Royal Park Wedding Photography

Ashlee & Brock's Gorgeous Royal Park wedding! Including some great personal notes from Ashlee about her day! Enjoy! WEDDING DESIGNER: The China Closet WEDDING COORDINATION: The China Closet CEREMONY VENUE: The Royal Park Hotel RECEPTION VENUE: The Royal Park Hotel INVITATION DESIGNER: Cartoleria FLORIST: Bellisario Florist WEDDING CAKE: Sweet and Savory WEDDING DRESS: Roma Sposa BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Studio Bridesmaid JEWELRY: Maria Elena VEIL: Roma Sposa WEDDING RINGS: Ahee HAIR & MAKEUP: Barbara Deyo VIDEOGRAPHER: Video Magic: Mark Salloum GROOMS APPAREL: The Tux Shop On Woodward OFFICIANT: Kevin Singleton OTHER: The Beauty and the Beast dancers were from Fred Astaire

Barb Deyo did an amazing job on the make up. She does airbrushing which is the best foundation format I think.

"The most exciting part of the wedding day was when Tinkerbell and Jujubee came through the door: My Mom surprised me with them, I didn't think they were going to come. My dogs are like my children. They've been with me through the good times and the bad. Whether I was alone at college or living at home with my parents throughout nursing school, they have always been with me. So, having them there on our special day was a huge joy. It was the first time I even cried that day because I was so happy. My heart felt complete, and I knew at that point that everything was going to be perfect. "

I really liked this drinking shot so the Glenlivet got to have a 2nd appearence.

Brock pensively waiting for the 1st look...

Brocks mom really got emotional before the first look...

The fairytale moment...

"We will never forget when we walked into the ballroom at the Royal Park for the first time (it was when Carolyn let us have a sneak preview before the guests enter). The beauty of the room left us speechless. It was as if we had entered into a fairytale book. It also happened to be the first time we heard Jerry Ross perform our wedding song "When God Made You" (they were practicing). We ended up getting a chance to practice our wedding dance, just the two of us, in our very own "enchanted forest." When I think back to that exact moment, I still get chills. It was absolutely perfect."

"I also think that the actual wedding dance was a significant memory for me. The meaning behind the whole first dance was so much more than most people realized:Brock and I went to Authur Murray every Friday for 6 weeks preceding the wedding. It was something that we got to look forward to every week. We would turn it into a "date night." As a matter of fact, we loved it so much, we are still taking lessons just for fun! Anyway, the feeling was so surreal when we finally got to perform for our guests. The lyrics to the song truly applies to our relationship and tells our story well, "When God made you, he must have been thinking about me.""

Ashlee's mom had a beauty and the beast couple show up to do a special performance dance as a surprise for Ashlee. How sweet!

Coneys for everyone at the end of the night!! Awesome!

And Doggie Treats!

Grosse Pointe Wedding Photography - Rachel & Nick

Such a Gorgeous couple and bride on Lake St Clair right across their wedding at the Grosse Pointe Academy. I love the soft color palate of these images, the moodiness of the sky, and Rachel's awesome make up as the strongest tones.

Nick getting warmed up for the wedding day. It was one of those days where I would have loved to been with the guys for a chance to swing. Watch that left foot on the back stroke nick thats suppose to stay down ;) Nice follow through though!

Oh I love this moment! Just quintessential wedding.

Wedding day drama - Lord help us.

You can't take a bad photo at the Academys chapel. Its just gorgeous: http://www.gpacademy.org/aboutus/142.html

If you could bottle up wedding ceremony love or show the experience in a moment. This is it. The minutes of the ceremony are just so fleeting and remarkable and spiritual and meaningful. Its as if you can't remember anything but you can remember it all.

What Joy!

Love me a well lit family photo! And don't miss the proud Grandpa on the bottom left!

This dress is singing! Its gorgeous! What veil too.

The guys were pretty crazy all day but somehow we managed to pull of the above wedding party shots seen above.

There was a bit of a snafu with the transportation. I always tell people this is the most overlooked vendor but potentially most important. We went through 3 buses on this Saturday because of engine trouble on top of a bit of an address issue as seen here.

The Groom was a HUGE star wars fan. They even had a Darth Vader cake topper.

Blossom Heath looking great as ever.

It was a wild party!

