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Tips for Stress-Free Family Formals

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Tips for Stress-Free Family Formals

Wedding after wedding I see brides and grooms try to smile through the frustration that can come from the infamous family portraits that happen after the ceremony. It almost always manages the most stressful part of the whole day! So here are a few tips and ideas to help make this part of your big day go as smoothly as possible:

  1. Make a list. Have a list for your photographer of the photos you'd like taken during this time. Specific names that a photographer or assistant can loudly call out will ensure that everyone is in the photo that is supposed to be. If your list just says "Smith Side", they don't know who all needs to be included. 
  2. Tell everyone ahead of time. By letting the individuals you'd like to be in photos know ahead of time that they need to stick around, you eliminate the need to have other family members running around looking for them. Also, consider having the officiant make an announcement after the ceremony to remind them to stay put.
  3. Keep it short. Try to limit the number of family portraits after the ceremony so that there is plenty of time for the photographer to capture you and your partner. In a few years, you'll be glad you had more time for the two of you than a photo with each individual aunt and uncle. Group as much family together as possible!
  4. Designate a point person.  Have one or two people who know both sides of your families well enough that they can help corral people in for photos. This will make it go so much faster!
  5. Plan for lighting. As with every aspect of your wedding day, keep in mind how well lit the area is that you plan to do photos. The altar is a very traditional place to do them after the ceremony, but most churches aren't lit well for photography. Consider scoping out the church and grounds before the big day to see if there is another location available.

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Nick and Sarah's Community House Wedding- Birmingham, MI- Film Phographer

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Nick and Sarah's Community House Wedding- Birmingham, MI- Film Phographer

From the beginning of meeting this couple I knew their day would be amazing. Getting to know my couples is key for me and this couple was no exception. Sarah feels more like a friend than client and I look forward to watching her life grow with the one she loves! Their wedding being at The Community House there were so many pretty elements. Sarah and Nick's day was truly filled with so much laughter and love, it was beautiful.  

 

Photographer: Shanell Photography 

Florist: M K Carroll Designs http://www.mkcarrolldesigns.com/

Linens: Top That Event http://topthatevent.com/tte/

Chairs House of Throne 

Hair: Mallory Blough, Bianchis Salon Royal Oak www.bianchis.com

Makeup: Bianchis Salon Royal Oak www.bianchis.com

Venue: The Community House www.communityhouse.com

Dresses: A’dora Belle Bridal Boutique www.getagown.com

Suits: Men’s Wearhouse www.menswearhouse.com

Stationary: Holly Berkley, Etsy AlwaysBBrave https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlwaysBBrave

Rings: Kay Jewelers www.kay.com

My Jewelry: Lace Boutique www.shoplacebridal.com

 

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A Stormy Love Story- Gross Pointe War Memorial Wedding- Detroit, MI

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A Stormy Love Story- Gross Pointe War Memorial Wedding- Detroit, MI

Rain or shine, make your day wonderful! The Detroit War Memorial is one of my favorite venues and the rain did not stop us from making this day beautiful and fun! 

Recently published on Trendy Bride

Photography: Shanell Photography

PlannerMitten Weddings

Florals: Violet RoseFloral

MUA: Andrea Walker

JewelryCoughlin Jewelers

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Wedding Dress: Arena Bridal

Grooms Apparel: Main Street Tuxedo

Invitations: Oh Eleven Creative

Cake: Brookie's Cookies & Cakes

VenueWar Memorial

Rentals: Event Source

Vintage Car: Motor City Vintage Rentals

Bar: Miss Mixology

Models: Cassandra Ferguson + Andre Archer

 

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McNay Art Museum Wedding- San Antonio, Tx- Film Photographer

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McNay Art Museum Wedding- San Antonio, Tx- Film Photographer

Florals, Design + Concept: Janna Brown Design (@jannabrowndesign)

Hair + Makeup: Natalia Issa (@nataliaissa)

