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Masonic Temple wedding: Leanne & Vipal


This couple is fun. Like SO fun. Their casual attitudes carried through to their wedding, although their decor was anything but casual. The Masonic Temple was the perfect venue for this big, loud (in a good way) wedding. Leanne looked absolutely stunning in both her Indian Sari and her white wedding gown, and I loved her bright red lipstick which worked so well for both.  Vipal looked great too, her perfect compliment. Vipal danced like a rock star during the Baraat (the pre-ceremony Indian ritual when the groom heads to the ceremony). They blended their two cultures during their ceremony in a perfectly unique way, and similarly during the reception they had both Motown music and a modern DJ. I absolutely loved their cake by The Home Bakery in Rochester. Including the couple’s dogs on the cake topper was an adorable personal touch! It was obvious that everyone in the room loves and adores this couple and they clearly all had a great time! Congratulations to this super fun couple!!!

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The Inn at st. john's wedding: Tracy & Philip


I absolutely LOVE when I’m hired to shoot the wedding for a sibling of a past bride or groom. Not only do I then know the family, but they trust me even more and allow me to just do my thing. So I was super excited when Tracy and Phil booked me soon after his sister’s wedding last year! In many ways it was a duplicate of his sister’s wedding (same getting ready locations, same church, most of the same vendors, including the awesome With Love Events who did the planning, the same veil, etc.), however in many ways it was also different as Tracy put her own spin on the style and chose The Inn at St. John's as the reception venue. All of the dresses were gorgeous (such unique bridesmaid dresses!), and Tracy looked absolutely stunning in her gown. They could not have gotten luckier with the weather since it was unusually warm and sunny for an early April day. Since there was gorgeous sunshine that was low in the sky and another bridal party already in the courtyard of the Inn at St. John's, I decided on a more natural background over the orange brick that surrounds the exterior of the venue. We then took their photos on the golf course side of the venue and I’m so glad that we did because it matched so well with their style and their stunning flowers, which were done by Blumz. I loved the very personalized reception decor and how the literary theme tied into their careers and passions. It was an all-around amazing day and I’m so happy for these two! Congratulations, Tracy and Phil!

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Detroit Athletic club wedding: McKenzie & Pat


New Year’s Eve weddings are AWESOME, and McKenzie and Pat’s was no exception! I knew it was going to be a great wedding the minute I met them because they’re so gorgeous and nice, but it even exceeded my expectations. We began the day at the Detroit Athletic Club where everyone got ready. McKenzie looked gorgeous in her sleek gown, and I think she looks a lot like the actress Naomi Watts (except the younger version of her). The reaction by McKenzie’s mom and sister when McKenzie’s dad first saw her was super sweet (and what a great family they have!!). The entire DAC property is stunning, but when McKenzie told me that the Georgian Room is her favorite spot there, I knew we shared a similar style because it’s my favorite room too (grey tones, clean lines, symmetry, mirrors, french doors, chandeliers, etc.). So we did a lot of the photos in the Georgian Room, which was perfection, and then we headed off to the church, Saints Peter and Paul. I really love this church because of its white ceiling and pillars, unlike most Detroit churches that have a lot of dark wood. Their ceremony was absolutely beautiful and it’s adorable how Pat looks at McKenzie. Then we headed back to the DAC for some more photos and for the start of their super fun reception! Their decor was gorgeous with white, black, and gold (very clearly staying away from holiday colors or themes). I really loved their three-tiered gold and white cake with fun textures… well done, DAC! Emerald City Designs always does a spectacular job with the decor and flowers, and as usual they did a great job at this wedding. And it’s always fun to work with Evis of Visi Production and the Chateau Band. McKenzie and Pat’s awesome friends and family kept the party going strong, and the NYE countdown and balloon drop was incredible. Congrats to all who got to attend this amazing wedding, and super congrats to McKenzie and Pat!

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Planterra wedding: Katie & Ryan


Winter Weddings at Planterra are often among my favorite, both because the venue is so amazing and because that venue always seems to attract my favorite type of clients, and Katie and Ryan were no exception. They’re both super laid-back, absolutely hilarious, and really really nice. They really didn’t want to see one another before the ceremony, but when they realized not doing so would mean only having nighttime photos together they changed their mind. BUT, they were so against it being traditional, and in their opinion a cheesy, first look moment and they wanted to do it differently, and so they gave each other a high-five when they first saw each other, which they said was so very “them”. They both looked amazing on their wedding day, and Katie’s gown was absolute perfection. It had been very grey and cloudy for weeks leading up to their wedding, but the sun came out for their day which enabled us to take some beautiful backlit outdoor photos. Their bridal party was all super nice, and the kids in their wedding were adorable. I always love the floral decor at Planterra, which of course is not surprising. Bluewater Kings Band rocked the dance floor for rest of the night. And I must give kudos to the videography crew, Killer Creations, because they were awesome to work with. Congrats to this awesome and gorgeous couple!!!

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The Henry ford museum wedding: Alexa & Nolan


I love sweet couples such as Alexa and Nolan. L.O.V.E! The threat of bad weather loomed all day, but ultimately it all worked out. They got ready at The Henry Hotel , where Alexa transformed into an absolutely stunning bride, before heading to their ceremony at The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, which is one of my favorite churches in Detroit because of it’s black and white checkered floors and great lighting. It was a beautiful ceremony that was then followed by a long bar stop for the bridal party (what a lucky bridal party, and perfect that it was the day of the Michigan vs. State football game) while I photographed Alexa and Nolan around Greenfield Village. Alexa’s parents got married at the chapel in Greenfield Village, so we were sure to stop there for a few photos. The Henry Ford Museum never disappoints because it has so many great spots for photos, and it was fun to wander around photographing this couple. Alexa and Nolan’s parents coincidentally danced to the same song on each of their weddings days years ago, so Alexa and Nolan chose that song for their first dance as well. I just love that. And Alexa and her dad were hilarious during their first dance when they changed into custom converse. Their Detroit-themed decor was all incredible, their flowers by Lashee Floral and Events were elegant, and it was fun that they opted for ice cream pops rather than a wedding cake. It was all-around a lovely day for a lovely couple and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it!

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