Carrie and Al are one of the best examples of a couple who put the most importance on good photography as part of their wedding planning. Carrie drove all the way from Pittsburgh to meet with us initially and we hit it off right away. Despite being rained out for their engagement session everytime we tried to do it, they were perfect in front of the camera on wedding day, like we had known each other for years. The weather was perfect for October, just a slight chill in the air. Carrie and Al chose to do a first glance before the wedding which gave us the opportunity to drive all around the city taking photos in many different locations. In addition to being a very special moment for the couple, it gives us a nice block of time to get really creative and just have fun taking photos with the bride and groom. At the end of our “session” we went to their (and now Ted’s) favorite sandwich shop – the famous Primanti’s where they gave us free sandwiches as a wedding present to the bride and groom. The ceremony and reception were held at The Priory and Grand Hall, a European-style boutique hotel. The Grand Hall was built in 1852 as St. Mary’s German Catholic Church while the Priory was added in 1888 to house the Benedictine priests and brothers who served there. Nearly demolished to make room for a highway, it was purchased and renovations begun in 1986. Each room is exquisitely appointed with antiques and original artwork – a must-see if you find yourself in Pittsburgh! DJ Scott Jones, owner of Jerry Bruno Productions also made the trip from Cleveland for this wedding and kept the party going! It seems like Carrie and Al wanted only the best vendors for their wedding!