Over the weekend in Pittsburgh I had the pleasure of second shooting my first wedding of the season for a good friend of mine, Terri Walker from Capture Life Photography. As I had mentioned in a previous post, her older sister Tasha and I dated when we were 15. Kind of funny how Terri and I 17 years later ended up getting reconnected by way of Wedding photography.
I also went to the same high school as the bride Halima: Bishop Canevin (which used to be known as Canevin Catholic). So I ended up seeing a lot of old faces that I went to school with.
The wedding reception was held at St. Phillips Church in the Crafton area of Pittsburgh. I have driven by it many times but this was my first time inside of the church. I was shocked at how beautiful the church was. Take a look at the image below.
St Phillips was founded in 1839 by Bishop Francis Patrick Kendrick. The original church only measured 40 feet by 25 feet. I would say this version of the brick and mortar is a bit of an upgrade. The ceremony was a traditional catholic mass, and lasted about an hour.
After the wedding ceremony, and true to Pittsburgh form, the traffic in the area was terrible all over because of construction. We didn’t have a ton of time to get wedding party photos so we opted for West End Overlook Park. The sun was a bit harsh which made it challenging to get good shots, but I think we got some images the bride will be happy with. See below for a sampling of those images.
After about an hour we fought our way through traffic to get to the Embassy Suites in Moon. This was my first time shooting a wedding there and was shocked at how high end it was on the inside. The staff there was very helpful in letting us get into the reception area beforehand to get some photos. The DJ was very high energy which really made for a busy dance floor. For a sampling of photos see below.