The Dearborn Inn: Elizabeth & John

10.22.18 - weddings by Stephanie

Elizabeth and John are such an amazing and sweet couple. It came as no surprise that their wedding day was equally perfect.

The events began at the beautiful Dearborn Inn, where the reception was to be held later that day. Elizabeth and her bridesmaids looked so relaxed and pretty in their matching robes, but were exceptionally lovely in their gowns. Liz’s dress was the perfect combination of simple and elegant, and may very well be one of my favorite gowns to date!

When we headed to the front of the building for the first look, and John saw his beautiful bride for the first time, you could physically feel the love and adoration the two have for one another. Those same emotions were evident throughout the day, and I was able to capture sweet looks and soft smiles that the coupled shared during the wedding ceremony at the gorgeous Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The reception kicked off with a few hilarious speeches and was a joyous occasion filled with laughter and dancing. The reception room looked gorgeous with hints of blush flowers on the tables and gold Chiavari chairs. The Pastry Palace made a beautiful three-tiered cake for the occasion and it was a pleasure to work with The Dan Rafferty Band.

Huge congratulations to both Elizabeth and John. It was such a pleasure to photograph your day!

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Downtown Detroit engagement session: Maddie & Joshua

10.22.18 - engagements by Kristin G.

The weather had been iffy all morning, but I got that text from Maddie in the early afternoon saying that we were going for it no matter what! Turns out, it was the best decision as it was a gorgeous Detroit fall day in the city. I met Maddie+Josh at The Belt downtown and had the best time as we wandered through the alleyway amongst all the bright, funky design. I have to laugh because these two were adamant during their consult that they could not do a serious pose and, as you can see, they were SO EASY to photograph the entire evening. We made our way over to Capital Park (a fantastic idea of theirs!) and up to the rooftop of the Z Garage for some skyline shots. You know I’m going to say I could have kept shooting all evening! Thank you for a super fun time, you two! xo

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Lafayette Grande Wedding: Catherine & Daniel

10.18.18 - weddings by Stephanie

Photographing weddings is always so much fun. However, it’s especially great when you get to work with a couple as sweet and laid back as Cathy and Dan.

We started the day off by taking photos of everyone getting ready at the homes of the “Man of Honor” and the “Best Man”. I especially love when my brides and grooms decide to take prep photos at a residence, as it gives the day such a personal feel.

We then headed to the Grosse Point Academy chapel for Cathy and Dan to exchange their vows. The church was gorgeous both inside and out. With its ivy-covered stone walls and lovely lighting, it made for the perfect location for the couple’s ceremony.

The pair chose the Lafayette Grand as their reception venue. This location had personal significance for Dan as one of his groomsmen owns it, and he actually worked there during high school! This was the second wedding in a row where I shot at this specific venue. I specifically loved the floral details and blush tones Courtyard Flowers brought to the table. This venue has the most beautiful art deco decor which makes it the perfect choice for any couple.

Cathy and Dan’s wedding day was perfect, and I wish them the best of luck as they begin this new chapter of their life together!

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Downtown Detroit engagement session: Julie & Ruben

10.18.18 - engagements by Courtney

I seriously drove all the way home from this engagement session with the biggest smile on my face. Not only are Julie and Ruben the sweetest couple you’ll ever meet, but they are model gorgeous. It took only a few moments in front of my camera for them to find their groove and the session was in full swing.
We met at the Z lot, a spot I think I will never will tire of. New things are constantly popping up and the atmosphere is so “Detroit”. Smiles, laughter, and many “Congratulations” from several passersby.
After the Z lot and Belt Alley we ended their session with them dancing on the rooftop to the setting sun. I couldn’t have hoped for a better session. Congratulations Julie and Ruben

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Lily Krut Bat Mitzvah

10.15.18 - engagements by Kristin G.

Ever since I had the pleasure of shooting Lily’s portraits earlier this summer, I had been looking forward to her Bat Mitzvah. Not only is she gorgeous, but she’s also super smart and witty and had me smiling behind the camera with her commentary the whole time. I met her and her sweet (and stunning!) family at Temple Israel for some portraits prior to the service. After Temple, everyone headed off to The Townsend Hotel for a super fun brunch where the theme screamed LIVE, LOVE, LILY. I could not get enough of everything – the hot pink and green décor, the glitter and henna tattoos and even a magician who had stumped both the kids and adults alike. It was obvious that everyone was having the best time! Plus, Lily was all smiles and my heart warmed as she made the most heartfelt toast of gratitude to her family. A huge congratulations to you, Lily! xo

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