Photographing a wedding at St. Mary's Cathedral in Lansing has been a dream of mine dating all the way back to 2003 when I was a photography intern for the Michigan House of Representatives. It took a referral from Nick and Sam after their Mill Creek barn wedding to connect the two of us. The wedding at St. Mary's Cathedral in Lansing was a stunning way to end our 2015 wedding year. Maria knew what she wanted her wedding day to look like. Since it was on a Friday, she knew she didn't want to have hours and hours of "getting ready" photos, so our schedule was set for around 3pm. Following a short getting ready session at the church where Maria got into her lovely v-neck, backless, long sleeve gown, the ladies were first in front of the camera for some great portraits! Following the ladies we scheduled a brief time for the guys for a few portraits as well and then it was time for Maria and her father's march down the aisle toward her soon to be husband, Nathon.
The ceremony was beautiful to watch as both Nathon and Maria had their best friends stand next to them as they declared their love and commitment to one another.
Following the ceremony it was a dash through family portraits, including one try for a photo with all the nieces and nephews with just the two of them. With the oldest nephew being only about 7 years old and having 10 total, it made for a fun picture! Following a brief time with the entire wedding party, Nathon and Maria stepped outside for a few minutes in front of the Michigan State Capitol. Because sunset in Michigan is early in December, this gave them a fully lit Capitol building as their backdrop.
Finally it was time to celebrate with friends and family at the St. Mary's Parish Center, just one building over. Toasts by Maria's father, the best man and made of honor were all memorable and even included some singing, with Maria playing guitar. Dancing followed and the floor was filled with both adults and children all night long.
If you would like to see Nathon and Maria's complete wedding gallery, be sure to click through this link.