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cranbrook engagement session: chelsea & christian

9.19.17 - engagements by Kristin G.

Chelsea+Christian live outside of the mitten and were in town for some other fabulous wedding events when we were able to schedule their engagement session at sunrise the morning they were flying home. Yes, sunrise, you guys. And it was SO worth it! Christian attended Cranbrook while in school and so we not only had gorgeous morning light, but we had a fantastic location for their engagement portraits. These two are classically beautiful and so the campus suited them perfectly. We leisurely walked around and got to know one another, even though I felt like I stopped them every few feet to shoot because every nook was simply gorgeous! Their easy demeanor made them a dream to photograph and makes me look forward to getting them back in front of my lens for their wedding in just a couple of months! A huge congratulations to the both of you! xo

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detroit engagement session: jessica & michael

9.19.17 - engagements by Courtney

Jessica and Michael met at work in downtown Detroit, so it was fitting to do their engagement session there. We were laughing at one point when their office was in the background, that is was “where it all began”.
Jess and Michael’s engagement session flew by. They have this ease about them that just made everything go so smoothly. Not to mention they are a pretty darn good-looking couple.
I just love all the options right around belt alley and the Z lot. The atmosphere is great with people around and new businesses popping up like crazy. Congratulations Jess and Michael. I’m looking forward to your day.

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Detroit yacht club: Courtney & Max

9.18.17 - weddings by Courtney

This bride holds a special spot in my heart. Not only is she sweet and beautiful but I have been lucky to know her for a while before she was engaged to Max. I was thrilled for them when they got engaged and delighted when I learned I got to capture their special day!
We started off at the Detroit Yacht Club where the ladies looked elegant in the most beautiful mint green dresses and the guys were ready to get into their blue suits and matching socks. However, Courtney and Max stole the show! Max couldn’t stop smiling the entire day and looked fabulous all dressed up. They had a very sweet first look where I heard “ I don’t know what to do!!” and both of them busted out laughing. It was adorable.
They had a gorgeous and festive ceremony outside of the conservatory with big puffy clouds arriving at just the perfect moment to light their photos. We drove around Belle Isle to the Fountain. Courtney and Max rode in some serious style in her uncle’s vintage car and then it was back to the DYC for the party. I loved all their little details that were a nod to Max’s love of flying. Paper airplanes gave guests their destination city (table) and their cake was complete with a “fly away with me” cake topper. The flowers by Evelyn Loves Lemon were simply stunning.
After a few heartfelt speeches, a delicious dinner, and a quick stroll down to the dock at sunset, it was time to dance. I’m confident this dance floor was as packed for the last song as it was for the first. What a wonderful celebration of love. Congrats Courtney and Max.

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the henry ford wedding: samantha & jordan

9.13.17 - weddings by Courtney

As I packed my bags for Samantha and Jordan's wedding I grew excited for the day knowing that these two are super adorable and they were getting married at a gorgeous venue. When I arrived, they both looked stunning and happy-I mean, super happy. And not just them, you could tell their family and friends were super happy for them as well. We were in for a very good day.
Samantha's dress had the most beautiful ribbon trimmed layers and the buttons on the back of her dress were from her Grandmother's dress! It was such a sweet moment when Samantha realized that the college ring of her aunt's (that she was wearing) was blue. She thought that was the one something (something blue) she had forgotten but she actually had it all along.
Her first look with Jordan was at the Dearborn Inn. We found a quiet spot and it was so sweet how they got distracted by each other and didn't hear a word I was saying.
We had endless spots for great pictures at the Henry Ford Museum, where their ceremony and reception were. White marble pillars, the blue room chandelier and JFK's (Samantha's fav President) car. The weather couldn't have been more perfect and their ceremony was held outside in the Pennsylvania Courtyard. It was a beautiful blend of Jewish and Armenian traditions and the perfect celebration of Samantha and Jordan.
The reception room looked beautiful with flowers by Jen House Designs, and lovely cake by Iversen's Bakery. Many thanks to Megan of Beautiful Day Planning. Moments after dinner the dance floor was packed with guests thanks to BlueWater Kings. Congratulations you two!

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oakland hills country club wedding: sarah & ben

9.11.17 - weddings by Kristin G.

I’m going to begin by saying that the fathers of Sarah+Ben are so proud of their children. Not only for the people they have become, but for the people they have chosen to spend the rest of their lives with. That was totally apparent during their heart-felt toasts and it’s easy to see why their families have so many reasons to be proud. I began the day by meeting Sarah and the girls in the locker room at Oakland Hills Country Club and Sarah is as kind and genuine as she is stunning (and as you’ll see, that means a lot!). Her gorgeous gown fit her perfectly and I adored her jeweled Badgley Mischka flats. After we were done getting ready, it was off to the always stunning Saint Hugo where Sarah+Ben said their sweet vows. We arrived back at The Club for some portraits and, like always, the doors on the veranda and wrap around porch of Oakland Hills provided a beautiful backdrop for this stunning couple. Inside the room was decorated with a classic elegance including flowers by Breath of Spring, gorgeous invitations by Lee's Specialty, and the party rocked on with the killer Chicagoan band Sorry For Partying . It was truly a spectacular day and I wish nothing but the best for this wonderful couple! Congratulations! xo


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