If there’s something we love to do as photographers, it’s explore the city around us. Anytime we have the chance to shoot in a new location, it’s an adventure and Michelle and Sean’s wedding provided an opportunity we haven’t had before – to shoot a wedding in St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in the Strip District. Before that though, we spent time with Michelle getting ready at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Downtown. Most wedding days comes with stress, but the mood was cheerful and light high above the city as Michelle got ready with the help of her family and friends. Once we arrived for the ceremony, we were able to take in the full beauty of the church with it’s recently renovated architecture and classic artwork, which was only second to that of our bride who was positively glowing. Before the reception we took a slight detour to the West End Overlook, where one or two of the party might have admitted to be their favorite place to sneak off to when playing hookey from high school. For a minute, we thought we were going to have a full blown bridal Olympics with five other groups competing with us for shooting locations. Admittedly, we did have the best dressed group. Wrapping the evening at the Greater Masonic Center of Pittsburgh, our couple spent as much time as possible on the dance floor as we allowed between photo sessions. Congratulations Michelle and Sean!
This past weekend, we found ourselves again at one of our favorite locations to shoot weddings, The Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, PA. This time – saying things were shaken up from the norm would be an understatement. We started the day bright and early at the Bedford County Sportsmen’s Club for 100 rounds of trapshooting with the Ryan, the groom, his groomsmen, and a few family members. Jesse, the best man, didn’t get the memo about letting the groom win on his big day, and took the top score for the day. We won’t say who, but one of the photographers might have even jumped up the mark and attempted to take out a soda can. The day continued back in the Omni Spa, with Jess getting her hair worked on before retiring to the bedroom for makeup, lunch, and some photos. Once again, the ceremony was held on the Grand Lawn, with many onlookers peeping down from the balconies above. Jess and Ryan’s vows brought tears to the eyes of all invited, but quickly turned to cheers as Jess did a victory dance up the aisle. As they wished, the reception in the Colonnade Ballroom was a true dance party, with almost the entire guest list up and grooving to the DJ. As we said though, this wasn’t a conventional wedding, and the night ended with the Bride and Groom jumping into the Mineral Springs Pool for a quick Trash The Dress Session, surrounded by onlookers from the staff of the Omni and their reception guests. This was truly a memorable one for us and we wish Jess and Ryan the best of luck in Australia!
An old wive’s tale says that rain on a wedding day is tears for the family, and helps strengthen the knot of marriage by making it a wet knot. If that’s true, Giovanna and Kurt are going to have an extremely long and happy marriage thanks to the all day downpour we experienced at their wedding. Even through the flooding and delays, the joy couldn’t be wiped away from the faces of the Bride, Groom, or the many family and extended family that surrounded them throughout the day as they prepared for the ceremony. The true party started at the reception where a Halau (Hula Troupe) surprised all of us with amazing performances and even a traditional Samoan Fire Dance. The highlight of the evening had to be the groom breaking out a coconut bra and grass skirt and showing everyone how to shake it – we’re guessing Olympic Style. None of these festivities compares to an announcement we were thrilled to be a part of – Giovanna is pregnant with her and Kurt’s second child, just adding to their very loving family which includes Kurt’s children, Kyra and Kody. Congratulations to the new couple!
Some couples seem to get lost in the frills and decadence of a wedding day, but Kelsey and Dan kept it simply about one thing – their love for each other. The ceremony held at Pine Community Center in Wexford at a quaint gazebo was flawless with the exception of a short summer shower that barely disrupted the day. The reception focused on sharing the couple’s joy with their closest family and friends. We felt right at home with the newlyweds and wish them many happy years to come.