10.06.12 – Rachel and Andrew – Pine Lake Country Club (West Bloomfield, MI)


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Rachel and Andrew’s wedding fell on a beautiful, autumn-weather day in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Incredible fall colors adorned the trees, a blue sky with billowing clouds, and moderately cool, crisp temperatures made for a perfect wedding day! In Michigan, weddings that are planned for October, are decided for this very reason! The problem is that there is no way of predicting the outcome because it could just as likely end up being a cold and rainy day. For Rachel and Andrew, it could not have been more perfect!

I began photographing Rachel and her bridesmaids getting ready at Rachel’s parents home, which was only a couple of miles from the church where the ceremony would be held. Rachel had Todd Skog of the popular Todd’s Room of Birmingham on hand as her make-up artist. Rachel was surrounded by an excited and happy bridal party, which lent to a great atmosphere of candid moments! I love this time of the day because it sets the tone for great documentary photo opportunities!

After about ninety minutes or so, the girls were shuttled over to nearby Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church . To accentuate a majestic wedding, it helps to have a majestic ceremony location. There is none other in Michigan that quite matches the fairytale-like, majestic looking church than Kirk in the Hills. It has beautiful architecture with and incredible cathedral. Fortunately, the church lifted their tight restrictions that normally prohibit the wedding photographer from shooting inside the cathedral during the ceremony. We were allowed inside, but had to remain behind the last pew of guests.

After the ceremony, family and wedding party portraits were captured on the alter. Another wedding party portrait and a few of Rachel and Andrew were captured outside along the lake behind the church, and then we headed over to Pine Lake Country Club for the reception in an All Star VIP party bus. The band, Fifty Amp Fuse, emceed the grand entrance of the wedding party. Toasts, cake-cutting, dinner and formal dances followed. As the evening rolled on, guests filled the dance floor with the talented, high energy band singing their favorite songs.

Rachel and Andrew’s wedding was a terrific celebration! It could not have been the success it was without Carolyn Hefner of The China Closet and her expert planning! The floral and decorations were provided by the premier talents of Ralph Bellisario of Bellisario Florists. The wedding cake was made by Holiday Market in Royal Oak.

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