It only takes a few minutes after meeting Sarah to know she is a polite, friendly, and generally happy person. Throughout the whole planning process, she was calm and had a sense of whimsical warmth to her that made being in her presence like visiting an old friend. I knew her and Matt’s wedding was going to be fun. I didn’t expect it to be that fun. Throughout the entire day, Sarah was laughing and fully embracing every moment with her family and friends. I can’t remember the last time I had not only a bride, but nearly everyone in front of my camera laughing as much as this crew. Not only did it lend itself to some beautiful images, it also helped cement some amazing memories of Sarah and Matt’s Detroit Eastern Market wedding.
The day started quietly at her parents’ house, where I walked into an empty house with the exception of her dog, Max, and her dad, Jerry. It wasn’t long before Sarah arrived from the salon and enjoyed some time (and mimosas) with her mom and sister.
Soon after, the rest of her bridal party arrived, which can only mean one thing – more mimosas!
Before Sarah got ready, I asked if I could take a portrait of her on her couch. She has this air of elegance to her that I knew would show through with the soft window light.
With the help of her mom and sister, Sarah soon became a bride. Again, all smiles. All love.
With some time left over in the schedule, I asked if we could go outside for a few portraits. Sarah looked stunning in her dress and the splash of purple flowers enhanced her youth and beauty.
Any dog-owner knows that they are also part of the family. The day wouldn’t be complete without a good luck kiss from Max. Next, it was Matt’s turn to get ready for his Detroit Eastern Market wedding.
The priest at St. Paul of Tarsus actually came out of retirement to marry Matt and Sarah. One of the things he did was have them write letters to each other, which he then read aloud to the congregation. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the church after hearing what they had to say about each other.
After the ceremony, we went down to Detroit to photograph the whole bridal party crew. Detroit has so many gorgeous backdrops, it was the perfect spot for photos of Sarah and Matt’s Detroit Eastern Market wedding.
This is one of my many favorites from the wedding. After the girls were lined up, I asked them to show Sarah some love. Erika immediately went in for the kiss, which I wasn’t expecting but made for a great shot.
Even though we had to dance around the sporadic rain, it didn’t matter. The day was perfect, the colors were gorgeous, and nothing was going to stop this bridal party from having fun.
Once I got Sarah and Matt alone, it was all smiles and all laughter. They were a joy to photograph.
After our first stop, I wanted to add a splash of color to their wedding. I thought it was fitting for their happiness and personalities. Midtown served to be the perfect backdrop.
Can I be honest? Sometimes it isn’t the perfect posed, perfectly lit images that best capture the day or are the couple’s favorite images. As we walked back to the bus, I used the walk as an opportunity to say nothing and just shoot. The lighting isn’t perfect, the background could be better, but this is them. This is life. This is their future.
Our last stop before heading to the Mirage was Detroit’s Eastern Market. We had a extra bottle of two of champagne and decided to start the party in the streets. How much fun is a Detroit Eastern Market Wedding?
Once at the Mirage, Joe Cusumano from JAC Entertainment took over the reins and started the party.
Did I mention earlier that the wedding was all smiles, all laughter, and the occasional tear?
Congratulations Sarah and Matt! It was a beautiful and memorable way to start your lives together.