Midwest Bride

Matt + Liz's Elegant Wintery Wedding at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

There could not have been a more incredible way to close out the 2018 season than with Matt and Liz’s wedding. I have always been a sucker for winter weddings, and these two planned an absolutely gorgeous December celebration. The church where they were married was covered in red poinsettias, the Christmas trees sparkled at their wedding reception venue and downtown Detroit was dressed up for the occasion with every tree decked in lights. There is something so romantic about all of those lights shining in pictures.

Some of my favorite memories from the day were being in the room with Liz and her mom and her sister while Liz slipped into her wedding dress. Liz’s mom and sister made the last few adjustments to her dress, and it was such a sweet moment between the ladies in their family. The way that Liz’s mom and sister looked at her was with such absolute love and admiration- they were so excited to see Liz promise forever to Matt and they couldn’t hide the excitement on their faces.

I also loved being able to sneak outside with Liz and Matt for a few pictures once the dancing started at their reception. The two hadn’t had a chance to spend much time alone yet, and it was so sweet to hear them talking about how perfect the day was and that they were officially husband and wife! These two are so kind and thoughtful, and I couldn’t help but notice throughout the planning process how they always thought about others. They wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable and able to enjoy the celebration. They continued to think about their guests and their vendors, so I loved being able to see them taking some time to just enjoy one another.

I was so thankful to became quick friends with Matt and Liz during their wedding planning. From our first meeting for coffee to their engagement session, to wedding planning phone calls and then on their wedding day- all of our time together was easy and lighthearted. I am already excited to see where life takes them and to hopefully help them capture more memories along the way! Congratulations, Matt and Liz- I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together- you two deserve the absolute best!

Nick + Anita

I absolutely love that I get the chance to capture Anita and Nick’s love story. Anita and I both went to Albion and played volleyball together, so getting the chance to reconnect with her has been so much fun. Anita is hilarious and I knew she would make being in front of the camera so much fun! And if Nick is marrying Anita I knew he had to be a good time, too!

I met Anita and Nick for their engagement session in Detroit. We had chatted about a few locations and I love that they decided to go with Midtown. It has such a charming feel and since they enjoy hanging out in this neighborhood it made it all the more special! The city was showing off for us this evening- with the changing leaves and the perfect setting sun. We wandered the nearby neighborhood and I just love the way the city made the perfect backdrop for these two.

So we have this beautiful little neighborhood and then we have Anita and Nick together who are absolutely perfect for one another. Like most guys, Nick was a little unsure of this whole engagement session thing. Anita had him laughing the whole time and by the end Nick was saying how much fun it was! If the sun hadn’t set I think we could have shot for another hour! Let me tell you men- I am not joking when I tell you that you will enjoy your photo session! An excuse to laugh and snuggle with your better half- yes please!

Anita and Nick, I am so excited to capture your downtown Detroit wedding next fall! Until I get to hang out with you all again I will be smiling as I scroll through these pictures and dreaming about all of the fun we will have in November!

David + Marissa

I had so much fun spending the evening in Detroit with David and Marissa for their engagement session.  We met for coffee a few months back and hit it off immediately.  They are fun loving, caring and totally in love- my kind of couple! I loved spending more time with them and getting to heat more about their story.  We started their session on Belle Isle and finished at the Z Parking lot at sunset- it doesn't get more epically Detroit than that!

These two love their pups, so of course we had to include them in the pictures.  It can always be a little comical wrangling dogs during sessions, especially when there is more than one- but these two cooperated (and I think even enjoyed all of the attention) even in the summer heat.  It was so sweet to see how much these two love and care for their pup children!

Towards the end of their shoot I was chatting with Marissa and David about the photo session.  I asked them if it was what they expected, if they felt more comfortable in front of the camera, and more prepared for their wedding day portraits.  They both shared a resounding yes for all of those things.  Then Marissa also shared that this was really the kick off to their wedding celebrations.  They had done lots of the big planning, but none of the fun celebrations had started yet.  She was excited to have something tangible to say okay it's here, we get to start celebrating! I thought that was such a fun way to look at engagement pictures.  The first time to say- wow, look at us, we are REALLY getting married!  I am already looking forward to celebrating that day with you this spring, David and Marissa! 

Matt + Liz

I met Liz for coffee a few months back to chat about her and Matt's winter 2018 wedding. The moment we sat down at our little, local coffee shop I knew she and I would become quick friends. The conversation was natural and easy- as we chatted about life, wedding planning and travel.  I was so excited when right there on the spot she let me know she would love to have me photograph her and Matt's big day.  

