October 2, 2011

Brendan and Sara – Pittsburgh

This was an amazing wedding.

There are many ‘types’ of weddings, and if you were to tell me I could only shoot one type of wedding for the rest of my photography life, I would definitely say Sara and Brendan’s type. From an amazing church on Pitt’s campus (Heinz Memorial Chapel), to the the low-key reception at a local bed and breakfast (Morning Glory Inn), this day was filled with lots of fun and a very relaxed group of people. When the bride and groom were pronounced, the bridal party started waving Steeler’s terrible towels.

The locations I had to work with were all great. The Mellon Institute was just a block from the church and provided us with some great pillars, and Pitt’s campus itself, which surrounded the church, had many beautiful settings. Once we got to the bed and breakfast I realized it was one of those places it is hard to take a bad photo. Even though there was a good chance of storms, we saw no rain and were afforded some great weather after all.

On a side note, I was quite freaked out on my way to the church from the hotel. The directions google maps drew up for me failed to take into consideration the construction and I ended up on the other side of the river heading into a tunnel that would certainly have taken me to New Orleans. Add on top the stress of being in a town you don’t know, I was under the impression that the ceremony started at noon, and it was 11:50 as I crossed the river. Needless to say I pulled a U-turn before the tunnel and somehow found my way back on track. After running about 5 lights consecutively on Pitt’s campus, side swiping a few bikers, and killing 3 or 4 squirrels I was able to park and run up to the church half expecting the bride to be at the altar staring me down. However, I soon found out the ceremony was at 12:30…. crisis averted. Sweat and squirrel casualties not.



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