Working with Ashley and Chris was like working with old friends! (they were actually referred to me from the last wedding I blogged! & Ashley was a groomswomen in that wedding)
I was so excited when Ashley sent me her rough wedding timeline and they had a first look planned along with PLENTY of time for portraits. It was a dream!! I am always here to help with timeline planning and letting you know how much time you need to allot for the bare minimum pictures, but I always love it when the couples make more time for photos.
I send out a series of questionnaires to my couples to find out what's important to them and to learn about any special traditions they are doing. One of Ashley's requests was to capture her father, she is his only daughter so she knew he would be pretty emotional. I caught more than a few tears shared between the two of them and you could just feel their loving connection.
The first look & portraits
As I mentioned they opted for a first look, which I ALWAYS recommend! Then we moved right into their formal portraits. I knew from our engagement session and from chatting with Ashley how they liked to be posed and what worked/didn't work for them. I knew that Chris was pretty silly and would try to make Ashley laugh for all of the pictures if he had the choice. So we were patient as Chris took 20 minutes to put on a serious face for just a few pictures, LOL.
the rest of the story
They had a gorgeous Catholic wedding inside of St James Episcopal Church in Grosse Ile and then we took the rest of their photos at the reception which was held at the golf course down the street. After the formal pictures were down we rode around of their party bus. They had the idea to take the bus to visit Ashley's brother & sister-in-law who had JUST got home from the hospital with their newborn baby girl. Because she went into labor a few days early she couldn't be a bridesmaid and had missed the wedding. So we took the party bus to see them!
Their whole wedding was gorgeous and working with this stunning couple was such a breathe of fresh air during my busy season.