Indian Springs Metropark Wedding – Sarah and Evan!

At last! Sarah and Evan tied the knot at Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan last weekend. Instead of freaking out about a less than stellar weather forecast, we decided to celebrate it! Despite all the gloom and doom looking clouds, we only got 5 minutes of the lightest sprinkle way after the wedding. So once again, even though Indian Springs Metropark’s Environmental Discovery Center can certainly do an indoor wedding, we didn’t have to have one!

The bride and groom pose on the lake at sunset at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom pose on the lake at sunset at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

So this is a wedding I looked forward to all year. I knew Sarah and Evan were looking forward to their wedding day, I’d met the parents, I’d photographed them with their dogs and other than a spectacularly awful forecast (typical Michigan), I knew the day would be awesome.

By now hopefully you know I like to do themed blogs. I don’t do them often during wedding season, but I wanted to showcase this one because I wanted everyone in the world to see THIS bride enjoying the heck out of her day. I always tell clients that the whole point of having a wedding is to HAVE FUN! If you’re not having a fun wedding day, why do it? Well, look at Sarah throughout her wedding day. If this chick isn’t having the time of her life then call me crazy! Sure, Evan had a ball in his super chill, super stylish way, but Sarah? This woman was freaking adorable! Honestly, I’m beginning to think the good folks and Indian Springs Metropark put something in the couple’s water during rehearsals because couples have a ball on their wedding days at this wedding venue!!

The bride greets her sister in law before her wedding at Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride greets her sister in law before her wedding at Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride walking on the boardwalk before her wedding at Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride walking on the boardwalk before her wedding at Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The amazing flowers created by the matron of honor's brother made the reception at at Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan look amazing. Here he is with his sister's headpiece!

The amazing flowers created by the matron of honor’s brother made the reception at at Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan look amazing. Here he is with his sister’s headpiece!

This says it all about the bride at her Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan look amazing.

This says it all about the bride at her Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan look amazing.

The groom before his Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The groom before his Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride waving to her family at her Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan look amazing.

The bride waving to her family at her Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan look amazing.

The wind was a big issue before this Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan playing havoc with the bride's veil.

The wind was a big issue before this Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan playing havoc with the bride’s veil.

Normally I wouldn’t show an image like this as it’s clearly an outtake. But I loved that it illustrated so well what happens on outdoor wedding days when the wind starts to blow. Usually somebody in the wedding party will have long hair and if there’s wind, this is what happens! Never fear… with a wedding party of two, it was an easy and fun fix!

The wind was a big issue before this Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan playing havoc with the bride's veil and the matron of honor's hair.

The wind was a big issue before this Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan playing havoc with the bride’s veil and the matron of honor’s hair.

The wind was a big issue before this Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan playing havoc with the bride's veil and the matron of honor's hair.

The wind was a big issue before this Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan playing havoc with the bride’s veil and the matron of honor’s hair.

Two little girls size each other up before the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

Two little girls size each other up before the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and her father walk down the path to the ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and her father walk down the path to the ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and her father walk down the path to the ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan as the bride spots her matron of honor crying at the end of the "aisle".

The bride and her father walk down the path to the ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan as the bride spots her matron of honor crying at the end of the “aisle”.

Here’s another instance of a LOT of photos from a three second moment. But this is what I do. You get all of Sarah’s myriad of emotions, all her happiness, all the “pulled six ways to Sunday” that do indeed happen during a wedding day. Walking down the aisle is a really overwhelming, bizarrely intimate yet laid bare moment. It’s got a pretty complex host of emotions running through your head in quick succession. So here it is!

The bride and her father walk down the path to the ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan as the matron of honor starts to cry.

The bride and her father walk down the path to the ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan as the matron of honor starts to cry.

The bride and her father walk down the path to the ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and her father walk down the path to the ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and her father walk down the path to the ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan as the bride spots someone to say "hi" to

The bride and her father walk down the path to the ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan as the bride spots someone to say “hi” to.

The bride greets her guests during the wedding ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride greets her guests during the wedding ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride greets her guests exiting the wedding ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride greets her guests exiting the wedding ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom greet their guests after wedding ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom greet their guests after wedding ceremony site at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride gets a kiss from her sister after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride gets a kiss from her sister after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom kiss after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom kiss after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom stroll after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom stroll after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

In this next section, you might think I have a TON of portraits of the bride and groom. All of these were taken in about 20 minutes. We had to move fast because the weather was starting to deteriorate AND when the DJ told me couples NEVER make it into their reception for their cocktail hour (“like 3 or 4 times in 38 years” he said), I took that as a challenge. I ALWAYS try to get my clients into their party asap. Don’t they want to have fun? Don’t they want to chat with their guests? Of course they do. Everyone’s already seen them, so the whole “announce them in” thing seems a bit redundant in my opinion. So they got to come into their party early and play with their friends and family.

The bride and groom pose in the stormy looking weather after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom pose in the stormy looking weather after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom wave to their guests in the stormy looking weather after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom wave to their guests in the stormy looking weather after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom pose in the stormy looking weather after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom pose in the stormy looking weather after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom hang out in the Environmental Discovery Center after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom hang out in the Environmental Discovery Center after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom hang out in the Environmental Discovery Center after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom hang out in the Environmental Discovery Center after the wedding ceremony at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom's cake topper honoring their canine kids at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom’s cake topper honoring their canine kids at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The toasts with the wedding party at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

The toasts with the wedding party at the Indian Springs Metropark wedding in White Lake, Michigan.

So this next series of photos will make all the wedding photojournalist lovers out there smile. This is what I do. I watch, I wait and I stalk. When the bride’s friend decided to motorboat the bride (who does that???), it got a perfect reaction from her girlfriends. Then the high five topped off this hilarious, silly and spontaneous moment. This is why if you want great candid moments for your wedding, hire a photojournalist!

The bride gets motor boated by a friend after her wedding at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride gets motor boated by a friend after her wedding at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride share a laugh after her wedding at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride share a laugh after her wedding at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride high fives her friend after her wedding at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride high fives her friend after her wedding at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom share a laugh while posing at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom share a laugh while posing at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom share a laugh while posing at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom share a laugh while posing at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom take a photographer's suggestion to hike around the lake at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom take a photographer’s suggestion to hike around the lake at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom share a first dance at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom share a first dance at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and her father share a first dance at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and her father share a first dance at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The groom and his mother share a first dance at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The groom and his mother share a first dance at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom dance at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The bride and groom dance at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The brides dances with her friends and family at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

The brides dances with her friends and family at the Environmental Discover Center at the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan.

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