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/
Detroit Waterview Loft Wedding Pictures
Mar 25, 2017
Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the Waterview Loft at the Port of Detroit provided by Kellie Saunders and her award team of Detroit, MI wedding photographers. Michelle and Mitch love adventure and discovering the unknown. They met in elementary school and their lives mirrored each other where they went to the same high school and attended Michigan State for their undergrad degrees. However close they were in their childhood, they never dated until later in life, when they both found themselves living in the Royal Oak area. They just kept running into each other and finally after the universe spent 18 years trying to put this puzzle together, Mitch asked Michelle on a date. Their proposal story is unique and a preview to the adventures that are waiting for them in life. Michelle tells it best in her own words, so here's a little snippet. "We walk our dog almost every day after work. On the Friday he proposed, we were going to be on vacation for the next week. I got home first (or so I thought) and was relaxing in the backyard when he got home. He was all eager to go on a walk so we changed and started our walk on our usual walk. Sometimes on our walks we will go into houses as they are being built, we like to check out the floor plan and imagine what goes where. As we were walking he pointed out a house that was being built and wanted to go check it out. We walked in and looked around downstairs and then he said "let's go check out the upstairs." He let me go first and as I neared the to of the stairs I noticed that there was stuff up there, it took a moment for it to register, but I then saw on the floor rose petals spelling out "Will you marry me," there were flowers everywhere, and a big picture of us from our Costa Rica trip. I turned around and he was down on one knee, it was all happy tears, smiles, and kisses from there on out. We sat in the house calling our family and drinking champagne for a while, just enjoying the moment. It was perfection and so us. I am not easy to surprise and I was completely stunned." Now you know dear friends, that when Mitch and Michelle told me their proposal story, I asked the hard questions. Did Mitch have keys to this builder’s house? Did he find the builder and ask permission? While I'm not at liberty to say publicly what I know to be true, I can say that I can say that Mitch is quite a thrill seeker and Michelle has one fantastically fun future ahead of her! Their wedding day was nothing short of spectacular. The bridal party gathered at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center for the typical preparations. The staff at the Marriott were gracious and kind as always! Michelle wanted to have a "non-first look, first look", so we used our imaginations and set it up for them. They decided to sign their marriage license before the wedding and exchange gifts but they didn't want to see each other until walking down the aisle. This created some challenges because there were many places we could do something like this at the Ren-Cen, but we found a spot that worked perfectly.Once their gifts were exchanged and marriage license signed, Michelle headed over to the Waterview Loft to wait for the official nuptial exchange. The Waterview Loft is one of my favorite wedding venues of all time! The location on the Detroit riverfront is perfect, with stunning views and a busy pedestrian thoroughfare. On a hot summer day it makes for fun people watching, especially if there is a festival. After vows were exchanged and first kisses had we quickly photographed the immediate family and then took a fast stroll down the riverfront to take a few wedding portraits. Michelle and Mitch chose not to have a traditional first look where would have extra time for wedding portraits before the ceremony. This was the right decision for them, and I fully supported it. But for those who are deciding between a first look or not, it's important keep expectations in mind. Michelle and Mitch understood that by not having a first look it would affect the amount of wedding portraits they received of the only the two of them, because we literally had fifteen minutes to work with them after the family formals. Because they are thrill seekers and able to roll with the flow, this worked for them. If you are a couple who wants more stylized and editorial type imagery, your photographer will most definitely want to discuss a first look. The day following the wedding, Mitch and Michelle left for an extended honeymoon in Europe. They spent 9 nights in Italy and then cruised the Mediterranean Sea for seven more nights. Their future plans include fixing up their Royal Oak home and starting a family. Since they are both hard working and motivated, they will continue to grow their careers. They love learning new things and travel and since they live in my neighborhood I'm excited to run into them so I can hear all about the new adventures they experience! Congratulations Mitch and Michelle! I can't wait to see what life brings your way!
A Tree in a Field Somewhere in Michigan
Mar 25, 2017
Whenever I'm asked what was my all time favorite wedding to photograph, I say Stevie and Ryan's wedding! In the ten years I've been photographing weddings and working with couples in love, never have the stars aligned like they did for Stevie and Ryan on their wedding day. It's so easy as you are planning your wedding to get swept up in pinterest photos or amazing instagram shots that you find and want to try. I get it - I look around the web myself from time to time. But I try to remind couples as they are shopping for a wedding photographer that it's important that to keep in mind that things like chemistry, emotion, environment, allotted time and so many other factors affect your wedding day photography experience. When all of these things come together and flow properly, the chances of hitting a home run photographic experience are pretty high. Stevie and Ryan's wedding was one I won't ever forget. I doubt there will be another like it ever again. They were married under a lovely tree on a sunny day that had the bluest sky you've ever seen. The rest - well - the rest is below. You can see it all for yourself. If you can hang on until the very end, some of my favorite images are the ones we took at night, under the little homemade village in the woods created from old parachutes. Magic. Just magic. Stevie and Ryan, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!