Timmy and Emily held their ceremony at Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church before hosting a Henry Ford Museum wedding reception.
I have long said that the best part of wedding photography are the people you meet and the relationships you form. Years ago on a blistering cold February day, I met with Meredith and her future mother-in-law to location scout for Meredith’s upcoming wedding. Bundled up in the back seat was Emily, Meredith’s best friend. Together, we bravely exited the SUV, walked the grounds, and struggled to tolerate the winds that ripped through our coats. At some point during our walk, Emily mentioned that she was dating Timmy, the brother of the groom-to-be. Jokingly, I told her to “take good notes. Maybe you are next!” A few months after Matthew and Meredith’s wedding, I got an email from Timmy, asking if we could meet and do our own location scouting; he was going to propose to Emily! In one of the most funny, memorable, classy, and heartfelt proposals, Emily said “yes” (and a few other colorful words as the proposal was happening) to the question she was waiting to hear. What will always stand out to me about their proposal was the length that Timmy went to in order to make the day perfect: he flew in Emily’s family and childhood dog to help celebrate the occasion. After some phone calls and celebration, more family and friends joined for a night of pizza, champagne, Busch Lite, cigars, and celebration. It truly was an insight into the couple and their values: family and loved ones first. These values were center stage on their wedding day as guests travelled as far as British Columbia to join in their wedding and celebration.
Emily got ready at the iconic Westin Book Cadillac. Her simple, yet elegant dress tastefully complimented her natural beauty. Truly, she made creating beautiful images easy.
After Emily got ready with the help of her mom, she wanted to share a special moment with her dad.
Since her bridesmaids also got ready at the Book Cadillac, she decided to give them a little sneak peek as well. It is safe to say, they were excited to see their best friend as a bride.
In the hierarchy of photography, emotional photos top everything in my opinion. It is easy to take a “pretty” picture, but much more difficult to take an emotional one. Humans are guarded. The most emotional moments of a wedding day isn’t at the altar when everyone is watching, it is when no one is watching. Cards, letters, or vows that couples write to each other always provide an opportunity for these emotional moments to unfold. In Emily’s case, Timmy must have wrote something funny because she was all smiles.
With a few minutes remaining before Emily and her bridesmaids left for the ceremony, we walk around the corner to take a few photos.
While Emily was getting ready at the Book Cadillac, Timmy was getting ready at the nearby Detroit Athletic Club.
Next, it was time for Timmy to see his bride. It was touching to see him experience a range of emotions as she walked down the aisle.
With every wedding, I try to take a few photos at the end of the family formals that are more painterly portraits, influenced by the lighting of Old World Masters. The depth and darker shadows in this image remind me of such.
After their ceremony, we stopped by the Detroit Public Library on Woodward for a few photos before heading to their Henry Ford Museum wedding reception.
After the formals, it was obvious that the bridal party was ready to let loose and have a little fun.
After the group photos were done, it was time for Timmy and Emily to take a few photos.
As their photos wrapped up, it was time to head to Dearborn for their Henry Ford Museum wedding reception. Fun was definitely had on the ride over and set the mood for the rest of the evening.
Once we arrived at their Henry Ford Museum wedding reception, we took a few photos as guests made their way to the cocktail hour.
Once Timmy and Emily entered into their reception, it was off to the races for an enjoyable evening.
Beauty: Team Glam Detroit
Beauty: Bianchi’s Salon
Band: Chateau Band
Tuxedo: The Black Tux
Dress: Something New Boutique
Cake: Iversen’s Bakery
Signage: Shine Wedding Invitations