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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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The Baronette Wedding: Jessica & Michael


Jessica and Michael are the type of couple that just make the world smile. In fact, when the rain started falling the sun couldn’t help but peek back out and create the most beautiful double rainbow you’ve ever seen! It was such a good day.
When I arrived at the Baronette Renaissance hotel, the girls were ready to go. They had the prettiest floral robes, but looked even more stunning in their blush dresses. As the ladies finished getting ready they happily accepted a photo challenge from the guys (to recreate one they had done). It was obvious we were in for some fun.
Jessica looked so beautiful in her corset laced dress with retro styled hair and rose gold (love!) jewelry and Michael so stylish in a navy suit and brown shoes. Both of which, according to him, were ultra-comfy. Who says you have to sacrifice style for comfort? I loved that the ladies switched to converse shoes because they definitely needed them on the dance floor, which was packed throughout the night thanks to Mike Staff Productions.

Congratulations to you both. I wish nothing but a lifetime of happiness to you both.

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pine knob carriage house wedding: Kelsey & Lucas


Oh happy day! Kelsey and Lucas did their wedding day right. Looking at their photos I can still hear the laughter that filled their day. This couple was constantly smiling well, except for intermittent bouts filled with tears of joy. After a few deep breaths and uncontrollable laughter this couple exchanged some of the sweetest vow I've ever heard.
One of my favorite moments of the day was when Kelsey got in her dress and we discovered that her veil was still at the bridal shop! It wasn't that the veil was missing but Kelsey's immediate reaction to it. "Oh no! Not the veil!!" followed by giggles. She had such a wonderful perspective. Nothing else really mattered as long as she and Lucas were married that day.
The details of the day were so adorable and The Pine Knob Carriage House was a perfect backdrop. Wine cork numbers, tree stump engraved with their initial and hearts, touches of gold and nods to Michigan. I loved the delicious cake by Love & Buttercream, with the cutest cake topper! BLUMZ by JRDESIGNS did an amazing job with the maroon and purple flower arrangements. It was all so perfect we will look past Lucas' OSU socks and sweatshirt!
You are such a wonderful couple and I wish you continued happiness, "forever and always."

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