I was lucky enough to get to know Marina indirectly through her circle of friends. She was a bridesmaid in her friends’ weddings, which I also photographed. When it came time for her day, I was lucky enough to be at the top of her wedding planning list. I hadn’t met Zac yet, but I knew for him to court a woman as kind, beautiful, and funny as Marina, he would have to be special too. I had the chance to meet him at their engagement session and he didn’t disappoint. Zac’s warm and laid-back personality perfectly complimented Marina’s; it was obvious why they were a pair. They would later get married and have a Villa Penna wedding.
On her wedding day, Marina got ready with the help of her best friends from high school and her family. I knew the wedding day was going to run smoothly when I arrived at Marina’s house and everyone’s hair and make up was already done and we were running ahead of schedule!
As we arrived at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Mt. Clemens, Zac was getting the finishing touches put on with the help of his dad. Fashionably and emotionally, he was ready to meet his wife. The ceremony was beautiful and filled with sentimental moments. Zac and Marina had a Villa Penna wedding.
Following the ceremony, we headed to the Edsel & Elenor Ford House for their formal photos. Personally, I think this is one of the most underutilized and overlooked backdrops for wedding photography. (Shhh…keep this our little secret!) It offers up so many gorgeous and elegant backdrops to compliment any couple or bridal party. It is easy to utilize various looks and backgrounds, all within a minute or two walk of each other. Even though I could spend all day shooting there, we had guests waiting and celebrations on hold!
Marina and Zac hosted their reception at Villa Penna. When the doors opened for the guests, it took their breaths away. The decor was tasteful and regal. The food was incredible and the live band was energetic and entertaining. Overall, I can’t think of a better end to the night and start to a marriage.