Laura + Sterling – a Michigan Wedding

Laura and Sterling have been friends since their teenage years. Their friends and family all knew that they would end up married one day.

May 12, 2012 was the day.

If you read their sneak peek post you’ll remember how it is that I, living in Seattle, ended up back in Michigan to photograph this wedding. The short of it is that I’ve known Laura for years because she’s friends with my sister-in-law, so when she asked me to fly back to shoot her wedding I said yes. :) Another great thing to note – Laura and her sister Dana are photographers. They shoot weddings together. So Laura knew what she was looking for in a photographer. And I’m honored that she chose me to capture her day.

A few moments from getting ready… Brandi helped her into her dress and her sister Dana helped her make sure her hair and make-up were perfect.

Laura – you are stunning.

I love when the groom’s mom is the one to pin on his boutineer.

Laura had seen this photo circulating on pinterest where the groom holds his hand out and the groomsmen all gush over his ring. She had told the guys they were taking a photo like that. When we went outside to take the photo the boys all grumbled. Which I think was more for show than anything… because they seemed to enjoy acting all dramatic. :)

These guys were great to work with. Full of jokes and laughter to keep everyone smiling.

Sterling and his dad…

Laura and her matron of honor – her sister Dana

The reception … The first dance …

The father/daughter dance – and the mother/son dance…

I knew that this group would have a blast at the reception. I was right. The girls got things started with ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’ – a staple at any party when they were teenagers.

The reception was full of line dances, slow dances, and great songs. Pair that with most of the guests on the dance floor and you’re in for a great time.

The photo above was snapped without the guys realizing I was behind them. Then Marcus (the groomsman in the air) saw me and had Justin and Caleb lift him up again. Clearly I under estimated how high he would get. :)

a guest who can break dance – yes, they had that too…

… there were also plenty of slow dances

one last shot of the entire bridal party on the dance floor…

… the bride gathered her things and took a moment to teach her Aunt Gina the line dance currently playing… the groom said goodbye to his mom…

… and then the bridal party, along with Laura’s brother Zach and her good friend Desi, followed the bride and groom outside to say goodbye.

Laura and Sterling – congrats again. May you have a lifetime of happy moments and joy.

About Danielle Nielsen

I am a photographer who loves to bring out the best in you and your life. Capturing those little moments that make you special are my favorite. I am an "on location" photographer and available for travel anywhere you'd like photos taken.
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  4. Lisa Harden says:

    I want to say thanks Danielle! When Dana got married four years ago, we dealt with a different photographer and were so disappointed! You were beginning to dabble in photography back then and I think (tell me if I’m wrong) you were taking our back up pictures then. Seems to me, we were so much more impressed with your work even back then! I am so thankful for the time and energy you put in to get every shot that we wanted. You were there for all the right moments and caught just the right “image” of those that showed how truly special that day was. I can’t thank you enough for your professionalism, kindness and personal touch! You’re awesome at what you do and I would highly recommend you to anyone who wants to see the FEELINGS of their special moment captured in a photograph.

    • Lisa – *hugs* You remember correctly. I did take photos for Dana’s wedding – mainly during the reception. :) Your kind words and recommendations mean a lot to me. Thank you so much for that.

  5. Mai says:

    Wow, so many fun and funny moments! Those groomsmen are classic! :) I love how much fun and action you caught, Danielle. And that first dance picture is beautiful.

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