A beautiful summer day for a joyous wedding.
Congratulations to Jeremy and Melissa.
Reception: Four Seasons Banquet House
Hair and Make Up: by Indigenous Hair Designs and Boutique
They amaze me, the velvet flowers. Roses.
I’ve never grown them but I hear it can be difficult to do so.
My mother had red climbing ones all over the backyard fence in New Jersey. My sister has taken me to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the wonderful specimens with memorable names. “With over 5,000 bushes of more than 1,200 kinds of roses, the Cranford Rose Garden features one of the largest collections of rose cultivars in North America.”
In 1977, my father took Mark as a toddler in the stroller to the cemetery at Old St. Mary’s Church on South 4th St. In addition to the historic gravestones there were old fashioned roses everywhere.
I like roses at every stage – bud to all-the-way-falling-off petals.
Last week it was lush blue and white hydrangeas which I shared with my daughter at the hospital, the blue for birth of a boy seemed perfect. They were a great background for the food pusher post the other day. This past Saturday, it was white hydrangeas combined with pale pink roses.
At each wedding I was given lovely flowers to take home. I brought this bouquet from the reception back to Ohio.
As I carried it in from the car, I noticed the roses had opened.
You can savor the celebrations as you admire the blooms.
Plus, the scent of them reminds me of my grandmother who worked in the florist shop in Lincoln Illinois when I was a kid.
Photographed with iPhone6 just now.
A beautiful day for a beautiful wedding.
Here is the wedding party with the lion.
The Bridesmatrons are Cousin Katie, Sister Vicky, Friend Laura, Bride Celeste. Groom Shawn, Best Man Jason, Groomsman David, Groomsman Jason. Lion top right, name unknown.
Then the baby elephant ran out and nuzzled the mother elephant.
Another bench. This time at the zoo.
Just a smidgen, a sweet taste.
Celeste and Shawn first dance in reflection
Saturday July 19, 2014
The whole day was filled with love, love, love. There was mist, then drizzle, but no downpour. A little thunder and at the end of the evening we heard the Pittsburgh Pirates fireworks, boom boom boom.
Jessica and Matthew worked hard on every detail but the weather was out of their control.
Everyone was a good sport and carried umbrellas, one maid of honor wore her boots! I covered the camera with plastic grocery bags. And then it stopped.
It was long awaited for and very happy day.
You can see the mutual admiration, love and affection for one another in these photographs. The wedding and reception were held at The National Aviary on the North Side of Pittsburgh
Congratulations and all the best to Jessica and Matthew. It was a lovely wedding to capture.
Enjoy your European honeymoon adventure.
In front of the mantle in the Music Room
With Disco Pete the Penguin after the ceremony
Wedding Party on the bridge in the park on the North Side
Matthew holds Jessica’s dress
A kiss under the veil
A little rain doesn’t matter
James Bond and his Bride
The Sweetheart Table
The sisters’ toast
Oakmont Bakery made the cake and cupcakes
A sweet kiss after the cake cutting with a taste of frosting!
Throwing the bouquet
The garter toss
(and the embroidery hoop filled with lace, dangling from the ceiling of the tent- remember the bride is an art teacher)
and the Best Man Ty and His wife Jean, parents of darling flower girl, too (hope it is spelled correctly) help out at the end of the night
Shot from the choir loft I was invited down to photograph the couple from the front, wearing the crowns Three times around the altar Jaxon checking out the rose petals A little out of order, Eugenia and her father come down the rose strewn aisle Bridal portrait. Eugenia and I taught together at Arlington.
Thought this a good story for the Split-Second Weekly Photo Challenge although I am in a gray area as it is to be a
single frame telling a story.
Uh-oh. If the creator (Shane Francescut, Toronto Street Photographer and Blogger) of the challenge is grading the entries, mine will not meet the objective.
But how often are you in the company of unicyclists?
I was down at PNC Park photographing the prom goers and two nice guys drove by on unicycles. They cycled past me, and as I was photographing them from behind, the guy in the yellow shirt gave the thumbs up and looked back at me and unintentionally gave me what looked to be an “uncomfortable shot” when he lost his balance momentarily.
They stopped and talked with me for a bit and I asked them stupid questions about their wheels. Steve and Daniel. Thank you! And I bet I am not the first person to ask them goofy questions-
These were SERIOUS unicycles. Unicyclists are well balanced they said. I asked if I could blog them and they agreed. Steve on the left. Daniel on the right Ouch Thumbs up sign, all is well. Getting back on the unicycle. Check out that tread. I was just wondering how different people get involved in different activities. I am sure I would not even be able to get on one and make it go.
From the wedding archives- a little more than 3 years ago. Chair sash and flower girl.
The matching satin bows caught my eye.
The first day of fall was a beautiful wedding day for Prudence and Jordan in Somerset PA.
Sunshine then intermittent showers but then some wonderful sunlight breaking through the clouds, too. Overcast skies make for no squinting during outdoor picture taking!
The sun and light matched the gorgeous bouquets of sunflowers.
Jordan is a Volunteer Firefighter and a Somerset Police Officer and his colleagues provided escort service for the couple to the reception, honking the horn as they made the short trip to the Somerset Country Club from West Church Street. It was a wild ride. Prudence was a lovely bride.
They were a great couple to photograph as was the rest of the bridal party and they graciously permitted me to post a few wedding photos from Saturday afternoon on the blog today.
I got to sit up front in Ladder Tower #3 and filmed a short video to share with grandsons Michael and Jack when I visit. I had crawled into a firetruck once at an open house in Ohio but never got the thrill of riding in a giant Ladder Tower truck. It was exciting, fun and memorable. All the best to Prudence and Jordan!