Colony Club Wedding Photography Sarah + Kyle

Strong, loving, devoted, confident, caring, thoughtful. These are words I think of when I think of Sarah and Kyle's relationship. The wedding day followed suit as well; every detail and loving gesture was purposeful and thought out for their guests, the wedding party, and each other. It is amazing to see meaningful moments and days like this unfold. I arrived and it was 15 bridesmaids and moms all having a great time doing hair and make up and helping each other get ready. The guys were hanging out as well shooting 5 hour energies. The book Cadillac provided a perfect place in close proximity to the Colony Club to get dressed and take photos. The city is such a great place for photography because of the way shadows and light play around the buildings. Once everyone got the Colony Club Jackie from Emerald City made sure the ceremony was Gorgeous and at Wayne Kinney provide the most amazing light show I've seen at a wedding in Detroit yet. It was a party to remember for sure! WEDDING DESIGNER: Emerald City Design WEDDING COORDINATION: Emerald City Design CEREMONY VENUE: Colony Club RECEPTION VENUE: Colony Club FLORIST: Emerald City Design WEDDING CAKE: Zingermans WEDDING SHOES: Nordstrom WEDDING DRESS: Roma Sposa for Monique Lhullier BRIDESMAID DRESSES:Roma Sposa JEWELRY: Roma Sposa VEIL: Roma Sposa BRIDESMAIDS' APPAREL & ACCESSORIES: Roma Sposa WEDDING RINGS: Tappers Fine Jewelry HAIR & MAKEUP: Posh LIGHTING:Rock Out Entertainment GROOMS APPAREL: Tux Shop on Woodward DJ: Rock Out Entertainment OFFICIANT: Andrew Mancina

Ren Cen Wedding Photography

Best Wedding Ever! How many weddings do you know have a flash dance, an Elvis sighting and performance, a duet by the Bride and her sister, a birthday celebration, a tea ceremony, an honorary performance by a famous drummer, and a 15 piece band. None except this one! What a wedding - Enjoy the photos thanks again guys! When did you guys Meet? Officially we met in 2006 at Western Michigan University, but we have gone to the same school together since middle school but never knew each other.

How did he Propose? We were walking down our friends street to meet up with them for dinner, or so I thought. As were were walking my favorite Micheal Jackson started playing. I was like, 'Oh I love this song!' and started dancing. We continued to walk down the street when another song started playing. It was my favorite Phantom of the Opera song, "All I Ask of You". That's when I started to think things were really weird. Why were all of my favorite songs being played on my friends street. When we got right in front of my friends apartment, the song I always said I wanted to walk down the aisle to started playing - "Come What May" from Moulin Rouge. I knew this was it and when I realized Tom was already down on his knee proposing. I started crying, said yes and then all of my friends jumped out from behind cars and threw flowers on us and congratulated us. It was perfect.

Did you know he was going to? I wasn't sure, but he was acting weird all night so I thought something was up.

What was most exciting about the wedding day to you? Walking down the aisle to him.

Favorite wedding memory? Walking down the aisle to the song I always wanted and crying before I even saw his face.

WEDDING COORDINATION: Dream Wedding and Events CEREMONY VENUE: 42 Degrees North RECEPTION VENUE: 42 Degrees North INVITATION DESIGNER: Papercake Designs FLORIST: Petit Fleur CATERER: WEDDING CAKE: Manino's Bakery WEDDING DRESS: David's Bridal BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David's Bridal JEWELRY: Something old, and something borrowed - from Grandma and Mom VEIL: David's Bridal TRANSPORTATION: BRIDESMAIDS' APPAREL & ACCESSORIES: David's Bridal WEDDING RINGS: Coin and Jewelry shop in Troy HAIR & MAKEUP: Erica Heard - make-up/ Laura Hellebuyck - Hair VIDEOGRAPHER: Chad Potts LIVE MUSIC: JC Heard Band and Orchestra LIGHTING: DIY Uplighting LINENS: Petit Fleur GROOMS APPAREL: The Tux Shop DJ: RC DJ - Ralph OFFICIANT: Andy Webster

Rattlesnake Club Wedding Photography

A blue grass band, the Detroit River front, amazing food, a beautiful 78 degree Michigan evening, and a perfectly in love couple equals an awesome wedding! I couldn't wait to post this up on the blog. The rattlesnake club is such an awesome venue that celebrates Detroit and the Detroit lifestyle. After interviewing Nicole about her wedding you can tell she really wanted that her guests to feel comfortable in our great city. I love that Andy's favorite memory is from when Nicole is coming up the Aisle. Thanks Nicole and Andy! What was planning the wedding like? Once we chose our venue, planning the wedding was such an incredible experience. Both of us had very vivid and distinct visions for the perfect "waterfront wedding in the D," and it was really fun incorporating elements from each of our visions to create the perfect combination and day!

