Union Trust Wedding | Michelle & Ken
Union Trust Wedding | Michelle & Ken

While we are in the process of moving into and completely remodeling a new studio, Michelle, and Ken’s Union Trust Wedding blog is my attempt at getting caught up on blogging for mine and Sandi’s weddings. I literally just put the drill down, cleaned off the chop saw, swept up the new hardwood floor, and sat down to put this together before it gets put off another few days. I feel more like a construction worker than a photographer the past couple of months.

When Michelle and Ken came into our old studio, they had no idea what they were in for. They had plans to catch up with friends that night after our initial consultation wrapped up. Little did they know, this meeting was going to be a big part of their wedding story. It lasted just about 3 hours, which would lead their friends to ask a lot of questions once they did show up eventually late that night. Michelle and Ken were one of the first client consultations that Sandi and I had after we changed up the entire consultation process, making it a point to really get to know our clients even before they booked.

From the time the two of them walked in the door to the time they left, it felt like sitting down and catching up with old friends. They told us all about how they met while working for the same company and how they got to know each other over sushi. We listened as they told us all about how Ken proposed while they were in Rome in front of the Pantheon, Michelle’s favorite place, and even got to learning about their two cats, Rosie and Teddy. It was the most relaxed and easy going, quickest, 3-hour meeting that we had ever had, which ultimately led them booking us to photograph their wedding. We met them in NYC shortly after to hang out and take some engagement photos, then it was time for their wedding day. Their wedding was actually the first of 2018 for Sandi and I, and it was the start to what has turned out to be one hell of a year for us.

NYC engagement

There’s a big reason that Sandi and I decided to make a lot of changes to the business two years ago, focusing on getting to know our clients on a deeper level. It’s not only changed how we photograph weddings but changed the entire process from start to finish. After getting to spend three hours with Ken and Michelle during the initial consultation, another two hours during their engagement shoot, and two more hours at the studio after their wedding for their reveal party when they got to see their wedding photos for the first time, they have become much more than clients to us. They are friends that we will no doubt have for many years to come and we look forward to photographing more life events for them in the future. This is our approach with all of our clients now, but these two were the ones who broke the ice for us a little more than two years ago. Looking forward to having them at the grand opening of the new studio where they’ll see a few of their wedding photos hanging on the walls. I’m sure by now they will know better than to try and make plans with their friends afterward 🙂

Back to remodeling and trying to spend some time with the family, but going to try and get more blog posts up and published over the coming weeks. Hopefully, I can get caught up, we have had some pretty amazing weddings this year that really need to be shown off.



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Ceremony Location: Union Trust

Wedding Planner: Stacey Lee Mullen – Finley Catering (Union Trust)

Bride’s Gown: Pronovias

Bride’s Shoes: Nine West

Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux

Florist: Kerry Fabrizio – Fabufloras

Hair & Makeup: Up Your Do! and Dylan Michael Cosmetics

Wedding Cake: Termini Brothers

Band/Entertainment: Deja Blue (BVT Live)

Photobooth: Chariot Photobooth




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Rangefinder Magazine Feature 



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