Dearborn Inn Wedding Photography – Dawn & Reza

Okay, so after going on and on about the fantastic weather Pam and Dan got last weekend, somehow Dawn & Reza managed to top that and in the middle of November, none the less! The florist arrived and was lamenting the fact it was too bad they couldn’t move their Dearborn Inn wedding outdoors to the gazebo. I pointed out that the wedding wasn’t until 6:00 and it would be pitch black by then, so even though it was a balmy 70 degrees, I didn’t think anyone would enjoy the wedding as much! This was a fun wedding for me. I’d met Dawn at a wedding she stood up in a few months back. It’s always a treat to work with someone who know what to expect from me and knows they’re in safe hands. There’s a mutual respect right off the bat. Our only hitch was that I wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous day and wanted to take some photos of Dawn and the girls outside before it got too dark. We would have been fine light wise except getting make up on took about 45 minutes. This is pretty typical, it’s just that neither of us had put that into the schedule! So with light fading very fast and Dawn starting her internal countdown, we headed outside for some very quick photos. Dawn could’ve knocked me over with a feather when she asked if she and the girls could do a jumping shot! And so we did… pregnant bridesmaid and all! I headed off to find the too long ignored groom, Reza (his brother was sleeping in the room Reza was supposed to get ready in, so we decided to let the very jet lagged best man get some z’s instead of intruding for photos). By the time I got back to the bridal suite, it was time to walk down the aisle. A last minute panic had everybody rushing out the door. It wasn’t until after the ceremony started that I wondered why on earth both sides of the wedding party were so darn chatty DURING the ceremony. Lots of whispering, gesturing, giggles. Had no clue what was going on. Then I see the very last groomsman passing something down the line of groomsmen towards the best man… each of them smiling very broadly. Once the ring exchange started, I saw Dawn’s shoulders heaving. Her veil obstructed a good view of her face. I thought she was sobbing. Nope, turns out she was laughing uncontrollably! Seems their rings had been left back at the suite. The officiant pulled off her ring and the furthest groomsman had donated his ring to Reza for the ceremony. The officiant’s ring didn’t fit Dawn at all. It was funny that everybody who was standing up knew what was going on, but none of us watching could figure out just what exactly was wrong! The reception went really smoothly. Skye ran the photobooth with the full backdrop and props. Everybody had a great time. If you’d like to see more photos from Dawn & Reza’s Dearborn Inn wedding and reception, please check out my other blog at

Grosse Pointe Wedding photography – Pam and Dave

Pam and Dan must be the luckiest people on the face of the earth. 67 degrees in early November? Are you kidding?! Talk about well connected! I skated in 30 minutes ahead of the ceremony (1 and 2 o’clock ceremonies often face a wee bit of a time crunch for my 8 hours of coverage) in Grosse Pointe at the Star of the Sea church (always makes me think they mean tuna fish… sheesh, advertising!). This is the first time I’d worked with Kate McClellan from Purple Clover ( who coordinated the event. She’s great, very easy to work with and has the signature of a truly good planner… I never noticed she was there! We were lucky enough to be able to spend as much time as we wanted outdoors (until the sun went down!) before heading into the Grosse Pointe War Memorial for the reception. We’d been able to take wedding photos at a Grosse Pointe park, then on the Grosse Point War Memorial’s beautiful grounds as well. I had the rare opportunity to get all of my editing done and the slideshow up and running before the guests started arriving. I’m so used to being the last person to get there, this was a real treat! DJing was Sara Gharacheh from Platinum Mix (, who always seems to know the latest crowd pleasers and is, as always, so easy to work with. Here’s a quick heads up for any couple actually reading the blog…. I’ve noticed this year couples have started to combine their dances. Probably it stems from them not wanting to be the center of attention for so long, or feeling they’re interrupting their guests attention for too long or something along those lines. Here’s a word of advice; the only song you should consider doubling up on is the mother/son and father/daughter dance. You may not realize this, but sometimes the dances are tricky for photographers. You’re moving, the lighting is dim and nobody’s been out there yet, so I’m dinking with the lighting to see where shadows fall, etc, the entire time you’re dancing. I’m also waiting for you to rotate (which some couples don’t do!), or eventually if I’m not getting the angle I like, I’ll have to scoot into a new position. If you share your first dance with your bridal party (which is what Pam and Dan chose to do, unbeknownst to me), I got about a whopping 60 seconds to get their photos done. Unless you choose an extremely long song, somebody’s going to get cheated big time and I really don’t want to do that! So if you do opt to double up on some of the songs, pick nice and long ones to ensure I can cover all my bases! If you’d like to see some more fun photos from Dan & Pam’s Grosse Pointe wedding (including some really fun windy veil shots!), please check out my other blog at

