Addison Oaks Buhl Estate: Megan & Austin

9.12.18 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

Megan and Austin could be models. Seriously. They are both so nice and surrounded by wonderful friends and family. Their wedding was beautiful, fun and with ideal weather. I knew right when I showed up for the getting ready photos that I was going to love Megan’s style… I mean, look at those shoes! And it was adorable that she and Austin each gave a teddy bear to the ring bearer and flower girl. After Megan and Austin's ceremony at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church we stopped at the Four Corners (32 Mile & VanDyke) because, as I’m told, “that’s a thing to people in that area”, and I was totally game for that! Then we stopped at Austin’s family’s business for some photos in front of the sign, which Austin’s parents put up for them as a surprise. Then we went off to Addison Oaks for their gorgeous reception. It was kind of a trip for me to shoot at Addison Oaks because I hadn’t shot there in probably 10 years. At that time I was fairly new to wedding photography and I still got really nervous at each and every wedding. It was really interesting to be back there because it reminded me of that nervousness I used to feel, in contrast to the complete confidence I have now. It was a really lovely reception with gorgeous white flowers by Viviano's and a stunning gold and white cake by The Home Bakery. I wish these two a lifetime of happiness!

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downtown La Jolla engagement session: Kino & Greg

9.12.18 - engagements by Kristen Taylor

It was a lovely afternoon in Downtown La Jolla with Kino and Greg! While I do love when there’s lovely sunlight, an overcast day allows us to shoot in spots that might otherwise have bad lighting if it were sunny, and it was fun to utilize a few new spots. Kino and Greg were lovely and up for anything, including climbing under railings, walking on cliffs, etc. They’re super cute together and I’m beyond excited for their Southern California wedding next year. Congrats, you two!

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Townsend Hotel Wedding: Amanda & Ted

9.12.18 - weddings by Stephanie

As a wedding photographer, I get the chance to meet a lot of amazing couples. While each and every one is special, there are a few that really stand out. Amanda and Ted are one of those couples.

The pair lives in Montana and booked me without meeting face-to-face. Because of the distance between us, we weren’t able to schedule an engagement session. Thus, when Amanda reached out earlier this summer asking to arrange a quick “sit down” to get to know one another, I jumped at the opportunity.

It was at this meeting that I knew the wedding day was going to be amazing.

And, I was right!

Amanda and Ted are perfect for one another. The love between them is so very obvious, and I couldn’t be happier for the two of them.

The entire affair was a joyous occasion. Amanda was cool, calm, collected, and ridiculously STUNNING in her gown. It’s no wonder that Ted is so enamored with her!

Surrounded by family and friends, the couple said “I do”, and held their reception at the ever-fabulous Townsend Hotel. Their decor was simply amazing! I loved the gorgeous colors Amanda incorporated, especially the soft hues in the flowers by Parsonage Events and the ombre cake by LW Cake Design blew me away! As an extra special touch, Amanda made all of the signage, invites, and paper products herself. She is so very talented!

However, what struck me the most about this event was the obvious love and support the couple has from their friends and family. There was not just one toast. Instead, MULTIPLE people stood to give speeches about how the two had personally touched their lives. It was clear from the joy in the room that Amanda and Ted have a positive impact on just about everyone they meet. It’s impossible to NOT adore the two!

I truly will never forget this day, or the obvious love and respect Ted and Amanda have for one another. They truly are a wonderful pair!

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the inn at st. john's wedding: Lindsey & James

8.30.18 - weddings by Stephanie

I have been looking forward to Lindsey and James’ wedding day ever since I spent a frigid afternoon with them capturing their engagement photos last winter.

The pair is absolutely adorable. They are full of fun, and so, so kind. In fact, I accidentally locked my keys and phone in my vehicle at the very start of their engagement session, and Lindsey and James were kind enough to see me through!

I’ve since gotten a new mode of transportation- one that makes it near impossible to lock one’s keys in one’s car. Thus, I’m happy to report that were no “vehicle hiccups” on their wedding day!

In fact, the entire affair was sheer perfection.

Our team began at the Inn at St. John’s, where the bridal party was getting ready for their big debut. This venue is an extra special one. I simply LOVED the fact that Lindsey chose one of their gorgeous suites for preparation photos. The room was the perfect setting for all of our detail shots.

Our first look took place at the Inn’s gardens. And, though a bit of rain quickly set in, we were able to capture some lovely shots of the two before the downpour!

Lindsey and James’ nuptials were held at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. The service was beautiful, and the church absolutely gorgeous. Lindsey looked STUNNING in her gown, and you could see the pure adoration the couple has for one another when they said their vows.

We then wrapped up this incredible day back at the Inn and began the celebration! There was much fun to be had, with a rockin' dance floor thanks to Mike Staff Productions. Their gorgeous cake was by Love and Buttercream Bakery, flowers by K&M Flowers, and Jen's Invites did the beautiful invitations. I hope that Lindsey and James will continuously recount the joy they felt on this day.

Best wishes to an amazing couple!

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Ali & Alex's Professional Wedding Photos

8.29.18 - weddings by Courtney

Alicia and Alex had a wedding day where everything just clicked. It was perfect. The two of them couldn't have been more stunning, gracious or irrevocably happy and their day was gorgeous. We started out getting ready at the Detroit Athletic Club where the ladies room was abuzz with excitement. They all looked so good in their flower print robes but became so glamorous in dresses that were a mix of champagne, blush, and gold. (Different color bridesmaids dresses are one of my favorite current trends and I hope it sticks around for a while). As Alicia got into her dress it became apparent how special family is to them...her Dad made the flower arrangements complete with Grandma's prayer book and a hanky stitched with important dates by Mom. Alicia and Alex were surrounded by siblings (4 for her and 3 for him) and their parents every step of the way.
As we photographed these two at their first look it was so sweet watching them become even happier. Their faces completely lit up. Alicia gave Alex the sweetest gift, a guitar pick that he used to wear and he gave to her when they were dating. Clearly, he had forgotten all about it because his reaction was priceless.
Back to the importance of family, their ceremony at Christ Church celebrated just that. Alicia performed the ceremony, their niece and sister sang beautifully and two other's gave great readings. It was a wonderful celebration of marriage.
Off we went to Belt Alley where the entire bridal party was so fabulous that we finished a little early and they were off to celebrate in the party bus. As we arrived back at the DAC the room looked fabulous. The white decorations with touches of gold were perfection. Dinner, a packed dance floor (thanks to Stiletto Fire) and laughter that filled the reception room. Congratulations Alicia and Alex, I was honored to capture your day and wish you all the best.

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