Hillary and Austin

 Hilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

Hilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

Hillary and Austin, Detroit Zoo Wedding 8-5-11.

Hilary and Austin were married August 5th at the Detroit Zoo. We took the new tram throughout the grounds for some awesome romantics and had so much fun. The polar bear was especially lively and that seemed to be the highlight of the tour. They enjoyed a beautiful ceremony in the butterfly garden and a fun reception in the interpretive gallery.

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Here's are some of our very favorite images

 Hilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

Hilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

Hilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

 026_IMG_0164LHilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

026_IMG_0164LHilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

 Hilary and Austin at the  Detroti Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the Detroti Zoo

 Hilary and Austin at the  Detroti Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the Detroti Zoo

 Hilary and Austin at the  Detroti Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the Detroti Zoo

 Hilary and Austin at the Detroit Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the Detroit Zoo

Engagement session at the Detoit Zoo

We photographed a phenomenal engagement session a the Detroit Zoo Monday for Molly and Justin - he works there so this was extra special and we were lucky enough to be there when the polar bear was being fed. This made for some awesome images of the majestic bear, with the water all around us, while we were in the tunnel for quite some time - the arctic ring of life. What a fun, incredible experience for all of us - we sure did ENJOY! Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

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Ask Wally - Should we see each other before the ceremony?

As I meet with more couples to talk about their options for wedding photography, we go over the timing and plans for the day. They love the great romantics they see and the unique personal locations we have gone to (like our popular "Detroit Urban Shoots". But often there is just not enough time between the ceremony and reception and they would rather not keep their guests waiting while we have fun taking the photos. At least half of our couples have a great solution – they elect to see each other beforehand; usually this is based on timing of the day.  But no-one can talk you into it – the decision has to be yours alone – we can only point out advantages.

The idea of not seeing each other comes from medieval days – when marriages were arranged – if he saw you beforehand – he might change his mind.  A lot of contemporary couples are now saying – let’s make this work for us.

The whole secret – it that you HAVE to have a “special moment” when you first see each other – and we help to arrange this – it should be more private – maybe you are coming down a staircase, or out a door, and he is there waiting – be creative.  Then you can say things to each other without the whole world watching and we just capture the emotion from a distance.

Then you can have your wedding party join you and we can go where ever you want – within reason of the timing, and just have FUN!  This is your snuggle time and special time with each other and the people closest to you.  Believe me, after the ceremony it gets much more hectic. ENJOY this time!

The 2 of you are your own best friends, you tend to calm each other down, and this is usually such a relief and stress reducer.  This is the most important day of your lives – why spend it hiding from each other?! Besides, you get to wear your gorgeous dress longer! And, you get a lot more incredible images that are natural and fun and really show your style and the creative style you chose your photographer for!

NO-ONE has EVER said “I wish we didn’t do that” – everyone has loved it and raved about it.

When you walk done the aisle it is another special moment! Sometimes we still do a limited amount of immediate family “Alter groups” just after the ceremony – but then you can mingle with your guests and ENJOY your own party!

I went looking through the files and found so many great images of this over the years - here are a few of our favorites.

Beth and Brian meet at the Henry Ford Estate
Carmie and Steve meet at the Detroti Athletic Club
Suzanne and Flint meet at the Detroit Zoo
Charlie and Josh meet at the Henry Ford Estate in 2005
3 more couples meet beforehand

These images show what words cannot express!

It is a real option that many modern couples have embraced to make the timing of the day work for them and enjoy EACH OTHER more.  If you have any questions please feel free to call and we can talk about your options within the timing of your day!

Marissa and Diedrich's Wedding 8-21-10 at the Detreoti Zoo and the Detroit Athletic Club

Wally was the main photographer for  Marisa and Diedrich who were married Aug 21st at the Detroit Zoo.

Please visit our Facebook Fan Page for the animoto slideshow

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1581734309403

They first met each other in the Butterfly house and then enjoyed some fun romantics there and on the grounds on a tram. We especially loved the polar bear exhibit and the bear fountain. The ceremony took place in the Nautilus... room in front of the butterfly house.

8-21-meet Detroit Zoo Butterfly house

We enjoyed the tram and roamed around the zoo some- especially the polar bear Exhibit at the Artic Ring of Life and the  Fountain. A few drops of rain, but not enough to keep everyone from enjoying.

The ceremony took place in the Nautilus room in front of the butterfly house. This was the weekend of the Woodward Dream Cruise so joined in some fun while traveling by trolley on the way to the fabulous Detroit Athletic Club for a great reception.

