Allegheny County Courthouse Weddings

Kim and I both went to college together, and so we’ve known each other for a long time. Photographing her wedding to JR was an absolute honor, and I was so happy to hear that she had been following my work in my post-engineering career. These two are wonderful together, and they’re expecting a little one soon – yay! Kim looked stunning in a red dress, which seriously popped! in photos! Here are some of my favorites from our time together during their wedding day.

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Getting Married at the Allegheny County Courthouse

When working with Kim and JR, we had to figure out timing for everything and how their wedding day would unfold. They knew that they were going to have their wedding ceremony at the Allegheny County Courthouse, and so they made arrangements with the courthouse for the date and time of their ceremony.

You have the option at the courthouse of being married either inside on the staircase or outside in the square. Both locations are great for a small ceremony, with the indoor location obviously working well for rainy days. I especially liked this arch way and staircase area inside of the Allegheny County Courthouse, since it was so architectural and symmetrical. I guess my engineering-brain likes the symmetry!

An important note for this location: There are large, bright windows behind you on the stair case, so you will either want your photographer to photograph your ceremony from the window-side, or you’ll need a photographer who is able to set up some flash inside of the space (like in these photos), so that they can be well-lit. Otherwise, the inside is definitely dark – old Pittsburgh buildings!

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Courtyard Weddings at Allegheny County Courthouse

Kim and JR chose to have their wedding ceremony in the outside courtyard, which is a quiet location even in the middle of a busy Pittsburgh work-day. Their friends and family knew what time to meet us and were able to gather around as they were wed in front of the fountain. 

As their wedding photographer for their intimate ceremony, I was able to choose where to have them stand around the fountain for light and background purposes. That was nice! It’s not every day I get to choose the exact location of a wedding ceremony I’m about to photograph! 

After their short ceremony, we took some photographs with their friends and family in the courtyard, and it was a nice little location with greenery and quiet for their wedding pictures.

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Intimate Elopement Photography in Pittsburgh

After their wedding ceremony at the courthouse, we scheduled an additional hour to adventure more around the city and get some photos of just Kim and JR. We chose to shoot at the Southside Works area, which has a nice view of the city skyline and some (again) interesting architectural details. The day was a bit overcast, so Kim’s red dress really stood out in the contrast of their wedding day images, which I absolutely love!

Photographing their elopement (or small wedding – whichever you prefer!) was really a great day, and I especially love the photos of the two of them on the Hot Metal Bridge and down by the rivers as well.

Usually with my intimate wedding coverage, we schedule about 2-3 hours of photography for the day, which in their case covered some pre-wedding ceremony photos, the actual wedding ceremony, some family photos, and additional time for portraits afterwards. This also included travel, and so our three hours of photography time together gave them lots of images to choose from. Some of my couples also choose to have some photos of their ‘reception’ or dinner after their wedding event, which is a nice touch as well!

If you’re interested in more details about my intimate wedding coverage, it can all be found on my Small and Intimate Pittsburgh Wedding Photography page!

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