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Meadow Brook hall wedding: Brienne & Brian


Brienne and Brian should be models, I'm sure I’m not the first to say this! And they chose one of my favorite venues for their wedding, Meadow Brook Mansion.

It was a perfect day with beautiful sunshine, which was lucky given how much it has rained in June this year. It seemed like everything aligned for this day. When I arrived at the Royal Park Hotel for the getting ready photos, Brienne was perfectly calm and was simply enjoying the company of her many friends surrounding her. After getting into her dress, we all headed over to Meadow Brook.

Their ceremony in the Pegasus Garden was beautiful (I always love the way that the sun in this garden backlights the people as they come down the aisle). The hugs after the ceremony were very sweet, and it’s obvious that Brian’s two kids have really taken to Brienne, and vice versa.

They had a lovely cocktail hour on the back patio, and then an awesome reception under the big tent. It was a smaller wedding than I normally see at Meadow Brook, only 60 guests, and yet somehow they filled the big tent space perfectly without it feeling empty at all. Emerald City Designs did an incredible job on the decor, flowers, and invitations, and the band Cancel Monday kept the dance floor rocking.

The day went so perfectly, which is especially impressive since they planned their wedding in just two months! I’m so happy for this wonderful couple, congrats you two!

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Lansing wedding: Jessica & Christian


I was super pumped to shoot this wedding because the couple is not only super gorgeous but they’re also super nice and have great attitudes, which came in handy because things definitely did not go their way on their wedding day but they kept the best attitudes about it. Not only did they have a frustrating issue with the church they originally booked causing them to have to change to a different one, but Jess’ hopes for an outdoor sunny wedding fell through as dark storm clouds loomed just before the start of the ceremony.

They started the ceremony 10 minutes early in hopes of getting it in before the rain started, but the sky opened up and started pouring during their ceremony and umbrellas did little to keep anyone dry. It was all quite chaotic, but in my opinion, it was wonderfully unique and beautiful. I loved how the best man held an umbrella above the couple, the guests remained in their wet seats to see the vows rather than taking shelter indoors, and the outpouring of emotion and hugs right after the ceremony was more amazing than usual. And somehow, despite being totally rained on, Jess still looked perfect.

Their officiate orchestrated everything remarkably well and regrouped everyone indoors so they could say all of the things they had hoped to say during their ceremony. It was as if they had two ceremonies, each wonderful in their own way, and definitely memorable. And their reception was awesome as well.

Their venue, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center provided a white modern blank slate for them to decorate, and decorate they did! The soft tones of the flowers by Michael B. Anthony Floral & Event Design were absolute perfection, matching perfectly to the succulents Jessica and her mother placed themselves. Bella e Dolce did an incredible job with the traditional cake, while Designed by Daddy Custom Cakery created such a cool groom’s cake made into a golf bag (he played golf for the University of Indiana). The evening was filled with beautiful moments, Jess' dad gave an adorable toast, and Christian played a song on the piano for Jess just before their first dance.

Kudos to Touch of Elegance Events & Designs for doing such a great job on the planning (along with Jess’ mom who I know did a ton of work), and congratulations to this wonderful couple!

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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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