Dan and Stephanie-St Mary’s Glenshaw- Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Wedding

Dan and Stephanie were married on September 6, 2014, at St. Mary’s Cathholic Church in Glenshaw. They had a beautiful ceremony, and afterwards we headed outside for some portraits. Heavy Rain Storms were threatening all day, so rather than risk getting caught in a shower with a big wedding party, we found beautiful spots at the church for portraits. Once we arrived at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott for the reception, we snuck into the garden for a few more portraits before the reception kicked off.

Thanks for a great day. May your marriage be as blessed as your wedding day.

Krista and Jonathan-Rustic Farm Wedding

My little sister has grown up. It’s hard to believe that the youngest Speicher is now married, holds a masters degree, and will be teaching at a local college starting this fall. To top that off, she is now going to be spending her life with her best friend Jonathan.

I couldnt be prouder of her.

Usually I would want to just participate in a families wedding, but the desire for strong photos for them won out. So to help me out I brought my friend and fellow photographer Kristi Jan Hoover along to cover our immediate family photos, have a fresh set of eyes, and allow me to really engage during the emotional moments that were sure to happen.

The wedding took place on our family farm in the Laurel Highlands. Its a bit rustic, and for now, the barn is a barn, though one day it may become an incredible venue. The morning was perfectly foggy, but the sun was warm and the mist burned off quickly.

The day began with the girls getting ready, and a private ceremony at a beautiful clearing with a well, on the property next to ours. After the ceremony and formals, we headed back for a light lunch and waited for the guests to arrive.

This was truly a family event. My father and I had weeks of work into the farm to bring it up to where it needed to be. My mom put more work into planning flowers, decorations, and preparing the gardens, farm, and house than is imaginable. Our sister Elle, helped keep things on track, and planned a great bachelorette weekend. My Aunt Missy (and Uncle Scott) and Aunt Sherri, along with Kelly (my wife) made sure flowers were ready, and decorations were finished, and Krista’s friend from grad school Brooke, a wedding planner with a solid future, came in Thursday night to help pull everything together. If you need a wedding planner, get her while she is just starting. She is incredible to work with.

The details matched K&J perfectly. Centerpieces of books and cigar boxes aptly describe them, while burlap covered hay bales for the ceremony, and runners for the tables.

The Supper Break String Band provided the music for dancing, and they had the guests dancing late into the evening. Four Seasons Brewing provided a great IPA, Brown Ale, and Hefeweizen.

Krista, it was a pleasure to be a part of this day. There were moments during your vows that I had a hard time making photographs because my eyes were teared up. Jonathan, welcome to the family. I am looking forward to many cigars and bourbons on the porch with you.





All the vendors were amazing to work with.

Tent tables and chairs: Windswept Rentals
Food viaPittsburgh BBQ
Music: Supper Break String Band
Wedding Planner: Brooke Driver (Harrisonburg Virginia)
Photos: Dan Speicher | photographers
Beer: Four Seasons Brewing



April Showers-A Bella Sera Wedding-Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Wedding photography in Pittsburgh, is always a little bit risky. Especially in March and April. One day you can have rain, the next day sun. The following day snow. Its a beautiful time of year for weddings, but it does carry a bit of risk.

I was sitting at home editing. I was pushing hard because I had to meet up with David Burke to drop off a light stand that I had borrowed. Right as I was preparing to leave, the phone rings and he asks if I want to shoot with him. It just so happens that we had just been talking about shooting as much as possible, while staying focused on a story. This is harder than it sounds. Your wedding day is a fantastic story. Its about families coming together, often meeting for the first time, its about friends becoming husband and wife, dancing, and commitment. With that in mind, how could I say no?

Often times, wedding photography is lots of beautiful portraits, photos of details, and a few moments filled in with snapshots. When you focus on telling a story, you have to find ways of showing the moments, capturing the laughter and tears, while still including the guests. Its harder than it sounds. As a storyteller, I have to be better than snap shots. At the end of the day, a wedding should be able to be told through 50-100 images, and nothing should be left out.

Each day I shoot, its pushing closer to that. Editing becomes harder, as I hold myself to higher standards, and as a documentary wedding photographer, I have to work as hard as possible, because at the end of the day, the portraits are nice, but the story is your true legacy.

Congratulations David and Stacey.

David, thanks for having me along brother.

Ceremony at St Patricks Church in Cannonsburg
Reception: Bella Sera
Video: Keith Parish: Diamond Weddings


Custom Pittsburgh Wedding Cake
Bella Sera Wedding-Pittsburgh Wedding Photography by Dan Speicher

Multiple bouquet toss-Bella Sera Reception-Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

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Know your lighting- What it takes to be a Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

In photography, lighting is the most important aspect of your work. As a Pittsburgh wedding photographer you have to be able to work with lights because the weather here isnt always cooperative. Some days you wake up, the sky is blue, and it looks like its going to be an amazing day. But by the time the reception rolls around, the light is gone, clouds moved in, the wind is blowing, and rain is pouring down. In those situations we still have a duty to our clients to create beautiful work. So we always bring a supply of portable lights and modifiers with us, and they live in our car. If a flash breaks, no problem got a back up. Pocket wizard wont fire, pull out the chord. Both flashes die, or get stolen, we have some work lights that create beautiful light when pushed through an umbrella. While the situation may not be ideal, it is our job to give our clients our best work. I heard recently that we dont get an A for showing up and being friendly. Clients expect us to be professional, polite, and make great memorable images of their day.

As a story centered wedding photographer, that makes the need for lights a little bit less, but during portrait time, and during the reception, we have to make the venue, the people, and the couple look incredible. The images have to be able to bring back memories years down the road. More importantly, they need to tell the story of the day, after everyone that attended has passed away. Wedding photography is about a legacy. It is about documenting a story for the future. Its about Grandma and Grandpa being able to look fondly back on the photos and tell the grand kids about the life they lived together.

Today I shot a few portraits of my wife, just to brush up on my lighting skill. I dont use lights often, I prefer nice beautiful natural light. But sometimes a flash is the only available light that we have.

Off camera lighting- creating portraits as a pittsburgh wedding photographer

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