Suman & Alok's Wedding

Suman & Alok's Wedding

Every once in a while a wedding takes us by surprise. This was one of those weddings! Everything lined up for a perfect day! Suman and Alok could be on the cover a bridal magazine, the weather was perfect for July wedding in Michigan, and the locations provided excellent backdrops to photographing a beautiful wedding story! The getting ready photos , baraat and ceremony photos were captured at Suman’s parents’ beautiful home in Plymouth, Michigan. The reception location was held at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

Other notable wedding vendors included Top That Events (Sr. Event Coordinator, Cassie Lewis), 97 Films (video), DJ Ice & Fresh Productions, and Beauty by Bianca

Photographed by Ray Anthony Iavasile and associate photographers Karen Foster, Jack Scicluna and Nicole Duhaime.

Alexandra & John's Wedding

Alexandra & John's Wedding

Alexandra and John’s wedding is a beautiful love story that we could not wait to photograph! They were so fun and easy going when we photographed their engagement session, we expected the same for their wedding day! In addition to having the opportunity to photograph inside the Detroit Institute of Arts the very first time for a wedding reception, the couple had great locations around Detroit and Grosse Pointe.

Alexandra and her bridesmaids spent the morning in Grosse Pointe, beginning with hair and makeup at The Zealous Root Salon and getting dressed for the wedding at her parents’ home. John and the groomsmen were at the historic Foundation Hotel in Detroit. The ceremony was held at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. We stopped at the David Whitney Building in Detroit for wedding party photos after the ceremony, and photographed a few more portraits outside The Detroit Institute of Arts before heading inside for the reception.

Other notable vendors were Dee Dee Hoffman Party Design, NuClassica Violinists, Your Generation in Concert, Dawn Owens Designs and Edible Art.

Photographed by Ray Anthony Iavasile with Associates David Yarnall, Karen Foster, Nicole Duhaime and Jack Scicluna.

Natasha & Peter's Wedding

Natasha & Peter's Wedding

Natasha and Peter’s wedding day in every way was ideal for documentary wedding photography. The day had many interesting layers and many unique stories to be captured with incredible backdrops. From Natasha’s Croatian heritage and traditions to Peter’s professional background as a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra cello section, we knew the day would be filled with authentic photographic moments. As you will see from the highlight wedding day photos below, the day could not have been more beautiful, meaningful and joyful, more complete. What a beautiful wedding day story! Love was truly in the air between this wonderful couple and their adoring family and friends. Truly one of our unique, highlight weddings of the year!

The locations for the beautiful wedding day were the Marriot Renaissance Center for getting ready, first look and their Croatian pre-wedding celebration, Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit for their ceremony, Prime and Proper Restaurant for wedding party toasts, and The Fisher Building for their reception. 

Photographed by Ray Anthony Iavasile with associates Karen Foster and Nicole Duhaime.



Hilary & Mary-Claire's Wedding

Hilary & Mary-Claire's Wedding

Hilary and Mary-Claire, like many of our wedding couples, were introduced to us from other wedding couples we had photographed. Though was not our first same sex wedding to ever photograph, it certainly is one that we will remember. This beautiful couple’s love for one another was evident from our very first meeting. We knew that their special bond for each other, for their families and their friends, would provide a joyous and emotional wedding day, exactly the kind of love story we are passionate to photograph.

They chose outstanding locations for the day’s celebration: The Detroit Athletic Club for the getting ready and reception locations, and Christ Church Detroit for their ceremony. Their floral and decor was provided by Bellisario Florists and their entertainment by the Rick Lieder Band.

Photographed by Ray Anthony Iavasile with associates Karen Foster, Jack Scicluna and Nicole Duhaime.


Janae & Reid's Wedding

Janae & Reid's Wedding

Janae and Reid's wedding was one that we had been looking forward to all year long! They were excited about documentary wedding photography, which is what we are known for, that they had become familiar with when I had photographed Reid's sister Erin's wedding years before. It is very special when we have opportunities like this because we are given the blessing to continue photographing within the history of a particular family and reunite with them.  When the wedding day finally arrived, it was as we expected. Truly a highlight weddings of the year, filled with love, laughter, joy, emotion and wonderful moments throughout the entire day!

The locations for the beautiful wedding day were Old St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Detroit for their ceremony and The Colony Club for their reception. 

