Rock your wedding bouquet and boutineer

Being a wedding photographer I see such a great variety of wedding flowers. Grand bouquets with big center blooms, color coordinated to match the color themes of the wedding, classic roses and some bouquets are not flowers at all.

Pink Peony and rose  bboho wedding bouquet

I love photographing flowers. I also have noticed quite a few challenges over the years of seeing wedding bouquets. Flowers are expensive. On on your special day you want them to add to the overall celebration aesthetic.

Since most of us don’t regularly handle flowers, seeking reputable florist is a great idea. They can advise you on blooms that are in season, blooms that will last though out your day as well as providing knowledge of assembling a great bouquet. However knowing some basics will set you up for a great start. In this article I’m focusing on fresh flowers

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So here are my 5 tips to rock you wedding flowers.

  1. Pick blooms that are in season - these flowers will usually be the freshest and have greatest availability.

  2. Consider the wight of the bouquet - you will be carrying the flowers for quite some time. Also when consider boutineers and corsages - heaver blooms will tend to pull on fabrics and may be harder to attach. Stiffer stems also tend to break. (remember that boutineers will see some use as there will be quite a bit of hugging during the wedding day).

  3. Pay attention to how bouquet is constructed - you will handle the flowers quite a bit throughout the day - make sure to talk to the florist about how delicate are some blooms and where they should be placed in the bouquet so they don’t break

  4. Consider the climate/season and how long the flowers will be exposed to hot/ cold temperatures - tropical blooms may do better in summer, delicate blooms may start to wilt and droop when exposed to hours of heat or cold

  5. Do your research ahead of time - look up the flowers that you like ans see how well they handle as cut blooms. Consider that the photos you may see online may be prepared specifically for a photo shoot, that they may be in a controlled temperatures.




Boho Rose and Eucalyptus wedding bouquet

When I photograph flowers at the wedding - I set a goal to get my shots in as early as possible - as soon as I arrive or as soon as florist delivers them. But likely flowers will be in photos throughout the day - at the ceremony, on the table at the reception.


Tropical King Protea Wedding Bouquet


As a quick common sense note - have a paper towel or a regular towel to be able to dab water from the steams when you remove your bouquet from the vase. I’ve encountered quite a bit of improvisation when bouquets drip and sometimes leave stains on wedding and bridesmaid dresses.

Wedding bouquet -  yellow and blue with garden roses, billy balls and anemones
 Floral arrangement by  Design Quintesentials

Floral arrangement by Design Quintesentials

Classic rose wedding bouquet -  red, white and gold
Modern wedding flowers- roses, dahlias and fresias

Lovely lakeside wedding at Twin Chimneys

Lucas and Alexa had their lovely lakeside wedding at Twin Chimneys Independence Oaks County park. Having an outside wedding in Michigan can have its risks - from scorching heat to rain, but this day only few drops came down earlier in the day, and the breeze from the lake made for a lovely celebration of love.

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The pavilion was decorated with string lights and rustic table center pieces and guests were treated to handmade soaps as favors.


Wedding at Independence Oaks County Park

The couple said their I Dos in front of the gazebo and the park gave great options for romantic wedding photos on the docks of the lake and around the park.

Wedding couple at the Independence Oaks Clarkston Wedding
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Clarkston Wedding at Independence Oaks Twin Chimneys
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And So Cheers to the happy couple. May their life is filled with love and understanding.

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Bridal Photo Session on a Beach

Recently got to photograph with Stephanie on a beach. I love the light reflecting from the sand and how breeze moves the clothing.

     

 

 

We had a gorgeous bouquet. I have to thank Detroit Design Company for sourcing beautiful protea blooms.

Beach wedding Photo Shoot

I love photographing movement. Being on the beach and having a bit of a breeze catch the bridal cape was exactly what I was looking for. While it looks like we were on a quiet beach, people were sunbathing and enjoying the water at the Holly Recreation area. We just played with angles and looked for clearing.

