Ryan + Kristen

Ryan + Kristen

Detroit Engagement Photos
May 14, 2015
Detroit engagement photography around the city provided by Kellie Saunders, a top Detroit wedding and engagement photographer. Kristen and Ryan are leaving Detroit soon. Now don't worry, it's not a sad move, it's a very good thing. Kristen is beginning her life as a Doctor in Houston and Ryan snagged a great engineering job there as well. When they hired me as their wedding photographer, they stressed how important it is to them to capture their love for each other along with their love for their city. They live right dab smack downtown and before they started packing up their lives for Houston, they spent an afternoon with me in the city that they love. We had a few hiccups and when I say a few - I mean a ton. You see, Detroit wedding and engagement photography isn't always easy. This spring and summer the entire city is pretty much under construction. Woodward is torn up for the rail project and orange barrels are everywhere else in the city. The beautiful grass that I so love in front of the old train station has been cut down to nothing and the Town Pump vinery on the front of the building is covered with scaffolding. To top it off, at the time of their session Belle Isle was being set up for the Grand Prix so there were grandstands and barrels everywhere! What started out as a one hour session turned into a four hour tour of the city. I have to tell you though, I had the absolute BEST time with these two! When I think of a couple who can roll with the punches I am thinking of Kristen and Ryan. It didn't matter how many orange barrels we ran into or how many locations were baracaded off - they just smiled and said - oh well - let's just have fun! And you know what - that's what we did. We ended up still hitting the main spots - but we just took a different view photographically speaking. I still shot awhere I normally do - but because of the obstacles I was forced to really think about the light and think about the connection between Kristen and Ryan. Because of that I think we were able to get a bit more artistic than I usually have time for. The construction slowed us down in a good way! Join me in congratulating Kristen and Ryan on their engagement and wishing them safe travels to Houston. I am so excited for their wedding next year!
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Lisa + Brian

Lisa + Brian

Detroit Waterview Loft Wedding Pictures | Michigan Wedding Photographer
Jul 19, 2014
Metro Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the elegant Waterview Loft at the Port of Detroit provided by Kellie Saunders and her team of creative Detroit, MI wedding photographers. OHHHHHH KAYYYY - can I just say WOWSERS!!!! I'm not sure that's even a word, but I'm going with it anyway. What an absolutely beautiful, gorgeous and unique day for Lisa and Brian, as they celebrated their wedding with the best wedding photography team in Michigan! Every detail, from the made in Michigan wedding gownd to the reception grand entrance by yacht felt uniquely designed for this amazing couple. I'm just going to tell you how the day went from moment one. We started off our day with Lisa at the couple’s home in Grosse Pointe Woods, where everyone was happily involved with the getting ready process…and I mean everyone! Even the couple’s sweet rescue pooch was there to help Lisa prepare for the day! He was a loveable little fellow and had I not been working the wedding, I would have just stayed and cuddled with Wembley and his doggie tuxedo all day long! But alas work called, so we had to move on. Lisa's gown was stunning, original and also made in Michigan! After Lisa dressed, she received a gift from Brian which was a gold bracelet that had special meaning to the couple. There wasn't a dry eye in the room. It was a lovely moment and we were humbled to be a part of it. From their home we headed to St. Paul Catholic Church where the couple exchanged their vows. Afterwards, we grabbed some lovely portraits at the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit before the couple boarded the 50’ Beneteau sailing yacht that took them to their Port of Detroit Waterview Loft reception! Did I say they had a yacht grand entrance? This entrance will never happen again for any other couple because it's nearly impossible to get the city of Detroit to agree to docking a private vessel at this prestigious location. It's only meant for commercial and goverment watercraft. Lisa and Brian pulled major strings to get this done - but it was well worth it and wow - did we capture some amazing images for them.  Join me in congratulating these two on a beautiful union!  I adore Lisa and Brian. They are just good, kind hearted people. Join me in wishing them a lifetime of much laughter and happiness as they sail into their future together!  Here’s a few of some of my favorite moments from their uniquely amazing day!
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Marya + Mike

