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the inn at st. john's wedding: charlene & quang


Oh my gosh, I loved everything about Charlene and Quang's wedding! Everything was super convenient since it was all at The Inn at St. John's, and it was an unusually beautiful late fall day with a mild temp and beautiful sunshine. Charlene looked so gorgeous and in her gown (and I especially loved the extensively beaded shoulder coverlet that she added to it) and Quang looked very dapper. They had a lovely ceremony with various cultural traditions, after which we headed outside to chase the bit of remaining sunlight with their super fun bridal party (I LOVED the pink/lavender tone of the bridesmaids dresses). Their reception decor was gorgeous! It was awesome to see their cake done in a copper tone (which was made by Bella e Dolce), and their invitations were also outstanding. And OH MAN can these two DANCE!!! Their first dance was a choreographed masterpiece and then the dance floor filled with so many outstanding dancers that I couldn't even believe it. What a fun night for such a sweet couple! Congratulations, you two!!!

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meadow brook hall wedding: brissa & vahae


I rave often about how great my clients and their families are so I imagine it starts to seem disingenuous after a while, but Brissa, Vahae and their families really are SO great! Not only are they such a sweet couple, but the love that swirled around them from their friends and family was strong and beautiful. Brissa and Vahae met through playing video games, and there were numerous light-hearted jokes made throughout the day about their self-described nerdy-ness, but my impression of Brissa and Vahae are that they are two of the most kind, calm, big-hearted, and grateful people who absolutely know what is important in life and what isn't worth getting worked up over. They were super chill all day long, I suspect because they were calmed by the knowledge that they were marrying their best friend. Brissa made one of the most beautiful brides ever - I mean, just look at that glowing skin, sweet face, and gorgeous hair! And Vahae was her perfect, dapper match. Meadow Brook Mansion was the perfect fairytale-like venue for this couple. Emerald City Designs did a phenomenal job with the flowers, and I especially loved Brissa's soft pink and white bouquet of roses and flowing orchids. Their Star Wars themed cake by Tasty Layers was awesome and perfect for theses two! Congratulations to one of the sweetest couples!

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bay harbor yacht club wedding: emily & jake


I knew this wedding was going to be incredible! I had worked with the bride's family before (at her sister Lindsay's wedding) and it was at one of my very favorite venues, Inn at Bay Harbor/Bay Harbor Yacht Club. I knew it was going to be beautiful, and I knew that the friends and family were going to party like ROCKSTARS! I didn't, however, know Emily very well since she wasn't very involved with the planning, and I was surprised (in neither a good or a bad way) to learn how VERY different Emily is from her sister. Lindsay was precise about every detail of her wedding, whereas Emily is a go-with-the-flow kind of girl who didn't even try on her wedding shoes before the big day because she's not too concerned about shoes. Emily is all about people - loving them and being loved by them - and oh my gosh I cannot even express how much everyone at that wedding loved Emily and Jake! I got a bit of a chance to get to know Jakes' family during the rehearsal dinner when they put on the BEST musical performance (think of a little girl blowing it out on the harmonica, very Little Miss Sunshine style). I don't even feel it's appropriate to gush about how great Emily and Jake looked (even thought they looked incredible) because they're not about that. They're about having their ceremony outdoors even though a huge rain cloud was looming, and then laughing it off and loving it when it started pouring during their ceremony. I truly had an amazing time that weekend and I couldn't be happier for Emily and Jake (and for Emily's mom who has now married off both daughters, although I know she is sad to not have another wedding to plan). Sheila and the planning crew at Tableau Events did a tremendous amount of work on the huge weekend, and I loved how all of their details came together, especially the florals by Bloom Floral Design and cake by Bella e Dolce. As always, Blue Racer Productions was a treat to work with! What an amazing weekend - I wish we could do it all over again!

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rattlesnake club wedding: michelle & taylor


The word that was used repeatedly by friends and family to describe Michelle and Taylor was “chill”, and that is exactly how I too would describe them on their wedding day. Like seriously, cool as cucumbers! Michelle looked so stunning in a dress that fit her so perfectly, and Taylor looked equally as dapper. They wanted to do a first look moment before the ceremony, so we carved out a little quiet and empty nook on the second floor of the RenCen. We had the groom in place and were all ready to shoot that important moment… when out of nowhere clusters of people started descending on our spot while staring down at their phones. I said “Are you guys chasing a Pokemon?” and they replied “Yes”, and I told them they’d have to chase a different one because they weren’t going to ruin this moment. After their lovely first look, we headed to Belle Isle on what was the most beautiful, low-humidity, bright-skyed day all year. It was so lovely, and the bridal party was so much fun to photograph. Afterward we headed over to the Rattlesnake Club for their gorgeous and intimate outdoor ceremony officiated by the groom’s brother. Despite having lost her father earlier this year, Michelle totally kept it together despite what must have been a bittersweet day. I’m sure he would have loved being there to see how beautiful Michelle looked, and how gorgeous the room was. Family friend, Mary Pawlicki, did an incredible job with the flowers and Pink Elephant Cupcakes did a great job as well. It was a very sweet day for a very sweet couple! Congratulations, Michelle and Taylor!

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detroit athletic club wedding: melyssa & zach


I knew it was going to be a great day when I drove up to the huge estate in Bloomfield Hills where Melyssa and Zach were getting ready. The house was full of what felt like a million bridesmaids getting ready (ok, it was just 10 plus a few kids) while the groom and groomsmen were sequestered in the basement cooly hanging out and playing games. Despite all of the chaos Melyssa was super calm, and as soon as she slipped into that gorgeous gown she looked like royalty. And those pink shoes - I mean, come on! Her first look moment with Zach was adorable, I just love the way he looks at her. After photos at the estate we were off to the Mother of God Church for their sweet ceremony, and then afterward the rooftop of the DAC in Detroit for some beautiful photos. The ballroom at the DAC always looks beautiful, but the flowers by Delux Floral made it exceptionally beautiful on this day, and their cake with gold glitter and pink frosting made by the DAC was a gorgeous focal point. The day would not have gone so well if not for the incredible planning by A June Event and the reception would not have been as lively if not for the band Chateau . It was such a fun party, including an awesome rap (in lieu of a toast) performed by two bridesmaids and a lovely song sung by the bride’s sister. Thanks for including me in your awesome day, Melyssa and Zach!

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