The Village Club Wedding in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

The Village Club Wedding Photos

A little girl bursts with anticipation waiting for the bride and groom to start their first dance during the wedding reception at the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The Village Club Wedding Photos

The bride and groom pose after their wedding at the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The Village Club Wedding Photos

The google eyed wedding party rush the bride before her wedding ceremony at the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The Village Club Wedding Photos

One of the ring bearers swings on the banister after a wedding at the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The Village Club Wedding Photos

A little baby sits and enjoys herself during the wedding reception at the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The Village Club Wedding Photos

The groom helps the bride adjust her veil after their wedding at the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The Village Club Wedding Photos

The wedding party kids “play” with their dad during the wedding reception at the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The Village Club Wedding Photos

The groom gets a kiss from one of his groomsmen late into the wedding reception at the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Sarah & Tim got hitched on one of those pesky Michigan days where it just can’t seem to make up its mind… to rain or not to rain… that was the question. So they decided with 24 hours to go to move their outdoor wedding inside the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. While it did end up looking threatening, it never actually rained, so we did get all out photos done outside in the lovely overcast skies. This is one of those rare wedding locations in Michigan where the outdoors wedding space is lovely and the back up indoor wedding space is a great option as well.

One of the many things I like about the Village Club is that there is plenty of room for the wedding guests to spread out so everyone’s not bumping into each other. They also (unlike many, many other mainly outdoors Oakland County wedding venues) able to move the ceremony into a space that was quite grand, bright and lent itself to having a long aisle for Sarah to walk down.  The downstairs area was able to seat everyone comfortably and still have enough space on the dance floor to fit a full size band, Chateau (who are one of my favorites… hadn’t seen them in a few years and happy to know they’re as fabulous as always).

Okay, so Sarah and Tim were super relaxed and happy to have their wedding day focus on kids. Lots of nieces and nephews. Sarah was quite specific that I take lots of photos of all the little kids at their wedding. So while they and their awesomely playful wedding party were a lot of fun to shoot and always up for anything, today’s gallery is mainly about the kids. They were so cute, so silly and as always… wildly unpredictable. Later in the night as the kids started to wind down, the big kids (the bridal party) started to wind up. So kids being kids was the name of the game for this fun wedding at the Village Club.

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AsepSeptember 22, 2013 - 11:15 am

Lynn Wright – Val,These pictures are soooo betauiful!!! You are the prettiest bride I have seen since your mom! You look so elegant! I wish you and Cal all the happiness and love a couple could have.You make a Beautiful couple!!Love, Grandma Lyn

The Importance of Wedding Photography

 

I love what I do. I always have, I probably always will. You are witnessing love, intimacy and something so special it often makes me weep. I get caught up in the moment, in that teeny little time when it seems to the couple that everyone else has fallen away and that they’re the only two people on all of God’s green earth. The warp speed of a wedding day comes to a screeching halt and they share that moment together.

At least they had that. We all know they had that. I knew none of the circumstances of my Mt. Pleasant, Michigan wedding at Bucks Run Golf Course. I often don’t. I met the bride, hung out with her for a while capturing her getting ready for the wedding ceremony. No groom. Not yet. What I soon learned was that the groom - Brad - and Katie had decided to do what few couples have to decide to do. They wanted to make it official, to let the world know they were in love and devoted, ’til death do us part.

This wedding had every giddy, silly, spontaneous and teary-eyed moment most of the weddings I’m lucky enough to cover have. Love was in the air and all that. A GREAT time had by all. You never would have known but for a few, brief times when the groom needed a small break. This was one of the most intimate, fun and goofy weddings I’ve ever photographed. I’ve NEVER before been shot with a Nerf gun (by the bride’s mother, none the less) as I left at the end of the night. So much fun, so much love.

I’ve just learned, belatedly, that Brad lost his fight with Cystic Fibrosis while waiting on the transplant list for a set of suitable lungs that never materialized. Katie’s missing a huge chunk of her heart. But the couple lived, of that I’m sure. They took advantage of every possibility that came along, that I know. They didn’t take the easy way out and they embraced hope.

My heart and prayers are with Katie and their families as they try to find their new sense of what normal feels like without Brad. I feel incredibly lucky that I got to witness and document this wonderfully happy, loving day for them.

This is why I do what I do.

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YusukeSeptember 22, 2013 - 8:34 am

Man, that looks like a job! I sure wouldn’t want to do that several times a day. Love your new site by the way, and it’s great to be able to leave a comment.

Grosse Ile Wedding in Michigan

Mark & Danielle’s Grosse Ile Michigan wedding!

Ceremony: Sacred Heart Parish in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

Wedding Reception: The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.

 

Wedding photography of a Michigan bride and groom sharing their first dance in Dearborn, Michigan at their wedding reception at The Henry.

Dearborn Michigan wedding photography of a wedding reception at the Henry in Dearborn including photography of the bride and groom’s first dance and showing off examples of up lighting in a wedding ballroom at The Henry.

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Grosse Ile, Michigan wedding photos of the bride and groom as he waves to a passing boat.

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Grosse Ile, Michigan wedding photos of the bride along the river.

