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!!!!
Birmingham Engagement Pictures
Apr 11, 2018
Engagement Pictures in Birmingham with Paul and Eliana were taken by Kellie Saunders, a Birmingham, Michigan wedding photographer. I really loved working with Paul and Eliana to help them create some smashing photographs to celebrate their engagement. Paul and Eliana are both artists, so it made my job that much more important to capture their personalities in an authentic and fun way. Paul is a musician with his band Saint Ridley and is currently doing quite well in the real estate world from what I hear. Eliana works just as hard raising their children and is also an artist herself, but she prefers paper and color as a way to express her creativity. These are two souls meant who were simply supposed to be together. We met on a sweet and lovely day for our session in Birmingham at Quarton Lake and what a great time we had. Paul and Eliana - you both rock and I wish you and your family all the best!!! Check out these gorgeous engagement pictures taken at Quarton Lake in Birmingham, MI below.
Nichols Arboretum Peony Engagement Photos
Apr 11, 2018
Engagement Pictures at Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden in Ann Arbor with Adam and Emily were taken by Kellie Saunders, a Birmingham, Michigan wedding photographer. Ann Arbor's Nichol's Arboretum Peony Garden is one of my favorite locations in southeast Michigan for engagement photos. While I photograph weddings in Ann Arbor all the time, I actually don't make it out to Ann Arbor for engagement photographs except once or twice a year. It's not that I don't love Ann Arbor, but logistically it's just a long drive from my studio in Birmingham and I can't do it daily. So I have to schedule engagement sessions for special times of the year in Ann Arbor. One of those special times is when the peonies bloom at the Arb. Nichols Arboretum during peony blooming makes for the most beautiful engagement photos. It is simply magical. I have no words for how beautiful it is during this time. Peonies have a very short bloom so you have to act quickly and be very flexible because to create the type of photos you probably want requires beautiful light and perfect weather. So, my advice is to be patient and flexible. After all this is Michigan. We never know what we are going to get. If you would like to have one of these sessions with me, please inquire soon to get on the list.
SPRING ENGAGEMENT PICTURES
Jan 29, 2018
Michigan Engagement Pictures with Jessica and Antuan taken by Kellie Saunders, a leading Detroit wedding photographer. I'm going to keep it real here and just tell it like it is. Oh my gosh how much I loved working with Jessica and Antuan! They are a brilliant couple and so perfect for each other. I'm almost lost for words. At the time of this blog post I've actually already photographed their wedding, so I have so much more to say about them as a couple, as I've spent an incredible amount of time with them, but I want to keep this post on point and just regarding their engagement session. It's hard though to keep my excitement in check, because I LOVED their wedding especially Antuan's face as he exchanges vows with his bride. Okay back to the engagement session. Well, Jessica and Antuan are both dog lovers so of course we had to include their babies in the session. They are also avid health and exercise enthusiasts (cycling is their fave!!!) and both have hearts that light up the room when they are together. They are just good people! They are so easy going and genuine. They are kind, compassionate and loving with one another and with those around them. I had the best time laughing with them and getting to know them and their fun and loving spirit during their engagement session. We worked at their house for the first part of the session so they could include their pooches and then drove to a local park where we finished up. I learned so much about them and couldn't wait for their wedding at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Love, laughter and light - that's what I think of when I think of this couple. They love hard, they laugh loud and they light up the room when they are together!