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colony club wedding: lauren & nick


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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planterra wedding: katie & steve


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


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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the inn at st. john's wedding: lauren & colin


Snowflakes fell during both of my April weddings last season, so I was thrilled when the forecast called for upper 60s and sunny for Lauren+Colin’s wedding day! Lauren looked like one of her beloved fairytale princesses, as she was stunning in her classic ball gown and jeweled tiara. I also loved the choice of bridesmaid’s dresses, both the berry color and detail on the back of the gowns. When we arrived at the church, Colin also did not disappoint with his stellar ensemble and before we knew it, these two were married! The wedding party was super fun as we made our way out to the Big House for some portraits, as U of M campus is where these two lovebirds originally met. After soaking up some sunshine here, we headed over to the law quad for more formal shots. Between the architecture, the sunlight and the stunning couple, I was in my element and would have kept them there forever, but we had a party to attend! The wedding party entered the Grand Ballroom at the Inn at St. John’s under a U of M banner and there were a lot of smiles during the toasts, including one from Lauren’s very proud papa. I always admire reception details and thought the décor and flowers by Wouldn't It Be Lovely and cake by Iversen’s looked beautiful. You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day! A big heart felt congratulations to the new Mr.+Mrs.!


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the inn at st. john's: christi & luke


As soon as I walked into the presidential suite at the Inn at St. John’s and felt the vibe of the bridal party, I knew today was going to be a good day. Not only is this couple absolutely stunning, but add in Christi’s not one, but two, wedding gowns and Luke’s Army officer uniform and these two were off the charts. One of my favorite moments of the day was the first look, as it included Christi’s sweet six-year-old son and, admittedly, my eyes welled behind the camera. The day flowed smoothly (thanks to Kristina Lambert) and before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony, which was extra special as it was officiated by Luke’s uncle. The entry of the b+g into their reception was another absolute fave, as they entered under a saber arch, where the password for entry was a kiss. It was such a fun moment and everyone cheered as they made their way into the room. The sweet's table was adorable, full of cupcakes and cake made by Zingerman's. The overall ambience at The Inn at St. Johns was gorgeous, but I’ll always be won over with gold metallic and amber lighting. A huge congratulations to the both of you! xo

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