I don’t have enough nice things to say about these two, they are just genuinely great people and it was an honor to be a part of their special day.
Jill and Ad had a beautiful Heinz History Center Wedding in Pittsburgh, PA… and it was very special for them because it was the first time a lot of their family and friends got to experience our lovely city.
Their story, from the Bride: “We met while working at a book publisher in New York in 2009. We were in an elevator on our way to run the company 5K, and Ad got a funny feeling and chased Jill down after the race. But it took a bit longer for us to actually get together. Jill kept leaving, first to go live on a farm, and then to travel the world for almost a year. Luckily, Ad’s best quality is patience, and Jill couldn’t resist coming back to him. We moved to Pittsburgh last year, and decided to have the wedding here so that all our friends and family could see why we love it so much. We lucked out with the 40 foot rubber ducky coming to town that weekend!”
The wedding vibe tied in very nicely with how they met as well… “Since we met at a publishing house, and we’re both big readers, the Heinz History Center library was the perfect ceremony location for us. Our florist, Jimmy from GreenSinner, suggested incorporating some more literary elements elsewhere, like using books as part of the centerpieces and having an old typewriter on the gift table. We loved the urban, industrial feel of the Grand Hall, with its brick walls and high ceilings, and we tried to keep the vibe laid back yet classy.”
Here are their favorite moments of the day!
Jill: It’s a tie. Walking down the stone steps for the first look, my heart thumping crazily as I saw Ad standing there. And then, after the ceremony, when we turned to walk back up the aisle, officially married, and saw everyone we love cheering for our happiness.
Ad: The vows, or the whole ceremony really. I definitely did not think I was going to cry, but then couldn’t help it.
Ceremony: Heinz History Center, Library Archives Room
Reception: Heinz History Center, Grand Hall
Officiant: Friend, Karl
Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven
Groom’s Suit: Custom, My Suit in New York
Wedding Bands: Catbird
Hair: Elisha Evans
Caterer: Rania’s Catering
Wedding Photogapher: michaelwill photographers
First Dance: That’s How Strong My Love Is, Otis Redding
Maura Minteer says
This is Maura Minteer, Director of the Events Department at Heinz History Center. Thank you for sharing these incredible pictures. I loved working with this couple and through the photos, you can see why. Their vows were by far the funniest, most heartfelt and meaningful vows I have ever heard. Their families and guests were a blast! I’d recommend Michael Will highly. He didn’t create moments, he captured them and in grand style. A pleasure to have on site. These photos are amazing!
Thank you, Maura! You were such a pleasure to work with, and thanks to you and your team, our day was absolutely perfect.
And Michael, she’s right: you and Rodger did an amazing job. You captured exactly how it felt!
Thank you so much! It was a pleasure working with you and your team and we look forward to coming back soon!
I love your photos!! Would you mind telling me where that beautiful stairwell is?