The couple started the day at Immanuel House of Prayer just north of the Belle Isle Bridge in Detroit. Everyone got ready in rooms at the church and then gathered for the ceremony. They had a wonderful ceremony in a venue well suited for wedding photography. We stayed for the family formals at the alter and then headed to the reception at Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights.
Kelly and Tim had a wonderful wedding in the atrium at Southfield Town Center. The girls got ready up in a suite at the Westin with a great view over the city. We had plenty of time to photograph the girls and guys (separately) and then some bridal portraits. The ceremony was in the atrium after Dad walked Kelly down the stairs and up the aisle. After the ceremony we shot the family formals in front of the arch. While we were out photographing the Bridal Party and Romantics, the wonderful people from the Westin made the atrium ready for the reception. The tables were up on set of stairs and the dance floor is lower on the brick paver area, surrounded by all the greenery. At the end of the night we went out to the parking lot and used the Southfield sunset as a romantic background.
I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of a military couple this Monday. Yes, Monday. Annie and Keith had planned to get married this summer and had plans cleared. In mid December Annie got notice that she will be deployed in early January, really kinda messing up the wedding plans. Annie’s aunt happened to mention the family dilemma to Cheryl Steinhurst when she was in Cheryl restaurant. Cheryl quickly came up with the idea to reach out to the wedding professional community to see if there were any that would donate services for a hurry up and plan wedding in a couple weeks.
I saw Scott Fader’s request in a Facebook link through my friend Jon Devine and immediately responded. I was able to bring along my friend Rocky Shattuck to shoot video.
The wedding was Monday 12/28/15 at St Andrews in Rochester and the reception was at Steiny’s Restaurant and Banquet Hall.
All those that were able to help:
Cheryl Steinhurst – Steiny’s Restaurant and Banquet Hall – steinysrestaurant.com– Reception hall, food, champagne
Scott Fader – Michigan Event Services – michiganeventservices.com – Photo booth & DJ
Mark Kelly – You Bet I Do Photography – youbetidophotography.com – Photography
Rocky Shattuck – RDS Films – rdsfilms.com – Videography
Heidi Kehl – Cakes and More – facebook.com/cakesandmorebyheidikehl – Cakes
Lynn Wilhelm Shelby Community Foundation – Flowers
Janine Brown – Premier Sales and Marketing – psm-inc.net – Banner
Sue Jarvis – Aristocat Chauffeured Transportation Inc. – aristocattransportation.com – Limo
Lisa Isenmann – MIE Salon – miesalonandspa.com – Hair styling
Alisha and Joe had a nice fall day for their wedding. We started at the Holiday Inn Express in Auburn Hills where I photographed Alisha getting ready with some of the details. The ceremony was at the little barn chapel at King’s Court Castle in Lake Orion and we stayed on the grounds for wedding party and romantics shots. We were able to go out just after sunset for some dramatic off camera flash images.
Ellen and Alex had a small private ceremony and reception in a restaurant in Birmingham, MI. We went to Shain Park just before the ceremony for some fun shots. Ellen wore a modern interpretation of a traditional Chinese wedding dress. Love the brilliant red color. Alex got a new suit and a tie to match.
A spring wedding at Laurel Manor in Livonia, MI. The couple chose to get ready, have the ceremony and have the reception all at Laurel Manor. We had a beautiful (slightly chilly) spring day.
We had a wonderful day for a wedding that started at the beautiful church at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in Orchard Lake, MI. The ceremony and reception were a heartfelt blend of Catholic and Indian traditions. The reception was held at Plantera in West Bloomfield where we had time for romantics and bridal party shots before the reception started. The sun lighting all the plants and flowers in the room was stunning. We later went outside for sunset bridal portraits.