Omni William Penn Urban Room Weddings

Lindsay and Brent’s wedding was a beautiful June day, and I was so thankful to be a part of it! Lindsay sent me such a wonderful note after her gallery was delivered, and I think she understands – I love my job! Best job in the world.

“OMG LEEANN! I LOVE EVERY ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for capturing my family so beautifully and the whole feeling of the day so perfectly. It brought it all back! Im going to spend the entire afternoon looking through every single one and choosing favorites (which is going to be a difficult task!) Having you there to coordinate everything and capture my family so well was an invaluable asset to have on my wedding day. The way you organized my “lively” bunch was flawless and professional in every way. You are truly living out your passion and it shows. What a dream! Thanks again for everything. I could not have chosen a better photographer to fit with me, my vision, my family and friends, so nicely. Love, Lindsay”

beautiful classic timeless wedding photo with sun flare in the mellon square outside of the omni william penn hotel

Bridal Preparation Room at Omni William Penn Pittsburgh

Lindsay and her bridesmaids (and Brent and the guys!) all got ready for their wedding at the Omni William Penn Hotel, where they would return later in the day for their wedding reception. When I arrived, Lindsay was just finishing up her hair and makeup, and so I was able to photograph her details in the bridal suite, which had plenty of natural light and space to move around. 

wedding details for wedding at the omni pittsburgh

oval wedding rings with pink flowers

bride and bridesmaids pose in button down blue and white shirts on wedding day prep

I asked Lindsay to get into her dress in front of some of the large Bridal Suite windows, which overlook downtown Pittsburgh and have ample light. I knew that her mom wanted some wonderful, personal photos of her helping Lindsay into her wedding dress (her only daughter!), and so having this space was a wonderful way to capture them together without a lot of clutter and in an interesting manner. 

bridesmaid in pink dress helping bride put on her badgley mischka wedding shoes

bride and mom having a private wedding moment in the omni william penn bridal suite

smiling bride putting on her kendra scott earrings

bride giving her mom a custom handkerchief on wedding day at pittsburgh omni

brothers surprised to see sister as a bride on her wedding day in this candid wedding moment

After Lindsay was all dressed and ready, we prepped Brent outside in the Mellon Square area for their first look in front of the Omni Hotel. Since we had great weather, we were able to take advantage of the open air and they had a lovely, personal first look – even with the people on the streets who were watching the bride and groom the whole time.

first look in mellon square in front of omni william penn hotel

wedding couple sees each other for the first time in front of the omni william penn hotel

Following their first look, we had some time to drive around Pittsburgh and photograph the bridal party and to-be-married couple for all of their wedding photos before the ceremony. We visited the CMU Columns, and Phipps Conservatory, and then drove over to the North Side for their ceremony.

bride and bridesmaids posing for wedding photos at the mellon institute columns

bridal beginning veil and dress pittsburgh

groom and groomsmen posing for wedding photos at cmu columns

bride and groom at mellon institute columns

Wedding Ceremony at St Boniface North Side

St. Boniface Church was very special to Lindsay and Brent, as it’s been a “family church” for a long time. All of their family members enjoyed being in the church for the ceremony and getting together in a place that is important to all of them. The ceremony was personal and charming, and afterwards we were able to get lots of family portraits in the front by the altar and also in the narthex area with some gorgeous light (but not having to step outside into the heat!)

bride posing for wedding photo in st boniface church north side

bride and father coming down the aisle during st boniface church wedding

wedding photo inside of st boniface church pittsburgh

st boniface church pittsburgh wedding

Lindsay looked beautiful in her wedding dress from Bridal Beginning (my favorite!) and bridal jewelry by Kendra Scott (also my favorite!), and her makeup by Kiss and Makeup was on-point!

end of wedding ceremony at st boniface church pittsburgh

bride and grandfather posing for photos in st boniface church pittsburgh

bride and groom newly married posing for wedding pictures on the side of the omni william penn hotel in pittsburgh

wedding couple taking pictures in front of omni william penn hotel sign on grant street pittsburgh

june wedding photos in mellon square

Wedding Reception in Urban Room at Omni

We then drove back to the Omni Hotel and photographed them just a bit more around the Omni grounds, and then ventured upstairs for their wedding reception in the Urban Room. The Urban Room is an incredible, unique space for a wedding reception at the Omni, since the walls are all black and it holds a cool art-deco chandelier in the center of the room. I’m sure that all of their guests were wowed with the scenery!

wedding reception decor by allison mcgeary in omni william penn hotel urban room

allison mcgeary and lendable linens design omni urban room

wedding head table during wedding reception in omni william penn hotel urban room

wedding receptions in the omni william penn hotel urban room

Lindsay and Brent dressed up the Urban Room with flowers by Allison McGeary and cookies by Oakmont Bakery (mmmmm some of my favorites!) They were entertained all night by the Bachelor Boys Band. The space is actually sometimes difficult to photograph, since the walls are black and the ceiling in the event room is high. This makes it tricky from a photography perspective, since I need to use a lot of off-camera light to avoid reflections in the wall glass, and black is not really a reflective surface! It’s important that any Urban Room wedding photographer understands how to properly light this space, because it really can make-or-break your wedding reception pictures!

bride and groom first dance during urban room wedding reception

first dance in urban room omni hotel

wedding toasts during omni william penn hotel urban room reception

urban room wedding receptions omni hotel pittsburgh

mom and son dance during urban room wedding reception

guests dancing to the bachelor boys band during urban room wedding reception

Thank you!

Thank you so much for having me with you, and for trusting me as your wedding photographer! LOVED working with you both! xoxo

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