Mar
23

Suzanne and Shawn’s Wedding at The Butler Mansion

Hopefully you’ll enjoy seeing Suzanne and Shawn’s wedding photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.  They are  a great down-to-earth couple surrounded by fun-loving family and friends. They were married  at St. Killian’s Catholic Church in Cranberry. It is the first time I’ve photographed  a wedding where the ring-bearer actually carried the rings down the aisle.  You can see how earnest he was.   It was a beautiful mass.  As for the exit – there are restrictions in most churches as to how the guests can celebrate  the couples exit of  the newlyweds.  In the past rice was thrown – but that’s forbidden in consideration to birds.  Wedding streamers seem to be  the way to go to allow everyone to be enthusiastic and give the couple a special feeling of a group celebration as they make there way into a new chapter.

Everyone headed to The Mansion in Butler to continue the celebration. It’s a grand space that is surrounded by rolling hills and charming grounds.  One of the best features is a dramatic staircase that allows for an equally dramatic entrance.  There are lots of different rooms so everyone can enjoy their meal and conversations.  The weather cooperated so the dancing could be held out on the back porch.  With the weather we have had lately it seems like such a distant memory but I believe you’ll see so many guests enjoyed the perfect conditions to dance the night away under the stars.

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Feb
14

Jeana and Chad’s wedding at Whim

Chad is one of the owners of the fabulous nightclub Whim on Pittsburgh’s South Side.  This made it a natural choice to where Jeana and Chad would have their wedding and reception.   They met before their ceremony.  Chad had Jeana’s ring cleaned the day before and put it back on her finger right after seeing each other.  Jeana thought is looked different but didn’t mention this observation until after the ceremony.  It turns out the jeweler gave Chad the wrong ring.  It was significantly smaller.  It was a testament to Jeana’s always upbeat nature she didn’t make a fuss.  They called the jeweler after the ceremony and they returned the proper ring very quickly ( good call!)

Jeana and Chad and family incorporated so many touching and fun things to the day.  Jeana started by giving all her bride’s maids custom hankies with “No Ugly Crying” stitched in. Gazoos were handed out to guest so they could hum, “Here Comes the Bride.”   Chad had a custom ring made for Jeana’s daughter, Bella, that matched her mom’s and aunts.  He even got down on a knee to give it to her at the beginning of the ceremony.  And a most impressive feat Jeana’s sister and mom organized was a flash mob dance to “What did the Fox Say.”  This was a total surprise to the couple.  They even had it choreographed!

Thanks so much to Jeana and Chad for having me photograph your wedding.    What a great time!

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Jan
30

Children’s Hospital Flashes of Hope

Since 2001 Flashes of Hope, a Cleveland based non-profit organization “dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses,” has organized over 35,000 children to be photographed.  It was an honor to shoot for the organization for the first time at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh recently.

It was so great to meet so many brave, gentle, funny and uplifting kids and parents.

Thank you to all!

 

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Jan
07

St Bernards and The Mansions on Fifth Wedding

There are a few things that come to mind for Julianna and Michael’s wedding.  First the weather – it was one of those rare rainy days that just did not let up.  But the inclement weather did not dampen the mood . The rain actually added to the lushness of the outdoor photos.

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Dec
18

Laurel Highlands Wedding

Welcome to my new blog!  Thanks to the talented designer Deb Wagner at DStripe (http://www.dstripe.com)  My site is looking all of one piece. I can not recommend her enough!  She’s talented patient and fun!  The site has not changed drastically but the new blog is what I am really thrilled about.  Every wedding brings a great story and it’s always fun to share. So as an attempt to keep my up coming 2014 New Year’s resolution of blogging consistent ~ here goes!  Since I didn’t blog at all this past year (2013)- hard to believe the year flies like that – I  thought best to start with my last wedding of the year and work back from there.  So please visit  – I have a lot to write about we had 30 weddings!

Heather and Ben’s wedding was just a few weeks ago.   They were just a delight.  We met months ago on the Northside to start talking about the wedding and I had been looking forward to it ever since then.  It was great to see them in Philly for their engagement session along the river on a gorgeous summer evening.(I’ll have to post that soon as well!)

Their wedding was on  a crisp, sunny autumn day in the Laurel Highlands.  They met and exchanged their gifts at the private club before the ceremony.  The wind kept things interesting and the sun and autumn colors kept the surroundings festive while we photographed the wedding party and family portraits as well.   The ceremony was  at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier.  It was traditional and beautiful under a spectacular dome in the church.   Heather and Ben and their parents deserve  a lot of credit for having an outdoor receiving line too.  Their spirits never faltered even with the bracing cold.

Then it was back to the club for a great night of fun.   Band leader Rick Purcell kept the dance floor active all night.  There was one break away from  the traditional Pittsburgh cookie table.  Heather and Ben – served donuts and pie with ice cream.  It was a terrific hit.

The night ended with a sparkler send off by family and friends.  It’s always a picturesque way to finish!

 

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