Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Catherine & Eric's Grosse Pointe Wedding Photos

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you might notice that a couple of the photos from the Lochmoor Country club in Grosse Pointe Michigan look very familiar. I try very hard not to repeat myself, but one of my favorite photos from one of my favorite couples last year was way too irresistible to pass up during this shoot. If you look back to last June, look for a very familiar bride to see if you can spot which bride is Catherine's cousin! July this year was a wonderful and unique month for me. I had five couples in a row where I knew them as some of their guests because they were related to or had been in a wedding party I'd shot in the past year or two. There is something so fun and magical going into the day and seeing happy, familiar faces around you. If you're on your toes and do follow my blog, you may be able to spot the brides from previous weddings. Hint for Catherine's cousin... while she didn't get married at the Our Lady of the Sea Catholic church in Grosse Pointe, she did go to a park in Grosse Pointe for photos and we did take full advantage of the grounds of the Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe. As you can see, we had wild weather, very dramatic skies and a 15 minute downpour where we all stood under a gazebo singing first rain songs, then sunshine songs.

Catherine's dad reacts as his next oldest daughter catches the bouquet. Nothing like finishing one wedding and having your daughter catch the bouquet. The Vaughns are a fairly large family, so they may be at this a while!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Erica's Northville Senior Photos

Here are just a few of Erica's wonderful senior photos!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Katy & Phil - Royal Park Hotel Wedding

Sneaky grab there, Phil!

Check out these fun wedding photos from Phil & Katy's Royal Park Hotel wedding in Rochester, Michigan. It was a daytime wedding with lots of fun, tons of cute kids and lots of memorable moments. I decided this blog would be about the wedding from the kid's perspective! I'm so hopelessly behind in my blogging, so forgive the brevity! To see more wedding photography from this Royal Park Hotel wedding, please check out my other blog at!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ear Plugs As Wedding Favors????

Hi Folks!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one.

Every year it seems that the music at weddings gets louder and louder and louder. Now granted, I'm usually parked in front of the speakers for several hours during the reception capturing dancing. I'd rather be blasted than have the speakers be in the photos. So I've lost about 20% of my hearing over the years of parking myself in front of deluxe sound systems. So... if I'm going deaf, why does the music seem to keep getting louder?

Several years ago I started wearing quick, easy to put in ear plugs. I can still hear what people are saying perfectly, but it does cut out the harmful levels of sound. Last weekend I lost my beloved plugs and paid the price with ears that are still ringing some 36 hours later. I went online to fine some replacements and was amazed to see they sell them in bulk!

The most common complaint I hear by far at weddings is that 50% of the guests that would like to socialize during the reception and they simply can't. So they head to the lobby, outdoors or give up and go home. They'd like to stay, but noise (even nice noise) at that volume is just plain uncomfortable for a lot of people.

So I started wondering if couples gave out earplugs by the guestbook, in the bathrooms or on the tables as fun giveaways, how many of their guests would not only use and appreciate them, but might actually stay for the party a bit longer!

It's not a reflection on your DJ or their choice in music, it's just that lots of people don't like really, really, REALLY loud music for hours on end!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Waldenwoods Wedding - Matt & Angela

Matt & Angela wanted a nice, simple family wedding and they got that AND a beautiful day to boot! Their wedding and reception were at Waldenwoods near Howell, Michigan. It's on a camp ground, which doesn't do it justice at all. It's got a nice lodge and some nice old estate type buildings and the ceremonies typically take place out next to a lake. The staff at Waldenwoods has gotten better in recent years and now hold back any campers or onlookers so they don't come trotting and gawking through the wedding ceremony site. I loved Angela's 90 something year old grandpa who was confused a bit about the huge birthday party he thought he was attending, but he loved the chocolates on the table and all the fuss everybody made over him! Congratulations, Matt & Angela. For more Walden Woods wedding photos, please check out my other blog at