Simply elegant wedding at the University Club ( and a small trip down memory lane) / by Tricia Koning Photo

I knew the bride when she used to rock and roll. . . that's how the song goes, but actually, I knew her from high school, in our small (mostly Dutch West Michigan Protestant small school). After she received my name from her girlfriends and from the church, she wondered if I was the same one from high school. I was happy to hear that Charlene had found her soul mate, and the wedding was going to be a simple, yet elegant affair. I knew this couple had a sense of sophistication, style and grace, and my job as a photographer was to capture the fun moments and stylish reception.

Charlene and Joe had their wedding ceremony at Fourth Church, and this Michigan Avenue church is a classic piece of architecture, with tall cathedral ceilings, making you feel small compared to God.

They selected a multi-colored palette of purples, blues, pink, and each junior bridesmaid and flower girl carried a different bouquet. The groom hired a magician to entertain guests during the cocktail hour.  The bride surprised her groom by changing into a different white, feathery skirt, which was the perfect fashion statement for the tango as the first dance. On the way to the reception, I actually said out loud, “it's obvious to me how happy you'll be together”. Cheers.

 The arches at the Fourth church are classic, and the tourists off Michigan Ave  like to stop by and say congratulations.

The arches at the Fourth church are classic, and the tourists off Michigan Ave  like to stop by and say congratulations.

getting ready
Fourth church small chapel
 escorted by her father with everyone watching.

escorted by her father with everyone watching.

 WOW,  It's large enough to make you feel really small

WOW,  It's large enough to make you feel really small

 The benefits of having 2 photographers. .  from my associate in the balcony

The benefits of having 2 photographers. .  from my associate in the balcony

 grand entrance

grand entrance

 Waving to the guests

Waving to the guests

amazing stainglass at Fourth church
Walking Michigan Ave
Getting into limo
Limo
University Club stairs
Library at University Club
 james bond cake topper

james bond cake topper

 entering reception

entering reception

 Scotch double. . I'll have to try one of these when I'm not working.

Scotch double. . I'll have to try one of these when I'm not working.

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tango first dance
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 perfect way to take it all in for a moment

perfect way to take it all in for a moment