Did you have plans for your wedding before or after he proposed? Did you guys plan together? No, I didn't have any "real" plans, certainly ideas; but I'm a superstitious believer in the sense that I didn't want to "plan" such a momentous occasion until it was a reality :-) And yes, shockingly, we planned our wedding together- for the most part. Early in the planning stages, Andy maintained that I could choose all of the details & elements- & then I would run ideas/thoughts etc by Andy, and turns out, he was much more opinionated than he previously thought (think-Andy HATES cascades of flowers on cakes, haha), which turned into us planning essentially everything together (which turned out to be a great "team" building skills experience).

What did you learn from the process? That wedding planning is A LOT of work!!! But also, how well we were able to implement what I like to call the 3 C's- communication, compromise and commitment that it took to achieve a common goal (making our day absolutely magical) together (also the 3 most important keys to a successful marriage-in my opinion, of course).

Favorite wedding memory? Mine: I have a couple of favorites memories-That moment right before I started my walk down the aisle, when everyone was looking at me, & the only clear face I saw in the crowd was Andy's, with the most genuine smile I have ever seen on his face. Or when I finally reached Andy at the alter and he whispered, "I love your dress!" And finally, the very end of the night, when Andy & I were dancing together in the middle of the dance floor, surrounded by all of our friends & family & just feeling so much love & happiness- perfect ending to the most perfect day!

Andy's: When he watched me walk up the aisle and he was waiting there for me at the alter.

WEDDING DESIGNER: Us & Dayna Flory Interiors CEREMONY VENUE: The Rattlesnake Club RECEPTION VENUE: The Rattlesnake Club INVITATION DESIGNER: Lee's Specialty FLORIST: Bellasario Florist (Ralph & Jennie) WEDDING CAKE: Pronto Bakery, Royal Oak WEDDING DRESS: Antonio's Bridal, Birmingham (Enzoani) WEDDING SHOES: Manolo Blahnik BRIDESMAID DRESSES: The Wedding Shoppe JEWELRY: Blue Opal Quartz & Pavé Diamond Double Drop Earrings, Susan Hanover VEIL: Antonio's Bridal BRIDESMAIDS' APPAREL & ACCESSORIES: Handmade Swarovski Crystal Studs, Tel-Aviv, Israel WEDDING RINGS: Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Pointe Woods HAIR & MAKEUP: Hair: Neil Johnson, Luigi Bruni Salon/ Makeup: Marijana Camaj, Fiaz Salon LIVE MUSIC: Behind The Times (acoustic trio) LIGHTING: Wayne Kinney GROOMS APPAREL: Jos A Bank DJ: Wayne Kinney (Rock Out Entertainment) OFFICIANT: The Honorable Timothy M. Kenny FAVORS: Succulents (San Diego, Ca)/ Dolomite Pots, Richard Net, San Francisco, CA (artist)

New Baltimore Michigan Wedding Photography

Jeanine & Jason - what can I say about this wedding and this family. I just love them both! I photographed Jeanine's Sister's wedding, I think it was two years ago now, and this summer I was honored to photograph Jeanine's own wedding. This was a picture perfect backyard Michigan wedding with lovely homemade details and sweetness. Enjoy the Photos WEDDING DESIGNER: Jeanine, Jacquie, and Laurel Blom WEDDING COORDINATION: Jacquie and Laurel Blom CEREMONY VENUE: Back Yard RECEPTION VENUE: Back Yard INVITATION DESIGNER: Jacquie Blom FLORIST: Vivianos CATERER: Joe's Gourmet Catering WEDDING CAKE: Joe's Gourmet Catering WEDDING DRESS: Jasmine Bridal from Run Away Brides in Royal Oak BRIDESMAID DRESSES: J Crew WEDDING RINGS: Fred Meyer Jeweler HAIR : Peaches Salon LIVE MUSIC / DJ: Panache RENTALS: Special Event Rentals FAVORS: Donation to the Humane Society

When did you guys Meet?

