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Royal park hotel wedding: Cathy & Matthew

12.22.17

Cathy+Matt’s wedding was my last wedding of the season and I was super excited that I was ending such an incredible year on a high note with both a great couple and at the always fabulous Royal Park Hotel. Cathy is as grounded as they come and it’s easy to see why everyone gravitates to her. She made me laugh when I asked if her girls were going to get their dresses on to help her get in her gown and she replied that, nah, it wasn’t necessary and they can just relax while her Mom and MOH helped her. The beading on her wedding gown was stunning and I loved when she told me she had bought her champagne Badgley Mischka heels before she had even found her dress. Once she was ready, we headed downstairs where a very handsome Matt was waiting in his navy suit to see his bride for their first look. By now you all know that I am totally biased towards the first look and after they had their private moment together, we began shooting their portraits. These two (and their incredible wedding party!) were troopers, as it was cold and windy at times, but that sunlight made it all worth while. The Royal Park Hotel did not disappoint, as there are so many places to shoot incredible portraits, both inside and out, and all at one location. When we wrapped up, it was time to say their vows in the conservatory, where my favorite moment was when their mothers placed words of advice in a wine box containing wine to toast on their first, fifth and tenth anniversaries (I want that!). As we walked into the reception room I noticed the stunning floral arrangements by Christopher and Company, and elegant white cake by The Home Bakery. The night started with sentimental toasts and blessings, and the party rocked on to the musical stylings of Mike Staff Productions. The best part was ending the night with some portraits under the string lights. A hotel patron was watching our interaction and asked if Cathy and I were friends before the wedding. I smiled and said no, but that about sums up my relationship with my incredible couples. Thank you both for a wonderful ending to an already killer season. A huge congrats to the both of you! xo



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detroit engagement session: erika & nick

12.14.17

Mother Nature was not on the same page with us as we tried over and over again to schedule Erika+Nick’s engagement session at Belle Isle. Their wedding is coming up in just a few short months, so we were running out of time! You know how it is! Michigan weather turns on a dime, so the morning of the session, I think we all just kept our fingers crossed that the rain would hold out and this session would be a go. When we stepped out of our cars and saw the white caps on the Detroit River, all we could do was laugh and rock it out anyway! I have a total appreciation for these two as they braved the cold and the wind and made their session look like it was just a balmy, breezy autumn day in the city. We worked our way around the park, beginning at the fountain and ending at the always gorgeous conservatory. Erika looked beautiful with her long, dark hair whipping around them and her grey leather moto jacket was killer! Nick looked stellar with his rust colored button down that matched his hair; way to go, you two! These two ended their session by donning their Sparty gear (Go Green!), which is only appropriate since they both attended MSU and bleed green. I’ll be seeing you two before you know it! xo



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detroit athletic club wedding: Chelsea & Christian

12.4.17

When we arrived at the Detroit Athletic Club, I was wondering if Chelsea was going to brave the chilly autumn air and head outdoors for portraits. It was cold, but the sun was popping out and you know I was hoping to get some of that beautiful light for her portraits. I was thrilled when she said we should go for it, so after she donned her simple, but oh-so-elegant gown and killer blue jeweled Badgley Mischka pumps, we headed outside and rocked those portraits. Before we knew it, it was time to wrap up and head over to St. John Armenian Church for a traditional Armenian ceremony. I feel so lucky when I get to experience different cultures and I LOVED the uniqueness of Chelsea and Christian’s ceremony, especially when these two were crowned King and Queen. Following the ceremony, we shot a few quick portraits outside of the church and then headed back over to the DAC where we were able to get some rooftop action overlooking the gorgeous lit city of Detroit. They entered the reception room to a traditional Armenian dance (so fun!) and the evening continued to rock on with the stylings of The Dan Rafferty Band intermixed with the music from the Armenian Band. The DAC looked gorgeous as usual, with flowers by Breath of Spring. Finally, right before it was time to go, we were able to sneak downstairs and have some fun shooting some serious portraits with the ornate details within the DAC. A huge congrats goes out to this sweet couple! xo


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The Mirage Wedding: Alexis & Mike

11.21.17

I’ve mentioned this many times, but one of my favorite decisions a bride can make is to choose to get ready in their family home. It’s just so meaningful to pull up to the house and see the people pouring in and out and the excitement buzzing. Now, I have known this incredible bride since our childhood so my natural instinct is to refer to her as Alexis. However, I feel like I’m the only one, so I will tell you that when I saw Lexi that morning, she looked stunning with her dark hair swept back and smoky eyes. After getting into her gown in her childhood bedroom (LOVE), we headed over to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial for her first look with her groom and for their portraits. Mike looked incredibly handsome and he was definitely ready to see his beautiful bride and begin their day together. I loved that we had full access to the War Memorial and were able to not only take gorgeous portraits outside, but also some stellar shots inside the ornate interior rooms. Before we knew it we were off to the church for a heartfelt ceremony and then over to The Mirage where the room was completely transformed and Lexi’s vision was breathtaking. The head table was anchored by sweeping white fabric which lent itself to a Grecian vibe. String lights were strewn overhead and the tables were adorned with candlelight, and beautiful flowers by Viviano's. The evening continued after dinner with dancing and music by The Block Party, ouzo shots, a gown change by the bride and, finally, a recreation of an image that Lexi adored from her parents’ wedding. It was truly a day to remember. A huge congrats to this deserving couple! xo



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laurel manor wedding: Alyssa & Justin

11.9.17

If I could request a favor? Every bride, if you could please choose to get ready at the Masonic Temple, I would greatly appreciate it. Alyssa certainly already looked incredible, but then add in this open room, gothic windows, gorgeous natural light and dramatic lighting fixtures, and now her getting ready portraits do her beauty justice! I loved every aspect of Alyssa’s style, especially her rose gold pointed pumps. Following a heart-felt first look with her father after she donned her gorgeous gown, it was time to head over to the chapel for the ceremony. Justin looked ever so handsome waiting for his bride at the front of the aisle and I particularly loved how the room was packed FULL of guests there to witness vows. The groom’s family is of Italian descent and earlier Alyssa was even teased that she looked the part. I’m not sure I fully understood that notion at the time, but after walking into that reception room at Laurel Manor, I can tell you that I have never seen such well dressed guests at a wedding. These ladies knew how to do it up right! The room was decorated with gorgeous floral centerpieces by Viviano's, a wonderful cake by Pastry Palace, sweeping linens behind the head table and candle light flickered and danced around the room. It was a beautiful evening for a beautiful couple. Congrats to the bride+groom! xo



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