Adam and Adrienne are Married-Antiochian Village Wedding

Ive known Adam for a large portion of my life. While we weren’t great friends, we skateboarded and hung out in our younger years, and had mutual friends that caused our paths to cross every so often. When Adam and his fiance’ came to to us for their wedding photography needs, I was excited to work with an old friend. In the process I got to know Adam better, and Adrienne became a new friend.

You can see their engagement session Here.

Their wedding day was beautiful. We started with Adrienne and her girls getting ready at her childhood home, before heading to St Michael’s Orthodox Church for the ceremony. After a beautiful ceremony, we headed to Antiochian Village  for the wedding reception. The room looked incredible. Adrienne pulled the details together beautifully.

One of the things I love about weddings is that its friends and family coming together to celebrate. When everyone is having a good time, it really shows.

Enjoy the photos.

Adam and Adrienne Antiochian Village Wedding

Adam and Adrienne Antiochian Village Wedding

Adam and Adrienne Antiochian Village Wedding
Adam and Adrienne Antiochian Village Wedding

Adam and Adrienne-Early Morning Coffee Session-Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

It was a late night, and a long weekend. Sleep was cut short by the sound of my alarm. Normally this is where the hand snakes out, hits snooze, and nudges Kelly. Its my way of sleeping and trying to get her up for work. Ava our lab, jumps onto the bed, and kisses Kelly while whining for me to take her out. This Monday morning, it was so early that even Ava wanted to stay in bed. I took a cold shower to wake up, and made my way outside. I was heading into Regent Square for an engagement session that by most standards was taking place way to early.

Leaving early means I missed all the traffic. With time to kill, I headed to Square Cafe, ordered 3 cappuccino’s and enjoyed the realization that mornings are beautiful. Most people hate mornings because it signifies another day at work. For me, its when I take care of the dog, then grind some coffee as the water boils. Its a morning ritual. Wake up. Nudge Kelly. Turn on the shower. Take care of Ava. Make Coffee. By the time I push the plunger on the French Press, Kelly is getting ready for work. Im watching the news.

This morning was different. No Ava. No waking Kelly. No time for coffee.

The sun was low in the sky when I pulled up to Adam and Adrienne’s new home. We had shot an engagement session in December, and a miserable winter mist had covered Pittsburgh. At one point, I had to put my camera under my jacket because mist had turned to a freezing rain. They were troopers and we kept shooting. Finishing inside for a few more photos while they talked and enjoyed a cocktail. On this Monday, it was perfect. Their neighborhood was quietly waking up, as I handed them their coffee. We headed onto the porch to shoot. All the images were shot within a block of their home. Great light, and love are all that are required for great photos. I can supply the light in the event of bad weather. The rest is up to you.

Enjoy the photos.

Chelsea and Phil-Springdale Veterans Association-Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

Penn State, and the Little Mermaid. Two things that couldnt be further from each other, but for Chelsea and Phil, they are the two themes that ran deeply through their wedding. Chelsea and the girls prepared in her childhood home with her mom and puppy, while Phil and the guys prepared for the big moment over at Our Lady of Victory Church in Harwick. One of my favorite things about being a photographer in Pittsburgh, is that I get to photograph weddings in lots of small communities. With our hills and valleys, each community is uniqe

After the ceremony, and a beautiful dove release and bubble exit, we headed to Oakmont to a beautiful covered space beside the train track for some portraits. After a quick stop at teh beer distributor to refuel, we headed to the Springdale Veterans Association Banquet Hall for the reception. The banquet hall had a beautiful vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, and The Chef and I Catering, provided a great meal. Music and Entertainment was provided by Party Times Productions DJ Steve Lebo.

Thanks so much for having me as a part of your big day.

Enjoy the photos.


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