Wedding cakes…oh heavenly sweet treats! In modern times a cake is just another way to decorate and pull together the overall look or theme, while adding a delicious desert for guest to enjoy. One of the first traditions of the idea of wedding cake began in Ancient Rome where bread was broken over the bride’s head to bring good fortune to the couple. Big or small, handmade or artfully designed–the wedding cake is a tradition that will be around for ages to come.

Here’s the a few pieces of advice when picking out that perfect cake:

1. Do a taste testing! It is one of the best parts of planning a wedding, so make sure your cake artists has something for you to try. Plus with so many flavors to choose from, a testing can help narrow down the choices.

2. Can choose just one? Then don’t! Most cake artists offer a popular option in modern times: a cake buffet! So many flavors, so many options, and smiles all around!

3. Want the pretty cake without the price? Ask about a having a fake cake that is decorated for looks, while sheet cakes are cut and served for guests!

4. Cake toppers are cool, not the plastic bride and groom figurines of the past, but all the other modern options; sugar flowers, monograms, and custom order cake toppers. Etsy has so many options to choose from alone, so before you grab something generic take a look for yourself.

5. And last, but certainly not least, do not partake in the old tradition of freezing the top of the wedding cake and eating it on the one year anniversary. It.will.taste.horrible…….trust me. Rather, save the cake for the one month or one week celebration.

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The handsome husband, the fantastic marriage, and that gorgeous dress–sounds like the perfect reason to have a ‘Rock the Dress’ session after the wedding! Why just wear that amazing dress just once when you can celebrate not only the dress, but a wonderful marriage?!

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since Brad and Angela got married in the gorgeous town of Munising, MI. On that day we photographed them at some of the most gorgeous woodsy and rustic places–so when it came time to choose a style/location for their Rock the Dress session the choice was simple…..urban it was! The couple joined us downtown Marquette, MI. with their adorable dog and some fantastic accessories! We loved every minute with this fun, playful, and loving couple!

If there ever was a time to do a Rock the Dress session, there is no better time then now. Especially after you see their gorgeous session!

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Pretty much every single person I know has a camera in some way; in smart phones, inexpensive point and shoots, an iPod…..the list can go on and on. With so many people having access to a camera it’s no wonder that weddings are filled with people taking pictures. It has become normal for so many wedding guests to be snapping pictures the whole day–walking down the aisle, kissing, cake cutting. You name it, it’s being photographed. It is hard sometimes as a photographer to truly capture a wedding how it should be, istead aisle ways are crowded with people leaning in to make sure they get their photos, not even considering that the professional photographer was hired to capture each gorgeous moment.

It is hard to truly enjoy the moment if you face is stuck in a camera or looking at a screen. That is why I want to invite any and all bride’s to be to take a stance have an uplugged wedding. Oh yes, I said it and I’d proudly proclaim it!

One of the best ways I’ve ever seen it worded was on a wedding program–it said. “We want you to be able to really enjoy our wedding day, feeling truly present and in the moment with us. We’ve hired an amazing wedding photographer who will be capturing the way the wedding looks-and we’re inviting each of you to sit back, relax, and enjoy how the wedding feels. We’re respectfully asking that everyone consider leaving all cameras and cell phones off. We’re happy to share our professional wedding photos late, but the greatest gift you can give us today is just being fully here with us in this sacred and special moment.” Just think about how amazing that would be! No matter what you decide to do, I hope it at least gave you a little perspective.

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“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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