She was the girl with the cute profile picture. He was the boy with the adorable smile. A few dates later, they were the inseparable. Katie’s excitement was contagious, as is her radiant and positive personality. The whole day, Andrew and Katie laughed, loved, and made some amazing memories.
There is always something special about a wedding at a historic landmark. There is so much culture and beauty in these buildings, it lends itself to be an elegant affair. When Klaire and Max told me they were having their wedding at the Dearborn Inn, I was excited for the photographic opportunities. Originally built by Henry Ford to host out-of-town business guests, it was later transformed into one of Metro Detroit’s nicest hotels and conference centers. The entrance, with its black and white marble floors, welcomes guests into a garden courtyard, where Klaire and Max exchanged vows. Surrounding the ceremony site are smaller cottages, where they shared their First Look. After their ceremony, we headed up to the Grand Ballroom, where toasts, laughs, and dancing ensued. Overall, you couldn’t have asked for a better day for their Dearborn Inn wedding.
When I left Detroit, we were having record low temperatures (think -25 degrees). You could imagine my disbelief when Annie picked me up from the Denver airport wearing jeans and a t-shirt…in February. Colorado was having an unseasonably warm winter. The forecast for the week was in the 50s with no sign of winter anywhere. Needless to say, I was disappointed. I anticipated an endless number of landscapes and snowcapped mountains to serve as my backdrops. Instead, I was met with dry grass and brown stone. As fate would have it, mother nature dumped 8 inches of fresh snow two days into the trip. I grabbed my gear and we started working. Our shoot started at Chautauqua Park, right outside of Boulder. The Flatirons were the perfect backdrop. From there, we headed up to the Flagstaff Amphitheater and hiked in through nearly a foot of snow. We had the place to ourselves and took a moment to drink in the beauty. Nate serenaded us with a song that he wrote for Annie and I turned the video on (edits to come). By the time our shoot was wrapping up, the sun was setting and I knew I had a portfolio they would love.