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Knollwood Country Club Wedding: Lainie & Erick


I love when I photograph a couple who seems to really have a BLAST together, and Lainie and Erick are this way. It’s clear that they really enjoy and fully “get” one another. It’s those little looks they give one another, the way each of them lights up around the other, the way they laugh at everything the other says… these two are all of that. And what a beautiful wedding for such a great couple! All of their wedding events took place at Knollwood Country Club, which was perfectly beautiful and serene. Lainie looked gorgeous in her gown, and her first look moment with her father was really sweet. It was super easy to photography Lainie and Erick because they’re effortless in front of the camera. Their family members were equally great, and so much FUN with their crazy hats tradition during the reception. The whole design of the event was incredible thanks to Breath of Spring, Patisserie Parmentier made the beautiful dessert table and it’s always a pleasure to work alongside Blue Racer Productions. And of course, Party Assurance did a fantastic job keeping everyone on schedule. Congratulations to this adorable couple!!!

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The Henry Hotel Wedding: Natalie & Andy


Weddings like this one make my heart extra happy! The entire event was at The Henry, which is one of my favorite venues. The Presidential Suite at The Henry is such a perfect room for getting ready, in part because of its white walls and large windows, and in part because it’s huge… which was needed for the 12 bridesmaids to all get ready. Natalie looked gorgeous in her wedding gown, and I always love photographing a bride with a long veil. It can be challenging to photograph such a large bridal party, but this big bridal party followed my direction super well, and I loved posing them in a Vogue style on the stylish seating in the venue. Natalie had wanted to have an outdoor wedding but she felt too nervous about the weather, so they brought tons of greenery in to give a natural outdoor feeling to the event. Their chuppah was gorgeous, as was every single aspect of their stunning reception, thanks to Bellisario Florist who did the florals. Dee Dee Hoffman’s crew did a phenomenal job with the planning and execution, Lee's Specialty made the beautiful invitations, and it’s always a pleasure to work with Blue Racer Productions video crew. Congratulations to Natalie and Andy… I wish you so many happy years to come!

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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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