Dec 24, 2016
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Liz and Adam wanted an elegant wedding that was an ode to their family, friends, and history; their Townsend Hotel wedding perfectly did just that.  Family and friends were omnipresent throughout the day and were constantly sharing a memory or laugh.  Zoey, the family dog made an appearance and stole some hearts along the way (mine included).  Family members played music throughout the ceremony.  Even Adam’s youth pastor presided over the ceremony.  Everything – prep, ceremony, and reception – took place at one of Metro Detroit’s premier hotels, the Townsend Hotel.  The Townsend Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located in downtown Birmingham.  They did a wonderful job decorating the grounds, flipping the room between the ceremony and reception, and making sure the day ran smoothly.

After their first look at the Townsend, Adam and Liz took a walk around downtown Birmingham.  The cool air and Christmas decorations were the perfect compliment to their November wedding.  Their wedding turned out to be exactly what they wanted: beautiful, elegant, and intimately surrounded by family and friends. BTW Photography is an award-winning photographer who specializes in Townsend Hotel wedding. 

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Liz gave Adam a beautiful Cartier watch and a heartfelt note to remember their wedding day.  Adam and Liz celebrated their day at the luxurious Townsend Hotel wedding.Cartier Watch Birmingham Wedding

With some help from her sister and dog Zoey, Liz got ready for her Townsend Hotel wedding.  The Townsend Hotel Birmingham Wedding 4

After Liz got ready, we had a few minutes in the hotel room to photograph some portraits.  This glass table offered a unique perspective on the elegance of the bride. Taken at a Townsend Hotel wedding. 

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Before her first look with Adam, Liz shared an emotional first look with her dad.

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It was a brisk November afternoon; however, that didn’t stop Liz and Adam from having fun and enjoying the beauty that Birmingham has to offer. Liz and Adam celebrated a Townsend Hotel wedding.Downtown Birmingham Wedding Photography Downtown Birmingham Wedding Photography Downtown Birmingham Wedding Photography Downtown Birmingham Wedding Photography Downtown Birmingham Wedding Photography Downtown Birmingham Wedding Photography The Townsend Hotel Birmingham Wedding 14 The Townsend Hotel Birmingham Wedding The Townsend Hotel Birmingham Wedding

The golf-accented details were a warm compliment at their Townsend Hotel wedding.  The Townsend Hotel Birmingham Wedding Details The Townsend Hotel Birmingham Wedding First Dance

Dec 16, 2016
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Business is a funny thing; every day, wedding, and couple is different.  Just when you think you have it figured out, business throws you a curveball.  The curveball came in the overwhelming enthusiasm and swift decision-making Sarah had when scheduling her engagement photos.  Surrounded by family and their support, Steve surprised Sarah and proposed to her on Thanksgiving.  One week later, Sarah and I were talking photography and a week after that, we were shooting their engagement photos!  As we chatted about their wedding venue (The Henry Ford) and what type of photos/backdrop/feeling they are drawn to (classy and elegant), I showed her a few wedding photos I took outside of the DIA.  Boom, done.  Ten minutes later, we had the locations, outfits, time, and whole shoot planned.  I love it.  I don’t think I have ever had a wedding or engagement planned so quickly.  Sarah opted to have a winter engagement in Detroit.

Michigan is known for its temperamental weather and last weekend was no different. Monday it was 50 degrees and by Saturday it was in the teens.  Despite the cold and needing to bundle up, it was a perfect afternoon.  We started our shoot at the Detroit Institute of Arts before heading down to Campus Martius and photographing in front of the beautiful Christmas tree.  Their engagement shoot in Detroit was short and swift, beautiful and emotional.   You can’t ask for much more than that.

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From a photography standpoint, one of the reasons why I enjoyed the shoot so much was because I got to incorporate one of my favorite pieces of equipment – the Profoto B2 with a 2′ octobox – with a new piece of equipment, a Nikon 45mm PC tilt-shift lens.  The Christmas tree in Campus Martius was the perfect opportunity to play with the lens.  I wanted the tree, which was close to the Steve and Sarah, to be out of focus and darker, while the couple was in focus and lit by the Profoto.  With a bend of the lens, it worked out just as I had hoped.  It was the perfect lens to photograph a unique winter engagement in Detroit. 

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