Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dawn and Reza's Dearborn Inn Wedding in Michigan

The Dearborn Inn hosted this wonderful mid November wedding for Reza and Dawn. I knew that even though it turned out to be a beautiful day, we wouldn’t be able to take many photos outside since it gets dark out so early. We did try to get Dawn and the ladies outside before the sun set, but even then, it was pretty dark by the time we got outside for photos. The wedding provided a moment of fun. Turns out the wedding rings got left in the hotel suite. Close by, to be sure, but too far to send someone to find them and return to the ceremony since their absence wasn’t discovered until after the ceremony started. I’m not sure who notice they were missing, but both sides had a case of the giggles and the were whispering quite a bit. I couldn’t figure out what exactly was going on, but eventually the very last groomsman started handing his ring down the line until Reza got it. Dawn’s shoulders were heaving so much, I thought she was crying. Turns out she was laughing so hard, her shoulders were shaking! The reception went off without a hitch and my daughter ran the photo booth complete with hats and frames. It got a lot of use and was a great way to get lots of people covered. I’ve got lots more wedding photos from the Dearborn Inn wedding posted on my other blog at

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dan & Pam's Grosse Pointe Wedding & Reception

First of all, you’ve got to love how well connected Pam & Dan are... anybody who can deliver the nicest weather we’ve had in three months must have a pretty good in with God! They were married at Grosse Pointe’s Star of the Sea Church. I hadn’t been there in a few years, but their priest (a guest at the church) was very gracious to the wedding couple AND to me. Anytime I’m told to do my very best to light the wedding ceremony at a Catholic church, I’m very thankful. We had lots of time to get outdoor photos done, which was a real treat that none of us had counted on. Only the setting sun did us in, otherwise I think we could have shot all night as an excuse to hang out outside! We shot wedding photos at one of Grosse Pointe's parks as well as all over the grounds at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial (which I keep typing in Goose Pointe!). The reception, of course, was at the War Memorial in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and we were in the large ballroom. This is a bit of a tough place to shoot since 180 degrees are windows and very reflective AND you’re shooting into the windows the entire time. So trying to keep not only myself and the videographer out of the frame, but also my lights, was an interesting technical feat! I always love working with Sara Gharacheh from Platinum Mix ( and this was the first time I’ve worked with Kate McClellan from Purple Clover ( I heard through the grapevine that I missed some pretty major drama later that night. Everybody was fine thankfully, but you never like it when emergency vehicles are called to your wedding. So glad both Dan and Pam really seemed to be enjoying their party, their guests and their wonderful, warm day. If you’d like to see more images from this wedding, please check out my other blog at