June 03, 2014
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Matt & Stefanie: Married May 24th, 2014

Wedding and Reception held at: A private residence
Officiants: Luanne & Joe O’Brian from Integral Ballroom
Florist: Linda Brown’s Floral
Catered By: Leo’s Pub

Matthew and Stefanie had a breathtaking spring wedding! Their rustic chic barn wedding was completely customized right down to the barn- they built it just for the celebration! Their day was filled with love, happiness, and luckily, great weather. We were so happy to get back to the country and shoot a barn wedding again (it has been too long!). Thank you Matt & Stef for including us in your big day. Everything was beautiful and we wish you a marriage that is even more amazing than your wedding day was! Congratulations!

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May 28, 2014
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Lorenzo & Renee: Married on May 17th, 2014!

Ceremony held at: St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church 
Reception and Catering by: The Willow Room

Transportation by: Tortorice Limousine 
Bride’s Dress by: Zelenski’s Bridal
Bride’s Hair and Makeup by: Vain Salon
F
lorist:  McShane’s Florist
Entertainment: Entertainment Unlimited– DJ Scot Anderson

Lorenzo and Renee are so cute together and so very in love! You could say they are a perfect pair- right down to their matching wedding Converse sneakers! They got married at St. Sebastian’s in Belle Vernon and followed up with a reception at the Willow Room where they kept the party going all night long. We had so much fun sharing in their special day! Thank you Lorenzo and Renee for a fantastic day and allowing us to capture your memories! Congratulations!

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May 23, 2014
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Carnegie Music Hall Wedding

Jill and Ben were made for each other–and made for a wedding at Heinz Chapel and Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall! Here’s what Jill said when she saw her wedding pictures:

“Just got home and looked at all the pictures, they are FABULOUS.  Thank you again so so much to you and Shawn we could not be happier with them!!  I shared and released them to family and friends who love them as well.  Thank you again!!” –Jill
Want to see Jill and Ben’s wedding? Here it is!

Shopping for superb wedding and engagement photography? Call us and come to our studio to browse
our collection of thank-you cards from happy couples! 412-735-4959.
Mention our blog when we meet and you will receive eight free 8×10 prints
added on to any wedding photography package!

Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding and family photography studio since 2001. Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

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May 19, 2014
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Ben & Jill: Married on May 10th, 2014!

Ceremony held at: Heinz Chapel
Reception held at: Carnegie Music Hall
Catering by: Parkhurst Dining

Transportation by: Shamrock Limousines
Bride’s Dress by: One Enchanted Evening
Bride’s Hair by: Carusos Hair Salon 
Bride’s Makeup by: Bobbi Brown- South Hills Village Mall
F
lorist:  Michael Blooms Florist
Entertainment: DJ Jeremy Ganss

Ben and Jill had a beautiful wedding full of classic Pittsburgh locations! They kicked things off at the amazing Heinz chapel in Oakland then headed over to the Carnegie Music Hall for a grand reception. These two were filled with love and surrounded by happiness on their big day- not to mention a whole lot of fun at their reception! We were so honored to be able to capture the memories that they will remember as the start of their lives together.  Congrats Ben and Jill! Best of luck!  

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May 16, 2014
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We get wonderful cards from happy couples and brides–even for our engagement photography which is included free in our 3 most popular wedding packages. Getting a card like this is a wonderful part of our work for you!  We throw ourselves heart and soul into your wedding photography because we are privileged to work with some of the greatest couples and families around–on one of the most important and wonderful days of their lives.
Thanks Dana and Sam! We love you guys too!

Thank You Means Better Wedding Photography

Thank You Means Better Wedding Photography

Dana and Sam Engaged by OvationImages.com

Dana and Sam Engaged by OvationImages.com

Dana and Sam’s engagement photography was taken near Phipps Conservatory in Oakland, Pittsburgh.

Shopping for wedding and engagement photography? Call us and come browse
our collection of thank-you cards from our happy couples! 412-735-4959.
Mention our blog when we meet and you will receive eight free 8×10 prints
added on to any wedding photography package!

Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding and family photography studio since 2001. Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

April 29, 2014
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Ovation Images In Your Community Photos with the Easter Bunny! Proceeds to Make-A-Wish.

Ovation Images Photos With Easter Bunny, Proceeds to Make A Wish

Ovation Images Photos With Easter Bunny, Proceeds to Make A Wish

Ovation Images is locally active on behalf of regional charities, and in service of good causes. We love our hometown folks–it’s that simple. Here is a partial list of charities and organizations that we have recently collaborated with, to whom we have  donated either time or money or both.

