I love it when old historical buildings are repurposed - it allows the community the chance to keep its history and reutilize a structure to bring new life to it and the surrounding neighborhood. That has been the case with the Gendron Franco Center (formerly known as the Franco Heritage Center). Even though I have been shooting weddings now for more than 10 years, I have never had the chance to shoot at the Franco, despite it being in my hometown. Steph and I always look for what our wedding couple brings to the table when we meet them. We got very excited when Cindy and Mark came to talk with us and shared that they chose the Franco as their ceremony and reception venue. With its elevated stadium seating arrangement this former Catholic church is a great venue to create a dramatic feel to most ceremonies. It has come a long way since its 1907 roots when the structure was then called St. Mary's Parish.
Mark and Cindy were wed on an amazing afternoon filled with blue skies and fluffy clouds. This was a very laidback couple that simple wanted to have a good time. Like most weddings days, we were forced to deal with tight time restraints and Mark and Cindy decided to pass on traveling to our discussed formal photo shoot session so that they could get to their reception sooner. However, when you are right across the street from an old mill, a photographer in a pinch can turn a parking lot into an amazing photo shoot filled with rich reds and great texture.
Congratulations to this adorable couple! Their family is super adorable and we could not be happier for them. Here is a small sample of their wedding day in what we like to call their wedding photo story. Thank you Mark and Cindy for allowing us the chance to meet the two of your two adorable children. We wish you the best of luck and truly hope you enjoy the photos below.
Venue: Gendron Franco Center
Dress/Tux: The Formal Image
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Hair: The Hairem
DJ: Bruce Flash