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

 

Future Detroit Wedding Photographer

Couple

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.

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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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Baby “A” at 7 Days Old!

This week has been super special as I’ve gotten the chance to catch up with some of my favorite wedding clients from the past couple of years and play with their babies! Baby “A” was only 7 days and the promise of a sleepy and totally posable baby did not come to pass (as it almost never does). Personally, while having photos of sleeping babies draped over interesting props like sloths are adorable, let’s face it. They are cute humans chalk full of brimming, burgeoning personality, so showcasing all of that in the baby photos is my favorite thing. That and the fact that I’ve only had one baby ever fall asleep during a photo shoot at my studio in Troy, Michigan. I heat the studio excessively and photograph the babies before they are 10 days old when they typically start to wake up. But even then, they do rarely sleep. They are attentive, curious little newborns who want to show off their new trick of letting their personalities shine through! Who am I to argue with that?

I started off my photo shoot of newborn baby “A” while she was still groggy from her ride and I was able to take photos of her sleepingish through one outfit change. I have my couples arrive with their baby dressed in the “must have” outfit for this reason. Then we can move into other outfits and props depending on the baby’s needs.

I shot this photo and it seemed to me that the pose ended up looking a lot like Michelangelo’s “Hands of God and Adam” picture that’s at the top of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Well, the God part anyways. So what’s a photographer in her down season to do? Create the picture, of course! Here’s the original;

Baby in the  Hands of God and Adam picture

baby in hands of God and Adam picture

And here’s what I couldn’t help but do myself. All I need now is to find a baby who can sit up and play the part of Adam!

Michelangelo's Hand of God and Adam picture in photo form.

If you’re wondering about the rest of the newborn Troy Michigan in home studio baby photography shoot, here are some of the other images.

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Baby C Turns One!

You know how I love my couples, right? So this year has been extra special since they suddenly all seem to be having babies and I get to see all of them again. I cannot tell you how gratifying it is to see “my” couples in this next stage of their lives. I’ve photographed my couples during their pregnancy, I’ve photographed their newborns, I photographed their extended families, I’ve even photographed their grandparents birthday parties! And yesterday, I got to spend time with one of my favorite couples from 2010, JJ and Josh (you’ll see them in the engagement section of my website too!) and their fabulous daughter baby “C” who is turning one! What you can’t see (and she was careful to avoid me) is JJ’s Mom, Pam, who is a grandma with the most energy ever and decided it was her task in life to make baby “C” smile. The baby’s favorite game in the world is chase, so some of my favorite family photos from this session took a detour from the normal type family photos, to depict what they do when they are entertaining their daughter and capture fun, unposed family fun!

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