Meredith & Mike | St. Ambrose & Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Wedding

November 20, 2009 |  by  |  Weddings  |  Share

I tucked some lenses into my bag, locked the door, and left.  The weather was sunny and mild, especially for August.  And I was giddy because I was walking to the bride’s mom’s house for the getting ready images.  When we learned the mom of the bride lived one street over from us, we didn’t think that meant just five houses down and two houses over.  In fact, in the time it took me to post on twitter that I was walking to the bride’s house , I was already there.    :)  We’ve been wanting to photograph a Grosse Pointe wedding for a long time, so this was a special wedding for us.  We didn’t expect it would practically be in our backyard.  :)  That was a bonus.

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Meredith’s dress = glorious!  It was an amazing couture find that she got for a steal thanks to some good luck and great timing.  It was meant to be, because it was utterly perfect for her.

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Meredith & Mike were high school sweethearts, so it was only fitting that their First Look was at Grosse Pointe South.  Andy met up with the guys while I was hanging out with the girls.  He got some great shots at the school baseball diamond.

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I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  I love First Looks.   Seeing each other before the wedding allows us to set up a very special moment, and you are free to laugh, cry, hug and kiss and talk – which you can’t do in the formal atmosphere of the church.  It is way more intimate and joyful.  We’ve also found another added benefit – our couples are noticeably calmer and more relaxed going into the ceremony when they’ve seen each other first.  So it’s good for the nerves too!

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On to the ceremony!  Meredith & Mike tied the knot at St. Ambrose in Grosse Pointe Park – another location within walking distance to our house.  :)   This church is beautiful inside.  The stain glass windows bathe the entire church in this pretty purple light.  This was our first time working in this church and the staff was very gracious.  Meredith’s uncle from Boston officiated the ceremony, which made it even more meaningful.

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The reception was held at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.  The couple was welcomed into the ball room under an arch of baseball bats – a playful and fun way to spice up the introductions.  :)

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Finally, the rings.  More lovebirds, and more obliging creatures to hold the rings!

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Meredith & Mike – thank you for letting us capture this beautiful day.  Meredith – you looked absolutely gorgeous and you and Mike’s happiness was palpable throughout the entire day.  We loved working with both of you.  :)

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