Bridal Cape Photo Shoot

But this beautiful cape stole the show. I'm a big fan of veils in bridal portraits. This flowing cape had the feel of long flowy veil, but held up in the wind ( the veils sometimes pul on the hair a bit too hard)

Cowboy Wedding in Michigan - Upland Hills Farm

As this year is coming to a close, Ive been sorting my hard drive folders, and came across this lovely wedding -  so this is a bit of a throwback post. But it was such a pleasure to be part of the big day for this young couple who embraced the farm they chose for their ceremony and reception with flock of geese following us around for a while.

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Upland Hills Farms had a lovely barn for the ceremony and beautiful hillside for the photos and it truly captured the cowboy style this couple chose for their big day

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Barn Wedding - cowboy boots
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Cowboy wedding

Fall Couple Photo Shoot

This fall couple shoot really got to showcase the closeness of Seth and Kasey. We actually got to enjoy a bit of fall color. Michigan had  some interesting weather this season -  from 96F at the end of September to leaves changing really late and quick, and in many place falling leaving bare trees. 

Fall couple photo session

But at the Rotary Park we lucked out with fall colors and brisk but dry weather.

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Fun couple photo shoot
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It  truly brings me joy, when people have fun and show off their personalities 

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Intimate wedding at Granite City Renaissance Center

I got to photograph a lovely intimate wedding at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, with the ceremony happening in Granite City

Detroit wedding at ren cen

Ren Cen is such a wonderful location, with multiple locations to photograph. From very modern an raw cement walls, to softer light near the restaurant. And getting to go outside and seeing city as a background gives a great option for Detroit architecture lovers.

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Same Sex Couple Photo Shoot

These two guys had fun on the the photo shoot.

I find that posing same sex couples works best when you flow of their energy, when they find their groove, and they feel their best. These guys had fun laughing and showing their personality.

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love is love is love is love......

When you walk a path of life and someone walks alongside you, and they see your goal and they make it their own, you find this very special place of togetherness, a place of unity and a joint place of being. (Ilze Lucero)

Michigan Wedding - Dancing Bride - Traverse City

Dancing bride - full of joy -  thats wen I love my job. I get to freeze time and capture this moment forever. When the husband will look back at the images of his bride on the day she said I DO, he will see the joy she had on that day. This is the best part of being for photographer- being present to these amazing moments.

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Engagement Shoot at a Barn

While I'm based in Clarkston, I end up traveling quite frequently. This engagement photo session at a barn was a great for catching up with a family that I have photographed for years. As they are getting ready for a barn wedding we decided on the engagement photo session to check out the wedding location. Who would have thought that a February photo session will feel more like April photo session since weather almost reached 60F.

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Clarkston Wedding at Shepards Hallow Golf Club

This small Clarkston Weddingwas at the Shepard's Hallow Golf Club.

When its love... well .... its love. Some families come together and are families way before the vows are said, and the rings exchanged. I always feel such a joy seeing two families coming together and celebrating their wedding day.

Succullent wedding flowers

The bride had made their bouquets and the small pendant kept the family close that had passed on.

Wedding details

This was also the first time that I came across the wooden ring that the groom wore

The first Look at the Shepards Hallow golf Course Wedding
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Clarkston wedding - Shepards Hallow
Dance

One of my favorite moments from this wedding was the groom serenading the bride. It was just filled with joy and love

Detroit wedding - A bit of vintage film

When I photograph wedding in Detroit, I'm always intrigued by the multifaceted city. Belle Isle channels the nature and park lover. Taking creative shots through Eastern market shows off a bit of the urban colorful art and the heritage of the area. Sports lovers are drown to Comerica Park and Ford Field, and new venue is coming up in near future.

S and J decided to celebrate their wedding in Detroit showcasing more of the architectural feel for their wedding. To add a bit of character - a twist of vintage film style post processing played with the images.

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