The day was just lovely with a gorgeous sky to help showcase the exterior of the church.
My assistant and I arrived a little before Molly and with the help of one of the volunteers at the church, we cleared out this area in the bridal room. I didn’t take a “before” photo, but it was totally worth the time and effort that we put in to prepare this for photos.
I love when my couples exchange gifts on the wedding day and I’m able to document those moments. Jay surprised Molly with a lovely present from Tiffany’s.
Most of my brides allow me to stay back with them to document the last few moments they have between dad and daughter as a single woman – sometimes I capture nervous looks toward one another, other times I see loving gestures and talks, and others, I see the bride hiding her dress by steping behind her dad as a last minute guest enters the church.
This moment was captured right after Molly and Jay exited the church and were waiting for their guests to file out. I encouraged them just to enjoy being together for a few seconds since the day goes by so quickly.
From the church, we headed over toward Schenley Park to get a few more photos. The guy at the merry-go-round was kind enough to let us jump on for a few seconds to get a couple photos…sometimes it’s amazing what people will do for you or let you do if you are in wedding attire!
Rarely do I showcase group photos…while a few group images are important with every wedding, sometimes it’s difficult to get people to just let go and enjoy being around each other when a camera is pointed their direction. Molly’s girls did a great job when I encouraged them to chat amongst themselves…really enjoy this type of group photo since it helps to tell the story of what the day was really like – laughter, smiles, and chatting.
Molly and Jay did a beautiful job with their decoration choices at The Circuit Center using red and black as their colors. Though you can’t see it in this photo, they had the side lights gelled to cast a reddish glow throughout the room. While the flowers aren’t the feature in this photo, you can see in the background that they had beautiful tall arrangements and they alternated with red hurricane style shaded candles and red glass votive holders.
So, apparently, my brides have learned a bit about my love of shoes, and lately, they have been wearing not just one, but two beautiful pairs during the day, which of course, gives me more to photograph. These were Molly’s reception shoes – love the red!
And a final shout out to Jeremy Ganss who I had the opportunity to work with at this wedding. If you are looking for a DJ in the Pittsburgh or surrounding area, Jeremy is the one you want to talk with. He did a great job keeping things moving at a comfortable pace throughout the evening and had people up and having a good time without being overbearing in any way. A quick photo of Jeremy doing his thing:
Church: First United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Reception: The Circuit Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Entertainment: Jeremy Ganss
Bakery: Cakes by Tammy, Liverpool, OH
Florist: K. S. Kennedy Distinctive Floral, Pittsburgh, PA
Flowers used: peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, Californian gladiola, Ecuadorian freedom roses, larkspur
Colors: deep red, black, white