We were able to enjoy the fireworks after the Tigers game from the rooftop. A great wedding.

Sunset at the Zoo -

Wally Spice Photography,  Wally and Julie volunteered  our time photographing the festivities and the  for For the 3rd year in a row we volunteered our time to photograph for the Sunset at the Zoo Fundraiser June 18th.  It was a lot of fun and lots of great benefactors and people helping to raise money for our beloved zoo.  We also donated a session to the Silent auction - which brought in just under $500; the grand live auction raised $113,650!  Just like last year - we ended the evening with a thunderstorm warning and had to exit pretty abruptly. There was a tornado warning - and a little rain, but we didn't get soaked like last year.

Wally Spice Photography donation for Sunset at the Zoo

Sunset at the Zoo - Wally Spice Photography

Sunset at the Zoo - Wally Spice Photography

Sunset at the Zoo - Wally Spice Photography

Sunset at the Zoo - Wally Spice Photography

Happy St Patrick's Day - new fliers for the Detroit Zoo "Say I DO- at the Zoo" - by Wally Spice Photography

Happy St Patrick's day everyone - ENJOY! I just got back from the Detroit Zoo and it was packed already - great day. I brought them more promotional fliers that I make to help them with their marketing - I l love supporting them - it's a great place for a wedding and lots of other programs they do - "Say I do at the Zoo!"

Fliers for the Detroit Zoo by Wally Spice Photography

Wedding of Suzanne and Flint at the Detroit Zoo 6-27-09

We photographed a fantastic wedding at the zoo Sat for Suzanne and Flint. They were absolute sweethearts, so expressive, beautiful and so easy to work with – plus you were the best “dippers” we’ve had in a long time – so it really made it easy to them you look great. I really think we got some phenomenal images.  We were even able to get some great infra red images with all the sunny locations.

They met beforehand for their special meeting in the butterfly garden and we got to take a tram throughout the grounds of the zoo. The first and best stop was at the poloar bear exhibit and the Arctic Ring of Life - just phenomenal.  I was hot but not unbearable and even with so many people, we had no problems gettng right in (a gorgeous gal in a white dress always commands a lot of respect and attention).  AND - the polar bear was  active right above us in the ached tunnel - wish he would have stayed and played a little longer but we still got some awesome images.

Then it was on to the Giraffe exhibit and a stop in front of the lions.  We knew of a great bridge with a pond that we also took some great images by.  We all had so much fun.

Then it was on to the actual ceremony by the bear fountain - a beautiful site. The guests and then the party was chauffeured there in trams.   After that back to the main Nautilus building for a fantastic fun reception.

We were so thrilled to be able to put a short sideshow together of just a few of the romantic images, and have them play it in the theater there.  That is always a thrill for us and the guests loved it.

This is a link to my Facebook album which has about 60 of our favorite images

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=26861&id=1417072807&l=1afbdb7946

Suzanne and Flint at the Detroit Zoo

Suzanne-Flint-meeting at the Zoo -collage

Suzanne-Flint-tram-collage

Suzanne-Flint-ceremony-collage

Suzanne-Flint-reception-collage

Sunset at the Zoo Fundraiser and Charity Event 6-19-09

Julie and I came home from Florida just in time to photograph for the Sunset at the Zoo Charity Event - as we did last year. Our friend and awesome Senior photographer David Humphrey  Joined us this year.   We all offered our photographic services and enjoyed the evening. This year they were very organized and had us at specific areas with a suggested shot list. We even had our own "volunteer' working with us that got photo releases signed anytime we had a group of people smiling for the cameras. We also donated a session and some items for the blind auction on behalf of Wally Spice Photography and David also donated 2 session for his company "Masters Photography" in Flint.

The big main auction had to switched to the big tent with weather threatening and still did terrific. I believe they raised at least 100,000 just for that.

As the auction finished the rain really did start and we were all warned to leave because of a huge very severe  storm coming - and it did - rained so hard and so much lightning and thunder.  We were all very much the drowned rats when we finally got to the cars.

It was still a great evening, the rain held off until the end, lots of people still came, the Zoo still raised a lot of money and we had fun. It is great to help such a deserving charity as the Zoo. We love it!

Some photos soon to come!

