Port Austin, Michigan Wedding Photography

You know how wonderful the weather’s been? How amazingly and unseasonably warm it’s been? Well, that streak broke for Jaime and Tricia last week. It was cold, raw, rainy AND windy. What were we to do for wedding photos?

Embrace it, of course! So here’s to taking advantage of Port Austin, Michigan wedding photography.

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Celebrating the wind and everything that went with in for wedding photos in Port Austin, Michigan last weekend.

On of the things I loved about Jaime and Tricia was their ability to embrace the day and all it had to offer. Clearly this couple knows how to have fun!

I also encountered really cool looking wind generators on my way home back to Troy, Michigan after my Port Austin, MI wedding. I thought it really showed off the dramatic and stormy nature of the day.

In twilight, Port Austin, Michigan

Port Austin wind farm in Port Austin, Michigan.

Planterra Conservatory Wedding – It’s a Dog’s Life!

Planterra Conservatory Wedding Photos of Sarah & Ryan – West Bloomfield. It’s a dog’s life! Wedding photos from a dog’s perspective.

A flower girl looks at her spilled basket of flowers as the bride and groom

A flower girl looks at her spilled basket of flowers as the bride and groom’s dog races down the aisle at a wedding at the Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

 

If you’re a couple who want typical wedding photos, that’s just not me! But if you are curious about having dogs in weddings and some unique Planterra Conservatory wedding photos, this is the blog for you! If you’re wondering if Sarah and Ryan also received oodles (1,500+) of wedding photos that included details and all the things you might normally expect from a wedding photographer, don’t worry. All the typical, normal bases are covered, and you can scroll down to the bottom if you’d like to see some a few of my favorites.

 

The bride

The bride’s dog jumps up to wake up the flower girl before their Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

 

The bride hugs her dog before her Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride hugs her dog before her Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride and groom included their dog in their wedding party at the Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride and groom included their dog in their wedding party at the Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

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There were two very important elements (well, three, but one of them I’m not at liberty to discuss here) going on at this family fueled, gastro indulgent and visually luscious wedding. Wedding at Planterra Conservatory in Bloomfield Hills are always stunning, the staff are always enthusiastic and the food is to die for. Sarah and Ryan’s wedding went off without a hitch. Except for their youngest wedding party members.

Introducing Frankie, the 2 year old mutt and “Little Miss K” as I’ll call the 2 year old flower girl. They both had starring roles in Sarah and Ryan’s Planterra Conservatory wedding.

The bride and groom

The bride and groom’s dog waits on a couch before his grand entrance at the Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The flower girl is deep in thought before her grand entrance at the Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The flower girl is deep in thought before her grand entrance at the Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

I’ve had dogs play their role as “practice child” at weddings before. The dog is usually around for a short while and then are whisked off by a loving caretaker. Or the dog shows up for photos. On a leash. Well away from the bride’s white dress. This wedding venue also serves as a working greenhouse chalk full of plants which means the floors track a lot of dirt from the public and from watered plants. It’s clean ish. So a dog with full run of the conservatory that happily figured out the motion detectors on the automatic front doors also got to go in and out, usually escorted, but sometimes not. But Frankie didn’t jump on anyone, didn’t bark, didn’t pee (as far as I could tell) and didn’t mooch food (too much). He was a perfect gentleman. Until he ran out the propped open door during the ceremony. The bride’s brother quickly retrieved the dog and held him the rest of the ceremony.

A friend chases after the dog for his grand entrance at the Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

A friend chases after the dog for his grand entrance at the Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

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The bride’s brother holds onto the dog who escaped during a Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The other youngster was the flower girl. She too didn’t jump on anyone, or bark or pee. She did mooch food and she did take a tumble and bleed (no crying though!) and happily followed me around during all the speeches. She was a much easier target to focus on than the constantly on the move dog. She at least paused every once in a while!

The bride and groom

The bride and groom’s dog mooches during cocktail hour at a Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride and groom

The bride and groom’s flower girl mooches during cocktail hour at a Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

If you read my blogs, by now you’ll know that I rarely post the normal, expected photos you’d find on 99% of wedding blogs. I’m not showcasing the pretty place settings, the fabulous flower arrangements at Planterra or it’s spectacular setting. My wedding blog isn’t about trying to look like all the other photos out of a Michigan wedding bridal magazine.

