Matt and Heather | St. Paul Cathedral and Omni William Penn

by | Oct 11, 2016 | Pennsylvania Weddings | 0 comments

Reflecting back

Reflecting back on the wedding day

I was probably as excited to photograph again at the Omni William Penn hotel as I was the first time for LuAnne and Matt’s wedding. I was anxious and excited! Heather and Matt had a gorgeous day with cool weather. We ran into a snag with the portrait location but immediately found plan B just around the corner. This was due to my type A planning and timeline, of course. The decor for the reception was absolutely fitting for the room. It was glam and modern but not too over the top as the room’s design was already perfect! I hope and dream that I get another wedding here! I have so many more ideas I want to do with my next couple for this location! I may even be willing to reflect that desire in the pricing. *wink*

Interview with the bride

Bride looks back on her wedding day

Why did you choose your ceremony venue?

Saint Paul Cathedral is so beautiful! It was the only place we could have even thought about having our wedding. We knew the photos would be breathtaking and there was no place more perfect for us.

Why did you choose your reception venue?

We looked at many venues and unfortunately none of them were what we were looking for or seemed to match our style. The day we walked into the Urban room at the Omni William Penn Hotel, we knew that was the one for us. It was the first time that we both seemed genuinely happy the moment we walked into the door. Unlike many of the rooms and venues we toured, this room had a dramatic art deco style that was just so beautiful on it’s own, let alone what it could be with some floral design. Those panels of reflective black Carrara Glass with elaborate murals between and on the ceiling go unmatched. The Omni William Penn is so stunning in it’s entirety. The lobby alone is to die for! It checked all the boxes for us!

Did you face any obstacles while planning your wedding? If so, please explain.

The only real obstacle was distance. We are from the Pittsburgh area and relocated to Tucson, Arizona a few months before the wedding. I started traveling back and forth at the end of February before we made our final move in June. It makes it a little difficult to coordinate and wrap up some of the finer details that come closer to the wedding date when you’re 2,000 miles away. Thankfully, my now mother-in-law helped out along with Matt’s uncle!

Your favorite wedding day moment?

I had a few of them, but the one I think takes first in my heart is the moment when I started walking down the aisle. When I saw Matt, he just looked so happy and had to look away for a moment not to cry. Just another moment in the six years of memories together that makes me love him even more! There’s no feeling quite like the one I had in that moment. You could just see how much he loves me all over his face. It’s the best!

Did everything go as planned on your wedding day?

Everything did except for the limo driver and his poor decisions. We planned to have photos on the Roberto Clemente bridge. We had sent over photo ideas in advance of ones we wanted and planned that we would hang those in our living room after the wedding. Why our limo driver ever thought it was good idea to take us through the North Shore to get there when our venue was downtown, I will never understand. We never made it to pictures there. The backup plan was the courtyard near the Omni and that was blocked off for a private party. We still found a plan C for beautiful photos but it also caused us to be late to the reception which threw the entire night off schedule. Everything else was perfect!

Looking back on your wedding day, is there anything you would have done differently?

I wouldn’t have changed anything, except the limo company. One mistake in choosing the wrong company cost us memories that we’ll never get back. The memories Maria Angela captured will be more than enough for us in our lifetime; however, had we made a different choice there, I can’t help but to think we would have stayed on time, had photos everywhere we wanted them and wouldn’t have missed the ones we wanted outside the hotel at night. We didn’t let it ruin our day, but it is the one thing I’ll always remember as a mistake in choices.

Any advice or tips to give to a Bride-To-Be?

Easier said than done, but don’t stress out about the little things. The day is about celebrating your relationship with your fiance. While we all get wrapped up into the material and vanity parts of the wedding, it’s not worth letting that consume so much of your time and attention that it ruins your day if those things aren’t perfect on the day of. Don’t worry so much about what other people want or might be impressed by that you forget to share with your family and friends that things that you love together. In closing, remember that have fun together throughout the process.

Vendor Information

Information on those who helped make this day a success.

Reception Venue Contact Person: Corey Makrush

Bride’s Dress Designer: Berta Bridal

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bride’s Dress Store: Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses: White by Vera Wang

Hair Stylist: Hair by Bri (Briana Rasicci-Fernandez)

Makeup Artist: Courtney Holdreith

Chairs by Elegant Chair Cover Designs

Second Photographer: Lucia Cintra

Lighting Assistant: Sara Dinwiddie

Florist: James Floral Shoppe

DJ: Mike Willis of Modern Era

Cake Designer: Bella Christie and Lil Z’s

Baker (cookies, additional pastries, etc): Bella Christie and Lil Z’s (all non-cookies) and family (cookies)

Photobooth by FairyTale Videography

Getting Ready

Getting Ready for the bride was at the Omni William Penn Hotel. She had a beautiful suite with plenty of room for her, her bridesmaids, and family to roam around and be comfortable.


St. Paul’s Cathdral in downtown Pittsburgh is nothing short of ‘awe-spiring’! You walk into the double doors and immediately are stopped by the view. Grandiose cielings and beautiful trim work on the columns. This is one of my favorite churches in Pittsburgh – for sure!

Wedding Portraits

Portraits definitely did not go as planned – but thankfully I had scouted out the location ahead of time and saw that the park in which we wanted to originally get photos at, was closed off. So we walked around the Omni William Penn Hotel to a smaller park like area. The guys had to wait on two of the groomsmen who fell behind but once we got going with some of the portraits – we realized that we had an audience behind us taking photos and watching! We felt like celebrities after that. I even caught a couple of groomsmen adding a little extra swag to their walk for the cameras as we headed back to the hotel! lol



I have to say, I have never seen an entire ballroom with the colors of black and gold before.The walls were this black reflective mirror or glass which was super cool when all of the candles were lit in the room. I loved how decadent this room was! The bride was a genius to think of the color palette for this room. She contrasted the dark drama of the room with an all white decor. Simple yet bold! Love it!


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