Rachel and Mike really have some great people in their lives. They have loving families and a great group of friends. They had a great group of vendors working on their wedding day. And they have each other.
Together they enjoy renovating their classic home, spending time with friends, and cruising in their car. I was looking back at my notes on our first meeting together and I have more notes about the car than their wedding day details! The car is a Datsun 280Z that they take to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix each year in Schenley Park. The “Zipper” is super cool and looked great parked outside of the Heinz History Center on their wedding day.
Rachel’s wonderful bridesmaids help her into her dress. Look at those little fingers peeking out of the top of Rachel’s beautiful dress!
Here, we are in a hotel conference room. Turning off all of the lights and opening the shades on this window let in this beautiful light.
Nicki spent the first part of her day shooting with the groomsmen.
Wedding planner Natalie Berger set up this fantastic event. She was one of the best planners I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. She made sure that everything was perfect so the couple could spend time enjoying their wedding instead of worrying about details. I think Natalie kept the rain away too.
I took this photo at each of the three weddings that I photographed at the Heinz History Center this weekend (as I do every time I shoot there), but I like it so much that I wanted to share it again.
The Zipper! It was decked out with a “Just Married” sign, patriotic balloons, streamers, and cans. A kiss reflected in the window.
When Steven Vance announced their first dance song a “Penguin” by Christina Perri, all of the guest laughed out loud. Rachel and Mike are huge sports fans and had a bride and groom hockey players as their cake topper!
Everyone joined them on the dance floor half way through the song.
Mike’s brother and Rachel’s brother each gave a very thoughtful, funny, and moving toast about the couple.
The cake cutting was a bit unorthodox, but super cute. Cake by Prantl’s Bakery.
At the end of the night, Rachel and Mike thanked their guests for coming.
Looks like the tables have turned and now I can’t get enough of this car…
Rachel and Mike, congratulations on your perfect wedding day!