Welcome to our archive of wedding photography tips and ideas! We’re a photography studio in Orion Township, and we’ve been around for over 15 years. We’ve photographed hundreds of weddings, and we know our way around metro Detroit venues and vendors. We know the trends, traditions, and we are MASTERS at creating itineraries. So whether you’re engaged and planning a wedding, or just browsing for your future nuptials, we have the resources here to help you out. From wedding trends to photography tips to timeline planning, we’ve got years of knowledge for you to explore. We hope you find useful information here!
As wedding photographers in Detroit, Michigan, we always help our wedding clients with itinerary planning, especially since we know the local wedding venues so well. When it comes to itinerary planning, the number one question we get asked is, “Should I do a first look on my wedding day?”
Some people are old fashioned and choose not to see each other at all before their wedding ceremony. We totally get this! It’s old-school and romantic. If you’re sticking to this tradition, more power to you. However, we always encourage our wedding clients to at least consider a first look! We LOVE first looks. Not only are they incredibly beautiful and intimate, but it also opens your itinerary on the wedding day and gives you more time for your wedding photography.
I know that some brides and grooms love the idea of the walk down the aisle being the first time they see each other on the wedding day, but many ceremonies are not until 4:30-5:30 in the evening. That’s a long time to wait to see your fiance on a day that’s all about you two! First looks take place in the afternoon, much earlier in the day, which gives you much more time together on your wedding day.
Not only that, but first looks are usually just you, your fiance, and your photographer (who you won’t even know is there – trust me!). First looks are so romantic and intimate, just the two of you, and you have a beautiful moment together before all the craziness of the day begins.
A first look doesn’t have to be restricted to just bride and groom! We’ve seen first looks between a bride and her father or grandfather as well and those are just as sweet. You’ll treasure those images for years to come, because it allows you to have a brief emotional moment with the people you love most, without feeling the pressure of your time constraints.
Couples who do a first look always have FAR more time for wedding photography than those who choose not to have one. They can travel to their preferred locations, have a relaxed bride and groom portrait session, and take all their bridal party pictures… all before the ceremony starts! The more you can stretch out your timeline, the less stressed and rushed you’ll be in the evening. You’ll have enough to do on your wedding day!
So if you’re wondering, “should I do a first look on my wedding day?” ultimately it’s up to you, but if you asked our opinion, we’d say DEFINITELY YES!
As 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to share our favorite wedding photos of 2017! We had some absolutely amazing wedding clients this year, and we were able to create absolutely stunning, romantic, and beautiful wedding photography for them. It’s always hard for us to narrow our favorites down, but we’ve managed to widdle it down! Underneath each photo, we will include the venue where the photo was taken. Enjoy!
We’re happy to say we have another feature in The Knot Michigan under our belts! We’re very proud of our work, and we always love when it gets recognized by a publication or blog. The wedding that’s featured in the magazine this issue is none other than our awesome sister wedding – Shruti and Tripti, along with their grooms Anup and Sankalp (see our blog post on their wedding here.)
Here is our feature!
We’re so lucky to be alongside such talented photographers, and thank you to The Knot Michigan for loving our work!
I’m sure by now you’ve seen photos from frustrated wedding photographers and brides of ceremony guests staring into their phone screens (or worse… iPad screens!) or standing right in the aisle to get that perfect Instagram shot. Though these images have been shared all over Facebook and blogs, we don’t see many “unplugged weddings.” And don’t get us wrong, seeing your wedding from a family member’s perspective can be a great thing, so an unplugged wedding is not for everyone. We understand that! Here are some of our thoughts about an unplugged wedding, from a wedding photographer’s perspective:
Wedding ceremonies are one of the most beautiful and intimate moments you’ll share with your family and friends. You and your fiance will be completely present, soaking in every moment. Having an unplugged wedding is one way to ensure your guests are completely present as well. They won’t be fidgeting with phones and cameras, they’ll be listening intently and taking in every expression on your face.
Of course, some weddings nowadays are HIGH tech. Maybe your officiant has an iPad, or you’re reading your vows off your phones, or you thrive on seeing the iPhone snapshots that your best friends take. In that case, there’s no reason for you to unplug your wedding. We aren’t trying to tell you that less technology is inherently better.
If you’re looking for a way to get the self-proclaimed family “photographer” to sit down and leave his or her camera at home, an unplugged wedding is the perfect way to do that. We’ve seen so many family members bring their DSLR cameras and act as the unofficial wedding photographer during the wedding ceremony while we’re trying to do our job! This is not only frustrating to us as professionals, but it’s likely your wedding photos will have a lot of them in it, with their face in a camera.
What we ARE ultimately trying to say is that if you choose an unplugged wedding, this is a good way to connect with your guests, and to ensure that your wedding photography will be screen-free. And if you choose to keep your wedding “plugged,” then make sure your guests know that you’ve hired professional photographers and videographers for a reason. Try and let them know to stay out of their line of sight so they can do their job, and if guests do get in the way to get a photo of their own, just know that was a possibility all along.
Basically, if a plugged in wedding doesn’t bother you and your fiance, then by all means, do that. This is a decision for you two to make, and whether you have a phones-on or phones-off wedding, it’ll be the best day of your lives.
To all of you engaged ladies out there: congratulations! I’m sure you’re quickly finding out that wedding planning is quite daunting, whether you have a wedding planner or not. If you’re like me and keep up on all the latest wedding trends, you may be wondering what your wedding this year should look like. Far fewer women have a plan for their dream wedding than we think they do. You may see a floral arrangement you love or a pair of earrings that you find especially bridal, but overall, very few women actually have a full wedding vision when they get engaged. To help you ladies (or fellas) decide what direction you want to take your wedding, here are some 2017 spring wedding trends for your spring wedding and beyond!
Pearls, lace, soft pink, heirloom materials… these are the things we love about a vintage inspired wedding. Vintage picture frames and antique platters and grandma’s hair pin! There’s something about old-world charm and simplicity that brings your guests back in time.
As a wedding photographer in Detroit Michigan, we’re big fans of high drama. So many of our previous wedding clients have certainly done this right. From opulent florals to dramatic uplighting, chandeliers, centerpieces, ice sculptures, fireworks, and sequined linens, a high drama wedding is sure to leave your guests in awe. If you want to give your friends and family an experience they’ll never forget, then a high drama wedding is for you.
This is like the vintage theme, but with a healthy dose of luxury. As wedding photographers in Detroit Michigan, we see plenty of 20’s glam in our plethora of old theaters and clubhouses, such as the Fillmore, Detroit Athletic Club, Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit Opera House, and Colony Club. These venues combine classic art deco and renaissance architecture with modern luxury, giving your wedding the same feel as a party at Gatsby’s mansion.
Spring season means flower season. If you’re planning a spring wedding, that means pretty much every flower is in season, so the possibilities for your florals are endless. That’s a good thing – because a floral theme is a great way to go! We see so many white and soft pink florals – which are beautiful! – but lately, bold florals have been making a comeback. Orange, pink, coral, yellow, purple, red… don’t be afraid to be bold! This brings so much visual interest to your wedding, and what better theme for a spring wedding than flowers?
Here are some resources for wedding trends and some inspiration photos!