Anne & Eric live out in the country, not too far from Mingo Creek County Park, where I photographed their engagement session. While in general they prefer quiet, rural scenery, they also love classic, elegant architecture. This made the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh the perfect location for their wedding day. While it was rainy and pretty dreary almost the entire day, we got lucky that there was a brief break in the rain while we walked from the Omni over to their ceremony location, First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, and had just enough time for a few portraits along the way in Mellon Square Plaza.
After the ceremony, rain prevented any more outdoor photos, but we made use of the Omni William Penn’s beautiful lobby and mezzanine before it was time for the reception.
Anne & Eric’s reception, with DJ entertainment by DJ Loyal, was held in the beautiful, dark art deco Urban Room. It’s hard to describe this room, so it’s a good thing there are plenty of photographs below, and I don’t have to try too hard to describe it. The ceiling is two stories high, the walls are a combination of black glass and painted murals, and the light fixture in the center of the room is stunning.
Anne did a superb job coordinating absolutely stunning reception decor. Together with florist Fragile Paradise and Lora at the Omni William Penn, they tied together white hydrangeas and olive leaves with black, white and gold details. I’m going to share a separate post very soon featuring these details, as there are just too many to include here.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the day. Thanks to Nicki for shooting this wedding with me.
When Anne told me that their two dogs, Lotus and Porsche, a Maltese and a Chihuahua would be at the hotel with them, I pictured manic little dogs running around yipping. That wasn’t the case at all. They were so calm and quiet.
Anne’s parents look on, as Anne, the youngest of their seven children, finishes getting ready.
The First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh is a beautiful church, with striking Gothic architecture and detail.
Isn’t this pretty? The wedding cake was Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte, decorated with olive leaves and ivory roses. Best Man Kenny explained how he knew Anne & Eric would stay together. The story goes that one night when out to dinner, Eric ordered dessert. Before it arrived, he had to visit the restroom. By the time he came back, Anne had eaten the whole thing. While Eric is pretty passionate about his food, he managed to forgive her.DJ Loyal, working hard at doing his thing to keep the party going all night.
Photography: Christina Montemurro Photography
Reception: Omni William Penn Urban Room
DJ: DJ Loyal
Catering: Omni William Penn
Florist: Fragile Paradise
Linens: Mosaic Linens
Hair and Makeup: Elizabeth Reese Conti
Anne’s Dress: Sottero & Midgley Ettiene, Bridal Beginning
Church: First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh (note that photography rules here are strict – photographers must remain in the rear of the sanctuary at all times, even during the processional)
Christina Montemurro Photography specializes in photographing Pittsburgh weddings, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs. Using a photojournalistic approach, experienced photographers Christina and Pamela provide 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 wedding photographers. You can read reviews that Christina’s brides and grooms have written here and here. Some of Christina’s favorite venues include the Carnegie Museum, Temple Sinai, Temple Ohav Shalom, Rodef Shalom, Heinz History Center, Edgewood Club, Hotel Monaco, Omni William Penn Hotel, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, PNC Park and Twelve Oaks Mansion.