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Grosse Pointe War Memorial Wedding: erica & peter

11.8.17

Erica and Peter’s wedding looked like something out of the movies. First, they both looked incredible and then we were at one of my favorite locations, The War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms. Shortly after their first look I asked them to dance in the library and I kid you not we all immediately thought of Beauty and the Beast! At the end of the movie, of course, where the beast was a handsome prince and the happy couple spun onto the dance floor. It was amazing!
I love love loved Erica’s entire look from her dainty headband to her gorgeous blue heels (and not to forget the sensible sparkly Keds) she looked stunning.
Their selection of navy and purple colors worked beautifully for an autumn wedding.
After a sweet and intimate ceremony, the reception was in full swing before you know it. I love just the right amount of sparkle in the reception room, and theirs had just that. I loved the Elegant cake by Josef's Bakery, and stunning flowers by Floral Designs by Lori. A huge thanks the Nicole from Beautiful Day Planning for bringing the day together. Their music selection, and Go Pro DJs had the dance floor filled.The crowd was singing along to songs all night. Congratulations to you both. Thank you for having me be a part of your beautiful day.





































































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bay pointe golf club wedding: rebecca & chad

11.6.17

Rebecca and Chad's wedding was simply stunning. I loved the simplicity of it all. Rebecca wore a gorgeous gown with a clean line that fit to perfection (and looked totally amazing in it). Chad also looked super sharp in his suit and I loved the all white shirt, vest and bow tie. The flowers by The Petal Lady were outstanding. I LOVE dahlias and they had them all throughout their decor.
There's nothing sweeter than the smiles and rush of emotion during a first look. Chad wiping away a tear and Rebecca grinning ear to ear was nothing short of endearing. They are such a beautiful, compassionate and happy couple.
The Bay Pointe Golf Club provided the perfect setting for their day. The sun was shining as they exchanged vows overlooking the glistening lake. And fortunately the boaters remained quiet spectators.
Shortly after, the party was in full swing. I loved the invitations by Designed with Amore, and the gorgeous cake by Sweet Dreams Bakery. The tabletops were so elegant with light colored linens, candlelight and a sprig of rosemary at each setting. A huge thank you to Maggie from The Wedding Inside' Her for planning a magnificent day! With belly's full the dance floor was packed with great music by The Dan Rafferty Band, and smiling happy quests.
Congratulations Rebecca and Chad. Thank you for letting me document such a beautiful day.































































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Lovett hall wedding: kristen & Avi

10.25.17

It might just be impossible to take a bad photo of this couple. Kristen and Avi are super fit (they met at the gym), gorgeous and best of all have the most fun loving personalities. Their wedding day was a complete blast.
The ladies room was packed full of commotion. People, makeup and clothes were everywhere. It was a level of excitement that may throw off some brides, but not Kristen. She was beaming from ear to ear and ready to get the party started. Her dress was such a beautiful shade of champagne and it fit her to a T. Avi looked fantastic all dressed up complete with a bow tie and matching smile.
We placed Avi at the bottom of the staircase inside Lovett Hall so that Kristen (as he said) could make a "glorious descent!" Their first look was nothing short of glorious as somehow those big smiles on their faces got even bigger.
We had time for photos in and around the Henry Ford Museum (complete with a stop in front of the wiener mobile) before a joyful Kattubah signing in the library followed by a beautiful ceremony in the main room.
The evening continued with super nice sentiments passed along in speeches, a delicious dinner and even more celebration on the dance floor thanks to Brena Band who kept the dance floor rockin'.

Congrats Kristen and Avi!









































































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pine knob mansion wedding: jamie & mike

10.12.17

Jamie and Mikes’ day started out beautifully at the Townsend Hotel and just got better as the day progressed. Amongst the chaos surrounding their home, they and half their wedding are from Florida, where hurricane Irma was making an unwelcome visit (literally during their wedding). Jamie and Mike had the best perspective. As soon as I saw Jamie she was so focused on the positive, “So glad we picked Michigan for our wedding day.” I very much enjoyed documenting their gorgeous wedding.

Jamie was stunning in her lace dress complimented with her flowers by PETIT FLEUR EVENTS and bridesmaids in soft pink and cream. Her grandparents were remembered in a beautiful frame attached to her bouquet. I particularly loved how she had sewn her baby bonnet into her dress. It was the perfect amount of old and new.

Their first look was staged in the wooded gardens of Pine Knob Mansion. We then did the majority of their photos so once the ceremony started they would have plenty of time to celebrate with their guest. The Ceremony site at Pine Knob Mansion is absolutely amazing. The gazebo sits at the top of giant rolling hills which is absolutely stunning. Their ceremony was extra personal with one of their groomsmen as the officiant (love that) and the second it was finished the party began. Guests enjoyed the most delicious appetizers out on the back patio. Mini Coney dogs, chicken and waffles, friend mac n’ cheese and sliders n’ fries could have made anyone’s night but that was only the beginning. Filet dinners followed with cake, and I’m sure there wasn’t a hungry person around. The cake, by the way, was made so beautifully by Love & Buttercream. The icing was layered in stripes which caught the light so beautifully. A huge thank you to the day-of coordinator Kate from Purple Clover Events.

Jamie and Mike hands down had the most darling first dance I’ve ever seen! Mike spun, dipped and twirled Jamie across the dance floor. She had the biggest smile on her face and clearly has 100% confidence in her man. It was amazing!
It was a cool September evening but it didn’t take long for the dance floor to heat up. The rest of the evening was spent dancing and laughing under the stars.















































































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Colony Club Wedding: Stephanie & Chris

10.3.17

As soon as I arrived at the Book Cadillac for the start of Stephanie and Chris’ wedding day I knew I was in for a fun filled day and the most gorgeous details.
The ladies looked fabulous in soft flowing gowns of purple and pink. Stephanie’s dress was so stunning on her, and twirled like none other on the dance floor. My favorite detail had to be the heel of her shoes. They had Art Deco inspired scallops and they were simply amazing.
With a first look that put a smile on Chris’ face we were off to a few locations to take photos before their ceremony. Chris looked great all dressed up, and couldn’t stop smiling. I loved the sweet remembrance of his mom tucked in his butioneer. We hopped out real quick on the steps of Joe Lewis Arena (a fav of Chris) and then over to Belle Isle by the fountain and conservatory.
St. Hyacinth Church in Detroit was the perfect ceremony site for this architecture loving bride. The color and design details were amazing. After a beautiful ceremony and a grand exit with guests waving bells and ribbons, we were off with the newlyweds for one last photo stop at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The cutest glittery cans clanked behind the bus as we pulled up to the Colony Club for a wonderful reception.
The details inside were endless. Being a dog lover and a Golden doodle owner myself, I loved the fondant replica of their sweet puppy placed on their cake. Adorable! There were wooden name markers at the head table, the prettiest monogram and a vintage guest book just to name a few of my favorite details. I also loved the delicious cake by Sweet Delights Cakery, and gorgeous flowers by The Petal Lady. Thank you to the day- of- coordinator Diamond Elite. Congratulations Stephanie and Chris. I wish you lifetime of happiness.





































































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