Lisa and Bill’s wedding day may very well have been the hottest, most humid day of 2011. But you’d never have known it to look at them – they both looked radiant and so incredibly happy all day long.
I began the day at Bill and Lisa’s house, where Lisa and her bridesmaids got ready. Bill had told me that Lisa just moved in – so I thought that the house might be a little chaotic, with unpacked boxes lying around. Wrong. Very, very wrong. Not only was everything well-organized, but the entire house was so clean, I don’t think I could have found a speck of dust anywhere. Well done, Bill!
Here, flower girl Makayla has just arrived and is getting her first look at the beautiful bride getting the finishing touches on her hair.
Lots of hands – Lisa’s mom and bridesmaids help her into her gorgeous gown. Lisa’s bridesmaids got a little emotional watching but had each other for support. Up until a few days ago, I planned to shoot Lisa and Bill’s wedding alone. But in a fantastic demonstration that sometimes things work out just perfectly all by themselves, at the last minute I was joined by Tracey Vendilli. Two years ago, I was the second shooter at Tracey’s wedding. Tracey is honing her photography skills – keep an eye out for her! She’s already doing great. Just before the ceremony, she captured this image of Lisa. Lisa and Bill’s ceremony took place at Duquesne University Chapel. This was my third wedding there this year, and the third wedding performed by Father Naos McCool. He’s the best! So consistently charming and engaging. After the ceremony, the bridal party drove over to Mellon Park for pictures. Next photo by Tracey. What a stunning bride! Lisa got compliments all day on her beautiful veil. I loved how the sunlight accented the lace edging. Lisa and Bill’s reception was at Edgewood Country Club (don’t be fooled – it’s actually in Churchill). Lisa put lots of time and effort into creating the candelabra and floral centerpieces, and the room looked fantastic. Uplighting was provided by Second II None Productions. Lisa’s sister, matron of honor Lori, revealed that her nickname for Lisa is “The Beast.”Second II None Productions provided the night’s entertainment as well as the uplighting. If you are looking for a low-key, mellow, quiet wedding… then DJ Willy may not be your guy. But if you want someone whose enthusiasm and energy is so extreme that you may worry the speakers are going to blow… someone who is going to rally your guests, and keep them dancing and entertained – then I’d suggest you do not pass go and contact DJ Willy. The next two photos were actually taken during dinner! Congratulations Lisa and Bill! I hope you have a fantastic time in Hawaii.
Ceremony: Duquesne University Chapel
Edgewood Country Club
Centerpieces: created by Lisa herself!
Lisa’s Dress: Ella Bridals from Exquisite Bride
Uplighting: Second II None Productions
Cake: Fenoglietto’s Bakery
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