Clicking Through Life » Real life wedding photography

Bridget & Walter’s wedding was my very last wedding of last year and it was definitely an awesome way to wrap up the season.  The details were classic and timeless and even though there was some snow on the ground, with temps in the 40s it felt like a heat wave compared to what we’ve been having recently.   It was a day of celebrating love, commitment and truly a day of joining of families in marriage and I was honored to have been there to document it all…

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When I arrived, Bridget’s three boys were just finishing up getting ready.  Just in time to help mom.:-)

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Bridget was all smiles when she arrived at Christ Cranbrook Church for the ceremony.

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Built in 1928, Christ Cranbrook is located in Bloomfield Hills and is breathtakingly beautiful both on the outside and the inside.

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After the ceremony we headed to Walter’s house for a little celebration before the reception.

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Snow makes for such pretty portraits!

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The reception took place at Oakland Hills Country Club and the decorations and flowers were so perfectly elegant and the cake was exquisite and Mark Randisi, with his Sinatra style made the evening perfect!

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We weren’t exactly ready for a dog, well we weren’t actively searching anyways.  Our 19 year old kitty Bo was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer and he is our utmost priority and while we still miss Coby, we knew that it wouldn’t be too long before we welcomed another dog into our home.   We were planning to wait until spring, mainly because of the potty training and the sub-zero temperatures this winter.  But I believe that everything happens for a reason, and while we might not have been ready, Balto definitely was.

We don’t know much about the beginning of his story honestly, but this much we do know… He was rescued from Detroit and was in foster care for about a week.  He’s approximately 1.5-2 years old and the name he was given when he was rescued was Balto, and even though he had only had it for about a week, we decided to keep it.  We didn’t want to change too much up on him, we’re pretty sure he’s been through enough lately.  And Balto is actually a pretty cool name.  His namesake was an all black Siberian Husky sled dog in Alaska, who in 1925 led a team 674 miles through a blizzard to deliver medicine.  They did it in just 5 days, if you want you can read more about the story here.  So yeah, it’s a pretty cool story and a pretty cool name.  :-)

And we also know…  He’s very social and was living with 2 other dogs while in foster care. He’s sweet and playful and extremely gentle.  He loves people and proved it on our first meeting.  If you’ve been following us on social media you know we had a winter inspiration shoot this week and I asked if Balto might model for us.  I thought it might be a long shot, but his foster mom thought he could do it.  And this is when he blew. me. away…  We only had a very short time with him he did amazing!  It was a little chaotic here with 10 people running around and three cameras pointing at him and he rocked out his 15 minutes of fame-although I can pretty much guarantee this won’t be the last you see of him.  :-) He greeted everyone with his tail wagging and welcomed them to pet him and he listened sooo good as he posed with our bride and groom.  It turned out to be a testament to what kind of dog he is and we knew that as long as he did good with Bo, he would be the perfect fit for us.

Since I’m writing this post, I bet you can guess the outcome.  A huge thank you to Luvum All Animal Rescue and all of the volunteers for doing what you do and bringing Balto home!  He has stolen my heart and while we don’t know much about his beginning, we’re pretty sure how the rest of the story goes…

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He’s absolutely gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to get my own pictures of him!

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And here’s a little sneak peek of his modeling debut.  :-)

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I’m always amazed watching little humans grow, the way they start to develop their own personalities, and I love watching mom and dad as they grow from husband and wife, to new parents and how quickly they become pros.   Twins Mack and Myles were back in the studio celebrating their 3 month birthdays and I was in awe of Heather and Trevor.  Watching them work as a team, tagging each other in when needed.  They’ve definitely settled in as parents and Mack and Myles, well see for yourself how adorable they are…

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Today I’m happy to share Kevin’s last wedding from last fall!  Kristen & Devon were married in a quaint little ceremony near the end of last fall before all of this snow fell.  It’s hard to remember what the green grass looks like isn’t it?

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Engagement sessions are fun!  They’re relaxed, casual and our main focus is to capture your love for each other.  My clients love them and I’ve mentioned before some of the reasons I love them here.  We know there’s enough stress when planning a wedding and engagement sessions are meant to be stress free.  So here’s some helpful tips to help you prepare and get the most out of your engagement session experience.

*Arrive on Time.  Please make proper considerations for traffic, hair delays, and fashion emergencies!;) Since sessions typically take place in the evenings, the sun dictates how long your session will be. An average shoot lasts 1-1.5 hours…if you show up 30 minutes late, the session is not extended, unfortunately it ends at the regularly scheduled time when the sun sets. We want the BEST experience for you during your engagement session and being on time achieves exactly that!
*Be sure to check out our blog for engagement sessions before your shoot and show them to your fiance too.  We’ve found that when you view sessions in advance it helps you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Here’s a link  that’ll bring up our engagement sessions to give you an idea of what to expect.

*Don’t hesitate to check out photo shoot locations beforehand. If you think you have a cool idea, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Find a spot that reflects your love and a place you will both feel comfortable.  And please know that there is no such thing as an ‘ugly’ location….there is beauty everywhere….we just have to find it!  I’ve shot pretty much in every location imaginable including a first look next to a garbage dumpster so please know that the location doesn’t necessarily have to be pretty at every corner.
*Your engagement session is about your love story.  If you want to an authentic capture of your love, think of meaningful details, like love letters you’ve written to each other or the necklace he gave you for your birthday. Feel free to bring things along that really reflect your fantastic personalities. Love to travel?  Bring along some vintage suitcases.  Is reading together your thing?  Bring along a blanket and your favorite books.  Play the guitar?  Bring it!  The possibilities are endless! Don’t hesitate to bring anything that truly reflects you individually or as a couple.

*Your engagement session is the perfect opportunity for your practice run for your hair an makeup.  It will also help them feel a little more ‘done-up’ for the shoot and give you a confidence boost.  Girls we want to feel pretty and confident…and sometimes spending a little extra time getting ready achieves just that.

Make sure you check out our Pinterest Board for more engagement session inspiration.

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