Stoney creek engagement session: Jen & Josh

11.18.19 - engagements by Stephanie

I had such a fun time photographing Jen and Josh’s engagement session. The pair is so sweet and down to earth, and I LOVE that they incorporated their sweet children into the shoot. Though it was a cold and breezy November evening, you would never know it from the photos. The kiddos tolerated the frigid temperatures so well. (Though, it MAY have been Jen and Josh’s promise of a Target trip that spurred their enthusiasm!) And, the two families blend so well to make one whole. The children simply adore one another- everyone gets along SO well.

Though we started with group photos, we made sure to set aside time to focus on Jen and Josh. The ease and happiness the two share is so very evident. Simply put, this is one amazing family, and I can’t wait to be a part of what I’m sure will be a fantastic event.

Congratulations to the six of them!

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Crystal Gardens Wedding: Kim & Mike

11.18.19 - weddings by Courtney

Kim and Mike are such a sweet couple and their wedding day was nothing short of wonderful. I love when people take what they love and find unique ways to incorporate it into their wedding. For Kim that is all things Super Hero. From the subtleness of necklaces on the Ladies bouquets and Batman hidden on the backside of their cake to the super fun t-shirts hidden underneath the groomsmens dress shirts. Their cake, by the way, was seriously one of the best I've tasted (carrot cake) at a wedding! Shout out to Cakes by Stephanie for creating such deliciousness.

As Kim and Mike were getting ready for their special day it was abundantly clear how important family is to them. Once Kim was into her dress she had the sweetest first look with her son. Eyes got a little teary and you can see why. Kim looked so stunning and the two of them were so happy to be together on this happy day. Mike looked fabulous in his suit and tie. I always like the look of the white vest and tie. After a sweet ceremony at Crystal Gardens the happy couple and their bridal party braved the crisp fall air for some lovely photos in the gardens and it was time for the true celebration to begin. Beautifully written speeches, family style dinner and a dance floor packed with Super Heros rounded out such a lovely day.

Kim and Mike thank you so much for allowing us to capture your special day.
I think it is fitting to leave you with this:
"Bonds of love never make the wearer weaker - they give him greater strength!" - Wonder Woman

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The Reserve Birmingham wedding: Monika & Marco

11.18.19 - weddings by Stephanie

Monika and Marco’s wedding was absolutely perfect in every way. My team and I simply adored working with everyone involved.

Perhaps that is why their event seemed so very special. It was important to the couple that their family be a part of the entire process. From choosing to get ready in the homes they grew up in, to setting aside special time for family portraits- it is clear how much Monika and Marco cherish the relationships and people in their lives.

It also helped that the duo was a DREAM to photograph. Monika is a hair and makeup artist, and it showed. There is absolutely NO WAY she could have looked more stunning than she did that day. And, can we take a minute to swoon over her gown? With its intricate beading, long sleeves, and stunning cut out details, it was so, so elegant. Not to be outdone, Marco looked insanely dapper in his velvet suit coat and shoes!

The ceremony and reception took place at The Reserve Birmingham in a gorgeous outdoor tent. Monika's bouquet and elegant reception decore by The Petal Lady was amazing. The couple’s vows had us all crying- they were so heartfelt and warm. I absolutely love when my couples personalize their nuptials. And, the tears didn’t stop there- loving speeches by the maids of honor and best man meant there was hardly a dry eye in the house.

The pair shares so much love with each other and everyone around them, that it’s hard to imagine anything but a perfect life ahead of them. I am so happy for the pair, and wish them the best in their lives together!

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Ann Arbor engagement session: Jordan & Josh

11.14.19 - engagements by Stephanie

The pair chose the Law Quad at University of Michigan to hold their shoot, and the setting couldn’t have been more perfect. The gorgeous masonry, stunning archways, and picturesque courtyard made for a beautiful backdrop to their engagement photos.

And, two showed up dressed too impressed. Jordan’s stunning pink dress, and Josh’s suit coat and jeans ensured the couple looked perfectly coiffed in their images. They even brought a second round of outfits that were suited to less formal photos, rounding out a perfect portfolio of pictures!

Unbeknownst to us, it was homecoming weekend, making traffic in downtown Ann Arbor tough to navigate, and parking even more difficult. However, the couple took these hardships in stride, and their positive and upbeat attitude made them even more likable and sweet! The two are naturals in front of the camera, and the love they have for one another truly shined through to their images.

I am so excited for their wedding day next year, and can’t wait to get them in front of my camera again!

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St. john's banquet & conference center wedding: Summer & Michael

11.6.19 - weddings by Stephanie

I have been anticipating Summer and Mike’s wedding day for months- ever since their amazing engagement session in May. The pair is extremely sweet and photogenic- and having beautiful images to remember their day is immensely important to them. (My dream clients!)

Their event couldn’t have been more perfect. Not only did the entire bridal party look smashing, but they were truly the sweetest group I have ever worked with! We had a few hiccups with the timeline - including some unexpected rain - but the bridal party didn’t miss a beat, and were so supportive, helpful and attentive to the bride!

Summer is absolutely gorgeous, and looked STUNNING in her gown. She has fantastic taste, and everything- from her jewelry to her shoes - were unique and beautiful. And, not to be outdone, Mike looked positively debonair in his formal tux with a white jacket. (One of my favorites this year!)

Surrounded by their family and friends, the couple said their vows and held their reception at the lovely St. John's Banquet & Conference Center. Their decor was so elegant, and the cake by Sweet Dreams was the largest and most intricate of any I’ve ever seen!

We managed to squeeze in a few shots of Summer and Mike with the antique Rolls Royce they had brought in specifically for that day- despite a torrential downpour- and finished the night with some amazing moves on the dance floor!

I am so happy for these two, and know life has so many good things in store for them.

Congratulations Summer and Mike!

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