So… this was quite an interesting shoot!
First, we met up with the bride and groom while they were getting ready at the Masonic Temple. After they took their first look in the hallways of the Masonic, we jumped in the limo-bus and started out for some locations in downtown Detroit. We had heard that we’d have special access to some spots in town — what we got, in fact, was unprecedented access to some of Detroit’s greatest locations! Our first stop was the good old Joe Louis Arena. We walked up to the back doors of the place, where the guards greeted the groom by name! I could not believe it. With an escort, we walked into the Joe under the arena where the players come in, and we were off and running. Even though we knew this was going to happen, seeing it first hand was even more amazing than our expectations! We walked around and got some shots in the stadium that I have only dreamed of getting.
After the Joe, we then loaded up and took off for Ford Field. We again were granted special access — only this time, two of the groomsmen peeled off from the group and headed into some back rooms. When we saw them next, they were carrying the big broadcast cameras that are used for games! My jaw hit the floor when we suddenly realized that the cameras were live, and tied into the jumbotron high above the field. Megan and Jason’s image was being broadcast live on the screen. It was a chance of a lifetime for us all and we had so much fun! We bumped around town for some more shots then took off back to the Masonic for the service.
Back at Masonic the wedding ceremony came off without a hitch and the party was so beautiful. What a day and what a night! We wish Jason & Meagan the very best in their new life together and we sure had fun shooting their wedding!
Wedding: Masonic Temple Detroit Wedding | Reception: Masonic Temple – Detroit | Other Spots: Joe Lewis Arena, Ford Field & Fox Theater
Photographer: Ryan L. | Photojournalist: Patrick A.
Nasir & Mark
Nasir & Mark have been together for a long 20 years. They got married on the one day in Michigan when the courts temporarily allowed same sex marriage. The very next day, the door slammed shut on the LGBT scene. Mark & Nasir were then stuck in limbo — until a recent supreme court ruling accepted their marriage, and finally they could get on with their lives. They threw this wedding party for their friends to celebrate a long-fought recognition of their love & dedication.
We got together early in the morning at The Whitney. Everybody was busy checking on the final details. The officiant Denise Tucker from Perfect Day Celebrations was her usual well-organized self and everything was falling into place perfectly. While getting ready, Nasir had a beautiful emotional moment to himself. He is pictured below crying because he couldn’t believe it was finally happening! He & Mark then got married on the beautiful stairs of The Whitney — which is the perfect spot to get married in the old home. Iron rails and stained glass were absolutely beautiful surrounding them. Once they had said their vows, the place just erupted into applause. At last!
Next, at the luncheon, there were several truly heartfelt toasts and a lot of tears from friends who had been supporting them over the years. And, what’s more, the food at The Whitney is just superb! Next, we headed out to Detroit, walked around for a few hours, and got plenty of really beautiful shots of the two of them. It was a fantastic and well-deserved wedding day for Mark & Nasir. We are so happy to celebrate their commitment and their victory in securing a happy life together. Best wishes to them both!!
Wedding: The Whitney Detroit | Reception: The Whitney Detroit | Other Spots: Detroit Institute of Arts & Downtown Detroit
Photographer: Patrick A. | Photojournalist: Lisa H.