Gowns: BHLDN, @bhldn

Shoes: Bella Belle + BHLDN

Venue: McNay Art Museum (@mcnayart)

Hairpiece: @naturae_design

Calligraphy: @spurlegulstudio

Linens: @latavolalinen

Silk Ribbon: @silkandwillow

Chairs: @arqueesatx

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Dan and Sarah's MSU Horticulture Gardens Wedding, Michigan Film Wedding

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Dan and Sarah's MSU Horticulture Gardens Wedding, Michigan Film Wedding

 

Ahhh this winter wonderland of a wedding was nothing short of amazing! The MSU Horticulture Gardens is wonderful way to have a winter wedding and feel outside with staying warm, seriously give me all the greenhouse weddings! My bride not only was stunning but so great with details and boy did I fall in love with her winter little add ons! I hope you all enjoy this little glimpse into their day as much as I do!

 

CatererTaste of Heaven CateringSue Krinertoh4catering@gmail.com

http://www.tohcatering.com/

BartenderBig Day BartendingBridget Sullivanbigdaybartenders@gmail.com

https://www.bigdaybartenders.com/

Ceremony VenueMSU Horticulture Gardensgardens@msu.edu

http://www.canr.msu.edu/hrt/our_gardens/

Reception VenueThe Cadillac RoomClaire PomersonClaire@thecadillacroom.com

http://thecadillacroom.com/

Ice CreamMSU Dairy Store

http://www.canr.msu.edu/dairystore/

BandKiller FlamingosDarren@killerflamingos.com

www.killerflamingos.com

ChairsChair HappyDawn HallDawn@petalandforrest.com

https://www.chairhappy.com/

ViolinistZachary GraftZachary Graftzachary.graft@yahoo.com

http://zacharygraftviolin.com/

All print piecesEllen Leone DesignsEllen LeoneEllenleone88@gmail.com

http://ellenleonedesign.squarespace.com/

Floral, decor, linensChristopher & CompanyMichelle@christopherandcompany.net

http://christopherandcompany.net/

Bridal makeupDarcie L MakeupDarcieDarcie@darcielmakeup.com

https://www.darcielmakeup.com/

The Dress, jewelryThe Dress Shop

http://tdsbridal.com/

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The RattleSnake Club Wedding-Detroit, MI- Film Photographer

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The RattleSnake Club Wedding-Detroit, MI- Film Photographer

Super excited to share this fun and classy wedding Detroit Rattle Snake Club wedding with you all! The bridal gown was one of my favorites! I love lace and twirling bottoms, this dress had both! The bridesmaid dresses were a cool blue and so stunning! From the time I met this couple back in the winter before, I was looking forward to their big day! How has the day already come and gone? 

Hair- Sean Beere

https://www.sixsalon.com/

Makeup- Brianna Michael

https://www.sixsalon.com/

Flowers/Chairs- Parsonage Events

http://parsonageflowers.com/

Bridesmaids Dresses

 https://bellabridesmaids.com/locations/cleveland

 http://www.joannaaugust.com/

Wedding Dress Shop- B. Ella Bridal

https://b-ella-bridal.squarespace.com/

Dress Designer Website

 https://www.watters.com/

Music- The Blue Waters Kings 

https://www.bluewaterkingsband.com/

Venue/Food

http://rattlesnakedetroit.com/private-dining/weddings/

Cupcakes- Chocolate Bar Cafe

https://www.chocolatebar-cafe.com/

Invitations- Minted 

www.minted.com

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Pineknob Carriage House Wedding- Michigan

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Pineknob Carriage House Wedding- Michigan

This was a stunning wedding! From the unique hunter green bridesmaid dresses to the last detail, this bride was on it! Thank you so much again Ashely and Billy for letting me share in your beautiful day!

