Just One of Jessica and Matt at the Detroit Zoo

More later, but for now, just this one. I asked Jess and Matt to bear with me for 5 minutes while I tried something new, a rather ominous request when the sky is rapidly turning dark grey and threatening to poor down rain on your wedding day at any moment. They obliged and we made this photograph. Thanks for being risk takers, you two.
A double exposure at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, photographed by Ann Arbor wedding photographer, Heather Jowett.

Danny - This is a great double exposer great idea with the beading on her dress. Fantastic

Jay Parson - Lovely! . . . and I bet you did it all in camera.

joseph Hall - Good job – Love this!

Arya and Brett’s Backyard Wedding in Kalamazoo.

And without further delay, here is part two of Arya and Brett’s wedding story, their backyard wedding ceremony in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For part one, check this out.

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lindsey - these are so lovely.

Cathy Troyer - Gorgeous pics! I love them!

arya - heather– all the way from switzerland, i love love love love these. i made brett wait 30 minutes for dinner so i could obsess over how amazing these were. even after looking at them from a phone, i went to the hotel computer to look again. I LOVE THEM. =)

Joe Sanfilippo - Awesome wedding! Looks like everyone had an awesome time!!

Joseph Hall - Heather these are gorgeous, beautiful work

Arya and Brett’s Hindu Wedding Ceremony

Arya: The bride so nice Brett married her twice.

When Arya first got in touch with me, she informed me she wasn’t inquiring for me to photograph a wedding for her, she was inquiring for me to photograph TWO weddings for her. Her and her fiancé, Brett, had decided they would honor both of their families with two different celebrations: the first, a Hindu ceremony, with a dance party I can only describe as legendary; the second, a backyard celebration at Brett’s grandparents house, where he had played as a boy.

Lucky for me, I was available for both dates, because both parties were amazing, and it was impossible to decide which day Arya looked lovelier. For most of us brides, we’re lucky if we can manage looking drop dead gorgeous on one day. Arya pulled it off on two.

Being with Arya and Brett’s family and friends on two separate wedding days really did make me feel like I was a part of the family, especially at the second wedding, when Arya’s Dad put his arm around me and walked me from table to table introducing me to all of his friends from Nepal, saying, “This is Heather, she takes the most wonderful photographs” and promptly asking them if they had a son or daughter who would be getting married soon. All good things must come to an end, and my heart is heavy posting these photographs, knowing that in two weeks, I won’t be back with the Khatiwodas and the Gerstners, doing what I love most. I can’t despair for too long, however, because I’ll be with a new couple, with a new family, documenting a different love story. You really can’t complain when this is what you get to do every weekend.

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Anni - These are stunning, Heather. Those portraits in the grass especially, are just perfect.

Rob Dodsworth - Really vibrant images. Great stuff!

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