Small Outdoor Wedding at Point State Park

Sarah and Kenton had a small outdoor wedding at Point State Park.

A bride smiles as her husband kisses her shoulders
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:

First Look

Sarah walks towards Kenton for their first look:

an out of focus groom smiles as his bride approaches him from behind

They were happy to see each other 🙂

a bride and groom embrace after seeing each other in their wedding clothes for the first time


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.

dramatic light illuminates a young couple as they stand underneath threatening clouds

It passed as quickly as it came. Sarah’s a natural when it comes to posing.

a beautiful bride smells her bouquet of flowers during a portrait

Wedding Ceremony in the Park

Sarah’s grandfather Lonnie officiated the wedding. He opened his briefcase which had the marriage certificate and bible inside of it.

a wedding officiant opens his briefcase as the bride and groom look on

Just their immediate families were on hand for the ceremony.

an outdoor wedding ceremony with the skyline of the city of pittsburgh in the backgrounda couple holds hands as they exchange wedding vows outside in clearing amongst the trees

The happy couple embraces after their ceremony.

a bride caresses the cheek of her groom at the end of their wedding

Kenton gets a hug from his grandmother while Sarah hugs her brother.

a grandmother hugs her grandson after his wedding

Kenton swept Sarah off of her feet as we headed towards the fountain for some more photos after the ceremony.

a groom carries his bride down a path along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh

Portraits 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:

a bride and groom recline on the fountain at Point State Park with the Fort Pitt bridge in the background

One last photo in the tunnel under the parkway.

silhouette of a couple in the tunnel beneath 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.

Give me a call if you’re planning an intimate wedding. Here’s another one to check out.