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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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Meadow Brook hall wedding: Chelsea & Daniel


Chelsea and Daniel's day started at the beautiful Royal Park Hotel. The ladies room was filled with joy and excitement when I arrived and it was clear it was bound to be a wonderful day. The ladies looked so cozy in their matching robes and pants with the cute distinction of who they are on their sleeve. Chelsea got out her dress which brought out the excitement of everyone in the room to see her in it. It was so beautiful, white with blush undertone layers that were perfectly complemented by her bridesmaids' dresses, flowers and other decor of the day. Chelsea then lifted up the layers to show me there had been a shirt pocket from her grandpa's favorite shirt sewn onto the dress. I couldn't imagine a more perfect something old or blue. Chelsea was ready to go and looked absolutely stunning.
When we arrived at Meadowbrook Mansion we found Daniel dressed to the nine's and looking fabulous in his dark blue suit and tie. As the happy couple had their first look their faces lit up with the biggest smiles and their wedding day was in full swing. We had time for some photos and then they dashed away to their ceremony. A lovely string quartet set the ambiance as everyone walked down the aisle. The sun shone brightly as they said their vows and the reception began. The reception tent was so elegantly gorgeous with florals by Emerald City Designs with pinks, greens, and touches of gold throughout. I absolutely loved the gold chairs which were such a pretty take on the chiavari chairs. Milano Bakery did a fabulous job on the cake, and I loved the invitations by HSR Graphics. Food, dancing, and laughter filled the tent for the rest of the evening to round out the perfect wedding day for Chelsea and Daniel. Big congratulations to you both. It was such a pleasure to photograph your day.

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Ali & Alex's Professional Wedding Photos


Alicia and Alex had a wedding day where everything just clicked. It was perfect. The two of them couldn't have been more stunning, gracious or irrevocably happy and their day was gorgeous. We started out getting ready at the Detroit Athletic Club where the ladies room was abuzz with excitement. They all looked so good in their flower print robes but became so glamorous in dresses that were a mix of champagne, blush, and gold. (Different color bridesmaids dresses are one of my favorite current trends and I hope it sticks around for a while). As Alicia got into her dress it became apparent how special family is to them...her Dad made the flower arrangements complete with Grandma's prayer book and a hanky stitched with important dates by Mom. Alicia and Alex were surrounded by siblings (4 for her and 3 for him) and their parents every step of the way.
As we photographed these two at their first look it was so sweet watching them become even happier. Their faces completely lit up. Alicia gave Alex the sweetest gift, a guitar pick that he used to wear and he gave to her when they were dating. Clearly, he had forgotten all about it because his reaction was priceless.
Back to the importance of family, their ceremony at Christ Church celebrated just that. Alicia performed the ceremony, their niece and sister sang beautifully and two other's gave great readings. It was a wonderful celebration of marriage.
Off we went to Belt Alley where the entire bridal party was so fabulous that we finished a little early and they were off to celebrate in the party bus. As we arrived back at the DAC the room looked fabulous. The white decorations with touches of gold were perfection. Dinner, a packed dance floor (thanks to Stiletto Fire) and laughter that filled the reception room. Congratulations Alicia and Alex, I was honored to capture your day and wish you all the best.

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Meadow Brook hall wedding: Deann & Jeff


I knew Deann was exactly my kind of bride when she told me that her second dress was going to be more comfortable, "to eat the chocolate mousse." She also said that she, "couldn't decide," and I completely see why. She looked absolutely stunning in each one. They were the perfect mix of champagne and pink with rhinestones that looked like royalty. Jeff's tux fit like a glove and he looked like perfection in it. They not only looked the part but a photographer’s dream couple. They are funny, kind and gracious but most importantly they were so very happy. This day was a celebration. Surrounded by their loved ones they tied the knot in a beautifully intimate ceremony and were ready to celebrate the day.
With a forecast of 90% chance of rain all day, yes ALL day, I was prepped and ready for wet conditions. Whether it was the Rosary in the bushes or just fact that this was meant to be a perfect day (which Deann and Jeff got) we made it through without any rain! A ceremony in the gardens, cocktails on the patio and one beautifully decorated tent. There were garden lights wrapped in foliage, candlelit tables, colorful flowers by Bellisario and the perfect amount of sparkle. The dance floor remained full with tunes by Chateau, even as guests made trips to a room filled with deserts (check out their cake by Elegance in Sugar, words can't describe how fabulous this one was) a cigar roller, the photo booth and the late-night pizza station. They also had the cutest painted canvas for guests to sign. It was truly a day filled with happy memories. Congrats Deann and Jeff.

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