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!
JESSICA + DANIEL | GREENFIELD VILLAGE WEDDING PICTURES
Jan 19, 2018
Detroit Michigan wedding photography at Lovett Hall and Greenfield Village inside the Henry Ford in Dearborn provided by lead shooter Jen Stephens and Kellie Saunders, one of Southeast Michigan's best creative photography teams. One of our favorite weddings of the year was Jessica and DJ's wedding at Lovett Hall. Jen, one of my lead wedding photographers and I worked together this day and not only did we have fun and capture some amazing imagery, but I think Jessica, DJ and their families liked us a whole bunch too! Jessica and DJ have hearts that are unlike many. They are both creative, friendly, fun and deeply in love with one another. It's easy to see how these two connected. The day started off like any other beautiful wedding day. They were married at their home church, Our Lady of Victory, in Northville and my favorite part of the day was watching DJ's face light up when he saw Jessica for the first time walking down the aisle towards him. Such a beautiful moment. After the nuptials the couple snuck their cute pooch on church grounds for a couple of pictures that Jen snapped and soon after we were on our way to the Henry Ford where DJ's mom had planned for a couple of model T's to sweep us away through Greenfield Village for their wedding portraits. Riding in the model T's after Greenfield Village had closed and having the entire place to ourselves for wedding pictures was nothing short of visual poetry. The connection between Jessica and DJ helped us create and capture moments that will live on forever in their wedding photos. Some of our favorite images were taken on that day. The light, the timing, the weather and of course the couple - everything aligned perfectly for Jessica and DJ. Jen and I couldn't be happier with how their wedding pictures at Greenfield Village turned out. After returning to Lovett Hall for the wedding reception, guests greeted the couple with smiles, hugs, tears and laughter. A lovely meal was served and friends and family danced the night away! Join us in wishing Jessica and DJ a happy, healthy and long life filled with love and light!
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/