Selena + Brad Squillets | Wedding August 18th, 2018 | St. Thomas the Apostle Garden City, Michigan | Nankin Mills, Westland Michigan | Laurel Manor Livonia, Michigan
I remember feeling nervous before our meeting at Panera because they came to me as referrals.
Friends with really talented photographers. Photographers I used to admire.
I am happy Selena ended up loving my (different) style. I’m a good mix of “light and airy” and “Dark and Moody” and I was everything Selena was looking for in a photographer!
Really, it was a blessing in disguise to have worked with these two!! <3
We started our day Fairfield Inn and Suites in Livonia, Michigan. I always like to start my day with all your details and I search the area and incorporate nature like elements. Details are one of the many things I love photographing. I find tons of textures and colors. Lucky for me, both Selena and Brad were in the same hotel, just different rooms! Selena is absolutely GORGEOUS and love the red lipstick choice. It really makes things POP!
Once ready, we made our way to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Garden City, Michigan for their first looks (with both her Dad and Stepdad) and their hour long catholic ceremony service. I have to say, both first looks with Selena and her Dad’s were SO EMOTIONAL, even I was tearing up a little there!! When those kind of emotions are there, you can really tell it’s true love! <3 Family Portraits were held at the alter after the ceremony. I personally, like to keep those photos private.
For Bridal Party and Bride and Groom Portraits we made our way to Nankin Mills in Westland, Michigan. A few times we had to chase around cute, little Simona but just give her a phone (like all kids these days…including my son!) and preoccupied! This bridal party was fun and you can tell both sisters are REALLY close…even if Selena doesn’t approve of her sisters drinking ways! haha ….or Brad’s either…but it was time to celebrate!
We had TONS of time for photos which to any photographer is like GOLD. I would say the same for you as well because you do not feel rushed and you receive plenty of photos! Brad and Selena totally trusted me to do whatever and knew that I would create BEAUTIFUL photos for them to cherish forever. We even had more time once we got to the venue at Laurel Park Manor in Livonia Michigan. The venue was CRAZY packed. I think I remember someone saying 5 other weddings were there as well, so I was lucky I even found a spot and had no clue how everyone fit in that parking lot! These folks know how to party too. Be careful how much you drink, I just might catch you passed out at your table!!
Officiant: St. Thomas the Apostle, Father Simeon Iber
Makeup: Black Canvas Detroit, Chastity Tappen (586) 838-7232
Wedding Coordinator: Elegant Vision Events, Felicia Cheeks
Bride and Bridesmaid Dress: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Ceremony Music: St Thomas the Apostle, Paul Schaffer
Caterer and Baker: Laurel Manor Banquet Center