Janelle and Alex came home to Toledo the week before their wedding. Because they lived out of state, they couldn’t get their engagement pictures taken earlier. They wanted some photos of them together and with their dog that weren’t wedding pictures So when they came home, we did their engagement portrait session the day before their wedding. Here are a few of the great images we captured just for them.
Amber and Rob were married on May 19, 2012 in a beautiful (and short) late afternoon outdoor ceremony on the terrace at The Pinnacle in Maumee, OH. The reception was held in the elegant grand ball room inside The Pinnacle where the couple’s love for video games was evident throughout the night.
My day started in the afternoon with the bride and bridesmaids getting ready followed by the groom and his guys also getting ready.
The bride and groom wanted to do a few “No Look” photos before the ceremony, and it worked out perfectly because the bride wasn’t quite ready yet when it was time to do them.
While the bride and her bridesmaids were finishing getting ready, I took some photos of the details and then the formal photos of the groom with his groomsmen.
Then it was back inside to check on the bride and photograph her putting on her dress and photos of her wedding accessories.
It was time for the wedding to start so I headed outside and took some more photos along the way.
After the quick ceremony, it was time to do some formal family and bridal party photos while the guests enjoyed the cocktail hour inside.
We then went inside for the introductions, followed by the wedding toasts and dinner. Be sure to check out the special cake for the Bride’s Mom and Dad! Amber and Rob were married on their 40th Anniversary!
After the bride and groom finished their dinner and were waiting for their guests to finish theirs, the bride and groom mingled with their guests and went into their “game room” to relax and enjoy their favorite video games.
Then it was time for the rest of the “formal” activities: cutting of the cake, bride and groom’s first dance, the bride’s parents’ anniversary dance, the father daughter dance, mother son dance and the tossing of the garter and bouquet.
Finally it was time for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. I continued to take photographs inside and outside by the warm fire pit on the terrace, along with photos of the rings.
Congratulations Rob and Amber from Kurt Nielsen Photography!
Great job to all those that made this day special for the happy couple!
Mona and Marcus were married in a beautiful ceremony in the outdoor pavilion at the Grecian Center in Southgate, MI on May 5, 2012. The reception immediately followed the service inside in the Parthenon Room.
I arrived at the hall a little early (around 2:15pm) so I could scope out the grounds because I had never been there before, and so I could get some shots of the details of the reception.
I went to where the bride was getting ready so I could get some shots of that and the details of her dress and accessories.
Before we knew it, it was 3:00 and time to start taking the photos of the bride with her bridesmaids. We started inside for a couple of quick shots near the statues.
Then we headed outside for photos in the gazebo.
Then we took a few near the pond and on the bridge.
We made sure to stop at the playground for some fun shots of the girls.
Before we knew it, it was almost 4:00 and time for the guys pics. While we were going back in, I took a couple of quick shots of the outdoor details.
We started the groom and groomsmen photos the same way we did for the girls, at the gazebo.
Photographers tend to take similar poses of the bride and groom and the wedding party because they look better in a wedding album if the portraits are similar. That’s why I photograph the guys similar to the girls, and this wedding was no different. After the gazebo, we headed towards the bridge and then the playground with the guys.
It was almost time for the 5:30 ceremony to begin so we headed to the pavilion and took a few photos while we were waiting.
I went to go check on the bride one last time and got some great images of her with her parents.
The ceremony began as the groom waited in anticipation for the arrival of his bride.
For Marcus and Mona’s ceremony, they used a traditional wedding cord or lasso as it is sometimes called. This cord symbolizes the everlasting union of husband and wife and is in the shape of a figure eight and is a representation of rosary beads. One loop is placed around the groom and one around the bride and is removed after the religious ceremony is over.
Everyone celebrated with the newlyweds at the end of the ceremony!
Cocktail hour allows for the guests to arrive to the reception site and mingle with the other guests while the bride, groom, wedding party and families have formal wedding portraits taken, and we took full advantage of the hour for family photos, bridal party pictures and romantic wedding portraits on the grounds of the Grecian Center.
We even had lots of time for some more fun photos on the playground.
Finally it was time to head back into the reception hall. The salads were being served and it was time for the bridal party to make their grand entrance.
Mona and Marcus went right into the cake cutting.
It was then time for the speeches from the maid of honor, best man and the bride and groom’s fathers.
After the wedding party finished their dinner, they went around the room mingling while waiting for the rest of the guests to finish, stopping occasionally for some photos.
But the guests were getting restless and wanted to dance!
So began the formal dances with the Mother/Son Dance, Father/Daughter Dance and of course, the Bride and Groom’s first dance. The bride even danced with her new step-son.
The final formal thing to do at their wedding was the garter and bouquet toss.
It was finally time for everyone to dance, and dance they did!
Congratulations Mona and Marcus and thank you for allowing me to be part of your wedding day memories.