  • Butler Health System Foundation
  • Washington County Children and Youth Services
  • Harley Davidson Charities
  • Make A Wish
  • United States Marine Corps
  • A Night To Remember
  • Free The Children

This year, we are also working on behalf of Love For Lexi, the official 2014  charity of Ovation Images. If you represent a charitable organization with professional photography requirements, we would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about ways that we can work together! Please call Don at 412-735-4959.

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding and family photography studio since 2001. Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel? Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

April 24, 2014
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Engagement Smile

Tina and Matt had their engagement smiles on last week!

Tina and Matt Engaged!

Tina and Matt Engaged!

They are getting married in August and we hear it is going to be a big PARTY! Pittsburgh people like Tina and Matt are why we love what we do. Tina and Matt will be smiling when they see their Ovation Images wedding photography–that’s for sure!

 

Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.
Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

April 05, 2014
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Wedding Tradition Trivia – Win Free Prints!

So you’ve been at this wedding planning business for some time now and you really know your stuff! At Ovation Images, we have a healthy respect for wedding traditions–as over 420 satisfied couples will testify! Test your knowledge against our experience! Answer all these questions correctly and we will give you 8 FREE 8×10 prints from your wedding photography files–any files from any photographer!
Ready? Go for it!

1. Why does the bride stand to the left of the groom?
2. Why do the bride and her maids carry flowers?
3. Why is it supposed to be “bad luck” to see each other before your wedding ceremony?
4. Which ancient goddess is the reason so many brides want to get married in June?
5. Who started (or popularized) the tradition of brides wearing a white dress?
6. What was the original purpose of having a bridal party and how did they do that?
7. The traditional flavoring of the groom’s cake is?
Easy 8. Rain is considered good luck on the wedding day in many cultures. Name one reason why.

(Our official source for the relevant information behind each of these questions is the editors of BRIDE’S Magazine. )

Ovation Images' Brides Are Always Smiling

Ovation Images’ Brides Are Always Smiling

You may post your answers as comments to this post on our facebook page HERE. You may also post your answers in the COMMENTS below this blog post. Please do not reply to our Twitter,  G+ or LinkedIn accounts. All answers become public and will be shared on our blog and social media accounts.

Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.
Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

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March 26, 2014
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Heinz Chapel Closed – Alternative Cathedral Ideas From Ovation Images

With Heinz Memorial Chapel  closed January 1- May 10, 2015, you may find yourself looking for alternatives. As you would expect, we at Ovation Images, Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photographer since 2001, have some suggestions for you!

Heinz Chapel Embrace

Heinz Chapel Embrace

Of course, if you are having a Catholic wedding ceremony, then you have your choice of cathedral-style churches from St. Paul Cathedral to St. Mary Of The Mount. The switch will be simpler if you are having a Catholic ceremony.

But if your wedding service is non-denominational, you have a different problem entirely.  One of our 2015 brides was caught in this closure and she was kind enough to share her thoughts: “The reason I liked Heinz Chapel was the interior style–the cathedral look–and I wanted to keep that a part of my wedding.” Her suggestions for cathedral-style alternatives to Heinz Chapel are

East Liberty Presbyterian Church – http://cathedralofhope.org/ – “This was one of the closest in looks to Heinz Chapel, however you or close family have to be a member of the church and have to go to classes to get married.”
Downtown First Presbyterian Church – http://www.fpcp.org/
Trinity Cathedral Downtown – http://www.trinitycathedralpgh.org/
Calvary United Methodist Church (north shore) – http://www.calvarypgh.com/
Smithfield UCC – http://www.smithfieldchurch.org/

“I really liked Smithfield UCC because it has a little of that gothic look and is brighter than the other churches we saw (less wood). You do not have to be a member and you can bring in a different officiant if you want (it just need to be approved). They seemed less structured, which we really like.”

Other suggestions will be in our next blog post–watch this (cyber)space!

NOTE: In case you missed it, this notice is from the Heinz Memorial Chapel web site:  ” Heinz Memorial Chapel will be closed from January 1, 2015 to May 10, 2015 and will reopen on May 11, 2015.  This is to allow for the installation of a climate control system. We will not be taking reservations for any events, including weddings, during that time. The climate control system is an important part of plans for the preservation of the building, its pipe organ, and woodwork.  Thank you for your understanding as we undertake this historic project”

For alternative ceremony venue suggestions and wonderful wedding photography, please call Ovation Images at 412-735-4959.
Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.  

