Monday, October 05, 2009
Ann Arbor Engagements Part II. Earlier in the day it was Theresa and Nate. Ending the day is Katie and Matt, also Michigan Alumnus who plan on getting married in Traverse City next summer. Thanks again to Ana from TwoFoot Creative for this fabulous couple!
Katie expressed an interest in a green setting so we started at the well known "Arb" aka Nichol's Arboretum. The Arb was very tranquil as most students vacate the park around dinner time on weeknights. We wandered around the huge meadow and then hiked out just before sunset. Our last stop was Hill Auditorium where Matt and Katie first met their freshmen year. It was pretty dark by now, but we got in a few shots. It was fun watching students pass by as we played around out front. :D
I've long wanted to photograph a wedding or engagement on the Michigan campus and about 2 weeks ago I got my chance. Theresa and Nate are fellow University of Michigan Alumnus and were introduced to me by Ana of TwoFoot Creative - a busy wedding planner based in Ann Arbor. The three of them were all Michigan track/cross country teammates. Cool!
Theresa and Nate were just recently engaged and are planning a wedding in Ann Arbor next year. We got together in the Law Quad early one morning just before sunrise. Winston, their bulldog, made an appearance before retiring to the car for a nap. Then off we went from landmark to landmark; the Bookstore Mural on Liberty, Nickels Arcade, the Cube, Angell Hall, and finally the Diag. Good Times!
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Ceremony at New Community Baptist Church in Mountain View and reception at Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in Cupertino.
Ring and John (BTW, don't they look great?!!!) started the morning at the Cypress Hotel. (No doubt a few of you will recognize the wallpaper and lounge areas.) As the ladies applied their finishing touches, the guys went on a McDonald's run. With everyone now ready, we filed into the elevator along with John's special accessory, a football. More on that later. Sweet! I love it when we have a generous amount of time and rarely run out of interesting photography ideas. Downstairs we took advantage.
The large church was packed, I mean packed. It was amazing! More people just kept coming. Highlights included a pre-ceremony ballet performance, plenty of live music and singing, and the pastor's creative references to football which is one of John's favorite sports. That explains the ring pillow that I got a shot of below.
After a brief stop with Ring and John at Cuesta Park for a few fun shots, we hightailed it to Cupertino Square for the reception. But not before squeezing in another 5 minutes of portraits in the mall with the entire wedding party for a special page I have planned for the album. :D
Dynasty Seafood's large banquet room was bursting at the seams with nearly 400 guests. A variety of pink and brown paper lanterns were hung from the ceiling which dressed up the room nicely. After the tasty banquet, there were no shortage of games, activities, and challenges to keep the crowd entertained. Mr. DJ also played plenty of Asian anthems to keep the youngin's satisfied. New Order, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Anything Box... c'mon you know what I'm talking about! Something worth noting are the wedding cupcakes. They were made by a business that John's sister (Jessica) co-owns!
Floral Arrangements: Tanjeeryn Designs
Cupcakes: Cupcakes by Andrea and Jessica
Music: Jeff Lee