Wow, where do I even begin? This was a really special wedding for us. I’ve been friends with the groom’s mother, Anne Marie, for several years now. Anne Marie is the type of person who adopts people and once you’re in, you become part of her family. Andy and I have been to many of the DeRosier clan’s gatherings, large and small, so nearly everyone at this wedding was a familiar face. Photographing the wedding of someone you know personally really gives you a bit of a different perspective and I think it makes us better rounded photographers.
We also had a close connection with the bride and groom. Chris & Jessica’s proposal in 2008 was the first one we ever shot and will always have a special place in our heart. We were still pretty new to wedding photography then, so I feel in a way that they kind of made this journey with us. We photographed them again last year for their engagement, and now I’m thrilled to share their wedding images. (You guys know a baby session is next, right?)
I’ve naturally got a lot of favorites from their wedding, so let’s get started! The bridal preparations started at the home of Jessica’s maid-of-honor, Katie’s house.
It’s a tradition in Jessica’s family to attach some pins with special significance on the inside lining of the dress. I loved this detail!
Jessica’s dress was perfection.
This image below is one of my favorite getting ready images ever. I “saw” this photo in black & white before I even clicked the shutter, and I love it.
And here’s Chris & his dad getting ready:
Super cute bride and maid-of-honor!
Chris’s dad and brother….who look more and more like each other every time I see them together.
Early in the day, we headed over to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial to get a few bridal images of Jess before we headed to the church. The weather forecast threatened rain pretty much all day, but we lucked out and it stayed dry for us.
St. Ambrose in Grosse Pointe Park. This is one of our favorite churches to photograph. It’s just a few blocks from our house, it’s beautiful inside, and the rows of pews are laid out in such a way that it’s easy for us to keep out of sight during a ceremony but still get really great shots from a variety of angles. It’s kind of a wedding photographer’s dream church. Down the aisle!
The bridal party was so much fun. This photo really needs to be seen LARGE because it’s hilarious. Of course we took some more traditional shots, but this one cracks me up.
Chris & Jessica didn’t do a First Look, but they did put PLENTY of time into the timeline for photos which is a MUST if you aren’t doing a First Look. We really appreciate the time they spent with us, and I think they are going to have a tough time picking photos for their album.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one below.
Jessica knows how to work it for the camera. Exhibit A:
Their reception was held at Mac & Ray’s overlooking Lake St. Clair.
Their cake was created by Chocolate Bar Cafe, a local favorite.
Touching first dance. Another favorite of mine.
I could post about a hundred more photos of the reception, but I reined myself in. Here is just a sampling.
Chris and JJ, we are glad to count you as friends & neighbors. We wish you nothing but the best as you start this new chapter of your lives. (And a big congrats to JJ on graduating nursing school and landing a new job downtown!) We love you guys and we had a blast documenting your relationship from your proposal to your walk down the aisle. Congratulations to you both!
If you’d like to see even more images, you can check out their slideshow on Vimeo.