10.20.12 – Kristen and Paul – Royal Park Hotel (Rochester, MI)

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Kristen and Paul, like me, live in Los Angeles, but were having their wedding back in Michigan. For me, traveling between California and Michigan several times a year has become a part of my routine during wedding season. I find it ironic that I was able to actually meet up with them for an engagement session in Southern California, and a month later, photograph their wedding in Michigan! It didn’t happen, but it would have been even more ironic had we flown together from LAX to Detroit Metro for the wedding itself! Together, they make a terrific couple and I found this out first hand when we met for the engagement shoot. Before we even began the shoot, Kristen had located a pub for us to sit down and enjoy a few beers! I will definitely try this approach again with another couple! It helped break the ice and it set the tone for one of the more memorable engagement sessions I’ve photographed! When their wedding day came around, it was like meeting up with a couple of old friends!

A month later, and back in Rochester, Michigan, the wedding day finally arrived. The day began for me meeting up with Kristen at the Marlouf Salon in downtown Birmingham to photograph her getting her hair and makeup done. After we were finished, the remainder of the wedding day took place at the beautiful Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. My second photographer, David Yarnall, photographed Paul getting ready, and I photographed Kristen. After they were dressed in their wedding attire, the couple met for a “first look” out on the bridge overlooking Paint Creek near the hotel. The ceremony followed shortly after in the popular Conservatory room in the hotel. Afterward, the reception conveniently took place on the opposite side of the hotel in the Royal Ballroom.

Despite, the long distance between their home in L.A. and their Michigan wedding, Kristen and Paul’s celebration was as good as they get! Of course, it would not have been the success it was without the expertise of their premier vendors:

Carolyn Hefner of the China Closet for planning the entire event
Ralph Bellisario of Bellisario Florist for decor and floral
Joy Ride Band for entertainment
Fifth and Main Productions for video
Le Petite Prince for the wedding cakes

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