After investing an entire day of my life to photographing a wedding, I always have several thoughts on my mind regarding the day. One of them is to decide on a descriptive word that best characterized the couple and their wedding. The wedding day, itself, was elegant, enchanting, and classy. Perfect for Rachael and Daniel, but what I remember most about them and their wedding is the anticipation they both had to see one another on the alter, the love that was evident between them, and the compassion they shared for one another when they were together for the remainder of this beautiful evening. So the word I think of for Rachael and Daniel’s wedding is “romance!”
The day began at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn where the couple got ready. I spent my time with the girls, photographing the happy group as they had their hair and make-up done. My second photographer, David Yarnall, spent his time photographing Daniel and the guys. A funny thing happened on the way to the church (true story!): the plan was for the limousine to first drive the girls downtown to the church and then turn around and pick up the guys. Because of traffic that day on the freeway, the limo driver would not have been able to turn around and pick up the guys in time for the ceremony. Thanks to David, doubling as photographer/chauffeur the wedding ceremony stayed on schedule!
The ceremony took place at one of Detroit’s jewels: the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. I have been so fortunate to photograph several weddings at this astoundingly beautiful church! The architecture is magnificent! A perfect setting for the nuptials between Rachael and Daniel. After the ceremony and family portraits on the alter, we had some time and wonderful weather to do some fun portraits with their wedding party, as well as a few romantic ones of themselves. Now living in the city of Chicago and loving its urban setting, the couple thought it would be cool to include the backdrop of classic, downtown “Detroit” to their wedding memories. We ended up at Hart Plaza on the Detroit riverfront, where there are so many great landmarks.
Finally, we all hopped back into the limo, and headed to Lovett Hall at Greenfield Village, the site of the couple’s reception! Lovett Hall is one of those places that has an “old world” charm to it. Originally a dance studio, it dates back to Henry Ford’s days. It has the original hardwood floors still in place, antique chandeliers hanging, and ornate trim throughout. With the ballroom table decor to the nines, elegant floral arrangements on each table, the chandeliers dimmed, and the fantastic Royce the Voice, of the Royce and Jenn Band, serenading the guests, romance was in the air, and the festive evening was about to begin. With the excitement building, Rachael and Daniel, along with their wedding party, were introduced like celebrities, and the party began. Toasts from the wedding party, a fantastic dinner served, and the first dance between the couple followed. There were plenty of golden moments for me to photograph, all in my documentary style, capturing laughter, tears, love and joy, throughout the night! It was a grand and romantic affair!