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WEDDING: Michael + Jeanaiah

Farmington Hills, Michigan

9.9.16

Usually I post a larger part of my images in color, but for this couples love story, black and white seemed to be more fitting.  The timeless / classic quality of black and white that could suggest any era is what attracts Jeanaiah to it.  Just like black and white, Michael and Jeanaiah each have a clearly defined identity that composes their relationship.  Meeting online, it was Michael who pursued Jeanaiah.  It wasn't until Michael's message caught her attention that their relationship turned into a cyber romance. He asked, "When was the last time you've had a really hard laugh, like stomach curling." This was the question that started it all.  They soon found out there was a deep connection between the two of them where chemistry and electricity now co-exist. 

Jeanaiah started her morning at The Original Pinup Salon where the bridal party had their hair and makeup done by Jeanaiah.  While doing her own makeup in the bridal suite at the Longacre House, she held back tears as her maid of honor and also her mom, told her how beautiful she looked and how proud she was.  I loved that Mike and Jeanaiah's puppy attended the ceremony, carried down the aisle by Mike's mom and that Mike introduced the bridal party to the reception as if they were a team of basketball players making their grand entrance to the court.  Each of their first dances were special in their own way and I loved being there for it.  

Wishing that you keep falling in love with each other again and again.  Have the most wonderful married life!

Ceremony and Reception: Longacre House                                                                                                                                                     
Wedding Planner/Caterer: Gourmet Express Catering & Event Planning Group
Dress: The Runway
Hair/Makeup: The Original Pinup Salon - Jeanaiah
DJ: Your Special Day DJ Service - Nathan Olli

 

 

 

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WEDDING: Matt + Alyssa

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

5.21.16

Matt and Alyssa were married in the backyard of Alyssa's childhood home.  The house, a beautifully designed Mid-century modern, overlooked Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids.  Everything aligned, even the weather was perfect.  Matt graduated summa cum laude from University of Michigan with a master’s degree in aerospace engineering and Alyssa who also graduated from U of M is now a recent graduate from UCLA law school.  Friends from Alyssa’s West Africa Peace Corp days were there. Matt’s family from Pittsburgh was there. High school friends and SpaceX coworkers — they all came.  Congratulations to you both and may you carry the joy of this happy day close to your heart as you journey the road of life together.

Pre-ceremony preparations: JW Marriot                       
Ceremony and Reception: Alyssa's family home on Reeds Lake                                                                                                                                                     
Wedding Planner: Katie Huber of Kenley Event Design
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Bridal shoes: Christian LouBoutin - Paris
Groom shoes: Prada
Makeup: Sue Sytsma
Hair: Alisha
Florist: Brennan Mott at Overgrowth Floral
Caterer: Chef Roman Petrack at Kangaroo Kitchen
Bartender: Amy Ruis at Art of the Table
Band: Nine Mile Smile
Videographer: Jon Carson of Jon Carson Wedding Films

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WEDDING: Adam + Whitney

Hart, Michigan

Adam and Whitney’s wedding day will always be a special memory of mine.  Not only was it the first time I worked with the amazing Kendra Stanley-Mills (on her birthday!), but it was the first wedding of my career.  I was anxious as all get out but by the end of the day I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be.  There's something magical about documenting weddings and I look forward to feeling that many times more.

The reception was on the golf course that Whitney’s family owns; the place she played with her Barbie dolls on the greens with her sisters. The flower girl dresses were made by Whitney’s mother, so were the invitations and the paper flower decorations. The day started out a bit gloomy but then we had the most glorious sunset to end the night of their perfect day.  This day, start to finish, was full of warmth and goodness. May your marriage always carry those same qualities in your heart.

Ceremony: Hart Congregational United Church of Christ
Reception: Colonial Golf Course
Bridal gown: Kenneth Winston from Bianka Bridal
Band: Vinylicious

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WEDDING: Lanny + Alyson

Stanwood, Michigan

12.05.15

The two met in a local bar the night Alyson went out to celebrate her sister’s birthday.  Five years later on the anniversary of their first date, Lanny proposed to Alyson in their home while secretly recording the whole thing.  A year and four days later, on an unusually warm December day, Lanny and Alyson shared their intimate wedding with close friends and family.  The Alpine House, where the two were married, overlooked a castle and could have operated as a rustic ski lodge.  I loved how Alyson and her sister, Chelsea, reenacted a scene from Alyson’s favorite TV series, Friends, how both Alyson and Lanny got dressed on opposite ends of Alyson’s Grandparents home and the uncontrollable smiles that lasted all day long.   Thank you, Alyson and Lanny, for sharing your moments so openly with me.  May you always remember the love shared on this special day.  Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Pre-ceremony preparations: Alyson's grandparent’s custom-built cabin
Ceremony: The Alpine Haus
Reception: The Alpine Haus
Bridal gown: Becker's Bridal Allure Romance collection - Fowler
Bridal Jacket: Becker's Bridal - Fowler
Bridal shoes: Keds
Groom’s suit: Men's Wearhouse customized look
Makeup: Makeup by Brooke at Natural Beauty
Hair: Styled by Amber at Natural Beauty (Alyson's hairstylist since high school)
Florist: The Wishing Well Flowers and Tuxedos - Vestaburg
Caterer: Antler's Fireside Grill - Canadian Lakes
Baker: Cheesecake by Blue Cow Restaurant - Big Rapids
DJ: DJ Broha - Six Lakes
Second photographer: Arin Bisaro