According to Jason we met in sixth grade in front of my locker. A mutual friend introduced us. Throughout middle school and high school our friendship grew. We would hang out and play piano together. After a spell of not talking for a few years – Jason was avoiding me, so that “I did not break his heart” – We reconnected over a college break and started dating.

How did he Propose?

We were engaged for just over a year. Jason planned a “surprise” trip to Chicago, which he was unable to keep a secret… Partially because he’s an awful secret keeper and more because I can’t stand secretes and plead and beg until someone tells me something. In Chicago, we went to Navy Pier. Jason proposed on the ferris wheel…

Did you know he was going to?

I had a feeling...

What was most exciting about the wedding day to you?

Being surrounded by our family and friends in such a personal and intimate setting.

Favorite wedding memory?

Our ceremony was extremely special because it was so personal and tailored just for us.

Franklin Hills Wedding Photography

Melissa & Ryan held their elegant nuptials at the Franklin Hills CC. Just after sunset their closest family and friends signed their Ketubah and then they exchanged vows and rings under a gorgeous chuppah. Following the formal events it was an unforgettable party and celebration for two amazing people. Thanks again and please enjoy the photos. Design & Coordination: Gail Ball Events Florals & Design: Geryches Flowers Music & Entertainment: Fifty Amp Fuse Ceremony & Reception: Franklin Hills CC Gown: Monique Lhuillier

Royal Park Wedding Photography

Scroll down to see the oh so beautiful Royal Park wedding of Brooke and Joey. A couple who has been friends since their teens and who finally started dating at 19 this wedding was almost 10 years in the making. I'll never forget Joeys reaction when he first saw Brooke - What an amazing joy & love.... Thanks so much for letting me capture the day and enjoy the photos!

Ceremony & Reception: Royal Park Hotel

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The Whitney Detroit Wedding Photography

I'm so excited to share this wedding. I was dying to photograph this wedding when the two of them came into my office a year ago. They just have this gorgeous beautiful look that comes out so classic in black and white and they just have so much fun. They laughed and smiled all day - I love your images! Enjoy guys! Dark an' stormy may come de wedder I jines dis he-male an' dis she'male togedder. Let none, but Him dat makes de thunder, Put dis he-male and dis she-male asunder. I darefor 'nounce you bofe de same. Be good, go 'long, an' keep up yo' name. De broomstick's jumped, de world not wide. She's now yo' own. Salute yo' bride! - Anonymous Poem from early 1900 African American Culture

We certainly had the Dark and Stormy Weather.

Jumping the broom.

Make up by the Glam Doctors. They are awesome.

The Ultimate photo op! Courtney from the middle of the wedding aisle, as she is processing yells out, "Put that phone down Fred!" What a moment! I love it.

Some ring bearer jitters.

If you look up the definition of "Belly Laugh" this photo is seriously there.

And ending with these gorgeous features. It had to be color.

Iroquois Club Wedding Photography - Janna & Bob

Ceremony: Private ResidenceReception: Iroquois Club Coordiation: The China Closet DJ: Wayne Kinney

When did you guys Meet? We met in May 2009. The internet brought us together. No dating site. Not Facebook. Just a chat room. Bob was living in California while I was in Michigan. We talked via internet and phone for 3 months before we actually met. Bob flew out to Michigan. After that visit, he came out here for major holidays, until he moved here in January 2011.

How did he Propose? We were doing a desert road trip stopping at all the National Parks along the way: Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion. We were in Zion doing the Hidden Canyon hike. I was exhausted and wanted to go back. Bob kept pushing me to go a little further. We hiked on chains along the side of the canyon and stopped at the perfect overlook. Bob was playing "photographer," telling me where to stand. He told me to turn my back to him and wave to the people below. Then, he said "put your hand in this" and handed me a sock. Bob's quirky so I went along with it. I put my hand in, and BAM! A RING! He got down on one knee, and all I could say was "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!"

Did you know he was going to? I had no clue. Once he told me to put my hand in the sock, I thought something was up. But never in a million years would I have thought he would have proposed on the side of a canyon!

What was most exciting about the wedding day to you? Spending the morning with my sister. Giggling. Dancing. Talking. It was great to take the morning and just breathe.

Favorite wedding memory? My dance with my dad. He's got some deadly moves! It was so unexpected for our guests. I loved being able to spend those hours practicing with him, which made the final routine more enjoyable. Being able to look back at video of us having so much fun will always be an amazing memory.