Marya + Mike

Old St. Mary's and International Banquet Center Wedding Pictures | Greektown Detroit, Michigan
Jul 5, 2014
Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the stylish International Banquet Center inside the Atheneum Hotel located in Greektown was provided by Kellie Saunders and her team. If you want to see a couple of stunning Detroit rooftop wedding pictures along with a beautiful Old St. Mary's ceremony in Greektown, then this is the post for you. When I first met with Marya at my studio she brought her dad Peter along. I have to admit I was a little nervous. I’m never one to back down from a challenge but Peter works in film – like real films – movies and commercials and stuff like that. Being a professional in the creative field, he knows his stuff and he knows photography – that’s for sure. I thought to myself, “Well, if Marya hires me I better bring my A game on her wedding day.” Now to all of my other brides, I always bring my A game of course – but with a film producer for a dad I knew I had a very special assignment. He’s one of us – an artist. Marya is his little girl. I needed to do this right because one day someone will be photographing my little girl on her wedding day and I want that person to put just as much love into their job as I did for Marya and her husband Mike. Our day started out at the Atheneum Suites hotel for Marya and Mike's preparation for their big day. Marya and Mike had side by side suites so it made my job a lot easier. I hadn't met Mike before the wedding day so I spent a little time getting to know him. I discovered that he is a firefighter and everyone knows how I love first responders. My husband is a police officer so I have a special place in my heart for them. Mike's firefighting background would soon come in handy because later that evening we had a few walls to scale to get on top of the roof at the Atheneum for some special rooftop photos. We left for Old St. Mary's where Marya and Mike had a full catholic mass with a very special priest who was their family priest. After the ceremony we headed to the Detroit Institute of Arts where my team took Marya and Mike's wedding portraits. We had a blast and Mary and Mike were the perfect subjects. After that we headed back to the Atheneum where inside is the International Banquet Center. The staff at the International Banquet Center is simply fantastic and the food amazing. I work at many amazing venues but this is one of my most favorite. The banquet manager asked if we wanted to go on the roof and well - who am I to say no? It wasn't as simple as walking onto the roof. We had to scale a few walls and poor Mike, he had to help my big butt over a wall or two as well (but that's where his firefighter background came in handy - lol). In the end it was the perfect decision and wow - I was in love with the images we created. Marya and Mike gave me a gift whether they realize it or not. Just being chosen to photograph their wedding was a privilege and honor. They presented me the gift of the most beautiful wedding, lovely warm and friendly personalities, beautiful inviting friends and families, a historic venue, and BONUS to me – they wanted to scale a rooftop to get a few photos. It’s true that even after all of my years photographing weddings I still get excited to work every single wedding I photograph. Every one. This was no exception. To Marya and Mike – I wish you a lifetime of happiness and love. Thank you for giving me this honor.
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PINE KNOB WEDDING

