Shawna and Victor’s summer Sylvania Country Club wedding was a round two wedding for them – they had previously had a small ceremony on their original wedding date in October 2020. This was the big wedding day, complete with all of their family and friends.
One of my favorite aspects of this day was Shawna’s dress. Wow! It was so beautiful! Absolutely stunning honestly. I also just loved this big window in the venue – it felt very castle-like with the glass and the chandelier.
Everyone got ready on site, which made it super easy. I love when everything is all in one place. After a first look, we took photos with the couple and the wedding party around the venue. The first look gave us plenty of time to get all the photos in without rushing. It was a warm August day with plenty of sunshine. The Sylvania Country Club wedding continued with a ceremony overlooking the golf course.
The reception kicked off with a cocktail hour, and the couple shared a first dance after dinner. They were able to finally dance with their parents as well. I loved Shawna’s dance with her dad – so much energy and emotion at the same time.
These two got the best sunset for their summer Sylvania Country Club wedding. Usually golf clubs have great spots for sunset photos – probably the best of any venue. These two got a primo sunset – couldn’t have asked for a better one myself!
With the pandemic, I was able to work with couples for longer than normal, and honestly more often than usual. It wasn’t the best circumstance, but I’m so glad I got to capture both of Shawna and Victor’s wedding days.
venue: Sylvania Country Club
video: Nick Bertram
cake: Cakes by Stephanie
dj: Mike Staff Productions
hmu: Primp Beauty
gown: Atlas Bridal
On a perfect summer day for an Ann Arbor elopement, Heather and John were married on a bridge in Gallup Park. The sun shined across the water as they said their personal vows amongst their closest friends and family.
Gallup Park is a lovely spot for an Ann Arbor elopement, but also for sessions. It’s one of my favorite spots in Ann Arbor. Many go to Nichol’s Arboretum, but I like Gallup for the simplicity and scenery, it’s perfect for an intimate wedding. There are a few bodies of water, lots of bridges and a really cool kayak sculpture.
After the short ceremony and family photos, we visited a few of my favorite spots in the park for photos. It was the perfect golden hour light for their portraits. I loved Heather’s simple champagne dress and her bouquet – so beautiful! The flowers are from the Michigan Flower Farm.
After portraits, Heather and John joined their guests at Mani Osteria for an intimate dinner.
I love intimate weddings and enjoy photographing them so much! See other intimate weddings here.
I start by saying how lovely Lauren and Seth are the sweetest people and they had the sweetest Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park wedding in Traverse City, Michigan. These two Ohio natives (yes, Ohio natives) turned Michigan residents chose the perfect setting for their wedding in the Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park. The grounds are not only beautiful, but make for the perfect tented reception site.
Seth and Lauren have been together a long time (since college days at Ohio Wesleyan…another D3 school like I went to!) and have followed each other across the country – Denver, West Virginia and now Michigan. Recreation and the outdoors are so important to them – Lauren works in parks and recreation and Seth works in sports psychology. This made the Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park wedding perfect for them.
After meeting Seth and Lauren in person at their engagement session (failed once by rain my gosh!), I was so very excited for their wedding day. It was my first time away from my son, who was three months old at the time, but very much worth it to capture their day!
We started at a loft space just down the road from the venue, where Lauren’s party was getting ready. Once Lauren put on her absolutely stunning gown – and I was in awe of this gown…it was stunning – we headed to the walled garden at the venue for their first look.
After portraits across the Botanic Gardens, the pair were married on the stone labyrinth in a very heartfelt, personal ceremony officiated by by Seth’s dad. Then the party truly began! And what a party it was. I don’t think I’ve ever attended a wedding with more people who were truly excited and happy to be there! Maybe it was post pandemic feels or because every person had traveled from somewhere to be there for this wedding, but the energy was truly so so good.
One of my favorite moments was Seth and Lauren’s little first ice cream date – Lauren’s surprise for Seth was a Moomer’s cart! – right after dinner as we went out for a short portrait session.
One of the best things Lauren and Seth did for their wedding was hire an incredible vendor team. I’m still in shock that I got to be a part of that team! From planning and coordination by Kendall from the Revel Rose to the florals from Bittersweet and Co. to the hair and makeup team led by Carlena, everything was literal perfection. A solid vendor team really can’t be beat and I 110% recommend having at the very least a day of coordinator to take the reins on your day.
