Lizz and Derrick’s Wedding–5/23/09

Lizz and Derrick’s wedding was held at the breathtakingly beautiful Zen Center of Pittsburgh in Sewickley last Saturday. The details were exquisite, and most were chosen and even created by Lizz and her mother. Everything came together so well and reflected Lizz and Derrick’s tastes–classy yet fun. Even the weather cooperated! I think the photos will describe it better for you, so I’ll leave it at that.

Even the dogs were included:

Lizz’s dress reminded me of vintage Vogue.

It was a little bright during the ceremony.

This shot was taken by Jay–way to go babe!

Lizz and Derrick wrote their own vows.

Can’t get much prettier than this view.

First moments as Mr. and Mrs.

Lovely blue sky and golden field. Can’t beat it.


I think this is my favorite kiss.

Doesn’t this look fun?

Lizz’s mother cross-stitched the table numbers.

Lizz’s sister gave the sweetest toast.

The flower girl was a little doll.

Fans couldn’t miss the Penguins’ game:

They couldn’t get their first dance to themselves.

They had a lively dance floor.

The Pennsylvanian Wedding Photography | Christine and Sean - […] In a warm church in July, Christine and Sean shared their hand-written vows with each other and later celebrated their wedding reception at the Pennsylvanian in downtown Pittsburgh. Although saying it was a warm day would be putting it mildly, Christine and Sean couldn’t have had a sweeter ceremony or wonderful reception. I loved seeing them surrounded by their friends and family, and it was truly beautiful to capture the story of their day. An added bonus was getting to catch up with a former bride and groom, Lizz and Derrick. […]

Fun Things in the Mail » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Birchtree Photography Blog - […] Sweet, a full-page spread for Lizz and Derrick’s do-it-yourself wedding. […]

Published! Pittsburgh’s WHIRL Wedding Guide: Lizz and Derrick » Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers | Birchtree Photography Blog - […] this towards one of my goals–getting published in two magazines, technically, I submitted Lizz and Derrick’s beautiful outdoor wedding to WHIRL last year. So, I’ll just have to get two other weddings from this year […]

Theresa Rutter - I love the black and white photographs. You have captured not only the wedding, but the essence of the ceremony itself. They make a beautiful couple – of course I might be a bit prejudice as I am the groom’s aunt!!

Lisa Piellusch - You’ve nicely captured some really great moments. :)

— Lisa P.

This is Big

OK, so I’ve already posted twice(!) today, but I just heard this on the news tonight. Obama is going to host the G20 in Pittsburgh this September. That’s huge for this city. I’m excited about getting some photos (if not of Obama, at least of some wild protesters who will surely descend upon the city).

I promise my next post will be photography related!

Things like this amuse me

I saw this clip on a blog I read regularly for “inspiration.” I like the concept and the music. One of the fun things about traveling is taking those typical “tourist” shots. They may be cliche, but they’re also the ones you’ll enjoy 20, 50 years down the road (were we really that goofy??).

Speaking of traveling, I am getting so excited about our Big Summer Trip to England and Scotland in June! Yes, that’s right folks, stay tuned for some action packed photos and riveting tales of adventure…or maybe just some shots of my sister, brother-in-law, and my adorable nephew.

Also, (Martha you’ll appreciate this), I have purchased a nice rain coat for the trip, as I hear it’s pretty rainy there…like every day.

martha - Oh yeah, it’s rainy. Make sure it’s light and packable! Liam was calling you “Me Me” today. :-)

It’s just been one of those days…

..where it seems my computer hates me. Well, maybe it does. I’ve been processing Lizz and Derrick’s wedding photos (they’re coming soon, I promise!), and I’ve struggled to get my program to work correctly. The most frustrating thing, I think, about computer programs is not understanding what you did wrong in the first place. Fortunately, I think I finally figured it out and am back on track, but it’s been a difficult morning.

On a much pleasanter note, Jay and I have been very excited about the arrival to Pittsburgh of our church’s new pastor, John Tweeddale, and his family (Angela, his wife, and baby daughter Amelia). We’ve been without a pastor for over two years now, so were definitely excited to have them. Last week, John actually needed a photo ASAP for a book he worked on that is to be published soon. So, we went over to RPTS to find a nice background. And here is the end product. Not too bad, I’d say.

David D. - Hey, Mary, that's a great portrait. Was that all natural light?

JWW - “Betting” that is. I gotta learn to proof again – I actually used to proof as a part-time job!

JWW - Very nice shot of John. Of couuse all your stuff is excellent. Had a PG photographer here today for a possible article coming up in the PG East. I am very worried. Wish it had been you – I’m better you can even make chubby and homely somehow look OK.
Jack Wilson