Some of the first people (more than a decade ago!) to trust me to document their weddings were my family, specifically a few of my cousins. So when Marissa and Tory asked me to photograph their wedding I was thrilled. It’s always an honor to be asked shoot a wedding for family and I love an excuse to travel beyond my normal Chicago wedding venues. Buck’s Run Golf Club offered some great portrait spots and there were some perfect “Pure Michigan” fall colors. Especially loved the Red Maples!
My regular second-shooter and friend, Justin Edmonds, flew in from Denver to help out and started with Tory and the guys at the couple’s home. I spent the morning with Marissa and the ladies while they got ready in the bridal suite at Buck’s Run.
Justin found a great first-look spot on the second hole and we took a couple of golf carts out to make some other portraits in the trees along the way. I think my favorite picture of the day was Marissa & Tory standing on the first tee in a little pocket under the beautiful red fall leaves. And even though it rained for much of the day, I’m so glad we got a window without rain for first look and portraits!
The ceremony was on the patio overlooking the property. It was a beautiful, intimate setting perfect for close friends and family. Marissa asked for a cool night shot, so with the rain still misting, Justin and I set up a light and brought Marissa & Tory out on the hill for a silhouette that looked great with rain and the blue dusk sky.
The reception included a couple of good toasts, including a surprise from Tory’s friend and the first dances with the parents were really sweet. And what can I say, my family is really something to watch on the dance floor…
Thanks Marissa and Tory for letting Justin and I spend the day with you guys and tell your wedding story. We loved every minute!