For years I have been thinking about what our roles are as wedding photographers and I've come to a lot of conclusions about what I feel is truly important. Somehow, the amazing folks over at We Are The Parsons (a tremendously inspiring husband and wife photography team) are writing about many of the same things that I've been thinking. There have been times when I feel like they're reading my mind - and then taking those thoughts even one step further. Ideas about letting go of a rigid "shot list" and instead allowing yourself to truly watch what is happening in front of you. Then capture that. The moments that you let unfold before you will inevitably be the most realistic. The way a dad looks at his daughter. The ring bearer's pouty face before portraits and then a complete 180 degree mood change as he RUNS down the aisle during the processional with a huge smile on his face. An offering of flowers at the beginning of the ceremony to honor those family members who are no longer physically present. Feeding your new mother-in-law a bite of your wedding cake after you cut it. Does this mean I'm never going to pose anyone ever again? Absolutely not. BUT, it helps to have this refreshing perspective about shooting. That you are doing it for a specific group of people each weekend. They are all unique. Don't follow the same "rules" every time. Liz and Brian are awesome. Their family is awesome. I hope we captured some images that could only have happened with this group. Cheers!
WOW! Our team truly felt welcomed this weekend. From the moment we arrived in St. Joe's on Friday until we left Sunday morning, we were able to spend time with a fantastic group at an amazing home right on Lake Michigan. After all of the planning and effort, one single day seems to fly by so fast. I know Kerry and Nick would have loved to live in this day for a while longer, but they both wrote vows that incorporated truly being present in the moment. In this way, I know they were able to savor every last minute of September 12th, 2015.
Venue: Private Residence, Hair & Make Up: Reva Salon, Flowers: Black Dog Flower Farm, Planning: Small Town Weddings, Catering: Classic Catering, Cake: Bit of Swiss Bakery, Transportation: Cardinal Buses, Inc., Bride's attire: Jim Hjelm, Dimitra's Bridal, ABitofLoveTB Etsy Shop, Groom's attire: Tommy Hilfiger, Johnston Murphy, Shinola Detroit
Julie and Dani are impressive and inspiring people in their professional and athletic lives, but August 22nd was about their personal life as a couple. It was an amazing day focused on the beginning of their marriage with their close family and friends. The day began with workouts, yoga, and paddle boarding at the fantastic Sojourn Lakeside Resort. Custom shoes from Reebok and custom maracas from Dani's family in Nicaragua also made an appearance. It's hard to fully describe any wedding day in a short little blog paragraph, but Julie and Dani's day covered the good stuff - the sacred nature of the commitment they were making and the celebration that should always follow. Cheers to Julie and Dani!
Shout out to the gorgeous floral design by Kalin of Stems and Sprigs and unparalleled attention to detail by the Sincerely, Ginger Weddings team. Also, Julie's podcast, Pursuing Health, is definitely worth checking out!
Church: St. Mary's in Gaylord, Venue: Sojourn Lakeside Resort, Hair & Makeup: Bliss Salon, Transportation: Blue Lakes Charters, Catering: BJ's Catering, Dessert: Sugar Me Sweet Cake Shop & Alpine Chocolat Haus, Bride: Mimi's Bridal of Ann Arbor, Groom: Men's Warehouse & Mizzen + Main