Metro Detroit Wedding Photographer

KARIN & NATE // A BACKYARD WEDDING IN WATERFORD, MICHIGAN

 

It’s no secret that a backyard wedding is one of my favorite venues. There are a million reasons why it’s not always possible or practical, but there is just something so personal about opening up a family home to all of your wedding guests. Karin’s parents were able to do just that and it was really special. After the wedding ceremony at Karin & Nate’s church, everyone returned to the family home where they personally greeted every guest as they entered the door. This little gesture felt very symbolic of their new life as a married couple and the close knit group enjoyed an awesome celebration throughout the afternoon and evening with beautiful lake views. The weather came through for us with some awesome golden light. The party had bbq, garden inspired centerpieces, cupcakes, donuts, belly laughs, tears, and lots of joy. Cheers to Karin & Nate!

Venue: Woodside Bible Church & Private Residence

Day of Coordination: Purple Clover Events

Make-up artist: Hannah Price Beauty

Hair Stylist: Billy Dixon

Florist: Designs by Ella Rae

Rentals: Perry’s Tents & Events

Caterer: CAYA Smokehouse Grill

Dessert: Love and Buttercream

DJ: Love Plus One Entertainment

Dress: Becker’s Bridal

 

MARIBETH & JOSH // ANN ARBOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // MICHIGAN STADIUM

Michael and I met at the University of Michigan.  We went to school together there and spent the first few years of our relationship together in Ann Arbor.  I went to high school across the street from the stadium.  My mom and uncle were both athletes at U of M and watching Michigan football on Saturdays has been a family tradition since I can remember.  That all sounds super sappy, but let me just tell you that Michael and I geeked out a little bit as we walked onto the field at The Big House for Maribeth and Josh's wedding.  These two have been together for over 10 years, Josh is a former U of M football player, and Maribeth's parents have had season tickets for so long that she has only missed 4 home games since the age of two.  So to say they are fans is probably a giant understatement.  Don't get me wrong, we are more than happy to photograph the weddings of fans from other schools (in fact we have actually documented a wedding where Sparty walked the groom down the aisle!), but I must say, this wedding was particularly special for us.  GO BLUE!

 
 

Florist: Wedding Flowers by Heidi, Catering: Katherine's, Band: Bluewater Kings, Dress: The Wedding Shoppe in Berkley, MI

EMILY & MATT // METRO DETROIT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Emily & Matt are absolutely the sweetest, and what an amazing day they had last Saturday!  It was such a relaxed day.  Seriously, it was so laid back - they were both so excited to finally get married, but they were completely calm the entire time.  Their vows didn't leave a dry eye in the crowd, the summery light was gorgeous, and the dance floor was packed through the end of the night.  I'm so happy we were a part of it.  Cheers to E + M!!

 
 

Venue & Caterer: Myth Golf & Banquets, Hair & Makeup: Serenity Hair Salon, Florist: Bonnie Zientak, Cake: Home Bakery, Bride's Attire: Becker's Bridal, Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse.

MELISSA & ANDREW // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW // BIRMINGHAM, MI

Late fall is beautiful and unpredictable.  It can be cold, rainy, and eerie.  But that can also make for a dramatic and unique setting for a wedding, especially for Melissa and Andrew, who chose Halloween.  We absolutely loved it.  Cheers to these two for embracing the nontraditional!

 
 
 
 

Venue: The Community House, Birmingham, Additional Portrait Location: E.L. Johnson Nature Center, Florist: Ever Ours Events, Makeup: Crystal Drake, Catering: Two Unique Caterers and Events, DJ: Mike Dutkewych of Soul Deep, Bride Attire: Catherine Deane, Groom Attire: Menguin "Roma" Tux

LINDSEY & ANDREW // WEDDING PREVIEW

Lindsey and Drew truly feel like friends at this point, and we couldn't be happier for them.  They were the maid of honor and best man at Kirsten and Dan's 2013 wedding and I got to know the two of them well through our planning process and super fun beach engagement session in South Haven.  Their day was absolutely beautiful and sweet, with the right amount of hilarity mixed in when beanie babies, barney, and the happy couple's 26 pound cat were mentioned during Drew's brother's toast (complete with printed 8x10 pictures distributed to each table at the reception).  Amazing.  Cheers to Lindsey and Drew!

 
 

Venue: The Inn at St. John's, Flowers: Jen House Design, Hair & Makeup: Kelly Smith, Bride: Hayley Paige, Groom: Men's Warehouse, Cake: Elite Sweets, DJ: Lufru Entertainment