Ryan & Patricia

Ryan and Patricia were married just this past September, when St. Clair Shores was still held firmly in summer’s embrace.  The air was warm and the sun was shining, reflecting with diamond-like intensity off the waters of Lake St. Clair.  It was the perfect setting & the perfect day for a wedding celebration.

I am old friends with Ryan’s brother, Aaron.  In fact, I used to photograph Aaron’s band years ago (back in the days when I shot a lot of band gigs—now weddings are what really drives me as a photographer!).  So it was music to my ears when Ryan contacted me about his impending nuptials to Patricia.  We met, and I knew immediately that these two were my kind of people.  They were so easy going and fun loving, and not to mention madly in love.  And did I mention Ryan’s awesome beard?   I couldn’t wait to photograph their day!

Patricia was a sweet and completely gorgeous bride.  Her wedding dress was elegant with a full, airy skirt and chestnut hair swept up in an artfully messy updo.  For something borrowed, Patricia carried a vintage handbag from her late grandmother, and a beautiful blue ring from Dad for something blue.  Ryan dressed in a smart gray suit, as were his groomsmen.   The bridesmaids wore pewter, for wedding portraits that were understated and chic.

First look portraits turned out beautifully at Veteran’s Memorial Park in St. Clair Shores, on the shore of Lake St. Clair, just blocks from Patricia’s childhood home.  The ceremony took place with a nod to Ryan’s heritage at St. Margaret’s of Scotland Church.

And because everything’s just a little better when it’s Italian, the party took place at the Italian American Cultural Center.  Benessimo!  An easel-held tree guestbook stood at the door of the reception, handmade by Patricia’s dad—such a special touch.   The couple changed out of their fancy shoes into comfy Chuck Taylors (because who wants to dance the night away in heels?). Ryan had a really cool cigar “bar”, something I’d never seen before, but it was such a brilliant idea!   Night fell, the music pulsed, and this love story moves to its next chapter.  Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your day, Ryan and Patricia!


Location: St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Wedding Venue: St. Margaret's of Scotland Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Italian American Cultural Center

Flowers:  Viviano's Flower Shop

Cake:  Hodell's Cake Shop

Cake toppers:  Wooly Llama Pegs

Music:  Motor City HDJ

Ryan & Patricia


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