Every week as I prep my blog posts, I am so giddy when I look over the images we created together last fall. I feel like I was so freaking on my game and had just the best weather and couples and the stars aligned for the most incredible season. This Mt. Brighton wedding was no different. Sunshine, a beautiful golden hour, a fun wedding party, and just an all-around solid day, Becca and Kevin’s Mt. Brighton wedding was just a perfect example of why fall weddings are so popular in Michigan.
Maybe you remember Becca and Kevin from their Indian Springs engagement session, but if not, these two engineers’ went to the same college but their love didn’t really blossom until they found themselves working at the same company. And the rest is history, as they say.
Everyone I came into contact with at this wedding was so warm and inviting, which is how I always felt about Becca and Kevin. They’re just very genuinely kind people who enjoy laughing a lot. I don’t think they take themselves too seriously and I appreciate that.
The pair’s Mt. Bright wedding was officiated by Kevin’s aunt and they sealed a box with letters to each other and wine to open on their fifth anniversary. I particularly liked the reaction from guests when they used a drill to seal the box shut. What a unique “unity” ceremony! Take note future couples of mine!
Mt. Brighton is a beautiful spot for a wedding and we were even able to head up the ski hill for some photos! How fun, right?
There was just so much joy on this day and I hope it shows through in these images. I know I couldn’t stop smiling.
venue: Mt. Brighton | florals: Art in Bloom | Cake: Ellen’s Bakery | DJ: Music Unlimited | HMU: Tribute Salon and Spa | Gown: Abbott’s Bridal | Rings: Miner’s Den | Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Paper: Etsy + The Print Shop
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!”
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
I’ll tell you, October is now the most popular month to get married in Michigan. It’s also the biggest crapshoot when it comes to weather. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall in Michigan, but sometimes fall means cold rainy days, which was the case for Brianna and Andrew’s wedding day at Portofino’s Wyandotte.
Despite the weather, Portofino’s was actually the perfect spot to be married: their space is alllllll windows, making the dreary weather seem a lot less harsh. Brianna and Andrew were celebrating their 10th anniversary on their wedding day, so needless to say, nothing was going to stop them from having an amazing wedding day.
The ladies from Bridal Beauty Couture made sure that Brianna and her maids looked absolutely amazing. After some getting ready photos, we headed to Portofino’s for the ceremony.
Brianna had mentioned to me that she really wanted Andrew to cry when she walked down the aisle. He indeed did get choked up (and who wouldn’t, she was a beautiful bride). The ceremony was sweet and contained many personalized elements.
After the two were pronounced husband and wife (finally!), we ran outside for some quick portraits, braving the cold. Honestly, nothing could shake the smiles off the faces of the bride and groom…they finally tied the knot!
A great dance party, filled with lots of kiddos (Andrew and Brianna have two young boys) filled the rest of the reception time and it was so fun to watch! I enjoyed being a part of this day so much and loved the atmosphere at Portofino’s!
My fall was filled with beautiful weddings at a variety of places, including Brandy and Paul’s wedding at Art 634 in Jackson, Michigan. When Brandy first reached out to me on Facebook, I knew instantly that they were the perfect couple for me to work with. Brandy and Paul have been together since high school and have two little ones. You may remember their gorgeous engagement session at the Dahlem Nature Center.
Brandy and Paul are very special people who clearly love each other deeply. We had originally planned a first look early in the day, but our plans were thwarted when we had a bit of a zipper malfunction with Brandy’s beautiful gown. Needless to say, Brandy’s entire family went into action and all was mended in time for the evening’s ceremony. You wouldn’t know this happened AT ALL from the images we were able to create (see below). With no first look, Brandy walked down the aisle to a weeping Paul (the sweetest reaction I got from a groom all year) and they said their vows in the beautiful courtyard surrounded by friends and family.
When Brandy and I first spoke, she told me that her and Paul were “awkward.” I told them, “Great, that’s what I like to hear!” I love working with people who think they look awkward together and am able to put them at ease (this is why an engagement session is so important to my process). Look at the bridals…Brandy and Paul are NOT awkward…they are STUNNING. Their engagement session gave them the confidence they needed to know that on their wedding day, they were going to rock it. They trusted me and they did rock the socks off their images. Every time I look at them, I still get butterflies.
I love a unique venue! Art 634 is an art co-op space with an event space attached to it. Let me tell you, I loved this space. It was perfect for the types of images and tones I love to create. The brick, the lights, the vines, I literally can’t wait to go back someday. Everything you need is right there and it’s one of those venues were you can bring in your own food. If you’re reading this and having your wedding there, let’s talk because I love this space!!
From the bride: “Our wedding day has came and gone, but I can’t stop looking at our sneak peaks. They are unbelievable. Madalyn handled our crazy day with such patience and kindness even with a dress malfunction throwing everything we had planned out the window. But honestly what’s really planned in our life so it fit our family perfectly. I can’t wait to see more gorgeous pictures. They are just heart wrenchingly beautiful. Thank you so much Madalyn❤”
venue: Art 634 in Jackson, Michigan
HMU: Penta Artistry
gown: House of DeVaughn
bridesmaids: Pierre’s Bridal