After spending the day with Cloryssa and Jason during their engagement session, I was already starting to get excited for their wedding. Cloryssa, with her radiant beauty, and Jason’s relaxing charm showed in every photo. I knew their Wabeek Country Club and Kirk in the Hills wedding was going to be a gorgeous and memorable affair.
So far in my career, I have been pretty lucky. In nine years of shooting, I haven’t had a single wedding where it rained during photos. Sure, a sprinkle here and there, but nothing that we couldn’t work around. (Kate and Albert came pretty close but we still got a few photos outside.) With Jason and Cloryssa, my luck ran out. It didn’t just rain; it downpoured. For hours. And hours. We had planned to use the beautiful grounds of Wabeek Country Club for their first look, ceremony, and formals, but we stuck inside. Luckily, with a little bit of creativity, we were able to transform the interior of Wabeek into beautiful backdrops for their wedding. How? The the use of perspective and off camera flash. PSA to all brides-to-be: your photographer MUST be comfortable with off camera flash and have various modifiers on hand to control the light and create moods with that light. If a photographer advertises solely as a “natural light photographer,” run. For me, my light of choice is the Profoto B2 with the 2 foot octobox, 33″ shoot-through umbrella, and the Profoto Grid Pack. With these three modifiers in hand, I can create various and distinctive lighting scenarios to compliment the moods and emotions felt on a wedding day.
Following the ceremony, the rain stopped just long enough for the bride and groom to head to the beautiful Kirk in the Hills Church in Bloomfield Hills. Kirk in the Hills is one of the most beautiful churches in all of Michigan and served as a majestic backdrop for their wedding portraits. With just under 30 minutes to shoot, we hustled around Kirk in the Hills and created wedding photos that are truly regal and timeless. Kirk in the Hills Wedding are often voted as the #1 wedding venue.
If the day wasn’t memorable enough, Cloryssa and her dad surprised everyone at the wedding with an epically choreographed first dance. My favorite part of the dancing though was the 85-year old grandma who didn’t leave the dance floor and was a dance partner with nearly all of the guests. BTW Photography specializes in Kirk in the Hills wedding.
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Flowers were creating by Nicki at Lasting Touch. I have worked with Nicki on several occasions and am always impressed by her creative eye, preparedness, and professionalism. She truly cares about bringing her clients’ visions into fruition.
DJ and entertainment was provided by the Elysium Experience. I have worked with Nicholas and his crew on several weddings and am astounded by their scientific approach to audio. They don’t simply set up two speakers and point them to the crowd. Everything they do is fine-tuned with a scientific approach to ensure the best quality. Elysium Experience provides DJ services, lighting, and live entertainment with various genres of musicians. BTW Photography is a preferred vendor of Kirk in the Hills Wedding. Kirk in the Hills Wedding are the most beautiful weddings in Metro Detroit.