Cobblestone Farms wedding photography in Ann Arbor


Don’t worry, folks… my spell check IS working! That is indeed Jenefer. No they don’t make allowances for creative spellings! Phil and Jenefer got married in the same church his parents were married in way out on the outskirts of Ann Arbor. The beautiful hundred year old church was a beauty to shoot in. After being together for over ten years, everybody was happy to be included in this monumental occasion. While I have very nice shots of the ceremony (posted on my other blog at www.themichiganweddingphotographer.blogspot.com), I had so many hilarious shots of the three kids at this wedding that I HAD to post those. Glad Jenefer agreed with me that these kids were slideshow worthy… in fact she said she’s going to dig these photos out for their weddings! So most often a wedding ceremony is about the bride and groom, but every once in a while, they get great competition with a kid or two or three who seems to inspire a nose picking chain reaction! The reception was at Ann Arbor’s own Cobblestone Farms and the caterer was my all time favorite, Zingerman’s Catering headed by their fearless leader Paul. Always great food, always gracious, accommodating AND I love the mutual admiration society we’ve joined! Jenefer and Phil had a couple of really unique things about their reception I’d love to share with you. Their favors were giant poppers, which they all opened together. Five of them held rings which the guests could trade in for a prize. They also were filled with silly paper crowns which all of the guests dutifully wore all evening long! Phil also wanted to have his bride’s all time favorite song played… “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” as a sing along. To honor their grandparents, they cut a Bill Knapp’s cake (which was one set of Grandparents favorite cake) and they had Zingerman’s make their grandmother’s “famous” german potato salad recipe as one of the things served with dinner. I loved the personalized touches… very unique way to pay homage to their families.

Colleen & Adam’s St. Johns Inn Wedding


Colleen and Adam got hitched on a wonderfully cool and overcast August day. Really fun family to hang out with. Lots of great wedding party folks and I loved Adam’s sentimental side. He was totally into each of the moments of the day. A couple of things made this a unique wedding. For one, camp call outs, songs and antics were prevalent throughout the evening. Colleen and Adam met as camp counselors at Special Days, a Michigan camp for kids with cancer and their sibling. Their toasts and tributes were touching, poignant and really showed the bonds that were created out of love.

Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography – Genevieve & Chris


AND SOMETIMES IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SHOES!
So if you’re a couple planning an outdoors wedding in the middle of August, you’re probably execting hot and sticky weather, right? Well, try 62 degrees and overcast on for size! The men in Chris’s wedding party were VERY happy guys indeed. Great three piece tux weather and Genevieve, who had gotten all of her worrying and fretting out of the way beforehand, relaxed in her very cool red shoes and just let the day unfold. Even though it looked like it might be threatening, it didn’t rain a drop. I loved that both Chris and Genevieve were really excited about having photos taken… they wanted lots of photos of the two of them together and while they had some special places they wanted to visit, they were truly up for anything… hence ending up face down on the working rail road tracks at the reception at the Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Genevieve’s mother hand made her wedding dress… her masterpiece as she called it. I can’t ever remember seeing a hand made dress that was made with such incredibe tlc. It was beautiful and fit Genevieve to a “T”. I also loved Chris’s family of endlessly tall boys. Great crowd. I also got to work with Blake, one of my favorite videographers and a cool DJ I’d never worked with before. For a less shoe oriented take on Genevieve and Chris’s wedding, please visit my other blog at www.themichiganweddingphotographer.blogspot.com

Yay! I made my photos bigger!

For me, bigger is ALWAYS better and the shrinky, dinky photos have always annoyed me to no end. So I finally figured out how to make the photos nice and big. Only problem is that sometimes the resolution looks great and sometimes is looks fuzzy or pixelated and I have no idea why! So please know the photos are neither out of focus or low resolution! That’s the next thing to tackle!!!