Fall Wedding in Troy, MI C + N are tying the knot

Fall wedding  brings promises of beauty in nature, and opportunities to incorporate apple cider and donuts in your treat section. When Michigan fall arrives, it brings golden colors to the parks, cooler breezes, and chillier nights. That's when you see groom pull his bride closer to keep her warm.  The sun sets earlier in the evening, and gives opportunities for amazing golden light to wash over the couple.  this fall wedding also involved meeting with couples beloved dog and some fun photo ops. And I was lucky enough, that bride  wanted to take full advantage of beautiful bright yellow and orange fall leaves on the ground and have some fun with them. What brings me the most joy when I photograph weddings, is when couples  truly enjoy their day. Forget the stress, the planning, the little things that seemed big. Just get lost in each other. Enjoy every moment of friends and family coming together to celebrate love. Have fun, jokes, laughter. Those weddings are amazing no matter whats the season.Beautiful fall wedding getting ready mi weddingMichigan wedding (12) Troy MI weddingMichigan wedding (8) Michigan wedding (7) Fall weddingFall wedding Mi beautiful michigan bridefun bridal party Donut  wedding cake Michigan wedding (14) Michigan wedding inspirationFor some other fall wedding inspiration take a peak here

A+F Wedding, Livonia MI

I was enjoying being part of A+F Chaldean wedding celebration. The day was full of tradition rooted in deep family values and filled with family and friends. This couple radiated love for each other and their big day just brought the people they cared about to a wonderful day celebrating that love. After getting ready bride and groom tied the know in a beautiful St Marys Church in Livonia. Bright church with ornate religious paintings covering the ceilings and front altar reminded of the sanctity or the new journey the couple was about to embark on. During the ceremony mother nature had brought strong storm with rain and hail and we were worried that we will not have much of opportunity to photograph outside, but just after the ceremony storm stopped for a brief half an hour and we could bring couple out for some photographs, they will be enjoying in their album and wall portrait . The ceremony was followed by reception at ornate Church hall. The wedding party and couple were announced and welcomed by a live band singing and celebrating the happy union with drumbeats and cheers. The dance floor took a brief break during dinner , and then celebrations continued late into the night.  

 

 

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L+J wedding, Ovation Yacht, Lake St. Clair MI

I was excited. This wedding  celebration was on the Ovation Yacht with ceremony  held on the beach just yards away from the yacht. L and J were married by a Yacht captain, and after few formals on the beach boarded Ovation for a voyage that seemed so fitting, as they embarked on the lifes journey together as well. While clouds were looming over, and occasional raindrop found its way down, Ovation provided guests with beautiful view from its 3 decks. The Yacht left Jefferson Beach Marina on Lake St Clair and took us to Detroit River, past Belle Isle and once we reached Detroit, guests were happy to come outside and enjoy city lights from the river. City skyline, Renaissance center  and Joe Lewis arena passed us by, as Ovation made its way through Detroit. Couple enjoyed their first dance under Ambassador Bridge and city lights as they had dinner. Soon after we turned around for the trip back to marina. As darkness fell, party music filled top deck  The round trip of just 4 hours was filled with laughter and dancing, with great meal and couple enjoying their big day. Ovation Yacht Wedding (1) Ovation Yacht Wedding (8) Ovation Yacht Wedding (7) Ovation Yacht Wedding (6) Ovation Yacht Wedding (5) Ovation Yacht Wedding (4) Ovation Yacht Wedding (3) Ovation Yacht Wedding (2)

On location photography

I find that photographing on location is a great blessing. With on location photography I can offer customers unique settings, great textures and wonderful locations. I enjoy serving my customers by showing their personality on more than just a paper background. Clarkston and surrounding areas has beautiful streets, allies, parks and architecture. Here are few of my favorites.

Depot Park, Clarkston

Depot park, Clarkston MI, Clarkston Photography, Clarkston Photographer

Depot park, Clarkston MI, Clarkston Photography, Clarkston Photographer

Depot park, Clarkston MI, Clarkston Photography, Clarkston Photographer

Depot park, Clarkston MI, Clarkston Photography, Clarkston Photographer

Waterford Historic Society

Waterford Historic Society, Waterford, Clarkston Photographer, Clarkston Photography, On location

Waterford Historic Society, Waterford, Clarkston Photographer, Clarkston Photography, On location

Waterford Historic Society, Waterford, Clarkston Photographer, Clarkston Photography, On location

Waterford Historic Society, Waterford, Clarkston Photographer, Clarkston Photography, On location

Waterford Historic Society, Waterford, Clarkston Photographer, Clarkston Photography, On location

Waterford Historic Society, Waterford, Clarkston Photographer, Clarkston Photography, On location

Pontiac lake, Clarkston photography, Clarkston Photogrpher

Pontiac lake, Clarkston photography, Clarkston Photogrpher

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

Bay Court Park

Bay Court Park, Clarkston, Waterford, mi

Bay Court Park, Clarkston, Waterford, mi

These  and other places just waiting for visitors

What a beautiful time at Lavender Farm

in my little house I dance copyWhile traveling in Ohio, we stopped at a Daybreak Lavender Farm, and while they have been devastated buy hard winter and lost quite a bit of their plants, we had a great time roaming the property, stopping by a little shed and garbing some nice photos. We even bought and brought back a little plant of lavender for our garden. This place will be calling us back, I'm sure of it.

