Mary & Matt's Detroit Public Library Wedding

posted on: September 10, 2008

detroit public library wedding
I love libraries and historic buildings. So, when Mary told me that there was a possibility her reception would be held at the gorgeous and historic Detroit Public Library, which I used to roam in wonder as a child... I was so excited that I squealed like a fat bellied pig!! I absolutely love photographing weddings and receptions in non-traditional, unconventional locations! It's pure inspiration!!! I'll get back to that later. First... some candid images while everyone was getting ready...

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Can you believe those lashes are natural!? Those could be dangerous!!

Mary's sister is the music teacher for the church- so all of the girls were able to get ready in her music room. Shortly after moving the piano so it would be out of the way, the sisters burst into a rockin' version of Heart and Soul...
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Their wedding colors were mostly black & white (graphic designs by Mary) with little touches of pink, including pink champagne!
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I'm always looking out for little moments like this. ;-)
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This feels like it could be a scene from the Three Stooges... "You missed a spot! Just one more snip..."
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A few moments of prayer before the ceremony...
Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church wedding
Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church wedding


The ceremony was held at the beautiful and historic Iroquois Ave Christ Lutheran Church in Detroit, MI. I just looooove how much storytelling there is in this image and the fact that you can see so many different expressions on the faces of the guests as the flower girl walks down the aisle...
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Just before Mary walks down the aisle with her father, I turn around to see Matt's reaction, but am also intrigued by the reactions of the minister and the best man...
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The new Mr. & Mrs!!!
Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church wedding

Maybe the ring bearer wanted to do it all over again?? I love the combination of the shadows and scattered petals here as well as the way that the light outlines the guests...
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Mary & Matt wanted lots of creative (posed) shots... so, in rare fashion, I'm going to show you tons of posed images!!
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detroit wedding photographer
detroit wedding photographer
detroit wedding photographer

Traditional rules of photography tell you to watch your backgrounds and avoid making objects come out of people's heads. Well, when Mary walked by this painting- I suddenly saw her turn into a butterfly... and it was perfect!! Some rules are meant to be broken. ;-)

This was not posed... it just cracks me up!
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This year I have seen more wedding parties playing up their grand entrance than ever before!! Work it!!
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The view from the front....
detroit public library wedding

... and the view from the balcony that I crawled out of a window to get on. Notice the reflection of the sky and the DIA across the street? In order to capture what was happening inside, while lining up the reflection on the outside, I used my body to block the reflected light allowing the light from the inside to shine through the window... yeah... I'm S-M-R-T smart! HA! ;-)
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This photo might scare some librarians- just imagining one of those books accidentally making a graceful fall onto a slice of frosted cake... it just makes me really hungry...
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Speaking of cake... I've also seen many more cupcakes this year instead of full size cakes!! Yummmayyy...
detroit public library wedding
detroit public library wedding


OMG- this guy seriously ROCKED THE ROOF OFF!!! I have to admit that as a flute player in a former life, I never really cared for clarinet players... until I heard Dave Bennett turn my world upside down!! I wasn't the only one!! During dinner, people actually gave him a standing ovation!! Do you know how rare that is at weddings?! Seriously! He's also a great singer and plays a mean Great Balls of Fire on the keys! If you're looking for a tight jazz ensemble that can also swing.. definitely talk to Dave!!
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A little first dance action... (and the bustle that took nearly 30 minutes and 4 girls to bustle!!)
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detroit public library wedding

Way to go Matt! The ladies loooove the big dip!

Girls really just want to have fun!!
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Yummmayyy...
detroit public library wedding

Mary & Matt snuck away from the reception for a little library lovin'... caution: HOT!!
detroit public library wedding
detroit public library wedding
detroit public library wedding


Mary & Matt - could you be any more awesome?! Seriously! I had wayyy too many favorites to blog- and I couldn't even cram all of my favorites into the slideshow!! Thank you for hiring ME to photograph your wedding!! I'm truly honored- and the day was absolutely perfect. I can't think of a single thing I'd do differently. ;-)

23 comments, to add [click here]:

  1. Anne... I LOVE all your stuff!!! I've been blog stalking you for like 6 months now and you are seriously like my fav!!!!! You can sooo tell you were in your element here, it's so fun and just AWESOME!!!! love it!!!!

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  2. Love these! The last 2 shots are my FAVORITES!!

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  3. Those are wonderful photos! Those two are seriously in love with each other and you couldn't help but see it come through on the camera. The library shots you took at the end were perfect! Intimate, private, a look into their world.

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  4. jamie2:14 PM

    very very cool Anne! I like the ring bearer behind everyone else shot too. Also the yummmay one.

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  5. soooo much fun. I love all the pics that show it's a library ... love books.
    -A

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  6. Love it, love it, love it! I did part of an engagement shoot in a library once and had so much fun.

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  7. this post was just absolutely pure inspiration for me - I knew I was in for it when I saw the first shot with the globes....

    you are too awesome for your own good.... hows about sharing some of all that greatness with the rest of us?!!

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  8. I love the posed shots! Adorable and fun! The sexy ones in the library stacks were pure genius and the lighting looks awesome! Hooray for you!

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  9. I swear you just posted my dream wedding. That last shot is so beautiful I want to hang it on my own wall!

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  10. Wonderful location! It makes for some awesome shots. Great work!

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  11. These are great Anne! I think that last shot just rocks.

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  12. wonderful photos anne. i love your commentary on everything, makes for great inspiration! i loved the last few pics in the library..very romantic! also thanks for the comment on my blog! means a lot =)

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  13. anne, you rock! every single image is amazing!! I love this post, I'm IN love with this post.

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  14. Great images, as usual, but the last one is breathtaking!

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  15. niiiiiiiiiice work, as always, queen Anne!!!

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  16. So in love with the butterfly pose!!!! What a great idea, your work is amazing

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  17. So in love with the butterfly pose!!!! What a great idea, your work is amazing

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  18. You rocked the isle on that one!
    Did Matt grow up in lake placid NY? Cause I think I know that guy - if he's a distance runner, snowshoe record holder....

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  19. Neil,

    Its totally me! Snowshoe record holder etc... though Mary is way faster than I! Hope your doing well!

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  20. Anne!

    I simply love the library shots at the end! FABULOUS!!!!!

    eliesa

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  21. OMG, OMG... the last two are tops. The card catalog is an awesome idea and the one through the shelves is just SEXY!

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  22. Adrienne1:48 PM

    This is an amazing wedding and beautiful photos!!
    WOW!!

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  23. Anonymous2:40 AM

    Beautiful wedding! I'm getting married in historical Detroit buildings as well. The all-glass Conservatory on Belle Isle for the ceremony and the Charles. H. Wright Museum for the reception. THIS is why I love Detroit, people don't know how amazing my city can be.

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