The Song of Songs 2:14-17

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14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. 15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

She

16 My beloved is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies. 17 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills.[d]

Townsend Wedding Photography - Tanya & Paulie

There is a meaning and history that runs deep in weddings. You can feel it in the way people enjoy them, as they live through them, and try to remember them. We know they are a significant never look back point in our lives. I think they make us pensive, emotional, and full of joy. You can see that in every bride and groom. Looking at this wedding you can see that deep vein of meaning in Tanya and Paulies wedding that runs through all weddings. Being an English Major I think Shakespeare adds something to this stream of thought below. Tanya and Paullie had a lovely summer wedding at the Townsend and were married at the gorgeous Cathedral of the Most blessed Sacrament. It was a day of precious memories and beautiful florals. Enjoy the Photos. Coordination: A Beautiful Day Planning

Shakespeare Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come: Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Townsend Wedding Photography - Emily & Brandon

Amazing Gorg Party! I did a little Interview with Emily the Bride:

B:When did you guys Meet? E:We met the summer of 2008. I was introduced to him by a mutual friend in Chicago who thought we had the same sense of humor. Ironically, when we met he realized he knew me from seeing me in the elevator. We lived in the same apt building for a year. He moved out 2 weeks before we met. He still tells me about things he remembers from the elevator (my friends and I talking, me getting out on wrong floor, etc)

B:How did he Propose? E: He proposed in Central Park with our Labradoodle Hank. We walk there almost every day so I was shocked when he got down on one knee.

B: Did you know he was going to? E: No clue. It was a typical Sat. We were in athletic gear on a walk. He wanted to show me a new pretty area on 103 St I never have seen. It was far and I was hungry but I'm glad I kept walking!! What were you most excited about leading up to your wedding day? Seeing all the people we love in one room as we got married! I couldn't imagine it.

B: What was most exciting about the wedding day to you? E: Getting ready - I was more emotional than I imagined. I kept getting overwhelmed with excitement. When we saw each other at our first look I instantly felt at ease and then walking down the aisle and seeing everyone with Brandon waiting was such an emotional and happy moment.

B: Did you cry? E: I cried at parts I didn't think I would. I cried when my grandma walked into the bridal suite and when I talked in my vows about how Brandon and I love our dog. I always imagined me crying down the aisle but was relieved to be present and calm for that part.

B: Favorite wedding memory? E: The first dance and the end of the night when we danced and all the remaining guests circled around us. All night I kept feeling like it was just Brandon and I in our own bliss and then I'd look around and be overjoyed by all our loved ones around us.

Coordination: Pat: Party Assurance' Ceremony & Reception: The Townsend Florals: Bruce

Orchard Lake Country Club Wedding

Sarah and Jordan and I first met in Chicago for their engagement session last summer. We had a blast taking photographs this gorgeous warm summer day last year shooting on the L, the navy pier, and just urban beauty in Chicago. Their wedding lived up the tradition as it was another beautiful summer day although a lot more nerve racking in the making. The first photograph I took was of the weather channel forecast.... Severe thunderstorms from 2-6pm. As it turned out we had perfect weather all day and had a great photo session at Cranbrook right when it was suppose to be pouring. The ceremony, pre-cocktail hour (only Irish weddings have this ), cocktail hour, and reception were so seamless and everyone just had the times of their lives. Sarah's dad in particular. Make sure to look for him at the bottom dancing his heart out. The night ended with a party hearty jam session by the killer flamingos and with a beautiful lantern release just after sundown. Thanks again guys!

Reception: Orchard Lake CC Ceremony: St. Hugo Coordination: Pat

The Henry Hotel Wedding Photography

Anytime you celebrate a Ketubah signing with shots of Jack Daniels you know you are going to have a great wedding celebration; add in the artistry of electric guitar by Fifty Amp Fuse and enough Bells porter for all you really have a party. Jessica and Matt celebrated their whole wedding at the Henry hotel. It was luxuriously romantic to say the least. Jessica got prepped in the Governer's suite at the top of the Henry, the ceremony was in their gorgeous ballroom and reception in their enormous Grand Ballroom. I know from their smiles they had on all day that it was just an amazing moment in their lives. I don't have words for how beautiful everything looked. Thanks so much guys enjoy the photos! Ceremony & Reception: The henry Florals: Bruce Coordination & Design: Leslie Jacobs