Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer Christina Montemurro bio picture
  • Hello! I’m Christina.

    Are you getting married? Congratulations! I'd love to hear about you, your spouse-to-be, and your wedding plans. My goal is to create beautiful images that will help you remember and relive your wedding day, without interfering or getting in your way. Wedding photography should be easy, simple and fun - not overbearing or intrusive!

    Feel free to have a look around my site, and then use that contact form above to send me an email. Or call me. I'd love to hear from you and talk about your wedding, your dog, and my special interest, your favorite restaurants.

    - Christina

It’s open! I’m so excited that downtown Pittsburgh is now home to the Kimpton Hotels’ Hotel Monaco. Located at the corner of William Penn Place and Sixth Avenue, just across from the recently renovated Mellon Square Plaza, this eclectic hotel brings refreshing, quirky decor and unique amenities.

You expect to find a bathrobe in your hotel room – but at the Hotel Monaco, you’ll find a yoga mat. Bicycles are available to all guests. Coffee and tea are available in the morning, and you can attend a wine hour in the evening.

I dare you not to smile when you walk into the hotel’s “living room,” the lounge that’s far too welcoming and cozy to be called a “lobby.”

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The Living Room - Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Kimpton Hotels Living RoomThe Living Room - Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Kimpton Hotels Living Room

This is Antoinette. She’s in charge of the Living Room. Clearly, she is awesome.

Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh AntoinetteI could fill this space with many more photos of the Living Room, but, let’s move on to the ballrooms available for Hotel Monaco weddings!

There are two large ballrooms: Sofia and Sheffield. Sofia is a little bit smaller, accommodating up to 170 guests for a seated dinner reception, while Sheffield can seat up to 240. Both are two-story rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a fun swirly black and white carpet, and towering white columns. You can have your ceremony in one room, and reception in the other, or just choose one room.

There’s also a very large terrace on the 9th floor. This would be a fantastic space for a ceremony or cocktail hour! I did visit it, and I can assure you it’s a great size, but as it was your typical snowy January Pittsburgh day, I did not photograph it.

The Sheffield Room – currently set theater-style:

The Sheffield Room - Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Wedding Reception VenueThe Sheffield Room - Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Wedding Reception VenueAnd the Sofia ballroom, set banquet style.

The Sofia Room - Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Wedding Reception Venue

Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Wedding Reception Venue-5This is Harry Siebert. A Pittsburgh native, Harry spent the past 10 years in sunny southern California. But Harry couldn’t resist the opportunity to be a part of this grand opening, so he’s returned to his hometown. He’s Hotel Monaco’s Banquet Manager, and will be making your events run smoothly.  Banquet Manager Harry Siebert, Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh The main entrance is on William Penn Place, but if you enter from Sixth Street, you come into this grand foyer outside the banquet rooms.

Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Wedding Reception VenueI cannot wait to shoot a wedding here! Brides and grooms planning Hotel Monaco weddings – contact me. Your wedding is going to be gorgeous and unforgettable!

Hotel Monaco – Pittsburgh
620 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Reservations: (855) 338-3837

For weddings, contact: Gregory Sgro, Director of Catering
412.471.1170

 

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Christina Montemurro Photography specializes in photographing Pittsburgh weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs. Using a photojournalistic approach, Christina provides extraordinary attention to detail and customer service. Contact Christina now to check availability for your engagement session, wedding, bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah. Christina has been rated among top Pittsburgh photographers. You can read reviews by Christina’s past brides and grooms here and here.

Christina is also available to shoot weddings in Bucks County, including Doylestown, Chalfont, New Hope, Yardley, Newtown, Warminster, Warrington, Bedminster and Pipersville.

 

Last night I watched a movie in which CIA agents were attempting to stop a terrorist attack. Clues led them to a barn in, dun dun dun… Pennsylvania. To which the most senior agent replied, “no one ever blows up Pennsylvania!”*

I immediately turned to my husband and said, “woo hoo! Best state ever!”

While I’ve lived in Pittsburgh since 1996, I’m originally from Doylestown, Bucks County, north of Philadelphia. All of my family still live in the area, and my family and I travel back there to visit often. Just two miles from my parents’ house is Fonthill Castle. During a recent Doylestown visit, my husband, my 7-year-old, my mother and I decided to visit the castle and take a guided tour.

Our guide, Heather, was fantastic. Some very quick history: Henry Mercer had a lot of interests, and is best known for two things. First, his collection of ordinary archeological items (housed at the Mercer Museum close by in Doylestown), and specifically handmade tools. Second, his tile manufacturing business, which made him a very rich man.

Mercer thought it would be just lovely to live in a big castle-like home. So, he enlisted the help of zero architects and zero professional construction workers, and instead hired 10 farmhands to help him build this enormous structure out of concrete. They made it up as they went along, and the result is an extraordinary labyrinth of narrow staircases and doorways, tiles everywhere, and doggy pawprints in the concrete.

Four years later, when they had finished, the people of Doylestown thought him insane and that this eyesore would make property values in Doylestown plummet. To celebrate, Mercer built a bonfire on the roof… unfortunately neglecting to notify anyone ahead of time, so several fire companies reported to find him dancing around drunk with his dog.

There were many more fascinating stories! I highly recommend a visit. I wish I could show photos of the inside, but photography is only permitted outside, so I traveled light and just brought my iphone for a few photos outside.

You can have weddings here! If you’re having a tiny wedding (36 or fewer guests for a seated dinner with no dance floor) there is an indoor space that can be rented year round. Exclusive caterer Memorable Affairs has a broad range of delectable menus for you to choose from.

Otherwise, from April to October, Fonthill offers a “seasonally permanent” tent with floor, carpeting, chandeliers, heating, dance floor and French doors.

I would LOVE to shoot a wedding here! While I’m in Pittsburgh, I am available to shoot in the Doylestown area, and no travel fees apply. If you’re getting married at Fonthill, contact me! Your wedding will surely result in beautiful photos and a memorable experience for you and your guests.

 

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Fonthill Castle
East Court Street & Route 313
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-9461

Memorable Affairs, Inc. (also the caterer for the Mercer Museum and Pennsbury Manor)
Five Ponds Golf Club
1225 W Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974

215-674-1047, ext 1

* The senior agent was right. The Pennsylvania barn was just a staging area for an attack in, of course, New York City.

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Christina Montemurro Photography specializes in photographing Pittsburgh weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs. Using a photojournalistic approach, Christina creates genuine, heartfelt, relaxed images, with extraordinary attention to detail and customer service. Contact Christina now to check availability for your engagement session, wedding, bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah. Christina has been rated among top Pittsburgh photographers. You can read reviews by Christina’s past brides and grooms here and here.

Christina is also available to shoot weddings in Bucks County, including Doylestown, Chalfont, New Hope, Yardley, Newtown, Warminster, Warrington, Bedminster and Pipersville.