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ann arbor city club wedding: kendra & scott


Kendra and Scott's wedding was the best possible way to end my 2016 wedding season. The bride and groom, bridal party, and guests couldn't be nicer people. Love and laughter filled the air throughout their day. I arrived at the Ann Arbor City Club where the girls were getting ready and was super excited for the day to begin. The Ann Arbor City Club is a beautiful old home that has been converted into the most charming venue. Upstairs I found the ladies all fuzzy with excitement in their matte gold and blush dresses. Kendra's dress was incredible. It was so unique and I love how she lit up when she said "it has stripes!" Kendra was super prepared for freezing temperatures and had the most amazing wooden--yes-wooden--flower bouquet made by Eco Flower. The guys arrived looking fantastic in gray suits and the coolest socks. Go Blue! The bridal party braved the great outdoors around the law quad, and I loved the ladies' fur shoulder wraps. After some fun portraits, we headed to the University Lutheran Chapel for a sweet and lovely ceremony. After they tied the knot, if you are a Michigan fan prepare to drool, we went to the big house! There was so much excitement in the air that we almost forgot how cold it was. My favorite part was Kendra plopping down on the big "M" on the 50 yard line, happy as can be. We finished the night out back at the Ann Arbor City Club where they cut the most beautiful cake made by Gwen's, and I witnessed some of the best dance moves of the year. Scott was no joke on the dance floor. Congratulations to you both!

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planterra wedding: christina & travis


Christina and Travis had a perfect winter wedding at Planterra. There was a ton of freshly fallen snow and their bridal party was awesome and completely willing to brave the cold for some photographs. I loved how much fun everyone had! The colors Christina picked out looked amazing against the snow--the girls were in a gorgeous shade of red, complimented by beautiful flowers by Planterra, and the guys looked great in grey! Let me tell you these guys were super creative...they even brought out Star Wars masks as props! What I love about Planterra this time of year is how lights twinkle in the dark conservatory. Their reception was absolutely stunning with all of the candles and decor! Christina looked absolutely stunning in her second dress (I love when brides make an outfit change), and her and Travis rocked the dance floor. Congratulations to you both!

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laurel manor wedding: alana & carlos


When I arrived at Alana's friend's home where the ladies were getting ready, everyone was buzzing with excitement. I absolutely loved Alana's dress, especially the lacing up the back, and her bridesmaids looked absolutely gorgeous in their dark blue gowns, and I loved their bouquets by Keller & Stein. We met up with Carlos and the guys at St. Thomas a'Becket for what was a beautiful ceremony. Carlos's smile couldn't have been any brighter as Alana came down the aisle. Afterwards we were off to the U of M law quad for photos, which was the perfect backdrop for this couple. The party really got started once we arrived at Laurel Manor where there was good food, amazing cake by Cakes by Stephanie, great friends, and loads of dancing. Congratulations to you both!

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planterra wedding: veronica & andrew


November 4th was a perfect day for this perfect couple's wedding. The sun was shining as I pulled up to the ever beautiful Planterra, and as soon as I walked in the girls were all smiles, and Veronica looked absolutely gorgeous. Her lace gown paired perfectly with her bridesmaids' beaded dresses, and the guys arrived looking super dapper. This couple was surrounded by so many loved ones during their ceremony--even their adorable dog made an appearance!--and there was not a dry eye in the room as Veronica and Andrew exchanged their personalized vows. After the knot was officially tied, the real celebration began! I always love Planterra in the evening, and this wedding was no exception. The reception room was so elegant with a mix of wood and linen covered tables, twinkling candlelight, and amazing flowers done by Planterra. I loved their cake by Mannino's and their invitations by Invitations by Dawn . Encore Sounds kept the dance floor full, and I'm so glad that we got to sneak out and get some awesome nighttime pics in front of the building. Congrats you two! I had such a great time capturing your special day.

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waterview loft wedding: suzi & erick


This wedding was every photographers dream! With a gorgeous and uber nice couple, great weather and a totally chill schedule that involved stopping at my favorite locations I was in heaven. Suzi and Erick couldn’t be sweeter. They both have this way about them that makes you feel like family. I met up with Suzi and her ladies at her parents house. She was absolutely stunning in her dress, and I loved how she kept it fun with UofM socks and sparkly shoes. The bridesmaids dresses were phenomenal with the two tone top and bottom, and they had pockets! There was a very sweet first look with dad and a hilarious “Cinderella” moment. It’s not often I see a bridesmaid put knee high socks on a bride! After everyone was ready, off we went to St. Paul on the Lake to get these lovebirds married. We were able to do a quick fist “no look” with Suzi and Erick on either side of a door which was so sweet with an awkward hand hold and lots of smiles. Their ceremony went off without a hitch, and it was so pretty and romantic and met with a big applause. After the ceremony is when the photography fun really began. We stuck around for photos outside of the church and then went over to the DIA and the Detroit Public Library. We snuck in a quick stop at Belt Ally before heading off to the reception at the Waterview Loft. The room was absolutely gorgeous with flowers by Emerald City Designs paired with candles that had the perfect mix of a fancy rustic charm. I loved their cake by Sweet Heather Anne, and their invitations by The League Shop were stunning. After dinner guests made their way downstairs to the desert table that had the sweetest selection of goodies on their way to the dance floor. As soon as the music played the floor was packed, and there wasn’t a face in the room without a giant smile. Congratulations to you both. I truly enjoyed capturing every moment of your day and wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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