Last month I met up with these two at their downtown Detroit apartment for their engagement session. Matt quickly made me feel as welcomed and comfortable as Liz did at our first coffee meeting.  These two have so much fun together, and I couldn't help but notice how comfortable and safe they seemed to feel when they were close to one another.  Not to mention, I was so thankful for the way Matt offered to serve me during their session- offering to carry my bag and step stool since I have pretty much perfected my pregnancy waddle these days.  

I had such a wonderful evening exploring the city with these two.  Detroit was certainly showing off.  The setting sun, budding trees, and a city that continues to surprise me with each new restaurant and ground breaking for new buildings.  What a fun and exciting place to start your life together, and I loved being able to capture a little part of their story in the city.  Enjoy all of the planning, Matt and Liz- and I can't wait to see you say 'I do!'

Nik + Elizabeth's Downtown Grand Rapids Wedding

I am so excited to share Nik and Elizabeth's Grand Rapids wedding with you! These two are the sweetest, and Ted and I absolutely loved being able to spend the day with them and their friends and family.  Their ceremony and reception were held downtown at two of the most beautiful locations.  For a January wedding, the weather even decided to cooperate and gave us temperatures that made being outside totally bearable! You can't ask for more than that in the middle of winter in West Michigan!   

I have so many favorite moments from Nik and Elizabeth's wedding.  I loved watching these two interact, and seeing the way they intimately care about one another.  There were so many moments where it looked like they were living in a dream- and isn't that how your wedding day should be?!  

Elizabeth and her girls had so much fun getting ready, and it was a party all morning.  Can you tell? Champagne, confetti, and a slow morning a the hair salon- it was the perfect start to the day. Elizabeth loves all things glamour, so I loved how she incorporated that into her day with Tiffany blue as her color, Kate Spade shoes, matching robes- all of those girlie details were so perfectly Elizabeth. 

One of my absolute favorite moments of the day had to be when Nik saw his bride for the first time.  He was totally overwhelmed with emotion.  You may notice that I think these pictures are simply the sweetest, since I just had to share a whole bunch of them.  Once Nik started looking at Elizabeth with heart eyes and the sweetest smile he didn't stop all day! I mean really, anytime I would zoom over on him he would be totally overwhelmed with love. I couldn't get enough of how sweet it was. 

Then can we just talk about their ceremony location? What a beauty! The pastor from Elizabeth's childhood church conducted the ceremony, and he helped make the ceremony so meaningful. From there the party started! Elizabeth and her dad had planned a surprise choreographed routine that got the party started early!  Seriously once the dance floor opened up, it was packed the entire night.  It was certainly a celebration!  Elizabeth and Nik, you two are an incredible couple and we cannot wait to see how God blesses your marriage, congruatilaitons! 

Lauren + JD's Romantic Wedding

Joy. All of the joy, that is really the only way to describe Lauren and JD's wedding day.  Their wedding was the most amazing celebration of joy that I have ever had the honor of being a part of.  Ted and I arrived to the cutest lake house where the ladies were getting ready and we were instantly met with the warmest welcome from everyone.  These ladies could not love Lauren more and it was so sweet to see her surrounded by such an amazing group of friends and family.  

Lauren and JD had their first look down by the lake, where they read notes to one another before seeing each other for the first time.  It was such an intimate moment and the perfect way to kick off their day together.  From there we made our way to downtown Pontiac for a few more bridal portraits.  The rain started just as we were finishing up, but of course we had to sneak in a few fun umbrella shots! 

Then it was time for these two to get married! Lauren and JD's ceremony and reception were held at the Crowfoot in downtown Pontiac.  The venue was absolutely breathtaking.  Lauren and her vendors had put together an intimate, candlelit space that created the perfect backdrop for Lauren and JD's celebration.  The two shared handwritten vows, which had everyone tearing up.  Following the ceremony, they continued the celebration with amazing food, a donut bar, personal and meaningful speeches, a packed dance floor, and a Taco Bell midnight snack- it doesn't get much better than that!

I could go on and on about the beauty and the details of Lauren and JD's wedding day, but I will let the photographs tell you that part of the story.  What I can't write this blog post without sharing is just how joyful and meaningful this wedding day was.  These two are clearly destined to be together and have found their true loves.  To see them come together and celebrate that, surrounded by friends and family that love and support them, was such an honor.  It truly was a wedding where everyone was celebrating, because seeing Lauren and JD promising forever to each other is such a testament to what an impact great family and friends have on your life.  These two are going to have an amazing future together, supported by people that love and care for them deeply. 

