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Detroit Athletic Club wedding: Erica & Derek


If there was a contest for it, Erica and Derek would hands-down win the award for the most easy-going and agreeable couple of the year! I mean, most of my clients are super awesome, but these two fully trusted me 1000%, were up for whatever I thought we should do for photos, and had nothing but huge smiles on their faces all day long. When I started the day photographing at their new house for Erica’s getting ready, I knew we were aligned in style because their house is grey and white with super awesome tile (I could not love grey and white any more than I do!). Their ceremony at Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church was not only beautiful but really meaningful since Erica’s parents got married at the same church. After the ceremony, we went to Hart Plaza for photos where the light was absolutely perfect. Erica and Derek are easy to photograph because they look so great, both separately and even better as a couple! And they had a super fun bridal party. Kudos to the ladies who were freezing while we took pictures but who dealt with it like champs! Their reception at the DAC was unbelievable. All of the decor was amazing, and their flowers by Petit Fleur Events were stunning, but I especially LOVED their gold, sparkly cake. It was wonderful to work together With Love Events, and their band BPM Mobile Entertainment/DJ Slimz rocked the house with the dancing, making for an all-around incredible wedding! Congrats, you two!

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Royal Park Hotel wedding: Kay & Roy


So many things were perfection at Kay and Roy’s wedding! Aside from the obvious fact that they’re an adorable couple and Kay is STUNNING, their families were beyond nice and gracious the entire day. Also perfection was their choice of The Royal Park for their venue, as it has so many beautiful spaces to use. Their ceremony under the white-draped tent and their reception in the Conservatory felt like the perfect combination of intimate yet grand. I loved that they brought their pup, Gus, for photos with them and to be their ring bearer, and they had quite possibly the two cutest little twin girls as their flower girls. (My daughter is only five and yet being around these two cuties that day made me miss when my daughter was a bit smaller.) The colors they chose (pale pink and cream with a pop of dark red), were not only beautiful but also went so amazingly well with Kay and Roy’s elegant decor and are colors that I don’t see all of the time (and trust me, I see a LOT of the same colors used!). Their florist Floral Designs by Lori and Home Bakery each used those colors to create really gorgeous pieces. Their videographers, Voice Media Collective, were great to work with, and their DJ, Mike Staff Productions also rocked! Congratulations to this great couple!

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Adat Shalom Synagogue: Molly & Jay


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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Addison Oaks Buhl Estate: Megan & Austin


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


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 Brilliant 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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