St. Bernadette Filipino Wedding and DoubleTree Reception

Aug 2, 2019 | Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, Wedding Day

When I received the phone call from Bernadine about photographing her Vow Renewal, I was absolutely thrilled! How amazing that a couple, married for about 22 years, was so happy together that they wanted to have a full-on wedding?

And boy did they ever!

From top to bottom this wedding was absolutely amazing. Bernadine had her hair and makeup done in the hotel, a beautiful gown and a bridal party of 27!

Large Filipino Bridal Party Photo

When I arrived at the ceremony I found out this would be a traditional Filipino Wedding. Rey and Bernadine would walk down the aisle after their parents, sponsors, and bridal party. The bride and groom exchanged coins, were draped in a veil and cord, and lit a unity candle.

I felt so lucky to capture their beautiful ceremony at St Bernadette Church.

Their family was so inviting and loving and I felt welcomed into their beautiful day by everyone. Bernadine’s mother made the request for this church wedding. She is such a beautiful and caring person that I felt drawn to her throughout the day. So much that I made sure to say goodbye to her at the end of the night!

Filipino Veil and Rope Ceremony Photo

Once the ceremony was complete, we did family, sponsor, and guest photos on the altar and then made our way to the reception. Cocktail hour at the DoubleTree was beautiful, with small tables to stand and eat centered around a fun sculpture. The same one that I later took photos of their rings around.

Just like the couple left the ceremony in a swarm of bubbles, they entered their reception in a blossom of rose petals!

Every moment of the day was a celebration. This included dinner, where the bride and groom’s family and friends entertained the guests with various songs and dances.

Filipino Money Dance Pinning on Dress Photo

The Filipino money dance is a tradition that I have never seen before! I’ve seen the money tied and thrown in a bag, but NEVER pinned to the bride and groom! It was so fun and entertaining to see the wedding dress covered in long strands of money!

The dancing began as soon as the cake was cut and the garter tossed.

The crowd did not disappoint.

They immediately formed a circle and let the dance off begin – everyone joined in, including the bride and groom’s parents! Even I got to dance with camera in hand as I circled the floor to get fun photos.

  • Bride gets makeup on in DoubleTree hotel photo
  • Bridesmaid's hair fix before ceremony photo
  • Bridesmaid's Hairdo in Mirror Photo
  • Bride's hair being finished with tiara photo
  • Bride's Dress being buttoned photo
  • Groom adjusting tie while getting ready photo
  • Flower girls walking down the aisle photo
  • Bride and Groom at altar of St. Bernadette Church photo
  • Bride and Groom Filipino Wedding Ceremony photo
  • Groom placing ring on bride's hand photo
  • Filipino Veil and Rope Ceremony Photo
  • Bride and Groom at St. Bernadette Church in Monroeville Photo
  • Bride and Groom Light Unity Candle Photo
  • Giving Mary flowers during Wedding Ceremony Photo
  • St Bernadette Wedding Ceremony Photo
  • Wedding Ceremony Bubble Exit at St Bernadette
  • Large Filipino Bridal Party Photo
  • Green and Blue Ribbon Wedding Cake with Precious Moments Cake Topper Photo
  • Monroeville DoubleTree Reception Tables Photo
  • Sweetheart Table Flowers Photo
  • Pittsburgh Cookie Table Green and Blue Decorations Photo
  • Bridesmaids laughing and enjoying reception photo
  • Best Man breaks down and cries during speech photo
  • Green and Blue Ribbon Wedding Cake Cutting Photo
  • Bridal Garter Toss at Vow Renewal Photo
  • Filipino Money Dance Pinning on Dress Photo
  • Dancing at DoubleTree Reception Photo
  • DoubleTree Monroeville Reception Dancing Photo
  • Reception Dancing and Audience Cheering Photo
  • Wedding Rings with Bouquet on Statue Photo

At the end of the night we made our way around to get a few photos with the guests and I said my goodbyes. Like I always say, I have the best clients and Bernadine and Rey did not disappoint. I can only hope to work with them and their friends again.

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