Abby and Brad’s Pittsburgh Wedding

I remember the first time I met Abby and Brad–I was impressed with how sweet they were together…and how they balanced each other perfectly! I photographed their engagement session along the riverfront near downtown Pittsburgh waaay back in chilly March. Unfortunately, we encountered more chilly weather for their wedding!

There’s just no getting around it–it was a cold and rainy day! But, I think Abby and Brad made the best of it, and we had some fun taking photos inside the church. Their ceremony was held at the darling Clinton United Presbyterian Church, and their reception was held at the S.N.P.J. reception lodge in Imperial, PA. One of the things I especially enjoyed was getting to see them celebrate with their family and friends–and they sure know how to party! What’s even more fun is I’ll get to seem them both next year when I photograph one of their friend’s weddings! Thanks guys for letting me be a part of your day!


Getting the dress on is always a group effort!

I love this shot Jay took…

Heh…check out the guy taking a picture with his cell phone…

I love this shot…but I didn’t notice until later that Brad’s shaking someone’s hand!

Abby, you are beautiful.

We stepped outside for just a moment to grab some shots in front of this red door.

They started right off with the first dance at the reception.

Ha, another cake smash! Yay for fun couples!

I think Abby and Brad had almost everyone out on the dance floor…


Congratulations you two!

Pittsburgh Wedding Photography | Jen and Mike - […] be there. But, I was a little sad, because it was also my last wedding (for now!) that stemmed from Abby and Brad’s wedding last year. Of course, I’m not sure how many more times I can watch the walk down the […]

Pittsburgh Wedding Photography | Sarah and Rick - […] blog readers might recognize that cute bridesmaid on the far left…that’s Abby, who got married last October. And if everything went according to plan, she just had a baby this […]

Station Square Engagement Photos: Jen and Mike » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Birchtree Photography Blog - […] and Mike got to know me through their good friends, Abby and Brad, and I’m excited to see both of them again at Jen and Mike’s wedding in October. […]

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Jenny - Abby and Brad

A Walk in the Park

Sometimes you just need to take a break. And for me, there’s no better way to do that than to take a walk! Thankfully, Pittsburgh has a lot of nice parks, and Frick Park is just a short ride away for us…or a long walk, whichever I feel up to.

Growing up in Moscow, Russia, I used to take a lot of walks with my family, especially with my sister and our dog, Texas. Yes, we had a Rottweiler named Texas! There’s something freeing about being able to step away from the computer, the internet, yes, facebook, and just enjoy God’s creation. Not to mention, it makes for a great time to catch up with your husband!

So, last Thursday Jay and I enjoyed a nice walk in the park…much to Astin’s delight, who of course was included in the walking activities. I decided to take my camera along because I wanted to get some shots of the fall before it was all gone. This season goes by so quickly!


I asked Jay to pose for me in front of these lovely fall leaves..

Astin, doing what he does best: running like a crazy dog.

Jay posing again…I just couldn’t get over the colors!

The noble mutt.

Check out these funky shrooms…

And yes, I asked Jay to make a silly pose by this funny-looking vine-thing. Nice, huh?


Heather - I love your dog. hes so cute!

Pittsburgh Engagement Photos for Heather and Dave

On one of the sunny days last week, I met up with Heather and Dave at the lovely Hartwood Acres for the engagement pictures. Heather and Dave are actually getting married in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011, but as newer “transplants” to Pittsburgh, they wanted to get their engagement photos done here. Plus, it’s hard to beat the fall in Pittsburgh (if the weather cooperates!).

I had a lot of fun getting to hang out with these two, who both met at the University of South Carolina (and are both uber smart…hello chemical engineering!). And with Heather being a “Southern gal,” I didn’t have to explain my use of the word “y’all.” Sweet!


Pittsburgh engagement photos

Wow…you two are hot!
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Ooh…a favorite…but I really have lots of favorites…
Hartwood Acres engagement photo

Heather and Dave changed outfits…and I must say I love Dave’s pink shirt! And Heather matched it so well with her charcoal gray sweater–perfect.
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Heather, did I mention this already? You are beautiful!

OK, I have to say I love EVERYTHING about this photo! It really makes me smile.

And we had to get photos in front of this gorgeous tree.


Thanks guys, and I wish you happy wedding planning!

Jennifer - Gorgeous photos! I really need to get over to Hartwood Acres soon. I want to take some pics of my girls there. We might want some photos done as a family..perhaps Sept or October.. would love to contact you to set something up!!?

I Won First Place! | I ♥ Faces Week 45: “Autumn Beauty” » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers | Birchtree Photography Blog - […] to say that I only composed and snapped the frame…the beautiful tree was already there, and Heather and Dave were such an awesome couple to photograph…so, really, I can’t take much […]

Autumn Beauty– I ♥ Faces Entry » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers | Birchtree Photography Blog - […] that would work perfectly for this challenge, but in the end, I decided to go with a photo from Heather and Dave’s engagement […]

Ashley Parsons - WOW! I LOVE THESE PICTURES!! (MY FAVORITE IS THE ONE OF THE TREE BARN AND FENCE ON THE LEFT!) You just recently did my cousin Brads wedding and ive been looking at your site ever since. I LOVE THE WORK THAT YOU DO! I would love to be this good some day!!

Laura Hasty - Heather and Dave you guys look beautiful in every single shot! What a beautiful setting and day. Great photography. I love them all!!

Heather - Thank you so much Mary! these turned out wonderful! You are such an amazing photographer. I wish I could steal you and have you hop on a flight to Atlanta….

Allie Burrow - OMG Heather these are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys look amazing!!!!!

Donna McKerrow - OMG! EVERY single one is amazing! Just gorgeous people and places! Mary you captured them perfectly. 🙂

Lauren McManus - GORGEOUS PICS GUYS! I love and miss you both!! =)