leslie + eric // a belle isle engagement

When we sat down with Leslie + Eric, we instantly felt a connection. We quickly discovered that they are kind, funny, personable, talented… basically, awesome. Our meeting felt more like a double date – like we’d been friends for years. We talked about how they met, the beautiful city of Detroit, their new house (and subsequent hobbies!), and their cat, Sophia. :) Next June, they will become husband + wife and we cannot wait to join them! But first, to kick off the festivities, we recently met them on Belle Isle for a fall engagement session. It was hard to narrow down favorites for this post, but I hope this is the perfect introduction to these two!
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kevin + ellen // a september wedding in grosse pointe, michigan

Their first look was in the backyard of the house that Kevin grew up in… the house that they call their first home as a married couple. They said their vows in a beautiful church in Grosse Pointe – with her brother-in-law officiating. She placed a ring on his finger – the one that his mom gave to his father on their wedding day… the ring with his dad’s initials carved into it. Their siblings stood by them as the maid of honor and best man and toasted them in the most perfect way. They danced, they laughed, and they celebrated with dear friends + family. They were nervous, they were excited, they were overjoyed to the point of tears. It was the most perfect wedding day in every single way.

Cheers to you, Kevin + Ellen. Cheers to many years together, to much more dancing, lots more laughing, and living life fully together. It’s been an honor to journey through your wedding story with you.
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allie + matt // a fall engagement in holland, michigan

Recently, we met up with Allie + Matt in Holland, Michigan for their engagement session! Allie attended school at Hope College in Holland and the two of them spent a lot of time hanging out downtown whenever Matt would visit. That area is very near + dear to them and their relationship – in fact, Matt proposed along the lakeshore nearby!

Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t on our side that day (it was pretty chilly + rainy) but these two rocked it anyways! They were up for the adventure ;) We met at their favorite coffee shop, wandered around downtown, stopped at their favorite Brewery for a warm-up and then finished underneath the trees in Sanctuary Woods. We loved getting to know these two even more and we can’t wait to celebrate with them next summer in Ann Arbor – what a wonderful day that will be!!

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dan + emily // holland, michigan wedding

It was a beautiful September afternoon – blue skies, sunshine, mild temperatures. The green trees were swaying in the wind as we drove up to the Weaver House at Pine Bend in West Olive, Michigan.

Emily was radiant – glowing with happiness and a wearing a smile you couldn’t wipe away. Dan was calm + quiet, but ecstatic – looking so handsome and so ready to marry Emily. Their immediate families and a few close friends gathered in the living room of the historical home as a single cello ushered in the bridal party. About 30 individuals were there to witness Dan + Emily state their vows to each other. It was an intimate + sincere ceremony – and what an honor to be invited to share in that moment! After the ceremony, we all headed for dinner + dessert at Boatwerks on Lake Macatawa… followed by drinks at New Holland Brewery. This day was perfectly Dan + Emily… and a perfect beginning to their marriage. Congratulations, you two. Wish with you nothing but absolute joy + adventure in this journey together!Dan + Emily Wedding

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josh + hailey // downtown detroit comerica park wedding

Josh + Hailey’s respective love for baseball and the Detroit Tigers drew them to each other. As they began dating, they spent a lot of time watching + attending games, discussing trades, checking stats, etc… all the while, falling more in love and becoming the best of friends. They both admit they fell fast – within a few months it was clear that they had found their mate. Then after about a year together, just after the Fourth of July, Josh proposed while they were in Detroit attending a home game. Hailey was surprised + elated as Josh got down on his knee outside the stadium. She said, “Yes!” and they attended their first game as an engaged couple (and cheered Verlander + the Tigers on to a 14-5 win against the Dodgers. It was a great day for them, ‘eh?).

When Josh + Hailey started planning their wedding – they joked that they should have their wedding at Comerica Park because they had spent so much time + energy together on the Tigers. It was quickly dismissed as they began researching other venues, locations… but then, they decided to actually look into it. When they realized that it could be a legitimate option, they were ecstatic! They picked a date and began planning their Tigers-themed nuptials!

Josh + Hailey are the kind of people you want to be friends with. Multiple times throughout their wedding day, I heard people say, “Josh + Hailey are two of the nicest people I know.” After getting to know them – I totally agree. These two are kind, funny, and sincere. They are loyal + trustworthy, and care deeply about their family + friends. Jonathan + I have had a blast getting to know these two and celebrating this season of their lives. We were thrilled to share in this day with them and are pumped to share it with you today! Congratulations, Josh + Hailey!!

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Josh + Hailey wed at the historic Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Woodward Avenue.
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Cocktail hour took place on the New Amsterdam 416 Bar and dinner + dancing took place inside at the Tiger Club in Comerica Park! Both allowed for beautiful views of the stadium + field throughout the evening!
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Instead of consecutive table numbers, every guest was assigned a table that corresponded with one of Josh + Hailey’s favorite players + their numbers!
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Can’t get enough of these two? CLICK HERE to check out their Grand Haven engagement session from earlier this summer!

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