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Evelyn & John | Heinz History Center Wedding | Pittsburgh, PA

John and Evelyn’s beautiful St James Catholic Church and Heinz History Center Wedding in Pittsburgh was nothing short of amazing, despite – or perhaps because – of a day full of rain. However, the rain didn’t stop us from creating magical portraits or having fun. In fact, as you’ll soon see, the rain made for incredible night time portraits and even a little splashing 😉

Getting Ready

On the morning of her wedding, Evelyn chose to get ready at her parent’s beautiful home. Her and her bridesmaids filled the room with their joy and laughter. When Evelyn started getting her hair done, her bridesmaids presented her with a gift. It was a small box that wrote “Wishes for the Bride.” Inside the tiny box were small, hand-written wishes from each of her girls. A small gesture… that meant the world.

After Evelyn’s hair and makeup was finished, she spent a moment to herself, opening and reading another gift – this time from her soon-to-be-spouse. I love when my couples choose to open gifts from each other before they even see one another for the day. It is always such a tender moment for them to reflect on their love story, and what has brought them this far. For John and Evelyn, they started as co-workers, and after a first date at the dog park, they had hit it off! Evelyn told John, “I feel like we both knew on our first date that we would end up here today.”

John, too, was able to spend a quiet moment opening a gift from Evelyn and reading words from her that made him smile. They both described the profound affect that each of them have had on one another – they both agreed that being together has made them, individually, better people than they ever would have been alone.


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The Ceremony

St James Catholic Church

After being apart all morning long, John and Evelyn were ready to finally see each other! The cutest little flower girl (who was just a bit camera shy) and ring bearer prepped the walkway for the bride. As Evelyn walked down the aisle, she was all smiles. She grinned from ear to ear without hesitation. After a sweet ceremony and exchange of vows, the new bride and groom exited to a flurry of bubbles and cheers from friends and family. Naturally, a twirl was in order…but with a twist 😉

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Rainy Portraits

Like I said above, their entire wedding day was wet and rainy. But Evelyn and John and their entire bridal party were great sports taking portraits outside. One of the groomsmen even ended up jumping in a puddle and getting soaked! Their great attitudes and cheerful countenance made for the best wedding party portraits!

However, photographing Evelyn and John inside an old bus was one of my favorite moments of the whole day. Not only were we able to get a few shots out of the rain, but it was a chance for just the two of them to be together, alone, and soaking up their wedding day. As long as John and Evelyn were together, it didn’t matter what else was going on – they were having fun.


Reception at Heinz History Center

The reception is when the fun begins! Sharing a meal, hearing fun stories about the guests of honor, and – of course – dancing! Evelyn and John turned the “typical” reception table photos into a fun game. The DJ played a song, and the two of them had to run around and get a picture with every table before the end of the song! Needless to say, I had a blast keeping up with the two of them! I’m sure you can already guess that they were the best dancers. They made not dancing look uncool! John had some groovy moves that I swear nobody has ever attempted before! At the end of the night, we snuck away to the outside terrace to make some magical portraits. I just knew with a day full of rain, we had to make it worth it! And I would say it was a success!

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A huge thank you to all the vendors who mad this day possible!

Photographer & Videographer: Danielle Durbin Film & Photo

Ceremony: St. James Catholic Church

Officiant: Fr. Nicholas Vaskov

Reception: Heinz History Center

Florist: Cuttings Flower & Garden Market

Hair & Makeup: Classic Hair & Bridal

Caterer: Common Plea Catering

Cake & Dessert: Ultimate Pastry Shop

DJ: Eventures Weddings

Dress Store: Carlisle’s Bridal of Pittsburgh

Bride Shoes: Old Navy Flats (Loved this!!!)

Grooms Attire: Mens Wearhouse

Transportation: Lenzner Coaches


Danielle is a luxury wedding photographer and videographer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If you’re interested in working with her for your wedding day, contact her here!



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