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Rebecca and Steven were both working at the University of Pittsburgh as researchers when they met several years ago. Since then, Rebecca has earned her PhD in St Louis and Steven is starting to work on one of his own in Cleveland. The time has come for Rebecca and Steven to start their marriage and say goodbye to their long distance relationship.

Their wedding day at the Heinz History Center brought friends and family together from all over the country. Rebecca and Steven chose to see each other before their wedding ceremony to take photos around the history center and with their friends and family. They were married in a ceremony in the Library and Archives room on the 6th floor of the building. At their reception, guests celebrated with the help of DJ Kelli Burns.

Many thanks to Nicki for her photographs and help at this last wedding of the summer season.

Congratulations, Rebecca and Steven!

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Ashley and Shawn haven’t been to a lot of weddings, but they knew that a lot of traditions weren’t for them. When I described my approach to a wedding day, Ashley told me that they didn’t have a bridal party and weren’t too keen on bride and groom preparation photos. I really appreciate that Ashley, like me, believes that having a wedding should be fun. If it is stressful, why go to all of the trouble?

Ashley and Shawn planned their wedding day locations so everything was within walking distance. They got dressed at the Wyndham Pittsburgh, and from there walked to Heinz Chapel for their wedding ceremony and Pittsburgh Athletic Association for their wedding reception. From the first time I spoke with Ashley, she told me that reception entertainment was really important to her since she works in the music industry. Everyone had a great time at the reception with entertainer (and Frank Sinatra impersonator) Nick Fiasco and a fantastic live performance by No Bad Ju Ju.

After seeing all of their wedding photos, I think that Ashley and Shawn truly enjoyed their guests and the music.

Many thanks to Nicki for working with me all day.

Congratulations, Ashley and Shawn!

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Lauren and Chris met eight years ago when they were taking Confirmation classes at their church. Next year, they’ll be married in the very same church where their relationship began. We met on a beautiful evening last week for their engagement photos in Schenley Park and Oakland. Lauren’s smile is amazing (and Chris’s is pretty great too)!

Congratulations, Lauren and Chris!

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Katie and Dave have been together for a long time, so they knew they didn’t want a long engagement. One of the things they did to save on time was decide to have their wedding at Katie’s parent’s lake house. While it started out as a simple wedding in her parent’s backyard, the wedding quickly outgrew the status of “backyard wedding” and beyond! Katie and her mom did all of the planning and coordinating for the catering, tent, lighting, linens, photographer, videographer, string quartet, entertainment, and more. Since Katie’s parents don’t live at Lake Latonka full time, their friends and neighbors stopped by daily to check on the house, water the plants, and prepare the site for weeks leading up to the wedding. Even all of their truly excellent planning couldn’t prepare for some unexpected work. In this case, Dave along with Katie’s father and brothers spent the days before the wedding building a floor inside of the giant tent due to some very soggy soil. I was so impressed with all of the hard work. Katie and Dave have so many people who love them!

Katie and Dave shared a First Look on the tiny island in Lake Latonka where they would later exchange vows. In order to spend as much time enjoying their wedding as possible, we took most of their bridal and family portraits prior to the ceremony. Together with their guests, they enjoyed the beautiful evening with a nice, long cocktail hour by the lake and a reception in the tent.

Many, many people were dedicated to making this wedding a success. Some of the wedding professionals included Three Rivers String Quartet, Keith from Party Time Productions, Posh Salon, and Fine Line Weddings. A job well done by all. Many thanks to Jenny for her excellent photos and assisting.

Congratulations, Katie and Dave!

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One of the first things I learned about Brad and Randi was the story of their proposal. They were staying at a bed & breakfast at a beach on Lake Michigan. One evening at sunset, they went down to the beach where there were two other couples hanging out on blankets. One of the couples was taking a bunch of photos of the of the other couple, and then Randi and Brad had their turn. At the end, Brad proposed! What a surprise for Randi and for the stranger taking their photos!

Randi and Brad both grew up in Pittsburgh, but they met a few years ago when they were both living in Ohio. They now call Ohio their home, but they returned to Pittsburgh for their wedding earlier this month. Since they love the city so much, they spent the first part of their wedding day taking photos in downtown Pittsburgh, on the Roberto Clemente Bridge, and at Heinz Field. Their ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the Heinz History Center followed by a reception upstairs in the Mueller Center.

Amanda was by my side taking photos all day. Christina and Nicki from Syncopated Pictures made a fantastic wedding film that you should watch immediately after you view these photos (link at the end).

Congratulations, Randi and Brad!!

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See more by watching their wedding video on the Syncopated Pictures website:

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