 

Venue:

https://www.pineknobmansion.com

Wedding Dress:

https://theweddingshoppe.net

Florist & Linens: Royalty Linen & Events
http://www.royaltylinensandevents.com
 

Cake: Ryteous Cakes
http://www.ryteouscakesandart.com

Donuts: Yates Cider Mill
https://www.yatescidermill.com/

Videographer: Future Focus Media
http://www.futurefocusmedia.net

Wedding Planner: Mitten Wedding & Events
http://www.mittenweddingsandevents.com

Hair & Makeup: Capelli
http://capellipmsalon.com/

Invitation design: Greenthirteen.co
http://instagram.com/greenthirteen.co

Photographer:

www.shanellphotography.com

 

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Beautiful Backyard Wedding- Almont, MI

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Beautiful Backyard Wedding- Almont, MI

This beautiful back yard wedding was nothing short of amazing! From the clear tent and twinkle lights, to the unique colored glass vases and hand made barn wood tables! The groom actually made each and every table for their wedding!! The bride's gown was beautifully blush and so flowy, I couldn't get enough of it! This couple was a dream to work with and I wish them a lifetime of happiness together!

 

Photographer- www.shanellphotography.com

Florist - mandyjflorist.com
Bos structure and events - bostentrental.net
Royalty linens and events - royaltylinensandevents.com

Dress - Arena Bridal

Makeup- Andrea Walker MUA

Tuxes - Michael kors Macy’s 

Cake - Holiday Market Royal Oak

Invites - Minted

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Packard Proving Ground Wedding-Detroit, Mi Wedding

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Packard Proving Ground Wedding-Detroit, Mi Wedding

 

 

What a beautiful couple and wedding! Working with some of my favorite vendors in the industry this Detroit Packard Proving Ground wedding was pulled with out a hitch. The bridesmaids mismatched dresses and  vintage Packard Plant venue are some of my favorites to date.

Venue- Packard Proving Grounds
http://packardweddings.com/
Caterer - Soprano’s catering
http://www.sopranoscatering.com/
Dessert - Nino Salvaggio’s
http://www.ninosalvaggio.com
Dress- Arena Brida

www.arenabridal.com/the-bride/

Rentals/Tables - White Willow Farms & Ruby slippers design
https://www.facebook.com/whitewillowfarms/
http://www.rubyslipperdesign.com/
Furniture
http://www.rubyslipperdesign.com/
Farm Chairs
https://www.luxeeventlinen.com/
Florist - Violet Rose Floral
http://violetrosefloral.com/
Hair - Chelsea Gurzick & Blair Holmes
http://www.salon-bliss.com/services/shelby-township/
Makeup - Andrea Nichols
https://www.facebook.com/AndreaWalkerMUA/
Invitations - Etsy
Suits - Chesters Menswear
https://www.facebook.com/thechestersmenswear/

Photographer- www.shanellphotography.com

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Eastern Market Wedding- Detroit,MI

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Eastern Market Wedding- Detroit,MI

Where to even begin with this wedding? The couple was a breeze to work with and so was everyone involved! I loved the venue at Eastern Market and who wouldn't love the Detroit Institute of Art? Every detail of this wedding from her amazing two piece dress to her stunning bouquet! This is one of my favorites to date!

Venue - Eastern Market
https://www.easternmarket.com/

Caterer - Golden Spice Catering
http://www.goldenspicecatering.com/

Dessert - Love and Buttercream
https://www.loveandbuttercream.com/

Rentals - Your Event Party Rental
http://www.youreventpartyrental.com/

Rentals - Beck and Call Vintage
http://www.beckandcallvintage.com/about-1/

Florist - Blumz by JR Designs
http://blumz.com/

Coordinator - Pineapple Union
http://www.pineappleunion.com/

Photographer - Shanell Photography
http://www.shanellphotography.com/

Limo - Motor City Limousine
http://motorcitylimousine.com/

Hair/Makeup - Kyle Ann Designs
http://kyleanndesign.com/about

Save the Dates/Invitations – Krista Maki (STDs) Ashley Cappellazzi (Invites)

