Mar 13, 2017
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When Gina called me to talk about possibly shooting her wedding, I was excited and hopeful.  She had a few ideas about her day, but was largely open to my artistic suggestions.  Two things excited me the most.  One was her attitude and focus: all she really cared about was Jeff and family.  For me, that is the mark of a perfect couple to work with.  When couples are more excited for the marriage than the wedding, the wedding will be filled with so many genuine and emotional moments.  The second was the location of her first look and formal photos: The Wyndgate Golf Club in Rochester, Michigan.  It is an exquisite club that is both regal and a hidden gem.  While there are actually two clubs belonging to the Wyndgate Golf Club, one public and one private, we had access to the private club while it was closed, which equates to a photographer’s dream.  Needless to say, I was excited for my first Wyndgate Golf Club wedding.

 

Groom prep at the Wyndgate Golf Club Wedding

One of the several ballrooms at the Wyndgate Golf Club offered a perfect backdrop for Gina to get ready in.  The soft ivory walls complimented her golden blonde hair and white wedding dress.   Bridal prep at the Wyndgate Golf Club Wedding Bridal prep at the Wyndgate Golf Club Wedding Bridal portraits at the Wyndgate Golf Club Wedding Bridal portraits at the Wyndgate Golf Club Wedding

Located on the grounds of the Wyndgate Golf Club is an old carriage house, which gave us some shade from the afternoon sun.  It was the perfect location for an intimate first look between the bride and groom.

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One of the landmarks of the Wyndgate Golf Club is their stone bridge, which allowed for some beautiful landscape shots as well as some private time for the bride and groom.

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After their first look and formals, the families of the bride and groom met up with us at the Wyndgate Golf Club for some nature-filled formal portraits.

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Naturally, leave it to the women to look gorgeous and the guys to be goofballs, right?Groomsmen at the Wyndgate Golf Club Wedding bridal party at the Wyndgate Golf Club wedding ceremony

Following the ceremony, we quickly stopped at Blossom Heath Park in St. Clair Shores and photographed the bride and groom before celebrating with family and friends.

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The champagne was chilled but the toasts were warm as everyone involved in Gina and Jeff’s lives were happy for them.

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Special thanks to the Tignanelli’s for hosting my first Wyndgate Golf Club wedding.  BTW Photography is an award winning wedding photography company, based locally in Rochester, Michigan and is a Wyndgate Golf Club wedding photographer. 

Feb 27, 2017
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Last fall, I received a call from Veronica requesting information regarding my wedding photography.  As we began to talk, I got more and more excited for her day.  The reason: a very small and intimate wedding at a new and different location, The Longacre House in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  I LOVE intimate weddings.  The overall feel of the wedding is different; it reminds me of the Pieter Bruegel paintings of wedding feasts during the early Renaissance.  It is a day of celebration, but it is less about the pomp and circumstance and more about the couple, community, and commitment.  I am always honored when I am invited to be one of just a few guests in attendance at intimate weddings.

Veronica and Dan’s wedding was exactly what I hoped for.  The conversations were based around sentiments from the past and anticipation for the future.  The ceremony was filled with laughter, sniffles, and smiles.  When the bride and groom embraced, the world melted away.  It was so great working with Veronica and Dan.  The day started quietly and built with excitement.  Dan and Veronica shared a beautiful first look, followed by a festive signing of the ketbuah, a Jewish marriage document.  During the signing, his mom was so excited taking photos with her cell phone that she even made the portfolio.  After the vows were read, blessings were given, and the glass was broken, it was all mazel tov to the bride and groom.

Following their intimate wedding, Dan and Veronica stepped outside the Longacre House for a short portrait session before joining family for an afternoon of celebration.  The Longacre House offered the perfect and complimentary backdrop to their intimate wedding; it was classic and timeless, just like their love.

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Jan 04, 2017
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Last month, Abbey and Jeff spent the day celebrating their love and wedding at The Dearborn Inn.  It was THE PERFECT winter day – freshly fallen snow, no breeze with the sun poking out at times, and a beautiful and happy couple.  Their wedding day had all of the right ingredients: beautiful backdrops at the Dearborn Inn, an emotional first look with the father of the bride, a long and memorable first look with the groom, a fun wedding party, an emotional wedding ceremony, and a packed dance floor. I am so honored to return to photograph another Dearborn Inn wedding. 

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Abbey’s wedding details were gorgeous.  She braved the cold in her heels and donned a stunning wedding dress.

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To say the bridal prep was fun is an understatement.  Naturally, it was a bit chaotic, but that is half of the fun, right?  Dearborn Inn Wedding Suite

With some help from her bridesmaids, Abbey got ready into her dress.  I couldn’t help but to take a few portraits of her once she was ready.  The south-facing single window provided just enough light to highlight Abbey’s wedding dress.

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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

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