The Colony Club Wedding: Alyssa & Royden

5.16.18 - engagements by Stephanie

I absolutely love photographing weddings.  They are beautiful, fast-paced, exciting, and so very emotive.  Alyssa and Royden’s big day was no exception.

The couple’s choice of venues was exquisite.  My team began the day by taking photos of the bride and groom getting ready at the Detroit Foundation Hotel.  If you’ve never been to this amazing location, you are truly missing out.  It was a great setting for both detail and candid group shots. Not to mention the gorgeous lighting was perfect for showcasing Alyssa’s beauty!  Doesn’t she look stunning in her dress?

We next traveled to one of my favorite Detroit churches- St. Anne de Detroit.  With it’s gorgeous ceilings and amazing architecture, it proved to be both a romantic and charming locale for Alyssa and Royden’s nuptials.  

We then wrapped up the event at the Colony Club- another of my faves.  From heartfelt speeches, to sweet first dances- their reception was absolutely flawless.  The Rolling Pin made the most beautiful gold and white cake that went perfectly with the Colony Club's gold accents. Kevin, of Twigs & Branches did a wonderful job with the floral and centerpiece details.

The day was truly picture perfect, and I feel so lucky to have been a small part of such a wonderful event.  I wish this sweet couple the absolute best on their future journeys, and know they will spend a lifetime of happiness together.  



































































































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Fox Hills Wedding: Ann & Phillip

5.16.18 - weddings by Courtney

Part way through Ann and Phillips marriage ceremony the officiant stated, "You are in this together." This immediately prompted Ann to give Phillip a slight nudge and when their eyes met their faces erupted with smiles. It is undeniable what a perfect match these two are for one another.
Their ceremony took place at St. Mary of Chelsea Catholic Church and everything was perfection. Ann was so beautiful in her gown (I absolutely loved how the lace draped around her shoulders), paired with the most perfect spring bouquet by Lily's Flowers. Phillip looked handsome in his grey suit and lilac tie. Ann's daughters made the cutest flower girls in lilac dresses that cleverly matched Ann's shoes.
After the ceremony we headed to Fox Hills for a wonderful reception filled with dinner, dancing and a s’more’s bar!! Gwen's Cake Decorating made a wonderful “naked cake”, and Weekend Comeback kept the party rockin’. We were able to take the golf carts out for photos before dinner while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour and found a cute little spot with a bridge over a small lake. The leaves hadn't made their appearance yet but this goes to show how beautiful this time of year can be. I love the soft colors of lilac and white and Phillips grey suit looked spectacular against the bare trees.
The remainder of the reception was filled with laughter, dancing and Polaroid pictures. Everyone (especially the kids) enjoyed snapping candid’s which were then signed and placed on a frame to make the cutest "guest book" ever. 
Congratulations Ann and Phillip. I wish you a lifetime of happiness.











































































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The Henry Hotel Wedding: Jessica & Neil

5.15.18 - weddings by Courtney

One of the things I love most about photographing weddings is that I get to spend the day "behind the scenes." It is from here that I am privy to the most special moments that make each wedding day ever so special. Sometimes it’s the smallest of things that mean the most like when Jessica's dad offered her a mint shortly after their first look. Her Grandfather always carried these kinds of mints and it was a truly special way to remember him that day. There were huge smiles and a tear or two to wipe away, not just because of the mints, but because there were so many loved ones gathered and the day was off to the perfect start.
I arrived at The Henry Hotel, and the girls room was in total celebration mode. It was a room filled with joy and chaos in the very best way. Hair and makeup was just wrapping up and Jessica was ready to get into her gown. I loved her champagne dress and especially the lace coverlet she put on top. Her lace shoes and simple jewelry completed the look and she was absolutely stunning. Neil's look was completed when he first laid eyes on Jessica and had the sweetest smile on his face. He, of course, looked equally as handsome in his suit and tie. At first sight of Neil, Jessica had a smile to match.
We spent some time around the The Henry taking photos. Between the gorgeous (and huge) bouquet, this beautiful couple and fabulous venue it felt like we were shooting photos for a fashion magazine. These two absolutely rocked the photos and I could have easily spent hours with them. But, we were on to the important part of the day. There was a wonderful Ketubah signing with their family and bridal party. They had a beautiful laser cut Ketubah with the most amazing details. Then they were off to their ceremony (which was also wonderful) and from then on it was a whirlwind. Dancing started what seemed like the moment they were announced into the room and remained that way the rest of the evening. The Henry Hotel was a stunning backdrop for the day, and they had some amazing receptions details including a wonderful tiered cake by Sweet Heather Anne, and florals by Parsonage Events. Party Assurance did a fabulous job at helping the day flow perfectly. It was a wonderful celebration of a fantastic couple. Congratulations Jessica and Neil. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day.

































































































































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detroit engagement session: Yana & Jonathan

5.10.18 - engagements by Courtney

Yana and Jon's engagement session looked like it was straight out of a fairy tale! Yana had found this amazing red dress to wear for their session and as soon as I saw it I knew the DIA was the perfect setting for their photos. She looked absolutely stunning with her dark hair and red dress against the white marble and Jon fit the role of handsome prince perfectly. The dress cascading down the stairs, gold doors, arches and back lit sunshine made for the perfect session.
Their session was filled with so much laughter and fun, I can see why they have chosen one another. Their wedding is sure to be nothing short of wonderful. Congratulations to you both.



















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Colony Club Wedding: Coreen & Corey

5.10.18 - weddings by Courtney

Once again, I was lucky enough to photograph a beautiful bride who is also one of three sisters. These brides tend to hold a special place in my heart because I inevitably envision someday when one of my girls (I have 3) gets married. I was so very touched by the love these girls have for each other. There was an undeniable joy in their eyes and love for the "number one daughter" on her wedding day.
I started the day meeting up with Coreen and the ladies at the Book Cadillac. The room was a buzz with hair, makeup and dresses. Coreen's dress fit her perfectly and I loved her bright blue shoes. She had the sweetest gift from her grandma to hold with her that day. It was a bonnet she received as an infant and when her mother "slipped a row of stitches" it turned into a beautiful hankie! What an awesome family tradition.
As we walked down for their first look I asked Coreen, "Do you think Corey will cry when he sees you?" and she replied, "oh yes! Definitely." Corey did not disappoint with his reaction as he first saw his bride. There was a dance move, an enormous "wow" and the sweetest tear rolling down his cheek. Corey looked fabulous in his suit and his brown shoes completed his look perfectly. As we took photos around the Book Cadillac of the two of them we were caught by surprise as a gust of wind took Coreen's cathedral length veil straight up from her head! It was quite amazing.
Then, it was off to the DIA for bridal party photos. The hot pink and black looked incredible against the white marble of the building. Light and bright was perfectly fitting for a spring wedding.
Their ceremony and reception was at the Colony Club and was super sweet and personal. The officiant was a close friend of theirs and I don't think there was a dry eye in the room.
The details they picked coordinated effortlessly with the room. Their cake by Cake Ambition looked amazing with the white frosting with brushed gold. Candles, gold accents and pops of pink flowers by Merci Beau Coup Floral, and lovely invitations by Commercial Graphics. It was all so elegant! It didn't take long for the party to be in full swing. They were announced and greeted by a very cheerful room. Speeches (one that included an impressive rap) and dinner followed by Corey's sweet tribute to his mom, as well as Brvther's Keeper (DJ) had the dance floor packed for the rest of the evening.
Congratulations Corey and Coreen.















































































































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