Dress - Ivy Bridal Studio (Mikaella and Calla Blanche)
http://ivybridalstudio.com/

Suit - Men's Warehouse
https://www.menswearhouse.com/

Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown
http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/michigan/hilton-garden-inn-detroit-downtown-DETDHGI/index.html

DJ - Prestige Entertainment
http://prestigeentertainment1.com/

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A Dreamy love story in Michigan Apple Blossom blooms

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A Dreamy love story in Michigan Apple Blossom blooms

 I absolutely love springtime and blooms, don't you?!  I also love the sun setting behind the trees showcasing all the prettiness. Being a film photographer, natural light is super important so I was so excited to see film work its magic in this perfect setting! Thank you again to all the amazing vendors who helped make this day perfectly stunning! 

Day of Coordinator: Mitten Weddings and Events Meagan McPhail
Meagan@mittenweddingsandevents.com
www.mittenweddingsandevents.com
www.instagram.com/mittenweddings

Venue:
Blakes Orchard & Cider Mill
http://blakefarms.com/
www.instagram.com/blakeshardciderco/

Makeup:
Andrea Walker Makeup Artist
www.instagram.com/andreawalkermua
http://www.andreawalkermua.com

Photographer:
Shanell Photography
http://www.shanellphotography.com
shanellphotography@gmail.com
www.instagram.com/shanellphotographyllc

Florist: 
Violet Rose Floral
http://violetrosefloral.com/
www.instagram.com/violetrosefloral

Calligraphy:  
Cali O'Rourke Calligraphy
cocalligraphy.com
www.instagram.com/cocalligraphy

Videographer: https://vimeo.com/221006279 video link

Bella Reel Films
http://www.bellareelfilms.com/
www.instagram.com/bellareelfilms/

Invitations:
Meadow Paper CO.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/meadowpaperco
www.instagram.com/meadowpaperco
Cake/desserts:
Brookie's Cookies & Cakes
www.instagram.com/brookelafore/

Grooms Apparel: 
Main Street Tuxedo
http://www.mainstreettuxedos.com/
https://www.instagram.com/mainstreettuxedo/


Rentals:
Colonial Events
www.colonialevent.com
www.instagram.com/colonial_events/

Table Rental:
White Willow Tables
https://www.facebook.com/whitewillowfarms/

Jewelry:
Jeweler: Coughlin Jewelers
www.coughlinjewelers.com
www.instagram.com/coughlinjeweler/

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Love by the shore-Grand Rapids Michigan

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Love by the shore-Grand Rapids Michigan

Here in Michigan we have some amazing beaches and so much to offer around our coasts! This stunning couple was a dream to work with and the vendors made the day amazing! I love our state of Michigan and think its is by far one of the prettiest places!

 

Floral, Planning and Design: Posh Petals

www.poshpetalsfloral.com

Linen and Rentals: The Rental Company 

http://wmrentalco.com/

Venue: Camp Blodgett 

http://www.campblodgett.org/

Paper Products: Freshly Squeezed Print Shop 

http://printfreshlysqueezed.com/

Hair: Launch Salon 

https://launchsalon.com/

Bridal Gown: Ali Nicole Bridal 

http://www.alinicolebridal.com/

Cake and Desserts: Rykes 

http://rykes.com/

Tea Bar: Ferris Coffee & Nut Co 

https://ferriscoffee.com/

Liquor: Long Road Distillers 

http://longroaddistillers.com/

Jewelry: Coughlin Jewelers

http://coughlinjewelers.com 

Photographer: Shanell Photography

http://shanellphotography.com

Vow Books: Meadow Paper Co

www.meadowpaperco.com

Makeup:

 http://makeupbyjennam.weebly.com

Videographer: White Willo Media

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd8R2feTliGlkk6y7C5bZ1w

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