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Detroit Athletic Club wedding: Katie & Alex

8.6.18

I had such a good time with Katie+Alex at their engagement shoot that I had absolutely been looking forward to shooting their wedding! Katie was all smiles and totally relaxed when I first saw her at the Detroit Athletic Club. The girls were just finishing getting ready and before long it was time for Katie to don her gorgeous gown and meet her handsome groom for their first look. It was a sunny, hot summer day in the city, but the wedding party powered through portraits in that full sun — and it was absolutely worth it! The heartfelt ceremony was held at the always impressive St. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church and it was then time to get the party started back at the DAC. Before we headed back to the venue, we first made a quick pit-stop at Belt Alley for some fun portraits and The Dan Rafferty Band was waiting and ready to rock when we returned. As always the reception room at the DAC looks gorgeous with flowers by Jen House Design, and invitations by R.S.V.P. Following the sweet words of the toasts, we headed up to the rooftop for some sunset portraits overlooking the city, which was my favorite part of the evening. These two deserve nothing but a lifetime of happiness. A huge congrats to this sweet bride+groom!



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Palazzo Grande Wedding: Calli & Mario

7.24.18

As soon as Calli put on that insanely gorgeous gown of hers and I saw how stunningly she photographed, I knew this was going to be an incredible day. Not only did she look insanely beautiful, but I loved the tears that fell both when she read the sweet note from Mario and when her father saw her for the first time. All of the details of this day were perfect and the excitement was palpable. It was warm — there’s no denying that! But everyone powered through and before we knew it, it was time to head to Holy Family Church downtown. After a heartfelt Italian service, and a personal favorite shot of Calli+Mario with all of Calli’s elementary students, the wedding party headed off to the DIA for portraits. I mentioned this before, but I adore Mario’s style and he looked ever so handsome in his classic black suit. I could have easily photographed these two for hours, but begrudgingly, it was time to wrap this up and head to the Palazzo Grande for the reception. Not shockingly, the room was decorated beautifully with eye-catching floral arrangements by Bellasario and those linens definitely did not go unnoticed. The tiered cake by Arnold's Home of Sweets was very classic. There was a lot of laughter during the toasts followed by some family style Italian food — and I was in heaven. I wish you both nothing but a lifetime of happiness! A big congratulations to the bride+groom! xo



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Ubly Heights Country Club Wedding: Allisyn & Cody

7.18.18

I ran into Allisyn in the lobby of the hotel and she looked so happy in her adorable “bride” robe as she escorted me into the room where her super fun bridal party was getting ready. I have to say, I was obsessed with her choice of all lace gown and gorrrrgeous long sleeves (I’m a sucker for sleeves on a bridal gown!). As soon as she donned that gown, I absolutely could not get enough portraits of her — she looked flawless! I also have to give mad props to her family+friends who were all sporting their new Louboutins — those red soles were absolutely worth it! We arrived at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where a somewhat nervous groom was more than ready to see his bride and you could see the weight lift right off of Cody's shoulders the moment he kissed his bride. After the ceremony, we were lucky enough to shoot on the gorgeous property of the bride’s mother. A winding dirt driveway and gorgeous wrought iron gate made the perfect backdrop for their portraits (and you know I could have held them hostage for hours!)! Before we knew it, it was time to head to the Ubly Heights Golf-Country Club where it was time to relax and party. I loved all of the details in this club and especially that Allisyn+Cody had a dedicated gaming area filled with cornhole and Giant Jenga. Cakes by Marge made the beautiful cake, and the florals by Country Cottage Floral were beautiful. Everyone was having such a fun time and the party was going strong even as we packed up for the night. Congratulations, you two! It was a perfect day! xo



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Detroit Athletic club wedding: Alison & Michael

7.9.18

I had been looking forward to shooting this wedding for some time as I absolutely adore this family! I love Alison’s contagious, mega-watt smile and her super FUN personality! As soon as I walked into her parent’s home to begin shooting for the day, all I heard were giggles coming from the kitchen and I knew it was going to be an incredible day. The kitchen was filled with mimosas, Instax polaroids and tiny pictures of the groom on every bridesmaid’s fingernail. Hilarious. Alison soon donned her gorgeous gown, which drew some tears from her sweet family+friends, and I am still obsessed with the incredible clutch she chose for the day! We then headed to the Detroit Athletic Club, where a very handsome Mike was waiting for their first look. Mother Nature was not being overly cooperative as it began to sprinkle, but the guys powered through and the girls huddled together under the front awning. There wasn’t anything that could bring down the happy vibes of this day! After some portraits, it was time to say their vows at the always stunning Sweetest Heart of Mary Church and it was back to the DAC for dinner+dancing! I always get teary when the toasts get emotional and it was so heart-warming to see Mike’s reactions during the heartfelt words from his new family and best man. Larry Lee & The Back in the Day Band kept the dance floor rockin' all night long. I wish you two nothing but a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations! xo



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the inn at st. john's wedding: Sara & Matt

5.31.18

I love the excitement about the details that my brides share before their wedding day, and in Sara’s case, it was all about the dress. I mean, I get it. The dress is a huge deal and, in my opinion, it epitomizes the bride’s personality and totally sets the tone for the day. So, when I saw this gown hanging in the getting ready room, I then truly understood what all the commotion was about. Not only was this dress stunning (the layers, the print, the back beadwork!), but on Sara it was absolutely gorgeous. She met her very handsome groom for their first look not long afterwards and it was the perfect start to this already-incredible May wedding day. It does not seem like it’s that big of a deal, but with perfect Spring weather, outdoor portraits are so enjoyable and while I say this often, I truly could have held Sara + Matt hostage for hours (not to mention their killer wedding party and I adored the varying colors of the bridesmaids' dresses!). It was then time to head to the chapel for the heartfelt words that were spoken, as Matt’s childhood friend officiated their ceremony. There were smiles and a lot of laughter during the service and I do not say this often about a Catholic ceremony! The reception room inside the Atrium did not disappoint as Sara’s vision came to fruition with gorgeous florals by Roses are Red Events, greenery, a lovely cake by Kasi's Cakes, linens and gold details. Then, as a kicker, the always rocking Dan Rafferty Band had the dance floor packed even before the wedding party was introduced. I’m told this is common on the east coast, but we do not see this style often in Detroit, so I was all smiles as the energy in the room went through the roof as Sara + Matt made their grand entrance. As you can imagine, the night continued on with laughs during the toasts and I could barely make my way through that dance floor. It was a day to remember! A huge congrats goes out to this super fun bride+groom! xo





































































































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