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Like all of my amazing wedding clients, Lauren and Chris said that photography was one of their top priorities for their wedding day. They planned to have a whole hour for portrait photography in between their wedding ceremony and reception. On the day of the wedding, they had to improvise in order to avoid the people (and their cars) out and about in Pittsburgh concerts, events and following construction detours. Lauren and Chris agreed that we should change our plans to shoot at their Alma mater, Duquesne University, opting instead for a stop at Setter’s Cabin Park along the route to their wedding reception. While I am always nervous to change the couple’s plan, having more time to take photos was the best choice. At the end of the session, Lauren exclaimed “I’m so happy that we came here for photos! This is great!” It is nice to see that Lauren and Chris are already making the right decisions as a couple.

Lauren and Chris were married earlier this month in a ceremony at Zion Lutheran Church in the South Hills are of Pittsburgh. After greeting their guests, they traveled to Settler’s Cabin Park for some portraits before heading to their reception at Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. I was beyond excited to work with the talented DJ Andy Booth (after a three year hiatus) and he kept the dance floor full all night long.

Many thanks to Nicki for her excellent photographs, help, and support all day.

Congratulations, Lauren and Chris!

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Maggie and Adam met at a work conference. One of Maggie’s colleagues noticed that Adam was interested in her, but Adam thought that Maggie was married to this colleague. Thankfully, Maggie’s clever co-worker (hi, Martin!) sent up a flare and told Maggie that Adam was interested in her. Later, Maggie and Adam were on a series of long-distance dates before Adam proposed at Point State Park here in Pittsburgh. What a perfect place for their engagement photography session, too!

I’ve known Maggie in a professional setting for years , her being one of the talented catering managers for Common Plea catering. I am extremely honored that she and Adam chose me to be their wedding photographer and Maggie has made good on her promise that “when I get married, I’m hiring you to be my photographer.”

Congratulations, Maggie and Adam!

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  • A. JudyJune 12, 2015 - 21:08

    I am sitting here, crying like you were my own daughter. The photos are GREAT. Does Randi have a brother named David?

Not every wedding crowd can really appreciate a free-form photo studio set up right at the wedding reception. For Dana and Drew‘s wedding at the University Club, that wasn’t the case!  Their guests knew just what to do to make the most of some excellent hats, props, and facial expressions.

I always enjoy looking at these photos since I’m busy photographing the wedding reception while this is happening. Cheers to Ryan for his excellent crowd control. And double congratulations to Dana and Drew!

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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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