When you love Pittsburgh, what better way to celebrate it and your engagement than by taking photos in the Strip District, on the North Shore, and on one of our most iconic bridges? That's exactly what Allison and Joe did. They incorporated their love for the Steel City into their e-session by making stops at some of Pittsburgh's hottest spots. Primanti's, Feinberg's, Pamela's, the fountain at the Point, and even a few bottles of IC Light – they all make an appearance in this quintessential Pittsburgh engagement shoot done by Amanda Brisco Photography. This Burgh Bride has made this Burgh blogger proud!
From the bride…
When and how did you two meet?
Joe and I are both from Pittsburgh, but we met in Virginia in March of 2012. Our dads have worked together for at least the past 20 years and are our “cupids”. When I graduated from college, I moved to Virginia to start my career in advertising. Joe joined the Navy after high school and was in Virginia on and off. When I moved to Richmond, my dad told me that his friend from work had a son who lived in Virginia Beach, and he thought we could be friends. Joe's dad told him the same thing. Both of us brushed them off – I mean who needs their dad to help them make friends?! Fast forward five years and I had taken a new job where I was traveling to Virginia Beach more often and was reminded of my dad's friend's son. So I decided to send him a Facebook message. We met up for dinner on the oceanfront one night while I was in town and we just clicked. We've been together ever since!
Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
Joe was sent overseas for a tour in April of 2013. He came home for his leave in December and we had lots of plans! The first weekend he was home, we went to the Steelers game. It snowed the entire time, which Joe loved, and we had a blast! Joe had made dinner reservations that night at Monterey Bay. We decided to take the incline up to Mt. Washington and walk to the restaurant. I had on heels, but wanted to just wear my Ugg boots and change into my heels later. Joe insisted that I not do that; I was so annoyed but I went along with it. When we got to the restaurant, Joe suggested we go to the overlook to see the lights, since the city was all ready for the holidays. When we were looking at the lights, I turned to him and he was down on one knee! I said yes, of course! As we were hugging, I noticed a woman snapping some pictures of us and whispered about her to Joe. He said he knew and that he had hired her to capture our proposal! It was a beautiful night!
Describe the engagement shoot.
We both love everything Pittsburgh, from Primanti's and the bridges to the Steelers and Pirates. We couldn't think of better spots than the Strip District and the North Shore for our engagement session. I love the urban look, as well as all the bricks and murals. On the North Shore, I was in love with the way Mandy captured the beauty of the city and incorporated Mt. Washington into the background.
Bride to Bride
What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Do an engagement session! It not only makes you more comfortable with the photographer, but it makes the photographer more comfortable with you. Also, be open to suggestions and don't sweat the small stuff!