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grosse pointe war memorial wedding: kelly & david

8.15.17 - weddings by Courtney

The wedding day of Kelly and David was perfection. Everyone started getting ready at the Westin Book Cadillac in Downtown Detroit. As soon as I entered the room, I noticed the ladies getting ready in the most gorgeous silk robes. Kelly put on her dress and confetti literally started to fly! She looked Ah-mazing! I loved all the thousands of folds in her dress, and to complete the look she carried a special hankie from her dad and wore her Grandmother's ring.
When Kelly and David first laid eyes on each other it was such a sweet moment and undeniable how happy they are. As David said in his speech, “Kelly is worth the wait”. We took a few photos around the Book Cadillac before a fantastic first look with Kelly’s dad. His arms literally went flying up in the air with joy as he saw his beautiful daughter.
As we arrived at the War Memorial a giant cloud rolled in providing the perfect light for photos out front. We then headed to the backside of the building where their ceremony began. It looked like something straight out of Old Hollywood. I just loved it.
The flowers in the reception room by Flourish were soft and elegant with the prettiest pop of teal from the peacock feathers and looked great next to the cake by Hen & Chick Cakes. We loved working with Laura Allis Events who brought all the little details together. The day came full circle with a delicious meal and fun on the dance floor thanks to Music Box Productions. Congratulations to you both!

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detroit athletic club wedding: erin & christopher

8.14.17 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

Erin and Chris are super chill, which always makes photographing people a bit easier, and it also helps that they both look like models and together they’re a knockout couple. Their wedding was at two of my favorite Detroit locations, The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament (I mean, those awesome black and white checkered floors!!!) and the Detroit Athletic Club (which is pure historic perfection). The day started with the getting ready at the DAC and a beautiful prayer circle among the bridesmaids. Their ceremony was lovely, and then we headed off to the Detroit Institute of Arts for some photos. Even though the DIA was under construction we were able to squeeze in among it to still get some awesome shots, and then we took a few more inside of the DAC and up on their rooftop. Blush pink is THE color of the season, but I will NEVER tire of it, so that’s ok with me! The flowers by Viviano's were perfectly tied into the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses, and I love the muted color of the greenery in the bouquets (one of these days I will commit to learning the name of those leaves because I love them so much). It’s really impossible to not have a stunning reception at the DAC, and I loved all of the different marzipan layers of their gorgeous cake. The formal dances were sweet and the Simone Vitale Band kept the party rocking. It was a perfect day all around!

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westin book cadillac wedding: stephanie and matt

8.11.17 - weddings by Courtney

After a stormy night, I woke up early and made my way to Stephanie and Matt’s new home. The sky was clear and when a rainbow appeared in front of me, I knew it was going to be a beautiful day.
The number seven has become significant to this couple in so many wonderful ways (number of years of dating, seven dress appointments, and their house sits on the seventh hole of a golf course to name a few) that it was appropriate for them to get married on 7/7/17. Will they end up with seven kids? Only time will tell…lol.
I adored Stephanie and Matt's carefree attitude, and the fact that they were out to 100% enjoy their day. They tied the knot at the beautiful St. Florian Church in Hamtramck, and we were off to some photo stops around downtown Detroit. After the DIA and Belt Ally we stopped at Townhouse for some downtime where the entire bridal party could enjoy some time together. It really felt like a celebration with a group of old friends.
This couple managed to make the Venetian Ballroom at the The Book Cadillac even more spectacular than it already is with their great choice in décor. The simple elegance of it all was stunning. They chose to let Jessica Bouren work her magic in designing their cake. They only told her their colors and let her design it however she wanted. It was stunning! I couldn’t get over the bottom layer that looked like golden petals but they were made of frosting! I also loved that Stephanie walked right over to her cake, stuck her finger in it and took a taste. (It was as delicious as it looked.)
Probably one of the sweetest sentiments I’ve seen was the place setting set up in remembrance of Matt’s mother, and Matt’s dance with his sister. I have no doubt she was smiling down on them at that moment. The dance floor was immediately filled and remained that way the rest of the night. I wish you a lifetime of happiness.

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Townsend Hotel Wedding: Laila & Dustin

8.10.17 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

There’s always something so elegant about weddings at The Townsend Hotel, and Laila and Dustin’s wedding was no exception! Laila looked SO gorgeous and I especially loved her super long veil, and Dustin looked completely dapper. It was a lovely day with a threat of rain that never happened - perfect weather for such a perfect couple. After their sweet first look moment, we bounced around downtown Birmingham for photos with the bridal party and then it was back to the Townsend for their beautiful ceremony. Laila and Dustin’s gold and white decor theme was gorgeous and perfectly executed by Natalie Trycieky. Their all-white flowers by Emerald City Designs made quite a statement, their cake by The Townsend Hotel was stunning, and Lee's Specialty Invitations did an incredible job on their sophisticated invitations. Congrats to this great couple - may the rest of their life together be as perfect as their big day!

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Colony Club Wedding: Rachel & Kyle

8.7.17 - weddings by Courtney

Rachel and Kyle’s gorgeous wedding day started at the Ren Cen. When I walked into the room I swear you could see Rachel’s smile from a mile away. The ladies looked fabulous and were just finishing up with hair and makeup. The lace dress was already hanging in the window and looked phenomenal with the city views behind it. We were off to a great start. Rachel’s mom and sister helped her get dressed. When I learned of the sentimental value they incorporated into their day I was thrilled. Rachel’s earrings were the same ones worn by her mother for her wedding! After a sweet first look with her dad, he (pretended) to step on her dress, another sentiment from her parents wedding. It was then then time for the first look, one of my favorite moments of the day. I love the emotion and release of stress that happens when they finally see each other and this couple was no exception. They quoted each other with huge smiles and were ready for their special day. The clouds graced us with the perfect amount of shade for all of the outdoor shots. The River Walk, Spirit of Detroit and backside of the DIA Rachel, Kyle and their bridal party rocked it! The remainder of the day was spent at the beautiful Colony Club. A more intimate Ketubah signing with close family and friends was held on the 4th floor. Their ceremony went off without a hitch on the 3rd floor under the most gorgeous Chuppah that was hand knit by their aunt and has also been a part of two other family members weddings. The evening was such a joyous celebration of this wonderful couple. A few heartfelt speeches, delicious food and a whole lot of Rachel and Kyle dancing. A perfect celebration of love.

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