Adrian College Wedding Photography – Sam & Dave

I’d had a lot of contact with Samantha (or Sam as she’s known to just about everyone) before the wedding, yet we’d never actually met! I got there early since it was in Adrian and since I’ve been paranoid about all those orange cones all over the state of Michigan, I gave myself plenty of cushion time. Sam is hilarious. Anything and everything the comes into her mind shows up on her face, so watching her navigate the treacherous waters known as getting into your wedding gown were pretty funny. They also had a ham of a flower girl who seemed quite convinced the day was really about her! Dave was pretty laid back, go with the flow kind of guy. I was pleased I could light the gigantic Adrian College Chapel with my lights bounced off the ceiling. It was a dark day with threatening weather with dark approaching quickly and I was able to make the church look just like what your eye was seeing so you wouldn’t miss any of the details. The reception was just down the square at what is probably usually called Adrian College’s student union, but had a fancy, shmancy name instead. Nice DJ, good food, loved the individual cakes at each table and everybody who wanted to got to dance. Sam wanted a sparkler send off, so they left while there were still guests and that effectively ended the celebration. If you’d like to see more fun images from Sam and Dave’s Adrian College wedding, please go to my other blog at

Ferndale Michigan Wedding Photos – Sarah & Jeff

Great, fun couple. Full of lots of artistic energy and they made just about all of their own details. Jeff is an artist and had lots of ideas to personalize their entire wedding day. They pretty much kept the traditions they liked, chucked out a bunch and made some new ones up (like break dancing at the wedding reception!). This is the kind of couple that everybody who comes in contact with them feels like they’re one of their close friends after about two minutes! I loved the wooden squirrel cake toppers he made along with fantastic save the date cards (which I posted a few months back) and invitations. Everything about this wedding was theirs alone and I got to cover the wedding along with about a dozen other photographers which made for a very familiar feeling for me. It was just like the good old days of covering presidential candidates for the Associated Press back in New Hampshire. The more the merrier, I always say! Thanks for a great day! If you’d like to see more of my favorite images, please check out my other blog at

LadiSeptember 21, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Karen Cody – We are interested in gtteing a wedding estimate for a date in October 2013 and what exactly the cost of the site and wedding reception will include (i.e., cake, dinner, open bar, linens, table, appetizers, etc.)Thanks, karen

Bridget & Brian’s White House Chapel & Andiamo’s Wedding

Both Bridget and Brian share an affinity for details. I’ve never seen so many useful ziplock baggies with ALL the essentials in it! The White House Wedding Chapel runs a tight ship… you can’t come in a second before you’re supposed to and you start getting the “you need to leave now” about 5 minutes before you need to. That’s fine… they’ve got a very tight schedule to maintain, just don’t tell all your couples, “we’re doing this for you because we like you so much”. Doing what? Letting us in when the contract says we can be there? Pah-lease! No fake nicities please. Oh, and fix your entire wall of outlets that don’t work. You’re only two years old and to not be able to plug in supplemental lighting really makes it tough to light the place. Okay, enough moaning. Brian and Bridget were great, the wedding went off without a hitch. We were able to get into Bridget’s super secret work place and have a guided armed escort watch us while we took photos underneath the sign where Bridget and Brian met. I can’t post any of those photos cause apparently I was privy to a LOT of really cool secret stuff. Personally, I did notice Canadian geese AND some orange construction cones, and since we have lots of those here in Troy, I’m feeling pretty special! Okay, so the reception was at Sterling Heights Andiamo’s. Great food, fun crowd. Grandpa paid me a wonderful compliment, slipped me a $20 tip and proceeded to make me his photo slave the rest of the night! Thank God he was just about as cute as the Dickens! Now here’s where things got a bit Dicey. My very own “Best Sports Award” of the year goes unquestionably to Bridget. Brian’s Swiss German boss decided to integrate his favorite Swiss German tradition into the wedding. Now I’ve seen this twice before (oddly both this year!) at German weddings and since I lived in the French part of Switzerland, I can assure you they DON’T do this there! Brian pretty much had to go along with all of this since his very cheerful boss has obviously planned this out well in advance. The only hitch is that the log his boss brought along was about four times the diameter I’ve ever seen before. This was a tree, not a log. Bridget, bless her heart, went along with it forever with a big smile on her face. Both the boss, the groomsmen AND the groom were sweating buckets trying to saw this tree. It symbolized that sometimes couples have to work together in order to reap the rewards of marriage. Yeah, but not for a very stenuous 20 minutes! Bridget kept smiling until she gave one short “oh brother” look. What sports they were! Made the rest of the night go by easy peasy! Kudos for NOT losing it, Bridget and Brian! If you’d like to see more photos from this wedding, check out my other blog at

LyndaJanuary 26, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Which came first, the problem or the solution? Luckily it doesn’t matter.

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Ursula KatznerAugust 28, 2013 - 11:24 am

Great wedding photos! Love the White Chapel for weddings.

Lavern SantoliSeptember 11, 2013 - 12:12 am

We had our wedding at the White House Chapel. I loved my wedding, but the people who run the place rushed us and didn’t seem to care about us at all… just a business to them. Our photos weren’t nearly as nice as these… wish we’d had you as our photographer instead.

Marcelle ArnoSeptember 18, 2013 - 10:41 am

I simply want to say I really loved this blog. I had my wedding reception at Andiamo’s and am happy to see other wedding photos from there.

Sam FooSeptember 30, 2013 - 11:47 pm

Do they still host weddings at the White house chapel place?

Carmina NowleyNovember 23, 2013 - 2:27 pm

This is great to know! Andiamo’s is my favorite restaurant. I had no idea they did wedding receptions too!

Matthew C. KrinerNovember 29, 2013 - 12:07 pm

This is fantastic wedding photography