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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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the inn at st. john's: gina & alex

9.28.17

Brides who come from a family of three sisters hold a special place in my heart. I find myself smiling a little bigger behind my camera and maybe even blinking away a tear or two. I have three daughters and I can't help but think of what they will be like on each others wedding days but I sure hope the love they share is anything like Gina and her sisters. It was undeniable how happy Gina's sisters were to stand by her side. When I arrived in the ladies room not only was I met with a bunch of smiling faces but the ladies were all outfitted in the cutest floral pjs. Immediately I knew the day would be filled with wonderful big moments and amazing little details. Gina looked amazing in her dress with just the perfect amount of beading and lacework. We brought her dad in for a first look which left not a dry eye in the room. He beamed with pride as he caught his first looks of Gina.
Alex and the guys were having a great time as they got ready for the ceremony. As in Gina's room it was quite obvious Alex was surrounded by some pretty great people who were excited about the day.
After a beautiful ceremony we had some time for photos around The Inn at St. John's before their reception began. I seriously think this couple cannot take a bad picture, they are gorgeous. Their reception was a blast from the moment they were announced! All of the details came together beautifully thanks to Eventfully Yours including a delicious cake by Arnold's Home of Sweets, and flowers by Designs by Guzzardo's. Everyone was on their feet dancing and remained that way throughout the evening. Congratulations Gina and Alex. Thank you for allowing me to capture your beautiful day.





























































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Detroit yacht club: Courtney & Max

9.18.17

This bride holds a special spot in my heart. Not only is she sweet and beautiful but I have been lucky to know her for a while before she was engaged to Max. I was thrilled for them when they got engaged and delighted when I learned I got to capture their special day!
We started off at the Detroit Yacht Club where the ladies looked elegant in the most beautiful mint green dresses and the guys were ready to get into their blue suits and matching socks. However, Courtney and Max stole the show! Max couldn’t stop smiling the entire day and looked fabulous all dressed up. They had a very sweet first look where I heard “ I don’t know what to do!!” and both of them busted out laughing. It was adorable.
They had a gorgeous and festive ceremony outside of the conservatory with big puffy clouds arriving at just the perfect moment to light their photos. We drove around Belle Isle to the Fountain. Courtney and Max rode in some serious style in her uncle’s vintage car and then it was back to the DYC for the party. I loved all their little details that were a nod to Max’s love of flying. Paper airplanes gave guests their destination city (table) and their cake was complete with a “fly away with me” cake topper. The flowers by Evelyn Loves Lemon were simply stunning.
After a few heartfelt speeches, a delicious dinner, and a quick stroll down to the dock at sunset, it was time to dance. I’m confident this dance floor was as packed for the last song as it was for the first. What a wonderful celebration of love. Congrats Courtney and Max.





































































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the henry ford wedding: samantha & jordan

9.13.17

As I packed my bags for Samantha and Jordan's wedding I grew excited for the day knowing that these two are super adorable and they were getting married at a gorgeous venue. When I arrived, they both looked stunning and happy-I mean, super happy. And not just them, you could tell their family and friends were super happy for them as well. We were in for a very good day.
Samantha's dress had the most beautiful ribbon trimmed layers and the buttons on the back of her dress were from her Grandmother's dress! It was such a sweet moment when Samantha realized that the college ring of her aunt's (that she was wearing) was blue. She thought that was the one something (something blue) she had forgotten but she actually had it all along.
Her first look with Jordan was at the Dearborn Inn. We found a quiet spot and it was so sweet how they got distracted by each other and didn't hear a word I was saying.
We had endless spots for great pictures at the Henry Ford Museum, where their ceremony and reception were. White marble pillars, the blue room chandelier and JFK's (Samantha's fav President) car. The weather couldn't have been more perfect and their ceremony was held outside in the Pennsylvania Courtyard. It was a beautiful blend of Jewish and Armenian traditions and the perfect celebration of Samantha and Jordan.
The reception room looked beautiful with flowers by Jen House Designs, and lovely cake by Iversen's Bakery. Many thanks to Megan of Beautiful Day Planning. Moments after dinner the dance floor was packed with guests thanks to BlueWater Kings. Congratulations you two!

























































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