09.28.13 – Elizabeth and Tommy – Country Club of Detroit

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Elizabeth and Tommy’s wedding was an extraordinary event! As a photographer, there were so many facets to love about this day! First, Elizabeth and Tommy are about as fun of a couple as you will ever meet!  Just scroll through the photos here and you will see smiles and laughter on their faces throughout!  Believe me, I did not have to edit through tons of photos to find photos like these!  Their genuine smiles and joy was literally on their faces from the start of the day until we finished….and I am sure it didn’t stop there! (Elizabeth and Tommy: you have smiles on your faces right now, don’t you???)  The happy dispositon that I speak of with Elizabeth and Tommy obviously were modeled by their parents! Both sets of parents were also so much fun to photograph, lending to the great photos here!  Elizabeth’s father, for example, was sporting skull and swords cufflinks and shoes with his tuxedo!  In Tommy’s getting ready photos, captured by my second photographer David Yarnall, his father fits right in as if he were just one of the guys!  There are so many great moments throughout this day with their families and friends! Please check out the completed highlight slideshow and see the whole day unfold by clicking >>>>HERE<<<<

The backdrop of this day is set on Metro Detroit’s eastside beginning in Grosse Pointe and ending at the historic and stately Country Club of Detroit.  It was a spectacular, late September day in southeastern Michigan and perfect for the kind of activities Elizabeth and Tommy envisioned! Many of their guests had travelled far and wide to celebrate and they wanted to make it a fun-filled day for all.  It was evident to me from the moment I first met Elizabeth, that her genuine nature is to make other’s happy. In hers and Tommy’s desire to make sure their guests would have fun on this day, they made sure there would be plenty to do! For example, they had lawn games set up on the lush country club landscape behind the clubhouse.  The guests were given options to play games like Bocce Ball, Corn Hole toss and Ladder Golf.  It was such a fun and relaxed atmosphere, it was a perfect way for their guests to pass time and enjoy the afternoon between the ceremony and reception!  In addition to the lawn games, there was plenty of food and drink prior to the guests even entering the grand ball room for dinner! They also had an artist painting a live mural of the outdoor festivities as dusk was approaching.

One of my very favorite bands, Mel Ball and Colours, provided the music entertainment once the party was moved inside.  As they always are able to do, they kept the dance floor jammed packed with guests for the entire night. There are so many fun photos of Elizabeth, Tommy and their friends and relatives dancing the night away!  One of my favorite photos of the night is the one below of Tommy surrounded by his guy friends on the dance floor (fifth from the bottom).

The wedding day was perfectly planned and coordinated by the meticulous Carolyn Hefner of the China Closet and her two wonderful assistants, David and Karen.  I also need to mention, that my cousin, Tom Rollo, a wedding photographer from Palm Beach, Florida, flew up to spend the weekend with me and to lend me a hand.  To Elizabeth and Tommy’s benefit, Tom participated as a third photographer throughout the day!  With such a grand event, between the three of us photographers, we were able to capture just about every moment from every angle throughout the day.  Editing through the photos, I was overwhelmed with how many great photos that I needed to weed through to present to Elizabeth and Tommy for their final collection!

In addition, the day could not have been the success it was without the outstanding talent of all the vendors selected by Elizabeth and Tommy, including:

Hair Salon: Salon Seventy Six in Grosse Pointe Farms

Make Up Artist: Tricia Wilson

Ceremony:  Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church

Floral: Bellisario Florist

Guests Hotel/Groom Getting Ready:  Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit

Transportation:  All Start Transportation

Band:  Mel Ball and Colours

Scenic Painter:  Keith A. Hasenbalg

Cake: Country Club of Detroit

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