By Janelle Sheetz

You’ve booked the caterer, picked out a florist, and found your photographer — but where to take pictures? Your wedding photos will capture one of the happiest, most exciting days of your life, and although they’ll be beautiful no matter what, Pittsburgh has some great spots to make them even better. Whether you’re looking for a classic setting like columns or staircases or something more outdoorsy or even Pittsburgh’s iconic skyline and bridges, here are some of the best places to take wedding pictures in Pittsburgh — and maybe even some ideas about a venue.

Carnegie Mellon
4400 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-3212

A college campus may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think wedding pictures, but Carnegie Mellon University’s beautiful columns and stairs at the Mellon Institute on Fifth Ave. provide a great, classic backdrop. Inspired by the architecture of ancient Greece, the columns provide for a setting that has a little bit of drama combined with elegance and lead to some great, timeless pictures — especially for large group pictures, like your bridal party.

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Carnegie Museum
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-3131

Like a university, a museum might not be the first location one considers for wedding pictures, but the Carnegie Museum in Oakland has some beautiful options, although you will have to pay the museum admission to take advantage of them. Try the Grand Staircase — which lives up to its name — the Hall of Architecture, or the elegant Hall of Sculpture. If you’d rather stay outside, try the Sculpture Garden, which looks especially romantic when it’s lit up at night. And if you’re still looking for a venue, the museum is a great option, giving you access to these great spots and others throughout the museum.

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Phipps Conservatory And Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-6914

Phipps’ gorgeous, unique architecture makes the building itself a fantastic choice for wedding pictures, and the grounds can provide some great shots with the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning in Oakland in the background. If you pay for admission — or if you have a membership or even have your wedding there — you’ll have plenty of great photo ops with the conservatory’s collection of plants and flowers, not to mention the inside architecture.

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Mt. Washington Overlook
Grandview Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Show off your Pittsburgh pride on your wedding day by incorporating the city skyline into your photos. Head up to Mt. Washington’s overlooks for some great shots with the city behind you — and as an added bonus, take the incline up for some unique photos in there, too. Of course, Mt. Washington isn’t the only spot that will give you beautiful city views. You can also try the path along the North Shore, Station Square, or even inside PNC Park, and each will give you a different viewpoint.

The Bridges

Pittsburgh is known for its many bridges, so they make a perfect ‘Burgh background for wedding photos. The Roberto Clemente Bridge is closed to pedestrians during Pirate home games, so if you’re getting married on a game day and time it just right, you can get some great pictures with the bridge all to yourself — and pictures with your whole bridal party in the middle of a bridge do look pretty cool. The Smithfield Street and Hot Metal bridges, among others, have pedestrian walkways, providing you with a great opportunity to get the unique look of the bridges in your pictures without having to worry about traffic.

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