Having been through a butt load of weddings have granted me some knowledge that - well - the average bride and groom probably don't have. I mean, most of you have never planned a wedding before. Sure, maybe you've been a bridesmaid or helped out at a friends wedding (then you have a head start!), but for most, the intricacies and behind the scenes of weddings is probably a little overwhelming. You choose your wedding vendors. You pick a wedding venue. You taste food and wedding cakes and cocktails and design decor and decide on colors for you wedding. What else is there?
(Glad you asked)
1. Make sure whoever will be helping the bride into her dress is already dressed and photo ready! This is a big one that I always make sure to tell my brides when the time comes. If mom is going to be in a photo, she will likely want to be photo ready. :)
2. Even if you don't want to wear a veil, it okay to bring one for just a few photos! That is exactly what Kristen did, and just look at how pretty a v...
This is a wedding that I will never forget - partially because Sarah is a friend of mine and my favorite makeup artist (look up Dollface Bridal Beauty and Designs), and also simply because this wedding was seriously cool. Sarah has a fabulous sense of style and pulled off an amazing wedding in Jackson.
I met Sarah at her house for detail photos and getting ready - and these details do not disappoint. I mean, seriously??? Ps. The florals were done by my favorite florist - Erin from Sage Green Events. Just perfection. And Sarah's dress? A custom combination of a dress, a beaded shawl, and belt beautifully put together by House of Devaughn in Jackson.
One of my favorite moments of the day was the first look with the bride and her son - who upon seeing his mom as a bride, ran into the house, closed the door behind him and yelled out YESSSSSS before coming back out for a hug. How priceless is that?
On the way to the ceremony, Sarah shared a few minutes via Facetime with her dad who was hospi...
Tessa and Josh were married at the Blodgett Wedding Barn in Schoolcraft, Michigan and what a lovely day it was! Blodgett is a newer wedding venue and definitely worth checking out. The barn was first updated and used for the wedding of the owners' daughter! After her wedding, the owners were asked when they would start renting out, and one thing led to another, additions and updates were made, and the barn was converted into a lovely wedding venue with an indoor/outdoor feel surrounded by gardens and orchards. Unlike a lot of barn venues, this barn allows a lot of light to come in through a large open porch - so of course, I was a fan.
Tessa was one of the most relaxed brides I have ever had the honor of working with. We arrive for getting ready and details photos at the barn where there are two getting ready suites upstairs. I was completely in love with the vintage feel of the bridal suite and definitely enjoyed my time at this place. Suited perfectly for all this mood, Tessa wore her...
Where to start. This wedding was such a fun story to tell. The sweetest couple. Awesome wedding party. Beautiful venue. And rain. While rain might sound like a bad thing, it made this wedding day pretty exciting, and I did my best to capture every minute.
For this wedding, I had Rachel from Adventure Photo Stories as my second shooter - we have too much fun together and tell wedding stories in a very similar way and always have each other's back.
We arrived for detail photos and getting ready stuff in the early afternoon. There was some concern about rain, so we took full advantage of the sunshine upon our arrival and did as many portraits outside that we could. The girls got ready in the little cottage up the hill while the guys had the house above the ceremony spot overlooking the lake. This was my third time at Waldenwoods, and I would shoot there again in a heartbeat.
I have decided to share a little more than my average with this blog - lately, I have been getting questions about...
Kristen and John are two of my favorite people. We seriously did not want to leave their wedding (I mean partially because open bar at Valentine's haha, but seriously also them). These two are so kind, funny, know how to have a good time, and put their complete trust in me when it came to photos and even planning out the entire day.
We met up with Kristen and her friends at a loft overlooking the belt in Detroit - where Kristen had a surprise planned for John. About a month before the wedding, Kristen called to tell me that she wanted to do one of those "fake first looks" where the groom turns around (expecting to see his bride for the first time), and to his surprise, it is the best man. Kristen explained that the groom and the best man were so close that they might as well be marrying each other and so this would be perfect. It took a bit of finagling to get the logistics just right without letting John know what was really going on, but we pulled it off to great success.
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.