There are so many elements that must go into a marriage – understanding, patience, love, caring, more patience…. Over my nine years being married I have found that there is one element that is often forgotten: support. Why is this one forgotten? Because it puts one person first? Because it sounds selfish? Because it takes away the ‘team’ in marriage talk to focus on one person before the other? Perhaps those are the reasons that this important element of marriage gets left on the cutting room floor during speeches and liturgy. 

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But as the years pass on in my life I have found that support for another person’s dreams is a huge part of marriage, and Emily and Patrick have that. If you ask either of them, they are not only excited about their own careers and paths, but equally as excited for each other. They are the kind of couple that already understands support and sacrifice and how it adds to a relationship. They are the kind of couple that will go far together, because they support each other as individuals. They know there are two people in their relationship, and for the group to succeed, they must excel individually. That is only done with the support of their spouse. They will go far – together. 

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Weddings at the Twentieth Century Club

Emily and Patrick’s full wedding day took place at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland. There are numerous rooms to the club, which allowed for each of them to have a ‘getting ready’ room (which was large!), a ceremony space, guest greeting space, cocktail room, and dining room with a large dance floor. On top of that, the 20th Century Club has a large dance hall and other nooks and crannies for photos galore! 

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The weather outside on their wedding day was a little rainy, but we were able to have numerous locations to shoot inside and add variety to their gallery! The wedding ceremony space was large and had beautiful, high windows flanking both sides of the room. There were also arches overlooking the ceremony room that I used to bring in some more architectural details to the wedding photos.

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Wedding Pictures at the 20th Century Club

We photographed their portraits in a variety of spaces! I love the building outside, so while the rain had stopped for a few minutes we went out into the Oakland area of Pittsburgh and photographed using the club’s building and entryway as a backdrop for some classic Pittsburgh architecture. The girls were dressed in a light green, with simple white and greenery florals by Gidas. Everyone was easy going and relaxed for the bridal party photos, which made my job even easier!

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After the rain started to pickup, we headed back inside to the Dance Hall and took advantage of the contrasty window light and big art deco chandeliers in the room. The space is huge, and I love wedding receptions in this room! The upstairs balcony provided a great location for us, and the staff even brought Emily and Patrick a plate of cocktail hors d’ouerves to enjoy while we worked together.

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The classic portraits at the Twentieth Century Club are almost always done in front of the large windows (which were right outside of the ceremony room). This is a great place for the traditional images that just exude the classic elegance of the space and the building.

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Twentieth Century Club Wedding Reception Dining Room

After their portraits, we headed upstairs to the large dining room, where their wedding reception took place. There are typically two locations for wedding receptions at the Twentieth Century Club – the Dance Hall and the Dining Room. The dining room works great for a slightly smaller guest count, as you can bring in tables and a dance floor into the space space. 

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Guests enjoyed a lovely dinner and then dancing all night to some fun music – including Hamilton!  Thank you for having me with you on such a special wedding day, Emily + Patrick! 

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