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The Garden Theatre: Shireen & Joel


Shireen and Joel's winter wedding was the perfect harmony of family, traditions and glitz. Old Saint Mary's is gorgeous on its own but then you add tinsel and twinkle lights from Christmas decorations and this beautiful couple it looked spectacular. With their children by their sides and loved ones from far across the world, Shireen and Joel were surrounded by love as they exchanged their vows. Smiles and tears of joy were abundant as they were pronounced "husband and wife." The Garden Theatre was the perfect setting to continue the celebration after the ceremony. Cocktails were held in the main entryway with strings of lights overhead and a gorgeous rose filled wall. After guests entered the main theater and were seated, Shireen and Joel entered the room by the tradition of Arabic Zaffa. It was incredible. The couple made their grand entrance along with a group of performers in gorgeous attire with ribbons, drums, and dancing. The party had officially started with a bang. I absolutely loved the red + gold details in the reception room, including the beautiful gold dripped cakes + cupcakes by For The Love of Sugar and gorgeous flowers (red roses!!) by Sweet Stems . A delicious strolling dinner and fantastic music performed by Bluewater Kings Band kept the party hopping well into the night. 
Congratulations Shireen and Joel. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. I am so happy the two have you have found each other.


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Royal Oak Engagement Session: Amy & Nick


Amy and Nick had an amazing engagement session. What made it extra special was that they not only picked out super cool locations but I actually got to spend a little “Sunday Funday” with them. We literally did a shortened version of how they spend a day date together. We met at The Detroit Zoo where they often bike to. We visited the butterflies and penguins and then stopped off at Royal Oak Brewing Company. The décor inside the brewery was so cool we could have spent the entire day there but they had even more goodness planned out. Our last location was at their home where they introduced me to their cute kitty’s. So not only did Amy and Nick pick the perfect set of locations but they are such a kind, fun loving (can you say best rainy-day photos ever?) and gorgeous couple. I truly enjoyed every moment and am looking forward to your wedding day. Congrats!

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Detroit Historical Museum Wedding: Emily & Joe


If you love Detroit you will L-O-V-E this wedding. It was an absolute dream to photograph at a ton of my favorite downtown spots but mostly because of how wonderful a couple Emily and Joe are. Laid Back, happy and kind as can be. These two made my job so dreamy. We started with getting ready photos at the Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center. The view from the room and everything in it was amazing. Emily had added a bit to the design of her dress which absolutely made it perfect and she was beautiful. Emily and Joe had their first look out on the River walk and with the wind blowing in their hair they couldn’t have looked happier. We drove off to a whirlwind of Detroit locations for pics with the first spot at the Joe Louis Fist.... where Joe proposed. Their ceremony was in the Guardian Building where they were surrounded by family and friends and they had the sweetest way to remember loved ones who have passed into their ceremony. They personally handed out white lily's representing each person and you could just feel the room filled with love. 
The reception was at the Detroit Historical Museum and was seriously the coolest. The strolling dinner was amazing! Everywhere you turned there was something super delicious to eat. Sliders with their initials grilled in the buns, mini grilled cheese, Faygo floats for dessert and their beautiful wedding cake by Love & Buttercream were just some of my favorites. The reception room looked gorgeous with Flowers by Twigs & Branches Floral, and Jennie of Beautiful Day Planning kept the day running smoothly. As our coverage ended we packed up with huge smiles on our faces while the dance floor, under a replica Tiger Stadium, rocked on! This was seriously one of the best weddings with a serious nod to the best of Detroit. Congrats to you both.

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Lovett Hall Wedding: Heather & Nicholas


Heather and Nick’s wedding was everything. A gorgeous couple at one of my favorite venues, the perfect weather, and happiness all around. The day was filled with so many pretty things and I got to start the day with the prettiest of them all… the bride.
I absolutely love the trend of a layer of champagne under a lace wedding gown. It just makes all the details pop and Heather couldn’t have picked a better dress. Clearly, she took Nick’s breath away as she walked down the aisle as his reaction was the sweetest. Nick looked handsome in a blue suit and tie and got a fantastic reaction from Heather with a smile that lit up the church. St. Alphonsus church was the perfect host for the union of this couple. The priest spoke about inclusion, commitments, and joy which was perfectly fitting.
Between their ceremony and reception, we took some time for photos first with their bridal party and then we had the chance for some quieter moments as we rode in a Model T around Greenfield Village. We made a few of the usual stops, but what made it unique was that the flowers were still out-front and the fall leaves had just changed, it was incredible.
Their reception at Lovett Hall continued well into the night with lots of laughter and the dance floor was in full swing thanks to Ultimate Entertainment . A perfect day for a super lovely couple. Congratulations to you both.

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Great Oaks Country Club: Hillary & Matt


Hillary and Matt had the happiest and most enthusiastic ceremony I've ever seen! They were married at The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament and it was the perfect illustration of what a wedding day is about. A celebration of this wonderful couple.
The fun began back at Hillary and Matt's family homes where they were surrounded by loved ones and excitement was building fast. Hillary was stunning in her lace gown, blue heels and cathedral length veil (my fave) and Matt handsome in his suit and tie ready to see his beautiful bride. It was such a gorgeous fall day where the sun peaked out and a light refreshing breeze.
Hillary and Matt's reception was at Great Oaks Country Club and I can't even imagine how many hours they spent on all of their details. They had handmade the centerpieces, pallet board seating chart, elephant ornaments and even home-brewed beer and wine favors! Not only did everything look so very lovely but it gave their reception such an amazing personal touch. I loved the flowers by Viviano Flower Shop. As soon as the music began the dance floor was full thanks to Mike Staff Productions. Congratulations Hillary and Matt. Thank you for allowing me to capture your day, I wish you much happiness.

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