One of the things I miss most about living in Massachusetts is photographing same sex weddings. However, little by little, state by state, gay weddings are happening whether or not they are legally recognized by the individual state.
With Washington, D.C. an afternoon’s drive away (where same sex marriage is recognized), I’m seeing more and more weddings happening here in this diverse city of Pittsburgh, thankfully.
I was proud and totally excited to photograph Heather and Sami’s wedding last week at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. Not only are they a beautiful and FUN couple, it was wonderful to see the love and support of their guests, many of whom traveled from far away.
There is something about photographing a same sex wedding that feels especially genuine. Not only does it sometimes require courage on the couple’s part to comfortably demonstrate their love in front of relatives who may not feel completely at ease with their affection (something my wife and I felt on our wedding day 7 years ago), but planning the event requires a bit more consideration when it comes to choosing gay-friendly vendors and venues that are fully on board and happy to accommodate … something that most couples don’t ever need to think about. This was the case for the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Rania’s Catering, and DJ extraordinaire, Adele, all of whom were proud to take great care of Heather and Sami – myself included.
Some favorite moments from this day: Having an especially gorgeous day to photograph Heather and Sami on the North Shore before the ceremony – the humor and emotion of their vows at Buhl Park, across from the museum – the hugs and affection everywhere I looked, all day – the first dance that turned into a free-for-all, with everyone wanting a turn to dance with Sami and Heather – going off with this ’up for anything’ couple to explore the museum during the cocktail hour – and watching Sami break loose and show off her dance moves.
Thank you Heather and Sami. I had SO MUCH FUN with you, and was honored to be your photographer.
Here are a just a few of my favorites …
Beth Kukucka (pronounced Ka-Kutch-Ka) is a wedding photographer based out of Pittsburgh. Her work has been featured in such publications as Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, and People. She has also had gallery exhibitions of her work in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and her hometown of Pittsburgh. Beth has brought this unique mix of photojournalistic fine art photography to her weddings, photographing over 400 events.
Beth is widely known for capturing poignant moments and using light to create stunning portraits out of ordinary situations. Past clients have described her as a pleasure to have with them on a wedding day, exuding a calm demeanor on a day that can often be filled with anxious anticipation.
Kukucka Photography also specializes in same sex weddings in New England, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Pridezillas is proud to have Beth as one of our photographers, view here listing here.