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Colony Club Wedding: Megan & Sean


This wedding certainly ended my 2019 season with a bang! It was a gorgeous affair to remember and it was for a super sweet couple. Megan is one of those girls that you just feel lucky to know. She’s funny, beautiful, witty and everyone just loves to be around her. The best part is that Sean compliments her perfectly. He is equally as funny, kind, handsome and super sweet. They each got ready at the always gorgeous Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney hotel where they had their first look before we headed out for portraits. Not only did we get some super glam shots at the DIA, but the bride+groom then surprised their family and wedding party by having access to Ford Field. It was super cool to walk around the empty stadium and I was truly belly laughing when Sean stood at the podium in the press room and fielded questions from the wedding party. After that, we headed over to the Colony Club where these two said their heart-felt vows.

The ballroom looked incredible with all of the glowy details, but I do have to say, one of my favorite parts of the evening was when Sean and his mom surprised the guests (and the bride!) with a choreographed first dance that had me laughing (very loudly!) behind the camera. It was all sorts of amazing!

I wish you two nothing but a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations!

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Colony Club Wedding: Brittany & Michael


Brittany was all smiles when I arrived at the Renaissance Center as she was getting the last bit of makeup on and hair into place. She looked simply stunning as she put on her elegant bridal gown and we then headed down to the Riverwalk to meet her very dapper groom for their first look. Michael looked so handsome and the part I love most about this moment is how my couples visibly relax as soon as they set eyes on each other for the first time. It made these two SO easy to photograph and I knew it was going to be a great day!

We drove over to Belle Isle for some portraits and while the fountain is always one of my favorite spots, I was so very happy that the fall color was at its peak as we popped in front of the tree line for some killer images. After that it was off to the Colony Club to say our vows and, again, this beautiful venue did not disappoint. The glowy atmosphere was gorgeous, Brittany+Michael looked so happy and the band rocked out the evening with a packed dance floor.

I am so happy for this sweet duo — congrats to the bride and groom! xo

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Meadow Brook hall wedding: Shannon & Cory


Shannon is a bride after my own heart. I knew every detail of this day would be exquisite and I was right on! Our day began at the Shinola Hotell, where Shannon had reserved two of the best rooms in the building! One room was reserved for her getting ready with gorgeous open windows for tons of natural light and the other with an outdoor balcony where she and her bridesmaids could relax as they prepped for the day! I audibly gasped as I saw her details, including her beautiful gown with a lace bodice overlay. After she was ready and I finally made myself stop taking portraits in her hotel room, it was time for Shannon to see Cory, who looked ever-so-handsome, in the streets of Detroit. After some smiles, hugs and laughs, we shot portraits at the Detroit Public Library and then headed over to Sainte Anne parish de Detroit for the beautiful ceremony. One of my favorite moments of the day was between Shannon and her Dad for his own first look at his daughter at the church — there was not a dry eye in the room!

As if we already did not hit several amazing locations on this day, it was then time to head over to Meadow Brook hall for the reception. Some portraits of these two lovebirds (and their sweet pup!) and some group shots of a HUGE family took place in the front of the mansion prior to their grand entrance into the famous tent to celebrate with their family and friends. The room was set up to have an uber-swanky vibe, including an amazing floral backdrop made by the bride’s mother for the Photo Booth, which was one of my favorite details! I had the best time celebrating these two and wish them a lifetime of happiness.

Congrats, Shannon+Cory! xo

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Myth Banquet Hall wedding: Melissa & Alex


I’m not sure there will ever be a more easy-going bride than Melissa: this girl just exudes happiness! She walked into The Myth as chill as can be and I knew it was going to be a super fun day. The ladies began to get ready and soon it was time for Melissa to see Alex for their first look. The gentlemen arrived and these two saw each other for the first time over a charming wooden bridge. There were lots of smiles and laughs, and then it was amplified when their pup came out for some more portraits.

Their wedding ceremony was tailored to them as they recited their unique vows with smiles in front of a homemade arbor that was made for them with love. After they were announced as man+wife, the party began inside and I always love the ambiance of the twinkle lights inside The Myth that gives that cozy vibe. The fresh donuts from a local cider mill were the perfect touch!

Thank you for allowing me to be part of something so special — a big congratulations to the bride+groom!

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The Carriage House at Pine Knob: Kathryn & Joe


I asked Kathryn if she was as calm on the inside as she appeared on the outside; she smiled. When she slipped on her gown in the bridal room of The Carriage House at Pine Knob, she looked absolutely classically beautiful. Once she was ready, we slipped outdoors for some portraits, being careful to not run into a very handsome groom. Outside, Kathryn saw her father and brothers for sweet first look moment and her Dad then gave the ceremony site a once over, as his own Milarch Nursery provided all of the gorgeous plants and flowers for the occasion.

Following the ceremony it was time to head inside to celebrate this beautiful couple. I have to say, I’ve heard a lot of toasts in my day, but I was truly belly laughing at the Maid of Honor’s poem dedicated to the story of Kathryn+Joe. The room was decorated beautifully and I was thrilled that these two were game to pop outside at the end of dinner for some dreamy sunset portraits.

It was a wonderful day and I wish these two nothing but a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations!

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