Epiphany Catholic Church + Renaissance Hotel Wedding

When I rolled in to the Renaissance to meet up with Kelsey and Austin I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. We hadn’t met before their wedding day – just chatted over the phone, and I was anxious to get to know them as a couple. 

Well, let me just say that these two blew me away! Not only are they BEAUTIFUL people, but they care so much about each and every person they come in contact with. They are kind-hearted, calm, loving, and an adorable couple. It was such a pleasure to photograph their wedding day, and I couldn’t be more in love with their gallery.

rose gold wedding earrings

rose gold engagement ring photo

wedding invitation suite pink gold

I really loved Kelsey’s wedding dress – the color of the mesh fit perfectly with her skin tone, so it just looked like she was floating in lace all day! On top of that, her wedding dress from Bridal Beginning had lovely buttons on the sleeves, that were just gorgeous!

bridal suite in renaissance hotel

long sleeve wedding dress buttons

mother of the bride handkerchief as gift on wedding day

Austin wrote his note to Kelsey on legal paper, which we all thought was hilarious! However, he had a lot to say to his bride, because it was 6 pages long!

bride reads letter from the groom on her wedding day in pittsburgh

Kelsey’s father wasn’t there to hand her over to Austin, so they honored him with his photography in frames as gifts, and also with a little photo on her wedding bouquet by Hepatica.

small photo on wedding bouquet

bride smiling in the mirror on her wedding day

A wedding ceremony at Epiphany Catholic Church

Their wedding ceremony was at Epiphany Catholic Church next to PPG Paints arena, although it was supposed to be in the North Side (their first church was under construction!) However, despite the venue change, they rolled with it and had a beautiful ceremony at Epiphany! I always love working there, and found a BEAUTIFUL little nook with great light for a portrait of Kelsey – one of my favorite bridal portraits to date.

bride processes with brother down the aisle at epiphany catholic church

brother of groom hugs his mom on wedding day

guests watching wedding ceremony at epiphany catholic church

Look at that reflection! I always love this shot! 🙂

wedding ceremony at epiphany catholic church pittsburgh

bride saying wedding vows in epiphany catholic church

bride and groom walking down the aisle together smiling after their wedding ceremony

LOOK AT HER! Oh my goodness, this staircase at Epiphany Catholic Church was just gorgeous, although slightly treacherous. I was afraid the whole time that we were going to fall down the stairs, but I think the effort was well worth it! I had Kelsey walk up the staircase slowly, so that I could wait until the light hit her veil and face just right. Add in that look and we’ve got a winner! The power of photography.

beautiful bride photo inside of epiphany catholic church pittsburgh

Bride and Groom Photos at the Allegheny County Courthouse

When we were planning their photos, we had to plan a location that would be close to the Renaissance, because they only had their trolley for a set amount of time. We decided to head over to the courtyard at the Allegheny County Courthouse, which I now know they prefer you to ask for permission to enter. Whoops! They were really nice, though, and we got to shoot with this gorgeous light, background, and fountain. I think this was the perfect location for their wedding portraits, since it held the bridal party perfectly, and also had beautiful light in the mid-afternoon.

bridesmaids photo in downtown pittsburgh allegheny county courthouse

bridal party allegheny county courthouse photo

bride and groom posing for photos in the courtyard at the allegheny county courthouse

wedding pictures in the allegheny county courthouse center

amazing bridal portrait by leeann marie photography

pittsburgh best wedding photographer takes pictures of brides and grooms at allegheny county courthouse

wedding pictures in the allegheny county courthouse

Do I sense a magazine cover here?

wedding photo with allegheny county courthouse fountain

bride and groom walking down sidewalk in downtown pittsburgh

Wedding Reception at the Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh

After photos, we headed over the Renaissance Hotel, where I got to finally see the newly renovated ballroom all done-up! It looks great! I loved the pink uplighting that they included, and the beautiful low flowers on the tables for centerpieces. Their band was also fantastic, and everyone danced into the night!

wedding reception setup in the renaissance hotel pittsburgh

new renaissance hotel pittsburgh ballroom reception space

bride and groom dancing at their wedding reception in the renaissance

wedding reception dancing in renaissance pittsburgh ballroom

wedding toast reactions during wedding ceremony at renaissnace

bride and groom toast during wedding reception at renaissance hotel pittsburgh

The dome inside of the Renaissance is always a nice backdrop for a Pittsburgh cookie table!

cookie table at renaissance wedding pittsburgh

groom dances with his mom at renaissance hotel with pink uplighting

bride and mom dance together in new renaissance wedding

bride crying during toast

wedding dancing at downtown pittsburgh hotel renaissance

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