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Ali & Alex's Professional Wedding Photos

8.29.18

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

8.8.18

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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Townsend Hotel Wedding: Megan & Jacob

7.26.18

Oh my goodness, Megan and Jacob's wedding day was absolutely filled with gorgeousness. We started the day at Megan's parents house which was perfect to host all the ladies as they got ready for the day. I was in Heaven with all the details and endless options for photos. From the moment we began it was obvious just how much everyone loves and supports Megan and Jacob. The house was a buzz with excitement as the ladies prepped for the day. Hair, makeup, and laughter filled their home.
Megan looked spectacular in her gown. The empire waist and lace details were perfection. Megan and her mom had the sweetest matching bracelets. I love that color is coming back to weddings. The girls wine colored dresses and the mixture of colored flowers looked so stunning together with the guys dark suits. Jacob looked terrific in his suit and his outfit was completed with the best smile as he saw Megan walk down the aisle.
What stood out to me the most about this wedding was the importance of family. It was so wonderful to see so many generations together and so involved with the happy couple. This wedding wins for having the most little ones in attendance. It was absolutely joyous.
Megan and Jacob's ceremony was at St. Regis church and their reception at the Townsend. In between, we stopped at Booth Park and Quarton lake where we enjoyed the beautiful weather while taking photos.
Soon after the guests arrived in the beautifully decorated reception room and the dance floor started filling up. The whole design of the event was incredible thanks to Linens and Beyond and Breath of Spring florist. Love and Buttercream Bakery made the beautiful tiered cake and the lovely invitations are by Write Impressions. Mary Ann Ross had the music ready to go and as always played perfectly to the crowd. First on the floor were the kids, then the adults and soon after came the handmade guitars and the night was rocking! The party was in full swing as smiles and laughter filled the room.
Congratulations Megan and Jacob. I wish you a lifetime of happiness.



























































































































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Fox Hills Wedding: Ann & Phillip

5.16.18

Part way through Ann and Phillips marriage ceremony the officiant stated, "You are in this together." This immediately prompted Ann to give Phillip a slight nudge and when their eyes met their faces erupted with smiles. It is undeniable what a perfect match these two are for one another.
Their ceremony took place at St. Mary of Chelsea Catholic Church and everything was perfection. Ann was so beautiful in her gown (I absolutely loved how the lace draped around her shoulders), paired with the most perfect spring bouquet by Lily's Flowers. Phillip looked handsome in his grey suit and lilac tie. Ann's daughters made the cutest flower girls in lilac dresses that cleverly matched Ann's shoes.
After the ceremony we headed to Fox Hills for a wonderful reception filled with dinner, dancing and a s’more’s bar!! Gwen's Cake Decorating made a wonderful “naked cake”, and Weekend Comeback kept the party rockin’. We were able to take the golf carts out for photos before dinner while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour and found a cute little spot with a bridge over a small lake. The leaves hadn't made their appearance yet but this goes to show how beautiful this time of year can be. I love the soft colors of lilac and white and Phillips grey suit looked spectacular against the bare trees.
The remainder of the reception was filled with laughter, dancing and Polaroid pictures. Everyone (especially the kids) enjoyed snapping candid’s which were then signed and placed on a frame to make the cutest "guest book" ever. 
Congratulations Ann and Phillip. I wish you a lifetime of happiness.











































































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The Henry Hotel Wedding: Jessica & Neil

5.15.18

One of the things I love most about photographing weddings is that I get to spend the day "behind the scenes." It is from here that I am privy to the most special moments that make each wedding day ever so special. Sometimes it’s the smallest of things that mean the most like when Jessica's dad offered her a mint shortly after their first look. Her Grandfather always carried these kinds of mints and it was a truly special way to remember him that day. There were huge smiles and a tear or two to wipe away, not just because of the mints, but because there were so many loved ones gathered and the day was off to the perfect start.
I arrived at The Henry Hotel, and the girls room was in total celebration mode. It was a room filled with joy and chaos in the very best way. Hair and makeup was just wrapping up and Jessica was ready to get into her gown. I loved her champagne dress and especially the lace coverlet she put on top. Her lace shoes and simple jewelry completed the look and she was absolutely stunning. Neil's look was completed when he first laid eyes on Jessica and had the sweetest smile on his face. He, of course, looked equally as handsome in his suit and tie. At first sight of Neil, Jessica had a smile to match.
We spent some time around the The Henry taking photos. Between the gorgeous (and huge) bouquet, this beautiful couple and fabulous venue it felt like we were shooting photos for a fashion magazine. These two absolutely rocked the photos and I could have easily spent hours with them. But, we were on to the important part of the day. There was a wonderful Ketubah signing with their family and bridal party. They had a beautiful laser cut Ketubah with the most amazing details. Then they were off to their ceremony (which was also wonderful) and from then on it was a whirlwind. Dancing started what seemed like the moment they were announced into the room and remained that way the rest of the evening. The Henry Hotel was a stunning backdrop for the day, and they had some amazing receptions details including a wonderful tiered cake by Sweet Heather Anne, and florals by Parsonage Events. Party Assurance did a fabulous job at helping the day flow perfectly. It was a wonderful celebration of a fantastic couple. Congratulations Jessica and Neil. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day.

































































































































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