Rachel and Andrew were married on June 2nd, with a ceremony at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and a reception at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
Andrew and Rachel met online on Tinder while they were both living in DC. Rachel was working at Georgetown University Hospital as a surgical ICU nurse, while Andrew was a researcher at the National Institute of Health. During one incredibly bad blizzard, Rachel was stuck in the hospital for a few days. The city had shut down due to multiple feet of snow, and she was trapped as essential personnel. She claims that she was bored when she found Andrew on Tinder and decided to swipe right, but once they started talking, she was impressed by how sincere he was and eventually gave him her number when he asked for it. She was so excited that she accidentally left a digit off the number! But they sorted it out and met up at a wine bar where she lived and where he worked. They connected over their shared love of the medical field and over science. And as Rachel shared her hopes and dreams with Andrew, she was impressed by what a good listener he was—so much so that she couldn’t stop giggling! Obviously, it was meant to be.
A Timeless Pittsburgh Wedding at the Omni William Penn Hotel
These two decided to have their wedding in Pittsburgh. Not because either of them live here, or are from here, but because it’s a good “landing place.” Their families are in both Michigan and State College, so they all met at a semi-central place, even though Rachel and Andrew ended up having the longest travel time out of all of the guests! But, since these two are so family focused, they were willing to make that sacrifice for their guests so they could be with the people they love the most.
Rachel’s vision for her wedding was tightly rooted in their venue choices. Both the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Omni are steeped in a timeless old glamour. The Omni William Penn Hotel has an Art Deco feel and it reminded Rachel of Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby.
She shared this quote from The Great Gatsby with me, and I think it really sums up the romantic and classic feel of their wedding day:
“I love her and that is the beginning and end of everything” -F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
The ceremony at the Immaculate Heart of Mary church itself was absolutely stunning. And it was totally worth the trek up the really steep stairs at the entrance. But with the lit-up altar and their family all around them, Andrew and Rachel weren’t thinking about anything but that moment… at least until they had to go back down those steep stairs in a shower of bubbles for their exit!
After some family photos, I was able to steal these two away for some portraits on the sidewalks outside of the church, taking advantage of the beautiful light. We also grabbed some portraits at the Convention Center, with views of the city and the rivers, before we headed to cocktail hour at the Omni.
The reception itself was filled with plenty of dancing and partying—which Andrew and Rachel wanted. Rachel’s father, for example, seemed to have a blast swinging her around on the dance floor, and Andrew and his mother shared a very sweet dance together – with her only son! It was all very sentimental. Everything was romantic and classic. No goofy themes, no silly trends. Their day was all about enjoying love. Love for each other, love for their family, love for their friends. It was elegant, effortless and beautiful in every way.
Rachel & Andrew, thank you for an unforgettable day! You two are full of so much life and love, and it was my pleasure to be your wedding photographer.
Florist: Fragile Paradise
DJ/Band: Pittsburgh DJ Co.
Linens: Mosaic Linens
Catering: Omni William Penn: Lora Peluso, Catering Director
Bakery: Frosted Envy
Makeup: JL Makeup Studio
Video/Cinema: ArkaM Photography
Officiant: Father Mark Thomas
Wedding Colors: Cream/Ivory, Dusty Blue (also known as Slate Blue), Navy, and Gold Accents
Dress Designer: Stella York
Dress Shop: Diamonds and Lace Bridal
Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
Jewelry: Pave Jewelers