Jenna and Aaron…
Jenna + Aaron’s wedding was so beautiful and so much fun to photograph! Once again, blessed by the fact that I get to work with some really wonderful families and people, this was one of those occasions – which truly does happen often for me! – where I fell in love with everyone! I am such a fortunate person…
Married at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside (can you believe they don’t have a link?!), their ceremony could not help to be beautiful due to the majesty of the church itself; it was simply lovely. It’s always been one of my favorite churches to photograph in…
The Pittsburgh Field Club in Fox Chapel was chosen as the venue for the reception. It was dressed to the nines and they did a really spectacular job with the event! Eric Schiemer of Schiemer Entertainment Services did a fabulous job entertaining the guests with some great tunes that kept everyone happily dancing all night long! And besides that, there was this fabulous slide show Eric put together from video clips of Jenna when she was little; it was so sweet and special… GREAT job Eric! Can’t wait to work with you again – let’s not make it so long between events! Eric is a great guy and DJ; make sure you contact him for your event!
Ok, on to the images – ENJOY!
Jenna’s mother, Patty so badly wanted a portrait of Jenna reflected in a mirror. Why? Because that was one of the images special to her on her own wedding day. This was a must-have for Patty and I made sure to deliver!
Additional classic portraits: the window silhouettes in the window before we left the house and Jenna with her father, just before they walked down that long beautiful aisle at Sacred Heart! Love these images! Classic and timeless…
Sooooooooooo, the priest did not offer a “you may kiss the bride” to Aaron, and of course I immediately realized that when photographing, so as Aaron + Jenna were recessing down the aisle I asked them to stop and kiss so we would have their ceremonial church kiss after they were married. Now, to stop them went against everything in my document-the-event-as-it-happened thinking, but I knew that the kiss is important to all couples, so I felt it was my responsibility to orchestrate it before the opportunity was lost. It was a tough call/decision on my part, but I think Jenna + Aaron will appreciate that I did. And the expression on their guest’s faces helps make the image happy and exciting!
As an FYI for anyone having a Catholic ceremony, the kiss is NOT part of the Catholic marriage service. You must tell your priest that you want to include it, and then they typically allow for it either during the sign of peace or before you recess down the aisle. Then of course, be sure to tell your photographer when the kiss will occur so they can capture it. And lastly, grooms everywhere, make sure you make that kiss count – at least 3 seconds, if not a bit longer, so your photographer can capture it! I’m just saying…and, I mean, make it count! You are married after all!
Some beautiful portraits of Aaron + Jenna: on the left, just after they recessed down the aisle, and then when we were exiting the church, on the right…those details!…those windows!
Some of the beautiful details of Jenna + Aaron’s reception at the Pittsburgh Field Club!
One of the many beautiful portraits of Aaron + Jenna on the grounds of the Pittsburgh Field Club.
Ring and flower details…yummy…
I’ll title these images above “Joanne’s Artful Eye.” Always looking for different ways to document AND create art from weddings, I thoroughly observe my surroundings until I see interesting points of view and complex compositions that I can use to create unique images for my clients. These images portray some of those interesting points of view I see when I am in the throes of my creative observation process. Notice that each image seems to be a mirror image; well, they actually are…I took the photo on the left with the camera pointed directly at Aaron + Jenna while they were having dinner from outside the doorway to the dining room. Then, from the same position, I turned to the right where the reflection of Aaron + Jenna was seen in the mirrored glass of the doors. I added the window frame of the door in both images to: 1. add an additional frame while composing the image within the frame of the camera , 2. add an architectural element to the image, and 3. make the images interesting. I LOVE these two shots a lot and think they are a wonderful representation of how I create my art while documenting weddings!
Relaxed and elegant portraits from the end of the night.
Romantic, timeless images that can be used in Jenna + Aaron’s custom-designed Signature Wedding Story Book!
As always, it was such an absolute honor and pleasure to spend the day with all of you! Thank you for having me as your photographer, and now friend!
BIG love, Joanne Bartone Photographer | www.joannebartone.com