Becky and Joe are Married | Pittsburgh Wedding

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of photographing Becky and Joe’s beautiful wedding in Greensburg, PA.

To say it was HOT would be an understatement. And I’m not just talking about the temperature outside!

Becky started her morning off at Rambler Hair Design in Greensburg. Then she grabbed a bite to eat at her mom’s house, and then it was off to First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg. This church was gorgeous, and it had a wonderful room where Becky could get ready and wait with her bridesmaids.

After the ceremony, we stopped by the Pitt Greensburg campus for some formal shots. What a wonderful pick that was!

Lastly, Becky and Joe celebrated and danced with their family and friends at Giannilli’s II, also located in Greensburg.

Becky’s dress was stunning, and it showed off her beautiful figure perfectly.


I just love the way her dad is looking at her here.

The handsome groom.

The guys thought it’d be funny to look studious in the library.

I loved Becky’s navy blue and hot pink color scheme.

Joe striking a pose.

Hot, hot, hot!


Becky and Joe had a rocking dance floor.

Can’t you just hear Counting Crows’ “Mr. Jones” here?

Congratulations Becky and Joe!

Tracey Daily - voting for becky and joe!

Cherie Labrecque - Voting for Becky and Joe as the best wedding.

Andrea - Love the photos- by far the best wedding!

Jessica Ritter - Best wedding Ever!!!!

Jessica Pompe - Becky and Joe have my vote!

Anonymous - Mary, Thank you so much!! We love the pictures and can't wait to see the rest of them! You're the best! -Becky n' Joe

Lisa Piellusch - Really nicely done! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

And This Makes Four | Happy Anniversary

I lay wide awake, staring into the darkness of my roommate’s bedroom. I just couldn’t stop thinking: “This time tomorrow I will be married!”

I had a habit of thinking about time like that–especially during finals week in college. “In 24 hours this will all be over” would sometimes be the only comfort had to get me through the end of the semester.

Well, I never could have imagined that in four years from that sleepless night I’d be where I am today. I can honestly say that I love Jay more than I did on August 20th, 2005, but that is only because of the grace of God. Being married to him is truly a blessing–and I need to remember that more often!

So, happy anniversary Sweetie! I hope we have 40+ more anniversaries together.

And now you may be wondering about my wedding photos. Well, ironically, that’s one of my biggest regrets about my wedding–my photos.

You’re probably asking, what happened? Well, for starters, I was only at the hobby stage of my passion for photography, so I didn’t know then what I know now.

Mostly, I blame myself for not planning ahead more–for not THINKING more about what I wanted. I really regret not allotting any time for photos outside of the church. What was I thinking?? Also, digital photography wasn’t what it is today four years ago.

I must say our photographer did do a great job with our getting ready shots, but from there things don’t go too well. There’s a lot of missed shots of us during the actual ceremony and reception. I’m not sure what happened there.

Now, I don’t want to end on a sad note–I’m still very happy that I married Jay, and photos or no, you can’t take that away! And I do think we’ve got some good shots. Plus, my experience has been a tremendous inspiration for me in my work–I strive that much harder to make sure none of my brides have any regrets about their wedding photos. And I hope that shows in my work!

We DID have very nice engagement photos.

I’d forgotten how loooong my hair was.

My favorite.

This was my bridal portrait. I was going for the vintage look, so I converted it into a black and white photo. P.S. My mother made my dress!

That’s my sister helping me out (thanks Martha!).

And my mother, brother, and grandmother…hmm..sounds like a rhyme to me.

Ha, thanks Kara!

I love this shot of Ha, Ha, Jay’s grandmother. She passed away about a year after we got married at the grand old age of 95.

And that’s about it for the ceremony photos until “the kiss.” The groomsmen are giving an Aggie “whoop!”

We had our reception at the Astin Mansion in Bryan, Texas, for which our dog Astin was named.

Our groomscake, made by my friend Ashley–yum, cheesecake!

And although this photo is grossly over exposed, it’s still one of my favorites.

This is also a favorite.

And this shot was taken by my mom-in-law’s point and shoot camera.

And they lived happily ever after!

Happy Anniversary - […] And what better way to celebrate five years of marriage than by photographing a wedding together? Yep, it’s also Katie and Brad’s wedding day…and they’ve picked a pretty nice date to get married, if I do say so myself. Let’s just hope it’s not nearly as hot as our Texas wedding in late August! […]

Nicole - Yay yay Mary and Jay! (How's that for a rhyme?) Mary, you look so young there! Crazy stuff. Love you!

Lisa Piellusch - Congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚ You're sooooo young!! Some great moments captured in those photos. We just celebrated our 17th anniversary at the beginning of the month and our photos are sooo not what I'd have done if I were getting married today! haha ๐Ÿ™‚

Your dress was beautiful!! <3

Kara - yay felicidades! thanks for posting the pictures, y'all look great in them ๐Ÿ™‚

martha - Why is Cullen driving the get away car? Just kidding. Only both Ben and I did a double take on it, for whatever reason, Jay really looks like Cullen in it!

Congratulations, sister! Love you both!

Lindsay - How Sweet! I loved these pictures! Congratulations on four years & hope for many more to come!

Sticky Toffee Pudding Fun

Before we left for our trip to the UK, our friends John and Angela–who had lived for three years in Edinburgh–gave us a very important recommendation: we had to try sticky toffee pudding.

Sounds good, eh? Naturally we took their advice and sampled some sticky toffee pudding at an Indian restaurant in Edinburgh–delish!

So, when Angela told me she would be making some sticky toffee pudding for us when we came over last Thursday, I knew we were in for a treat (pun intended).

The unassuming dish at first appears quite humble, and shall we say–even boring.
Sticky Toffee Pudding

But then you’re forgetting some of the most important ingredients…

And since you can’t find the heavy cream they use in the Scotland, we had to make do with plain ol’ ice cream.


Meanwhile, Amelia entertained herself with a couscous box.

Unfortunately, she was not allowed to have any sticky toffee pudding–which might explain this expression.

That’s more like it.

Thanks John and Angela for the great meal and good fellowship! AND Happy Birthday Angela! Oh, and your pudding was much, much better than the one in Edinburgh!

Meghan and Jim | Pittsburgh Engagment Photos

On Friday evening I met up with Meghan and James at Mellon Park to shoot their engagement pictures. They had driven all the way from D.C. for their photos…well, OK, they had some other things to do in Pittsburgh before the wedding, too.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to spend time with these two sweet people. They have a great sense of humor, and they love each other–two ingredients that make for a super fun engagement session. Oh, and they had matching shirts…but more on that later.

It was HOT outside…in more ways than one!

Meghan has GORGEOUS brown eyes…and I love the way she’s looking at Jim here.

See? What’d I say–a great sense of humor.

Here are the matching shirts…this was also part of a joke.

Mmmm…love that evening light…

They thought’d it be fun to hang from the gate…

It was a bit tricky.

Meghan and Jim–I’m looking forward to seeing you again for your wedding in September!