Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer |Amy’s Bridal Portrait–Part II

A few weeks ago I posted a preview of Amy’s bridal portrait, but I couldn’t show you much. Well, this past Saturday Amy and Ian tied the knot, so I thought I’d share a few more from Amy’s shoot before I post their wedding photos.

Heinz Chapel was kind enough to let us borrow their building for a couple of shots.

I can’t get over Amy’s back–um, hot!

Amy had this photo displayed at the reception. Again, hot!

Wedding photos will be on their way soon…

Anonymous - Love the flip-flops in a wedding dress. Love it.

Jen and Zeb’s Wedding | 7/25/09

She peered into the hallway mirror, her blue eyes staring back. She carefully applied her eyeliner, makeup scattered on the table. How many times had she stood there getting ready for high school? Did she ever think about the day she’d stand there, applying her makeup for her wedding day? It was here. The day was finally here.

Jen and Zeb tied the knot at Holy Trinity Church in Robinson. After the ceremony they celebrated with family and friends at Quicksilver Golf Club in Midway. This was a beautiful location, with a lovely view of the course–and a great spot for photos, too!

Congratulations Jen and Zeb!

A healthy lunch to start the day–the girls had hoped those were cupcakes.


Zeb gave Jen the sweetest card with an obviously touching message.

Some guests were really mesmerized by the proceedings.

I love how Jen’s mom watches Zeb’s reaction when Jen walks down the aisle.

This fence reminded Jen of back home in Virginia.

The cattle pasture, too, was another favorite. Reminds me of Texas…

The girls wanted to do a “crazy” shot. This is what we got:

I tried getting the guys together for their group shot, but they were soon distracted by a poor ringbearer who just couldn’t wait to find a bathroom. The course is a fine of a place as any, he must of thought, for a quick break.

My favorite.

I love toasting.

And first dances..

Jen and Zeb put together a slideshow of their lives for guests.

This young boy just discovered what he had to do with the garter he caught.

Gettin’ down.

Last dance.

Maria and Gary | Wedding 7/24/09

They met in college. As her friends described her, she was the one thing that could distract Gary from his ambitions. But, as his friends said, she was the one person Gary was looking for to share his life with.

Gary and Mary celebrated their wedding in a beautiful ceremony at St. Sebastian Parish in Pittsburgh. After some fun photos on Mount Washington, they kicked it up at the fabulous Le Mont with dinner and dancing–lots of dancing.

These two flower girls were absolute dolls.

The bride and her brothers and father. Classic!

Maria’s smile is gorgeous! No wait, she’s just gorgeous all over! (and Gary’s quite the handsome, groom, too).

The bridal party was brave enough to try for a jump shot.

Maria’s father gave a really touching toast.

Gary is quite the dancer.

There was quite the scramble for the bouquet.

Congratulations Maria and Gary!

Kara - i love her dress ;)

rockstardown - Well done! These are great to see; it was a gorgeous wedding, and you did an incredible job capturing the essence of the celebration!

~Marty Abezetian

Glencoe–the Beautiful Valley | UK Adventure Part VIII

The afternoon sky was growing warmer as the sun climbed overhead, burning away the haziness of the morning’s clouds. The memory of our “leg-stretcher” in Fort William was fading, and all I longed for was to get out of the car.

Jay had talked Glencoe up from the beginning of the trip–no, even before that. “They call it the Switzerland of Scotland,” he told me. We were going to love it.

I heard no trumpet; I saw no sign heralding the entrance. There was no abrupt change in scenery–but suddenly we had arrived. It seemed so small–and very much like most anything else we’d seen along the drive. Beautiful, but not especially so.

Ken steered the car along a winding, narrow road, my mind wondering how two cars could possibly pass by each other. Tall trees and thick shade obscured any vision of what the area looked like. And then we came to our bed and breakfast in the woods.

Stop the car. Now.

So this was Glencoe.


Jay was right. Words and photos don’t really give it justice.

After unpacking and taking a bit of a rest, we endeavored to find the “lost valley” between these mountains.

We followed a stream bed up the hill.

For a group of non-hikers, we did pretty well climbing over rocks and scaling cliffs–ok, we didn’t really scale any cliffs. But it sure felt like it sometimes.

And there it was, the lost valley.

Bethany and I opted to stay on the hill while the boys descended to the valley. Those two specks are Jay and Ken.

We almost made the hike injury free–until Bethany slipped and fell on her knees on the way down. Ouch.

It felt good to be back on flat ground.

We were famished by the time we finished the hike, so we grabbed dinner at this local hiker’s pub.

I felt about the same.

But the delights of the day weren’t over. On the drive back to the cabin, I yelled again–stop the car.

Um…can you get any more pretty postcard than this??

Words don’t even start…

I think Jay was wrong, though. Switzerland doesn’t have anything on Glencoe.

Last stop is the Falkirk Wheel…stay tuned!

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Caryn - Beautiful photos, Mary!

Kara - it is beautiful – I especially liked the little waterfall picture, where it looks like enchanted frosting – but I'm gonna have to disagree with "Switzerland doesn't have anything on Glencoe." I know I'm not a marvelous photographer, but I think the snow capped peaks speak for themselves.