A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot a fantastic wedding!! I met Amanda and Jeff through my amazing friend Hannah Butler! She is a *Fantastic* make up artist, so if you are in need of one- give her a call! 🙂
Amanda and Paul met at EMU a few years ago and while they weren’t dating there their lives continued to intersect over the course of several states and years! Eventually fate prevailed and here we are!
Jeff and Amanda live in Portland now which made them a perfect couple for me since I would love to live anywhere on the West Coast but Portland is one of the most friendly cities to bicyclists! So I can live vicariously through them 😉
Amanda’s Dad has worked transporting some pretty awesome cars for awhile now and had some fantastic cars around the house I got to take a peek at! 🙂Since they live out of state they both got ready at Amanda’s parents. We kept them separate in the morning and then had a sweet and beautiful first look! The day even turned out *fantastically* considering it was about 80% chance of rain, all day. The church was gorgeous and was the one Amanda’s parents were married in- so it was cool to return there for their vows! After the service we headed to Belle Isle, the location of their first date 🙂 I have photographed a crazy amount of weddings (I’ve actually lost count!) but never have I photographed a wedding party where everyone was married!! So it was pretty neat to say ‘KISS!’ and everyone would kiss 🙂 They were surrounded by such love! Next we went to the conservatory and were blessed beyond compare!!! We got there JUST after closing!!(we were so bummed!) But an amazing person stayed for us to take some pictures in the Gardens!! Luck would not begin to describe the day!! Between the weather and how all of the portraits turned out we were ecstatic! These girls were so beautiful! inside and out! And what a fun group of handsome guys!!! Generally it takes a little time for a bride and groom to warm up to the camera on their wedding day (I mean, its not like generally speaking someone carries a giant camera around following you all day 😉 ) But they were naturals!!!!!! You can see their love in the portraits and just how much they genuinely enjoy each other! Next we dropped the bridal party off and went to their reception at Elizabeth Park and got some more amazing portraits on their famous bridges!! We managed to narrowly miss the Prom goers- another stroke of luck! After we took more portraits we went in for their grand entrance only to be met with an amazing sunset, so again we snuck out to nab a few more portraits! The venue is brand new, they were the second wedding to take place and it ran like it had been hosting weddings for years!!
Everything was perfect and the details were stellar!! The food was by Kosch Catering! The food was *Delish* and coming from someone who works with catering companies for a living and has a food allergy- they were able to accommodate both my gluten allergy (and the groom’s soy allergy!) without skipping a beat! The flowers were fantastic too by the amazing J Costello Designs out of Royal Oak! Apart from being fantastic to work with and willing to go and do almost anything for portraits!!! Amanda and Jeff encouraged me to take some fun landscapes and more artistic shots (can you say YAY!!!) So I got to play a bit during dinner 🙂 A photographers dream! Their dances were beautiful and full of emotion!! After dancing they humored me one last time for a few outdoor night shots 🙂And ended the night appropriately, with a kick booty party! 🙂 Thank you guys so much for bringing me into your day!! I loved working with you (and for letting me drag you around on seemingly endless photography adventures 😉 ) And again, a big thank you again to Hannah for the amazing referral! 🙂 😀
run often, smile more!
Venue: Chateau on the River
Catering: Kosch Catering (side note… as someone who has to eat Gluten Free this company was *amazing* to work with and YUMMY!!!!)
Flowers: J. Costello Designs