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.
Jessica + Josh | Milford Lazy J Pictures
May 1, 2018
Wedding photos at the Lazy J Ranch in Milford was provided by owner and lead wedding photographer Kellie Saunders and her fantastic friend and lead shooter Leah Moss. They are one of Southeast Michigan's best and most creative wedding photography teams. If you are having your wedding at the Lazy J Ranch, this is the team you want to consider for your wedding photography! I can't say enough wonderful things about the Lazy J Ranch and it's staff! Joe, the owner is such a great person and has always made my couples feel like part of the family. That's the thing with this venue, it can be anything you want. You can have a downhome feel to your wedding and keep it super low key, or you can really do it up and get as swanky as you want. We've shot all kinds of weddings here at the ranch, so I know that Joe and his team will make whatever vision you have come to life for your big day! Let me start this post by talking about Jessica and Josh. When I first met Jessica I felt like we had been friends long before the day we met. She was so comfortable and at home in my studio and we laughed and laughed as she told me all about Josh and her plans for her wedding day. I knew they were my people and this was the wedding for me! (Thank you for picking me Jess!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!) Before I get into their story, which Jessica actually wrote for me - thanks again Jess, I want to tell you about how beautiful their wedding day was. It's no secret that my entire team adores the Lazy J Ranch for weddings! We jump at every opportunity to work there, but for this wedding especially we knew it would be extra special. Jessica's attention to details and love for photographs was second to none so I knew she would have some really fantastic surprises in store for us. I can say that this wedding did not disappoint! Jessica and Josh decided to have a first look in order to make time for more photographs, and I was really happy they did. Their first look was a very special and beautiful moment, shared by just the two of them, and after we all dried our eyes, we had the whole ranch to ourselves for some photographic fun! You can see some of what we captured on the ranch below. After bridal party photos it was time for Jessica and Josh to tie the knot, and they did so outdoors with the most gorgeous blue sky as a backdrop. We aren't always this lucky to get such a nice day, but Jessica and Josh hit the weather jackpot! Jessica was so beautiful walking down the aisle towards her handsome guy. Even though they already saw each other earlier in the day, they still got all the feels during their ceremony, and so did we! Once they said "I do", we sat down for a delicious wedding dinner at the ranch and then made our way to the second barn where DJ Tweezy kept the dance floor rocking all night long. We had a great time working with Jessica, Josh and their friends and families. What a great time and what great people! Congrats Jess and Josh!! Here's what Jessica had to say about her story with Josh. What a great story!!!! "Josh and I met back in middle school and we played soccer together. Our parents both worked for ROYSA soccer and helped bring the love we had for each other to light. We went to different High Schools in Royal Oak, but in our senior year our high schools combined. We started dating on September 9, 2006, the summer before our senior year. We had a great senior year, sharing a few classes together and spending every moment we could together. When it came time to make big decisions about where we were going to college, I decided to stay home, and Josh went to Saginaw Valley State University to play soccer. We had some ups and downs being in a long distance relationship, but our love for each other was strong and we made it through the tough times being apart from each other. After Josh graduated he moved back home and got a job in a neighboring city, and we went back to spending all of our spare time together. In 2013 we decided we wanted to look for a home to buy so we could start our lives together. We found our perfect house in Clawson, close to both of our parents homes, and got a kitty named Lola. We have made our house a home and love every thing about it. Josh proposed on August 26, 2016. Since we had been dating for 10 years I was expecting a proposal, but just not on that day. I had been at a professional development day at school all day and had my brothers 30th birthday party that evening. When i got home there were pictures of Josh and I on the door and I immediately knew Josh was proposing. I always wore an infinity right on my ring finger so i took it off and put it in the pocket of my dress. When i walked in the house there were tons of candles lit, rose petals everywhere, and ten red balloons that lead to the bedroom. On the balloons were pictures of Josh and I throughout the years with loving and sweet words that Josh had written about our love and relationship. As i progressed through the house following the trail of balloons, rose petals and candles I got so excited and tons of butterflies. When i reached our bedroom and read the last message on our picture (a picture where we were a grandma and grandpa for halloween) it said "I can't wait to grow old with you!!". When i opened the bedroom door Josh was standing behind a heart made of rose petals and got down on one knee. I of course said Yes!! It was the best day of our lives."
