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the inn at st. john's wedding: lauren & colin


Snowflakes fell during both of my April weddings last season, so I was thrilled when the forecast called for upper 60s and sunny for Lauren+Colin’s wedding day! Lauren looked like one of her beloved fairytale princesses, as she was stunning in her classic ball gown and jeweled tiara. I also loved the choice of bridesmaid’s dresses, both the berry color and detail on the back of the gowns. When we arrived at the church, Colin also did not disappoint with his stellar ensemble and before we knew it, these two were married! The wedding party was super fun as we made our way out to the Big House for some portraits, as U of M campus is where these two lovebirds originally met. After soaking up some sunshine here, we headed over to the law quad for more formal shots. Between the architecture, the sunlight and the stunning couple, I was in my element and would have kept them there forever, but we had a party to attend! The wedding party entered the Grand Ballroom at the Inn at St. John’s under a U of M banner and there were a lot of smiles during the toasts, including one from Lauren’s very proud papa. I always admire reception details and thought the décor and flowers by Wouldn't It Be Lovely and cake by Iversen’s looked beautiful. You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day! A big heart felt congratulations to the new Mr.+Mrs.!


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the inn at st. john's: christi & luke


As soon as I walked into the presidential suite at the Inn at St. John’s and felt the vibe of the bridal party, I knew today was going to be a good day. Not only is this couple absolutely stunning, but add in Christi’s not one, but two, wedding gowns and Luke’s Army officer uniform and these two were off the charts. One of my favorite moments of the day was the first look, as it included Christi’s sweet six-year-old son and, admittedly, my eyes welled behind the camera. The day flowed smoothly (thanks to Kristina Lambert) and before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony, which was extra special as it was officiated by Luke’s uncle. The entry of the b+g into their reception was another absolute fave, as they entered under a saber arch, where the password for entry was a kiss. It was such a fun moment and everyone cheered as they made their way into the room. The sweet's table was adorable, full of cupcakes and cake made by Zingerman's. The overall ambience at The Inn at St. Johns was gorgeous, but I’ll always be won over with gold metallic and amber lighting. A huge congratulations to the both of you! xo

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colony club wedding : leanne & matt


If there is a way to return to the wedding scene after a maternity hiatus, let me tell you, a NYE wedding is it! There were SO MANY wonderful aspects about this day: from Leanne’s fantastic wedding gown, to killer portraits (kudos to this duo for building in ample photo time!) and a rockin’ reception. This was my first time capturing a NYE affair and there was simply a different vibe to the day. Everyone was full of energy and excitement. I loved how this evening marked a new chapter for not only the bride and groom, but for everyone as we cheered and rang in the new year! My heart was so happy when Leanne mentioned that she hadn’t wanted to say it out loud since it wasn’t over yet, but the entire day had been perfect. It was not only a gorgeous ceremony at St. Florian, but it was extra special as Matt’s father helped officiate the heartwarming service. The wedding party were rockstars as they braved the ridiculous winter cold in Hart Plaza for group portraits (I can never get enough lace and sequins for bridesmaids gowns!) The Colony Club, not surprisingly, was absolutely stunning. From the gold sequin table covers, to the festive cake made by Cake Ambition, the stunning flowers by Viviano, to the super fun NYE props table. My absolute favorite detail was the clocks set to different times on each table as the table numbers. The DJ kept the floor packed all evening long and we rang in the new year with style. It was, indeed, a perfect day. A huge congrats to the bride and groom! xo


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planterra wedding: haley & evan


It is safe to say that my 2016 wedding season went out with a bang! The weather was ideal, Haley+Evan looked spectacular, the bridal party rocked (!!!) and the wedding was held at one of my favorite venues, Planterra. Not only did Haley look gorgeous in her gown, but how awesome that it was her brother who did the girls’ fabulous make-up! She looked flawless and not everyone can get professional touch-ups throughout their wedding day! After an emotional first-look between the bride+groom (I cannot even deny it, first looks are my fave for this very reason!), we headed into downtown Birmingham for portraits prior to arriving at Planterra. I'm a sucker for metallics and Haley’s gold accents made my heart happy! Her bold florals, also done by Planterra, were a breath of fresh air, the mini-potted succulents as escort cards were fantastic, the cake by Sweet Heather Anne was adorable, and I know how much time and effort it took for the amount of detail that personalized this stunning reception. As always it was a pleasure to work with Lee Thomas Films. This wedding was a perfect start to a lifetime full of happiness! A BIG congratulations to the both of you! Although my season was cut short as my husband and I are expecting our second babe around Halloween, I’m already excited when I think about my debut for what is sure to be a rocking NYE wedding at the Colony Club. Such a wonderful 2016 season and I owe it to all my incredible couples! xo

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the henry wedding: adriane & dave


I fell in love with these two last winter when I shot their snowy engagement session and I knew their wedding day was simply going to be fabulous! It’s easy to see that Adriane is adored not only by Dave, but by all those who surround her. She looked absolutely flawless after donning her gown and my favorite detail was her addition of a dramatic flower at the waistline. The ceremony at The Henry was filled to the brim with loved ones and it was worth braving the weather for gorgeous outdoor portraits at the Henry Ford Estate! Back at The Henry, no detail was overlooked at their reception. Breath of Spring did the amazing flowers, and I loved their cake by Patisserie Parmentier. Following dinner it seemed as though every guest made their way onto the dance floor once the music started. It was a perfect day thanks to the coordinators at The Gala House, and I could not be more thrilled for these two! Congratulations! xo

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