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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St. Aloysius Detroit Wedding and Detroit Athletic Club Wedding Reception

St. Aloysius Wedding Photography
I’m not sure why St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Detroit doesn’t host more weddings for couples looking for historic places to have their Detroit weddings. It’s beautiful, has two different sanctuaries and the staff there is amazing. Maybe it’s the gaping hole in the center of the sanctuary, maybe it’s the homeless people who tend to sleep in their doorways. I’m not sure what the reason is, but it is so close to the Westin Book Cadillac hotel you can easily get ready  and host your guests there conveniently. It really is a beautiful church and it really is a wonderful challenge to light properly. If you’re planning a smaller wedding with a smaller wedding party, it’s a great spot.

Flowergirl at St. Aloysius Detroit Wedding

Winter Wedding in Detroit Michigan

We tried to shoot wedding photos outdoors, but as often happens with winter weddings in Michigan, we got the predicted “winter mix” which just meant we dodged a few snow like flakes for a couple of minutes. Although my bride, Sara, was a super trooper, the wind chill made outdoor shooting fairly limited.

 

DAC Detroit Athletic Wedding Photo

 

Bride at Detroit

 

Wedding toast photo at the Detroit Athletic Club, the DAC

 

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DAC, Detroit Athletic Club bride and groom

 

Mother Son Dance at the DAC, Detroit Athletic Club Wedding Photo

Guest Dancing at DAC, Detroit Athletic Club wedding reception

Groom

So like all my well prepared winter wedding couples, they had their wedding reception at the DAC, the Detroit Athletic Club. This is one of my favorite places to shoot since there are multiple spots to shoot indoors, the architecture is wonderful, the food is great, but most of all, the staff treats everyone like family (at least the side of the family they like!).  I love knowing my wedding couple is going to be treated well and taken care of perfectly. Most of the staff have been there for years and years and it shows. This is a great spot for a winter wedding in Michigan. Since our weather here is so wildly unpredictable, many couples search for locations that can accommodate their guests with a separate wedding ceremony area and a different area for the reception. Obviously Mark and Sara opted to have these in two different locations, but the DAC does have lots of room to spread out over several floors so you never feel cramped into one spot.

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Grosse Pointe War Memorial Wedding

Grosse Pointe War Memorial Wedding photo, Michigan winter wedding venue

Grosse Pointe War Memorial is a great option for Michigan couples looking for a great spot to have their winter wedding.

Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel Wedding and Grosse Pointe War Memorial Wedding Reception

I’m trying to keep my blogs to my very favorite shot of the day (along with a very select few). Here’s my favorite wedding photo from Ayesha and Karl’s wedding day. Their wedding took place at at the always beautiful Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel. Their reception was at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. We’re talking about a day that was planned out beautifully and which the weather didn’t cooperate (as often happens in winter months). So while we did see lots of limos pull up for photos, Ayesha and Karl were having their wedding reception in the main ballroom and we were able to shoot on the grounds and in the house as well (where it was a heck of a lot warmer). So if you’re planning a winter wedding and wondering where on earth you’ll go for wedding photos, consider the Grosse Pointe War Memorial… it’s pretty, it’s dry and it’s warm! I loved working with this warm, gracious couple. By the way… if you’re wondering what’s up with the photos of Karl’s Grandmother with her fingers in her ears, here’s the low down. For anyone  attending the wedding reception, it’s a great time to catch up with friends and family. But for some inexplicable reason, bands and DJs alike have decided that more is better in terms of volume. By here’s the thing. For anyone over, say 40 who started suffering from hearing loss thanks to over use of the Walkman in their teen years and/or anybody who’s starting to lose their hearing anyways, the increased volume is painful and will drive your guests away from the wedding reception faster than any other single reason! Many of the wedding guests are quite horse even after trying to talk over the volume of the noise in the reception venue generated by all the happy guests, let alone the “background” music many DJs want to blast! This wasn’t the case at this wedding, but as the band worked on adjusting their levels during their first few numbers, this was Grandma’s vote to turn it down!

Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel Wedding photography

Grosse Pointe War Memorial Michigan winter wedding

 

Grandmother covers her ears as the volume in the room of the wedding reception increases.
Guests listen to the toasts at a Michigan
Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Michigan is a great place to host a winter wedding in Michigan.

 

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Dexter DucoteyJuly 27, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Nice and very interesting article about the Grosse Pointe memorial. This was such a fun wedding to see.

GiulianiAugust 1, 2013 - 12:15 am

Cool and nice work from the War Memorial. We go there often and didn’t know they do weddings.

Jamey BullenSeptember 12, 2013 - 3:05 am

Cool wedding photography from the War Memorial. I didn’t know they even had weddings there!

AnonymousSeptember 25, 2013 - 11:02 pm

We love the Grosse Pointe war memorial.

Ryan LourySeptember 28, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Do you travel outside of Michigan for your wedding Photography? how far are you willing to come to a wedding?

Alva CartmellOctober 31, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Truly beneficial thank you, as I’m planning a War Memorial wedding next year in Grosse Pointe!

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Drusilla WoganNovember 27, 2013 - 11:49 am

Why would a war memorial have wedding photography or even be considered a wedding venue? I don’t get it.

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Terrilyn PapeFebruary 4, 2014 - 5:49 am

Excellent work! We’ve visited the Grosse Pointe War Memorial many times, but never thought of it as a wedding venue. Thanks for posting.

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University of Michigan Wedding!

Couple from Ann Arbor wedding at Travis Pointe Country Club in Michigan.
MEGAN and DAN’s University of Michigan wedding is somewhat misnamed as Megan is an MSU grad and Dan’s a University of Indiana grad! But they had their wedding in Ann Arbor, Michigan at St. Mary’s Student Parish and their reception at the Travis Pointe Country Club just outside Ann Arbor.

I’d met Megan and Dan two years ago at one of my favorite couple’s weddings. In fact you can see Megan in one of my photos on my facebook page! It’s always a bit easier when I’m working with couples who are not only familiar with my work, but have seen me work and know what they’re in for the day of their wedding.

The challenge for shooting a February wedding when couples want lots of outdoors shots is to find nice warm places so the rest of their wedding party won’t freeze to death. The bride and groom are usually fine with colder weather, but adrenaline only gets you so far! So with a lengthly list of “must have” locations and shots, we set off. We were able to take photos in the Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor, The Michigan Union and a few at Conor O’Neill’s pub downtown.

At the reception hall, the Travis Pointe Country Club, my favorite DJ, Dan Nichols from Michigan-Wedding-DJ,arguably the best DJ in the Metro Detroit area.

I loved watching the joining of these two families. Almost all of the wedding party were relatives and they’re a close knit bunch!

Here are a couple of my favorite wedding photos from Megan & Dan’s Ann Arbor wedding…

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