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Downtown Detroit engagement session: Shannon & Markus


It's always a joy to photograph and gorgeous couple who is down for anything and has great ideas of their own, which was the case with Shannon and Markus! It was a lovely day in downtown Detroit with stops at the Detroit Institute of Art and at this gorgeous mural in the west village. I absolutely love how they look at one another and I know their wedding at Planterra next year is going to be amazing!

Congrats, you two!

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San Francisco Engagement Session: Morgan & Mike


Morgan and Mike are getting married in Michigan however, since they're currently living in San Francisco they really wanted to have their engagement session photographed there so we made that happen!

They're an ADORABLE couple, incredibly nice, and it was a lovely afternoon with them. I always love photographing in new locations, and Morgan selected such great spots within the city to shoot (Lands End and Baker Beach). It was a super foggy day (not uncommon in San Francisco) and I was worried that there would be literally no background in the photos since the fog was so thick, but by the time I got over to the coast it was a bit more clear. I would have loved a bit more sunshine in the photos but at least the light was nice and soft, and this couple is so gorgeous, so it was all pretty perfect.

Congrats to this awesome couple! I can't wait to photograph their wedding!

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Birmingham engagement session: Marlowe & Andrew


I photographed Marlowe’s sister’s wedding five years ago, and when Marlowe called me about photographing her own wedding I immediately remembered her and was so excited to get to shoot her wedding. It was a nice surprise to get to see Christine (her sister) at the start of Marlowe and Andrew’s engagement session and lovely to catch up with her for a few minutes.

Marlowe and Andrew are awesome and it was easy to photograph them because they’re so adorable. We started at Booth Park in Birmingham with some photos with their dog and some portraits of them along the nature trail. They then popped into a restaurant for an outfit change and we walked toward the middle of downtown Birmingham, stopping at various spots along the way. I always love photographing in front of Anthropologie, and I loved how that setting went so perfectly with Marlowe’s dress (which coincidentally was from Anthropologie). Andrew looked great as well, and I know this couple’s wedding is going to ROCK!

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Colony Club Wedding: Krysten & Brandon


I always love when I can tell that a bride selected me as her photographer because our styles are perfectly aligned. I felt that way when Krysten’s sister, Alyssa, booked me to shoot her wedding a few years ago, and then I felt that way again when Krysten booked me for her big day. In both cases, I walked into the getting ready houses and thought “wow this house is so ‘me’ and looks as though I decorated it myself”. And Krysten’s wedding day design decisions were just as perfect. She looked incredibly stunning in her off-the-shoulder gown, and Brandon looked equally dapper in his classic tux. I loved the bridesmaids’ long red dresses with the pop of dusty pink for Alyssa’s dress. Their ceremony at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament was really beautiful (it was sweet to witness how Brandon looked at Krysten during the ceremony) and then we were off to the Colony Club for more photos of the bridal party and for their reception. The floral decor by Viviano's was gorgeous and I especially love the choice of a lighter green rather than bold green leaves in the florals. Their cake by Chrstine’s Cakes and Pastries was beautiful as well, and their band, Eclipse, hit it out of the park. These families are full of such nice people, it was really fun to see Alyssa and Brian again and to meet their little boy, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of this wedding! Congratulations, Krysten and Brandon!

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Downtown Birmingham engagement session: Jamie & Sam


Oh my gosh, this couple couldn’t be ANY cuter together! Sam & Jamie literally light up around one another, which made it extra super fun for me to photograph them. I have to admit that I have major hair-envy of Jamie… I’d give almost anything to have hair as shiny and pretty as that! We did their session in downtown Birmingham on a grey and cold fall day, and we got lucky to get in just the right amount of photos before it started raining. I absolutely can’t wait to photograph their wedding next summer at the Townsend Hotel.

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