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heather + jason // downtown detroit engagement session

I met Heather last fall at a photo workshop that I was teaching. She was genuine + kind, and I instantly felt drawn to her personality + joy. I learned that she is a mom to beautiful daughter, she loves photography + sports, and works at a golf club… my kind of girl! Fast forward several months… and I get an email from Heather saying that she is recently engaged and planning a wedding… I couldn’t wait to hear more! Turns out, she met + fell in love with a man who also loves sports, golfing, and her daughter! :) They met at the golf club that Heather works at which is where they will be saying their vows in just under a month. It’s been so fun getting to know the two of them and connect on several similar interests. Their wedding is going to be SO fun… think Eastern Market, food trucks, lawn games, Slow’s BBQ… um, YEP. We can’t wait to celebrate with them!! :)

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mike + ashley // southwest michigan wedding

Mike + Ashley serendipitously met in college… as two shy souls on the middle of a dance floor. They had an instant connection and amidst transition, travels, and training a pup, they continued to fall deeper in love and blend their lives together. Work settled them both in NYC (you may remember their Manhattan engagement session from this past winter!) and they began planning their wedding soon after Mike proposed on a trip to Maine. It didn’t take them long to decide on a wedding in Michigan where Ashley spent most of her summers. Though they have traveled the world together (literally!), the family cottage is one of their most favorite places. It just felt right to host their wedding there… and introduce their loved ones to lake life!

Guests traveled from Chicago, the east coast, the west coast, and even Africa to celebrate their nuptials. Their ceremony was held on the shore of the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club. The sun was shining, the breeze was warm, and laughter filled the air all afternoon. The reception followed at the lovely MillCreek Wilde Barn just a few minutes away. There, guests enjoyed cocktail hour + games on the lawn and a delicious BBQ dinner before the band took the stage. It was a quintessential summer evening… I have to say, Michigan was really showing off for everyone! ;)

Besides the beautiful venues, the wonderful people, and gorgeous details, one of the best parts of the day was their ceremony! Mike + Ashley scripted the entire ceremony themselves – blending in poetry + scripture from the likes of Einstein, Mary Oliver, Jesus, and Kahlil Gibran. Together, they spoke the desire of having a marriage based on three core values of: curiosity, generosity, and individuality. It was sincere, hopeful, and full of love – the perfect beginning to a marriage journey.

Mike + Ashley, we hope that marriage is a wonderful adventure for you two. May you always stay curious, be generous, and respect the individuality of each other. May you wake up everyday trying to make something better for the other… and never ever forget to have fun :) Cheers!

Ps… We have to give a shout-out to these amazing vendors who helped make this day extra special for Mike + Ash!
WEDDING DAY COORDINATOR: 1928 Planning Co. // FLORIST: Marco Alexzondra Florals // BAND: Bluewater Kings Band
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sarah + brendan // belle isle engagement photography // detroit, michigan

So often, I think about how fun my job is and how wonderful it is that I get to photograph people and their relationships for a living. But even more than that, I’m often floored by how lucky I am to get to reconnect with friends from my past and celebrate some pretty momentous occasions with them. One such friend is Sarah! She + I have known each other since middle school. We were buddies throughout high school – we attended the same youth group together and many of my memories from that era involve Sarah somehow! I recall her being a constant source of humor, kindness, sarcasm, and a breath of fresh air. We’ve kept in touch here + there thanks to social media, but when she contacted me a few months ago as she began planning her wedding – I was so excited to see her in-person again and meet the lucky guy!

After our initial meeting with them, it was pretty clear… Sarah + Brendan are perfect together! They were setup by a co-worker and soon found out they have a lot in common! They both love the outdoors and traveling, they love their pups, she likes to bake (check out her blog!) and he likes to eat baked goods… :) They’ve been dating for a few years now and this past spring, while spending the weekend on a cherry farm in Northern Michigan, Brendan proposed to Sarah! She obviously said, ‘Yes!’ and they’ve been testing out wedding cake recipes ever since! They are getting married next month and we are elated to join them for the party! But first, we spent an evening in the city where it all began… Detroit!
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chris + david // st. joseph engagement photography

One of our favorite places to spend our time together is on the shore of Lake Michigan… and some of our favorite towns are “lake towns”. Something about the vast blue water, the fresh air, the local shops… it is calming + rejuvenating. We will rarely miss an opportunity to spend time there – for work or fun :) So when Chris suggested we do their engagement pictures near their home in Saint Joseph – we were delighted! We had a wonderful afternoon together walking along the bluff downtown and by the pier + dunes along the water. These two are getting married later this month and we cannot wait to celebrate with them!! Here are just a few of our favorites from our time together!
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mark + clare // fox hills classic summer wedding

It has been such a full, beautiful summer for us – we’ve been busy photographing delightful couples + families all over the state (and out-of-state!). With each wedding and each session, one thing remains true – it’s an honor to be invited into the lives of so many wonderful people and to get to know them + capture their stories. Over the next few months we’ll be sharing some of those stories with you and we can’t wait for you to “meet” them all :)

To kick-off the summer wedding posts… today we are delighted to share with you Mark + Clare’s intimate, sunny wedding day in metro Detroit. You may recognize these two from their (surprise) snowy engagement session! These two wed in Southfield, Michigan at Highland Park Baptist Church – a community that has been important to them as individuals + as a couple. Their ceremony was intentional and full of meaning – I loved to watch their faces as they publicly declared their love + commitment to each other. You could sense their joy the entire time! Following the ceremony, their family + friends celebrated with them at Fox Hills Golf + Banquet Center in Plymouth, Michigan. The entire event honored their love, their family + friends, their faith, and their excitement for marriage. It was a good, good day. Congratulations, Mark + Clare!
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