When Jim and Kevin told me that they were having an Ann Arbor micro wedding on Halloween at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, I was beyond pumped! First of all, Matthaei in Ann Arbor is one of my favorite places to photograph at because it’s so beautiful all year around. Secondly, Halloween wedding, need I say more? Even though they didn’t with a whole Halloween theme, it is still such a fun day to get married (and an easy anniversary to remember).
Ann Arbor Micro Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony took place atop the bridge in the Tropical House. It was beautifully intimate with Jim and Kevin surrounded by about fifteen of their closest family and friends. A friend of theirs officiated and there were plenty of tears to go around. After the ceremony Jim, Kevin, and I wandered around the Temperate House and Arid House stopping at various spots to capture a few sweet moments between them. Afterward we made our way to the Perennial Garden located behind the Conservatory to take their family photos. This is my favorite of the outside gardens, it reminds me of a royal English garden. I really hope to get to photograph a wedding in that location one day. In the evening it’s blanketed in shade with large pine trees at the head of the space. Just plain gorgeous!
Years later when I met Larry and Ward at the PrideSource LGBTQ Wedding Expo in Detroit, they were looking through my sample images I had at my booth. Suddenly they stopped and told me they knew Jim and Kevin! I’m always amazed when couples see other couples they know in my work. I travel throughout the state for Michigan weddings, so it’s not like I’m in the same area with the same people all the time, yet I still manage to meet couples that know each other. And I’m not talking a word of mouth thing, this was just a random happenstance.