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.
DETROIT WEDDING | MEGAN + MIKE
Jan 29, 2018
Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the elegant Colony Club provided by Kellie Saunders, one of Michigan's best wedding photographers. Megan and Mike's couldn't have had a more lovely wedding day. They picked an April date, which can be tricky with Michigan weather, but they picked the right venues for an April wedding in Detroit. From the ALoft Hotel where they dressed and gussied up for the day to their chosen venue, The Colony Club, nothing could go wrong no matter what the weather brought. These venues offered back up plans galore! Lucky for them, their day was absolutely gorgeous and everything was absolutely perfect for them! We started the day at the ALoft Hotel, which is located in the David A. Whitney building. The architecture of the building is absolutely stunning. After Megan and Mike dressed, they saw each other for the first time at the hotel, where we set them up for a "first look". They decided to do a first look to make more time to venture around the Detroit area for their wedding photos. I'm so happy they did because we had the best time working with them and I love their wedding pictures! We landed at the Detroit Institute of Arts (outside of course) and that's where we spent the most time, but check out their images below. Stunning! After that we traveled to the Colony Club and spent some time outside and also shooting wedding pictures inside the gorgeous building before their ceremony. Megan and Mike kept smiles and laughter on their face the whole day. It was infectious and we were happy to be working with them. They were so easy going and fun! They were up for anything, which is what I adore about them. After the nuptials and their reception, they decided to leave the reception and walk over to the Fox and Comerica Park for a few wedding pictures at night. What fun we had!!! Those images are some of my all time favorites. You can see them below. Congratulations Megan and Mike!!! Thank you for giving us the honor of being with you on your wedding day!!!! Thank you to all of the staff at The Colony Club, who are always so gracious and kind to the vendors who work at their venue.
JENNY AND COLIN | DETROIT WEDDING PICTURES
Jan 19, 2018
Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the elegant Colony Club provided by lead shooter Jen Stephens and Kellie Saunders, one of Southeast Michigan's best creative photography teams. Such a lovely day, filled with so many beautiful people inside and out that we had the pleasure of working with on Jenny and Colin's wedding day. The day started at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance on the river where Jenny and Colin had their first look. There was a festival going on near the Ren Cen, so we walked down to Milliken State Park where Colin and Jenny saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. Although it was a longer walk than we anticipated, the magic in the moments all of us experienced more than made up for it. Jenny and Colin continued on at the park for a few moments so we could take some wedding day portraits of them on the Detroit Riverfront before we headed over to the Z-lot Belt Alley for more wedding pictures. Since time was super short this day, Jen accompanied them to Detroit's famous Belt Alley and Z-lot while I went directly to the Colony Club to set up for family formal portraits and meet with the family members who had already arrived. Jen captured beautiful portraits on the roof at the Z-lot and also in the Belt while I waited for the bus to arrive at the Colony Club. Once Jen and Colin made it to their venue, we didn't miss a beat. We took a few portraits at the Colony Club and then went right into family formals before the two officially tied the knot in front of all their friends and family. The Colony Club ballroom is a classic, elegant and timeless location to exchange wedding vows and we love working there! After Jenny and Colin exchanged vows and shared their first kiss as husband and wife, the staff quickly converted the ceremony site into an absolutely stunning reception space for dinner and dancing. Jenny and Colin celebrated the rest of the night with their loved ones and a good time was had by all! Congratulations Jenny and Colin!!!! We wish you all the love in the world!!!!
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!