Rose and Luke were happily married August 18th at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Charleviox. Rose had asked me earlier this spring to be their photographer so I planned my trip to Spain so I would be back in time to be able to shoot the wedding. My second wedding on my own, the butterflies were still firmly placed in my stomach. The nervousness didn’t leave until I got a message on Facebook from Rose yesterday.
Thank you so much for the pictures!!!!! They arrived just today! You did an amazing job- we were so lucky to have you!
Lots of love!
Rose was a glowing bride. I have so many pictures of her just smiling, smiling, smiling and giving hugs all around. Luke is her strong and quiet man, and they are starting their new life together a long ways from Northern Michigan in California, where he is from. They had a lively reception with lots of big band, swing dancing and even a fun smoochin’ game! Instead of kissing whenever we would clink our glasses you had to get up and sing a love song at the open mic!
Luke and Rose, thank you so much for asking me to be your photographer. I had such a fun time. Blessings on your marriage!
Wesley and Danielle were married late June at the New Hope Church in Traverse City, Michigan. They were married a week before I left for Spain, so in the preparation for leaving I decided to leave this post until later. I was so occupied in Spain that I could barely get away to blog about my trip, so here it is August and I am finally getting the photos up.
Wesley is also a photographer and make sure that his dad was close by with his camera so he could take some shots of his beautiful bride ;) This was my first wedding on my own as the primary shooter, and I was honestly preeetty nervous. I shot so many photos, not wanting to miss anything. I packaged the discs up and mail them off to the newly married couple a few days before I flew out to Valencia and a few days later got this message from Wesley, “Thanks, I got them, and they are AMAZING! Fantastic work, I love them. :)” Made my day =) I shot my second wedding on my own the week I got back and was even more nervous than the first time. I’m still new at this and the pressure to capture someone’s wedding day, for me, is huge. I suppose it’s not professional and well-thought of for photographers to disclose their personal feelings on their blogs but I think when you hire someone to photograph your wedding you need to have a good relationship with them and be able to communicate well. I like to be honest and open. If you don’t both share the same vision the couple isn’t going to be happy and neither will you when you get negative feedback. Working in photography you not only have to sell your work, but in one way, sell yourself. No one wants the obnoxious photographer making a scene with a blinding flash and ordering the bridal party about! But enough chatter, I take pictures and am not a writer for a reason. =)
Wes getting a shot of his bride :)
Wesley and Danielle, blessings on your marriage! Thank you so much for asking me to be apart of your day.
Early this summer I second shot a beautiful Bay Harbor wedding with Kim Way, owner of Always Photographic. Jeff and Molly are from California, and came to Northern Michigan to have a small wedding on the grassy patio overlooking Lake Michigan. They had a wine tasting featuring local wines instead of a cocktail hour after the ceremony, which was something unique I had never seen before. I love the idea!
A few shots from the reception…
Jennie and Bryan’s wedding was the first wedding I have the pleasure of second shooting for Kim Way, owner of Always Photographic. Jennie and Bryan had a touching ceremony in Charlevoix, then took the trolley to the Emmet County Fairgrounds for a lively reception!