Heinz Chapel & Marriott City Center Wedding

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Photographer’s Notes:

Being new to an area has it’s frustrations and obstacles to overcome, all in it’s own. Having so many weddings under my belt and having traveled near and far for destination weddings, I have been anxiously awaiting to post these local Pittsburgh weddings as fast as I possibly can to show off what I truly can bring to the wedding market here in Southwestern Pennsylvania. I wanted my inquiring and current Pittsburgh brides to see and get excited over the images I produce for local couples. Well, without further ado and with only one hour left before I have to grab my gear and jet off for a destination Florida wedding, I am revealing my favorite teasers from last weekend. I have over a dozen inquiring brides who are anxiously awaiting for the release of these images and that just makes me even more excited to show them off! Last weekend’s wedding was a Pittsburgh themed and inspired event from ceremony to reception. Katie and Jon wanted to showcase their favorite city as much as they could and for the newly relocated photographer that I am, this was a dream come true! We started in my own neighborhood of Bethel Park where Katie got ready at her beloved parents’s house. We then arrived at the well loved Heinz Chapel in downtown Pittsburgh for their ceremony where we were able to send the couple off with an exciting cloud of bubbles as they exited the chapel. We then started our two hour tour of Pittsburgh starting with the Carnegie Mellon Institute “Columns” and then ending at North Shore near PNC Park as well as the Roberto Clemente Bridge which was conveniently closed for the evening game and block party. We wanted to get one more location in before heading to the reception, however the weather could not stay at bay any longer and finally started to rain as I clicked the shutter button on the last portrait on North Shore. The reception was amazing as everyone drank, danced, and ate cookies until the music stopped at the Marriott City Center. I want to say congratulations to Katie and Jon on having a beautiful and mostly dry Pittsburgh wedding! Stay tuned to our blog for more Pittsburgh weddings as we have many, many more to showcase as the weekends go on! Until then, Happy Viewing! Maria

Interview with the Bride

Maria: How long was your engagement? Do you feel that was enough time to plan all of the details of your wedding day?
Katrina: Evan and I were engaged for about 14 months. I thought that it was more than enough time to plan!
Maria:  Why did you choose the Pittsburgh Zoo your venue?
Katrina: We wanted our venue to be unique and fit our personalities. Also, we originally thought about having our wedding at the beach, but we settled for sharks, sea otters, and a polar bear instead.
Maria: What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?
Katrina It is really hard to pick just one favorite moment. One that really sticks out is when I go to cake all over Evan’s face. Before the wedding we talked about it, and I said that I would prefer him not to do it. However, he never said that I couldn’t, so I went for it! He was not expecting it at all 🙂 !
Maria: What was the biggest obstacle you faced while planning your wedding or on the wedding day?
Katrina: We had our fair share of bumps along the road, but I would say that the biggest was re-planning our honeymoon the week of the wedding. Cabo (our original honeymoon destination) was hit with its most intense hurricane ever a week before our wedding. Both the resort and airport closed, so we had to scramble to find a new location and change our flights andaccommodations. Luckily, we got it all worked out and had a perfect honeymoon in Punta Cana.
Maria: Is there anything you would change, looking back at your wedding day?
Katrina: Overall, I would not want to change a thing. However, if I had to pick something and I can’t believe that I am saying this as a Pittsburgher born and raised, but we had so many cookies. Don’t get me wrong, they were all delicious and I am so grateful to all our friends and family that helped bake them, but maybe we overestimated a little (I think we had 1.5 dozen/guest). I am still eating wedding cookies to this day (so I guess I really can’t complain too much).
Maria: Any advice to future brides while they plan their wedding?
Katrina: Every now and then (both while planning and on the day) take a moment to step back and just enjoy it. It is a very special time that you will never  get back. It is easy to get caught up in the details, but at the end of the day, all that really matters is that you will be married to your husband (I really love saying that word!)!

Vendor Information

Cake: Prantl’s Bakery, Shadyside
Hair: Annie Hartnett, Visions Hair Design
Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Dress Store: MB Bride
Shoes: Kelly & Katie
Men’s Attire: Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse
DJ/Band: DJ Steve Lebo, Party Time Productions
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