I’m not sure where to start with this one … other than to say that I adore Max and Maren. Adddoorrreeeee …. I first met Maren four years ago, when she was a student at Ball State taking part in a course that gave birth to this incredible musical. Then, in 2011, I followed along for my day job as Maren and a handful of other exceptionally talented theater students traveled to New York for a student showcase I wrote about for the university’s alumni magazine. It was shortly after this that she told me someday I was going to photograph her and Max’s wedding.
That someday came earlier this month, on a gorgeous Friday in Maren’s hometown of Novi, Michigan. I count all my weddings as special, but this one even more than most. I’m sentimental about it for a lot of reasons, but primarily because I don’t often get to see a couple move together through college and on to their wedding day.
Max and Maren, thank you. THANK YOU. For picking me. Trusting me. Allowing me to give you these memories of this most special day of your lives together. I’ve said this to my couples before and I’ll say it again: Your wedding day goes by so fast, in such a fragmented way, that years from now, how you remember it will be defined by these photos. I hope you love them as much as I do. Much love to you in your marriage! XOXO – G
PS – And yes, yes, if you couldn’t tell, Max and Maren are one GOOD LOOKING COUPLE. Theater weddings, man … I could shoot a few more of these!
I love that this moment—Max and Maren reading the letters they wrote one another—was happening at pretty much the exact same time. My second shooter and dear dear friend April was again with me for this wedding and I’m SO grateful to her for all the work she’s done for me this season and seasons past. Like this shot she captured of Maren with her awesome younger sister, Amelia. This is so candid, so real, it’s become one of my favorite moments from the day. Maren and Max got married at her dad’s church, where he officiated the ceremony. I’ve shot a lot of weddings and I can’t recall one that got me as choked up as this one. When Maren’s dad spoke about the “talk” he had with her the night she was born, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. On the limo ride over, I asked Maren what moment of the day she was most looking forward to. She shared it would be walking back down the aisle as Max’s wife. Then this happened and well, I think this might be one of my favorite recessional shots EVER. Them. This church. So special. Oh Maren. You are sooooo pretty. (Aren’t her eyes gorgeous? The perfect shade of people-spend-lots-of-money-on-colored-contacts-to-replicate-them green.) This was right around the time April and I both stood back to agree that Max? He was BORN to wear a tuxedo. Another plus in the “Awesome Husband Material” category for Max? The fact he bought Maren this tandem bike off Craig’s List, then spent months restoring it for their big day. I was so lucky to get these two in front of my camera. Let’s celebrate with a little bubbly! GAHHHH…the light, these poses. I love them! That image on the left there? Not every couple looks this good doing this (paging Baby and Johnny). But of COURSE these two do!The hotel where we all stayed and the reception took place had some great nooks for a few more relaxed portraits before the party began. When the hotel lobby has a tic-tac-toe board for its guests, you as a wedding photographer get creative. Also, how CUTE are the girls’ TOMS here? I LOVE this shot! Because, you know, I haven’t given you enough reasons to love these two, they made their grand entrance dancing to Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True.” Speeches and cake and cake and speeches (there were some GOOD ones at this wedding too… tear-inducing for sure!) Here they are ……the Ball State crew. So proud to be affiliated with this group of Cardinals — chirp chirp everyone! And finally, the dancing. Dance-the-night-away dancing of epic proportions (of which April and I actually ditched our gear once we were off the clock to come back and join in on). What a FUN night! Max and Maren, thank you AGAIN!!! I love you both!