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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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Meadowbrook hall wedding: Maggie & matthew

11.8.17

Meadowbrook is always one of my favorite venues when it comes to weddings and when you add in a couple as sweet as Maggie+Matt, the gloriousness of the day is amplified. The sun was shining when these two said their vows atop of the stairs of the stunning rock garden. I had already loved that they chose this location for their vows, and once I realized Maggie’s deep rooted passion for flora, I appreciated their selection even more. I mean, she even selected her shoes because they were adorned with leather flowers! Not surprisingly, Maggie’s gown was stunning and Matt looked so very handsome and I had a smile on my face the entire time they were at the altar. I may have also been smiling because their officiant, who is the uncle of the groom, was so at ease during the ceremony and you innately knew that he meant every word he bestowed on the couple. Timing was everything, as following the ceremony a lone storm cloud passed overhead as the guests sipped cocktails and we shot our portraits. We all ducked inside and I was happy we were able to step back outside for the last shots of the bride+groom. The tell-tale chimes sounded and everyone made their way to the tent, which was decorated beautifully. I loved the flowers by Parsonage Events, and delicious cake by Sweet Heather Anne's. The toasts were heart-felt and you could feel the love radiating in the room. I wish nothing but happiness for this deserving couple. Congratulations! xo



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colony club wedding: emily & kenny

10.27.17

One of my absolute favorite parts of the day is the getting ready. The moment the bride dons her gown, it becomes real. My love for this moment is amplified when the couple chooses to get ready at a place that is special to them and I love that Emily chose her childhood home. Not surprisingly, she looked so classically elegant and before we knew it, it was time to see her groom. Kenny arrived at the house looking so very handsome and just outside is where he and Emily shared their first look. We shot some quick portraits at a nearby park (and you know I could have held them hostage all day!) and then they said their meaningful vows at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe. More portraits followed and then we made our way downtown to the always fabulous Colony Club where the grand ballroom looked incredible with flowers by Parsonage Events, but knowing Emily, I expected nothing less. I also loved the invitations by Lee's Specialty. I’m so excited for the both of them and wish them nothing but the best. Congratulations! xo



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Gem theatre wedding: nicole & chris

10.19.17

After spending time with Nicole+Chris both at their consult and engagement session, I had been looking forward to shooting their wedding for quite some time! This couple is dynamic. They are fun. They are loud. They make you laugh. I knew the day was going to be super fun and I was spot on. Nicole’s gorgeous gown matched her personality with all of it's jeweled splendor and Chris looked so dapper when we met up with him for their first look at the DIA (he was nervous; she wasn’t). After some gorgeous portraits it was time to say their vows at the beautiful Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament (again, he was nervous; she wasn’t) and then we were off to The Gem Theatre for their banging reception. Stunning is the only way to describe how beautifully the GEM was decorated with the gold accents, candlelit tables and flowers by Maureen's Designs. I loved the elegant cake by Cakes By Stephanie, and invitations by Lee's Speciality. The wedding party rocked that dance floor with the bride+groom front and center and the party was going strong even as we said our goodbyes. A huge congrats to this wonderful couple! xo


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