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the wyndgate wedding: kristen & dustin


When I met the ladies at The Wyndgate the room was buzzing with excitement. They all looked fabulous and summery in their matching pink button down shirts and white pants. With a champagne toast the ladies were ready to get dressed and head on over to the church. I absolutely loved all the details of Kristen and Dustin's wedding day. Her purse was unlike anything I've ever seen before with the most beautifully intricate flowers, and her Hayley Paige dress had amazing bead work (the bridesmaids also had coordinating bead work) and who doesn't love jeweled heels with those signature red soles.
Kristen and Dustin looked stunning and I could feel the joy radiating from both of them.
After a beautiful ceremony at Christ Church Cranbrook we went back to the Wyndgate and took gorgeous photos around the golf course. We had so much fun and I could have spent hours photographing them here. Kristen and Dustin are one of those couples that don't need a whole lot of direction and are complete naturals in front of the camera.
The speeches brought me a whole new love for this couple. You can tell a lot about someone by those who they are surrounded by. It was obvious this room was filled with good people. I loved the reception details, including classic white roses by Bellisario Florist and delicious cake by The Home Bakery. My absolute favorite fun fact about this couple is that they were actually set up by their parents. It took them a little bit to realize it but certainly in this case, ‘parents know best.’ Congratulations!

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royal park hotel wedding: melissa & aj


There’s something special about weddings when a couple has known each other for a long time. Melissa and AJ are proof of that. These two met when they were just twelve years old and grew up as next-door neighbors and friends (how sweet is that.) For years (and I mean years) everyone else got clued into what a wonderful couple they would make. Finally, Melissa and AJ figured it out and started dating.
Their wedding at the ever-elegant Royal Park was gorgeous. Melissa’s amazing sense of fashion truly shined through. She looked stunning in her lace gown and I loved her cathedral length veil and gorgeous bouquet of flowers by Affordable Flowers . The bridesmaids complimented her perfectly in soft grey gowns and the guys looked great in their suits.
After a beautiful ceremony, we headed to the reception to continue the celebration. They had an elegant cake by Holy Cannolis embellished with beautiful dark pink flowers.
The two of them were an absolute joy to photograph as one. They are insanely gorgeous and have the most amazing chemistry. Congratulations you two.

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meadowbrook hall wedding: kristi & nick


You certainly can’t go wrong with a wedding at Meadowbrook Mansion , as soon as you pull up its beauty surrounds you. I found Kristi and the ladies getting ready and our lovely day began. Kristi’s gorgeous lace gown was hanging in the window and she was surrounded by warmth and happiness. She looked stunning in her dress, and I adored her choice of red lipstick that perfectly coordinated with her bridesmaids. As we photographed the ladies in front of the mansion, it appeared as though a storm was coming and would continue during and after their ceremony (which is when Nick and Kristi were going to see one another and then do Bride and Groom photos.) Together, they spur of the moment decided to do a first look to capture the gorgeous weather. I am so incredibly happy they did! Not only were we able to capture the humungous grin on Nicks face when he first saw Kristi, but it did in fact rain and we were able to get so many great photos beforehand. After a lovely ceremony, we started the reception with speeches and delicious food. The room was adorned with gorgeous flowers and centerpieces by Flora Detroit. The night ended with a great dance floor with beats by Night and Day Productions.
Congrats to you both, it was an honor to photograph your special day.

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the filmore wedding: lora & michael


When I arrived at the Greektown Casino and joined the ladies in their room I saw Lora looking as beautiful as ever. I quickly photographed her dress and shoes so we could get Lora dressed....she was ready to see her man! As soon as she threw her arms around Mike they both were beaming with excitement. Lora and Mike's wedding day had officially begun.
The entire bridal party looked super elegant outside the back of the DIA. I loved how the soft pink dresses and dark suits looked against the white marble and gold doors. We then stopped off at Comerica Park and Ford Field for some more casual shots. These locations gave us some great "Detroit wedding" photos.
When we arrived at the Filmore I was not prepared for how stunning the inside would be. As we walked inside and caught a first glimpse of the stage (where the ceremony was held) I heard more than a few people exclaim, "oh wow!" (including myself). The stage was draped with beautiful white curtains, gorgeous flowers and chandeliers. Gold chiavari chairs were lined up facing the stage and once the guests and bridal party filled the theatre it was romantic perfection!
Post ceremony the guests went out to the lobby to enjoy cocktails, and the amazing staff completely flipped the theater for the reception. Guests were seated on four levels which was a simple gorgeous cascade of candlelight and flowers that led to the dance floor. The sweets table by Yasmeena's Floral looked absolutely stunning against the floral wall, and cake by Holiday Market. We loved working with The Gala House, and Lightcraft Entertainment on video. The dj and violinists Nuclassica rocked the night away for a truly awesome celebration of Lora and Mike's wedding day.
Congratulations to you both.

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the reserve wedding: laurel & keith


Laurel and Keith are such a cool, and stylish couple! (They met at a book club, how cool is that?) From the moment I met them I thought “oh please pick me as your photographer!” I am absolutely thrilled they did. Their wedding had the coolest vibes from the vintage postcards, to the fern centerpieces and the speakeasy style bar for their portraits. Their day was a photographers dream.
Laurel had not one, but two gorgeous dresses that accentuated how stunning she is. Keith looked super fabulous in his tux and together they are one elegant couple. The ladies got ready at the Townsend hotel, and the guys at the couples house. We met for their first look at The Oakland, which was extra special because this was where Laurel and Keith had their first date. They were adorable reminiscing about that night and how Laurel “pre-ate” just in case she didn’t want to stick around for dinner. Obviously, their first date went super well!
Their ceremony and reception was at The Reserve in Birmingham and was filled with love and laughter, a super delicious dinner and dancing throughout the night.
Congratulations to the happy couple!

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