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meadowbrook hall wedding: kristi & nick


You certainly can’t go wrong with a wedding at Meadowbrook Mansion , as soon as you pull up its beauty surrounds you. I found Kristi and the ladies getting ready and our lovely day began. Kristi’s gorgeous lace gown was hanging in the window and she was surrounded by warmth and happiness. She looked stunning in her dress, and I adored her choice of red lipstick that perfectly coordinated with her bridesmaids. As we photographed the ladies in front of the mansion, it appeared as though a storm was coming and would continue during and after their ceremony (which is when Nick and Kristi were going to see one another and then do Bride and Groom photos.) Together, they spur of the moment decided to do a first look to capture the gorgeous weather. I am so incredibly happy they did! Not only were we able to capture the humungous grin on Nicks face when he first saw Kristi, but it did in fact rain and we were able to get so many great photos beforehand. After a lovely ceremony, we started the reception with speeches and delicious food. The room was adorned with gorgeous flowers and centerpieces by Flora Detroit. The night ended with a great dance floor with beats by Night and Day Productions.
Congrats to you both, it was an honor to photograph your special day.

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the filmore wedding: lora & michael


When I arrived at the Greektown Casino and joined the ladies in their room I saw Lora looking as beautiful as ever. I quickly photographed her dress and shoes so we could get Lora dressed....she was ready to see her man! As soon as she threw her arms around Mike they both were beaming with excitement. Lora and Mike's wedding day had officially begun.
The entire bridal party looked super elegant outside the back of the DIA. I loved how the soft pink dresses and dark suits looked against the white marble and gold doors. We then stopped off at Comerica Park and Ford Field for some more casual shots. These locations gave us some great "Detroit wedding" photos.
When we arrived at the Filmore I was not prepared for how stunning the inside would be. As we walked inside and caught a first glimpse of the stage (where the ceremony was held) I heard more than a few people exclaim, "oh wow!" (including myself). The stage was draped with beautiful white curtains, gorgeous flowers and chandeliers. Gold chiavari chairs were lined up facing the stage and once the guests and bridal party filled the theatre it was romantic perfection!
Post ceremony the guests went out to the lobby to enjoy cocktails, and the amazing staff completely flipped the theater for the reception. Guests were seated on four levels which was a simple gorgeous cascade of candlelight and flowers that led to the dance floor. The sweets table by Yasmeena's Floral looked absolutely stunning against the floral wall, and cake by Holiday Market. We loved working with The Gala House, and Lightcraft Entertainment on video. The dj and violinists Nuclassica rocked the night away for a truly awesome celebration of Lora and Mike's wedding day.
Congratulations to you both.

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the reserve wedding: laurel & keith


Laurel and Keith are such a cool, and stylish couple! (They met at a book club, how cool is that?) From the moment I met them I thought “oh please pick me as your photographer!” I am absolutely thrilled they did. Their wedding had the coolest vibes from the vintage postcards, to the fern centerpieces and the speakeasy style bar for their portraits. Their day was a photographers dream.
Laurel had not one, but two gorgeous dresses that accentuated how stunning she is. Keith looked super fabulous in his tux and together they are one elegant couple. The ladies got ready at the Townsend hotel, and the guys at the couples house. We met for their first look at The Oakland, which was extra special because this was where Laurel and Keith had their first date. They were adorable reminiscing about that night and how Laurel “pre-ate” just in case she didn’t want to stick around for dinner. Obviously, their first date went super well!
Their ceremony and reception was at The Reserve in Birmingham and was filled with love and laughter, a super delicious dinner and dancing throughout the night.
Congratulations to the happy couple!

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the guardian building: ashley & james


The room was buzzing with excitement when I arrived where the ladies were getting ready. Ashley looked stunning and she wasn’t even in her dress yet. She was calm and happy, ready for a wonderful day. I loved the teal bridesmaid dresses, and Ashley looked stunning in her lace gown. Their ceremony was held at the National Shrine of the Little Flower and the moment James laid his eyes on Ashley, he had the biggest smile on his face. Their ceremony was so sweet and as they were announced husband and wife, the room applauded.

I was thrilled at the choice of stops we had for their wedding day portraits. The backside of the DIA provided such beautiful light and this couple truly shined. I love how they light up when they are together. They are one of those couples who create heart-warming moments without even trying.

The Illuminated Mural and Riverwalk were Ashley and James picks (respectively) and they provided the perfect variety of backdrops for the day. What a fantastic day!

The reception was at the gorgeous Guardian Building. Guests arrived for a cocktail hour followed by dinner and some pretty touching speeches. As soon as the DJ turned up the music the dance floor was filled with dancing, singing and laughter.

I wish you a lifetime of happiness, congratulations!!

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colony club wedding: anjali & aaron


Anjali and Aaron had seriously one of the most unique weddings I've ever seen en masse with a beautiful syncretism of Jewish and Hindu elements. The day started at the lovely Book Cadillac where the ladies were being dressed in the most beautiful green saris. Anjali was then dressed and looked amazing in a gorgeous pink sari, and was adorned with the most spectacular heirloom jewelry. She looked absolutely incredible and when Aaron saw her for their first look there were happy tears in his eyes. He looked pretty great himself in a very fashionable blue suit.
Now that they had seen each other it was portrait time and we made some great stops around Detroit. First, we walked around the Book Cadillac to one of my favorite street views and the Golden door. Then we spread out the entire bridal party at the DIA (the perfect spot for larger group shots) and the last stop before the Colony Club was the Illuminated Mural.
We took some family formals before Anjali and Aaron were surrounded by close family and friends as they signed the Ketubah. There was not a dry eye in the room at this couple signed the Jewish marriage contract.
The more public ceremony was held down on the 2nd floor where guests were seated in gold chiavari chairs, with gorgeous pink and white flowers by Parsonage , filling the ceremony room. As you walked into the ceremony room you saw a beautiful structure that was a combination of a chuppah and a mandap. The officiants took turns leading the couple through a beautiful ceremony where traditions from both Jewish and Hindu cultures were celebrated. Flower garlands, blessings over wine, the sacred fire, the seven blessings, the saptapadi and the breaking of a glass were just a few of the honored traditions. Words cannot describe this ceremony. Incredible!
Immediately after the ceremony the guests ventured to the 4th floor for cocktail hour while the 3rd floor went through an amazing flip and became the reception hall. After first dances, the Horah and a few moments of a packed dance floor we had to say good night. But, I'm positive the party kept going strong long after we left.
Congratulations to the happy couple.

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