Royal Oak Engagement Session: Calli & Mario

6.14.18 - engagements by Kristin G.

I’m not sure I could have had a bigger smile on my face when I first saw Calli + Mario when we met up for portraits in downtown Royal Oak. You guys, talk about style! Calli looked incredible in her LBD and I adored Mario’s ensemble, with his button down, ankle pants and loafers. They also brought along their pride + joy and this little fella totally stole the show. These two were so easy to photograph and it made me super thrilled that I’ll be shooting their wedding so soon! After walking around the city with its fun urban texture, we ended at Mario’s family’s restaurant, Trattoria Da Luigi for dinner and a glass of red. I’m totally smitten with these two and, I’m not just saying this, if you have not been to this restaurant for some Italian flavor, you MUST GO. Thank you both for such a fun evening! I’ll be seeing you before we know it! Congrats, again! xo



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Birmingham engagement session: Katie & Ryan

6.14.18 - engagements by Kristen Taylor

I know I talk about the weather a lot with respect to my shoots, but it seems that so often it’s kind of cold, grey, hot, humid (I LOATHE humidity!), etc., and it’s so rare that there’s an absolutely perfect day… but for Katie and Ryan’s engagement session it was completely gorgeous! Plus, the two of them are adorable and I loved what they chose to wear! We wandered around downtown Birmingham, stopping at a few of my favorite little nooks for photos. It was really nice chatting with Katie and Ryan and getting to know them better. At the end of their session they changed into hockey jerseys (they’re HUGE hockey fans) and we stopped into a bar for a beer and a few photos. It was an all-around awesome session, and I’m super excited to photograph their Planterra wedding later this year!















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The Henry Hotel Wedding: Natalie & Andy

6.13.18 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

Weddings like this one make my heart extra happy! The entire event was at The Henry, which is one of my favorite venues. The Presidential Suite at The Henry is such a perfect room for getting ready, in part because of its white walls and large windows, and in part because it’s huge… which was needed for the 12 bridesmaids to all get ready. Natalie looked gorgeous in her wedding gown, and I always love photographing a bride with a long veil. It can be challenging to photograph such a large bridal party, but this big bridal party followed my direction super well, and I loved posing them in a Vogue style on the stylish seating in the venue. Natalie had wanted to have an outdoor wedding but she felt too nervous about the weather, so they brought tons of greenery in to give a natural outdoor feeling to the event. Their chuppah was gorgeous, as was every single aspect of their stunning reception, thanks to Bellisario Florist who did the florals. Dee Dee Hoffman’s crew did a phenomenal job with the planning and execution, Lee's Specialty made the beautiful invitations, and it’s always a pleasure to work with Blue Racer Productions video crew. Congratulations to Natalie and Andy… I wish you so many happy years to come!





































































































































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Meadowbrook Country Club Wedding: Amy & Ryan

6.12.18 - weddings by Stephanie

Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for me. Not only did I have the standard family events on the actual holiday, but I was lucky enough to photograph TWO fabulous weddings that weekend.

Amy and Ryan’s event kicked off the holiday, and was SO MUCH FUN! Amy is a friend of Courtney’s- one of KT&CO’s own lead photographers. Thus, I knew that the day was going to be extra special!

Surrounded by their family and closest friends, Amy and Ryan made a stunning couple. Amy’s dress was so beautiful, and Ryan looked extremely dapper in his tuxedo!

The couple had an intimate ceremony at Amy’s parents' church, and then we headed to Meadowbrook Country Club to celebrate their nuptials. What made the event extra special was that their reception venue was the same one where Amy’s parents held theirs! Cantoro's Italian Market made the wonderful cake, RSVP made the elegant invites, and Wedding Flowers by Heidi brought a touch of nature to the reception room with pink florals.

It was so wonderful to have so many generations there to witness their marriage. The love and support from their families was palpable, and I know that Amy and Ryan have many wonderful years ahead of them.





















































































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Colony Club Wedding: Xiyan & Stephen

6.12.18 - weddings by Stephanie

If you’ve been following along on our blog, you know that I had TWO weddings on Memorial Day weekend. “Double headers” can be exhausting, but I work with some pretty wonderful couples. They make my job easy and fun!!!

Xiyan and Stephan are no exception!

Late in the fall, I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon photographing this adorable couple. Though we had to fight a rainy and windy day, it was well worth it for the images we got!

Lucky for us, we were blessed with perfect weather on their wedding day. (I think it was a trade-off for the chilliness during their engagement session) It was warm, sunny, and absolutely beautiful!

The ladies began their day at The Inn at 97 Winder. This Detroit gem is gorgeous. Complete with Art Deco furniture and gorgeous antiques, it was the perfect setting for getting ready photos.

Lending to the Detroit flavor, Xiyan and Stephen opted to have photos taken at the Z Lot and in front of the gorgeous Fox Theatre. Both made for a perfect backdrop for the bridal party photos.

The couple then held their nuptials at one of my favorite venues- The Colony Club. With its high ceilings and perfect lighting, it is such a wonderful place to say “I do”.

I really loved that Stephen and Xiyan incorporated details of her heritage into their day. The pops of red symbolizing happiness and good luck were truly splendid, and small elements like origami seat holders and various Chinese decorations made for a charming and enchanting reception.

The entire day was simply magical, and I couldn’t be more happy for this sweet and charming couple!





















































































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