Lauren and JD, your wedding will always make us think of all the joy that love brings to our life. Thank you for letting us capture the day with you, and thank you for being our friends! We wish you a lifetime filled with all of the same joy and happiness that you felt on the day you said I do!

Venue: The Crowfoot | Day of Coordinator: Melissa Marie Events | Hair and Makeup: Posh Studio Flowers: New Creations | Catering & Linens: Two Unique | DJ: Wayne Kinney

JD + Lauren

I just love these two! Lauren and I were in the same sorority back in college and getting to reconnect with her during her wedding planning has been so much fun.  This time last year she and JD came over to have dinner with Ted and me and we had the best time.  Lauren has this infectious spirit that makes everyone around her feel so loved.  After meeting JD it was clear that Lauren had met her perfect counterpart.  Not only do they share the same hobbies and pastimes, but they share a love for people and both have a way of making you feel known and cared for. 

JD teaches at Cranbrook and these two actually get to live on the absolutely beautiful grounds. So basically they live in a storybook! When your clients have a backyard this pretty of course we have to take advantage of it!  We wandered around the perfectly manicured grounds and stepped inside the most picturesque library for a few shots.  These two both love reading, so it was extra fun to capture them right in their element- surrounded by books. And the library looked a whole lot like a scene out of Beauty and the Beast so basically it quickly became one of the coolest places I have photographed!

While chatting about engagement pictures Lauren and I also discussed going with a vintage travel theme.  So Lauren put together a few things to create the perfect vintage travel setup. I love the way the images of her in the fur with the suitcase and big hat turned out. I love that these two were able to show some much of their personality during their engagement shoot.  

Lauren and JD I could not be more excited to be a part of your wedding day! I think you both are pretty darn amazing, and cannot wait to see the beautiful day that celebrates the start of your forever!

Steve + Caiti's Glamorous Gem Theater Wedding

We had been looking forward to Caiti and Steve's downtown Detroit wedding for months, and for so many reasons. First, Ted and I couldn't wait to join with Caiti and Steve's family and friends and celebrate this couple. Caiti and Steve are pure gold.  We share mutual friends, so we have spent time with the couple in the past and they always make everyone around them feel welcomed and loved. Caiti and Steve can come into a new group of people and seem like they have known everyone since childhood, even if it is their first time meeting everyone in the room.  Little did we know that their family and friends would treat Ted and me the same way.  Making us feel like a part of the party the entire day!

Secondly, we are suckers for downtown Detroit weddings.  The city is thriving and it is so fun use the Motor City as a wedding day backdrop. We shot at a few of my favorite downtown locations throughout the day and I felt like the city was just showing off. Exploring all of my favorite spots with this gorgeous bridal party made it all the more special!  Caiti and Steve's ceremony and reception were held at the Gem Theater.  The Gem is an iconic location in the city, and made for such a unique venue for their wedding day. 

Lastly, we couldn't wait for Caiti and Steve's wedding day because we knew it would be filled with so much laughter. And we were so right about this one!  Caiti and Steve have a relationship where they constantly keep each other laughing. We started noticing this when we spent time with Caiti and Steve as friends, and then at their engagement session.  During their engagement shoot Steve kept Caiti laughing the entire time. Even when I would encourage a soft, quiet moment these two would burst into laughter together. It was the best.  Because that is exactly who they are as a couple. 

Laughter is such an incredible trait to share as you embark into married life.  Some of our favorite moments are the ones where Ted and I just laugh together.  Because married life can get messy, and life gets busy, and sometimes the best source of comfort at the end of a long day is just laughing together. Laughing about the small things and sometimes laughing about the big things that you can't change.  Knowing how to make your spouse laugh is such a gift, and Caiti and Steve certainly have that gift!  Not to mention that they have a pretty wonderful support system that keeps life lighthearted and hilarious right along with them.  

Caiti and Steve's wedding lived up to all of our expectations. We explored our favorite city, laughed along with Caiti, Steve and their bridal party, and watched two of the kindest people vow to love each other unconditionally and through whatever life may bring them.  Thank you for letting us capture there memories with you, Caiti and Steve! Cheers to a lifetime of laughter together!