Top 16 Wedding Moments of 2017!
Our final week of “2017 recaps” is all about the focal point of my business- weddings. I’ve been photographing weddings since I was 15 years old (crazy, right?). 2017 we booked 40 weddings… FOURTY, four, zero. YES, 40. Insane… I know. We made an ad one day on Facebook hoping to book a few but a few quickly turned into 120 inquiries and 40 finalized bookings. I had the best year of my life and it makes sense because 17 has always been my lucky number. I had about 50 moments listed but I FINALLY narrowed it down to SOME of my favorite moments at weddings. This year was a year full of firsts and a year full of moments that I really think were caused by fate. Our 2017 couples were absolutely incredible.
These photos were captured by myself and my right-hand Nick Najduk. I could not have imagined this year, nor would I have ever wanted this year, without him by my side. I'm thankful that we crossed paths so we could chase our photo dreams together in 2017!
(If you like this post, make sure to check out last week’s recap.)
1. Holland, MI Elopement
This is by far one of the best moments of my photo career. Micaela had originally booked me for a big wedding in September but after the chaos of planning, she ditched her venue and the first week of July we spontaneously drove to Holland, MI. They got married on a beach and we finished the night by having them say their vows in the water during sunset. It was the best, I love them, I loved this day.
2. Native American Ceremony
Brittany and Michael had SO much personality included in their wedding. Their ceremony was definitely one of my all-time favorites. Brittany and her father walked down the aisle as he wore traditional Native American attire. During the ceremony they included a few traditions in respect to their roots which included blanket wrapping by the mothers, singing in celebration by their guests and burnt offerings.
3. Foggy Chicago Wedding
Photographing a Chicago wedding was on my bucket list for years. The wedding was held in the heart of Chicago with a first look on the rooftop of their hotel. It was a rainy day which created fog that covered the top of the skyscrapers, the fog also helped create some of my favorite dress shots.
4. Back-lit Rain
This was one of our last weddings of the season. We managed to go the entire year without an absolute downpour but this one was a pretty rainy day. Nick and I took our couple outside at the end of the night and got this shot.
5. Beach Wedding
A beach wedding was also on my bucket list! The very first wedding of 2017 for me was on the opposite side of the state and it was on a beach. I was really excited. It was the perfect wedding to start our wedding-season.
6. Victorian Couch Bridal Portrait
Valerie was truly was one of coolest brides of 2017. She made sure that every single detail of her wedding was elegant and beautiful. Right before the reception she showed us this couch that she brought to the venue. I had her give me the best serious expression she could and this ended up being one of my favorite bridal portraits ever.
7. Bridesmaids Shot
Along with Valerie making sure every detail was flawless, Valerie’s bridesmaids had the most beautiful dresses. We were at Packing Proving Grounds in the warehouse that holds all of the old cars. The light was hitting just right and their expressions were perfect. This wedding is what really helped me find my editing style, it was a turning point in my career.
8. Leaf Ringshot
It was the first weekend of fall and I wanted to show off some fall color. I didn’t know if anybody else would like this shot besides myself but then I had my first ever publication on LooksLikeFilm!
9. Michigan Theatre
Stephanie + Jaryd’s wedding was an absolute dream for so many reasons. These two truly have the biggest heart for Detroit so we wanted to give them something special. We managed to get into the Michigan Theatre for their portraits, which isn’t super easy to do. This location was a beautiful theatre back in the day that closed down. Due to architecture reasons, the theatre cannot be demolished so they kept the original ceiling and made a parking garage instead.
10. Firework Shot
One of John’s must-haves for the wedding was fireworks… LOTS of fireworks. At the end of the evening they had a firework show for their guests. We took a lot during the show but this shot was one of my favorites.
11. Forest Ceremony
Becca, Chad and 6 of their family members went to a park and had the ceremony in the woods. It was intimate, low-key and getting married in nature is truly the best. Get married in the trees, in the water, in the mountains… all of it.
12. The Rainbow Shot
This day started as a rainy one and continued for the first 20 minutes of the portrait session. After a few minutes the rain cleared and a rainbow appeared! It was fate for us to be in that exact spot at that exact moment for photos.
13. Zumba Shot
Lacey is a zumba instructor and during the reception she led her class in Zumba! I love when couples add their own passions into their big days… and Lacey is truly the best dancer ever.
14. Stella Down the Aisle
Jaryd walked down the aisle with Stella, their dog, in a wedding dress! As Stephanie walked down the aisle Jaryd cried, I cried, and I’m sure Stella was crying too.
15. Michael Singing
Michael is a musician and brought his band to perform the entire reception! He started the evening by singing to Brittany a love song her wrote for her. The rest of the reception he sang is heart out to Outkast while guests danced and sang along. Seriously, live bands are the best.
During their first dance, Emily’s father sang her childhood lullaby to her. It was so emotional and definitely a moment that had me in absolute tears behind my camera.