Sunday, September 25, 2011

Down & Derby to Princess Bride | Jackson, MI Wedding Photographer

Ellen (aka Lala O'Rage) tied the not to Mr. O'Rage!! Ellen and I play on the same derby team so to see her all dressed up and getting married was a complete 360 from the usual. It was such an honor that she asked me to photograph her wedding, I was completely stoked about it!! She said that her ceremony was going to be held in her grandmothers yard next to their family owned greenhouse, Beck's Flower & Gift Shop. I knew going into it to expect gorgeous flowers because they were obviously doing their own wedding, but I had NO idea the arrangements would be SO stunning!!! They were hands down the BEST floral arrangements I've seen at a wedding and I highly recommend using Beck's for any floral service (not to mention again that they're family owned and local...always a plus!) Both Ellen and Clive's family were so sweet, they are definitely surrounded by the most loving people. It's amazing to see two sets of families mesh so well. Everything about the day was special and the video below doesn't even begin to touch on the love Ellen and Clive share, but every time I watch it I still tear up :)

Cake: Clive's mother (also the BEST wedding cake I've ever had)
Catering: Marchand's Catering 
(517) 769-2840 (amazing as well)
Reception Hall: Our Lady of Fatima Church

Friday, September 16, 2011

Great Fall Family Adventures | Jackson, MI Photographer

Are you looking for something fun to do with the family in the next couple of weeks? Well, I've got some great (and low cost) ideas!!

Cindrella's Brawl - Saturday, Sept. 17th
First, The Jack Town Derby Girls!!! Okay so I might be biased on this one because I'm part of the team, but still. They're Jackson's ONLY roller derby team and they have a bout (what a game is called in derby) TOMORROW! Tickets are only $10 in advance ($12 at the door) and kids 10 & under are FREE, limit two per paid adult. But that's not all, if you bring in an unwanted prom dress you'll get your ticket for $9. The doors open at 6p and the action starts at 7p. Be sure to get there early to get a good seat, you won't want to miss the action as they take on the Killamazoo Derby Darlins. Below are the important links to their bout.
Pre-Bout Tickets
Event Page

Ella Sharp Museum 
The Nature of Dogs
September 17 - November 26
Perfect for the animal lovers out there! There's a FREE lecture tomorrow at 1p by the photographer, Mary Ludington. She's shown dogs in the AKC ring and has photographed nearly all 180 recognized breeds!!
The Nature of Dogs Info

Glimpses of Everyday Life Photographs by Jennie L. Green
May 21 – October 8, 2011
Donated to the Museum in 1984 by an heir, Ben Green, these photographs taken by Jackson resident Jennie Lovan Green capture a glimpse of her everyday life. This exhibition of just of few of the more than 300 photographs in the Jennie Green collection will be on exhibit in the Pyron Gallery.
More Info

Michigan Theater - Saturday, Sept. 17th
FREE family movie night!! The Michigan Theater is showing Hoodwinked Too! (Rated PG), which has humor great for kids and adults. Doors are at 5p and the movie starts at 6p. Admission is don't get any better than that!
Theater Website

Flavor Fruit Farms - Sept. 17th-18th
It's animal weekend at Flavor Fruit Farms, come get your photos taken with baby animals that include foxes, kangaroos, and tigers!! Also meet Laura the Elephant (seriously how cute!!) They're open from noon-5p (weather permitting).
Flavor Fruit Farms webpage

Jackson Family Fall Festival - Sept. 23rd-25th
This event is FREE admission AND parking!! It takes place behind Jackson Catholic Middle School and there's something for everyone...Dinner Tent, Craft Tent, Bake Sale, Bingo Tent, Entertainment (Adults) Tent, Teen Entertainment, Midway Carnival Rides, Nite-n-Reno, Fireworks, PLUS Wine Tasting, Childrens' Entertainment Tent, and The Classic Car Show!
Event Website

Monday, September 5, 2011

Celebrating Labor Day | Jackson, MI Photographer

To celebrate Labor Day and have a day to relax, myself and a friend of mine went to the Renaissance Festival in Holly, Michigan. And of course I can't go to somewhere that has that many amazing sights and not bring my camera. The costumes are so ornate and beautiful, if it wasn't for the Black Plague and the horrible way women (or anyone that wasn't of royalty status for that matter) were treated, I would love to live back then. But that's neither here nor there, here are a few of the photos I took.
 Then after we got home we went down to Cascade Falls Park to watch the last fireworks of the season. I LOVE taking photos of fireworks, they just turn out so awesome. I was actually quite impressed with these because they were taken at a shutter speed of 1/15th and typically you can't handhold anything slower than 1/60th without getting camera shake. So here are my favorite ones...


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