St. Johns Inn – Katie & John Wedding Photo Gallery


Ah… my last installment of the McBride family (insert sniffs and sighs)! I’ve had SO much fun with this family and if you care to look back to last July to see Shannon & Jesse’s wedding and this past April to Katie & Mike’s wedding you’ll see I’ve been so blessed to spend a lot of time with this incredible family! Katie got ready at her house, then we headed over to see what John and the boys were up to at St. Johns. The ceremony was in St. John’s chapel and their reception was in the Atrium at St. Johns Inn as well. Because this family is huge and fun and slightly crazy, their extended family decided to create their own family dance to “Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night” (is that the real name? I’m not sure!) and filled the entire dance floor with young and old who danced to a fabulously choreographed dance. So cool, so fun and as always with the family… so unique. Love the love they all provide… it’s contagious! Kurt from Mike Staff Productions DJd and everybody and I mean EVERYBODY had a blast! To see more wedding photos from this St. Johns Inn wedding, please check out my other site at

Destination Chicago… Lindsay and Mike’s Wedding Photo Slideshow


The wedding for Lindsay & Mike in Chicago was one I’d looked forward to all year. If you look in my banner of jumping bridal party, you’ll find Lindsay in there. She knew as soon as she got engaged that I was going to be her wedding photographer, even if that meant having me come out to Chicago as a destination wedding photographer! Despite sweltering heat, a massive thunderstorm that flooded much of downtown Chicago, the skies cleared up, and we stayed in the shade as much as possible so the 98 degree heat didn’t bother us too much and we were able to shoot some amazing photos from their hotel’s patio including getting some of the set from Transformers 3 (you can see more of this at my other blog, headed into the beautiful, very dark and impossible hot Holy Family Parish Church in Chicago which I was able to light enough so the photos would look like what your eyes see… something that was a great challenge and I was happy with the results! We then headed next door to St. Ignatius where Mike had gone to school for the elegant wedding reception. Good times had by all490

Catherine & Eric’s Grosse Pointe Wedding Photos

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you might notice that a couple of the photos from the Lochmoor Country club in Grosse Pointe Michigan look very familiar. I try very hard not to repeat myself, but one of my favorite photos from one of my favorite couples last year was way too irresistible to pass up during this shoot. If you look back to last June, look for a very familiar bride to see if you can spot which bride is Catherine’s cousin! July this year was a wonderful and unique month for me. I had five couples in a row where I knew them as some of their guests because they were related to or had been in a wedding party I’d shot in the past year or two. There is something so fun and magical going into the day and seeing happy, familiar faces around you. If you’re on your toes and do follow my blog, you may be able to spot the brides from previous weddings. Hint for Catherine’s cousin… while she didn’t get married at the Our Lady of the Sea Catholic church in Grosse Pointe, she did go to a park in Grosse Pointe for photos and we did take full advantage of the grounds of the Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe. As you can see, we had wild weather, very dramatic skies and a 15 minute downpour where we all stood under a gazebo singing first rain songs, then sunshine songs.

If you’re wondering about the last photo, Catherine’s dad reacts as his next oldest daughter catches the bouquet. Nothing like finishing one wedding and having your  next oldest daughter catch the bouquet. The Vaughns are a fairly large family, so they may be at this a while!!!