Natasha & Daniel’s wedding at Orchard Lake Community Church West Bloomfield & Sylvan Lake Community Center Sylvan Lake MI

A beautiful wedding at Orchard Lake Community Church…

Natasha and Daniel’s wedding was held at Orchard Lake Community Church in West Bloomfield. The reception was held at Sylvan Lake Community Center in Sylvan lake Michigan. Daniel’s Mom and Dad have been acquainted with our work for several years so it seemed only natural when their son was going to get married, we got the call. We started out at the beautiful Church on Orchard Lake with Natasha getting ready in the bride’s dressing room. It is a lovely little room and perfect for a smaller group. Daniel was downstairs in one of the social lounges with his guys.

Patrick Abel wedding photograph
Patrick A. Photographer

We spent about 45 minutes moving back and forth between the two groups prior to the service. It gave us a chance to get some great shots with the couple and their families before the service started. When everyone was ready and the service time had arrived, everyone got lined up and the procession started. The service was held in the larger and new chapel at the church. This historic church has been on the lake for a very long time. It was founded in 1825. As the church grew they built onto the old structure and were careful to preserve the original chapel. It’s now used as a gathering space and social hall.

The Presbyterian service in the new chapel…

After the service was concluded, we took time to take a few family photos while the guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The church has a perfect gathering space in the atrium overlooking the lake. The families put on a small luncheon for the attendance at the wedding. This luncheon was designed to allow guests to enjoy a nice meal together after the service. This is a tradition often observed in the Presbyterian Church as a way to celebrate and enjoy the couple’s new adventure together.

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Wedding Service:  Orchard Lake Community Church W. Bloomfield
Reception:   Sylvan Lake Community Center Sylvan Lake MI
Photographer:  Patrick A.

A party on the water in Sylvan Lake…

The main reception was held at Sylvan Lake Community Center on Sylvan Lake. Several hours after the luncheon we met up at the Community Center to give us a chance to photograph the couple before their evening reception started. We spent about a half an hour around the property getting some beautiful shots of Natasha and Daniel on the lake.

The event’s festivities kicked into high gear with the introduction of the couple to thunderous applause and they immediately took to the dance floor. A beautiful buffet was set up for the guests to enjoy a nice meal together and cocktails. I don’t think I saw the dance floor empty for even one song the whole night.

Night shots on the water…

Later on at some point when the party seemed to be in a good rhythm, the couple and I headed out for some night shots. We walked down to the lake and around the property for some really pretty images. It was so much fun to work with them and see the family again. We wish them the very best life has to offer and hope you enjoy this collection of images from the wedding.

We can’t wait for our next wedding on the lake!

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