Hi Brides & Brides to Be…. I know it is all the rage to have false eyelashes applied for your wedding. They’re long, they’re thick, they’re gorgeous and they’re also really heavy on your lids! It took me an inordinate amount of time to figure out why SO MANY of my brides were excessive blinkers this year. I’m chucking out over half my photos from some wedding simply because the bride either has her eyes closed or looks very, very sleepy. Turns out, in each of those cases, the brides are wearing fake eyelashes which are literally weighing their eye lids down and making them blink much more frequently. So a word of caution to all you would be doe eyed ladies out there. Try to get used to wearing them well before your wedding (can you really build up eye lid muscles I wonder?) or try several more coats of mascara before you plunge right into the extra layer of lashes! You’ll have 100% more photos to choose from and that’s a pretty good reason to lose the lashes!
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!
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
I officially got to meet Stephanie last week at her boudoir shoot the week before the wedding. She was surprising James with the photos and flew into Detroit early just so she could get these done in time for the wedding. Needless to say, I’ve never had a groom thank me for their wedding gift quite as profusely as James did! I hadn’t been back to the Whitney in downtown Detroit in several years since they’ve remodeled. I love the new brighter, non pepto bismol colored walls, but apparently many things remain antiquated; no working elevators, very inadequate air conditioning (it was over 90 degrees on the third floor where the ceremony took place) and their manager wasn’t responsive to the bride’s e-mails or calls and didn’t show up on the wedding day, much to their chagrin. That aside, the day of staff was very helpful and attentive and Stephanie was able to pull off her dream wedding which included a friend performing the ceremony who was ordained online and their wonderful place card markers which had a photo of every guest in a small photo holder/coaster. Very cool! Skye ran her photo booth in the “music room” and Stephanie and James provides a whole bunch of great hats and wigs to liven it up!