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Detroit Athletic club wedding: Becky & Peter

6.27.19

You know you are surrounded by a fun group when you arrive and all the Ladies are in tanks that read, "After this we're getting pizza!" Becky and her ladies were pumped and ready for a great day. The excitement with Peter and the guys equally matched that of the girls as they sat around a huge conference table checking out the engraved wooden boxes Peter gifted to them. Inside were cuff links, tie clips and lighters.... such a cool gift.
I loved that Becky and Peter waited to write out the last few lines of their cards to each other. It made for great little moments for myself and 3rdStreet Films to capture (always a pleasure to work with them). As Becky read out loud the card she had written for Peter and then the one Peter had given to her it was obvious they are the perfect match and not just because they both gave each other applesauce although, that was adorable. I can picture them years down the road cuddled on the couch watching Gossip Girl while snacking on pepperoni slices and gummy bears.

Becky looked absolutely stunning in her gown (complete with pockets) and Peter ever so handsome in his black suit and tie. We found a breeze outside of the Detroit Athletic Club for some bridal party photos. The excitement was building but there was one important event to get to before the full-on celebration began. We headed off to Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church where they had a gorgeous ceremony. Friends of theirs who had what's best described as angelic voices filled the church with music, family, and friends all in attendance witnessed the I dos and cheers erupted as Becky and Peter descended down the aisle.

A summer storm timed itself perfectly to blow on through during the ceremony leaving behind reflective puddles, a cooler temp and an evenly lit sky. We arrived back at the DAC decorated with beautiful flower arrangements by Blossoms Birmingham. However, before returning inside the bridal party did a cheer to the "Miller High life." (I told you they were fun). The celebration was in full swing and luckily we were still able to sneak away for a few quiet moments on the rooftop.

Congratulations to you both. I truly enjoyed capturing your day.



















































































































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Planterra wedding: Katie & Victor

6.26.19

Ahhh, what a lovely affair Katie and Victor's wedding was. First, Katie is every kind of gorgeous. She radiates a bohemian vibe which her hair, dress, and makeup complimented perfectly. Her gorgeous curls were loosely braided back with such pretty flowers that looked effortlessly placed and her makeup was subtle with just the right amount of glam. But, I think the sweetest thing Katie wore was a tiny wooden cross pinned into her bodice. It is a family tradition, started by her Grandmother and the cross that Katie wore this day was originally her Grandmothers that was handed down to her sister (who wears it daily) and lent to Katie for the day.

Victor has this great calmness about him. He looked great in a blue suit (my favorite) and complete with Katie by his side.

Katie had not one but two amazing first looks. The first came from her Dad who just couldn't stand still as he waited to see his little girl on her wedding day. As he turned around he gave her the biggest hug that seriously lasted a million years. It was the sweetest. After the eyes dried out it was Victor's turn and his reaction was equally as great. The moment their eyes met you could tell the entire world around them melted away and it was just Katie and Victor...Victor and Katie. 

Every time I photograph a wedding at Planterra Conservatory I am just blown away at how gorgeous it all is. The selection of details they offer is outstanding and each wedding ends up with its own unique look. Purple is my favorite color so my eyes immediately loved the purple touches throughout. Most impressively was the cake by sweet Heather Anne that resembled an impressionist painting with the vivid colors and painted buttercream flowers. The water-color themed invitations by Write impressions were absolutely stunning and fit flawlessly with the gorgeous purple tones of the decor.

I am 3/3 with outstanding families for my 2019 couples. I shouldn't be surprised because my couples are amazing and clearly apples don't fall far from trees. Not only did Katie's dad deliver a heart filled speech but he did so in a rap! Talk about a room filled with laughter and cheer and the fun did not end there. E3 Detroit played while Katie and Victor danced the night away surrounded by family and friends. A perfect ending to a perfect day.
 
Thank you so much for entrusting me to capture your special day. I wish you congratulations, happiness and a lifetime of continued travel together.

































































































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Matthaei Botanical Gardens Engagement Session: Lisa & Anvit

6.3.19

Spring finally arrived in time for Lisa and Anvit's engagement session. The leaves had popped and we were able to find a few things in bloom at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. (and let's not forget some super cool bonsai trees) 
 
It was so nice to spend some time with this wonderful couple. Up until their engagement session I had only spoken to them over the phone and through email. I was so glad we got the chance to spend some time together before their wedding day. They are gorgeous and super chill, the dreamiest kind of couple to photograph. 

I expect their wedding day will be the same. I am honored, super excited and totally thrilled we don't have to wait long as they will be married in less than a month!! 















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Masonic Temple Wedding: Rachel & Drew

5.21.19

GAH!! So, this was the best possible wedding to kick off my 2019 season. The bride, groom, venue, friends, and family could not be more incredible. I seriously wanted to join the family right then and there. Rachel and Drew's wedding day was filled with beauty, fun, and laughter....seriously. So. Much. Laughter.

We began their day getting ready at the Masonic Temple. I couldn't get over all the gorgeous details (check out the ceiling where the ladies got ready) of this building. But, the most important was the gorgeous bride and groom. Rachel looked absolutely stunning in her gown and (sigh) cathedral length veil. Drew's face lit up as soon as he heard the 'ding' of the elevator as Rachel stepped out for their first look. Her smile matched his as she saw how handsome he looked in his grey suit (love this). And, I loved the reaction from their parents and bridal party.... the cheers for the happy couple lasted from this moment well into the night.

A party bus took us to a few stops around Detroit for photos. The first was Belt Ally where the subtle colors of the bridal party were a nice contrast to the colorful murals. I don't think anyone stopped smiling the entire time....their joy is undeniable. We made one other stop on one of my favorite side streets before making our way back to the Masonic for their beautifully intimate ceremony. Their ceremony was officiated by their uncle which just added such a sentimental value to the day. With the expert guidance of Katy Haley at Bridal Bliss, the ceremony flowed into a cocktail hour where the bridal party viewed a private cake cutting (and tasting of course) and straight into the reception.

The reception was decorated with simple and elegant floral arrangements done by MK Carroll Designs. Such thoughtful speeches were given, a delightful dinner conversation (and yummy meal) and a night filled with dancing. I couldn't imagine a more perfect day.

Thank you, Rachel and Drew, for allowing me to be apart and capture your special day. I'm all in for matching PJs at Christmas this year! I wish you the very best.

































































































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The Garden Theatre: Shireen & Joel

1.15.19

Shireen and Joel's winter wedding was the perfect harmony of family, traditions and glitz. Old Saint Mary's is gorgeous on its own but then you add tinsel and twinkle lights from Christmas decorations and this beautiful couple it looked spectacular. With their children by their sides and loved ones from far across the world, Shireen and Joel were surrounded by love as they exchanged their vows. Smiles and tears of joy were abundant as they were pronounced "husband and wife." The Garden Theatre was the perfect setting to continue the celebration after the ceremony. Cocktails were held in the main entryway with strings of lights overhead and a gorgeous rose filled wall. After guests entered the main theater and were seated, Shireen and Joel entered the room by the tradition of Arabic Zaffa. It was incredible. The couple made their grand entrance along with a group of performers in gorgeous attire with ribbons, drums, and dancing. The party had officially started with a bang. I absolutely loved the red + gold details in the reception room, including the beautiful gold dripped cakes + cupcakes by For The Love of Sugar and gorgeous flowers (red roses!!) by Sweet Stems . A delicious strolling dinner and fantastic music performed by Bluewater Kings Band kept the party hopping well into the night. 
Congratulations Shireen and Joel. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. I am so happy the two have you have found each other.

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