the wedding bands before heading to a wedding.

Sacred Heart Church Wedding Ceremony

Kristin’s long veil trails behind as her dad Randy walks her down the aisle at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside.

A bride and her father walk down the long aisle at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh

Father John Riccardo, the priest from Tom’s family’s parish in Detroit, made the trip to Pittsburgh to celebrate the wedding ceremony.

Bride and groom stand at the altar at Sacred Heart Church as they say their vows during their wedding

Tom makes a romantic gesture as he walks with Kristin after the ceremony. How about that shaft of light coming through the window at just the right spot? Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good 😊

A groom kisses the hand of his bride as they recess down the aisle at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside, Pittsburgh

Tom’s sister Jennifer congratulates the couple just after the ceremony.

A groom's sister gives him a hug after the wedding as the rest of the bridal party gathers around at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside Pittsburgh

The east end of Pittsburgh offers a number of beautiful spots for portraits, so we didn’t have to go too far. This photo was takin in the open shade of the Sycamore trees in front of the Carnegie Library in Oakland.

A bride looks at the camera as her groom rests his forehead on her during an outdoor portrait near the Carnegie Library in Oakland Pittsburgh

Reception at Phipps Conservatory

Above all, Kristin and Tom’s attention to detail showed in the wedding bands, Kristin’s Jimmy Choo’s, a fantastic cake, and the Special Events Hall at Phipps Conservatory. Kristin and Tom each painted a panel that was hung on the east wall of the room – they’re both talented artists. Their design was carried over to the boxes of treats that they gave to their guests.

Wedding details include custom-designed wedding bands, Jimmy Choo shoes, black-eyed susan flowers, and wedding party favors

First up, Kristin and Tom shared their first dance.

a bride and groom share their first dance as the bride hugs the groom

Next is a photo of the first dance from my angle. Because sometimes two photographers are better than one!

guests gather around a bride and groom as they share their first dance together at Phipps Conservatory Special Events Hall

bride and groom laugh as they dance together at Phipps Conservatory Special Events Hall in Pittsburgh

Randy cracked up Kristin and her sister Nicole during his toast.

Bride and her sister laugh with their father during a wedding reception at the Special Events hall at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh

Pat looked fabulous as the sun was setting outside the wall of windows in the Special Events Hall.

Mother of the bride is lit dramatically from the setting sun at Phipps Conservatory special events hall

Dancing Photos

Next, Kristin and Randy shared their father/daughter dance.

bride and her father dance together during her wedding reception at Phipps Conservatory Special Events hall in Pittsburgh

Followed by Tom and his mom.

groom is hugged by his mother as they dance together during a wedding reception at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh

Elaina the flower girl ruled the dance floor!

little girl in a cute white dress dances during a wedding reception at Phipps Conservatory

Lisa took the next two photos.

A woman grabs the cheeks of her dance partner during their reception at Phipps Conservatorybride and groom raise their hands in the air while they dance during their wedding reception at the special events hall at phipps conservatory in pittsburgh

The light caught the smoke from the guest’s cigar just right.

smoke from a cigar is backlit as it rises in the air during a wedding reception in pittsburgh on a summer evening