Sunset at the Zoo June 20, 2008

June 20 of this year, on the summer solstice, the Detroit Zoo had their gala "Sunset at the Zoo" fund raiser for their benefactors and supporters. The Zoo stayed open into the late hours and it was certainly a great event and lots of fun.   Lots of major and regular sponsors, lots of food and beverage tents, live music from the great Jerry Ross Band, an intro by the anchors at channel 2, A live auction with phenomenal items to bid on, a silent auction, a sunset keys event, and frogs everywhere since this was the year of the frog.  Everything was donated by all the generous sponsors of the zoo.  We donated out photographic services so that they could have images for their marketing and we donated a "Portrait Session at the Zoo" to the silent auction. We even have a banner there all the time with one of our images from the event dining area.We really believe the zoo is such a great cause and deserves our full support.  We sincerely appreciate their great referrals and give them any images they need for their sales and marketing.  We make up one of the hand outs they give to their potential wedding clients at the zoo - part of the "Say I do - at the Zoo" add campaign. This helps us both in promotion.

We were truly honored to be a part of this and really enjoyed the evening.

Sunset at the Zoo

Sunset at the Zoo

Zoo flyer

Kathy and Bill May 24th at the Zoo

Saturday May 24th was a beautiful, exciting and very memorable day for the wedding for Kathy and Bill at the Detroit Zoo.  The girls got ready at her parents home close by and then headed to meet Bill and the guys at the zoo.  It was a record breaking busy day for them and there were lots of people enjoying the zoo and the great weather.  We climbed into a tram and headed for sights in the main part of the zoo for our romantics and relaxed fun photography.  Family and the kids also had a great time. We visited the arctic ring of life, seals and the polar bear outside, the giraffes, and the lions and tigers.  Then we headed back to the Interpretive gallery to get ready for the ceremony scheduled for 6PM at the bear fountain. There was a little delay due to an incident elsewhere at the in the zoo, but all was fine. The ceremony was beautiful and everyone enjoyed it - we had some more fun photography by the fountain with the family and wedding party groups and headed back for the reception.  It is always so great to see our slide show in the theater and everyone enjoyed this.

Needless to say - we all had a "roaring" good time!!!

This is a flash high paced slide show made form the best of the images shown at the slide show at the zoo, plus some that I added now that we could really see everything. The images were gorgeous - because we had such a  gorgeous couple, family, location etc to work with.  This link is to my collection of wedding ANIMOTO videos on my site (My "widget")

http://www.wallyspicephotography.com/slideshows/WeddingVideoWidget.htm

I also have it above if it does not always stay on automatically.  Please use  bars on front of slider to turn off.

Kathy & Bill 5-24-08 Zoo

Kathy & Bill 5-24-08 Zoo

Kathy & Bill 5-24-08 Zoo

Kathy & Bill Zoo

Carmen and Sean Flash Video from 2-17-08 at the Zoo & Hyatt, Dearborn

Carmen and Sean were married at the Detroit Zoo in the Interpretive Gallery 2-16-08. We enjoyed romantics in the Butterfly garden and even outside of the zoo in the cold. Everyone had a great time at the reception held at the beautiful Hyatt Hotel in Dearborn. Main Photographers - Wally Spice and Julie Proudfoot; Wally Spice Photography; www.wallyspicephotography.com 248-547-9380. This video can be seen at:

http://www.wallyspicephotography.com/slideshows/WeddingVideoWidget.htm

Carmen and Sean Flash Video from 2-17-08 at the Zoo & Hyatt, Dearborn

Carmen and Sean were married at the Detroit Zoo in the Interpretive Gallery 2-16-08. We enjoyed romantics in the Butterfly garden and even outside of the zoo in the cold. Everyone had a great time at the reception held at the beautiful Hyatt Hotel in Dearborn. Main Photographers - Wally Spice and Julie Proudfoot; Wally Spice Photography; www.wallyspicephotography.com 248-547-9380. This video can be seen at:

http://www.wallyspicephotography.com/slideshows/WeddingVideoWidget.htm

Carmen and Sean, Feb. 16, 2008

Carmen and Sean were married on February 16th at the Detroit zoo in Royal Oak. The girls got ready at the Hyatt in Dearborn and then Carmen and Sean first saw each other in all their wedding finery in the Butterfly garden where we enjoyed some great romantics. The wedding itself was beautiful in the larger nautilus room of the Interpretive gallery. After some more great romantics outside the Zoo as well as inside we all headed to the Hyatt in Dearborn for a great reception. Everyone had a great time. I have the collages below as well as a great flash video above this from the best of the images.

Carmen and Sean at the ZooCarmen and Sean at the Zoo

Carmen and Sean at the Zoo

Carmen and Sean at the Hyatt