Rachel & Andrew’s Cherry Creek Wedding in Shelby Township, Michigan





“Just a minute, folks… I’m not quite done yet!”


Sometimes, both the bride and the groom are pretty darn playful!



And sometimes the groom is just plain silly!




I really do hate to sound like I’m cutting and pasting my wedding blogs, but really…. what is up with this weather!!! Each and every Saturday is moody, broody and would give most couples the willies! With thunderstorms predicted and downright gruesome clouds moving in half an hour before the ceremony (I know… this all sounds hauntingly familiar!), neither Rachel nor Andrew gave the thunderclouds more than a cursory “gee… I hope it doesn’t rain” sort of off hand remark! Ten whopping raindrops later, it blew over, the sun came out for the entire ceremony and as soon as we started taking group shots, in rolled more gruesomeness (nothing like making a group hustle like an imminent downpour!). Again, those blew away and we were left with gorgeous, puffy and cool clouds for an awesome portrait! Andrew is SUCH a ham, so ridiculously silly (as were all of his groomsmen… go figure!), I’m sure all his high school students love him! Rachel was very glamorous and once she got into it… loved playing to the camera and the camera sure loved her right back! We moved into Cherry Creek’s banquet hall which is a beautiful venue in all seasons and easy to photograph to make it look as gorgeous as it is. My only beef (and lack, thereof!) with Cherry Creek is that they treat their vendors very, very shabbily. They insist couples buy us dinner and then give us what ever is left over (always seems to be chicken stuffed with the mushrooms  that I’m allergic to… and never the mushroom free beef!) and always serve us last (which is tough when your food arrives just as the bride and groom are ready to rock and roll!). The management acts like we’re totally in their way and putting them out. Most often halls know we’re all a team with the same goal… making the day 100% smooth and fabulous for our bride and groom! I suppose it really doesn’t matter how they treat us as long as the bride and groom are treated perfectly. Then it doesn’t matter. I just know when I pull up to Cherry Creek that I’ll be pulled six ways to Sunday by the staff and treated like a third class citizen.  I’m hoping all of this never, ever rubbed off on the bride and groom and I don’t think it did… they seemed to be having a GREAT time! If you’d like to see more photos from this wedding, check out my other blog at www.themichiganweddingphotographer.blogspot.com.

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Marci CurtisAugust 5, 2009 - 2:13 pm

And my groom responded….BTW….I read your blog and completely agree with you about the service of cherry creek. I have already made my disappointment known to the management and have vowed to NEVER spend another dime at that course. Brides and grooms want to feel special at their wedding, and as far as I am concerned, cherry creek missed the boat.

Watch Those Fake Eyelashes, Ladies!

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Can you top this????

One of my brides for next year sent me this and it’s hilarious! Anyone game? I think they’ve set the bar for grand entrances! Take a peek…… and enjoy!!!!

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SamuelSeptember 22, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Caroline and Reid are two of the most laid back, funny, and original people we know. They planned a simple and sweet wedding based on their favorite movie. Caroline is a designer and handmade a lot of their decor (check out that ring pillow)! She even walked down the aisle to the theme song from the movie. Aside from the awesome details and perfect weather, these two were clearly meant for one another. Thanks for showing us some serious love!

Photographer’s Lament….

Here’s a little heads up to all brides… when you’ve hired a photographer and want to meet up before the wedding to go over your plans, DON’T bring sample of other photographer’s work as examples of  ”styles and photos you’d like us to take”. I know you’re just trying to show us what you like and by all means, feel free to print out stuff from my site that you do and don’t like, but I’ve always been under the impression that you hired me because you like MY style and the photos I take! Every couple is unique, their surroundings are different and the timelines are individualized. So it seems a little odd when a bride who is having an outdoors country wedding shows me photos she loves that are taken indoors at a posh museum. If you see photos taken from the location you’re getting married or the reception hall, I’m okay taking a look at it for inspiration. I just get worried that brides are setting themselves up for disappointment when I can’t possibly recreate what they’ve shown me! So if you’ve already hired us, know that we’re going to do everything within our power to create our own wonderful, one of a kind images that are totally skewed to reflect YOU and your wedding party!

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Amanda & Brian’s Detroit Wedding













Amanda and Brian have to be just about the luckiest couple ever. They got married at the beautiful, old and non air-conditioned First Congregational Church in downtown Detroit and it was a nice and cool 68 degrees. We got some of our photos beforehand (with a huge wedding party, plenty of time and decent weather it was an opportunity I  just had to take). About half an hour before the ceremony these huge, ominous clouds started rolling in which would’ve ruined Amanda’s grand entrance, but the dreaded rain never materialized. What a bizarre streak of Saturdays with potentially horrible weather we’ve had. I think we’ve had one worry free Saturday this entire wedding season… weird! Anyway, the ceremony was super quick (they’d kept in mind that it certainly could have been 90 degrees in the church) and we finished up our photos pretty quickly. They had two cheeky little boys in the wedding party and decided to let them where nice polo shirts and shorts and sandals. They fit right in and were very comfy in their cool clothes. I think some of the groomsmen would’ve liked the option to wear the same! Their reception was at the Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights. Another wedding party arrived at the same time, so we think that’s why dinner took a whopping hour and a half to serve family style. The staff was really hustling and sweating, but I think the kitchen staff was overwhelmed with two huge weddings being served simultaneously. Needless to say, we got everything fit in before the videographer and I needed to leave. I just wish Amanda hadn’t had to worry about those details on her wedding day. She and Brian were so much fun and really enjoyed their day! I’m pretty sure their relaxed and fun natures come through loud and clear in the photos! For more photos from this wedding, check out www.themichiganweddingphotographer.blogspot.com


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