Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers: Joanne Bartone


Destination: Loretto, PA…you see, we don’t have to travel far for a destination wedding…  πŸ˜‰

Jenna and Jason had a lovely ceremony in Loretto then held their reception in Altoona, PA.  Interwoven between, we were given special permission to use the beautiful grounds of the Charles M. Schwab Estate in Loretto (which is now the local Franciscan Friary) for photographs of the wedding party.  There wasn’t enough time for me to photograph like I wanted to, so it was a good thing we had already pre-planned to photo there again this Fall.  We’ll be headed back there soon for a post wedding romantic session where we are going to take our time to photograph, just the three of us…I can’t wait! 

I really dug the architecture of the church: Holy Name Catholic Church – it was way retro and looked like a flying saucer!  HA!  Seriously, it was so cool!  1970s all the way…BUT the ceremony was simply lovely and delightful…and beautiful too, with so many special touches like Jason’s twin brother singing and Jason’s father singing and playing the guitar – lots of creative talent in that family, I’ll tell you.

The reception at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, Altoona was PINK to the max!  You’ve got to be a secure guy to deal with all that pink all day long!  I’d say that Jason being surrounded in pink was a clear indication of how much he loves Jenna – enough to let her dreams come true on their wedding day!  Jenna’s Uncle, Greg Persio took excellent care of his niece and Jason – great job Uncle Greg!

I fell head-over-heels for Jenna’s mom – oh my goodness!  She is one of those little angels walking on the earth!  Careful Jenna, I’m thinking of adopting her!!!  Here’s a photo of Jenna w/ her mom – so cute and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, now, does it…
Music/DJ expertise at the reception was provided by none other than the FABULOUS Jeremy Ganss of Jeremy Ganss Productions  He rocked the night away like the spin-doctor he is!  Club it up, baby – nice musical job!  You’ll find one of my artsy images of Jeremy spinning at the end of the images below!

Hope you enjoy the images below and don’t forget to comment below here on the blog too!


BIG love, Joanne Bartone Photographer  ::  ::  tele: 412.418.8075

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  • Mary Rackovan on Oct 01, 2009 Reply

    Joanne, the pictures you took are gorgeous! You captured so many priceless moments between Jenna and Jason. The pictures from the Schwab Estate are stunning! Our family had so much fun with you, it was such a perfect day.

  • Jeanne Persio on Sep 30, 2009 Reply

    Hey Joanne…I must tell you that the mutual…what a great time we had with our photographers! the only expression that comes to mind is “family” and that is how we felt about you and Karen…you made that day so personal and of course, so special. Thank you so very much for everything. I am so eager to see all the pictures…with Jenna and Jason…your work had to have been so much fun…they are both so beautiful…inside and out! Looking forward to seeing you again. Jeanne Persio

  • Jeremy G. on Sep 29, 2009 Reply

    Your pictures are absolutely wonderful. . . I expect nothing less!
    Love the picture of my spinning. πŸ™‚

  • Nicole Fossaceca Smedley on Sep 29, 2009 Reply

    Great b/w image of Jenna and Jason sitting at their head table with the reception going on in the background! I bet they can look at this image and remember exactly what they were feeling in that single moment forever now! Pretty cool you captured that for them!