Dan & Janice lived out of State until recently so we did not have the chance to do the complimentary engagement session. We really like to have a trial run (with the EPhoto) as it makes the day of a little easier knowing what to look for (better sides, eyes that close more than the other, blinkers, cheesy smiles,…). We were the first to arrive at the Church, St. Aiden, which at the time was in a total downpour. Thankfully the skies opened for a short while before the reception to provide a great backdrop for a few photos below. Everything went off very well and Janice and Dan were much more relaxed than expected. Off to Lyon Oaks in Wixom for the reception. Lyon Oaks part of Oak Management is known for their friendly staff and excellent food (not to mention great venues such as Glen Oaks in Farmington, and Addison Oaks to name a few.
The below photo is probably one of my favorite of all time. It is very reminiscent of Marcus Bell (one of my favorite photographers). The plan was to meet the limo near the entrance to Lyon Oaks. As I waited and looked out at the field and beautiful blue sky, placid water and a few cumulus clouds I thought how beautiful and serene this setting was and imagined a somewhat different photo below. As the limo pulled up then passed me heading to the reception my heart sank thinking that I lost a truly memorable photo opportunity. I started up the explorer in fear I would miss the entrance and head in myself only to realize the Limo pulled off to the side of the road just a little ways from the building. As I pulled along side the Driver asked where I wanted to go. So I explained and we headed by. After a couple of quick bridal party photos we headed back to the spot I envisioned and by that time the turbulent skies had rolled in. No longer was the water placid. I was a bit disappointed but once I had the image in Photoshop I realized it portrayed the shot even better then I had originally imagined. Turbulent skies, rippled water and the passion that was being portrayed by Dan and Janice.