Please visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!
Photographers, come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

Heinz Chapel Closed In 2015 — January, February, March and April

Heinz Chapel First Kiss

Heinz Chapel First Kiss

From the Heinz Memorial Chapel web site:  “Heinz Memorial Chapel will be closed January 1- May 10, 2015 and will reopen on May 11, 2015.  This is to allow for the installation of a climate control system. We will not be taking reservations for any events, including weddings, during that time. The climate control system is an important part of plans for the preservation of the building, its pipe organ, and woodwork.  Thank you for your understanding as we undertake this historic project”

For alternative ceremony venue suggestions and wonderful wedding photography, please call Ovation Images at 412-735-4959.
Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.  

Please visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!
Photographers, come join us on PhotoBurrito.com

March 14, 2014
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Jessica Marsh Joins Ovation Images

We are excited to announce that Jessica Marsh, formerly of Jessica Lee Photography, has joined Ovation Images as a full time partner. Jess is an accomplished wedding, newborn, senior and maternity photographer. She brings a strong portrait portfolio and a wealth of experience to Ovation Images.

Jessica Marsh at OvationImages.com

Jessica Marsh at OvationImages.com

Ovation Images partner Don Merz said “We are thrilled to have Jess with us! She brings wonderful expertise and experience to Ovation’s clients. Jessica loves Pittsburgh people and it shows in her work!” Jessica will begin work immediately, throwing herself into a newly-revamped high school seniors line for Ovation, along with other creative and fun projects! Please make an appointment to visit the studio and meet Jessica!

Text and Photo copyright 2014 by OvationImages.com.  May not be reproduced in any form without prior authorization. Please visit our Seniors blog at OvationSeniors.com and our photography blog at PhotBurrito.com.

March 12, 2014
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The Five Rules For Buying Wedding Photography (Part 2)
by Don Merz, Ovation Images (Pittsburgh’s Most-Trusted Wedding Photographer Since 2001)

(Part 2 of 2: We didn’t make these rules. After photographing 500+ weddings, we just know what they are…)
Ovation Images Rule 3: Don’t Be Cheap. Do you know why quality professional wedding photography is expensive? Because it’s worth it! Thousands of couples who got married before you decided they were willing to pay more to ensure better results. And it turns out, they were right. Sure you have a budget. But don’t use it like a club to scare away all the quality photographers. Be gentle and flexible and you will be met with the same in return. Good photographers love their clients and their work. In fact, that love is what makes their photography good! When you are choosing a photographer, focus on finding the love–and be prepared to adjust your budget. Wouldn’t you rather spend more than you had planned now to avoid that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach later when you look at your wedding pictures? “Later” is too late to change it–and too late to figure out that you under-budgeted your wedding photography.
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“Cake, dear?” by OvationImages.com

Ovation Images Rule 4. Schedule Your Day Wisely. Your wedding photography will be better the more time you allocate to it. Likewise, it will be worse the less time you allocate to it. If you are not seeing each other before your ceremony, then you need at least 2 hours in between your ceremony and reception. No ifs, ands or “but our guests are waiting!” If they love you, they will be glad to wait–they know that this time is the only time you have to create pictures that you will share with your children’s children!  It starts to sound pretty worthwhile when you put it like that, huh? Be certain you have allowed more than adequate time for your photography.
groom removing the brides garter, bridesmaids in the background cheering, willow room wedding photography

“Found it!” by OvationImages.com

Ovation Images Rule 5. Have Fun and Be Fun. Planning your wedding may have been stressful. But now it is time to be “in the moment” and put all that behind you. Don’t check up on the details. Delegate everything to someone else. Don’t answer or even carry your phone. Don’t wear a watch. Sing in the shower and start the day off right! On this one day of all days, be the shining star you were meant to be. All your friends and family will reflect your glow back at you…..Everybody looks better in pictures when they are having fun! It’s going to be a truly once-in-a-lifetime day!
Ovation Images‘  Rules one and two for buying great wedding photography are here in the PREVIOUS POST.
Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s Most-Trusted Wedding Photographer Since 2001
Mention the “five rules” when you reserve your wedding date with us and receive 8 free 8×10 prints included with any wedding photography package! Call us at 412-735-4959.