Downtown Detroit engagement session: Hilary & Larry

2.19.19 - engagements by Stephanie

I had such a wonderful time at this urban engagement shoot with Hilary and Larry.

Despite the frigid temperatures, this session was so enjoyable. This was due to how extremely sweet the couple is. Hilary and Larry are so much fun to be around, and I loved how comfortable they were with one another. Their constant smiles and laughter made for exceptional candid photos!

Plus, Downtown Detroit is one of my favorite places to shoot. With its iconic architectures, bold graffiti murals, and bustling city vibes, it’s the perfect location for memorable portraits! Thus, I was so happy when Hilary decided to hold her session at the Z lot, Belt Alley , and Detroit Library. Not only did we get a great variety, but we had fun exploring all the sights of Detroit!

I am very much looking forward to photographing this couple’s big day. Congratulations Hilary and Larry!

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The Inn at st. john's wedding: Caitlin & Preston

2.13.19 - weddings by Stephanie

I absolutely adore winter weddings. So, I was simply ecstatic when Caitlin and Preston chose me to photograph their big day this past February!

All of the events were held at the The Inn at St. John's. Caitlin had reserved the bridal suite for her “getting ready” photos, and we had SO much fun taking pictures of her party jumping on the bed. Their matching PJs looked so comfy and warm!

Once Caitlin slipped on her dress, all thoughts of those jammies went out the window. She looked stunning! The fabric of her full skirt was divine, and the beading of her bodice was just exquisite.

Preston was equally as dapper in his tux. And, when Caitlin donned a fur shrug for their outdoor photos, the pair’s winter look was complete!

The ceremony was beautiful, and the reception equally as lovely. The couple chose to host dinner and dancing in the Inn’s atrium. I simply loved their layout, as well as all of the small details including the beautiful florals by Designs by Ella Rae.

To finish off the perfect event, Caitlin and Preston chose Collision Six an AMAZING live band for their entertainment. I think I speak for everyone when I say that their talent was jaw-dropping. The dance floor stayed full all night!

This couple is just so sweet, and I was so happy to be part of their big day.

Congratulations Caitlin and Preston!

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Detroit Athletic club wedding: McKenzie & Pat

1.17.19 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

New Year’s Eve weddings are AWESOME, and McKenzie and Pat’s was no exception! I knew it was going to be a great wedding the minute I met them because they’re so gorgeous and nice, but it even exceeded my expectations. We began the day at the Detroit Athletic Club where everyone got ready. McKenzie looked gorgeous in her sleek gown, and I think she looks a lot like the actress Naomi Watts (except the younger version of her). The reaction by McKenzie’s mom and sister when McKenzie’s dad first saw her was super sweet (and what a great family they have!!). The entire DAC property is stunning, but when McKenzie told me that the Georgian Room is her favorite spot there, I knew we shared a similar style because it’s my favorite room too (grey tones, clean lines, symmetry, mirrors, french doors, chandeliers, etc.). So we did a lot of the photos in the Georgian Room, which was perfection, and then we headed off to the church, Saints Peter and Paul. I really love this church because of its white ceiling and pillars, unlike most Detroit churches that have a lot of dark wood. Their ceremony was absolutely beautiful and it’s adorable how Pat looks at McKenzie. Then we headed back to the DAC for some more photos and for the start of their super fun reception! Their decor was gorgeous with white, black, and gold (very clearly staying away from holiday colors or themes). I really loved their three-tiered gold and white cake with fun textures… well done, DAC! Emerald City Designs always does a spectacular job with the decor and flowers, and as usual they did a great job at this wedding. And it’s always fun to work with Evis of Visi Production and the Chateau Band. McKenzie and Pat’s awesome friends and family kept the party going strong, and the NYE countdown and balloon drop was incredible. Congrats to all who got to attend this amazing wedding, and super congrats to McKenzie and Pat!

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The Garden Theatre: Shireen & Joel

1.15.19 - weddings by Courtney

Shireen and Joel's winter wedding was the perfect harmony of family, traditions and glitz. Old Saint Mary's is gorgeous on its own but then you add tinsel and twinkle lights from Christmas decorations and this beautiful couple it looked spectacular. With their children by their sides and loved ones from far across the world, Shireen and Joel were surrounded by love as they exchanged their vows. Smiles and tears of joy were abundant as they were pronounced "husband and wife." The Garden Theatre was the perfect setting to continue the celebration after the ceremony. Cocktails were held in the main entryway with strings of lights overhead and a gorgeous rose filled wall. After guests entered the main theater and were seated, Shireen and Joel entered the room by the tradition of Arabic Zaffa. It was incredible. The couple made their grand entrance along with a group of performers in gorgeous attire with ribbons, drums, and dancing. The party had officially started with a bang. I absolutely loved the red + gold details in the reception room, including the beautiful gold dripped cakes + cupcakes by For The Love of Sugar and gorgeous flowers (red roses!!) by Sweet Stems . A delicious strolling dinner and fantastic music performed by Bluewater Kings Band kept the party hopping well into the night. 
Congratulations Shireen and Joel. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. I am so happy the two have you have found each other.


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Colony Club Wedding: Krysten & Brandon

1.2.19 - engagements by Kristen Taylor

I always love when I can tell that a bride selected me as her photographer because our styles are perfectly aligned. I felt that way when Krysten’s sister, Alyssa, booked me to shoot her wedding a few years ago, and then I felt that way again when Krysten booked me for her big day. In both cases, I walked into the getting ready houses and thought “wow this house is so ‘me’ and looks as though I decorated it myself”. And Krysten’s wedding day design decisions were just as perfect. She looked incredibly stunning in her off-the-shoulder gown, and Brandon looked equally dapper in his classic tux. I loved the bridesmaids’ long red dresses with the pop of dusty pink for Alyssa’s dress. Their ceremony at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament was really beautiful (it was sweet to witness how Brandon looked at Krysten during the ceremony) and then we were off to the Colony Club for more photos of the bridal party and for their reception. The floral decor by Viviano's was gorgeous and I especially love the choice of a lighter green rather than bold green leaves in the florals. Their cake by Chrstine’s Cakes and Pastries was beautiful as well, and their band, Eclipse, hit it out of the park. These families are full of such nice people, it was really fun to see Alyssa and Brian again and to meet their little boy, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of this wedding! Congratulations, Krysten and Brandon!

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