11.10.12 – Ashley and Scott – St. Hugo’s Chapel/Oakland Hills Country Club (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

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Ashley and Scott’s wedding day was a memorable one for several reasons. First, because two weeks prior, Ashley and Scott who live in New York City, were among the millions caught in the middle of Hurricane Sandy. Second, I had known Ashley’s family for a few years having photographed her older sister’s wedding. Third, it was to be a November wedding in Michigan, and you never know what kind of weather to expect at this time of year. And lastly, because the venue for the reception was to be at the prestigious Oakland Hills Country Club, one of the more elegant venues to photograph a wedding in all of southeastern Michigan. The end result: Ashley and Scott, their east coast family and friends, were able to successfully make the journey to Detroit for the wedding day; and, the weather in Michigan was perfect!

The wedding day photography began with my second photographer, David Yarnall, photographing Scott, the groomsmen, and his family getting ready at the Townsend Hotel. I met Ashley and her bridesmaids getting ready at OHCC. When Ashley was ready, we arranged a “first look” to photograph the couple seeing each other for the first time along side the historic club house looking over the 18th green. After completing the family portraits, the wedding party was transported by trolley car to and from the wedding ceremony at nearby St. Hugo’s Chapel.

Following the ceremony, the guests returned to OHCC for cocktails, dinner and dancing, greeted by two Bagpipers. The evening festivities were emceed by the super-talented Simone Vitale Band, who also kept the guests on the dance floor throughout the night.

Ashely and Scott selected some of Detroit’s finest vendors to make their day the success it became:

Carolyn Hefner of The China Closet for planning services.
Ralph Bellisario of Bellisario Florist for floral and decor.
Alex Bitoff for Fifth and Main Productions for video services.
Sweet and Savory Bake Shop for the cake.
Randy, the Ice Guru, for the awesome Statue of Liberty and Ice sculpture bar.
Trolley car transportation provided by Tecumseh Trolley and Limousine Service.

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