This year, I kicked off my “wedding season” (May to October in Michigan) with Lindsey and Clay’s Waldenwoods wedding. Though it was a bit chilly for a late spring day, it didn’t stop these two and their friends/family from celebrating them.
Lindsey and Clay spent most of their engagement apart while Clay was stationed overseas. Five days after their wedding, they packed up and moved to Georgia where they will be stationed for the time being. What a whirlwind! I admire them for having a long distance relationship (especially while wedding planning) and for viewing living so far away from family and friends as an adventure! We met up at Christmastime while Clay was home for an engagement session at Campus Martias.
This Waldenwoods wedding took place in the tent, with lots of whites, cremes, golds, and greens. They opted for a dusty, neutral color pallette. Lindsey and Clay were married outdoors despite the chilly weather. But the rain held off all day long! I loved shooting at Waldenwoods because everything was right on site and so beautiful!
I think the most special moment at this wedding was a special surprise song that Lindsey’s grandfather wrote and recorded for her. It was a beautiful moment to witness as they danced together before the party started. And my, could this group party! Such a fun dance floor!
I had such a great time at this Waldenwoods wedding and would love to go back! Having your wedding at Waldenwoods? Contact me today!
It’s taken me long enough, but I am finally sharing the beautiful August Brentwood Golf Club wedding of Tamara and Jaclyn. This was such a special day to be a part of and one of my favorites I’ve ever photographed because these two made the day completely their own. I don’t think I’ve ever seen people SO HAPPY to be there to celebrate a wedding. And boy did they celebrate!
This Brentwood Golf Club wedding was complete with champagne during the ceremony, handwritten vows, getting ready together, dances with their boys, and beautiful toasts from the couple’s sisters. Many people, both friends and family, made this day special for Tamara and Jaclyn. I love when loved ones are involved…it really gives a personal touch to the day. Samantha and Stephanie from Love in Bloom, Jaclyn’s cousins, lent their talents for event design and florals; Tamara’s brother made the wooden bowties worn by bridal VIPs; a close pastor friend married the couple. Even their dog, Orin, made an appearance. You may remember him from their engagement session last June!
There’s so much I could say about Tamara and Jaclyn’s kindness and belief in me through the entire wedding process. They appreciate good wine (you can see it all over their wedding), a good laugh, and are killer parents to their two boys. They are two fiery, unapologetic ladies, and I admire the type of passion they have for life and each other. I felt so honored that they chose me to tell their story. When a client turns to you and says, “I feel like we’re good friends now” at the end of a wedding, you know that you’re doing a great job.
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!”
Some people worry that a backyard wedding can be chaotic and thrown together. No, it totally doesn’t! If you have the space, a fall backyard wedding can be a beautiful event. This was the case for Jacki and Scott, who were married in a fall backyard wedding on Jacki’s parents’ property in Flat Rock, Michigan. This wedding was gorgeous!
I met Jacki and Scott merely six days after they got engaged last February and we instantly clicked over coffee. After their May engagement session in downtown Detroit, I was looking forward to closing out my September with their wedding. It was probably the nicest fall day I had this season. After being pampered by Kellie with Bridal Beauty Couture (she is so good, please check her out! I’ve worked with her on two weddings now), Jacki got into her beautiful dress which she got secondhand at the Bride’s Project in Ann Arbor. What a gorgeous bride!
We started with a first look at a nearby park (so good!) where Jacki met Scott on a covered bridge. After a beautiful portrait session (Jacki completely trusted me with locations and posing), we headed back for the ceremony and reception. Jacki, her mom and I’m sure a million other family members, really put together a beautiful fall scene, including a tractor, ladder photo display, and all the fall things.
Their ceremony was simple, but it went out with a bang…the couple had prepared confetti cannons for their first kiss! You could tell that everyone there was so excited that these two were FINALLY tying the knot after nearly nine years together. After the ceremony, the party really began! I think the whole day went so smoothly because they hired Cindy Decker as their coordinator. Cindy was sweet, keep us informed of what was going on, and handled everything with a smile. Highly recommend for a day of coordinator!
I snuck Jacki and Scott out for some sunset photos (the last true sunset of my wedding season unfortunately) which were honestly my favorite of the day. Couples, please sneak in 10 minutes for this…you will not regret it! Plus who actually gets to be alone on their wedding day? You deserve 10 minutes to take a breath and say holy crap we just got married!
Jacki was one of the sweetest brides I had all 2018 and she continues to leave me love letters everywhere. I truly enjoyed working with her, Scott, and their families on this fall backyard wedding.
From the bride: “Madalyn is amazing! I found her on The Knot, and the second I saw her website I knew I wanted her to photograph my wedding! From our very first meeting, literally 6 days after we got engaged, I felt so comfortable with her. She is so easy to work with, and her photos speak for themselves. For our engagement pictures, I gave her a general idea of locations I was interested in. She took my ideas and ran with it and we got some amazing pictures. Her and her husband Josh were working, but it was more like hanging out with friends for a few hours. We felt so comfortable with them. Leading up to my wedding, Madalyn kept in great contact and made sure all my questions were answered. She helped me create the day of timeline, and was totally fine with my admittedly too long “must have” list. On my wedding day, she went into work mode and made sure everything looked perfect. She got every shot on my list, and many additional shots I sprung on her in the moment. I got a preview of my photos the very next day and I couldn’t be happier. I would love to work with Madalyn again in the future!“
venue: private property in Flat Rock, Michigan
HMU: Kellie at Bridal Beauty Couture
coordination: Cindy Decker
gown: The Bride’s Project
men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
women’s attire: David’s Bridal
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
It’s pretty rare for me to know of a couple from the first date to the wedding day, but this was true for Scott and Leanne, who were married on an mid-August day at Wellers in Saline with a reception in the River Raisin Room. Scott and I were once coworkers, and being close in age and doing literally the same job, we became friends. About one week before I met Josh, Scott met Leanne, so I was able to follow their romance from the very beginning. I hadn’t even met her and I knew Leanne must be awesome because before he knew it, Leanne had moved from East Lansing to West Lafayette, Indiana for a job and Scott had bought a newer car to drive down to see her frequently on weekends.
Time moved on, Leanne moved back to Michigan, they moved in together, and soon enough, Scott was talking about proposing and buying a ring. And in the summer of 2017, he popped the question with a pizza!
Needless to say, this wedding was special for me because I had heard so much about Leanne and hadn’t ever met her until we started planning photography for their day. Getting to know her through the process was delightful and I could see why these two go so well together. Their vows to each other were such a testament to their strong relationship, with a few jokes about baseball and sports thrown in (Scott plays vintage baseball as a hobby and is into sports).
Wellers in Saline was a perfect setting for photos (please someone take me back there), especially in August where everything was green. The day of the wedding, we were expecting rain to push us inside for the ceremony, but the rain held off in the afternoon and the sun shined! It didn’t start to rain until we had finished couples portraits and were ready to walk into the reception. What luck!
At the reception, we had not only colorful and fun speeches from the bridal party and parents of the couple, but also probably one of the best dance parties I’ve ever seen. Everyone was up and moving…I don’t think the floor was empty the whole time I was there.
I’m so glad I was able to be a part of this day and wish Scott & Leanne the best in their marriage!
vendors from this lovely wedding:
floral: Studio Terrain | cake: Cakes by Stephanie | dj: TNT Sound Productions | hmu: Primp Beauty | gown: The White Dress | coordination: Nicola Wilson, Simply Brilliant Events | venue: Wellers Weddings