The day began with David Yarnall – my second photographer, and myself, meeting up with the couple for getting ready photos at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan. After Jenny and Matt changed into their wedding attire, they met outside the hotel on a bridge over a river that runs adjacent to the hotel. I love photographing these meetings, because they always produce beautiful and meaningful opportunities as the couple see each other for the first time. It also gives us the opportunity to have extra time to photograph the formal portraits of the families and wedding party before the wedding ceremony which frees everyone to join the cocktail hour immediately following ceremony.
The ceremony and reception was held at Meadowbrook Hall just a few miles down the street. Fortunately, because of the first look, we were able to photograph most of the formal portraits outside the mansion just before the rain began to fall. The rain, however, would not give up and forced the late afternoon ceremony inside. The old Dodge mansion is a Michigan treasure. The grounds and estate are absolutely exquisite. So, even though an outdoor ceremony was planned, changing the location inside is a really nice option. The home is like a museum with beautiful woodwork, marble floors and columns, and priceless artwork and artifacts. Not a bad setting for a memorable ceremony!
After the ceremony and cocktail hour, the celebration convened in a large tent off the back side of the estate. Decorated with beautiful floral arrangements, the guests were served dinner and entertained through the evening by the talented band, Nouveaute.
The day was filmed by one of Detroit’s most talent video teams, Fifth and Main Productions.