Sometimes its nice to strip it all away, to leave the raw emotion. I created these wedding black and white images inspired by photos my dad used to take - black and white - timeless in their simplicity - just shades of gray, shapes and stories.
The Treasury in Pontiac is is a stunning historical venue - it used to be a bank and still has a vault with safe deposit boxes tucked downstairs and an impressive clock right on the balcony made me think of Cinderella.
This was a great collaborative effort of multiple vendors
Planning and wedding flower arrangements provided by Design Quintessentials , planning and cake by The Dulce Experience, lovely dresses from Pas De Deux Bridal and Dolly Couture Bridal , jewelry by Anuja Tolia, and accessories by Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor, as well as the linens and draping from Luxe Event Linen. Out lovely models were styled by talented hairdressers Stephanie Stearnes Artistry and Simona Vigh Hair Design and MUA Make-up by Rosa.
Our photo shoot was even featured in Wedding Day magazine.
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club is a beautiful venue with great architecture - perfect for a wedding. On this beautiful day filled with sunshine, bride and groom celebrated they big day with friends and family, and a lot of nieces and nephews and their dog. After the emotional first look, their beautiful German shepherd posed for wedding photos.
First look is my favorite moment at the wedding - first time the bride and groom see each other dressed and ready is one of those amazing moments when the rest of the world falls away. It doesn't matter when it happens - at the altar, or before the ceremony.
For this countdown I'll give my reasons for the First Look before the ceremony
1 Couple gets to have more of an intimate moment
Sometimes bride and groom want to share this moment in more intimate way. It helps to get "the nerves" out of the way and allows for longer more relaxed experience to appreciate each other. To have more time for just the two of them ( and a photographer)
2 Getting the photos out of the way ahead of ceremony
Having first look before the ceremony also allows the couple to schedule formals with the bridal party and family as well as creative couples photos right after, especially if the couple chooses to mingle with guests at the cocktail hour. This also allows more time flexibility for creative and formal photos in case there is large bridal party or couple is traveling to different reception site.
3 More creative freedom
Seeing each other for the first time without all of the guest, also allows for more fun in the moment. No one is is waiting to start the ceremony. Its just fun time to connect.
So here it is - my 3 reasons to have first look. I notice more and more couples choose the First Look instead of seeing each other for the first time at the altar for variety of reasons.
But no matter when bride and groom see each other first - it truly is a very special moment.
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.
The pavilion was decorated with string lights and rustic table center pieces and guests were treated to handmade soaps as favors.
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.
And So Cheers to the happy couple. May their life is filled with love and understanding.
Wedding timeline seems this overwhelming list of everything that has to be done, making sure that the big day allows for everything important happen and avoid the stress of being late.
You can always opt for wedding coordinator, who will help you with scheduling and coordinating everything. Wedding coordinators offer variety of services, from "Day of" coordination, to full wedding planning.
Here in Detroit Metro area there are quite a few companies including Ines & Marie Events
As a wedding photographer I come across of wide variety of weddings and timelines and the one takeaway is that timelines need room for flexibility.
So here are my top tips to no stress timeline
1. Before you even start working out the time, write down the list of your vendors. That will ensure that you know when and where everything will be happening.
2. If your wedding day includes several locations - getting ready / ceremony / photos / reception - don' t forget the travel time, as well as extra time for parking and boarding the transportation. If your wedding is in one location, you just created more room to breathe.
3. Add time 10 to 15 minutes extra to have time to freshen up, have a snack and use the restroom.
4. Start your timeline with least flexible events - ceremony. Then work backwards to allocate enough time for getting ready, transportation and photography.
5. Allocate time for photography. Well this tip is dear to my heart. Being wedding photographer I com across quite a few situations when initial outline is set for photography however, people who should be in the photos are not ready or present. While I am a big fan of first look and family formals and creative photos before the ceremony, I understand that some couples opt for tradition of seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony.
-If couple chooses to have the first look and creative photos before the ceremony, make sure that bridal party and family members knows when they should be ready.
- if you have large family and want formal photos after the ceremony, make sure they don't leave.
5. Have a plan B if any part of your wedding is outside and there is a chance for inclement weather
On this warm September day I had a great pleasure to be the wedding photographer as this lovely couple returned from California to celebrate their wedding with friends and family.
While September would usually be considered a fall season for weddings, this year weather was more like July or August - hot and at times humid, but mainly dry. Indian Springs Metropark Discovery center has great hallway with tall windows, perfect to showcase the bride getting ready.
As a wedding photographer, my favorite part is watching the interactions of family and friends. On this big day, you could feel the love filling the space.
I love the grounds of this venue - there are fields with tall grass, and pathways, a giant old oak tree with branches leaning down, and a beautiful arbor where bride and groom exchanged the vows.
One of the great highlights of the wedding was, that couple danced to a song written and recorded by groom, that made those first dance moments even sweeter
Indian Springs Metropark is a perfect place for a wedding if you love fields and rustic decor. The spacious discovery center has interesting architecture and a lovely hall for the receptions.
Grosse Pointe War Memorial is a wonderful wedding venue, filled with history and beautiful location. S and A celebrated their glam wedding in this wonderful location. It makes it easy to create great wedding photos, when a great location offers lovely light and nice location.
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One of my all time favorite weddings as weeing two families coming together to celebrate their parents / grandparents making even bigger family in exchanging their vows. I truly believe that Love knows no age, it knows no boundaries. LOVE simply IS. Anther there are people who embrace it, who live their truth, who live their love and bring joy to each other and everyone around them.
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. You can see more of my wedding photography here
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Hello.My name is Ilze, and I am Clarkston photographer specializing capturing lifes important moments and providing lasting memories on high quality unique wall pieces and in albums. As a Clarkston photographer I serve Oakland county communities as well as Detroit metro area. I feel privileged to capture your wedding, your newborn, high school senior or family portrait. I photograph on location, with an intent to capture timeless images tied to your community. My images tell a stories of families enjoying each other, seniors reaching for their next big step in life, and brides filled with joy.