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The London West Hollywood: 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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detroit riverfront wedding: arielle & david


This wedding totally blew my mind. I photograph large and extravagant weddings often, but this wedding was on a whole other level. First, because they had over 500 guests and there are very few venues in Detroit with that capacity, they rented private property along the Detroit river and they built, yes BUILT, a temporary venue. And this wasn’t any sort of standard tent... it was metal and glass (or perhaps acrylic?) with drywall, paint, hard floors with carpeting, etc. AND they landscaped around it to add a lovely patio, bushes, mulch, etc. It was big enough to hold their large number of guests first in the ceremony area (with its incredible runway aisle and large hanging lily arrangement), and then in a separate cocktail area (with lavish displays of appetizers including sushi and caviar and a grand hanging balloon arrangement), and finally in a reception area with natural stone cocktail bars, a stage fit for a concert, lounge seating, and gorgeous acrylic tables and chairs. All of it was so tastefully done in my favorite color scheme ever: grey, white, and rose gold.

You might think that a wedding like this would be for a bride who is a total diva, but you would be wrong. Although Arielle has a keen sense of style and knows exactly what she wants, she is such a down-to-earth girl and extremely sweet. And David compliments her well with an equally great personality. They had a large bridal party with 13 on each side, and they too were all super awesome. Arielle and David did their private first look moment in front of the old Train Station, and their bridal party joined in for photos soon after. It was a joy to photograph such a gorgeous couple and their stunning bridal party, with some of my favorite images coming from when we photographed Arielle and David with her parents’ vintage car.

After the off-site photos we headed to their venue for the main parts of their big day. There were constantly impressive displays at every turn, including flower petals that were shot off for their sweet first kiss, a boat that shot water into the air during the cocktail hour, and fireworks later at night. All of their toasts were amazing, and I particularly loved Arielle’s dance with her father because it was to Rent’s Seasons of Love (and I LOVE the musical Rent).

This wedding clearly required a great deal of planning, and kudos goes out to their planner, Melissa Feldman of Vitale Events, who did such an amazing job. And here is the list of their other exquisite vendors...

Flowers by Gerych's Flowers
Invitations by Leah, from Lee's Specialty
Entertainment by Marianne Bennett Orchestra
Cakes by Sweet Heather Anne
Pastries by Momofuku Milk Bar
Video by Visi Productions
Rentals by Event Theory
Catering by Bacco Ristorante
Tent by Regal Tent Productions

We had the hardest time narrowing down the selections to show here on the blog because there are SO many incredible images from this wedding! Congrats to one lucky and very happy couple!!

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