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Detroit athletic club wedding: heidi & tim


When I walked into the Randolph Room at the DAC, the room was full of excitement. Hairspray and make-up was full swing as the ladies were preparing for the day. Heidi slipped into her dress, and was absolutely glowing. As she opened a gift from Tim, she made a few comments about not being able to find a card. Well, the reason there wasn’t a card was because Tim had created an entire book filled with memories from when they began dating! I can’t imagine how much time this took him but from Heidi’s reaction it was worth every second. It was an incredibly thoughtful gift.
Heidi and Tim’s ceremony was at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church and was filled with joy and laughter. After the ceremony, we stopped at the Belt Alley and the Riverwalk for some bridal party photos. When we got the Riverwalk, we left everyone else on the bus and I got to spend some time with Heidi and Tim. Let me tell you this couple has it all: brains, looks and an undeniable love for one another. I’m so glad I got to spend the day with them.
We headed back to the DAC, and Mike Staff Productions got the party started. The celebration was filled with dancing and merriment well into the night. Congratulations to the both of you.

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the reserve wedding: lindsay & brandon


I met up with Lindsay and the ladies at her parent's house to start off the day. The ladies looked excited and relaxed in the comfiest looking sweatshirts that were a gift from Lindsay (zipped hoodies are a must in order to keep their hairdo’s looking great). Lindsay had such an elegant gown and she looked absolutely stunning. The high neckline and low back looked like perfection on her.
Their ceremony was held at St. Hugo's in Bloomfield Hills. Their priest has quite a history with Lindsay’s family, which made the ceremony very sentimental. As soon as Lindsay and her dad began walking down the aisle, Brandon broke out in a huge smile and a few tears of happiness (I love this). We began taking photos outside of the church, then headed over to booth park to continue taking photos. Everything looked so bright and fresh from all the rain during the week and luckily Saturday was the perfect day.
And then the party began... The Reserve was filled with elegance, joy and laughter. I loved the navy blue & gold invitations by Modern Art Design Studio , and beautiful flowers by Blossoms. The Elysium Experience set the atmosphere with the music and in no time the dance floor was packed. Congrats to you both!

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grosse pointe war memorial wedding: kelly & david


The wedding day of Kelly and David was perfection. Everyone started getting ready at the Westin Book Cadillac in Downtown Detroit. As soon as I entered the room, I noticed the ladies getting ready in the most gorgeous silk robes. Kelly put on her dress and confetti literally started to fly! She looked Ah-mazing! I loved all the thousands of folds in her dress, and to complete the look she carried a special hankie from her dad and wore her Grandmother's ring.
When Kelly and David first laid eyes on each other it was such a sweet moment and undeniable how happy they are. As David said in his speech, “Kelly is worth the wait”. We took a few photos around the Book Cadillac before a fantastic first look with Kelly’s dad. His arms literally went flying up in the air with joy as he saw his beautiful daughter.
As we arrived at the War Memorial a giant cloud rolled in providing the perfect light for photos out front. We then headed to the backside of the building where their ceremony began. It looked like something straight out of Old Hollywood. I just loved it.
The flowers in the reception room by Flourish were soft and elegant with the prettiest pop of teal from the peacock feathers and looked great next to the cake by Hen & Chick Cakes. We loved working with Laura Allis Events who brought all the little details together. The day came full circle with a delicious meal and fun on the dance floor thanks to Music Box Productions. Congratulations to you both!

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westin book cadillac wedding: stephanie and matt


After a stormy night, I woke up early and made my way to Stephanie and Matt’s new home. The sky was clear and when a rainbow appeared in front of me, I knew it was going to be a beautiful day.
The number seven has become significant to this couple in so many wonderful ways (number of years of dating, seven dress appointments, and their house sits on the seventh hole of a golf course to name a few) that it was appropriate for them to get married on 7/7/17. Will they end up with seven kids? Only time will tell…lol.
I adored Stephanie and Matt's carefree attitude, and the fact that they were out to 100% enjoy their day. They tied the knot at the beautiful St. Florian Church in Hamtramck, and we were off to some photo stops around downtown Detroit. After the DIA and Belt Ally we stopped at Townhouse for some downtime where the entire bridal party could enjoy some time together. It really felt like a celebration with a group of old friends.
This couple managed to make the Venetian Ballroom at the The Book Cadillac even more spectacular than it already is with their great choice in décor. The simple elegance of it all was stunning. They chose to let Jessica Bouren work her magic in designing their cake. They only told her their colors and let her design it however she wanted. It was stunning! I couldn’t get over the bottom layer that looked like golden petals but they were made of frosting! I also loved that Stephanie walked right over to her cake, stuck her finger in it and took a taste. (It was as delicious as it looked.)
Probably one of the sweetest sentiments I’ve seen was the place setting set up in remembrance of Matt’s mother, and Matt’s dance with his sister. I have no doubt she was smiling down on them at that moment. The dance floor was immediately filled and remained that way the rest of the night. I wish you a lifetime of happiness.

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Colony Club Wedding: Rachel & Kyle


Rachel and Kyle’s gorgeous wedding day started at the Ren Cen. When I walked into the room I swear you could see Rachel’s smile from a mile away. The ladies looked fabulous and were just finishing up with hair and makeup. The lace dress was already hanging in the window and looked phenomenal with the city views behind it. We were off to a great start. Rachel’s mom and sister helped her get dressed. When I learned of the sentimental value they incorporated into their day I was thrilled. Rachel’s earrings were the same ones worn by her mother for her wedding! After a sweet first look with her dad, he (pretended) to step on her dress, another sentiment from her parents wedding. It was then then time for the first look, one of my favorite moments of the day. I love the emotion and release of stress that happens when they finally see each other and this couple was no exception. They quoted each other with huge smiles and were ready for their special day. The clouds graced us with the perfect amount of shade for all of the outdoor shots. The River Walk, Spirit of Detroit and backside of the DIA Rachel, Kyle and their bridal party rocked it! The remainder of the day was spent at the beautiful Colony Club. A more intimate Ketubah signing with close family and friends was held on the 4th floor. Their ceremony went off without a hitch on the 3rd floor under the most gorgeous Chuppah that was hand knit by their aunt and has also been a part of two other family members weddings. The evening was such a joyous celebration of this wonderful couple. A few heartfelt speeches, delicious food and a whole lot of Rachel and Kyle dancing. A perfect celebration of love.

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