07.18.15 – Sara and Jeff – Royal Park Hotel (Rochester, MI)

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What a fantastic time we had with Sara, Jeff and their families and friends on their wedding day!!! The day began with Ray and his team arriving at the Royal Park Hotel and greeting the ladies in their suite where they were having their makeup and hair done.  The atmosphere was light and fun, with many activities from the DIY arts and crafts, to all the ADORABLE “little” bridal party members!  Sara received a beautiful gift from Jeff, and she also surprised him with a super cool surprise as well!! (later in the story)  😉

After a while of primping and fun “girl” time (and of course the boys are having fun as well!) we began the processional to the ceremony…. Sara looked stunning on her Dad’s arm, and you could see the excitement and pride in his face!  After a touching and personal ceremony in the beautiful garden tent at the Royal Park Hotel, the guests retreated into the wonderful air conditioning of the Royal Park for the cocktail hour.  We were able to steal the bride and groom away with their respective parties for a few portraits along the river before they joined the party indoors.

It was delightful to see the look on Sara and Jeff’s faces when they saw their reception room for the first time! (That is MANY months of detailed decisions, as all brides know!!!)  They then had a grand entrance followed by lovely traditional dances of father/daughter and mother/son. Of course the bride and groom’s first dance was in the mix as well!!

Then, a fantastic meal was had by all (including the photography team, THANK YOU Sara and Jeff!!!) and the party began!!!!  Initially the dance floor was occupied with the ADORABLE little bridal party! Soon after, the adults began to “cut the rug”, so to speak!  So~ in the meantime, Sara presented Jeff with a gift (a beautifully wrapped box of cigars) and an invitation for a private cigar bar for the two of them!  In the process of this, Sara managed to have a “traditional” photo shoot with her her ladies in the bathroom!!! (we didn’t ask!!! LOL!!!) But the smiles on their faces said it all!!!  Awesome FUN!!!!

We are so happy to have had the honor of being involved in this event!!!  Ray photographed Jeff’s sister’s wedding as well as several of their family friends’ weddings, making this a bit of a reunion for him as well!  We are so thankful to be chosen yet again to document another of their beautiful days!!   Sara and Jeff~ we wish you the best in your new marriage and life together!

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