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Christine + Simon

"Loving you is easy"

These words are still echoing in my ears from Christine + Simon , they are two of the most beautiful souls. The heritage brought from Simon's family was so special. Simon wore a bolo tie from Gallup, New Mexico from his father's friend who is part of the Pokagon, Potowatomi tribe and both wore Turquoise bracelets that were a gift from a family member. 
I'll never forget this ceremony.. while Christine started to walk down the aisle with her father, the loudest crack of thunder echoed through the sky. It was wild. I wish I had the audio to the images, because it was just magical. The wedding vase used in their ceremony belonged to his Aunt Debbie Cayedito who is no longer with us. This is the best description of what it is: “One spout of the vessel represents the husband; the other, the wife. The looped handle represents the unity achieved with marriage. The space created within the loop represents the couples’ own circle of life.” There was actually tea in the vase that they both individually drank and then drank together. We did get hit with the down pour as soon as the ceremony ended, but only for about 15 minutes. Thank God for amazing friends, as one of my good girlfriends was a guest at the wedding and grabbed my umbrellas for me just as the ceremony started. 
Both of the families were incredible, artistic and unique. So many beautiful things were constantly happening. So many smiles, laughs and watching Arnold, their pup, run around so happy, songs were sang by Simon's family and Simon himself sang to his bride. And as the evening came to a close, we chased the sunset.

Love is magic.



Lindsay + Brad Mackinac Island

Where to begin? I met Lindsay and Brad for the first time after the summer of 2011. I feel like I had watched their relationship grow so much over the years. Everyone was waiting for this day to come.. and it was finally here. I cannot say enough great things about the Payton family, they are like my second family after working for them at Vintage Tavern (Port Huron, Michigan's gem). If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have been able to build my business and be where I am today. So having Lindsay contact me last year once she and Brad were engaged, I couldn't even contain my excitement and honor.
Mackinac wasn't anything short of amazing. This island is a Michigan paradise, where everything you need is brought to you by horse power or by bicycle. Fudge swirls the air of down town and sailboats are docked 24-7. This was a super special place to Lindsay, as she had been coming to Mackinac since she was a little girl. Brad proposed at Arch Rock and the rest is history. It was a dream. I spent 3 days with these beautiful souls and I cannot contain my heart with them <3

Janelle + Matt

Janelle and Matt met on the sidewalk in NY.. already sounds like a fairytale, doesn't it? Janelle noticed Matt wearing Michigan State and chanted Go Green to him and he responded with Go White! This was how it all began. They had their first date at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC ( it's one of the little buildings on the cake top!) and they got engaged at the Philadelphia Art Museum. It only made sense that Janelle's sister Racheal wanted to incorporate art into some decorations for them. Hand painted little canvases on art easels, they were the cutest. The War Memorial in Grosse Pointe was a classic choice for the day. From the first look in the fern room, Janelle’s two piece wedding dress and that veil naturally blowing from the wind, to their first dance. These two were magical  ❤

Angel + Kurt

If you’re ready to laugh and smile the whole way through a gallery, then this one is for you.

Angel, this beautiful and talented woman has been a dear friend since 19. She is ALWAYS laughing, always has a big beautiful smile and great energy. She and Kurt met at college in Michigan and moved to NY shortly after, I never was able to meet Kurt until the wedding day. One thing is for sure, this was a true match. Kurt smiles and laughs in equals measures with Angel. He also made their wedding cake, yeah.. talk about impressive!

They held their incredibly fun wedding in Angel’s parents backyard. I think I can speak for a lot of people who know the Assi’s, to say they are one incredible family. So many smiles, inappropriate and hilarious jokes combined with high energy..  I couldn’t help but laugh all day with them. 

This partly sunny day was the greatest mix on top of the surprise belly dancer, our trip to the beach for portraits and Angel and Kurt’s first dance/head bang as husband and wife. 

Bailey + Anton

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. Are they talking little sprinkles of rain drops or torrential down pour? Well, Bailey and Anton’s wedding fell somewhere in-between. On the good luck side, in some cultures rain represents many different things. Fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal and tears are a few gathered via wedding superstition. 

I checked the forecast the whole morning as did Bailey. I told her we were going to need a bunch of umbrellas. Since the wedding was being held in Holly,Mi at the Grand Bell , there wasn’t much range for a store to carry what we needed. So, high five to my local Target for not judging me when I came to the cashier with 7 umbrellas.. I basically wiped them out. 

You'd never know by the smiles on their faces that it literally rained all day. Tents were put up over their ceremony site, the grass was starting to flood and guests were arriving right on time. Nothing was stopping this unity. October rain, vintage decor and perfect couples, I couldn’t have asked for a better pair to spend this wildly rainy day with.

Candice + Dave

It has been a decade, yes that's right.. 10 YEARS ago on December 31st that Candice and Dave got married, in a Toledo courthouse. That summer they renewed their vows with a celebration, a wedding dress and the jewelry Candice has on in the images. At that time Candice wore a plain silver band as they couldn't afford the ring they admired for her. WELL! To start off their 10 year anniversary, Dave surprised Candice with a custom made ring that was made to match the one she had wanted. I couldn't help but be mushy with these two as we adventured around Campus Martius in Detroit. Yes it was cold cold cold.. we took little breaks and grabbed coffee to warm up. 
But seriously, these two!!
And as two local Detroit photographers, a husband and wife team, I couldn't help but feel so honored that they wanted ME to do their anniversary shoot.