Seth and Lauren, thank you so much for allowing me to capture this day for you.
venue: Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park
planning/coordination: The Revel Rose
floral: Bittersweet & Co.
dj: 2Bays DJs
hmu: Hairpins and Happiness – Carleana Delacruz
catering: Catering by Kelly’s
gown: Alice in Ivory \ Jane Hill – Bridal
rings: The Personal Jeweler c
ake: The Flour Shop – Kelsey Barnes
The pandemic changed a lot of plans, including those of Taylor and Rachel. They reached out in early 2021 to see if I’d photograph their intimate spring backyard wedding. They had to postpone their big day but didn’t want to prolong their marriage any longer. I, of course, said yes! It was the last wedding I photographed before Myles was born and honestly the perfect day to go out on.
When I first spoke to Taylor and Rachel, it felt like I was talking to two friends. They are super down to earth people with pithy senses of humor and great style. They got ready in the house they purchased together and said their vows right on their back deck. They were incredibly lucky with the weather for a spring backyard wedding – sunny and warm for March!
Their closest family were present for the vows, Taylor’s sister Paige married them. Others tuned in via Zoom. It was a very pandemic wedding, but honestly, I think a small spring backyard wedding felt perfect for them. They laughed, they cried, they smiled, it was grand. I know it wasn’t what they planned but something just felt very right about it. I thought that about a lot of pandemic weddings. We really got back to basics…back to the meat of what weddings are truly about. How special it was to witness their commitment to each other literally in their home surrounded by those dearest to them. I don’t take these things lightly at all.
These two happen to live on a golf course which made portraits easy, we literally stepped out of their backyard. Their beagle Scout joined us for a few photos – she is adorable. You know I welcome all dogs at weddings.
HMU: Salon Bliss
Abby and Alkin’s Pine Knob Mansion wedding pivoted, like many others in 2020. What was going to be a full day at the Pine Knob Mansion turned into a part day there and the reception elsewhere!
I’ve known Abby a long time – we go way back to playing rec softball together when we were like 10! It was an absolute honor to be asked to shoot her and Alkin’s wedding. These two met at work at a bowling alley, which sounds like an absolutely fun place to start a romance. Their dog Ollie join us for their winter downtown Detroit engagement session. These two are so fun and so down to earth. I loved working with them!
It was truly the perfect September day for a Pine Knob Mansion wedding! The last weekend of September usually brings the last beautiful summer weather, and it’s one of my favorite weekends for a wedding.
What I loved most about the change of pace of this day was the small wedding party, small ceremony, and just overall intimate, laid back vibes. There’s something to be said about smaller weddings and how you can truly enjoy your day that way.
Best moment? Surely Abby’s first look with her dad. She is an only child and this was a special moment for their family.
Ceremony/Getting Ready: Pine Knob Mansion
Gown: Essence of Australia
Invites: Ann’s Bridal Bargains
Last year really threw us for a loop with rescheduling and pivoting around COVID. But Emilie and Nico were so determined to get married that they moved their wedding UP (it was originally planned for October and they switched it up to August). Changing the plan meant changing the venue and what we ended up with was a perfect boho backyard wedding that I’ll never forget!
You might remember Emilie and Nico from their Eastern Market engagement session (it’s so gorgeous so don’t forget to check it out). They are two of the absolute sweetest people and I’m so glad I got to work with them. Incredibly down to earth and just full of joy, these two are just wonderful to be around, not to mention I love their style. Please enjoy Nico’s emerald suit and Emilie’s BHLDN wedding dress with these incredible vintage shoes. The mismatched jewel toned bridesmaids dresses — to DIE FOR.
I know so much love went into this event, which was hosted at Nico’s aunt and uncle’s home. The maid of honor made the bouquets. Other handmade decorative elements found their way throughout the decor. You could tell it was a labor of love, some DIY, but make it chic boho backyard wedding.
Let’s be clear – sometimes when you hear backyard wedding you think picnic tables and bbq. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It can be a reflection of your style, just OUTSIDE! I felt this boho backyard wedding really did it up right, complete with a taco feast for dinner. Nothing felt plastic tablecloths and picnic tables because that wasn’t the vibe.
I’m just so thankful to my couples who pivoted their weddings so they could still get married, keeping me plenty busy in 2020!