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Addison Oaks Buhl Estate: Megan & Austin

9.12.18

Megan and Austin could be models. Seriously. They are both so nice and surrounded by wonderful friends and family. Their wedding was beautiful, fun and with ideal weather. I knew right when I showed up for the getting ready photos that I was going to love Megan’s style… I mean, look at those shoes! And it was adorable that she and Austin each gave a teddy bear to the ring bearer and flower girl. After Megan and Austin's ceremony at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church we stopped at the Four Corners (32 Mile & VanDyke) because, as I’m told, “that’s a thing to people in that area”, and I was totally game for that! Then we stopped at Austin’s family’s business for some photos in front of the sign, which Austin’s parents put up for them as a surprise. Then we went off to Addison Oaks for their gorgeous reception. It was kind of a trip for me to shoot at Addison Oaks because I hadn’t shot there in probably 10 years. At that time I was fairly new to wedding photography and I still got really nervous at each and every wedding. It was really interesting to be back there because it reminded me of that nervousness I used to feel, in contrast to the complete confidence I have now. It was a really lovely reception with gorgeous white flowers by Viviano's and a stunning gold and white cake by The Home Bakery. I wish these two a lifetime of happiness!







































































































































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Colony Club Wedding: Leah & Kyle

8.21.18

Leah and Kyle win the award for the coolest, most laid-back couple EV-AH! They had the best attitudes in the world - they fully trusted their vendors and were set on being in a great mood and having a great day! (These are the types of clients that we LOVE LOVE LOVE!) Leah is absolutely stunning and wore her gown so amazingly well. Her bridesmaids were adorable and I loved the color and the unique open sides of their dresses. Kyle looked great too, and I LOVE the smile on his face in anticipation of their first look moment. We took photos near the Westin Book Cadillac and at the DIA before heading over to the Colony Club for their ceremony and reception. The decor was super gorgeous and their ceremony was really sweet. One of my favorite parts of the day was their first dance, since coincidentally both of their parents danced to the same song on their wedding days and so Leah and Kyle chose that song as well (how sweet is that?!?!). Simply Brillant Events did an incredible job keeping everything running smoothly, Petit Fleur Events nailed it with the pale palette and gorgeous flowers, Sweet Heather Anne did the beautiful cake, and as always Dan Rafferty Band killed it with the entertainment. Kudos to all involved and congrats to the awesome couple!





































































































































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Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Wedding: Erin & Seth

8.15.18

I have been looking forward to Erin and Seth’s wedding day ever since I photographed their engagement session this past spring. If you read my previous blog post, you know that it was a family affair, and that I thoroughly enjoyed having the couple’s parents and siblings along for the photoshoot. They are the simply the sweetest group of people.

Thus, it was no surprise that Erin and Seth’s grand affair was nothing short of perfection. To me, the event had a bit of a 1920’s vibe- from the setting, to the colors, to the choice of wardrobe. Erin’s gown was simply stunning- I’m still gushing over the fabric. Meanwhile, Seth and his groomsmen looked extremely dapper in their navy and black tuxes. (My favorite color combination!)

They chose the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club as the backdrop for their event as Erin grew up in the area. Thus, not only was it an idyllic setting to host and celebrate their nuptials, but the location also held significance for the beautiful bride!

It was the perfect venue choice- a lovely setting for beautiful wedding photos. I simply loved the tree-lined drive for both couple and bridal party images. And, with the addition of a luxury, antique Packard, the couple’s photos were both amazing AND unique!

The reception room was very elegant- I loved the navy and gold touches throughout the room! Their stunning cake was by Hodell's Cake Shop, and beautiful florals by Victoria's Garden. It was a fantastic event, and I can’t say enough about this sweet couple and their group of family and friends. They made our team’s job an easy one, and we all so very much enjoyed watching the love and happiness of the day.

I am wishing Erin and Seth a lifetime of contentment, and just know that they have many wonderful years ahead of them!





















































































































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colony club wedding: Jeanne & Angel

8.14.18

I liked Jeanne and Angel from the first moment that I met them, and that wasn’t surprising since they’re friends with a few of my previous couples. There were numerous mentions by friends and family throughout the day about Jeanne always being very particular about what she wants, which I too found to be the case but in the best way possible, as she definitely had strong (and good!) opinions about her day! Clearly she made so many great design choices about her wardrobe, in which she looked stunning, and the decor of the event. And Angel looked really dapper in his ensemble. We began with the ladies getting ready at Jeanne’s parents’ house, while the guys got ready at the Marriott Renaissance Center. We stopped briefly for some photos at the Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel before continuing on to their ceremony at St. John’s Church. We hopped across the street (amid many Comerica Tigers fans) to take photos at The Fox Theatre, and then we wrapped up the formal photos at the DIA. I honestly wasn’t sure that we’d fit in all of these stops for photos, but Jeanne wanted it and she was right - it worked! Their reception at the Colony Club was awesome! Their gorgeous cake was by Hodell's, their intricate invitation was by Elegant Wedding Invites, and Thrifty Florist did the stunning flowers. I loved the blush tones and, well, everything about this day. Congrats to Jeanne and Angel!











































































































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Peter Strauss Ranch Wedding: Elika & Sean

7.12.18

Elika and Sean’s wedding was amazing to photograph, not only because I’m friends from college with Elika, but also because the venue is so different from the venues where I normally shoot. It was in the canyons of Malibu, accessed only by numerous winding turns. Elika said they knew instantly that it was the perfect venue for them, and I can see why. It’s a venue that sits within the natural setting rather than taking it over, it has a casual vibe, and it feels very intimate… all things that I know are super important to Elika. My jaw dropped when I entered the guest house in which the ladies got ready and I saw Elika’s hair and makeup almost finished. She looked stunning, even while still in her robe, and I loved her flower crown and intentionally messy, side-swept bun. Sean looked equally great when I saw him, with his casual yet sophisticated grey and brown suit ensemble. These two are so cute that I almost can’t even stand it! The variety in the bridesmaids’ dresses was beautiful, and the moment when Elika’s dad saw her for the first time was epically sweet. Their planner, Vickie Berry of My Lovely Events , kept the day moving along well. I especially loved the flowers atop their cake by Karma Baker. It really was a lovely celebration of not only them but of all of their friends and family, and I wish these two a lifetime of happiness!



























































































































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