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1.25.18 - News

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Colony club wedding: karla & durell

1.16.18 - weddings by Courtney

Friends and family traveled from all over the country to celebrate with Karla and Durell on their wedding day. They picked Detroit, in the middle of winter, and things couldn't have been more perfect. There were jokes about the cold (and oh was it cold) but looking back what stands out the most about Karla and Durell is the way these two lit up the room with their happiness.
Everything about their day was gorgeous. The guys and ladies each got ready in Airbnb’s which were the perfect vibe for a city wedding. I love "at home" shots and these locations provided just that feeling. A great sense of family and togetherness was felt the moment I walked through the door. The light on the third floor of Karla's place was amazing and she looked absolutely stunning as her sisters and mom helped her into her lace gown. I loved the simplicity of her jewelry and her cathedral veil. She looked like perfection.
Durell looked so sharp in his suit and bow tie but his look was definitely completed after he got his first look at Karla. The smiles on each of their faces during their first look was pure happiness. There is nothing sweeter than a groom busting out in the biggest smile when he first sees his bride and Durell's smile was definitely one of the biggest I've seen. We spent some time in the Aloft building taking photos in the comfort of indoor heat but I can't tell you how excited I was that they were willing to brave the bitter cold for some natural light photos outside. It was the perfect blend of scenery for a downtown winter wedding.
Following that we were off to the Colony Club for their ceremony and reception. Their ceremony was filled with family traditions and a beautiful song sung by Durell's aunt (talk about an amazing voice, wow!). Their choice of decor played off the decorative elements of the building perfectly. White linens, light flowers and touches of gold set such an elegant setting. The cake by Jamboree Cakes & Events was gorgeous with some amazing gold detail work and the flowers by Royalty Linens & Events brought a beautiful touch of nature to the tables. As the dancing began the dance floor was filled with celebration that lasted well into the night.
Congratulations to you both. I am honored to have been able to capture such a beautiful day.

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Rochester engagement session: lindsey & james

1.8.18 - engagements by Stephanie

I had such an amazing time photographing Lindsey and James’ engagement in downtown Rochester. The pair was up for anything, and by the end of the session I felt as if I’d known the two forever.

Despite bone-chilling temperatures and a near foot of snow, we managed to capture some amazing shots. And, we even were able warm up while enjoying chocolate milkshakes at the iconic “Red Knapps”.

I absolutely love winter sessions, and the festive lights of downtown Rochester only lended to the gorgeous snowy background. We may have been extremely cold, but I truly feel as though battling the frigid temperatures was worth it!

The pair is absolutely adorable, and so so sweet. (They saved me after I accidentally locked my keys in my car.) The love they have for one another is evident, and I truly can’t wait to photograph their big day!

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planterra wedding: chelsea & joel

1.5.18 - weddings by Courtney

Everything about Chelsea and Joel’s wedding pointed towards winter wedding perfection. A huge snowstorm hit three days before their big day which was just enough time to clear the roads but still have beautiful white snow everywhere else. Chelsea, Joel and their bridal party were up for toughing the cold and we were able to get some beautiful outdoor photos.
The flower girls were in soft pink, tulle and lace, and bridesmaids in (my fav of the year) mint blue tulle skirts and lace tops. Chelsea looked absolutely exquisite in her Vera gown! Joel and the guys completed the look in their black suits and bow ties.
I will never tire of watching a groom’s face light up when he first sees his bride and Joel's face did just that. Chelsea and Joel shared a beautiful first look moment inside the Townsend Hotel followed by a sweet first look with her dad.
Chelsea and Joel had a charming white trolley take us to a few photo stops before heading over to Planterra for the ceremony and reception. Certain couples have an ease about them that makes my job insanely easy. This is one of those couples. They radiate happiness when together and were absolutely a joy to photograph.
After a heartfelt ceremony, with a close friend as the officiant, the party was started. I found it so touching during the speeches to learn about the dynamics of their bridal party. Not only were their closest friends the ones standing beside them this day but both Joel and Chelsea had in-laws as best man and (one) of the maid of honor’s. It was a true testament to how close this family has already become. Planterra was the perfect setting for their winter wedding. Candles and twinkle lights warmed the room. I loved all the little details, including the eucalyptus on the tables, and three cakes by Bella e Dolce, yes three! I have never seen a marbled cake before, it was amazing!
Lastly, I loved the two traditions each family has for their reception. Chelsea’s family has this amazing ball and chain that has been engraved and passed to almost 20 couples. For his side, family gathered away from the party for a super sweet sentiment from his father followed by a
toast and a shot. Your Generation, kept the dance floor rocking all night!

Thank you both for choosing me to document your day. I wish you a lifetime of happiness.

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detroit engagement session: katie & alex

12.22.17 - engagements by Kristin G.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVED this sweet engagement session in downtown Detroit. Not only did this gorgeous couple step outside the box and do a winter engagement session (they are truly my fave!), but Katie+Alex were totally open to doing and going wherever — a photographer’s dream! We began at the DIA, which was super fun for me because FOR ONCE we had as much time as we wanted while we shot in front of the gorgeous marble building. I tend to only head here with my bride+groom on their wedding day and it was so nice to be able to take our time and stop when we were finished; not because we were out of time! After we got these classic shots, we headed into Campus Martius and I was truly in heaven. These two made it look so easy to take portraits in front of hundreds of others walking (and gawking!) around the city. The holiday lights were spectacular, but I have to say, my favorite part was at the end when we wandered into the adorable pop up shops! Thank you both for being so fun! I’ll be seeing you this summer! xo


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