Soldiers and Sailors Wedding Photos
I’m pretty sure that you’re going to enjoy Mary and Frank’s Soldiers and Sailors wedding photos as much as I’ve been enjoying them for the past couple of months. The wedding was everything that I love – it was heartfelt and traditional while at the same time a reflection of who Mary and Frank are as individuals and as a couple.
Mary and Frank live out of state so their planning was done via the internet and during short visits to Mary’s parents. I’m really glad that technology has progressed to the point where it’s easy and perfectly natural to meet up on a video conference because by the time we met in person I already had a pretty good idea of their vision and their priorities for photos. One thing that was obvious from the get go was just how close they are with their families. I went to the rehearsal dinner so that I had a little bit of a handle on who was who. That’s something that I like to do when I have the opportunity and it helped me get a bead on Mary’s 8 siblings!
The couple got ready at The Renaissance in downtown Pittsburgh. It was a great spot to use as home base for their wedding weekend, especially since they had so many folks from out of town attending their wedding.
Mary has a terrific laugh! I loved the look on her face as she unwrapped her wedding dress. Her mom Anne has a very calming presence about her.
Frank got ready in a room a couple of floors above Mary and the ladies. His mom made the diagonal-striped vest! Oh hey, I was so glad to have my friend Veronica Varos shoot with me for this wedding. She did such a great job with the guys and throughout the rest of the day!
I saw this scene in the mirror as Mary’s bridesmaids helped her into her dress.
Before too long each of them was ready for the first look.
After some discussion and scouting we decided on the landing of the grand staircase in the lobby of the Renaissance as a site for the first look. It’s a pretty grand space.
Then it was back upstairs for a quick portrait under the purple domed ceiling.
Before going to Oakland we headed over to Stanwix Street for some portraits. While I was setting up my lights Veronica made this cool photo of the guys in the old Chevy pickup looking at what was going on.
The next stop was the Cathedral of Learning.
Mary was so elegant in her silk dress.
Frank is an architecture buff, so inside and outside of the Cathedral were great places for portraits for them.
On to some Soldiers and Sailors wedding photos! It was just a short walk from the Cathedral of Learning to the ceremony site. Kind of a nice way to arrive, don’t you think?
We did formal photos before the ceremony. Mary and her sisters gathered around for some motherly words of wisdom. It’s pretty obvious how the girls feel about their mom.
Mary walked down the aisle with her mom Anne and her dad John.
The flower girls went first.
I love this moment when Mary’s parents got her to the front of the auditorium.
Mary’s brother Erik and Frank’s sister Margaret officiated the wedding ceremony.
Such a beautiful space.
Their parents and the rest of the guests were pretty happy!
Upstairs is where the real action was. Frank and Mary had a self-uniting ceremony, also known as a Quaker Wedding, so signing the document was what made it official. They live in Springfield, Illinois which made it kind of cool that this was all done under the profile of Abraham Lincoln.
Some details include Mary’s shoes and jewelry as well as a lovely bouquet of flowers that Frank sent to Mary on their wedding morning. Guys, take note here – this was a classy move!
Between the invitations and the centerpieces (that the couple made themselves) I’m thinking that you’re beginning to see the theme.
The reception was upstairs in the ballroom. It’s a huge, open space that comfortably accommodated their guests and left plenty of room for dancing. Here are a couple of photos of the first dance.
The speeches by the best man, Frank’s brother Edward and matron of honor, Mary’s sister Rebekah were heartfelt and very funny!
Mary’s dad John had a few things to say so he pulled up a chair 😄
The parents dances were done together.
Next up was a bit of Irish Step Dancing. Frank and his siblings along with his niece and nephew are all skilled dancers. Mary loved it!
The rest of the night was a big old dance party! Thanks to Pittsburgh DJ Company for keeping things rocking 🙂
I guess catching and lifting one of the guys must have seemed like a good idea at first but we all saw how it was going to end!
Everybody danced, young and old alike!
The pointy cones of the centerpieces were too tempting for these guys who really want to be unicorns 🦄
Such a great time! I hope you enjoyed these Soldiers and Sailors wedding photos. Here’s another wedding that I’m sure that you’ll like.
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