James & Alaina

James and Alaina were married early in October 2016 in Pontiac, Michigan.  It was a lovely autumn day, with blue skies and bright lemony sunshine.  Their wedding as unique and beautiful, and was made all the more special by the unique homemade touches from the bride and groom, and their family.  They’re a close knit clan, you see, with Scottish roots and all.

I felt like James, Alaina & I had a lot in common.  We had gotten to know each other previously at their engagement shoot in Pontiac, so we were in familiar territory for the wedding day. And we obviously had a fondness for the day’s wedding venue, The Crofoot Ballroom.  I’ve spent countless hours at The Crofoot photographing hundreds of bands shows.  That is usually in the evening though, where I know every corner and have rubbed familiar elbows with the friendly staff.  Now I was there in the light of day, and the Crofoot revealed a quieter, calmer atmosphere.

Alaina was a stunning bride, with the most beautiful red hair.  She wore a fairy-tale inspired ballroom wedding gown with delicate off the shoulder lace cap sleeves.  Alaina included some traditional touches of old, new, borrowed, and blue—her grandmother’s claddagh pin, her new dress, borrowed diamond earrings from James’ grandmother, and two blue brooches on her shoes from her Dad’s mother.  Alaina grew the lamb’s ear in the bouquet’s in her very own garden.  James and his groomsmen all had coordinating socks from the movie The Shining, one of James’ favorites!

James wore an elegant charcoal jacket with a jet black tie and had a damn fine beard.  The couple were squired around in an old Rolls Royce that just exuded style and swank.  These two knew how to travel in style!

The bride walked down the aisle to the Jurassic park theme and the just married couple walked out to Not Fade Away by The Grateful Dead.

The couple did a traditional Scottish handfasting as part of the ceremony, and the cloth that bound James and Alaina to each other was the original “Gunn clan tartan” from James’ dad’s side.  Very cool!

The wedding had so many personalized touches with lots of little signs, and two cat statues at the head table, painted by Alaina to look just like their two kitties (since their cats weren’t allowed to come). There was a chocolate bride’s cake with luscious white chocolate dipped strawberries, and the “groom’s cake”, made and tested for quality by James himself, was a donut tower with Beetlejuice characters on top!  A man after my own heart!

After stuffing ourselves with a great dinner, the DJ broke out some vintage vinyl and everyone danced up a storm.   I had three weddings that weekend, but I was in no hurry to leave.  I may have been tired the next day, but the party was too fun to leave.  Thanks, James and Alaina, for making me a part of your amazing day.

Location: Pontiac, MI
Wedding Venue: The Crofoot Ballroom

Wedding Dress - A'dorabelle Bridal (and alterations by Dawn Sews)

Flowers - Ideal Creation

Cake - Christine's Cakes

Catering - 2Unique

Music/DJ - Soul Deep

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