Whether you’re long-time locals or just huge Steel City fans, there’s no place better to tie the knot than Pittsburgh! I know I’m a bit biased being a Pittsburgh wedding photographer, but there’s a reason I set up shop here (although I’m open to destination weddings as well—stay tuned for a romantic Italy wedding to hit the blog soon). I just love this city—the history, the ambiance, the iconic backdrops. It gives off a vintage, industrial vibe, but it’s still fresh and modern at the same time. Learn more about weddings at the Heinz History Center and Grand Concourse Restaurant below:
For instance, check out The Highline for an urban take on engagement photos. There’s something for every couple in Pittsburgh. For Abby and Justin’s elegant and timeless Steel City wedding, they decided to exchange vows at the John Heinz History Center and celebrate with loved ones at The Grand Concourse Pittsburgh Restaurant for their gorgeous reception. Of course, we had to take romantic photos stealing kisses from an old Pittsburgh trolley. I love the vibrant colors and vintage accents and hues throughout their wedding.
Yes, the Heinz History Center is an affiliate in association with the Smithsonian Institution, so you can expect an exceptional Smithsonian-level event. The exhibits, lighting, and overall experience is second-to-none.
Yes! The Heinz Museum has plenty of space to for everyone to get ready. The center’s décor and ambiance lends itself to beautiful getting ready and first look photos! I highly recommend it.
The backdrops both inside and outside the Heinz History Center are so unique. Inside, you have the option of taking photos in front of vintage transportation like the Pittsburgh trolley, classic Ford car, fire engine, Heinz hitch, and even an old wagon! The look is elevated with a grand staircase, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and steel architecture. Plus, as shown in Abby and Justin’s first look and couple’s portraits, you get great views of the cityscape overlooking the river. They offer a traditional ballroom for up to 350 guests, fully equipped for wedding ceremonies and receptions, stage and sound system included.
The Grand Concourse Restaurant at Station Square is an elegantly restored Pittsburgh railroad station on the Monongahela River. The building’s Progressive-era architecture is preserved in every detail of the restaurant. And their award-winning menu is just as impressive. The staircase, stained-glass windows, arched ceilings, and marble columns make it the perfect reception venue—or venues, rather. The Grand Concourse Pittsburgh boasts seven unique wedding event spaces to host anywhere from a handful to 300 guests.
Still have a few questions about these Pittsburgh wedding venues? I’m happy to answer them for you. Drop a note here with questions or to inquire about proposal, engagement, bridal, and/or wedding photography.
Getting Ready + Wedding Ceremony Venue | Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian affiliate
Wedding Reception | The Grand Concourse Restaurant Pittsburgh
Photography | Rachel Wehan Photography
Pittsburgh Wedding Cake | Bethel Bakery Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Wedding DJ | 2ndIINone Productions
Hair + Makeup | Glam to Go
Pittsburgh Wedding Florist | Hepatica Floral for ceremony flowers + Pete Donati & Sons for centerpiece flowers
Pittsburgh Wedding Videographer |Anthony from AConti Media