Downtown Detroit engagement session: Emily & Thaddeus

7.18.18 - engagements by Kristin G.

We’ve been having a serious heat wave here in the mitten the past two weeks and, admittedly, I was a little nervous for Emily+TJ’s engagement portraits. I ask my couples to snuggle together during our sessions and I do not want them to melt while doing so! I was all sorts of happy when we kept the session as scheduled and, while it was warm, there was a nice breeze close to sunset on Belle Isle and these two absolutely rocked their session. I loved their outfit selections, as Emily’s LBD and TJ’s suit complimented both the architecture and natural vibe on the island. These two were absolutely at ease and it makes me even more stoked to be shooting their wedding next year! Congratulations, you two! xo



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Ubly Heights Country Club Wedding: Allisyn & Cody

7.18.18 - weddings by Kristin G.

I ran into Allisyn in the lobby of the hotel and she looked so happy in her adorable “bride” robe as she escorted me into the room where her super fun bridal party was getting ready. I have to say, I was obsessed with her choice of all lace gown and gorrrrgeous long sleeves (I’m a sucker for sleeves on a bridal gown!). As soon as she donned that gown, I absolutely could not get enough portraits of her — she looked flawless! I also have to give mad props to her family+friends who were all sporting their new Louboutins — those red soles were absolutely worth it! We arrived at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where a somewhat nervous groom was more than ready to see his bride and you could see the weight lift right off of Cody's shoulders the moment he kissed his bride. After the ceremony, we were lucky enough to shoot on the gorgeous property of the bride’s mother. A winding dirt driveway and gorgeous wrought iron gate made the perfect backdrop for their portraits (and you know I could have held them hostage for hours!)! Before we knew it, it was time to head to the Ubly Heights Golf-Country Club where it was time to relax and party. I loved all of the details in this club and especially that Allisyn+Cody had a dedicated gaming area filled with cornhole and Giant Jenga. Cakes by Marge made the beautiful cake, and the florals by Country Cottage Floral were beautiful. Everyone was having such a fun time and the party was going strong even as we packed up for the night. Congratulations, you two! It was a perfect day! xo



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Peter Strauss Ranch Wedding: Elika & Sean

7.12.18 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

Elika and Sean’s wedding was amazing to photograph, not only because I’m friends from college with Elika, but also because the venue is so different from the venues where I normally shoot. It was in the canyons of Malibu, accessed only by numerous winding turns. Elika said they knew instantly that it was the perfect venue for them, and I can see why. It’s a venue that sits within the natural setting rather than taking it over, it has a casual vibe, and it feels very intimate… all things that I know are super important to Elika. My jaw dropped when I entered the guest house in which the ladies got ready and I saw Elika’s hair and makeup almost finished. She looked stunning, even while still in her robe, and I loved her flower crown and intentionally messy, side-swept bun. Sean looked equally great when I saw him, with his casual yet sophisticated grey and brown suit ensemble. These two are so cute that I almost can’t even stand it! The variety in the bridesmaids’ dresses was beautiful, and the moment when Elika’s dad saw her for the first time was epically sweet. Their planner, Vickie Berry of My Lovely Events , kept the day moving along well. I especially loved the flowers atop their cake by Karma Baker. It really was a lovely celebration of not only them but of all of their friends and family, and I wish these two a lifetime of happiness!



























































































































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birmingham engagement session: Molly & Jay

7.11.18 - engagements by Kristin G.

I walked into the heart of Shain Park and found Molly+Jay casually waiting for me on a nearby bench and I smiled as these two are just super adorable. I think my favorite part about them is how Jay can stand behind her, give her a bear hug, and easily see right over her head. As soon as we started shooting, I could not stop grinning as Molly has the absolute best smile — her whole face lights up and it makes Jay’s do the same. I was also super impressed because Molly had her thick, dark hair pulled back in a ponytail (it was rather windy) and she told me she can take it down if I think it would look better in some images. Wait, what? You can take your hair out of a ponytail and not have the ridiculous ridge where the elastic band was? Mind blown. ;) We walked around downtown Birmingham as I got to know a bit about them, their east coast travels and we ducked into some alleyways for portraits. Thank you both for trusting me as we weaved our way around the city! I wish you both nothing but a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations!



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Birmingham Engagement session: Marionna & Kyle

7.10.18 - engagements by Kristin G.

These two were a breath of fresh air as they walked up to me in downtown Birmingham for their engagement session. Marionna looked so ethereal in her flowing maxi-dress and Kyle was so handsome in his grey suit; you know I am going to say I could have taken their portraits for hours. We walked around the city, taking advantage of the beautiful evening light and the textured urban walls. These two made it so easy on me; falling into a rhythm and naturally posing closely and cuddly with one another. It always warms my heart when I get to know my couples and find that they are as sweet on the inside as they are beautiful on the outside. It truly makes me look forward to shooting their wedding day this fall! I’ll be seeing you two before we know it! xo



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