Kayla and Spencer | Fox Hills Summerhouse Wedding
Apr 25, 2018
Michigan wedding photography for Kayla and Spencer at the beautiful Fox Hills Summerhouse on the Lakes was provided by owner and lead wedding photographer Kellie Saunders and her fantastic friend and lead shooter Leah Moss. They are one of Southeast Michigan's best and most creative wedding photography teams. Where do I even start with how much I loved this wedding and this couple? I don't even know how to tell their story without getting excited because truly Kayla and Spencer were supposed to be together from day one. Kayla and Spencer's story began a long time ago when they were just little kids. Kayla didn't even like boys when she was making her first communion at St. Thomas a' Becket church in Canton, and I'm sure Spencer wasn't fond of girls back then either. Turns out, these two kids didn't know or remember each other during this monumental event in their lives but they were both there, on the same day, making the same first communion. No one was none the wiser until Kayla's mom started looking through some old photographs of Kayla's communion day and happened to see Spencer standing at the side of the aisle as Kayle walked by. Was this a first sign? I'm not sure, but they had a second sign too because while going through the old photographs, once again, Kayla's mom spotted Spencer in a soccer camp that Kayla attended as a little tyke. I don't know about you, but to me, I'm thinking that someone somewhere was telling these two kids something. Well, fast forward and soon Kayla and Spencer ended up in the same middle and high school, and FINALLY they noticed each other during their senior year in high school - and the rest is history and you can see their union and how beautiful their wedding was for yourself below. The wedding day was nothing short of spectacular! Kayla and Spencer were so sweet and kind, as were all of their friends and family. The opted to have a first look to allow for more time for photos and I was so happy they did. Fox Hills was kind enough to provide us all with golf carts to go around the grounds and we could really photograph anywhere as long as we were respectful to the golfers and also to the grounds. Kayla, Spencer and their crew were just that. They had fun and we really were able to get some lovely wedding day photos at Fox Hills for them. I love the Summer House as well because it was an open outdoor option that gave a really unique feel to their day. It was laid back but yet still elegant. Friendly, but classic and timeless. I adored it!!! They were married under a nearby tree which made such a soft and beautiful place to say I do! I really enjoyed working at Fox Hills and I definitely recommend it to any couple considering this as your venue. Kayla and Spencer have been together since that fateful day they finally noticed each other in high school. Now they have purchased their first home, a fixer upper in Livonia and have involved both sides of the family to help work on it. It's brought the two of them closer together and also their families. They are excited to be welcoming their first baby soon!!! Congratulations to Kayla and Spencer! I am so happy for you both and wish you a life of love and laughter!!! Thank you so much for picking us to document your day!
DETROIT WEDDING | ERICA AND ADAM
Apr 23, 2018
Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the beautiful Roostertail provided by lead shooter Jen Stephens, one of Southeast Michigan's most creative photography teams. Jen is a professional wedding photographer with over 12 years of experience and you can book your wedding with her through Kellie Saunders. If you are considering a winter wedding in Detroit, you’ll have to see the images from this December wedding at the Roostertail in Detroit. Once again, Detroit does not disappoint! I was so delighted to see the images that Jen and Aaron took on Erica and Adam's at wedding in Detroit. From the first part of the day at the MGM Grand Hotel downtown, to their wedding portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to their final destination at the Roostertail on the Detroit River, wow - what gorgeous images! My favorite was looking through their ceremony at the Roostertail. Erica and Adam had an intimate event, with a limited guest list, but don’t think they left out the bling! I was so impressed at the room décor and how every detail was perfected and gorgeous. I especially loved Erica’s tables. See for yourself below. I think you might find some ideas of your own. Now, even though Erica worked with Jen as a lead shooter, I was still involved from behind the scenes, so I was able to chat with her, work on her timeline, edit the images and make sure her experience was smooth and that we exceeded her expectations. Turns out - we did! I am always delighted when couples are happy with the service we provide! You are not just another job to us. We genuinely want to work with couples that we like and couples that like us. We connect with you, because that’s how we can really see you and all the wonderful things that happen on your wedding day to document it in the most authentic way. Here's what Erica had to say about Jen and Aaron."We had Jen and Aaron for the day and we LOVED, LOVED, LOVED these two! Jen is seriously my twin and when I’m back in Michigan or if she’s in Nashville, we’re grabbing a drink together – we had SO much fun with these two! You spend A LOT of time with your photographer(s), so even though how much you like them doesn’t always come as one of your top items on your checklists, it should be! Jen and Aaron not only helped capture moments from what will be one of the best days of our lives, but we had a blast doing it! Tons of laughs, smiles and fun! We had an intimate wedding of 46 people so we only needed them for a short time of 5 hours, but we managed to go to so many locations and snag all the photos we needed and wanted! We’ve only seen the sneak peeks but are supposed to get the full gallery this month and we know based off of what we’ve seen so far that they’ll be wonderful! Family portraits – the things you have to do but no one likes doing them. They were the dream team! Aaron shot the photos while Jen got us all in place and helped grab the kiddo’s attention by making them laugh and smile! We sped through those with ease! I truly was so sad when they had to leave since we had TRULY, the best day ever with them. The day flies by and hubby and I were so glad we were lucky enough to spend it with Jen and Aaron! You’re in great hands!"To Erica and Adam – thank you a million time for trusting us with your memories! We are honored and so happy that you said “yes” to us!!!!