Thursday, July 30, 2009

Andrew & Rachel’s Cherry Creek Wedding in Michigan

Rachel starts at home with her bridesmaids & family.

Very Glam!

We took advantage of a little bit of
sun in an otherwise overcast day!

I would LOVE to know what Andrew was
thinking just as the ceremony was starting!

When high glam meets pure silliness!

And he's back to being silly!

But there's definitely a romantic side there too!

If you'd like to see a lot more photos from Rachel and Andrew's Cherry Creek 
wedding (in Shelby Township, Michigan), I've got lots more posted

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Brian and Amanda’s Wedding in Detroit!

It’s always nice to arrive at the wedding and have the groom greet you with, “We’re so excited to be working with you. We LOVE looking at your site”. Great start to a great day! Amanda and Brian chose to have their wedding in the old and beautiful First Congregational Church in downtown Detroit, Michigan, just next to the Wayne State’s campus. They picked that church for its beauty and it’s grace, not for its air-conditioning! Lucky for them, it was a nice, cool 68 degrees. The staff at the church is super helpful and we got a kick out of the fact they had a printed wedding greeting for Amanda and Brian in just about every room... including the bathroom! Everything went like clockwork so nobody broke a sweat. I love taking photos at the front of the church... great arches and steps and the rain held off yet again.  The reception was held at the Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights and other than a slower than normal family style dinner (these folks usually can serve the five course dinner within an hour but took a long hour and a half instead, having a huge wedding going on next door).  By the time the dance floor opened everybody was super ready to party and have a great time. And they did! For more photos from this wedding, check out my other blog at;

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

James & Stephanie’s Lovely wedding at the Whitney

I met my latest out of town bride, Stephanie the week before the wedding so I could shoot her surprise gift for James; a boudoir session. He thanks me a lot for the great wedding gift! Their wedding was moved inside the Whitney in Detroit where the ceremony takes place on the landing between the second and third floors. It was a scorcher with no discernible air conditioning reaching the top floors where the temps were over 90 degrees. Their online certified officiant and friend provided a great and unique homily which gave a brief history for Stephanie and James. I’ve covered weddings for couples who’ve met online before, but never ones who met through e-bay! She liked his description of his Star Wars item so much she contacted him and that eventually, way down the road, led to marriage! They had a lot of personal touches, unique and fun flourishes and were a lot of fun shooting. Skye shot the photo booth and Stephanie provided the crazy hats and wigs which made everyone participate en masse! 

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Debbie & Dan - Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Michigan

Sometimes a wee little person will end up providing an abundant amount of comic relief throughout the day. The bride’s two year old niece, Shana, was at her best and possibly worst throughout the day. I has so much fun documenting the wedding from her perspective and I loved the fact that neither Debbie or Dan were bothered by her minor disruptions and outbursts. They were both thoroughly enjoying themselves being in the day and weren’t about to let anybody or anything keep them from having a great day. I also appreciated that their young rabbi was very open to letting me shoot openly (which not all Jewish ceremonies are) since the ceremony took place in a smaller chapel where my view point would have been pretty limited without his blessing. The luncheon following the ceremony left everybody full and happy. We also set up the photo booth station to entertain the guests and take care of some of the group photo needs. Thanks for letting me share your day and best of luck to both of you.

Christie & Jim - Farmington Hills Wedding

Jim & Christie got married in a brand new church, Oakland Community Church in Farmington Hills and their minister gave me full access to their amazing facility. Their slide show before the ceremony got the tears flowing in earnest and they continued all the way through the ceremony. We then went to the  reception at the Walnut Creek Country Club. We were able to take some wedding photos out on the course and was this party into jumping! It certainly isn’t something I ask all my parties to do... but these guys (and girls!) were young, energetic and very able jumpers! A live band provided the entertainment throughout the evening, getting everybody up and moving and a good time was had by all.