There was a time when I was afraid to go to Detroit, but after working there so many times as a wedding photographer, this city seriously has my heart. Over the past few years, I have really rebranded myself to be a Detroit wedding photographer, and let me show you why! There is so much beauty and class and amazing architecture in Detroit (not to mention the food and cocktails!). Here are my top 15 most favorite Detroit area wedding venues - both for your ceremony and getting ready (and everything in between)!
I met Sandy and Zack last year in Ann Arbor for the engagement session, and I knew there wedding would be super awesome and low key. They are both so kind and easy to get along with. That being said, this wedding brought up a topic that I think needs to be addressed.
Hey wedding vendors:
When you are hired by a client, your job is to do what they want you to do. It really (usually) is that simple. Secondly, if you talk badly about my clients (AND YOURS) behind their backs to me, I probably am not going to side with you OR recommend you. Ever.
During this wedding, a certain vendor did not approve of the bride's choice in...well the way she wanted things. As most of you know, my couples are usually on the nontraditional side. Rather than listening, this vendor chose to talk over the bride and completely ignore her requests and basically did whatever he wanted to. He then talked to me about how this was the weirdest wedding her had ever been to and basically how he knew better than the cou...
If you have been planning your wedding long, you probably have come across articles from The Knot and Wedding Wire and wherever else about questions that you should ask potential photographers. Along with their average photography budget, they got these questions horribly wrong. I know because I have seen them and been asked them. Here is the thing - knowing what equipment your photographer uses gives you absolutely no clue about their experience or skill level. It merely tells you how much money they spent on gear (if you happen even know what their equipment list means). Here is what you actually for real should ask a potential photographer and other important things to consider while on the search.
1. DO ask how we would describe our style - this might be answered simply by reading the main page of their website or taking a quick gander at a portfolio, but this is a hugely important thing to consider when booking a photographer. Why? Let me tell you a story.
Heather and Nick know how to have fun. Let me tell you. They were married on an island in Lake Somerset. Guests were boated in from shore for the ceremony, and there were even some cheering from boats docked just off the island.
I met Heather at a lake house near the island, and Gabe met Nick at their home just up the road for getting ready photos.
Heather had an amazing custom gown with a detachable train from House of DeVaughn in Jackson, and makeup artist Sarah Risner from Dollface Designs made sure she looked like a queen on her big day.
Once all were ready, it was time for the first look!
One thing that I love about Heather and Nick is that they were up for anything! When Heather selected a giant brush pile as the backdrop for her wedding party photos, I was 100% on board.
After that, it was time to boat around for more photos before heading to the island for the ceremony.
After a few family portraits and gorgeous lake photos, we boated back to shore and took golf car...
Sarah and Josh were married at Orchard Beach Campground in Manistee, Michigan, and it was absolute perfection! These two were all about having a chill day with their favorite people and some of the most beautiful scenery that Michigan has to offer.
In the morning, when Gabe and I arrived at the campground, there was a thick fog over the lake. It was cool and serene, but we also worried that the beautiful Lake Michigan backdrop for Josh and Sarah's ceremony wouldn't show up!
As the sun got higher and hotter, the dog thinned and revealed two beautiful shades of blue in the sun and sky.
After getting ready, Sarah and Josh had their first look and the woods, and then we were off for the beach and the dunes!!! Let me tell you, there is nothing I love more than having 3 hours blocked off for photos and awesome scenic stops.
After photos, it was time for a campground ceremony up high above Lake Michigan.
P.S. Josh and Sarah bought this little camper and fixed it up to use as their weddin...