A backyard, lake wedding in Clarkston

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Before I even met Tom and Amber, I knew that they were the kind of couple that I would not only like to work with, but hang out with as well.  What gives?  Instead of meeting them at a quiet Starbucks or coffeeshop, they opted to meet on the second floor of one of Metro Detroit’s great restaurants – The Union Woodshop located in downtown Clarkston.  (If you have never been, you have to check it out.  Order the woodsticks, pulled pork with a side of mac and cheese.  You won’t be disappointed.)  We bonded over craft beers while they shared their relationship story and plans for their custom-built house in Fenton.  At some point, we spoke about their wedding.  A few seasons and one engagement session later, their wedding was finally upon us.  Tom’s parents live on a lake.  They thought he was always joking when he said he wanted to have his wedding in their backyard, until he had his wedding in their backyard.  It was the perfect venue and represented the bride and groom perfectly – serene, laid back, and beautiful.  The warm August sun shined upon them and their family while Tome lightened the mood by improving his lines a little bit.

The morning of the wedding, Amber was calm and collected.  Almost too calm.  When I asked her if she was getting excited, she told me “a little…I just want to see Tommy.”  To me, this was the best answer.  For Amber, it was less about the day and more about the man, the marriage, and their love.  I think that shows in the photos.  From the gorgeous and quiet first look on an isolated dock to the excitement they shared walking down the aisle and the way they looked at each other while they danced their first dance, it was always about each other.

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