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Jarrod and Lauren’s Wedding Day

A first peek at some of the highlights of Jarrod and Lauren’s Wedding.  The weather was cooperative in that the summer thunderstorm didn’t start until they were safely inside the reception. Perfect timing!

Two caricaturists captured the guests happy expressions. The bride had her caricature done by Jeffrey D. Harris at a festival in 2007 or 8 and tracked him down for her wedding. He was assisted by Dave.  The bride and groom put their likeness in a frame and all the guests signed the surrounding mat.

Pittsburgh weddings delight in their cookie tables and Jarrod and Lauren’s was something to see! (and delicious to taste)

The bride’s attention to detail was evident throughout the day.  A lovely wedding. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. James.



Dancing music provided DJ Scott Wooten.

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

Matthew and Melissa Wed at Mansions on Fifth

Months of planning.  Details and lists. Flowers, cake, music, officiant, cookies baked for the cookie table.  A lot of work. A lot of love.

Friends and family offering support and cheering the couple on to a happy life together. Relatives travelled from California,Florida, Jersey & North Carolina, Ohio to witness the marriage.

My DIL’s first cousin Matthew married Melissa this evening and I had the honor of being the photographer. Mansions of Fifth was an elegant venue.

Uncle Frank, Aunt Linda and Uncle Donald were the drivers of Uncle Frank’s vintage cars which added a lot to the ambience of the occasion.

A lovely wedding. The rain held off- I had a big golf umbrella with me-

though the clouds looked threatening.

Chas, the shirt PITT shirt vendor, on the corner of Forbes and Bigelow Blvd came to the car window to offer congratulations AND two free  PITT T-shirts.  And the bride is an alum! Thanks Chas.

Unexpected and fun.  Cake decorated by Jordan in the wedding party.






Bride and Groom Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

What a perfect day for a celebration.  Doreen and Marty chose this wedding date as her grandfather was born on July 4th, 1910. Although he has passed, Doreen’s grandmother was dancing up a storm and enjoying the wedding.

Here they are watching the fireworks being shot from a barge on the river.  The reception was at Station Square Sheraton Hotel in Pittsburgh.  

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.





Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Michelle W. challenged the WordPress Community this week with the theme DREAMY

I thought it was a real challenge.  (I guess that’s the point of the challenge) Some are easier to find just the right photos in response.



Night lIghts at the Columbus Zoo

Night lIghts at the Columbus Zoo

Laura and James

Laura and James

jack at the wedding

Mark and Erika in Virginia

Mark and Erika in Virginia

Highland Park Reservoir

Highland Park Reservoir

Charlotte and Joel

Charlotte and Joel

Michael dreaming on Aunt Mary

Michael dreaming on Aunt Mary

Kaufmann's Clock at Night

Kaufmann’s Clock at Night

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette Gallery

NOTE:  If you are not a WordPress Blogger just skip down to the collection of Silhouette Gallery photos 


So WordPress decided to change the editor where one creates a new post and I just couldn’t see how it is any sort of an improved model. Perhaps it just takes some getting accustomed to the new format?

“No worries, just switch to classic mode” they reassured me at the top of the WordPress Page.  I clicked.

 And then when you click :PREVIEW the post from the classic mode, it then reverts to the New Editor, it does not stay in “classic mode”  

Life is all about change and our ability to adapt to change, right?

 But sometimes CHANGE is NOT an improvement.

(And what the heck is the BEEP BEEP BOOP someone created for the loading while you wait?  Oh my)


Now back to our regularly scheduled programming and I know talking about computer issues bores people.

MY SILHOUETTE GALLERY – You’ve seen a few of these before if you follow the blog

silhouette cupples field st. John

St. John at Cupples Field South Side

silhouette  hand murray ave

Looking up Murray Avenue

silhouette family smith mountain lakeFamily at Smith Mountain Lake

silhouette Hudson RiverHudson River Silhouettes

fireworksJuly Fireworks at The Lakes

michael on the zip lineMichael on the Zip Line

silhouette MauraMaura at the Strawberry Farm

Bobbijo and Tim  Wedding

Bobbijo and Tim

silhouette steam shovel 2

Dinosaur Demolition  (you’ve seen this one before)

silhouette Hudson River 2 Looking to New Jersey

silhouette birds on wire

Birds on a wireIMG_0848

Celeste as a bride last weekend.  I was actually trying to get a good silhouette but it didn’t quite work out.

silhouette winter trees

Winter trees in Highland Park

silhouette gigapanGigapan Work on Mt. Washington

silhouette supermanSemi Silhouette of Superman in Hardy Virginia

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


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