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Wedding Photography

Kat and Kevin Tie the Knot (Literally) Aboard Three Rivers Queen at Sunset

August 28, 2015.  A beautiful August evening for a happy wedding celebration. Here’s the first peek at some highlights of the photographs from the wedding.  Congratulations to Kevin and Kat!

Here are the bride Kathleen (Kat) and Kevin. He is watching her come down the aisle of the top deck of the Three Rivers Queen (Gateway Clipper Line)

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Tying the knot






IMG_2163Roberto Clemente Bridge closed due to the Baseball Game (Pittsburgh Pirates 5- Colorado Rockies 3)

The sun was sinking fast.



On the way back to the Three Rivers QueenIMG_2233

Reboarding on the gang plank


Their two dogs are important to them although they didn’t attend the wedding they were featured in the cake topper silhouette.


Working together to get the wedding cake’s first piece out and onto a plate. It’s more difficult than it looks!


Their rings in the bride’s bouquet

Three Rivers Queen Crew

A full moon over the city of Pittsburgh


IMG_2950The ship’s captain Andy,flanked by the crew, navigated the Three Rivers Queen expertly, going up and down all three rivers- Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio.

Jeremy and Melissa’s Wedding 7-25-2015

A beautiful summer day for a joyous wedding.

Congratulations to Jeremy and Melissa.


Ceremony: St.Paul’s United Methodist Church- Allison Park

Reception: Four Seasons Banquet House

Hair and Make Up:  by Indigenous Hair Designs and Boutique

It’s How They Unfurl So Beautifully

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. 


Who Needs Sun When You’ve Got Love, Love, Love?

Congratulations Nicki and Jeff. What a fun wedding. Thanks for allowing me to blog a first peek at some of the photos.   Love the umbrella shots

Wishing you every happiness, always.  Ruth 

Jeff and Nikki









Staying dry inside the shelter of the Carousel Gazebo- Alameda Park, Butler PA






Not raining yet.





Nicki’s bridal portrait

The cookie table spread was a gift from friend Ellen and they were delicious. A lot of baking.





Just Married – Shawn and Celeste- Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium Reception

A beautiful day for a beautiful wedding.

Celeste and ShawnSitting in the garden at Saint Sebastian Church.  Just married

Here is the wedding party with the lion.

Bridal Party with Lion 2

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.



Bridal Party with ElephantsAt the elephants.

Then the baby elephant ran out and nuzzled the mother elephant.



looking at the elephants


Celeste and Shawn zoo

Another bench. This time at the zoo.


Celeste and Shawn at Fish TankOnto the aquarium



cakecake tasting

Just a smidgen, a sweet taste.

Celeste and Shawn first dance

Celeste and Shawn first dance in reflection



Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium


















Jessica and Matthew Got Married at The National Aviary in Pittsburgh

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.

bride in carJessica gets out of the car.  She and used to teach at the same school. She is an Art Teacher in the city.

women at Inn (1)Everyone was at the Inn at the Mexican War Streets on the North Side.

the menin the music room

In front of the mantle in the Music Room

the groomMatthew the Groom in the Music Room

Jessica and her dadHere comes the bride with her father.

first kissFirst Kiss

just married

Just Married!

Jess and Matt at the Aviary

With Disco Pete the Penguin after the ceremony

couple on bridge

Jess and Matt on Bridge Party (1)

Wedding Party on the bridge in the park on the North Side

the womenCoaxing the flower girl to join the women for a photograph

wedding party umbrellas

Matt holds Jess; train

Matthew holds Jessica’s dress

kiss on bridge

A kiss under the veil

MAtt and Jessica Umbrella

A little rain doesn’t matter

James Bond

James Bond and his Bride

couple dance

First Dance

MAtt and Jessica dance

First Dance

sweetheart table

The Sweetheart Table

sisters' toast

The sisters’ toast

cake and cupcakes

Oakmont Bakery made the cake and cupcakes

a sweet kiss with frosting

A sweet kiss after the cake cutting with a taste of frosting!

Bouquet Toss

Throwing the bouquet

garter toss

The garter toss

back detailThe back detail of her gorgeous wedding gown



(and the embroidery hoop filled with lace, dangling from the ceiling of the tent- remember the bride is an art teacher)

macaron favorsMacaron Favors by Jean-Marc Chatellier French Bakery in Millvale

Best man and wife

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

John and Eugenia’s Wedding at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church

Eugenia and John ceremony2Shot from the choir loft     Eugenia and John crownsI was invited down to photograph the couple from the front, wearing the crowns     Eugenia and John altarThree times around the altar         Eugenia and John ceremony Jaxon checking out the rose petals       Eugenia and FatherA little out of order, Eugenia and her father come down the rose strewn aisle       Eugenia Bridal portrait. Eugenia and I taught together at Arlington.






wedding party Eugenia and John entrance Eugenia and John make an entrance       Eugenia and John outside A very happy day.

Serious Unicycles for the Split-Second Story

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. unicycles Steve on the left. Daniel on the right   Prom 2014 314 Ouch   Prom 2014 315 Prom 2014 316 Thumbs up sign, all is well.     Prom 2014 317Getting back on the unicycle.  Check out that tread.   unicycle   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.


As the wedding reception winds down






Matching Satin Bows

From the wedding archives- a little more than 3 years ago.  Chair sash and flower girl.

The matching satin bows caught my eye.

matching bows


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