University of Michigan Union Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography for Ceremony: National Shrine of the Little Flower Roman Catholic Church, Royal Oak, Michigan.

Wedding Photography for Reception: University of Michigan’s Michigan Union, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

University of Michigan bride looks back over her shoulder during wedding photo shoot.

Meet Ben and Melanie!

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babies at the Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Royal Oak, Michigan.
bride dip at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Michigan.
Wedding party formal photos at University of Michigan.
bride and flower girl reflected in puddle.
formal bride and groom photo at University of Michigan.
Twirling bride in the Law Quad at U of M.
flower girl just wants to dance with grandpa.
bride and groom first dance at University of Michigan.
bouquet toss at the Michigan Union wedding.
bouquet toss photo at the University of Michigan.

I love that Melanie and Ben were able to meld their backgrounds, their shared story with each other and still pay homage to her Shrine upbringing all in one glorious day. Their wedding ceremony was held at the National Shrine of the Little Flower church in Royal Oak with one of her Shrine school buddies officiating (yeah, he’s a legit priest… no online ordination there) and one of her other Shrine friends singing during the ceremony as well (beautiful, gorgeous voice that actually filled the entire cavernous church!).

This can be a difficult church to light to do it justice, but with the flexibility of her priest, I was able to light it really well.

You’ll see my wedding photos from this University of Michigan and Church of the Little Flower wedding looks a bit different from my other blog entries. Sure it’s great to showcase these wonderful locations, but there was something ultimately classic about Ben and Melanie, so I thought I’d post almost all of the photos that were taken at the University of Michigan before we headed into the Michigan Union for the reception. It started to rain, so we had a little alcove at the Law Quad to shoot in. Not a lot of space to stay dry, but I think you’ll agree… it did the trick nicely. I could wax poetic about the fun mix of redheads and Ethiopian families and how fun and laid back the wedding party was and how much fun we had, but let’s let these B&W photos tell the story a little differently. I’ve got plenty of other samples of wedding photos from the National Shrine of the Little Flower church and other wedding reception photos from the University of Michigan, so click those if you’re looking to see how my wedding photos look from those locations. For now, though, enjoy Melanie and Ben’s romance.

 

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AnonymousSeptember 2, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Can you tell us more about this? I’d like to find out more details about wedding photos at U of M’s Michigan Union.

Virgilio LissardOctober 27, 2013 - 12:52 pm

I didn’t know they had weddings at univiersity of michigan! Alumni only?

Wilfredo MastromarinoNovember 4, 2013 - 11:37 pm

I got married at the University of Michigan League. Fun times. Love these wedding photos. Great job!

Randy CapurroNovember 6, 2013 - 12:22 am

Lovely, timeless wedding photography. Beautiful stuff.

Andrew PeltNovember 14, 2013 - 5:36 am

Cool website. I went to U of M and never knew about weddings here.

Andrew PeltNovember 16, 2013 - 1:38 am

You certainly come up with wonderful posts full of amazing wedding photography.

Rupert SolleNovember 23, 2013 - 9:14 am

These wedding photos from the University of Michigan are splendid. I love that you can really see the personality of the couple. Gorgeous.

Hipolito M. WisemanNovember 24, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Stunning University of Michigan wedding photos! I love the black and white wedding photos… so classy.

Adan SheppFebruary 3, 2014 - 8:17 am

I went to the U of M and am currently planning my wedding there. These wedding photos are fantastic!

Michigan Photographer… For Life!

Adorable photo of a Michigan baby by family photographer
Michigan wedding photographer showcases engagement, wedding and family photos
Big sister feeds her baby sister ice cream during Michigan family photo shoot.
Michigan family photo
Michigan family portrait photographer shows the changes of one family through the years.
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Cute one year old Michigan girl.
Fun family photos echo the the couple
A little girl plays with her hair during a family photo shoot in Metro Detroit.
Proud dad and his daughter
A little girl sits on a rock for her family photo in Metro Detroit, Michigan.
Little girl photo in Michigan.
Michigan engagement photo session in Metro Detroit.
Michigan bride peeks out the window
One of the best perks of my job as a Michigan wedding and family photographer is that I often get to see my clients over and over again. Sometimes I shoot their engagement photos or boudoir photos before their wedding. And these days, I often get to see them after they’ve started having babies, either shooting their newborn baby photos, or in this case, taking a family photo once they’ve relocated back to Michigan.

So many of my wedding clients in the past 7 years have had to commute into the Metro Detroit area for their weddings (since finding jobs in Michigan has been so hard for so long). It’s so wonderful to finally see many of my past clients moving back home where they can raise their kids surrounded by family.

I’m curious by nature (hence the career as a photojournalist), so seeing how “my” couples personal stories and journeys have evolved brings me great joy.

I met Wiline and Kevin back in 2006 to shoot their engagement photos at Cranbrook (where his father worked) and I shot their wedding the following summer. It was a lovely backyard wedding with lots of happiness, lots of love and so much fun. Then they moved away and now they’re back. So we were able to shoot a set of fun, casual family photos with their two beautiful daughters in the same location I’d shot their wedding 6 years ago!

I thought you all might enjoy getting a peek at the evolution of a relationship and my photography as well!

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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.

Sacred Heart Parish wedding in Grosse Ile, Michigan wedding photos of grandparents.

Grosse Ile Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding ceremony at the Sacred Heart Parish along with grandparents near the river in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

Sacred Heart Parish wedding in Grosse Ile, Michigan wedding photography of the wedding ceremony.

Grosse Ile Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding ceremony in the Sacred Heart Parish near the river in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

Sacred Heart Parish wedding in Grosse Ile, Michigan photos of the bride and groom.

Grosse Ile Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding ceremony’s exit from the Sacred Heart Parish near the river in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

Grosse Ile, Michigan wedding photos of the bride.

Grosse Ile Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a beautiful bride near the river in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

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

Grosse Ile Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding bride and groom waving to a passing boater near the river in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

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

Grosse Ile Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding couple near the river in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

Grosse Ile, Michigan wedding photography of the wedding party.

Grosse Ile Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding party’s groomsmen near the river in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

Grosse Ile, Michigan wedding photos of the bride

Grosse Ile Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding bouquet near the river in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

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

Grosse Ile Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding ceremony near the river in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

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

Dearborn Michigan wedding photographer’s photos of a wedding reception in Dearborn Michigan at a local park emphasizing the turmoil in the sky that day.

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

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

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.

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

Dearborn Michigan wedding photography of a wedding reception at the Henry in Dearborn including photography of the cocktail hour at the Henry in their gallery.

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

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

Wedding photography of a Michigan bride and groom

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

Wedding photography of a Michigan bride

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.

Wedding photography of a Michigan the groom dances with his mother 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 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.

Wedding photography of a Michigan bride and groom

Dearborn Michigan wedding photography of a wedding reception at the Henry in Dearborn including photos of line dancing during the Henry wedding reception.

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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