Wedding Trend 2019: NO WEDDING PARTY

Dearborn Inn Wedding, St. Anne de Detroit Wedding Ceremony and Eagle Tavern at Greenfield Village Wedding Reception…

Meet “A” and “A” (they’d prefer to remain anonymous). From here on out, I’ll just call them A&A. “A” comes from a really big family, while “A”‘s family is quite small. It’s always a dilemma about who will stand up with you at the wedding and having no wedding party can make that process a lot easier.

I’m not sure why they choose to have no wedding party, but 6 out of 8 of my May, 2019 weddings did not have a wedding party at all. Gotta say, it really means I have an extraordinary amount of time to play with my couple that I don’t normally have. That’s not to say that “A”‘s siblings didn’t all take turns with “A”‘s dress and that we didn’t get a ton of fun family photos, because we did.

But if you’re wondering why there are so many photos of the bride and groom? Well, look at them! They’re gorgeous. And they were the main event. And did I mention they’re gorgeous?

I started my day at the Dearborn Inn for wedding preparations and lots of outdoor shots. I love that “A”‘s personality came shining through in these photos.

Dearborn Inn wedding preparations and a photo of rings set on top of the note the husband sent to his wife.
A’s sister helps her put on her necklace while getting ready at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan and their rings on the note A wrote for A and sent to her before their wedding.
Wedding preparations at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
A “swims” into her dress with the help of her mom and sisters while the two girls help Dad into his bowtie at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
The bride's sisters laugh about something while wrangling her dress at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
The bride’s sisters laugh about something while wrangling her dress at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.

Ironically, one of the main reasons A & A hired me was because they love that I not only photograph the bride and groom, but I spend a fair amount of time documenting their friends and family too, but you’d never know that from these posted “sneak peeks”!

The bride moves from one spot to another at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
The bride moves from one spot to another at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
This is on the back steps on the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
I LOVE this shot. I was OBSESSED with the simplicity and classic dress A wore.
She continued the 1950’s classic bride look from her venue choices to no fuss personality. This is on the back steps on the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
I asked the siblings to be true to their relationships and this was the resulting photo at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
I asked the siblings to be true to their relationships and this was the resulting photo at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
Love this classic bride in a classic hotel at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
Love this classic bride in a classic hotel at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
The bride arrives in style at the historic St. Anne's de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
The bride arrives in style at the historic St. Anne’s de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
The bride runs into her father in law to be in the bathroom at the historic St. Anne's de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
The bride runs into her father in law to be in the bathroom at the historic St. Anne’s de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
The bride walks down the aisle of the historic St. Anne's de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
The bride walks down the aisle of the historic St. Anne’s de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
And finally, the groom. You just knew he was going to show up here eventually, right? He teared up a bit at the end of the aisle at the historic St. Anne's de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
And finally, the groom. You just knew he was going to show up here eventually, right? He teared up a bit at the end of the aisle at the historic St. Anne’s de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
Beautiful historic St. Anne's de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
Beautiful historic St. Anne’s de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
A & A during their wedding ceremony at the historic St. Anne’s de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
Kids do the strangest things during Catholic wedding ceremonies like this one at the historic St. Anne's de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
Kids do the strangest things during Catholic wedding ceremonies like this one at the historic St. Anne’s de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
Kids do the strangest things during Catholic wedding ceremonies (and adults have fun too) like this one at the historic St. Anne's de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
Kids do the strangest things during Catholic wedding ceremonies (and adults have fun too) like this one at the historic St. Anne’s de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
Stalking the guests… that’s what I do!
Walking down the aisle after their wedding ceremony at the historic St. Anne de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
Walking down the aisle after their wedding ceremony at the historic St. Anne de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.
With only family photos to do after their ceremony at the historic St. Anne de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan, we were able to take lots of nice photos of just the two of them.
With only family photos to do after their ceremony at the historic St. Anne de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan, we were able to take lots of nice photos of just the two of them.
With only family photos to do after their ceremony at the historic St. Anne de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan, we were able to take lots of nice photos of just the two of them.
With only family photos to do after their ceremony at the historic St. Anne de Detroit in Detroit, Michigan, we were able to take lots of nice photos of just the two of them.
Cake at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Cake at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Strolling the grounds at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Strolling the grounds at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Strolling the grounds at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Still strolling the grounds at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

So at this point,”A”‘s lovely sister went back to the reception and A & A & I took one last little venture out into Greenfield Village. Honestly, we were chasing the smell of horse poop since “A” really wanted a photo with a horse. We missed that, but their locomotive was cooling down at the end of the evening and it created the most amazing back lot scene I’ve seen in a long time, so yeah, we played there while they practiced their first dance.

And then we found a steaming train in the train yard at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan and the photographer went NUTS!
And then we found a steaming train in the train yard at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan and the photographer went NUTS!
First dance at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
The train station at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
"Daddy / Daughter" dance at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
First dance at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
"Daddy / Daughter" dance at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
“Daddy / Daughter” dance at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Some greeting going on at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
“Mother / Son” dance at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Some greeting going on at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Big sister saves little brother on the dance floor at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Big sister saves little brother on the dance floor at the Eagle Tavern at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

Why couples are having smaller or no wedding parties in 2019

Simplicity. Because I’ve seen so many weddings this spring with little to no wedding parties, I think more and more wedding clients are getting down the essentials when they’re planning their weddings. Most of my clients are a bit older and many of them have been in a ton of weddings and they’re sort of over the whole wedding party thing. I promise to ask my clients tomorrow about their thoughts of having little to no wedding parties.

I have had an incredible run of fun, appreciative, receptive and chill wedding clients this year. Sort of “hey, Marci… do your magic”. If you follow my work at all, you’ll see that I’ve gotten really into creating super epic wedding couple portraiture.

Why I’m getting better photos of the couple with no wedding parties. Eureka!

A big light bulb just went off in my head. Usually I get about 10 – 15 minutes maximum with a couple on their wedding day because time is very limited and with a wedding party in tow, there is just a teeny bit of performance anxiety. I think there’s also a bit of a feeling that you don’t want your wedding party waiting for you and standing around while you’re having photos taken. Totally understandable. But I do think because I’ve covered so many weddings these past few years with tiny or no wedding party that I’m able to play a bit more with my clients and work to create these epic shots.

Really hoping this trend sticks around! Thanks for letting me play with you A & A!

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  • FINN ConstructionJune 25, 2019 - 9:50 am

    These are amazing! Epic photos and so colourful!ReplyCancel

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