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The Henry Wedding: Sofia & Louis


Ordinarily I write about how perfect every wedding is, because truly most do go exactly as planned (barring perhaps a couple of unnoticeable tiny things). But on this day it rained ALL day, the ceremony started 40 minutes late because a key person was missing, we were super rushed for photography time, and the indoor backup location we had planned wouldn’t allow us to shoot there (although they normally do) so we had to create a Plan C on the spot. BUT, despite all of that, it was still a spectacular day! The bride and groom looked like perfection, The Henry Hotel is always stunning, their reception details and florals by Renee's Flowers were gorgeous, their cake by Dearborn Sweets was to die for, and I was able to get plenty of beautiful photos despite being rushed (it helped that Sofia and Louie are naturally good-looking). It was an amazing wedding joining two Greek families, which means the dancing was incredibly fun to photograph, including the performance by the hired belly dancer. Despite the weather and other challenges, it really as a wonderful day, and the most important thing is that two wonderful people are starting their new life together! Congratulations, Sofia and Louie!

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The London West Hollywood Wedding: Saleemah & Clark


I hadn’t met Saleemah and Clark in person before their wedding day, but when the bride is a professional dancer you just know she’s going to look stunning in a wedding dress, and she did! This gorgeous couple was a joy to be around on their wedding day because they were all about enjoying their friends and family, and it was clear that a lot of work went into creating an experience on this day that they would never forget. I’m told that Saleemah brainstormed and crafted every element of the day herself, and she totally killed it! From choosing a gorgeous venue, The London Hotel West Hollywood at Beverly Hills with its unique rooftop ceremony spot, to choreographing an amazing contemporary jazz performance by professional dancers, to planning a memorable bridal party introduction with pompoms, and to every little beautiful blush and gold detail, Saleemah definitely knows how to wow people. Their cake by Hansen's Cakes was gorgeous with its variety of tiers, their flowers by Butterfly Florals and their tunnel of hanging flowers and chandeliers were beyond amazing, the music by Spirit of Oya had the room mesmerized at times and dancing like crazy at others, the video crew 5 Star Video Production did a great job, and their day-of-coordinator Events Boutique orchestrated every little detail perfectly and was incredibly nice and helpful throughout the day. I’m super happy for this gorgeous and sweet couple and I wish them a lifetime of happiness!

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The Henry ford museum wedding: Katelyn & peter


When a gorgeous couple holds their ceremony and reception at two of my favorite places, it makes my heart happy! We started the day at the lovely home of Katelyn’s parents for the ladies’ getting ready, and then we headed over to St. Hugo of the Hills. Not only is the light that shines into St. Hugo absolutely gorgeous, but Katelyn and Peter’s ceremony was beautiful as well. The way that he looks at her is so sweet, and they were clearly surrounded and supported by numerous close friends and family. The Henry Ford Museum always provides so many great backdrops for photos and a unique setting for a reception. Katelyn and Peter held their cocktail hour in the car court, and then they had an awesome acapella group greet their guests as they all transitioned into the reception area, which definitely got their guests ready to party. I loved the bold decor of palm leaves combined with white glowey accents by Breath of Spring. Their band, Your Generation, was super fun and felt more like a concert (in a good way). And none of it would have come together as perfectly without their incredible planner, Carolyn Hefner of The China Closet. Congratulations to this awesome couple - I know you’ll have so much fun together forever!

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Lovett Hall Wedding: jennifer & eric


Jennifer and Eric’s wedding was perfectly sweet, which is precisely perfect for them. We started the day with them at their getting ready hotel, The Henry, where Jennifer’s room was filled everywhere with bridesmaids primping, while the guys in Eric’s room were rocking some awesomely fun socks. After arriving at Lovett Hall, Jennifer and Eric did their private first look moment (I LOVE their expressions in these) and then the bridal party joined for photos. Jennifer and Eric were so easy to photograph, as they’re such a gorgeous couple. They did a little cocktail hour before their ceremony (which I haven’t seen often but I love the concept), then a sweet ceremony in Lovett Hall’s first floor, and then another cocktail hour followed (it’s seriously not possible to have too many cocktail hours). Their pale pink decor for the reception was stunning, the flowers by Breath of Spring were amazing, and I loved their invitations by Brown Design and Paperie. Janice from Gourmet Parties did an incredible job with the planning - it all went so smoothly and was so beautiful! Congratulations to this awesome couple!!!

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lovett hall wedding: rachel & Alex


I could shoot on the Henry Ford Museum property all day every day and probably never run out of great spots for photos. It also helps when I’m photographing a couple that is as gorgeous as Rachel and Alex! Their day started with an adorable first look moment at the Dearborn Inn, and then we headed over to the Henry Ford to take photos. Their lovely ceremony in the outdoor courtyard had a sweet and intimate feeling, but their reception in Lovett Hall felt absolutely grand. During the cocktail hour, Rachel, Alex and I hopped into a Model-T and were escorted around Greenfield Village for some additional photos. All of their vendors did a great job making for a perfect day. Their classically beautiful cake was done by Sorella's Bakery, and their perfect invitation was made by R.S.V.P.. Congrats to this adorably and sweet couple!

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