It was a sure thing that 10.9.10 would be a memorable date for a wedding. Weather, on the other hand, is never a sure thing. But luck was on Julie & Jared’s side, as they had a perfect sunny October Saturday for their wedding day.

We began at the Sheraton at Station Square, where Jared’s family (second wedding in a row for me with a Baltimore groom!) was staying. Here’s the handsome groom.

Playing rock – paper – scissors is a family tradition. Photo by my second shooter, Jennifer Stein

Julie got ready at the rectory at St. Stanislaus in the Strip District. I loved the light coming in this window in the kitchen, and the unique high ceiling. And since the priests keep their kitchen very tidy, it was no problem to climb up on the kitchen counter to get up there and hang Julie’s dress for this photo.

Julie’s radiant mom, Haydee.

Julie, her bridesmaids, and her family went over to the courtyard at St. Patrick’s for some pre-ceremony photos. Julie’s niece, flower girl Nina, was loving the whole experience.

I’m going to preface the next two photos by stating that as far as I know, Julie has no modeling experience. But she is such a natural in front of the camera, so comfortable and at ease and of course, gorgeous.

Back at St. Stanislaus before the ceremony. Ring bearer Owen was keeping everyone guessing as to whether he would walk down the aisle with his sister. About half an hour before the ceremony, he decided that he did in fact like the idea, and got quite excited about it.

Still, the last moment before his mom headed down the aisle in front of him was a little nerve-wracking. Photo by Jennifer.

After the ceremony, we quickly exited the church and drove over to the Cork Factory for more photos. The sun had just set when we finished the family photos.

The Cork Factory courtyard is a fabulous location for pictures! Thanks to Julie’s dad, Jim, for securing permission (ahead of time) for us to go in there.

Julie & Jared’s reception was at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium – Water’s Edge. I love this place! Julie’s mom, Haydee, created these amazing centerpieces.

I loved the flower petals and candles lining the tunnel leading into the reception.

Toast by Matron of Honor Kelly.

Loved the lighting on the walls here. What a perfect effect for the zoo.

Parents of the groom, Jack and Barbara.

Julie’s dad, Jim.

Beautiful cake by Oakmont Bakery.

Julie and Jared met while they were students. Julie went to Pitt, and Jared studied music at Duquesne.  What better song could there be for a first dance than one written and performed by the groom himself? Very nicely done, Jared!

“Sunrise, Sunset”

“Over the Rainbow”

Nina and her dad were wild on the dance floor. Flipping all over the place!

Late in the evening, we made sure to find a few minutes for a few portraits in the sand tiger shark tunnel.

Father of the groom. Love this one!

Last one: I asked Nina if she was getting a little tired. It was probably around 10:30. She responded, “oh no, not at all!” But I am not quite sure I believe her…

Julie and Jared: congratulations. I’m so, so glad you found me and I had the privilege of attending your wedding. So much fun! I hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon.


The Credits

Ceremony: St. Stanislaus Kostka

Reception: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Water’s Edge

Catering: Taste of the Wild

Flowers: Jim Ludwig with Blumengarten

Julie’s gown: Enzoani from Some Enchanted Evening

DJ: DJ Cam

Cake: Oakmont Bakery

Hair: Bliss Hair Studio

Makeup: Alexis Maddox – iAMakeup


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