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Lisa and Kanat’s Wedding Ceremony & Reception – Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh

Lisa and Kanat are both engineers, and met at work. Kind of a while ago. That was back in Texas, and since then they’ve moved around the globe, before finally settling here in Pittsburgh, where Lisa went to college.

Their wedding day brought friends and family from near and very far together to celebrate this long-awaited marriage! Lisa and Kanat began the day at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh. Joining me for the day to photograph them was my Syncopated Pictures teammate, Nicki Dembski. Nicki and I have shot video together a lot this year, and we were both happy to be photographers this time.

Lisa and Kanat structured their wedding day to allow for lots of time for pictures. After a first look in the Omni’s exquisite mezzanine, we went over to the North Shore, and then on to the Heinz History Center for their ceremony and reception. More on that to come… in fact, there are some truly amazing reception details that I’ll save for a separate post.

Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -1Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -2Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -3Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -4Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -5There’s almost never time for portraits with the bride ahead of time! Having time, and a beautiful bride in this beautiful location made for the start of a great day.Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -7Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -8Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -9Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -11Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -12Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -13Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -14Pittsburgh Omni William Penn Wedding -15

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I LOVE this little spot for photos. I actually saw this spot on my first visit ever to the History Center (as a guest) back in 2001. And finally… finally! 13 years later I was able to shoot portraits there!Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-21Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-22Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-23The Library & Archives room is a warm, intimate ceremony location.Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-31Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-32Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-33

Reverend Mark DeNuzzio of A Simple Vow performed a superb ceremony for these two unique engineers. It’s not a simple task to execute math humor, but he nailed it.Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-34Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-35Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-36Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-37Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-38Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-24Musical entertainment by City Heat.Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-40Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-41Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-42Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-43Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-44Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-45Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-46Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-47Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-48Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-49Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-50Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-52Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-53Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-54Pittsburgh Heinz History Center Wedding Ceremony Reception-55

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Congratulations, Lisa and Kanat!

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The Credits

Ceremony and Reception Venue:
Heinz History Center

Caterer: The Common Plea

Florist: Botanical Emporium

Lisa’s dress: Maggie Sottero, Bridal Beginning

Lisa’s hair and makeup: Moriah Moore

 

Zoë’s Bat Mitzvah – Temple Ohav Shalom / Wildwood Golf Club

I am 100% aware of what a wonderful job I have. I have the opportunity to be a part of some of the most memorable, happy and meaningful events families experience throughout their entire lives. There’s a lot of boring, mundane, meaningless stuff we adults have to get done. Like for example, later today I have the chore of going to get new tires. Greaaaaat.

So it is not lost on me at all when I have the opportunity to take part in a special event like Zoë’s bat mitzvah. Every time I shoot a bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah, I’m struck at how rich, deep and significant this rite of passage is. I love hearing the bat mitzvah child give their speech about what their study has meant to them, and what they hope to accomplish going forward. And then, to hear their parents speak about their journey… it’s remarkable. Especially when you have parents as eloquent as Mike and Lisa. I loved that Lisa said that instead of being proud of our children, we should be happy for them, while the children are proud of themselves.

Zoë’s bat mitzvah ceremony took place at Temple Ohav Shalom in Allison Park, with Rabbi Milkow. Later that evening, she and her friends celebrated at beautiful Wildwood Golf Club with dancing (of course, the hora!) and entertainment provided by DJ Sosa and dancers from Entertainment Unlimited.

Here are some of my favorite photos.

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Mazel tov, Zoë!