Land of the Free, Home of the Brave! – Thank you to our Veterans
Our country is what it is today because of those who gave so much. The photos taken on D-Day, Pearl Harbor, and other conflicts that shaped our history are the images that defined us. To be a photographer in those days meant risking your life just so we could have the story. In today’s generation we don’t get to see the same images, because we see so many. When is the last time you saw a photo of the War in Iraq that told the story. So my thanks is to all the soldiers, but my focus is on those who stopped, snapped a photo, and then shared with us those moments.
4 Unique Places to Get Married in Grand Rapids, Michigan
If you are getting married in Grand Rapids, Michigan and are looking for a place to get married here is a list of five of my favorite places.
1. St Cecilia Music Center- This unique venue is nestled in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan and is just of Fulton Ave. St Cecilia is special mostly because of its design. There are 3 different areas; Royce Auditorium, Presidents Room, and the Dexter Ballroom upstairs that would work well for weddings. The auditorium can hold hundreds of people and has an isle on either side of a main center seating area. Stage lighting makes for a “Broadway” type feel, while the acoustics are award winning. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. The Presidents Room is a little more quant. It is a perfect place for an intimate wedding with less than 70 guests. The Dexter ballroom area can hold the average 100-150 guests and also double as a reception area. Very unique place. More info- http://www.scmc-online.org/building/
2. The Goei Center- If you are looking for a very non-traditional venue with old wood floor, brick walls, and lots of open space, then the Goei Center is perfect for you. What I liked most was the feel of the space. I like brick, and there is plenty of brick in the this old ware house now Eastern Floral space. The Goei center is an all in one place. An urban venue with a very personal close feel. Its not too big that you feel estranged from your guests, but not so small you feel cramped. The old wood beams and large windows makes for back grounds every where you look. More Info- http://thegoeicenter.com/weddings.html
3. Ah-Nab-Awen Park- This park is the front lawn of the Gerald R Ford Muesum and is available to host your wedding. The downtown buildings and flowing Grand River make for a majestic wedding venue. Grand Rapids Park and Recreation do an amazing job keeping this park clean and free from clutter. A cement pad is the main stage that is just feet from the river, and the DeVos Place and Amway Grand Hotel make it a great place to have a wedding. More Info: http://explore.friendsofgrparks.org/parks/23
4. Calder Plaza- This City Landmark would make a great place to get married. A very unique piece of art makes for a colorful and vibrant background. Seating can be any shape or size. This non-traditional wedding venue would definitely make your day unique. More Info- http://explore.friendsofgrparks.org/parks/26
These are just four of the many unique wedding venues in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us about other possible venues in Grand Rapids, or the surrounding area.
Did you get married in Grand Rapids, or West Michigan? Where was your wedding? Can you add to my list of Unique Places to get married in Grand Rapids? Leave a comment to share
The Officiant who marries them- Image of the week- Wedding Portrait
Every wedding has to have an officiant. For some its a pastor, others a friend, some Elvis. Tim and Connie chose their friend “Cogsworth” (I can’t remember his name now). The ceremony started like any other, “Cogsworth” was given a gift of Jameson as a token of the couples appreciation. The music played the bridal party took its places on stage at St. Cecilia’s Music Center. Instead of candles there was red and white wine mixed together. There was even a bit of humor “Marriage is what joins us together… ” In the tone and style of Princess Bride.
“Cogsworth” could dance as well. Hitting the floor at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Fun times!
Do you remember who married you?
Silly Senior Portraits- Personality that is fun
Logan brought something to his senior portrait session that most kids forget at home, his personality. You never knew what was coming next. From Kramer hair, to monkey face, standing on stuff, to just plain silliness. Personality matters and the kids that leave it at home still get good pictures, but nothing like the one above. Other factors that hinder open personality is trust, fear, experience, self-consciousness, and of course Mom’s. Never knowing what was coming out of Logan next was what made my job fun for the day. Always being on my toes.
What silly things could you do to make your portraits more “Silly?”