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!
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.
Ashley + Nate's gorgeous wedding with a modern twist!
Apr 28, 2017
What a lovely and amazing day Ashely and Nate experienced as they celebrated their wedding with friends and family. I was equally as moved and touched by the energy and love this family felt for each other. I don't think anyone would disagree with me when I say that Ashley and Nate both light up the room when they are together. The energy is dynamic and when Nate walks into the room Ashley's face glows and her smile is so cheerful and happy! That's the way I saw the two of them at least. They make each other happy and that happiness is what we captured as we photographed their wedding. One of my favorite parts of the wedding day was actually meeting all of their friends and family. Ashley and Nate have warm personalities and giving hearts and I knew their friends and family would be just the same. Ashley and Nate are both very active in their community and give back quite a bit. I actually became more excited to work with Ashley and Nate because I learned of all the selfless work they do together for the community. They give back to those in need and I really admire that about them, and about their families as well. Ashley and Nate have giving and kind spirits. That is something to be admired. Usually the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and I was so excited to spend time with their parents as well, who I learned are also just as genuine and kind. I did receive a bonus in the fact that Ashley's brother Joel is a wedding photographer (a pretty darn good one too) in California and her dad isn't so bad with a camera either. You can view Joel's work at: https://www.dantophotography.com/. To Ashley and Nate - it was an absolute pleasure spending your wedding day with you! I wish you nothing but the best and can't wait to see what fantastic things come from your new company Detroit Vitamin!!! http://www.detroitvitamin.com/
Detroit Waterview Loft Wedding Pictures
Mar 25, 2017
Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the Waterview Loft at the Port of Detroit provided by Kellie Saunders and her award team of Detroit, MI wedding photographers. Michelle and Mitch love adventure and discovering the unknown. They met in elementary school and their lives mirrored each other where they went to the same high school and attended Michigan State for their undergrad degrees. However close they were in their childhood, they never dated until later in life, when they both found themselves living in the Royal Oak area. They just kept running into each other and finally after the universe spent 18 years trying to put this puzzle together, Mitch asked Michelle on a date. Their proposal story is unique and a preview to the adventures that are waiting for them in life. Michelle tells it best in her own words, so here's a little snippet. "We walk our dog almost every day after work. On the Friday he proposed, we were going to be on vacation for the next week. I got home first (or so I thought) and was relaxing in the backyard when he got home. He was all eager to go on a walk so we changed and started our walk on our usual walk. Sometimes on our walks we will go into houses as they are being built, we like to check out the floor plan and imagine what goes where. As we were walking he pointed out a house that was being built and wanted to go check it out. We walked in and looked around downstairs and then he said "let's go check out the upstairs." He let me go first and as I neared the to of the stairs I noticed that there was stuff up there, it took a moment for it to register, but I then saw on the floor rose petals spelling out "Will you marry me," there were flowers everywhere, and a big picture of us from our Costa Rica trip. I turned around and he was down on one knee, it was all happy tears, smiles, and kisses from there on out. We sat in the house calling our family and drinking champagne for a while, just enjoying the moment. It was perfection and so us. I am not easy to surprise and I was completely stunned." Now you know dear friends, that when Mitch and Michelle told me their proposal story, I asked the hard questions. Did Mitch have keys to this builder’s house? Did he find the builder and ask permission? While I'm not at liberty to say publicly what I know to be true, I can say that I can say that Mitch is quite a thrill seeker and Michelle has one fantastically fun future ahead of her! Their wedding day was nothing short of spectacular. The bridal party gathered at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center for the typical preparations. The staff at the Marriott were gracious and kind as always! Michelle wanted to have a "non-first look, first look", so we used our imaginations and set it up for them. They decided to sign their marriage license before the wedding and exchange gifts but they didn't want to see each other until walking down the aisle. This created some challenges because there were many places we could do something like this at the Ren-Cen, but we found a spot that worked perfectly.Once their gifts were exchanged and marriage license signed, Michelle headed over to the Waterview Loft to wait for the official nuptial exchange. The Waterview Loft is one of my favorite wedding venues of all time! The location on the Detroit riverfront is perfect, with stunning views and a busy pedestrian thoroughfare. On a hot summer day it makes for fun people watching, especially if there is a festival. After vows were exchanged and first kisses had we quickly photographed the immediate family and then took a fast stroll down the riverfront to take a few wedding portraits. Michelle and Mitch chose not to have a traditional first look where would have extra time for wedding portraits before the ceremony. This was the right decision for them, and I fully supported it. But for those who are deciding between a first look or not, it's important keep expectations in mind. Michelle and Mitch understood that by not having a first look it would affect the amount of wedding portraits they received of the only the two of them, because we literally had fifteen minutes to work with them after the family formals. Because they are thrill seekers and able to roll with the flow, this worked for them. If you are a couple who wants more stylized and editorial type imagery, your photographer will most definitely want to discuss a first look. The day following the wedding, Mitch and Michelle left for an extended honeymoon in Europe. They spent 9 nights in Italy and then cruised the Mediterranean Sea for seven more nights. Their future plans include fixing up their Royal Oak home and starting a family. Since they are both hard working and motivated, they will continue to grow their careers. They love learning new things and travel and since they live in my neighborhood I'm excited to run into them so I can hear all about the new adventures they experience! Congratulations Mitch and Michelle! I can't wait to see what life brings your way!
A Tree in a Field Somewhere in Michigan
Mar 25, 2017
Whenever I'm asked what was my all time favorite wedding to photograph, I say Stevie and Ryan's wedding! In the ten years I've been photographing weddings and working with couples in love, never have the stars aligned like they did for Stevie and Ryan on their wedding day. It's so easy as you are planning your wedding to get swept up in pinterest photos or amazing instagram shots that you find and want to try. I get it - I look around the web myself from time to time. But I try to remind couples as they are shopping for a wedding photographer that it's important that to keep in mind that things like chemistry, emotion, environment, allotted time and so many other factors affect your wedding day photography experience. When all of these things come together and flow properly, the chances of hitting a home run photographic experience are pretty high. Stevie and Ryan's wedding was one I won't ever forget. I doubt there will be another like it ever again. They were married under a lovely tree on a sunny day that had the bluest sky you've ever seen. The rest - well - the rest is below. You can see it all for yourself. If you can hang on until the very end, some of my favorite images are the ones we took at night, under the little homemade village in the woods created from old parachutes. Magic. Just magic. Stevie and Ryan, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!