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Grosse Ile, Michigan wedding photos of the groom and his brothers.

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Wedding photography of a Michigan bride and groom in Dearborn, Michigan at their wedding reception at The Henry.

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Wedding photography of a Michigan bride and groom in Dearborn, Michigan.

Dearborn Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding reception in Dearborn Michigan at a local park with a fountain.

Wedding photography of a Michigan bride and groom in Dearborn, Michigan at a local park.

Dearborn Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding reception in Dearborn Michigan at a local park.

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Dearborn Michigan wedding photography of a wedding reception at the Henry in Dearborn including photography of up lighting in action at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.

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Dearborn Michigan wedding photography of a wedding reception at the Henry in Dearborn including photos of the groom dancing with his mother.

Wedding photography of a Michigan bride and groom

Dearborn Michigan wedding photography of a wedding reception at the Henry in Dearborn including photos of the anniversary dance where grandparents raised their hand to show they’d won the dance.

Wedding photography of a Michigan bride and groom

Dearborn Michigan wedding photography of a wedding reception at the Henry in Dearborn including photos of the up lighting that can make a big difference in a wedding reception.

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Wedding photography of a Michigan bride and groom taking off the garter in Dearborn, Michigan at their wedding reception at The Henry.

Dearborn Michigan wedding photography of a wedding reception at the Henry in Dearborn including photos of the groom taking off the bride’s garter.

    For a day that threatened to storm the entire day, we didn’t end up getting even a drop of rain. I’d shot wedding photography at the Sacred Heart Parish in Grosse Ile, Michigan before and I was happy to have the opportunity to light the place properly so it could look in photos just like it does to the eye. Many of these beautiful churches are quite dark and I was pleased the priest let me provide all the supplimental lighting I needed to shoot the wedding properly.

After the wedding we headed to the waterfront for photos in sunshine before the storm hit. Again, all my extra portable lighting really made these wedding photos pop and show off the fun between the bride and groom and the wind blowing in.

Next we headed to Dearborn, Michigan for a little more fun with the wedding party. Most of these photos feature Mark and Danielle seeing as I was able to get some interesting, unique and fun wedding photos of them in a park like setting in Dearborn. Danielle did a great job of scouting out locations to shoot her wedding photos in.

Lastly, we headed to The Henry, an upscale hotel in Dearborn that features a gallery where the wedding couple held their cocktail hour and headed into a nearby ballroom for their wedding reception. Up lighting can be difficult to photograph during wedding receptions, but they used enough of them that it really did fill in the gaps and the room was kept light enough that I could balance these lights perfectly. There are a lot of wedding photos featuring the up lighting at The Henry for their wedding reception. I wanted to provide enough samples to show what it can look like if it’s done properly with enough of the lights for the right amount of space. Often they just don’t show up much (if they’re spaced too far apart), or the hall turns down the overhead so much that I can’t take photos that look so nicely balanced with natural skin tones. I’m very happy with the fun results and think it shows off Danielle and Mark’s fun wedding day.

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Addison Oaks Wedding Photography

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

When the bridesmaids got sick of their shoes I told them to take them off and throw them away. And they did! Love this fun, spontaneous interpretation of what I’d said during an outdoors wedding at Addison Oaks in Leonard, Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The bride and groom sneak a kiss before their outdoors wedding ceremony at the fabulous Addison Oaks Park in Leonard, Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The bride and groom pose in threatening weather before their outdoors wedding at Addison Oaks Conference Center in Leonard, Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

An Addison Oaks bride posing in threatening weather before her outdoors wedding at Addison Oaks Conference Center in Leonard, Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The bride and groom pose on a bridge before their outdoors wedding ceremony at Addison Oaks in Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

An Addison Oaks bride posing before her outdoors wedding at Addison Oaks Conference Center in Leonard, Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The bride’s bouquet at Addison Oaks, Michigan had a baby bonnet added to the stems and pieces of her grandmother’s dress added into the flowers to give it a more personal touch all the while keeping with the color themes.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The bouquet had lots of family heirlooms woven into it for their outdoors, Addison Oaks wedding ceremony in Leonard, Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

I always ask the wedding party what best defines them as a group. This group opted for “dinosaurs”! I’ve never seen that before!

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The groomsmen just couldn’t move away from what they wanted to do with the groom which was to dump him in the lake at Addison Oaks before his Leonard, Michigan wedding!

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The bride, groom and their most decidedly NOT serious group of siblings pose for a fun, silly wedding photos at Addison Oaks in Leonard, Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The bride giggles during a wedding photo taken at Addison Oaks in Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

Antique rings on display at Addison Oaks in Leonard, Michigan for an outdoors wedding ceremony.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

Antique rings on display at Addison Oaks in Leonard, Michigan for an outdoors wedding ceremony.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The bride looks out the window waiting for her Addison Oaks wedding ceremony to begin. They have a great window to sneaky peek at wedding guests.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The bride and groom exchange vows in front of a curtain of flowers at Addison Oaks in an outdoors wedding ceremony in Leonard, Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

The changing of the moms! The groom watches as his mom and step mom exchange hugs and places on the dance floor during the mother/son dance at Addison Oaks in Leonard, Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

Enjoying the full moon for a quick dip (despite a pulled hamstring!) and an after dark wedding photography session at Addison Oaks in Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

Enjoying the full moon for a quick wedding photography session at Addison Oaks in Michigan.

