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.

Mark and Katerina-Prague-Reception

The last and final installment of Mark and Katerina’s beautiful wedding in Prague is now live.

After a wonderful ceremony, we walked to a river boat, where we took that to the Chateau for the reception.

A string quartet played to the guests. Wishes were written down and released by balloon to float to the heavens, and dinner was served.

After dinner, the party moved from the ballroom to the stables where the party raged till the sun came up.


Destination Wedding Reception-Prague-Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer
Dan Speicher taking a moment out from behind the camera, during a wedding in Prague.

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer-Destination Wedding-Prague

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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India Part 2: Kerela – Pittsburgh Documentary Photographer

Here is the second post in our series about India. Today we will look at the first part of our trip to Kerala to spend time with the Pothens at their bible college and childrens homes.

To view see India through an iPhone click here

For India Part 1 click here