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the inn at st. johns: jennie & cody


New Year's Eve weddings are LONG days, and if you're going to shoot a NYE wedding you want to really like the couple... and I ADORED this couple and was so thrilled to photograph their lovely New Year's Eve wedding! Jennie and Cody are such incredible people, very thoughtful in all that they do, and not to mention that they're also adorable and so easy to photograph. It was a cold day but they were willing to take photos outside, at least up to the point when Jennie was starting to turn blue. I always feel so badly for the brides who freeze outside for winter outdoor photos while I'm wearing a warm coat and gloves as I photograph them, but those outdoor photos really are worth it! Their ceremony and reception at The Inn at St. Johns was really beautiful, with numerous heartfelt tributes to Cody's dad who had recently passed. Their decor was outstanding and I loved all of the pink blush tones and gold accents. Kudos to Irish Rose, the maker of the beautiful floral arrangements, and I LOVED the floral design on their lovely cake made by Cakes by Stephanie. Their guests clearly had an awesome time and it really was a perfect wedding! Thanks, Jennie and Cody, for choosing me to be a part of your big day! Congrats!!!

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colony club wedding: lindsay & hendrik


I LOOOVED everything about this wedding! Not only are Lindsay and Hendrik awesome and sweet people, but their style is just outstanding! Seriously, Lindsay's dress was quite possibly my favorite dress of all time, and her shoes were incredible too, and she looked absolutely stunning. I was also in love with the beaded bridesmaid dresses, and Hendrik looked so dapper in his bow tie - it was all just so perfect! Their ceremony at Old St. Mary's was really beautiful (Detroit has so many gorgeous old churches!). The DIA and the mural on Grand Blvd were ideal locations for photos of this gorgeous wedding party, and the Colony Club was a great venue for their classy wedding. I was super impressed by the flowers done by Emerald City Designs. The tones they chose blended perfectly with the style of everything else. Their cake was outstanding, and I loved their invitations by Wedding Paper Divas. It really was the perfect day for such a sweet couple and I'm thrilled for them!

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the inn at st. john's wedding: charlene & quang


Oh my gosh, I loved everything about Charlene and Quang's wedding! Everything was super convenient since it was all at The Inn at St. John's, and it was an unusually beautiful late fall day with a mild temp and beautiful sunshine. Charlene looked so gorgeous and in her gown (and I especially loved the extensively beaded shoulder coverlet that she added to it) and Quang looked very dapper. They had a lovely ceremony with various cultural traditions, after which we headed outside to chase the bit of remaining sunlight with their super fun bridal party (I LOVED the pink/lavender tone of the bridesmaids dresses). Their reception decor was gorgeous! It was awesome to see their cake done in a copper tone (which was made by Bella e Dolce), and their invitations were also outstanding. And OH MAN can these two DANCE!!! Their first dance was a choreographed masterpiece and then the dance floor filled with so many outstanding dancers that I couldn't even believe it. What a fun night for such a sweet couple! Congratulations, you two!!!

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meadow brook hall wedding: brissa & vahae


I rave often about how great my clients and their families are so I imagine it starts to seem disingenuous after a while, but Brissa, Vahae and their families really are SO great! Not only are they such a sweet couple, but the love that swirled around them from their friends and family was strong and beautiful. Brissa and Vahae met through playing video games, and there were numerous light-hearted jokes made throughout the day about their self-described nerdy-ness, but my impression of Brissa and Vahae are that they are two of the most kind, calm, big-hearted, and grateful people who absolutely know what is important in life and what isn't worth getting worked up over. They were super chill all day long, I suspect because they were calmed by the knowledge that they were marrying their best friend. Brissa made one of the most beautiful brides ever - I mean, just look at that glowing skin, sweet face, and gorgeous hair! And Vahae was her perfect, dapper match. Meadow Brook Mansion was the perfect fairytale-like venue for this couple. Emerald City Designs did a phenomenal job with the flowers, and I especially loved Brissa's soft pink and white bouquet of roses and flowing orchids. Their Star Wars themed cake by Tasty Layers was awesome and perfect for theses two! Congratulations to one of the sweetest couples!

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bay harbor yacht club wedding: emily & jake


I knew this wedding was going to be incredible! I had worked with the bride's family before (at her sister Lindsay's wedding) and it was at one of my very favorite venues, Inn at Bay Harbor/Bay Harbor Yacht Club. I knew it was going to be beautiful, and I knew that the friends and family were going to party like ROCKSTARS! I didn't, however, know Emily very well since she wasn't very involved with the planning, and I was surprised (in neither a good or a bad way) to learn how VERY different Emily is from her sister. Lindsay was precise about every detail of her wedding, whereas Emily is a go-with-the-flow kind of girl who didn't even try on her wedding shoes before the big day because she's not too concerned about shoes. Emily is all about people - loving them and being loved by them - and oh my gosh I cannot even express how much everyone at that wedding loved Emily and Jake! I got a bit of a chance to get to know Jakes' family during the rehearsal dinner when they put on the BEST musical performance (think of a little girl blowing it out on the harmonica, very Little Miss Sunshine style). I don't even feel it's appropriate to gush about how great Emily and Jake looked (even thought they looked incredible) because they're not about that. They're about having their ceremony outdoors even though a huge rain cloud was looming, and then laughing it off and loving it when it started pouring during their ceremony. I truly had an amazing time that weekend and I couldn't be happier for Emily and Jake (and for Emily's mom who has now married off both daughters, although I know she is sad to not have another wedding to plan). Sheila and the planning crew at Tableau Events did a tremendous amount of work on the huge weekend, and I loved how all of their details came together, especially the florals by Bloom Floral Design and cake by Bella e Dolce. As always, Blue Racer Productions was a treat to work with! What an amazing weekend - I wish we could do it all over again!

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