Addison Oaks Wedding Photos in Leonard, Michigan

Dancing at the reception at Addison Oaks in Michigan.

Katie & Ross’s Sneak Peak ~ Here are just a few of my very favorites from their wedding day this past Friday (yeah, two days ago!) at Addison Oaks in Leonard, Michigan. I always love shooting here and for some reason even though every time I photograph an outdoors wedding at Addison Oaks, the weather is always threatening and it always is able to proceed outdoors as planned! My favorite part? It never seems to bother the bride! This county park offers an old Tudor style home (which Katie and Ross loved and wanted to feature a lot in their photos), excellent and experienced staff as well as a banquet style meal that closely resembles what I picture might greet you when you get to the pearly gates! This is one of my favorite wedding locations in all of Michigan. Maybe it draws the kinds of couples I like to shoot (fun loving, go with the flow, deeply in love and highly individualized) or maybe it just lends itself to being a fabulous wedding location no matter the time of year. I’m not sure of the exact reason I love shooting weddings at Addison Oaks, but I’d be very happy to be there every week!

Katie and Ross travelled back to Michigan for their wedding. I loved their calm, fun loving way they enter life and their day. They used a corral and sea theme in their wedding (a nod to her Hawaiian heritage), but the real theme was just to enjoy their fun wedding day! They mentioned right away they didn’t have any nice photos of the two of them together since they both like to goof around. So I made sure we’ve got lots and lots and lots of photos of the two of them together, being together and having fun together. The other aspect I really wanted to emphasize was their very tight knit blended family. It’s always wonderful to see such loving and supportive families come together to thoroughly celebrate their kids. One of my favorite shots of the day was Ross’s mom and “step” mom hugging as they traded spots during the mother/son dance. So sweet. Enjoy their day with them!

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Dan NicholsAugust 7, 2013 - 2:48 pm

Marci, I’d swore you stole my thoughts with your copy. You are right on – their food is amazing and the place has a magical vibe. AND yes – I get out there about 6-7 times a year and even though rain may threaten it seems to hold off. I think it’s bizarre. Anyway, we have in common our industry, out Alma Mater and our love for Addison Oaks here in Michigan.

AnonymousOctober 10, 2013 - 11:40 am

This looks like a gorgeous place for a wedding.

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding, Shelby Twp Wedding Sneak Peek!

 

 

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

The bride and groom had a wonderfully choreographed dance for their first dance so with the last light of the stormy day at Cherry Creek Golf Club I had them dance just a little bit longer as the summer Michigan sun went down.

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

The groom and groomsmen decided to surprise the wedding photographer by dressing/undressing like Chipendale dancers once they knew I was coming to shoot them getting ready at the Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby TWP, Michigan.

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

The bride is radiant before the wedding at the Cherry Creek Golf Club.

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

The groomsmen asked if they could “act like zombies”. I think they nailed it considered they didn’t have the proper make-up!

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

The wedding party squeeze in for a tight shot in front of the conservatory at Cherry Creek Golf Club’s wedding spot.

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

“I Do Brew”! Sheri and Joe created their own beer and labels for their very own home brewed beer. One of the guests at my table mistook the font to say “I No Brew”. While turning a fun hobby and personal interest into a creative and yummy guest favor, I really don’t think Joe and Sheri would have done this if their motto was “I No Brew”!

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

The best man completely loses it during the wedding. Was it the rain? The fireworks that sounded like gunshots that went off during the ceremony (Cherry Creek Golf Club was letting golfers know it was raining by sounding the artillery) or perhaps the dozens of geese that took off and were heading straight for the guests? Don’t know! But I love this photo!

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

The bride starts to tear up as she heads down the aisle at her Cherry Creek Golf Club wedding in Shelby Township, Michigan.

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

Joe has a really large extended family and in order to get them all in a photo, I used the tall ladder he’d brought so his whole family could say “hi”.

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

I love this mother and son first dance photo. The groom is an only child and their closeness and the sentimentality of the day just shines through this photo taken at Cherry Creek Golf Club.

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

Last shot of the night (almost… that’s the flower girl one coming up!). The wedding party rushed the bride and groom for one last big group hug before it got dark.

Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Photography

The flower girl throws pedals in her sweet effort to clean up the pedals at the end of the night from the outdoors ceremony at the Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Twp, Michigan.

Each wedding takes on a life of it’s own. Some weddings are about what happens, so weddings are about the weather, some are about the power of love! Sheri and Joe’s wedding was about fun! Sure, it could have been about the outdoor wedding that turned from a light drizzle to a steady shower during the ceremony or about the fireworks during the ceremony that sent a gaggle of geese flying straight at the ceremony. But this was all handles with humor, laughter and grace. It simply added to the light heartedness that Sheri and Joe surround themselves with. Their wedding and reception were held at the Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Twp, Michigan. I loved this group!

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