Can you find the cool optical illusion in the photo taken on the Henry Ford Museum steps… are they walking up or down? How Escher is this?
I was welcomed at the Dearborn Hotel door with a hug and oohs and aahs from Rebecca’s wedding party admiring my dress. There is something magical about seeing a group of women all plopped around the hotel room, eating, chatting, fixing and fussing… all while the groom is sitting in wait next door. This wedding was very deja vu for me. The couple the previous weekend had very similar names (Rebecca and Marty), they were getting ready in rooms I’d shot at a month ago and they’d wanted to get married at a location I ended up shooting at over Thanksgiving weekend. So I love how while lots of similarities were there, all the dynamics were different from all the weddings I mentioned. The only similarity is that we once again went outdoors for our group shots and formals. We’re talking about the middle of December in Michigan. Taking winter wedding photos when it’s officially cold is not exactly a picnic. I always try to play it by what the bride wants/can stand! Once Rebecca called uncle, we went in, warmed up and stepped back out for a few shots. We had plenty of time to not only get wedding photos at the Dearborn Inn and use all their quaint, cottage backgrounds, but then had lots of time to head to the Henry Ford Museum for wedding photos before the ceremony began. This is definitely a case where having Rebecca and Mark see each other before hand meant they shared their special moment (with me, of course!) and we were able to take full advantage of their being able to see each other before hand. Did that diminish the emotion of the wedding? Not at all! In fact, this one was a three hanky affair! The ceremony took place in a location they hadn’t quite agreed to…. in front of the Lego castle exhibit. I tried to minimize it as much as possible since Mark thought he should have only have to have giant Lego signs in his wedding photos if Lego duly compensated him! My extra portable light came in handy once again. It’s absolutely essential when shooting large, pretty, poorly lit venues. It was needed for Detroit Institute of Art wedding photos a couple of weeks ago and it was needed again at the Henry Ford Museum as the natural light faded to darkness. By the way, Henry Ford Museum weddings have the best food hands down of any venue I’ve ever worked at. I’ve only shot here a few times, and while I always eat well (gone are the days of rubber chicken and over boiled corn), this place that ostensibly served corn dogs by day, serves the best banquet food by night. Every single guest mentioned the food and stuffed themselves silly as a consequence. So thanks for the extra pounds I gained a few days before x-mas, Rebecca and Mark! If you’d like to see more wedding photos from Mark and Rebecca’s Henry Ford Museum wedding photo album, please check out my other blog at www.themichiganweddingphotographer.blogspot.com.