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The Henry Hotel Wedding: Jessica & Neil
|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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Colony Club Wedding: Coreen & Corey
|Once again, I was lucky enough to photograph a beautiful bride who is also one of three sisters. These brides tend to hold a special place in my heart because I inevitably envision someday when one of my girls (I have 3) gets married. I was so very touched by the love these girls have for each other. There was an undeniable joy in their eyes and love for the "number one daughter" on her wedding day.
I started the day meeting up with Coreen and the ladies at the Book Cadillac. The room was a buzz with hair, makeup and dresses. Coreen's dress fit her perfectly and I loved her bright blue shoes. She had the sweetest gift from her grandma to hold with her that day. It was a bonnet she received as an infant and when her mother "slipped a row of stitches" it turned into a beautiful hankie! What an awesome family tradition.
As we walked down for their first look I asked Coreen, "Do you think Corey will cry when he sees you?" and she replied, "oh yes! Definitely." Corey did not disappoint with his reaction as he first saw his bride. There was a dance move, an enormous "wow" and the sweetest tear rolling down his cheek. Corey looked fabulous in his suit and his brown shoes completed his look perfectly. As we took photos around the Book Cadillac of the two of them we were caught by surprise as a gust of wind took Coreen's cathedral length veil straight up from her head! It was quite amazing.
Then, it was off to the DIA for bridal party photos. The hot pink and black looked incredible against the white marble of the building. Light and bright was perfectly fitting for a spring wedding.
Their ceremony and reception was at the Colony Club and was super sweet and personal. The officiant was a close friend of theirs and I don't think there was a dry eye in the room.
The details they picked coordinated effortlessly with the room. Their cake by Cake Ambition looked amazing with the white frosting with brushed gold. Candles, gold accents and pops of pink flowers by Merci Beau Coup Floral, and lovely invitations by Commercial Graphics. It was all so elegant! It didn't take long for the party to be in full swing. They were announced and greeted by a very cheerful room. Speeches (one that included an impressive rap) and dinner followed by Corey's sweet tribute to his mom, as well as Brvther's Keeper (DJ) had the dance floor packed for the rest of the evening.
Congratulations Corey and Coreen.
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Colony club wedding: karla & durell
|Friends and family traveled from all over the country to celebrate with Karla and Durell on their wedding day. They picked Detroit, in the middle of winter, and things couldn't have been more perfect. There were jokes about the cold (and oh was it cold) but looking back what stands out the most about Karla and Durell is the way these two lit up the room with their happiness.
Everything about their day was gorgeous. The guys and ladies each got ready in Airbnb’s which were the perfect vibe for a city wedding. I love "at home" shots and these locations provided just that feeling. A great sense of family and togetherness was felt the moment I walked through the door. The light on the third floor of Karla's place was amazing and she looked absolutely stunning as her sisters and mom helped her into her lace gown. I loved the simplicity of her jewelry and her cathedral veil. She looked like perfection.
Durell looked so sharp in his suit and bow tie but his look was definitely completed after he got his first look at Karla. The smiles on each of their faces during their first look was pure happiness. There is nothing sweeter than a groom busting out in the biggest smile when he first sees his bride and Durell's smile was definitely one of the biggest I've seen. We spent some time in the Aloft building taking photos in the comfort of indoor heat but I can't tell you how excited I was that they were willing to brave the bitter cold for some natural light photos outside. It was the perfect blend of scenery for a downtown winter wedding.
Following that we were off to the Colony Club for their ceremony and reception. Their ceremony was filled with family traditions and a beautiful song sung by Durell's aunt (talk about an amazing voice, wow!). Their choice of decor played off the decorative elements of the building perfectly. White linens, light flowers and touches of gold set such an elegant setting. The cake by Jamboree Cakes & Events was gorgeous with some amazing gold detail work and the flowers by Royalty Linens & Events brought a beautiful touch of nature to the tables. As the dancing began the dance floor was filled with celebration that lasted well into the night.
Congratulations to you both. I am honored to have been able to capture such a beautiful day.
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planterra wedding: chelsea & joel
|Everything about Chelsea and Joel’s wedding pointed towards winter wedding perfection. A huge snowstorm hit three days before their big day which was just enough time to clear the roads but still have beautiful white snow everywhere else. Chelsea, Joel and their bridal party were up for toughing the cold and we were able to get some beautiful outdoor photos.
The flower girls were in soft pink, tulle and lace, and bridesmaids in (my fav of the year) mint blue tulle skirts and lace tops. Chelsea looked absolutely exquisite in her Vera gown! Joel and the guys completed the look in their black suits and bow ties.
I will never tire of watching a groom’s face light up when he first sees his bride and Joel's face did just that. Chelsea and Joel shared a beautiful first look moment inside the Townsend Hotel followed by a sweet first look with her dad.
Chelsea and Joel had a charming white trolley take us to a few photo stops before heading over to Planterra for the ceremony and reception. Certain couples have an ease about them that makes my job insanely easy. This is one of those couples. They radiate happiness when together and were absolutely a joy to photograph.
After a heartfelt ceremony, with a close friend as the officiant, the party was started. I found it so touching during the speeches to learn about the dynamics of their bridal party. Not only were their closest friends the ones standing beside them this day but both Joel and Chelsea had in-laws as best man and (one) of the maid of honor’s. It was a true testament to how close this family has already become. Planterra was the perfect setting for their winter wedding. Candles and twinkle lights warmed the room. I loved all the little details, including the eucalyptus on the tables, and three cakes by Bella e Dolce, yes three! I have never seen a marbled cake before, it was amazing!
Lastly, I loved the two traditions each family has for their reception. Chelsea’s family has this amazing ball and chain that has been engraved and passed to almost 20 couples. For his side, family gathered away from the party for a super sweet sentiment from his father followed by a
toast and a shot. Your Generation, kept the dance floor rocking all night!
Thank you both for choosing me to document your day. I wish you a lifetime of happiness.
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Townsend Hotel Wedding: Nicki & Taylor
|Nicki and Taylor’s wedding was ultra elegant with the perfect mix of modern touches and old-world sophistication. Nicki was absolutely stunning in her sleek gown with gorgeous jeweled cap sleeves. Her hair, make up and simplicity of jewelry were perfection.
Taylor looked super handsome in his navy suit and succulent (brides fav) boutonniere. The flowers by Breath of Spring were such a beautiful mixture of white and green with roses and even more succulents.
Nicki’s first look with her dad was super sweet and she looked graceful as tears of joy dropped to the ground not altering her makeup in the slightest bit.
Taylor and Nicki’s first look was just as sweet and this couple was ready to get the day in full swing. We walked around downtown Birmingham and over to the Birmingham Theatre where their names were on the marque (so cute!). When we were finished we went back to the Townsend and this is when the celebration got started. They had a joyous ketubah signing surrounded by family and their closest friends and then a ceremony in the vestibule outside the ballroom.
The décor at this reception was beyond amazing: floating candlelight globes, gold accents, warm toned flowers and a grand bar set the most beautiful stage for their reception. A big thank you to Carlyn at The Bash Events for planning a beautiful evening. As soon as the happy couple was announced the dancing began and the dance floor was packed. The band, Your Generation in Concert kept the party going well into the night.
Congratulations to you both. I wish you much happiness in your life together.
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