Collin and Kasey held an outdoor Stony Creek wedding ceremony followed by a reception at the Italian American Cultural Society.
If you have been a longtime reader of the blog (first, thank you!) you know that I frequently say that the best and most unexpected part of being a wedding photographer is simply the people you meet; however, there are so many incredible aspects to the job. We get a front row, all-access pass to the most emotional and important day in the lives of a couple. We create personalized art that will be cherished for years, if not, generations. We help visualize, plan, and execute the wedding of their dreams. We get to give ourselves, in this incredibly personal way, to our couples by the art we create. In short, the experiences we share with couples on their wedding day forms bonds, deep bonds, that are one of life’s greatest blessings. Nearly two weeks have passed since Collin and Kasey’s Stony Creek wedding, and I can’t stop thinking about their wedding and feel excited for them.
Kasey started her day getting ready at her grandma’s house. As I opened the door, it felt like I walked into Santa’s workshop – everyone was busy with tasks, having conversations, and there was a definite energy and excitement in the room. While Kasey was getting the finishing touches done on her hair and makeup, I took a few photos of her details.
With Kasey’s hair and makeup done, it was time for her to step into her dress with the help of her mom. One thing I immediately noticed was how warm and welcoming Kasey’s smile was; it enhanced every photo. Luckily, it didn’t take much to make Kasey smile as it seemed she was glowing all day.
Once Kasey was done getting ready, she shared a first look with her dad before heading to Van Hoosen to share a first look with Collin.
Next, it was Collin’s turn to see his bride. They both were all smiles seeing their best friend and life partner.
After giving them a few minutes to soak it all in, we walked around Van Hoosen and created some beautiful photos.
With our time at Van Hoosen coming to a close, we left for their Stony Creek wedding at, what are commonly referred to as “The Pines.” I remember the first time I saw The Pines, I was location scouting for a winter engagement session many, many moons ago. I immediately thought that would be a beautiful spot for a wedding ceremony! Lucky for me, Collin and Kasey thought so too! Nearly ten years and many photo shoots at The Pines later, I finally got to photograph a ceremony there.
What makes a Stony Creek wedding at the Pines so unique and special is the peace and serenity the location brings.
After their Stony Creek wedding ceremony, we stuck around for a few more formal photos before heading to the Italian American Cultural Center for their reception.
As guests took their seats, it was time to invite in the bridal party and the bride and groom.
As guest enjoyed their dinner, we snuck outside for a few golden hour photos before the sunset.
Venue: Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township
Hair & Make Up: Caidy Marie Beauty
Dress: Piera’s Bridal
Tuxes: Wesner Tuxedo
Cake: Christine’s Bakery
Video: Happiness Again