Intimate Living Room Elopement | Suzanne & Kyle

Intimate Living Room Elopement | Suzanne & Kyle

Before COVID-19 shook all of our lives, Suzanne and Kyle were married in an intimate living room elopement. Right in their living room, their immediate families gathered as they declared that they would spend their lives together in marriage.

When Suzanne originally called me about photographing her wedding, she mentioned that the reason they chose an intimate living room elopement was that her grandparents were married in their living room as well. Kyle and her wanted something simple, but memorable, and both didn’t want to be the center of attention on a big wedding day.

Before the ceremony, we took a moment for a first look, again right in the living room. The pair wanted a private moment to breathe before the ceremony. It was, of course, an emotional one.

After the ceremony, we headed to the Fisher Building for family photos and portraits of the couple. I love the Fisher Building and its architecture. It’s one of the few places in Detroit where you can photograph inside without a fee. 

We also were able to make a quick stop at the Cass Ave viaduct for some perfect golden hour photos with Suz and Kyle. I love love love winter sunsets. Don’t think a winter wedding can’t be beautiful. It absolutely IS. A wedding is beautiful in every single season. We also just happened to get the most beautiful February day!

After sharing some time together, Suzanne and Kyle greeted guests and family at The Hungarian Rhapsody restaurant for a dinner reception. The only traditional thing they did was cut the cake (and it was delicious by the way…Suz made sure I wrapped some up to take home). 

When it comes to your wedding, you do you. For Suzanne and Kyle, this meant forgoing a big wedding to spend the day as they’d like it. This doesn’t mean the wedding is less special or meaningful. This is exactly what they envisioned and wanted for their day. Read more on how to make intimate weddings special on my blog. 

 

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Downtown Detroit Wedding |  Allison & Brian

Downtown Detroit Wedding | Allison & Brian

Last year I was lucky enough to capture the Michigan receptions of not one, but TWO couples who had eloped earlier in the year. Allison and Brian were married in the Grand Tetons but had a Michigan reception at Stonycroft Golf Club where Allison’s parents are members (the other couple was Malcolm and Abby in case you forgot!). Allison and Brian no longer live in Michigan, but they really wanted some Downtown Detroit wedding photos, so we went downtown together for portraits.

We stopped at some of my favorite spots for downtown Detroit wedding photos, including the Belt Z Lot, Ford Field, and the Warehouse District. It was fun to just hang out with a bride and groom one-on-one, which hardly happens on a typical wedding day.

After some family photos, Ali and Brian got to enjoy their reception with the typical trimmings, including a beautiful first dance, cake cutting, and toasts! I had a fabulous time with them and know that they will cherish the images from Detroit!

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Waterview Loft Wedding | Kaitlyn & Jacob

Waterview Loft Wedding | Kaitlyn & Jacob

Before 2019 gets away from me, I wanted to finish sharing the last of my 2018 images! Kaitlyn and Jacob were married on December 29, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Royal Oak and celebrated their reception at the Waterview Loft in downtown Detroit. This Waterview Loft wedding was complete with beautiful event design and a hopping party!
I think my favorite part of this wedding was that Kaitlyn and Jacob were able to visit the spot of their very first date, Ale Mary’s, after their ceremony. When I met Kaitlyn for the first time a year before their wedding, she had told me all about this very long first date and hinted that she kind of knew that this one was special. Ale Mary’s holds a special place in their relationship, so what a treat to be able to go back to where it all began on the first day of a new chapter.
After Ale Mary’s, we headed to downtown Detroit for photos and to catch the last glimpses of light on the Detroit River as the reception began. There’s nothing like a downtown Detroit wedding, I’ll tell you that!
From the bride: “Madalyn was an absolute dream, and I will never stop recommending her. She did our engagement and wedding and the entire planning process made me feel so at ease and excited at the same time. Not to mention, she sent us the cutest little package with treats and a handmade card for help to plan the wedding photos. The personal touches and individualized attention is beyond what you would ever get from the big guys. The candid authenticity of her photos is so dreamy, but she was also able to capture the more posed shots that I wanted as well. Madalyn, you’re amazing, Jake and I are customers for life!”