Kate + Brennan

Take me back to the warmth of June and the sounds of animals playing. Actually, the union of Kate + Brennan was THE hottest wedding of the entire year, topping out at 90 degrees that day.

Hot was kind of an understatement as we spent most of the morning getting ready indoors. We ventured out for about 20 minutes at a time, chugging all the water and trying to keep make up intact without smudging. Thank God for golf carts that day, walking wasn’t happening for long. Regardless the humidity, laugher spread like fire and the sun gave in for our afternoon ceremony.

Kate and Brennan have been dear friends of mine for a few years now. Kate is a girl after my own heart, knows what she wants and can become your best friend within minutes. Brennan has a precise type of personality and knows how to play... which makes them so perfect together. Since our last session together, this gorgeous couple has moved to Texas to further Brennan's career. Traveling home for their wedding was wildly anticipated and we had the absolute best day.

Playing in the gardens, the aquarium for cocktail hour, visiting the animals and dancing under the string lights. The Toldeo Zoo didn’t disappoint, not only were the group of people I shared the day with impeccable, this was one of the most memorable and fun weddings. 

Ashley + Braxton

A pure summer breeze swept through the trees on this most perfect day in Holly, Michigan. This was one of the most relaxed weddings of the season and completely filled with smiles. 

I met Ashley about a month and a half before her wedding in August. It was a last minute find when she was sent to me through our mutual friend and I could not have been more pleased. Ashley’s energy, this beautiful hippy carefree essence captivates you, and then you meet Braxton and it was like a piece of Ashley you didn’t know was missing and then found. Together they have Jude. This blonde haired, feral beautiful little boy. This family is so completely engulfed in each other and you cannot help but feel their love. My heart was so full just being around them.

Our day started out with the normal getting ready. Ashley’s dress was bought like a blank slate and she added her touch, her vision and it was like a dream. The gold with tear drop plugs and her barefoot jewelry was immensely perfect to her dress. 

Red Riding Hood Stables in Holly, Michigan hosted this gorgeous unity. Ashley and Braxton had their pups in the wedding party and Ashley’s mother embraced her arm as they walked down the aisle. The vintage couches for the ceremony,  the horses outside while they exchanged their vows in the late day sun, and dinosaurs with the sand ceremony. I felt like I was watching a film. Our agenda for the day was to enjoy it and gosh, we were. The big white tent and the handmade table favors, the pig roast and bbq was filling the air. 

I took Ashley and Braxton away into the next field for their portraits. This is the time I want my couples to let their moment fill their hearts and I let them enjoy each other. This couple plays and laughs and honestly are the truest of soulmates. 

We danced and had ice cream and cookies after dinner and played some more. The vibe of this wedding was unreal. 

Alyssa + Jack

It's October in Michigan, and an early morning wedding was about to be held on the front lawn of the Port Sanilac Museum. Freshly made donuts, decorated by a friend and cider await the guests for this brunch style ceremony. Vintage 1950's style and peacock colors were the theme for Alyssa and Jack, but what is incredibly awesome about these two? They dress this way on a daily basis. The victory rolls and bow ties, a real 1950's wedding dress paired with a paper flower with music notes bouquet, assembled by Alyssa herself. These two melt me. First off, not only are they such beautiful people but they are quite the power couple. That's right, they play jazz together in their band Fifth Avenue. I became friends with Alyssa and Jack about 5 years ago, solidly. I saw them perform at a local summer festival here in our little town of Port Huron, Michigan. I was blown away at the angelic and powerful jazzy sound Alyssa belt out while Jack played his stand up bass. I came to find out that Alyssa was a pinup model and we ended up shooting together for the first time that winter. 

Since then I had anticipated this day. Not only are they a great couple together, but they are so supportive of each other creatively. They played with their band Fifth Avenue at the reception at Old Town Hall Winery, Lexington Michigan, cut a homemade cake made my Alyssa's sister and after the first dance we headed over to the Captains Quarters, a little air bnb for a quick portrait session. 

These two are classically in love.

Janelle + John

When these two cuties told me they were engaged in the Rocky Mountains, I knew this was going to be a good match.

Janelle wanted an enchanted forest theme for the wedding and let me tell you, IT WAS ENCHANTING. I was super in love with the details they chose, this including John’s green suit and all of the guests dressed in the green of the theme. 

The energy of the day was just amazing, even with a few set backs. I absolutely loved Janelle’s carefree attitude and John’s quietness.. together they are a very relaxed couple. John ended up forgetting his shirt at home and then after traveling back, realized he left his shoes. Without mentioning the reason why things were running behind, Janelle’s coordinator and family friend called all of us whom were in the women’s dressing room into a prayer circle. Holding hands with this beautiful family, like I was one of their own.. I cannot express enough, how much this filled my heart.

John was quite calm and collected even though he needed to figure out a quick solution, John’s good friend came to the rescue with swapping shoes. 

Only running a few minutes behind, Janelle was walked down the aisle by both her mother and father. After a beautiful and super quick ceremony and we raced off to the near by nature park for portraits. 

Janelle + John were just stunning, so stunning in fact that a nearby observer  was inspired to draw a portrait of them as we were taking photos. This sweet young women ran over to Janelle and apologized for interrupting but wanted to give them this portrait she drew. This act of love was seriously such a precious moment. My heart was seriously bursting.

Once we finished up getting all “woodsy”, we headed back to Laurel Manor. 

The emotions were running high as we returned , as they normally are during a wedding day, Janelle and John were ready to get this party started.