Michelle + Mikal ~ Forest House Lodge

Michelle and Mikal are a super-eclectic couple; they’re expressive, emotive, creative, and they are clearly meant for each other. I had a great time doing their engagement session last month, which you can see on the big bright beautiful blog. Their wedding definitely reflected their personalities and their sense of humor and aesthetic. Their wedding invitation said, “Dinner, drinks and awkward dancing to follow.” The theme colors red and turquoise figured prominently, giving me great contrast and super-saturated hues to play with. Check out the wedding party’s shoes!

Michelle’s dad drove her to the ceremony in shiny (RED!) ’55 Chevy that also served as the couple’s wedding “get-away” car. It was a great chance to capture some emotional father-daughter moments.

Michelle is a local photographer. In fact, if her maid of honor, Vanessa hadn’t been in the wedding, likely she would have been shooting it. I was honored to be trusted to do this. I wanted to do a great job for her, capturing not only the whimsy but the powerful and sweet emotion of the day. Forest House Lodge was a wonderful setting: spectacular views for the ceremony (which drew some happy tears from Michelle and her dad), a comfortable getting ready suite for the bride and her bridesmaids, and a great set up for Mikal and his crew’s “Mancave.” Matt Brys (the DJ) of Extreme Productions and Alley Pappenberger and all of the staff of the Forest House Lodge are exceptional wedding professionals and it is always a pleasure to work alongside them.

With such a intricately detailed event like this, sometimes the bride can underestimate the time it takes to get herself ready for her big day. Things were running a bit behind schedule, which definitely happens from time to time. As a professional, it is my job to work with every situation and shift and adjust as needed to make the most of the day. So with the bridesmaids, we did most of their photography getting ready and at the ceremony site; the guys tromped around downtown Foresthill with me.

Shelley Morford, my assistant, did a fabulous job as always—thank you!



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