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floral/event design: emerald city designs | cake: sweet heather anne | dj: pro dj services | hair: bridal beauty couture | makeup: blushed hair & make-up | gown: maggie sottero | paper: HSR graphics

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Belle Isle Fountain Wedding | Alisha & Joshua

Belle Isle Fountain Wedding | Alisha & Joshua

I say it a lot, but I do love a wedding that is different. That’s nothing against traditional weddings. I photograph those and love them too. But I think anytime you can make your wedding your own and do things your way, that’s always the right thing to do. This was the case with Alisha and Joshua and their Belle Isle Fountain wedding.

When I first met Alisha back in the fall of 2017, nearly a year before her wedding, I knew we would get along well. We had a great conversation about bucking traditions, feminism, etc. I walked away knowing I really wanted to be a part of their wedding. When you come home from a meeting like that, you just cross your fingers that you’ll get an email saying, let’s do this! And I did.

This past May, Alisha and Josh welcomed a baby girl, Lydia. I was lucky enough to capture their newborn photos.

For their wedding, when I arrived, everyone was setting up chairs at the Belle Isle Fountain. Organically, it all came together and Alisha rode in on a Harley Davison with Josh’s father, meeting her father at the steps to walk down the aisle. After a ceremony and vows, the pair rode off on the Harley together, all the way to the Redford Marquee.

When I was getting married, I scoured the Metro Detroit area for wedding venues of all sorts. Anything that wasn’t your typical banquet hall was considered. I’d never heard of the Redford Marquee until Alisha had told me about it. It’s used as a farmer’s market, but also for events. It was quite lovely for a summer wedding!

The place was decorated beautifully by their families. Look at the lettering on the signs…Alisha’s sister did that! So good! After a pig roast dinner, there was dancing and fun, and even a thunderstorm to complete the day.

From the bride: Madalyn was our newborn photographer and wedding photographer, and I appreciated her down to earth personality and artistic style. For our newborn photos, she helped me clear the space to take pictures and gave me a ton of slack since I was recovering from a really bad C section infection. She was never rushed, was so sweet and personable with my daughter, and didn’t fuss at the mess! 🙂 The photos came out beautiful, not pretentious, looking exactly as we do. Her personality comes through her pictures- a genuine, artistic grace and familiarity, like she was a family friend. This ease transferred to our wedding as well. Ill be honest, I didn’t notice her very much! She snuck around and took all of the best shots somehow, though. 🙂 As far as her professionalism and ease of service, her website, forms and contract, and photo gallery were all easy to navigate and use. She was transparent as well as affordable. We will definitely be using her in the future!”

 

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Detroit Beer Company Wedding | Kara & Andy

Detroit Beer Company Wedding | Kara & Andy

There’s always something magical about returning to the place you got married. I got to do that this past September for a really special couple and return to the Detroit Beer Company for a wedding. Josh and I got married right there, overlooking the skyline on the third floor. Kara is a friend from high school and I was so glad that she asked me to photograph her and Andy’s special day. The pair just moved back to the area from Denver, Colorado and what a welcome home to celebrate a Detroit Beer Company wedding.The ceremony took place at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington, a gorgeous historic spot just down the street from where Josh used to live. After saying their vows in a simple ceremony, complete with ring warming, Kara and Andy recessed down the aisle in their style, to “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness.Then we headed to downtown Detroit for portraits. What a fun bridal party! We stopped at Milliken State Park for a view of the RenCen (Andy’s only request of me) and then ended at the Belt Z lot where we were treated to a beautiful sunset (my favorite spot for them in the city). Then it was time to head to the Detroit Beer Company for the reception, where we were treated to some beautiful speeches, fun dancing, and a two-step performance by Andy and his mom.As evidenced by their downtown Detroit engagement session, Kara and Andy are adorable together. I have great memories of Kara from high school (we were in marching band together), so it was so sweet to get to know Andy and see why they fit so well together. I am so lucky to reconnect with people from the past (I love it!) and it was so special to revisit the Detroit Beer Company. From the bride: Madalyn is a total professional. She made sure to contact us every step of the way to get a shot list of must have photos and to set up a timeline of how we wanted the day to go. She was wonderful and made our day stress free.  

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venue: Detroit Beer Company

ceremony: Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington

dj: DJ Marlena

HMU: The Studio for Hair

gown: Brilliant Bridal of Denver

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