Precious Babies

baby girl, ilze Lucero Photography  

 

baby girl, ilze Lucero Photography

baby girl, ilze Lucero Photography

baby girl, ilze Lucero Photography

I just love that feeling, when I capture a special moment of precious little babies. Their first smiles, and very small fingers and precious little toes. They are filled with so much potential, just like a little acorn holding a whole oak tree inside. They will grow to change the world, influence people around them and experience bouquet of emotions. Yet at this time they are helpless, needing their parents presence and love, these babies will be shaped in their character by influences around them, by examples set by their parents, by peers and the world

Let it Snow

This year is rapidly coming to an end, yet we are amidst beautiful season, full of lights, festivities, happiness and joy. I had a pleasure to photograph some children talking to Santa, and that true joy and genuine happiness filled the room. While snow covered the roads, parents carefully made their way to Dinner with Santa to see that sparkle in the eyes of their kids. santa claus santa claus

And when I came outside beautiful snow was falling. Flakes touched my cheek and melted away, but few stayed in my hair till I got back into my car. Such fragile beauty. No matter the age these beautiful miracles of snow make me smile

snow flake, Ilze Lucerosnow flake

Beautiful Detroit wedding

This weekend I enjoyed photographing beautiful Detroit Wedding. Who would have thought that at the beginning of October we will still be enjoying 80 degrees and sunshine and we took advantage of it and captured the big day on the streets of Detroit. Graffiti and urban ruggedness contrasted with beautiful white wedding gown of the bride and crisp tux of the groom. We stopped by graffiti walls at Creative Corridor, Fox Theater, Tiger of Comerica Park and Dirty Trick. Detroit has so much to offer with it beautiful landmarks. And this couple enjoyed their  wedding at places that meant most to them, from bright colors of graffiti, created by local artists to landmarks known to every Detroiter.  The ceremony took as to Belle Isle Conservatory, where flowers were still in bloom, and a curious bee landed on grooms boutonniere. Ilze Lucero Photography Ilze Lucero Photography Detroit wedding Ilze Lucero Photography Ilze Lucero Photography Detroit wedding Ilze Lucero Photography Detroit wedding Ilze Lucero Photography Detroit wedding Ilze Lucero Photography Detroit wedding Ilze Lucero Photography Detroit wedding You can see more of my wedding photography here

The Fine Art of Innocence

Fine art is more than a photo, more than a picture. Well, fine art to me is image evoking emotion. While art is in the eye of beholder, I want my art to be true to me. I want it to speak to my soul, an leave an imprint. While enjoying the Indian summer here in Michigan, the sunny day proved to be great to connect with nature.fine art, sepiaFine art PortraitLeaves are starting to fall, and ferns are slowly turning yellow, but sun rays push through the branches and dance like little mirrors on the ground in the leaves calling for fun. The happiness in little things continues makes me appreciate the big ones. Creating art replenishes me, and fills me with new inspiration  

 

 

 

Art in The Village and Weekend in the Country Festival

One of those little things, I enjoy, are art festivals. Fall in Clarkston area brings two. Art in the Village right here in the Depot park is filled with local artists, craftsmen, and food vendors. It reminds me of my childhood, when my dad used to take me to galleries on the weekend for an exhibit- jewelry and textiles, pottery and metalwork. It's food for soul. And there was some food for body as well. Jar Head Sasa, their chips and Queso

This salsa was delicious. And we had to get some honeycomb and honey mustard from Jodi Bee Honey Farms -  yummmmm.

Jodi Bee Honey Farm, Ilze lucero photography

I also enjoyed chatting with Neil Weaver, Michigan landscape photographer. His images of Upper Peninsula, Lake Superior and other landscapes are truly pieces of art.

Now looking forward to Weekend in the Country, shopping festival and vintage market. Its fun to find some vintage pieces, chat with artist and enjoy craftsmanship. Now I just have to get to finishing the vintage rocking chair I bought there last year. I got the fabric, now I just need to pick up some upholstery tacks

 

Sara+Ben wedding Countdown

It is only one week left.Everyone is getting excited. I was so happy to photograph Sara and Ben's engagement, and now only a week left till wedding. Clarkston Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photographer, engagementIt seems that just recently we heard their fun engagement story "Ben went all out for our engagement.  We had planned on a trip to visit his grandparents for a week in Ft Myers beach.  Leaving early Saturday morning and traveling most of the day, Ben said his grandparents had plans for the evening so we were going out to dinner.  We drove up to Captiva island to a restaurant called the Mucky Duck.  It rained the whole way there, I'm shocked to say Ben didn't seem the least bit nervous.  We were able to enjoy a nice dinner on the ocean and the rain cleared up just before we were finished.  Ben kept asking if I would like any souvenirs and I just didn't get it at that point unless to say I've been to "the mucky duck".  The sunset was coming so we decided to go for a stroll on the beach and enjoy the night.  Once we were away from the crowd Ben asked me to hold his phone and I knew right then after hearing the song playing "marry me" by train.  And if that wasn't enough, we left for a cruise to Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel that Monday.  He did good :)" ( more details on their wedding site here ) Wedding Photographer, Engagement photographer, Clarkston Wedding photographer

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