Photographed by Ray Anthony Iavasile with associates Karen Foster, Jack Scicluna and Nicole Duhaime.


Sarah & Keith's Wedding

Sarah & Keith's Wedding

Sarah and Keith walked into our lives and into our hearts one day about a year before their wedding date to meet and discuss the possibility of having us photograph their wedding day in Detroit. Needless to say, we hit it off and soon got to know that this couple had incredibly fun, playful and happy-go-lucky personalities.  We first experienced this at their engagement session.  We basically came along for the ride while Sarah and Keith had a blast goofing around with each other! We knew then that their wedding day was going to be extraordinary!  Sure enough, it was! Look through the photos and you will see for yourselves! This was undoubtedly among the funnest weddings we had the honor to photograph in 2017!

Sarah and Keith chose unique locations that were firsts for us: The Foundation Hotel in Detroit for getting ready, Eastern Market - Shed 5 in Detroit for their ceremony, and The Eastern (near the Eastern Market) for their reception. Their floral was provided by Parsonage Flowers, their wedding cake by Sweet Heather Anne, and their entertainment by DJ Mike.

Photographed by Ray Anthony Iavasile with associates David Yarnall, Karen Foster and Nicole Duhaime.


Tanya & Nick's Wedding

Tanya & Nick's Wedding

Tanya and Nick's wedding was one that had everything a documentary style wedding photographer could ask for: a wonderful story about a beautiful bride and a handsome groom, loving parents, plenty of love and emotion in the air, a fun wedding party, and a day that flowed seamlessly.  There were soft white clouds agains the blue sky above picturesque Orchard Lake and the weather felt more like an early autumn day!  It was a perfect day for an outdoor, lakeside wedding ceremony!

The entire day was photographed at Orchard Lake Country Club in Orchard Lake, Michigan. The couple had a stringed quartet playing during their ceremony and the talented Nicholas Hardy of The Elysium Experience entertain their guests during the reception. Their flowers were designed by The Petal Lady. 

Photography by Ray Anthony Iavasile with associates Karen Foster and Nicole Duhaime


Jenna & Sudhish's Wedding

Jenna & Sudhish's Wedding

When we meet a prospective couple that inquire about our photography, we double and triple check that the style of photography they are looking for is specific to what we have made our niche: documentary wedding photography.  Things that are unique to every wedding are variables like personalities, family relationships, locations, weather and various other things which will make up the entire story of the wedding day.  When Jenna and Sudhish visited us for the first time in our Birmingham, Michigan showroom, we were taken back by their friendliness, their excitement for their wedding day, and their beaming happiness.  These are the kinds of intangibles that as a photographer, we can not manufacture.  Truly, from years and years of photographing documentary style wedding photographs, these intangibles make the difference between good wedding to great imagery!!!  This beautiful couple's faces shined with love, joy, and laughter the entire day.  It was a beautiful wedding that we will long remember!

Jenna began the day getting her hair and makeup at Antonino Salon in downtown Birmingham, Michigan.  That made an easy walk across the street the Townsend Hotel, where she and her bridesmaids changed into their dresses.  The ceremony was held outdoors across the street from the Townsend Hotel under the pavilion at Shain Park. The evening cocktail hour and reception was held at The Reserve in Birmingham.  

Photography was by Ray Anthony Iavasile and associates Karen Foster and Nicole Duhaime.


Evita & Keshav's Wedding

Evita & Keshav's Wedding

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Esra & Jerry's Wedding

Esra & Jerry's Wedding

Esra & Jerry's wedding was to be our first of the year for the 2017 season. We had learned that the couple first met a few years earlier, working as extras on the set of the Detroit filmed Batman movie "Justice League." We were honored that they commissioned us to photograph their continuing love story on their wedding day which included various personal touches that made their day very unique.  The couple included their beloved Akita dog "Gus" to walk down the aisle during the ceremony.  They even commemorated their first meeting by posing as Batman as they were introduced to their guests at dinner. 

The day began for Esra and the girls at the Antonino Salon in Birmingham, Michigan, just down the street from The Barber Pole, where Jerry was getting a fresh shave with the groomsmen. The ceremony and reception took place at the Planterra of West Bloomfield. Mike Staff Productions provided DJ and entertainment services and their beautiful wedding cake was crafted by Patisserie Parmentier. 

Photographed by Ray Anthony Iavasile with associates Karen Foster, Jack Scicluna and Nicole Duhaime.