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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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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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