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Kevin had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous wedding.  Lijiao and Paul’s big day was at the Detroit Athletic Club. Between the rich, elegant atmosphere and the stunning skyline views, there was no shortage of impressive things to look at – but your eyes kept coming back to Lijiao. Her white ballgown, dramatic cathedral veil, and gorgeous, glowing smile stole the show. Paul certainly couldn’t look away, and was obviously head over heels in love with his beautiful bride. A short and sweet ceremony, followed by an intimate family dinner and some time on the roof to soak up the Detroit skyline… it was a perfect wedding day.  Here’s some favorites…

Congratulations Lijiao and Paul!

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Bridget and Nathan’s wedding was on a typical Michigan spring day. Bright and sunny in the morning, pouring in the afternoon! But it’s good luck when it rains on your wedding day, right? And as luck would have it, the Detroit Yacht Club is a totally gorgeous space, and the ceremony inside was intimate and beautiful. Bridget kept everyone laughing the entire day, but nobody was smiling brighter than Nathan, especially during their First Look. They wrote their own vows, and more than a few people were dabbing their eyes. It was so warm and heartfelt – if that’s one little peek into how these two feel about each other, I can only imagine the years of love and joy that lay in front of them. They just fit together, and it’s obvious to anyone watching them. The reception tables were decorated with wood from a tree at the camp where they met. Bridget also wore the same shoes that her mother got married in. These little personal touches were sprinkled throughout their day, and it was just adorable. The Block Party kept dance floor packed all night and the high heels came off as everyone conga’d the night away. You read that right, there was a CONGA LINE! It was such a fun, happy day, and I loved working with them to capture it. Here’s some favorites…

Vendor Love:

Bridalwear: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids: J. Crew

Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse

Flowers: Fleurology Design

Bakery: Chocolate Bar Cafe

Entertainment: The Block Party 

Venue: Detroit Yacht Club 

 

 

Congratulations, Bridget and Nathan! #Fleshmanandwife

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I met Lauren and Paul for their engagement session at Wahby Park in St. Clair Shores. The park is gorgeous – fountains, bridges, weeping willows, and a walking bridge. It was the perfect spot to celebrate their engagement and take a few portraits of their new family. Paul’s daughter came along for their session and made the session so much fun. I loved watching their family interaction.  But Lauren and Paul alone… these two are all smiles around each other – the laughter comes easy and often. We finished off the evening at a brewery and toasted to their upcoming nuptials – they are our very first wedding to debut Hoppily Ever After Farms!

Cheers to Lauren and Paul, see you soon!

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Kourtney and Cardell are such fun, family-oriented people – I got to meet their daughter Kalli at their engagement session and it was so sweet to watch them interact as a family. They’re both low-key and laid back, and very, very much in love. Since they both love the outdoors, we took a stroll around Marine City and ended up by the river for some shots on the water. Kourtney just lights up when Cardell smiles at her… which was pretty much all the time. A great day with great people. Can’t wait to work with them again later this month!

 

Congratulations, Kourtney and Cardell!

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Recently I spent some time going through old posts and I realized you don’t really have a birthday. You were born. One minute I was living the corporate life and the next you were here. I’ve always thought of October as your birthday, but as I looked through my old posts I noticed that I started my first blog in September and photographed my first wedding at the end of  that month. I remembered it only took me a few days of going through those pictures and tediously editing them to know that this is what I wanted to be when I grew up. I guess that’s why I’ve always celebrated you in October.

While making space in my office for our newest child, I ran across your “birth certificate” and realized that I was way off. Then in a flood of memories, I remembered that day so clearly. There was a light drizzle and I was nervous to the point of shaking walking into the county court office. Then I paced anxiously trying to decide on your official name, because the one I wanted was already taken. On May 27, 2009, I walked out of that building with my shoulders back, head up and a huge smile on my face as I held my DBA in my hands. Honestly I was probably more scared than I have ever been and I wasn’t sure what to do next.

I never imagined our relationship becoming what it has and I wanted to take a few minutes to celebrate you and these past 8+ years together…

In these 8 years…

We’ve been a part of 161 couples wedding day.

We’ve documented the start of 35 of those couples’ families.

We’ve had 3 different blogs and 6 different websites.

We’ve figured out that we’re where we’re supposed to be and have even won awards for it.

We’ve fallen.  We got back up.

We’ve made mistakes.

We’ve been challenged.

We’ve traveled together.

We’ve set goals and celebrated successes.

We’ve learned to celebrate failures too.

We’ve added members to our own family.

We’re learning balance.

We’ve learned there’s a lot more to being a photographer than just taking pictures.

We’ve learned that we can’t survive without our lists.

Sometimes it seems as if we spent every waking moment together. Pulling all nighters while we designed yet another new website. Spending countless hours learning, creating and dreaming.

Constantly learning and challenging each other there have been numerous times you’ve made me cry and sometimes feel inadequate, you kept pushing me to grow. Never for a second have I dreamed of not being with you and I promise that no matter what direction my life takes me, you will always be here.

I know I haven’t spent as much time with you in this last year. We’ve grown to the point where you’re almost self sufficiant and while there have been so many things I’ve wanted to do to nurture you to continue to grow, I have no doubts that I found you the perfect match and we will all figure out how to work together.

Reflecting on our last 8 years together I thought I’d remind us that this was the moment I started falling in love with you.

But this was the moment I knew.

And I love that we are still creating together…

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