“Going to the chapel and we’re going to get married” a catchy song that repeats in my head at pretty much every wedding, especially when I’m with the bridal party heading to the ceremony location. I love when bride and grooms plan it out in advance for their wedding day trasportation, I find that everything goes much smoother that way. Here is a few other bits of advice to take into consideration when chosing a ride for wedding day:

1. Make sure the company is dependable, yes as silly as that may sound we have photographed a couple weddings where the hired transportation didn’t show up at all! This can lead to a big head ache! Make sure to get a contract, a contact phone number, and ask for referrals!

2. Sometimes it’s more fun as a group, so if budget allows try to reserve something big enough to hold the entire bridal party. A bus, a limo, a trolley–it doesn’t matter as long as you are all together.

3. Locally in Marquette there is an amazing team at Marquette Limo that always go above and beyond for each wedding. They even have a “man van” that will transport all of the guys to the ceremony location, while the limo takes the lovely ladies.

4. If nothing else, plan something for just the two of you. Take a families’ classic car, a clean new car or even a horse and buggy. It’s a little touch that will add to the photos and the story of the wedding.

5. Last, but certainly not least, if the whole wedding party is in a vehicle that allows alcohol (like a limo) make sure to stock up before had! It is one less stop, which just means more time for photos.

No matter which way you decide to get to and from locations on wedding day, just make sure to enjoy the ride.

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There is something about weddings that makes people grab their cameras and come running to photograph all the action. I never realized until I was a photographer how much this was true. Each wedding I was “fighting” the paparazzi of family and friends, trying to capture events that I don’t understand why they need pictures of. The best example–cake cutting! Crowds gather, flashes are going, and each time I look in amazement on how many people want to capture it.

I can’t tell you how many times my photographs have been ruined by someone’s flash going off or the sensor, that meters the light, puts a grid on their face during the cake cutting. It truly was heartbreaking! The bride and groom hired us on to take these amazing photos, then *FLASH*–my image is overexposed from someones flash going off.

The best thing about experience though is knowing how to deal with it now. At each wedding the masses gather, we politely ask guest to just enjoy the cake cutting and inform them that we will be having the bride and groom cut the cake twice. Once so we can capture the true emotion and actions of cake cutting and a second time so everyone can photograph it as well. A simple solution to a big situation. Now we don’t have to worry about getting images that look like the two below and for that we are happy, the bride and groom are happy, and the crowd is happy.

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My, my, my what a fantastic group of people joined us for our second Wrensday Workshop, our cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. This group was eager to learn about their DSLR’s and we couldn’t wait to share so many tricks and tips that we’ve learned along the way. Alex and I teach this class because we want to share our knowledge about DSLR’s and break it down into realistic terms.
Our next workshop is coming up on June 9th, and we’ve expanded it, but we still like to keep the class sizes small and intimate. We feel like the best way to learn is by doing it hands on. We look forward to helping out and watching those “a-ha” moments when everyone figures out how to use their cameras. If you are interested in attending one of our classes please email us: wrenphotography11@yahoo.com to find out all the details. Thanks!
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It’s no secret–I adore the historic Landmark Inn in Marquette, MI! Everything about the Landmark makes me love it more and more; the gorgeous location, the wonderful staff, the beautiful decor……there is just so much to love. So it’s no wonder that when a group of local vendors partnered up to put on a lovely Styled Bridal Shower that the Landmark was the ‘it’ place to hold the event.
The idea come while chatting with Knots & Kisses at I do. Events & Weddings. We wanted to put together a fabulous, chic bridal shower for inspiration. Knots & Kisses decorated in white, greens, and pops of blue that worked wonderfully against the European-inspired elegance of the Landmark Inn. The modern floral from Forsberg Flowers was impeccable and eye catching. The bride dressed in an one-strap teal gown from A Bride’s Choice that looked perfect for her skin tone. The bride’s hair and makeup was done by the talented Jessica Mariin and worked perfectly to show off her gorgeous earrings and ring from Richardson Jewelers. The jewel encrusted cake with stunning flowers was created by the brilliantJoe’s Cakes. Invitations and menu cards were uniquely designed and displayed by Panache. The bridal shower attendants joined in on designing their own locket from Lori LaMarch with Origami Owl. It was the perfect activity to do rather than a game of some sort.
This event truly showed off how fantastic a modern day bridal shower can be when the right vendors are on the job. We hope it is inspiration for any bride looking to make her whole wedding unique and modern.
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The weather in Upper Michigan has been all over the place this year; snowy, rainy, windy, sunny….the list goes on and on! So when Michael and Shannon planned their Spring engagement session, the last thing they expected was a snow storm days before the session. The snow blanketed the trees and land, but the sun still shined. We were so happy that they embraced the cold Spring day and smiled the whole way through, because we truly love the look of their engagement session. Shannon explained in emails leading up to their session that they both work around many people, so in their free time they enjoy the solitude. That is why we chose two locations that had nothing but gorgeous backdrops.We could truly go on and on about how beautiful it all was and how wonderful the two of them are, but we would rather just show you. Enjoy!

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