Bob and Heidi’s were married at Saint Mary Cathedral in Lansing, a Catholic church featuring beautiful Gothic architecture. We traveled to the MSU Horticulture Gardens for photos following the ceremony, and the reception was held at Old Town Marquee, a gorgeous venue located in historic Old Town Lansing.
I always enjoy the opportunity to capture moments of laughter like this one during a ceremony.
Shooting from a low angle really emphasizes the grandeur of the space.
My favorite ceremony photos often come at the end, images of the joyous newlyweds walking hand in hand back down the aisle in celebration.
Before leaving Saint Mary we took advantage of the wonderful facade for a portrait of the wedding party.
The Horticulture Gardens at Michigan State University are an excellent location for wedding photography, with lush greenery and flowers all around, as well as architectural elements such as bridges and pergolas.
After a brief period of time in the gardens, some light sprinkling started which then began to intensify. Rather than running for cover immediately, we took advantage of the weather for some beautiful rain portraits. Using a flash to backlight the couple and highlight the raindrops is one of my favorite techniques and it always looks amazing. I think the fact that it’s something I can’t just do at will whenever I feel like it makes it more special and unique to the couple and their wedding day.
With the rain picking up, we headed indoors. At this point, with the sky darkened by rain clouds, even the space that we found with plenty of large windows (one of the buildings on MSU’s campus) had pretty terrible lighting. Fortunately, since I had my flash equipment with me, we were able to keep shooting with perfect lighting while the storm continued outside.
The Old Town Marquee in Lansing is a beautiful space with a great mix of rustic charm and vintage elegance. The exposed brick walls provide an gorgeous backdrop for photos and the room gets plenty of light through the large bay windows.
The hardwood floors and brick walls are the perfect setting for a first dance.
One of the hidden charms of the Old Town Marquee is that there are some great photo locations right behind the building, including these old abandoned railroad tracks where we stepped out to take a few photos around sunset.