AMANDA + COREY
Jan 17, 2019
Southeast Michigan wedding photography in Birmingham, MI at The Birmingham Community House and Academy of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bloomfield Hills provided by Kellie and Jen, two favorite Southeast Michigan wedding photographers. This has to be my favorite rainy day wedding of all time! It actually rarely rains all day long on a wedding day. Often the rain stops for a short time and we can go outside for a few quick moments to create bridal party portraits and of course portraits with our couple alone. However on this day, mother nature had other plans for us. Michigan decided that it was going to rain and rain and then rain some more. Even futher, to top it off, mother nature said, "Hey wedding people - I think I'm going to rain like really, really hard!" So needless to say, we had to work with what we had to work with on this day. We were blessed to be able to work with Amanda and Corey because they really knew how to just go with the flow and enjoy the heck out of their day, feeling every single moment and more importantly, living and experiencing each moment. What makes your wedding day come to life is actually living the moments and taking them in, each one as it comes. Amanda and Corey are not strangers to exceptional moments though. Their proposal story is one fantastic moment. They met in high school through a friend. They dated for 8 years filled with fun memories and experiences. Corey didn't know how he could top the last eight years, but somehow he managed to propose in the most romantic and picturesque way. Using the backdrop of wild horses and the ocean, his proposal couldn't have been more perfect as he decided to ask Amanda to marry him on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Of course Amanda said YES, and I'm so happy that she did because I was able to work with an exceptional couple and meet all their friends and family and learn what exactly makes them so special. Regardless of the rain on their wedding day, Amanda and Corey were prepared for a fantastic day and fantastic is just what happened. Thanks to the infamous "uncle pizza" (well that's my nick name for him), Amanda had quite the luxurious home to prepare for her wedding in. Amanda did a reveal on her wedding day to her bridesmaids and shortly thereafter we headed over to Sacred Heart church in Bloomfield Hills so she could meet Corey at the alter. Corey, breathed each moment in and when he saw Amanda for the first time, it's one of my favorite groom captures of all time. His face is filled with love and I couldn't help but smile. We took what photos we could inside the church, and because of the rain made our way to the Birmingham Community House and used the inside for portraits as well. The Birmingham Community House is such a beautiful wedding venue. The location is perfect as it's right downtown and there's a park across the street along with other little nooks and interesting places we can use for wedding portraits. We had a great time photographing the wedding inside the Birmingham Community House, but I had an even better time later. Lucky for me, after dinner before dancing began Corey and Amanda decided they were up for adventure and wanted to head outside and dance in the rain for a few moments. If you know me at all you know I was more than happy about this request! You can see the results below, but what fun we had! Please join me in congratulating Amanda and Corey as they begin their lives together! They told me they plan on moving to the Outer Banks one day as they both love the warm weather. I hope that happens for them and I wish them all the love and happiness in the world!
GENNA + JUSTIN's PLANTERRA WEDDING PHOTOS
Jan 1, 2019
Metro Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the elegant Planterra provided by Kellie Saunders and her team of creative Detroit, MI wedding photographers. This wedding was photographed by Kellie and Jen together. Jen is a remarkable lead wedding photographer, please check out some of her weddings by clicking HERE. She is available for weddings as a lead shooter, so please inquire for your wedding date. Oh Planterra, Planterra, Planterra ... I know I've said it before in many previous blog posts, but I feel that I can't say it enough. I simply LOVE working at this venue! Planterra is one of my favorite places to photograph a wedding. From the attentive and energetic staff, to the delightful and stylish handmade floral arrangements, to the masterfully prepared food which will take over your pallette in a good way. Planterra offers an elegant, spectacular and one of a kind wedding day experience to couples and their friends and family. I simply will never tire of working there. Genna and Justin's wedding day began at the Baronette Renaissance Hotel in Novi which is a great starting point as it's close to Planterra. Genna and Justin prepared for their day at the hotel, but planned on having their first look at Planterra. If you are having your wedding at Planterra we definitely advise you to have a first look so that you have time to really use the venue to it's fullest potential for your wedding day photographs. This is a personal decision and one we can discuss with you, but we definitely suggest taking a look at your timeline if you want some of these images as we can really only do it when the venue is empty, which is before your ceremony takes place. After Genna and Justin were ready they made their way separately over to Planterra where they saw each other for the first time. It was such a sweet and loving moment as they chose to be alone. We stood back and photographed from a distance, and I can't help but smile when I think their first look. We took wedding day photographs for their bridal party and even finished up with the family formals before their ceremony, so that way once the party started, Genna and Justin were free to party! And party they did! What an absolute fun time they had and trust me they tore up the dance floor. Join me in wishing them a happy life filled with love and laughter! I enjoyed every single part of their wedding day and can't wait to return to my favorite venue ever - Planterra!
ANTUAN + JESSICA | ROYAL OAK WEDDING
Jan 1, 2019
Metro Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the Royal Oak Farmers Market provided by Kellie Saunders and her team of creative Detroit, MI wedding photographers. You can view Antuan and Jessica's engagement session by clicking HERE I can't smile enough or say enough good things about this special couple! Jessica and Antuan are two of the kindest, most compassionate and FUN people I've had the pleasure of working with. We had such a good time working with them on their wedding day, everything was smooth and fantastic! We started the day in Royal Oak at a little airbnb Jessica rented. After the girls put the finishing touches on their hair and makeup we headed over to the Royal Oak Farmers Market for Jessica and Antuan's first look. They opted to have their first look in Royal Oak near the Farmers Market to save time for photos and also because they wanted to make sure there was plenty of time to spend with friends and family after they said their vows. After we completed their wedding day photographs at the Royal Oak Farmers Market we went right into the ceremony and there wasn't a dry eye in the house, including my own. It's difficult to photograph a wedding with tears running down my face, but somehow I made it work. Jessica and Antuan danced the night away and before we left they went outside with me for a couple of night shots by the fountain. I always love getting something extra special for my couples if we can. Join me in congratulating Jessica and Antuan and wishing them a lifetime of love and laughter!
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!