10.22.11 – Nicole and Chris – Townsend Hotel (Birmingham, MI)

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I first met Nicole at my LA office last winter. She was in town on business and our schedules just so happen to collide in So Cal, even though her wedding was going to be back in Michigan. I meet a lot of potential clients each year, but even today, I still remember meeting Nicole for the first time! She has an incredibly warm and friendly personality. When she came in my office, her face lit up with the most infectious smile youll ever see! She spoke with so much excitement when she told me about Chris. Nicole explained to me that her wedding day is something she had been planning her whole life and that she could not wait for the day to arrive! I instantly knew from that meeting, that I wanted to photograph this couples day!

When the day finally arrived, I met Nicole at her parents home for getting ready photos. As is our standard, my associate, David Yarnall, met Chris and the guys at the Townsend hotel to do the same. When I first met Nicole, she was as excited of a bride as I had ever met (I really am not trying to fill up this blog with exagerated things to say! She really was!). In fact, you can take that excitement and multiply it by ten!!! The instant I walked into the house, she was buzzing with excitement! She was giddy and happy and, literally, doing everything she could to contain herself from flying off into the stratosphere, she was that excited!!! Let me tell you: I would have had to have been a total novice to not get great photos of her! For a photographer, it doesnt get any easier to find spontaneous photos when your subject is beaming with personality! Nicole had so much personality, she had plenty to share with her family and friends!

I usually write in detail about the days events, but I can see that Ive already filled up most of the space gushing over Nicole! Let me just summarize from here how the day unfolded and I will let the photos below do the talking! The ceremony was held at St. Johns Episcopal Church in nearby Royal Oak. The couple and their wedding party were transported to the church and their Townsend Hotel reception by the Tecumseh Trolley Company. The days events stayed on schedule flawlessly, as was the exquisite decor of the grand ballroom, due to the multi-talented services of Emerald City Designs. Nicole and Chris chose the fantastic Dan Rafferty Band to keep the party rocking throughout the evening. Ryan Koral and his Epic Motion crew were our video partners in capturing the days beautiful story!

Like most of my clients these days, Nicole was referred to me by relatives who were previous clients of mine. To me, there is no better way! My style is decidedly photojournalism. You either love what I do, or prefer a more hands-on approach to wedding photography. When I am selected by someone with the high responsibility of photographing their once-in-a-lifetime memories because of the work I accomplished from someone they know and trust, it only solidifies the trust given to me to do the same for them. Trust is the key factor in allowing a documentary style photographer, like me, to capturing the unfolding story of the day. As you will see from the photos below, as well as the slide show at the bottom of this post, I was able to be at my best. Nicole and Chris wedding was my final wedding of the year to photograph. I can honestly say, they dont get any better than this!

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3 comments

  1. These pictures are amazing! We knew youd do a great job for Nikki and Chris. Such an amazing wedding and youve captured it so well!

  2. We seriously cannot say enough about working with you… not only did you make the day easy and painless, but you managed to capture ALL the emotion of the day. I seriously feel like I am reliving the best day of my life every time I look at these. From the moment I walked into your office in Cali I knew I had to work with you… you just made us feel so at ease and natural. AMAZING- THANK YOU!

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