When I met with these two, they told me they were having a very Pittsburgh wedding, and they were not kidding around. Black and yellow, Terrible Towels, Eat n’ Park smiley cookies, and portraits at the Incline. And, in true Pittsburgh fashion, a day of rain that Sean and Liz barely even noticed. Yinz are married n’at!
We started off at the Sheraton at the Point. I’mma briefly make this story about me, because I almost didn’t get to do this wedding. I spent the night before, and morning of, in the emergency room (everything is fine, I had like an almost ulcer years ago and it picked this day to be a total jag.)
Anyway, I’m often asked what would happen if I were unable to photograph a wedding (which is a great question to ask your wedding photographer, btw.) I always give them a run down of my plan, but this is the closest I’ve come to having to use it. Thankfully, I had a great team lined up for the day (huge shout outs to David McCandless and Sandra Chile) in case I absolutely couldn’t be there. Secondary shout outs to the ER docs who loaded me up with awesome medicine, so that I was able to make it after all. I was honestly super touched when Sean told me his initial reaction to me maybe not being there, and they were both so sweet about the whole situation. Okay, so back to their Pittsburgh wedding adorableness.
“Yeah, I’m kinda busy right now?”
This is why you only trust your bestie to be your maid of honor.
Another Pittsburgh wedding staple, the Trolley. They’re cute as hell. I content that taking portraits on the T might have been a LITTLE more yinzer, but their schedule is a little less predictable.
I meet couples all kinds of different places. I’ve had two different people book me for their wedding based on a shared love of Firefly. But I met Sean through the other kind of work I do, graphic design. I was on a panel with him about freelancing, and when he got engaged awhile later, he remembered me mentioning that I was also a wedding photographer. Since he’s ALSO a graphic designer (and works in one of my other groom’s favorite Pittsburgh buildings), of course he designed the invitations himself.
I love how much this little guy loved his umbrella.
“We got the shot? I think we got the shot you guys, okay let’s roll.”
Sometimes you do what you gotta do.
Sure, when *I* suggest a human pyramid y’all think I’m kidding, but when *David* suggests it…
Black. And. Yellow. (Plus some Heinz ketchup, which is the only good ketchup don’t @ me.)
Liz’s dad insisted that she spin him, and also took a very fancy bow at the end.
When it’s time to party, we will party hard.
We were trying to get the family together for a photo, which they agreed to as long as they didn’t have to stop doing the Cha Cha Slide. Take it back now, y’all.
I had no idea there was an official dance to Cotton Eye Joe. Where did he come from, and also who made up this dance?
I love all of your grandmas so much.
Second photographers: David McCandless and Sandra Chile
Ceremony: St. Mary of the Mount, Pittsburgh
Reception: Sheraton Station Square
Additional photos at the Duquesne Incline
Caterer: Sheraton Station Square
Florist: Z Florist
Baker: Bethel Bakery
Dress/Suits: David’s Bridal/ Men’s Warehouse
Accessories: Bridesmaid Jewlery by Emma Sarsfield (Aunt of the Bride)
DJ/Band: Francis Pessolano
Makeup/Hair: Meraki Glam
Photo Booth: Photo Booths by Yellow Mack
Transportation: Pittsburgh Trolley Works