Nicole & Michael - Rochester Hills, MI - Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center, White Lake, MI - Michigan

COURTSHIP AND LOVE - Nicole had started a journal, of their courtship, when Michael was deployed overseas. It was her wedding day gift to Michael. Her thoughts (ideas and dreams) as they waited to be together again, were documented on papers (sometimes in collage form) with humor and affection. The groom was presented with this memento before the ceremony started.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES - We had a chance to take photos before the ceremony of the bride and groom, separately. But, after the ceremony, when we did the portrait session, it was something different: so much better. While they smiled for the cameras before the wedding (each person sequestered in their own rooms) the smiles they gave us after the ceremony were totally remarkable. You can see it in the photos. They were better versions of themselves when they were together.

HONOR AND DUTY - Michael’s brothers from the Marines, stood as an honor guard, as the couple exited the church. A special message from Michael’s best friend was sent via Skype because he was still stationed overseas. He had planned on being Michael’s Best Man before duty to his country had intervened. He wanted to be a part of the special day and his message was received shortly after dinner. It was a reminder of the personal sacrifices personnel in the military make, for the well-being of our country.

Church Location: Rochester First Church of the Nazarene, 1799 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309. Reception Location: Indian Springs Metropark
Environmental Discovery Center, 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386.