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Warren, Michigan Wedding | Sam and Ryan

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Sam and Ryan were married on a beautiful summer day in Warren, Michigan.  I started with Sam getting ready with her bridesmaids at the hotel.

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Their was some nice light coming through the window of the room so I took the opportunity to create this beautifully moody portrait of Sam before I left to meet up with Ryan and the guys.05 10 0010

 

I wanted to try something different with Ryan so I started with a silhouette before doing a more traditional portrait.
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After photographing the groom I headed over to Renaissance Unity church for the ceremony.  But first, I photographed Sam getting into her wedding dress with some help from her mom and sister.
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Sam with her father, who was sporting an excellent top hat:
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Once Sam was finished getting ready we did a few elegant bridal portraits to show how beautiful she looked on her wedding day.
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I love the dramatic feel of this image and how it captures the anticipation as Sam and her dad wait for their cue to come down the aisle.  05 10 002105 10 002205 10 002305 10 002405 10 0025

 

The first kiss, and the newlyweds! 05 10 0026

 

The wedding party:05 10 0027

 

Sam with her girls:05 10 0028

 

Sisters!05 10 0029

 

Ryan and the guys:05 10 003005 10 0031

 

While I was photographing Sam outdoors, her dad snapped a few shots with his phone… I think mine turned out better though, lol.
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After photographing the family photos we spent a few minutes doing portraits of the bride and groom and then it was off to the reception.
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These girls were having what appeared to be a thumb war in the corner of the reception hall:05 10 0044

 

The bride and groom make their entrance:05 10 004505 10 004605 10 0047

 

Cringing, followed by laughter is one of the hallmarks of a good best man speech:05 10 004805 10 004905 10 005005 10 005105 10 005205 10 0053

 

We stepped out just before sunset to get a few more portraits of Ryan and Sam with the beautiful golden hour lighting:05 10 005405 10 005505 10 0056

 

The first dance was lovely and Ryan sang to Sam as they danced:05 10 005805 10 0059

 

Next came Sam and her dad and Ryan and his mom:05 10 006005 10 006105 10 006205 10 006305 10 006405 10 006505 10 0066

 

Later in the night Ryan and the guys stepped outside to celebrate with some cigars:05 10 006705 10 006805 10 006905 10 0070

 

Things got wild on the dance floor as the night went on:05 10 007105 10 0072

 

Ryan’s brother Jake with a helpful thought:05 10 007505 10 007705 10 0076

 

Before the night was over I grabbed Sam and Ryan for a couple more quick portraits.  With some control of the lighting and use of flash I was able to create these images.  I love the impact and emotion that dramatic lighting can bring to a photograph!05 10 007405 10 0073

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