I didn’t get to meet Jim until his wedding day. Correction: I didn’t get to meet Jim until just a few moments before he walked down the aisle. Imagine my part-embarrassment, part-hesitation walking into the dressing room at the church and not know who was the groom. Throughout the day, I wasn’t able to interact or really mingle as much with Jim as I had wanted to; the “I do’s” and drive down to Belle Isle kept me relatively isolated and doing my job. It wasn’t until the toasts that I got to “know” Jim and better understand his love and devotion to Sarah.
Jim and Sarah met at work. She was on a temporary assignment in a different department. Jim observed from afar until it was her last day of work, when he approached her and asked her out. Dates, Skype calls, and five-hour car rides to and from Chicago became the norm as their relationship flourished long-distance. As the stories of Jim and Sarah continued, it became obvious the kind of guy Jim was – dedicated to Sarah with integrity and character.
As they danced their first dance, all the late nights, road trips, and sacrifices that led them to that moment easily became worth it.
Peter contacted me after seeing a wedding I shot at the Country Club of Detroit. His family has been a longtime member of the Club and thought it would be the perfect spot to propose to his then-girlfriend, Katie. Peter pulled some strings and had the whole club to himself. He told Katie that he needed to stop in there prior to going out to dinner with his family. (In all actuality, both his and her families and friends were waiting to celebrate!) Judging by her reaction, Katie had no idea when he started talking what was about to happen. It wasn’t until he started to go down on one knee that she figured it out. Overcome by emotions, Katie said yes with tears in her eyes and a smile on her face. The moment was awesome and I am honored to have been asked to be there. Peter, a true gentleman, had champagne waiting and wanted to spend some time with just Katie to soak it all in before meeting up with their families. Before they left, we snapped some portraits to help remember an already perfect night for the two of them. Best wishes to you both; may you have a wonderful and exciting engagement.
Last December, Shannon and Steve had a gorgeous wedding at Cherry Creek Golf Course in Shelby Township, Michigan. Everything took place at Cherry Creek, which added a unique element to the day. Instead of worrying about travel and timelines, Shannon was waiting anxiously to meet her groom at their First Look. Throughout the day, Shannon was smiling ear-to-ear. The day flowed perfectly and was celebrated by everyone in attendance. Because they dated for many years, the wedding was like a reunion of friends and families. It was an emotional and memorable day for all.
Sometimes you meet couples where their personalities and relationship are so strong, you throw out your photographic plans and go with the flow like a photojournalist, snapping moments as they happen. Trying to do anything more than document is futile. These are some of the best engagement sessions and photos – totally unplanned, spontaneous, fun, and full of energy. This is Jeff and Abbey.
Jeff and Abbey met while in law school. While life would later take Abbey’s career in a different direction, she describes law school as the “best mistake of her life” because it was here that Jeff caught her eye. Instead of studying, she was sneakily snapping photos of the cute guy behind her (she even has the photos on her phone to prove it.) That cute guy would later become her confidant, her boyfriend, and now her fiance.
Abbey wanted a winter-themed engagement session. For weeks, we had unusually warm weather here in Michigan. Some days in February hit 60 degrees! Luckily, Mother Nature delivered and dumped fresh snow, blanketing the beautiful grounds of various Grosse Pointe landmarks, including the Edsel Form Mansion, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, and the Grosse Pointe Academy. It was cold outside, but their laughter and constant affection towards each other kept them warm.