Weekend on the farm-Relaxing after a Bat Mitzvah-Life of a wedding photographer

I love my weekends. Whether I am shooting a wedding, portraits, or like this weekend- a bat mitzvah, I love weekends. As a photographer, they are usually my busiest time. Every once in a while though, they start in the evening, and that gives room for time with my family during the day. Saturday started with helping my father in law plant potatoes in his garden, and ended relaxing with a beer and a cigar. In between those two events, I spent time with Kelly and Ava, and photographed my first bat mitzvah with my friend and fellow photographer Dmitriy. As soon as those photos are edited, I will be sure to post some. Needless to say, I had a great time.  Sunday was race day in Pittsburgh. Kelly had to be up very early to work at the Pittsburgh Marathon, and by the time she got back, she was in need of a relaxing afternoon. How perfect, that we just happened to have a standing invite from my parents to join them and my sisters for a low key cookout. After Kelly relaxed a little, we loaded up the car, and Ava (our black lab) and hit the road. An hour and 15 minutes later we were relaxing on the farm, with a cold drink, family, and dogs.

Being that it was Derby weekend and all, mint juleps were ordered up, and to mix things up a bit, my mom, the chef that she is, made violette infused simple syrup for the juleps. Nothing says spring like mint and violettes.

If you make your way to Seven Springs, and havent tried the Pie Shop, it is a must stop. Its not that the baked goods are incredible. Most are not. But they have these great creations called snails  and they are one of Kelly’s favorites. So Monday morning, while she was still asleep, I ran out and brought her a few back.

Here is my weekend in photos rather than words.














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Life at 30-Spring

The cold fades

flowers bloom.

Out of dormant winter

comes life renewed.

I just celebrated my 30th year on this earth. I am incredibly grateful for the past year and all that is has brought with it.

I married my best friend, moved into a new part of pittsburgh, built my first Farm Table, and visited India with said best friend.

I have filmed some great stories over the past year, been a part of incredible weddings and festivities, and I am so excited for what 2013 has in store for us.

I love being a photographer, and I cant wait to listen to, and watch, more stories unfold.

Ben and Cecilia-Antiochian Village Wedding-Ligonier-Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

As a Pittsburgh wedding photographer, I love shooting in new locations. I like it even more when the location is special to the bride or groom.

Ben and Cecilia were married inside the beautiful Chapel at Antiochian Village in the Laurel Highland town of Ligonier.

Beautiful blue skies covered the mountains, and the beautiful gold leaves made for a beautiful backdrop during the portraits.

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My lovely wife Kelly also joined us that day to film the ceremony for family that could not make the trip into town. Enjoy

 

Ben and Cecilia’s Antiochian Village Wedding: Ligonier Pa from Dan Speicher on Vimeo.

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