10.01.11 – Jessica and Damien – Royal Park Hotel (Rochester, MI)

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Jessica and Damiens wedding was spectacular! There are a lot of elements that go into making a wedding day memorable, festive and successful. A great venue, a great planner, a great band, beautiful weather, a bride and groom in love, to name a few. But for a wedding to be spectacular, it not only must include these elements, but a few more (from a photographers perspective): a bride and groom who are infectiously fun to be around, love to laugh and show emotion, enjoy being together, and surround themselves with family and friends who celebrate life with the same zest! Thats who Jessica and Damien are, their family and friends are, and thats why their wedding was spectacular!

I knew this was going to be a great wedding long before the actual wedding day. I was familiar with Damiens family, having photographed his sisters terrific wedding a few years before. The event was also going to be coordinated by Carolyn Hefner, of the China Closet, who does nothing short of perfection when planning a wedding day! I also had the opportunity to photograph an engagement session with Jessica and Damien a few months before, which allowed me to get to know them better – as well as them getting to know me.

October in Michigan has always been my favorite time of the year. It is a beautiful, scenic time because of the changing colors of the leaves and the air is is fresh and crisp. The downside is that you never know what youre going to get! It can be cold and wet, or it can be cool and breezy, or it can feel like an extension of a warm summer day – which we call an Indian Summer. The weather on Jessica and Damiens wedding day was superb! So in addition to a great venue – The Royal Park Hotel, great vendors, great wedding guests and wedding party, Jessica and Damiens wedding day was as nice as you will ever see on an October day in Michigan!

Of course, I would be remiss not to give the proper credit to some of the other vendors involved with this day:

The China Closet for planning
Deyo Studio for hair and makeup
Bellisario Florists for floral and decor
Sweet and Savory for the cake
The Jerry Ross Band for entertainment

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