One of my favorite things is to travel and get to photograph people in new environments.
WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) is held once a year in Las Vegas,Nevada. An incredible week long conference where photographers form all over the world come to learn, teach, buy the latest tech, and compete in print competitions, it was great that my whole team was along for the journey this time. We flew in a day early and my crew and I headed out with several other Detroit area photographers to 'play in the Red Rocks."
WOW, could these girls move! We photographed the Vegas Bombshells, and they were up, down, laying in the rocks and jumping in the air. Not to mention we all had to step around cactus and watch out for scorpions and snakes. These ladies were true professionals so kudos to them for the hard day we put them through! As the day went on it got cold, I mean really cold! The minute the sun set behind the hills and we fell into shadows, the jackets and sweaters came out. These ladies stuck it out, covered in goose bumps, and totally rocked. In fact, we believe they would have kept going into the night if we hadn't had to leave!
And....of course, as a person going from the cold icy north of Michigan to the sprawling beauty of these grand mountains is quite a difference in a single day! (Sinus issues were no joke to contend with)
A week ago I had the grand pleasure of visiting Michigan's hidden gem: Valhalla Ranch and Resort. This beautiful resort lives up to it's name. Valhalla is a word to represent something similar to heaven, and I can attest it is just that.
Valhalla Ranch and Resort reached out to me, because they want to start being a destination wedding venue. In order to do that, they wanted my help in showing the resort's potential. I brought with me a beautiful couple, two assistants, and even a videographer. All of us can agree, this location is a dream wedding location. When we first arrived, we probably sounded a little silly, because we were pointing to everything and I believe the word "amazing" was thrown around several times.
The details put into the resort and lodge were so beautifully done. From hidden light switches, to lighted mirrors, amazing views and a gorgeous soaking tub in front of a fireplace, this resort has it all. And that is only what is on the inside!
Valhalla Ranch and Resort is over 600 acres and includes several lakes and ponds, trails, and the wildlife is just outside your window. While we were photographing inside the grand front entrance, a deer walked right up to the building. How amazing is that?
As a photographer, I could have stayed for hours photographing this location, as it is simply a wonderful venue. Any Bride who chooses this venue for their nuptials will be guaranteed a wedding to remember, and one that her guests will continue to talk about years later.
While I could continue to talk about this resort, I will let my images do the talking for me.
Valhalla Ranch and Resort
Clothing and Accessories by The Glass Slipper
Hair by Statements
Photography by Amber Henry Photography