Michael and Rebecca | Heinz Chapel | The Pennsylvanian Wedding

by | Jul 31, 2015 | Pennsylvania Weddings | 0 comments

Reflecting back

Reflecting back on the wedding day

If you are looking for an elegant and historic wedding venue in the city, then the Pennsylvanian would be the ideal location. It is absolutely breathtaking at night and the photo opportunities available is endless, if you are looking for a more city-urban feel or theme. Michael and Rebecca’s wedding day went smoothly without any delays or issues. We had the chance to get portraits throughout the day and the weather was perfect. I cannot wait to have the opportunity to photograph at this wedding venue again! Congratulations Mike and Rebecca!

Interview with the bride

Bride looks back on her wedding day

Maria: Why did you choose your ceremony venue?

Rebecca: Well there are a few reasons. I went to school at the University of Pittsburgh, and Mike just finished graduate school at Pitt. We were both students there at different parts of our lives, and so it really did become meaningful, and a special privilege for both of us to have the opportunity to get married at Heinz.Also, my twin sister got married at Heinz just last September. Sharing that time with her last year and getting a glimpse of what a wedding ceremony is like at Heinz Chapel made it a very easy decision. It’s unique and breathtakingly beautiful from start to finish, and we wanted so much to have that experience as well.


Maria: Why did you choose your reception venue?

Rebecca: Both Mike and I had an idea of what we wanted our reception and really, the theme of the whole day to be like. We wanted classic and traditional, summer and romantic, and we used those themes to plan our day. We had looked around the city a little bit at other venues and thought about doing the big “white outdoor tent” wedding at a few of the places around the city. They were beautiful, but in the end, something about that was just missing for us. We saw the Pennsylvanian during our search and didn’t look anywhere else. We knew the day we saw it. The rotunda is so unique and we imagined our cocktail hour there for our guests, with our dinner and dancing inside in the Concourse. The room is spectacular. Everything about this venue is classic and traditional, summer and romantic, and we just knew it was the perfect place for our special evening.


Maria: Did you face any obstacles while planning your wedding?

I would say the biggest obstacle is time management and staying on top of dates, appointments, and balances due. If you choose to plan the wedding yourselves like we did without a wedding planner, it’s all on you to make sure you have all your dates lined up, your vendors contacted, your balances paid, and all is in order before the big day. Doing that in plenty of time so you’re not scrambling too close to the wedding is so important too. I had a lot of practice when my sister did it last September, and Mike was a huge help as far as organization goes, so together we both made it work and stayed on top of everything. This may not seem like a big task, but staying organized while planning a large wedding and working full time jobs was really challenging for us.

Maria: Did everything go as planned?

Rebecca: Really and truly, everything went as planned! It was a perfect day from beginning to end. Our only hiccup was a late arrival from the limo, which we rolled with those changes, and altered our photo schedule accordingly. If I could change that part, I would, of course, but overall, looking at the day as a whole, it was the most amazing day spent with those we love the most, and there’s nothing that could have gotten in the way of that.


Maria: Your favorite wedding day moment…

Rebecca: My favorite moment was the ceremony. Reciting your vows to each other is a moment that’s hard to be prepared for. You imagined this day since you were a little girl, and still nothing can prepare you for how emotional it is to recite your vows, and how much it means to hear them back from your husband. It was everything I ever dreamed it could be and more. We have never been happier than we were during that time, and neither of us will ever forget it. Thankfully, we have the most fabulous pictures walking out of the church together, arm in arm, with true happiness on our faces. That picture is both of our favorite!!


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

Rebecca: Stay organized. Stay grounded. Thank your parents and those intimately involved in your day, they are so much a part of your day and what has made it possible. Thank your bridal party and enjoy this special time with them, they’re your favorite people and you want them to feel that way. And don’t sweat the small stuff. In the end, no one will notice the small mistakes but you, so enjoy every moment, and let it go.

Vendor Information

Information on those who helped make this day a success.

The Botanical Emporium

DJ: Protege by Studio E Entertainment

Cake Designer: Vanilla Pastry Studio

Caterer: Rania’s Catering

Videographer: Pictory Productions

Uplighting: Party Savvy

Reception Venue Contact Person: Sylvia Ehler

Bride’s Dress Designer: Lea Ann Belter

Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Bride’s Dress Store: Anne Gregory for the Bride

Groom’s Attire By: Ralph Lauren

Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN

Hair Stylist/Makeup: Allison Roth Studio


Getting Ready

Getting ready of the bride and groom were at a nearby hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

Wedding Portraits

Wedding portraits were done prior to the ceremony for the guys and the girls separately. We used the locations near Heinz Chapel.

Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony was held at Heinz Chapel in downtown Pittsburgh. Only alumni of the University of Pittsburgh can utilize this wedding venue.

Wedding Portraits – Part II

More wedding portraits that were done after the wedding ceremony.


The Pennsylvanian was the location for Michael and Rebecca’s wedding reception. Cocktail hour was outdoors and reception was indoors.


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