William Penn Wedding
The end of the year has me looking back on this beautiful late summer day in Pittsburgh when Leah and Brian held their Phipps Conservatory and Omni William Penn Wedding.
Leah and Brian are a terrifically nice couple. I’d been looking forward to their wedding for quite a while because they came to me via a recommendation from another wonderful couple, Kate and Will. They met in New Orleans while each was vacationing with their friends. Chance? Maybe. But I believe that magical things happen when we approach the world in an open way and are attuned to the possibilities that reveal themselves to us. So they met in New Orleans and when it came time to head home the fire was already lit. Several years later and here we all were at the Omni William Penn getting ready to head over to Phipps Conservatory for their wedding ceremony.
Leah and her girls had their hair and makeup done in their hotel suite. If there’s one thing that’ll keep you cool and calm on your wedding day, it’s having your hair and makeup professionals come to you instead worrying about the logistics of getting around town. Leah used the natural light coming in through the front window of their suite to check her makeup.
Leah’s mom Rose helped her get the dress on as her bridesmaids watched from the doorway.
Some of Leah’s details include these fabulous turquoise and gold shoes, a handkerchief from her grandmother and rings worn by her grandfather, and her pale blush rose bouquet.
Some of Brian’s details include some small-batch bourbon (in the guy’s messy hotel room 😀), a boutonniere, and some seriously shiny shoes (photos by Lisa).
Brian buttons up his tuxedo jacket as he gathers his thoughts (photo by Lisa).
After the jacket went on, the guys shared a laugh as they hang out before heading to the ceremony (photo by Lisa).
On to the Ceremony at Phipps
Meanwhile, the ladies headed down the hall at the William Penn wedding ceremony bound.
Over at Phipps Conservatory, Brian walks down a wooded path before their wedding ceremony (photo by Lisa).
At the same time Brian was collecting his thoughts Leah’s dad Robert got a little emotional upon seeing how beautiful she was in her wedding gown.
Then it was over to the Outdoor Garden for the ceremony. Robert walks Leah down the path where Brian waits.
Brian watches as Leah heads his way (photo by Lisa).
Blue skies, white puffy clouds, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning make a stunning backdrop for the ceremony.
Emotions were on display.
Leah and Brian celebrate after lighting the unity candle – not an easy task with a wonky lighter!
On their way from the ceremony Brian kissed Leah’s hand as they walked together.
Before their guests surrounded them Leah and Brian shared a rare moment alone in the shade beneath a tent.
Portraits in Pittsburgh
There was a Pirates game, so the Roberto Clemente Bridge was closed to traffic. Everyone was a good sport – I made them walk a lot during the photo session on the North Shore.
A portrait in the lobby of the William Penn – one of the great spaces in the city.
Details, details, details. Neither Leah or Brian care for cake, so there was pie. Oh boy, was there pie!
The room was set and ready for the guests.
Leah and her bridesmaids in the Speakeasy at the William Penn, one of Leah and Brian’s favorite spots.
Reception in the Grand Ballroom
The couple enters the ballroom for the reception of their Omni William Penn wedding.
A couple of photos from their first dance:
Leah’s mom Rose plays with her grandson Tristan.
Robert hugged Leah at the end of their dance. Brian and his mom Linda share a laugh during their dance together.
Leah and Brian together in the middle of the dance floor as their guests join them.
I followed Leah and Brian up to the balcony when they took a moment to check out the action.
Thanks for looking! I’m sure you’ll enjoy this great summertime wedding, too.
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