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10.1.15 - News

The two photography companies owned by Kristen Taylor (Kristen Taylor Photography and Kindred by Kristen Taylor) have now combined into one larger company called KRISTEN TAYLOR & CO.

At the core of Kristen Taylor & Co are four stylish, sophisticated, and artistic photographers who truly love to photograph weddings, our talented support crew of Second Photographers and Assistants, and our amazing office and post-production crew. We all have very high standards for every aspect of our lives, and we hold ourselves to those same high standards as we provide wedding photography in our Modern Romance style.

We are more than a one-photographer small business, but we are also not a huge and impersonal machine. Instead we incorporate the best traits of each, and we combine them in a way that still builds a personal connection between each client and their photographer, but which also benefits from the efficiency, experience, and high-quality customer service of a larger and more established company.

While we have four Lead Photographers at present time, we are working to build up to more with the goal of becoming even larger so we can offer even more high-quality choices, like the Nordstrom of wedding photography. If you think you might be a good fit for our team, please see the HIRING page of our website.

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downtown chicago engagement session: lainie & erick

10.12.17 - engagements by Kristen Taylor

I had such a great time shooting around Chicago with Lainie and Erick! The day was filled with beautiful views and gorgeous greenery (one of the things I love about this city!)

Lainie and Erick met in the city, so they wanted to make sure that was a big part of their photos. We started out on the Riverwalk which, is such a special and unique setting. The skyline was a perfect backdrop for this absolutely in love couple. After that, we hopped in a cab over to Lainie and Erick's old stomping grounds which had special meaning to the couple and some very cool spots to shoot! A final cab ride later and we were at the Lincoln Park Zoo, which boasts beautiful gardens and a massive Conservatory. I could have kept shooting forever but the sun had other plans!

All in all, it was a perfectly "Chicago" session and I loved getting to know this couple. I am so happy we got to work together in your city and wish you all the happiness in your marriage!

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pine knob mansion wedding: jamie & mike

10.12.17 - weddings by Courtney

Jamie and Mikes’ day started out beautifully at the Townsend Hotel and just got better as the day progressed. Amongst the chaos surrounding their home, they and half their wedding are from Florida, where hurricane Irma was making an unwelcome visit (literally during their wedding). Jamie and Mike had the best perspective. As soon as I saw Jamie she was so focused on the positive, “So glad we picked Michigan for our wedding day.” I very much enjoyed documenting their gorgeous wedding.

Jamie was stunning in her lace dress complimented with her flowers by PETIT FLEUR EVENTS and bridesmaids in soft pink and cream. Her grandparents were remembered in a beautiful frame attached to her bouquet. I particularly loved how she had sewn her baby bonnet into her dress. It was the perfect amount of old and new.

Their first look was staged in the wooded gardens of Pine Knob Mansion. We then did the majority of their photos so once the ceremony started they would have plenty of time to celebrate with their guest. The Ceremony site at Pine Knob Mansion is absolutely amazing. The gazebo sits at the top of giant rolling hills which is absolutely stunning. Their ceremony was extra personal with one of their groomsmen as the officiant (love that) and the second it was finished the party began. Guests enjoyed the most delicious appetizers out on the back patio. Mini Coney dogs, chicken and waffles, friend mac n’ cheese and sliders n’ fries could have made anyone’s night but that was only the beginning. Filet dinners followed with cake, and I’m sure there wasn’t a hungry person around. The cake, by the way, was made so beautifully by Love & Buttercream. The icing was layered in stripes which caught the light so beautifully. A huge thank you to the day-of coordinator Kate from Purple Clover Events.

Jamie and Mike hands down had the most darling first dance I’ve ever seen! Mike spun, dipped and twirled Jamie across the dance floor. She had the biggest smile on her face and clearly has 100% confidence in her man. It was amazing!
It was a cool September evening but it didn’t take long for the dance floor to heat up. The rest of the evening was spent dancing and laughing under the stars.

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lovett hall wedding: rachel & Alex

10.10.17 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

I could shoot on the Henry Ford Museum property all day every day and probably never run out of great spots for photos. It also helps when I’m photographing a couple that is as gorgeous as Rachel and Alex! Their day started with an adorable first look moment at the Dearborn Inn, and then we headed over to the Henry Ford to take photos. Their lovely ceremony in the outdoor courtyard had a sweet and intimate feeling, but their reception in Lovett Hall felt absolutely grand. During the cocktail hour, Rachel, Alex and I hopped into a Model-T and were escorted around Greenfield Village for some additional photos. All of their vendors did a great job making for a perfect day. Their classically beautiful cake was done by Sorella's Bakery, and their perfect invitation was made by R.S.V.P.. Congrats to this adorably and sweet couple!

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detroit riverfront wedding: arielle & david

10.6.17 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

This wedding totally blew my mind. I photograph large and extravagant weddings often, but this wedding was on a whole other level. First, because they had 550 guests and there are very few venues in Detroit with that capacity, they rented private property along the Detroit river and they built, yes BUILT, a temporary venue. And this wasn’t any sort of standard tent... it was metal and glass (or perhaps acrylic?) with drywall, paint, hard floors with carpeting, etc. AND they landscaped around it to add a lovely patio, bushes, mulch, etc. It was big enough to hold their large number of guests first in the ceremony area (with its incredible runway aisle and large hanging lily arrangement), and then in a separate cocktail area (with lavish displays of appetizers including sushi and caviar and a grand hanging balloon arrangement), and finally in a reception area with natural stone cocktail bars, a stage fit for a concert, lounge seating, and gorgeous acrylic tables and chairs. All of it was so tastefully done in my favorite color scheme ever: grey, white, and rose gold.

You might think that a wedding like this would be for a bride who is a total diva, but you would be wrong. Although Arielle has a keen sense of style and knows exactly what she wants, she is such a down-to-earth girl and extremely sweet. And David compliments her well with an equally great personality. They had a large bridal party with 13 on each side, and they too were all super awesome. Arielle and David did their private first look moment in front of the old Train Station, and their bridal party joined in for photos soon after. It was a joy to photograph such a gorgeous couple and their stunning bridal party, with some of my favorite images coming from when we photographed Arielle and David with her parents’ vintage car.

After the off-site photos we headed to their venue for the main parts of their big day. There were constantly impressive displays at every turn, including flower petals that were shot off for their sweet first kiss, a boat that shot water into the air during the cocktail hour, and fireworks later at night. All of their toasts were amazing, and I particularly loved Arielle’s dance with her father because it was to Rent’s Seasons of Love (and I LOVE the musical Rent).

This wedding clearly required a great deal of planning, and kudos goes out to their planner, Melissa Feldman of Vitale Events, who did such an amazing job. And here is the list of their other exquisite vendors...

Flowers by Gerych's Flowers
Invitations by Leah, from Lee's Specialty
Entertainment by Marianne Bennett Orchestra
Cakes by Sweet Heather Anne
Pastries by Momofuku Milk Bar
Video by Visi Productions
Rentals by Event Theory
Catering by Bacco Ristorante

We had the hardest time narrowing down the selections to show here on the blog because there are SO many incredible images from this wedding! Congrats to one lucky and very happy couple!!

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