Adat Shalom Synagogue: Molly & Jay

10.8.18 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

When Molly’s mom first inquired with me and asked if I had ever shot a Jewish Orthodox wedding before, I had to admit that I hadn’t (because my personal policy is to NEVER lie). I was worried that would mean they wouldn’t book me, as I’ve been passed over on bookings for exactly that reason. But Molly’s mom loved my style and believed I could do it, and I too knew I could. I mean, I’ve shot many cultural weddings with lots of unique traditions, and there was always a first time for each of those and I’ve never disappointed any of them. Thanks to Molly’s mom (and Molly and her father), I can now proudly say that I’ve shot a Jewish Orthodox wedding… and I think I nailed it! My adrenaline ran high all day as made sure I was ready for all of the action, and anyone who has photographed a Jewish Orthodox wedding knows there is a LOT of action! It was super fun to see all of the traditions and action associated with this type of wedding, even though I often felt like I was about to get trampled by a mosh pit of people. Molly and Jay were absolutely lovely to work with - the perfect balance of really into the day but really relaxed about it. I could tell they were simply thrilled to be marrying one another while surrounded by their friends and family. And what a lovely setting they had at Adat Shalom Synagogue. Their design choices made it beautiful while their guests made it a PARTY! I feel so honored to have photographed this party for his absolutely wonderful couple. Congratulations, Molly and Jay!



































































































































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Lafayette Grande Wedding: Yana & Jonathan

10.4.18 - weddings by Stephanie

I have been looking forward to Yana and Jon’s big day ever since my bridal consult with Yana over a year ago. Weddings can be very overwhelming. However, on the day we met, Yana already had most of the details worked out and was so excited to share them with me. I could tell from her eagerness that their wedding was going to be a joyous affair!

Thus, it was no surprise that Yana and Jon’s big day was nothing short of amazing. The bride looked simply gorgeous in her exquisitely detailed ball gown, and the two picked the perfect venue- The Lafayette Grand- in which to exchange their nuptials.

However, it wasn’t the clothing or location choices which made the event so special. The couple incorporated Yana’s passion for music, as well as their friends and family, as a central theme to their service. Surrounded by their loved ones, the ceremony was filled with music, dancing, and laughter. It truly felt like a celebration of their love for one another.

The ballroom at The Lafayette Grand looked absolutely beautiful! I loved the hints of burgundy throughout. The cake by Lakes Cakes was stunning and Claudia of C3 Experiences did a great job planning the day!

The passion and joy Yana and Jon share with one another is obvious. I have no doubt that the couple has a long and happy future together to look forward to!

































































































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Downtown Detroit engagement session: Erica & Derek

10.2.18 - engagements by Kristen Taylor

Erica and Derek were totally laid-back about their engagement session - they were up for shooting anywhere that I suggested and just totally went with the flow, which was awesome! They were really into the murals around Detroit and I think we struck a great balance of backgrounds and got some great variety. And this cute couple was easy to photograph because, I mean, just look at them! Their wedding is coming up super quickly and, since they’re such a great couple and it will be at one of my favorite venues (The Detroit Athletic Club), I know it’ll be incredible!!!





















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Meadow Brook hall wedding: Chelsea & Daniel

9.27.18 - weddings by Courtney

Chelsea and Daniel's day started at the beautiful Royal Park Hotel. The ladies room was filled with joy and excitement when I arrived and it was clear it was bound to be a wonderful day. The ladies looked so cozy in their matching robes and pants with the cute distinction of who they are on their sleeve. Chelsea got out her dress which brought out the excitement of everyone in the room to see her in it. It was so beautiful, white with blush undertone layers that were perfectly complemented by her bridesmaids' dresses, flowers and other decor of the day. Chelsea then lifted up the layers to show me there had been a shirt pocket from her grandpa's favorite shirt sewn onto the dress. I couldn't imagine a more perfect something old or blue. Chelsea was ready to go and looked absolutely stunning.
When we arrived at Meadowbrook Mansion we found Daniel dressed to the nine's and looking fabulous in his dark blue suit and tie. As the happy couple had their first look their faces lit up with the biggest smiles and their wedding day was in full swing. We had time for some photos and then they dashed away to their ceremony. A lovely string quartet set the ambiance as everyone walked down the aisle. The sun shone brightly as they said their vows and the reception began. The reception tent was so elegantly gorgeous with florals by Emerald City Designs with pinks, greens, and touches of gold throughout. I absolutely loved the gold chairs which were such a pretty take on the chiavari chairs. Milano Bakery did a fabulous job on the cake, and I loved the invitations by HSR Graphics. Food, dancing, and laughter filled the tent for the rest of the evening to round out the perfect wedding day for Chelsea and Daniel. Big congratulations to you both. It was such a pleasure to photograph your day.

























































































































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The Westin Southfield Detroit: Brittney & Shannon

9.24.18 - weddings by Kristin G.

Brittney is the girl who knows what she wants. She’s decisive and that is what I adore about her! One of my favorite details was the gorgeous lace neckpiece that attached to the bodice of her beautiful wedding gown. She had explained it to me earlier, but when I saw it being attached during the getting ready portion of the day, only then did I realize how unique this truly was. It was worn for the ceremony, which made her strapless dress lovely and demure, and then she removed it for the reception and added a jeweled necklace in its place. SO FUN! When we headed down to the atrium at the Westin Southfield for their first look, I was able to see Shannon for the first time and he looked ever so handsome! I fell in love with these two during their engagement session and they again easily fell into a natural rhythm for their portraits. The light was beautiful in the atrium with the sun shining through and before we knew it, it was time to wrap up portraits and say those vows! It was an intimate ceremony filled with a lot of love and kudos to the staff for flipping the space so quickly for the reception! The remainder of the evening went off without a hitch, but I have to tell you, one of my favorite moments of the evening is when Brittney danced with her mother for a special parent dance. I certainly was teary behind the camera! A huge and loving congratulations to this incredible bride+groom! xo



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