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Most of the time, new wedding clients first make contact with me after they are engaged to be married. This time, the mother-of-the-not-yet-bride-to-be was taking a photography class that I was teaching almost 2 years ago. Shortly after meeting me, she told me that her daughter was going to be getting married and I would be the wedding photographer. I took her seriously because she means business, but I also had thoughts like “I wonder if this couple would like my style of wedding photography?” and “I wonder if this will work out.” But it did! After Dana and Drew became engaged, I got to meet them and we had a great connection.

When Dana and Drew met, they were living in Rochester, New York. After becoming engaged, they planned their wedding in Dana’s hometown here in Pittsburgh, and relocated to West Virginia where Dana is a professor. For their wedding venue, they chose the beautiful University Club located on the campus of The University of Pittsburgh. Their flowers were designed by My Garden Floral, and their wedding entertainment was provided by DJ Dean McAfee.

They started their wedding day together at Dana’s parents’ beautiful home. Dana’s dad accompanied her to see Drew for the first time that day and we spent some time taking photos at their home before the ceremony. Rain kept us from venturing too far away from the house, but Dana and Drew look great in any location.

Many thanks to Christina Montemurro for spending this day photographing this wedding with me, and providing (among many others) the magical shot of the sand ceremony!

Congratulations, Dana and Drew!

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My family kind of has a thing for throwing elaborate milestone birthday parties. This one wasn’t a surprise, but it was elaborate. Nicki’s boyfriend, Mike, was turning 30 and the only thing he wanted was for his party not to be a surprise. Mike’s party included party hats featuring his face, home made decorations, taco bar, and a cornhole tournament with a sweet trophy. And my contribution–ice cream novelties kept cool with dry ice (don’t touch! it will burn you!). Nicki played the role of party organizer, and I worked as photographer on my day off. It’s not a hardship for me since I love my job.

Happy Birthday, Mike!

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I met Megan years ago when we were both working at an architecture firm in Pittsburgh. She was one of my earliest photography champions, promoting my wedding photography services to her sister, cousin, and a many of her friends. She’s gone on to work as a designer overseas in India and then in New York City. There, she met Wade and accidentally said “I love you” to him while ending a phone conversation with him after 4 days into their relationship. She quickly sent him a text message him to explain the slip of the tongue, and thankfully her faux pas wasn’t the end of their relationship.

Megan and Wade were married in an outdoor wedding ceremony at Morning Glory Inn in Pittsburgh’s Southside. During their wedding ceremony, with the help of their wedding celebrant, they explicitly expressed all of the things they loved about each other and their hopes for the future. It was one of the most heartfelt ceremonies that I’ve had the pleasure to photograph. During the procession, Jason Kendall Productions was accompanied by one of Megan’s friends who sang during the ceremony procession. After a few family photos, Fish Hawk Acres cooked up an amazing dinner, well beyond what you might expect to eat at a wedding.

I am beyond honored to have photographed Megan’s wedding last month. I’d like to extend a very humbled “thank you” to Megan and her family for supporting my business. And thank you to Nicki for helping me to capture this wonderful wedding day.

Congratulations, Megan and Wade!

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Being the photographer at a small wedding is very different than being the photographer at a large wedding. The guests are more likely to know each other, and it is easier to stick out in the crowd. Even though I am a stranger that the clients have met through the internet, I know I am part of a very private and personal day.

Lauren and Mike gathered their closest friends and family for their wedding at Altius Restaurant on Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh. Their intimate ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour, cake cutting, and a formal dinner at the restaurant. Before their ceremony, I met with the soon-to-be-weds for a pre-wedding photography session on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

Congratulations, Lauren and Mike!

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  • Mary Ann AbbenanteApril 24, 2015 - 13:10

    Absolutely gorgeous photos !

For my first wedding of 2015, I was honored to join Nicki while she was photographing her friend’s wedding. Nicki met Brittany when they were both working as the costumed-character Kenny Kangaroo at Kennywood Park. They’ve been friends for over a decade, and I know how mutually excited they were to be spending Brittany’s wedding day together in a unique way.

Brittany and Brian went to the same high school. Brittany always thought that Brian, a comedian, was hilarious and had a school-girl crush on him. Brian thought that Brittany was a pretty girl he saw in school, but she was younger and he didn’t talk to her. Years later, after they had both attended college, they met again and started dating.

They spent the first part of their wedding day getting ready (girls) and hanging out at the bar at the William Penn Omni (guys) before meeting together in The Union Trust Building. This beautiful building is closed to the public, but they were granted special access since Brian works for the building’s management company! We stopped for some additional portraits in the Strip District before joining their family and friends for the wedding ceremony and reception at Georgetown Centre.

Congratulations, Brittany and Brian!!

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  • Rich dembskiMarch 26, 2015 - 12:26

    Beautiful work from my two favorite Photographers.Brian and Brittany you had such a beautiful wedding.Hope you enjoyed the day.

  • kim yacavinoMarch 31, 2015 - 19:42

    Wow, these shots are terrific–can’t wait to see photos of the groom’s family–that would be us. :-)

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