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livonia engagement session: jennifer & stan

6.20.17 - engagements by Kristin G.

Jen+Stan had a gorgeous Spring day for their engagement portraits, which is somewhat miraculous as there had been lots of rain! It was clear to see how much Stan adores his fiancée as he couldn't take his eyes off of her all evening. If nothing else, I often call the engagement session a dress rehearsal for the wedding day and these two had mentioned how glad they were that we had the opportunity to work on posing prior to the big day. It was so fun walking around the grounds and getting to know the two of them -- and they totally rocked their session. Congrats, again, to this wonderful couple! I'll see you next month! xo

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colony club wedding: lauren & nick

6.19.17 - weddings by Kristin G.

I can't even help it. I think "first looks" are the best thing that's happened to modern day weddings. Everyone holds their own opinion on this, and it truly is a personal decision, but one of my reasons why I'm such an advocate for it was proven again when Nick was waiting to see his bride. He mentioned he had been anxious all morning as we waited outside the DAC for Lauren to come tap him on the shoulder. I told him all that will go away in just a few moments. And after their intimate moment together passed, I asked him how he felt and he said all that was now gone and we can rock on with our day. And we certainly did. The forecast originally looked shoddy, but in true Michigan form, it turned out to be a perfect day for outdoor portraits. Lauren was beyond stunning in her fitted gown and gorgeous waterfall curls. The navy suits for the gents were on point and the wedding party looked incredible. The bride+groom built in ample time for portraits, so I was ecstatic that we were able to galavant around the city prior to their elegant wedding at the Colony Club. The room looked exquisite with floral arrangements by Petit Fleur, and sweets by Love and Buttercream. Blue Water Kings kept the dance floor packed all night. It was such a wonderful day and I wish all the best to the newlyweds! xo

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meadowbrook hall wedding: kristi & nick

6.13.17 - weddings by Courtney

You certainly can’t go wrong with a wedding at Meadowbrook Mansion , as soon as you pull up its beauty surrounds you. I found Kristi and the ladies getting ready and our lovely day began. Kristi’s gorgeous lace gown was hanging in the window and she was surrounded by warmth and happiness. She looked stunning in her dress, and I adored her choice of red lipstick that perfectly coordinated with her bridesmaids. As we photographed the ladies in front of the mansion, it appeared as though a storm was coming and would continue during and after their ceremony (which is when Nick and Kristi were going to see one another and then do Bride and Groom photos.) Together, they spur of the moment decided to do a first look to capture the gorgeous weather. I am so incredibly happy they did! Not only were we able to capture the humungous grin on Nicks face when he first saw Kristi, but it did in fact rain and we were able to get so many great photos beforehand. After a lovely ceremony, we started the reception with speeches and delicious food. The room was adorned with gorgeous flowers and centerpieces by Flora Detroit. The night ended with a great dance floor with beats by Night and Day Productions.
Congrats to you both, it was an honor to photograph your special day.

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planterra wedding: katie & steve

6.6.17 - weddings by Kristin G.

When a beautiful day happens for a beautiful couple, it makes my heart so full. Katie+Steve are such a sweet duo and it is obvious how excited they are to spend the rest of their lives together. They chose an absolutely stunning venue, and as per usual, Planterra did not disappoint. Katie's Type-A personality speaks to my soul, as it was clear how much thought went into every detail of their day, including every song played at their reception (and clearly she's good at what she does because the dance floor was packed all night!)! One of my favorite moments of their day was the wine capsule during their heart-felt ceremony. In addition to a bottle of wine, they each wrote a love letter to the other and placed it in the box. The reason I loved this so much was that it was meant to be opened if they needed some encouragement during the ebb and flow of their marriage. I felt myself smiling behind the camera during this moment; such a sweet sentiment! I loved all of the reception details including flowers by Planterra and cake by sweet dreams bakery. The party quickly got underway following the ceremony! I already mentioned that the dance floor was packed and Katie was in the center of it all. I love when the bride+groom truly enjoy their day. It was a perfect evening! A big congrats to the new Mr.+Mrs.! xo

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planterra wedding: stephanie & jason

5.30.17 - weddings by Kristin G.

I'm fairly certain that if you follow this blog you're well aware that Planterra is one of my absolute fave venues. I've been fortunate enough to shoot many elegant affairs under this glass and let me tell you, Stephanie + Jason's selections were nothing short of extraordinary. I loved arriving just before the bride and watching her take in all of the breathtaking details as she entered the conservatory. It makes me beyond happy when someone as sweet Stephanie is over-the-moon and Jason is her perfect compliment with his kind, funny and outgoing nature. Emotions flowed freely all day beginning with their first look, then during their vows and absolutely during the toasts, where I'm not sure there was a dry eye in the house (including my own!). Their reception details were beautiful, including a white wedding cake by Sweet Heather Anne's adorned with pink and white flowers by Planterra. While I enjoyed so many elements of their wedding day, my favorite aspect was when Jason escorted Stephanie down the aisle and I love that they made their ceremony their own. This day was nothing short of perfect and these two are SO deserving! I was simply honored to be a part of it. A huge congrats to the bride+groom! xo

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