PINE KNOB WEDDING

HEATHER AND BEN | PINE KNOB CARRIAGE HOUSE PICTURES
Jan 19, 2018
Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the gorgeous Pine Knob Carriage House and portraits at the Pine Knob Mansion provided by lead shooter Jen Stephens and Kellie Saunders, one of Southeast Michigan's most creative photography teams. A good time was had by all, (and I do mean all, including Jen and me) at Heather and Ben's Pine Knob wedding! I was so looking forward to their wedding ever since spending time with them and their cute pooch at their engagement session earlier in the year. Little did they know I was bringing Jen along as she had just joined my team and I wanted her to lead the march on their wedding day for us. Heather and Ben lucked out, because if nothing else, when Jen and I work together, we offer some much needed comic relief during a wedding day. In other words, we can rock out some fun with our couples and their families.  Heather is just a sweet, sincere and kind woman. She is lovely in every sense of the word. Friendly and hospitable, I can't imagine meeting anyone who doesn't immediately adore her. In the same regard, Ben is a gentleman in every way. He is genuine, compassionate and considerate. Their wedding day was a hot one (as in the sun), and both Ben and Heather were often asking us if we needed anything, making sure we were hydrated and feeling good. It was as if we were just as important to them as their friends and family. It made our day much easier and made photographing them not only fun but heartwarming! Ben and Heather - big high fives to you! How people treat others outside of their immediate circle of friends is a view into what makes them up as a person. Ben and Heather are made of good stuff! Well, let's not forget their wedding day and how it all went down. We met the two of them at Pine Knob Carriage House where they dressed and readied for the day. We snapped a few quick photos of Heather's gown and details and then went right into the first look outside the Carriage House. Some couples are hesitant to do a first look because they want that "one" moment of seeing each other for the first time while walking down the aisle. I can assure you, in all of my years photographing weddings and working with couples, I've never had anyone regret their first look. Bonus is they get their first look twice because it's always reported back to me that they still felt all the "feels" when they walked down the aisle towards their partner. In a venue like Pine Knob when you have everything at the same place, if my couples want more time for photographs there really isn't a choice but to have a first look. It was a great decision because their photographs are beautiful and we had time to pop over to the mansion for a few bridal party portraits as well. The Pine Knob mansion is a gorgeous venue as well. The grounds are elegant and timeless. I love working at both the Carriage House and the Pine Knob Mansion. After portraits Heather and Ben were married under the patio behind the Carriage House. It was the perfect day with beautiful light, and since Ben's uncle Rob officiated, it was even that much more special to their guests. There weren't many dry eyes, including ours. Jen and I often have to dab our faces to stop our mascara from running during ceremonies. Sorry, but we have feelings too! :-) Once it was offical and they were married it was onto the party! The service at Pine Knob was stellar as always, and Shawn Boucke, their DJ came with a special surprise as he is also a violinist, so guests enjoyed a little dinner music. It was a beautiful wedding and such a splendid day! Heather and Ben, we wish you all the love and happiness the world has for you!
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THE HENRY FORD LOVETT HALL WEDDING

THE HENRY FORD LOVETT HALL WEDDING

JESSICA + DANIEL | GREENFIELD VILLAGE WEDDING PICTURES
Jan 19, 2018
Detroit Michigan wedding photography at Lovett Hall and Greenfield Village inside the Henry Ford in Dearborn provided by lead shooter Jen Stephens and Kellie Saunders, one of Southeast Michigan's best creative photography teams. One of our favorite weddings of the year was Jessica and DJ's wedding at Lovett Hall. Jen, one of my lead wedding photographers and I worked together this day and not only did we have fun and capture some amazing imagery, but I think Jessica, DJ and their families liked us a whole bunch too! Jessica and DJ have hearts that are unlike many. They are both creative, friendly, fun and deeply in love with one another. It's easy to see how these two connected. The day started off like any other beautiful wedding day. They were married at their home church, Our Lady of Victory, in Northville and my favorite part of the day was watching DJ's face light up when he saw Jessica for the first time walking down the aisle towards him. Such a beautiful moment. After the nuptials the couple snuck their cute pooch on church grounds for a couple of pictures that Jen snapped and soon after we were on our way to the Henry Ford where DJ's mom had planned for a couple of model T's to sweep us away through Greenfield Village for their wedding portraits. Riding in the model T's after Greenfield Village had closed and having the entire place to ourselves for wedding pictures was nothing short of visual poetry. The connection between Jessica and DJ helped us create and capture moments that will live on forever in their wedding photos. Some of our favorite images were taken on that day. The light, the timing, the weather and of course the couple - everything aligned perfectly for Jessica and DJ. Jen and I couldn't be happier with how their wedding pictures at Greenfield Village turned out. After returning to Lovett Hall for the wedding reception, guests greeted the couple with smiles, hugs, tears and laughter. A lovely meal was served and friends and family danced the night away! Join us in wishing Jessica and DJ a happy, healthy and long life filled with love and light!
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