Batman and the bridal party


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Holy honeymoon -- talk about your memorable wedding albums.

When WPXI sports reporter Rich Walsh and his new bride, Michele, emerged from St. Paul Cathedral following their nuptial Mass Saturday, all they wanted was to take photos on the steps of the Mellon Institute.

Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" has been filming the third installment in the current "Batman" series at various locations around Oakland, and it happened a shoot was under way just around the corner.

Scattered about on streets near the cathedral were pieces of film equipment, props and, best of all, a camouflage version of the Batmobile.

They had been told before the event to call to a man who would handle any problems with access. Things went smoothly; a member of the movie's security team instructed a crew to clear the steps of the institute, and the newlyweds and their party of 20 spent about 15 minutes taking photos.

As they headed toward a trolley that would take them all to the reception at Heinz Field, Mr. Walsh said, he and his wife figured they would try to stand with the Batmobile in the background and have their photographer, Vincent Pugliese of Elizabeth Vincent Photography, snap a couple of quick photos.

Instead, a videographer who said he was filming a "making-of" movie asked if they would like an up-close look at the vehicle. This led to the chance for Mr. Walsh to climb into the cockpit, and at one point, Mrs. Walsh attempted to join him, but there was just too much dress.

"When I got in, the whole crowd [watching] on [North] Dithridge just started clapping," he said.

Across the street, someone was taking an impromptu video. Part of this version ended up on gossip site TMZ's television show.

"Now the fact is, we're on our honeymoon and we're getting all this attention," said Mr. Walsh, calling from the beach at Riviera Maya, Mexico.

"The funny part of the whole story is that when I gave [Michele the film company's number to call just before the wedding], she kept calling it 'Spider-Man.' I said, 'Oh great, we're never going to be allowed to take pictures now.' "


Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478. First Published August 3, 2011 4:00 AM


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