Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wedding at St. Bernard

Wedding at St. Bernard

While I adore all the barn, and quaint little country church weddings I have to admit sometimes it's nice to photograph in a grand church. This is a ceremony I captured at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, PA. It's an absolutely stunning building!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Stage Fright

Stage Fright

The Ring Bearer decided that he just did NOT want to walk down that isle. No amount of coaxing could convince him. It's the laughs and simple, shared human moments like these that add so much to a ceremony.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Hyde Chapel

Hyde Chapel

One of my favorite weddings that I've ever photographed was at this quaint little countryside chapel. Built in 1861 Hyde Chapel was a "Congregationalist" church where people of various Christian faiths would gather to worship. It's a perfect setting for a small, intimate ceremony. While it lacks in modern amenities such as AC it provides a touch of old fashioned charm and romance. I snapped this on my way to go meet with the Bride & Groom on their big day. It was late in September and I happened to pass the Chapel, which is just north of Ridgeway, Wisconsin. I'm glad I stopped for a quick photo too as it soon became overcast rainy.

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Barn Weddings

Barn Weddings

Wisconsin loves barn weddings! So many venues are all around me that had once been farms. I find it fascinating when I am booked to cover a ceremony and reception at a barn venue. Some are super simple in their set up while others are very elaborately designed facilities. Either way it's the couple themselves that make these ceremonies so special.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Natural Poses

Natural Poses

There are times as a wedding photographer that you simply have things fall into place naturally. As the Bride & Groom walked to their reception at a local winery they paused to take in the setting sun. All I had to do was pay attention. Sometimes it's nice to just know where to stand.

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The Shared Love

The Shared Love

I shot this photo at a small wedding ceremony that was held in the living room of a modest but comfortable home. Surrounded by their friends and family this couple had a very intimate vows renewal ceremony. How loving they were to each other and how close knit their family seemed was very inspirational. They didn't need a big venue, or an elaborately decorated reception hall (not there's anything wrong with those). All they needed was to express their love for each other. I found it very touching.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time to Let Go & Have Fun

Time to Let Go & Have Fun

This morning I was reading on an online forum for wedding photographers. There was a discussion about how much they all hated covering the reception. They're tired and just want to go home. I was stunned. I am usually really disappointed when I am released soon after the toasts or whatever and don't get to cover the fun! I love seeing folks cut loose and enjoy themselves with their friends and family. Fast paced dancing in dim halls with crazy lighting is no barrier for capturing images. In fact I once had a string of four weddings all related to one another. It was due to a large group of friends who all loved dancing so much. They liked the way I shot the first couple's reception, especially the dancing and being alive!

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