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Deena + Dieter || Ann Arbor, MI

A few months after meeting Deena & Dieter at another Michigander wedding this past January (the bride was Dieter’s sister), they got in touch with me (Jon) and invited me to document their big wedding day on July 9th.

Fast forward to this past Monday. Nothing says unique like a wedding day filled with friends & family hailing from all over the world just to celebrate this wonderful couple’s marriage covenant.

Their wedding ceremony took place at AACRC, with readings + songs in both English and beautiful Malayalam. During the evening cocktail hour, Deena and Dieter brilliantly planned some very unique activities for their guests– games! From beanbag tosses to slacklining (and a whole lot more), this certainly is the coolest cocktail hour I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. The rest of the evening was spent honoring family & friends with, among other things, table games, speeches, toasts, and a humorous duet by the bride & groom themselves (if only I had a video camera…).

Below are some of my favorite images from their wedding day. Stay tuned for more images to come, and be sure to check us out on Facebook! Enjoy.


Alejandro + Chelsey Wedding

Our chance encounter with this lovely couple is by far one of the craziest and most interesting stories we’ll probably ever tell to our children (many years down the road). Unlike the majority of the couples and families we have worked with, we weren’t referred to Alejandro and Chelsey by friends or past clients. In fact, we were the ones who had responded to an online ad they had posted looking for photographers for their wedding. Responding to online classifieds is something we almost never do– simply because there are so many listings, and it’s not generally our preferred approach to connecting with potential couples. However, the more we talked with Alejandro and Chelsey’s about their wedding, the more we were certain we wanted to be a part of their big day. When Chelsey first wrote to us, her email read, “You’re style is beautiful and exactly what we’re looking for.” They planned on having their wedding at an outdoor rustic barn, situated in the beautiful Ohio countryside.  Learning later on that Chelsey and Alejandro were both artists (a license for good taste) and similar to us in age, we were confident this would be a pretty sweet wedding. We only spoke on the phone once before we took the six hundred and something mile journey out to Bellville, Ohio for their wedding.

Every aspect of their wedding day went smoothly (Of course, we ran into the usual wedding day obstacles of misplaced items and late arrivals, but what wedding doesn’t have these things?). The bridal party was a blast to photograph– creative, easy-going, and had no problem being in front of the camera or making the bride- and groom-to-be laugh on request. Come time for the ceremony at the Meadowood Centre, the soft evening light added the perfect touch to an intimate summer wedding. The catered food was deliciously homey, and the music selection matched perfectly with the evening setting. Best of all, you knew that these two beautiful people were getting married for the first, last, and only time in their lives. Be sure to check out the polaroid photo booth that our bride & groom had created for their wedding guests to take part in.

Chelsey and Alejandro: thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day, and to everyone else, we hope you enjoy our latest wedding set.


Some cool facts about their wedding:
-the barn’s origins date back to the 1820’s
-A handful of the bridal party members hailed from NJ/NY (just like us!)
-Parts of The Shawshank Redemption were filmed in nearby Mansfield, Ohio, where our hotel was located
-Many of the details of the wedding day, including the cake topper, were handmade by the bride, groom & family
-by far the coolest photo booth setup for wedding guests… EVER.

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