The bride and groom

The bride and groom’s dog gets plenty of attention during the meal at a Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride and groom

The bride and groom’s flower girls gets plenty of attention during the meal at a Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

So enjoy the photos with my take of the day from the dog and flower girl’s point of view. Sorry to basically cut Sarah and Ryan out of this wedding photo blog, but I thought you all might enjoy seeing a Planterra wedding from their points of view. FYI, EVERYONE thought Planterra should have a dog at every wedding. He was a bit. Like having a tender touch stone or an on site therapy dog that brings all sort of people together.

The bride and groom

The bride and groom’s dog had full run on the joint, even on the dance floor during the meal at a Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

And here are a few of my favorite Planterra Conservatory wedding photos from the day that don’t have much to do with dogs at weddings!

The bride and groom

The bride and groom’s rings at a Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride up on the bar at a Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride up on the bar at a Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride and groom dance their first dance during their Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride and groom dance their first dance during their Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride and groom

The bride and groom’s guests share a smooch during a dance at a Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride and groom share a smooch at the end of the evening at their Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The bride and groom share a smooch at the end of the evening at their Planterra Conservatory wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Royal Park Hotel Michigan Same Sex Wedding

PHOTOS OF THE DAY SERIES ~

KEVIN + MICHAEL; Ceremony – the Conservatory at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan with reception in the Grand Ballroom at the back of the hotel.

Kevin makes an awesome face just as his partner slides his wedding ring on at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan.

Kevin makes an awesome face just as his partner slides his wedding ring on at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan.

Okay, so this first photo does need an explanation. This was NOT Kevin’s reaction to his longtime partner Michael putting a ring on it as Beyonce would sing. I’m not exactly sure what their friend and officiant said at the time, but I think Kevin’s responding to something SHE said, not what Michael is doing. But a picture’s worth a thousand words, right?! Michael was the first person to ever point out that while they were opting to get their wedding photos done ahead of the ceremony (we would be losing precious daylight early and frankly, Michigan winter weddings can be brutal after dark!), shouldn’t they have their rings on for their wedding photos?! Duh! I can’t believe nobody ever pointed that out or thought of it. I’ll have to add that into my consciousness after a couple does their first look.

Michael and Kevin patiently waited for over 13 years to get married and began planning their wedding shortly after same sex marriage became legal. While they wanted to have a destination wedding, they also realized they had a LOT of friends and family who had been so supportive for so long that they really wanted to celebrate with their extended community. Isn’t that why everyone opts for a big wedding? They just phrased it better than I could!

This other favorite photo of the day (and there were many…) took place as soon as we stepped out the back door of the Royal Park Hotel for photos. They spotted a relative in one of the windows waving to them. I also got to work with the fabulous Dan Nichols (from Michigan Wedding DJ) as DJ. He’s always amazing and keep things smoothly rolling along.

Congratulations, Love Birds! You deserve all the happiness in the world!

Same sex couple in Rochester, Michigan wave up to one other their family members during our shoot at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan.

Same sex couple in Rochester, Michigan wave up to one other their family members during our shoot at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan.

Lansing Michigan Winter Wedding

Photo Of The Day!
I had a LOT of fun photos from Stephanie and Scott’s Michigan State Lansing wedding last month, but since my blogging time is limited, I decided to start by just including a favorite image from each wedding, even if it DOESN’T include the bride and groom. So here was my favorite single image from their Lansing winter wedding. A child’s point of view waiting for slices of cake.

A young wedding guest waits in line for a slice of wedding cake in Lansing, Michigan.

A young wedding guest waits in line for a slice of wedding cake in Lansing, Michigan.

City Kitchen Wedding – Photo of the Day

Congratulations to John and Cherie on their winter wedding day at the City Kitchen in Grosse Pointe, Michigan! Their intimate ceremony took place at the restaurant with friends and family there to support them. Congratulations again!

Wedding couple waits for photographer on a cold winter wedding day at the City Kitchen in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Wedding couple waits in the restaurant’s alcove for photographer to set up on a cold winter wedding day at the City Kitchen in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.