CAYLA + ZACH'S WEDDING DAY AT PINE KNOB MANSION
Jun 16, 2019
Wedding photography provided at the gorgeous Pine Knob Mansion by lead shooters Kellie Saunders and Jen Beattie, one of Southeast Michigan's most creative photography teams. I have to admit I'm a little behind on blogging, which I apologize for. It's been such a crazy year full of blessings because business is booming! We are back into the full swing of wedding season and I'm vowing to get caught up with blogging along with the regular wedding season fun that we have to tend to. I'll keep the writing short and sweet so I can catch up and you can see some gorgeous photos! Cayla and Zach couldn't be a lovelier couple and never will you find two people more suited for each other. Cayla's parents worked for the national parks service so she grew up in places like Alaska and oh yeah, yellowstone too! What an amazing journey she had growing up. Well, I guess it's perfect for her that she met Zach who is a REAL farmer! I say real because let's face it, everyone has a garden. But Zach - he has a farm (and a tractor too!). We had the best time working together and Jen and I loved their friends and families! Pine Knob couldn't was so beautiful as the weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony. They were even able to dance outside under the stars where they had their first dance. We love photographing weddings at Pine Knob Mansion and Carriage House, so if you are having a wedding there, please contact us because we'd love to get to know you and see if we are a good fit for your big day!
ERINN + CAMERON'S WEDDING DAY PICTURES
Apr 2, 2019
Wedding photography provided at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor, by Kellie and Jenn who are two of Southeast Michigan's most creative and FUN wedding photographers! I love Ann Arbor and any chance I get to work there is always a special time for me. What made this Ann Arbor wedding day even more special was being able to spend it with such a love filled, genuine, kind and caring couple! Cameron and Erinn (yes, there are two N's in her name) couldn't be more perfect for each other. I met them as I do everyone and sometimes my couples all blur together after so many years. Every wedding day is special of course, and every couple is special, but after all these years in business I love the fact that I can say there are weddings that always stand out to me. Not to be funny, but sometimes the weddings that stand out are when crazy things happen, like the time a drunken bridesmaid fell asleep during her toast or that wedding where a groomsman forgot to bring his pants and had to borrow a guests pants to walk down the aisle - yes that actually happened. That said, none of those things happened on Erinn and Cameron's wedding day, but their wedding will always be one of my favorites. What happened was something even better. I felt as though I wasn't just working for them, but I could bare witness to this union between two people who love each other selflessly and without fail. I'm not an entirely religious person, but I am a spiritual one. I do believe there is a difference. Erin and Cameron's wedding went off like most Catholic weddings do. They said their vows, gave each other a kiss and then headed to the reception. Cameron pulled me aside at the reception and told me that he was going to suprise Erinn with a song he composed just for her. I was prepared for him to play the piano, but what I wasn't prepared for what the fact that he had planted several other musicians in the crowd to join in on the composition at different times. As his fingers moved on the keys there was a pause in the melody and everyone heard the soft murmer of a flute joining in. Then, a few moments later we heard a violin as well. The music he created took my breath away and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. To Erinn and Cameron, thank you for allowing us to be there and witness such an incredible celebration of your love! Jen and I left with full hearts and big smiles! xoxoxo
SIMONA + ALEX'S DETROIT ENGAGEMENT SESSION
Mar 8, 2019
Detroit Engagement Pictures with Simona and Alex were taken by Kellie Saunders, a leading Southeast Michigan and Detroit wedding photographer. Detroit engagment photo locations included the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and the Detroit Riverfront. Simona and Alex were nothing short of fantastic to work with. I enjoyed every minute of their fun and romantic filled engagement session in Detroit. Their romantic chemistry was off the charts as you can see in the photos. But don't let their sense of romance and connection to each other fool you, this couple always made time to smile, laugh and have some rowdy fun too! I thought they had almost the perfect balance together and I couldn't help but smile the whole time I was working with them. We started at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) which is one of my favorite places to work. It offers a timeless, classic and clean look for an engagement session, and Simona and Alex wanted to rock out some formal wear so this was the perfect spot to do so. After we shot a bit at the DIA we headed over to a place in Downtown Detroit that I love which is shown below. The architecture is brilliant and Simona and Alex wanted to capture some of Detroit's essence in their photos. After that we ended our session on the riverfront which had the most perfect sunset waiting for us! I don't think it gets much better than this day! I will be sharing Simona and Alex's wedding photos soon, so stay tuned to see how gorgeous their wedding day was.
GENNA + JUSTIN
Mar 7, 2019
Downtown Detroit Engagement Pictures with Genna and Justin were taken by Kellie Saunders, a leading Southeast Michigan and Detroit wedding photographer. Some of the locations included the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Wayne State Campus and the Detroit Riverfront. I had a great time working with Genna and Justin to celebrate their engagement. Sometimes I meet people for the first time at the session, and this was the case with these two. We started out at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) where we used some of the outside features to shoot with. We worked our way around the building and had such a great time laughing and getting to know each other. Genna wanted to have some uniquely Detroit images, so we headed over to Wayne State campus where they have a blue viduct that is actually used as an art piece on Cass Avenue. I believe people actually call it the Cass Avenue Viaduct. I am pleased to say no one was hurt during the taking of their engagement photos at the Cass Avenue Viaduct, although I did dodge a few cars. Our fun didn't end there. Justin said he wanted to get a shot of the best view of the city, so that's just what we did next. We headed over to the Detroit Riverfront where we climbed a small hill to get a great shot of the Ren Cen and city in the background as the sun set. It was the perfect ending to the perfect engagement session. What a fun time we had! I'll be sharing their Planterra wedding photos soon, so keep a look for my post. Congratulations Justin and Genna! You both rock and I'm so happy you picked me to work with you! I am the lucky one!
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!