Lauren and Dan are getting married next Fall and have been planning their wedding from out of town, so when she emailed me about their trip to Pittsburgh for the last weekend of October, we made sure there was time for their engagement session while they were in town, even if it happened to be on a Sunday afternoon right before a Steelers game. Little did we know what chaos we would face with the pre-game festivities and detours on the North Shore, it definitely made things interesting, but we can all laugh about it now.
We started at Riverview Park for some portraits amidst the fall foliage.
It was so quiet and peaceful there. Lauren loved the fall leaves and Dan was happy to hold her close and keep her warm.
They had no trouble kissing in public. And that’s ok when you’re being followed by a camera! At least, that’s how I see it!
I really like this low angle. It doesn’t always work, but these are some of my favorite photos from the session!
And fast-forward through a 45-minute drive to the North Shore. The detours and traffic were particularly bad that day because of the game. What Lauren and Dan didn’t know is that their engagement session that day came with a tour of Pittsburgh’s North Side! Ha!
There were flocks of Steelers fans on all sides, but they were kind and gave us some space as we made our way along the North Shore, stopping here and there for some photos.
This is one good-looking couple.
And just one more kiss!
So, Lauren and Dan were off to the big game—lucky ducks! Her friend bought them tickets as an engagement gift. I went home and watched it with some friends dressed in our Halloween costumes. All in all, what a great day! Go Steelers!
Every now and then, I hear from a bride and groom who are planning an out-of-town wedding, but have come to love Pittsburgh and want to be photographed here for their engagement. It’s always fun to hang out with people from other places and especially so when we’re on the same page about Pittsburgh, because I love this city! Anyway, I met up with Janelle and Andre at Mellon Park, one of my favorite parks in the city, and wrapped up our session on the North Shore as the sun was setting (another favorite!) It was so much fun spending the evening with them and learning about how they met.
They started with a more casual look at the park. Gotta point out Janelle’s heels – love them!
This next one is a favorite with the way the sunlight is just wrapping around them. They’re so happy and in love, that it’s fitting that they’re glowing.
Snuggling on a park bench will never grow old for me.
There’s also something really fun about bringing along a picnic blanket. Great idea, Janelle!
Timing was the tricky thing about this session. And I would be fibbing if I took credit for that. Because it’s tricky when you’re coming up on twilight and there is an outfit change, traffic and parking to consider. But I was thrilled that we got to the North Shore just in time for some shots of Janelle and Andre dressed to the nines. And they had fun with it dancing along the river!
We walked along the shore a bit as the sun was quickly setting and then they danced a little more. And I have to say, they are experts at dipping!
Then to finish off the night, we headed to Rivers Casino to see what we could find. And the large, lit tower made for a perfect silhouette.
Janelle and Andre, thanks so much for a fantastic engagement session. It was so much fun getting to know you and I wish you the very best on your wedding day. Many blessings to you and your marriage!
Carolyn and Ryan were married on a beautiful Saturday two weeks ago at Holy Innocents Parish in Pittsburgh’s West End. Carolyn’s vision for a fall wedding came to life with lots of fabulous details, locations, and an awesome bridal party. All around, it was a fun day to be a photographer. We started with Carolyn and the ladies at her parents’ home and then headed to the church to catch up with Ryan and the guys.
Melissa and Gabe were married two Saturdays ago at Rolling Acres in Beaver County and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. There were clear skies and no rain clouds after a week of rainy weather. So it was a gorgeous fall day! On top of that, it was just such a treat to photograph Melissa and Gabe’s wedding because their absolute affection for one another warmed my heart.
We started with Melissa and her bridesmaids at Kelly’s Cuts in Beaver. And then caught up with Gabe and the groomsmen at the golf course.
Melissa’s feathered headpiece was an awesome find on Etsy. And her flats really remind me of pointe shoes. Gotta love her details! Before I forget, I need to give props to Alex, my trusty second shooter as many of the images from their wedding are his. Thanks Alex!
Aimee and John tied the knot two Saturdays ago on a bright Fall day. Their wedding day brought with it two new venues (well new to me, and it’s always nice to add new venues to the list) with the ceremony at Knoxville United Presbyterian Church in the South Hills. What a lovely little church tucked right in the middle of a Pittsburgh neighborhood. And it was just a short drive to their reception at the Wendell Inn, a large old building that looks like it might once have been a school with a beautiful ballroom on the top floor. Anyway, I’m getting out of order here, let’s start with Aimee and her bridesmaids getting ready at the Marriott Spring Hill Suites at the Southside Works.