Sarah and Michael’s Indianwood Golf Club wedding was just the most perfect day for the nicest couple. These two are truly genuinely the sweetest, both to each other and to me! Their wedding day at Indianwood Golf Club was truly magical.
We started the day with getting ready photos at the venue. The guys were downstairs and the ladies were upstairs. I know getting ready photos aren’t for everyone, but I think they add context to the day in telling the story of the day. I really love the photos of Sarah and her mom and sister in the getting ready space.
Getting married in a church was important to these two and they ended up using the space at St. Paul Community Lutheran Church in Pontiac. Before the ceremony, they did a first touch moment around a door. They had written letters to each other and read them privately. I really recommend including moments like this in your day if you can – it just makes it all the more special.
After a beautiful ceremony – yay they’re married – we did a few portraits at the church before heading back to Indianwood Golf Club for the majority of the portraits. This wedding party was super kind and cooperative – which is always appreciated when the timeline is a little tight!
We got the MOST amazing sunset for this Indianwood Golf Club wedding. I don’t know what it is about golf clubs but they usually have the most amazing spots for sunset photos. Indianwood was no different! I loved the quick sunset session we got in. There’s never any pressure from me to do sunset photos, but I do think it’s nice to step out for a hot second and just take a break together.
My favorite part of the reception was the Greek and Polish dancing that happened right before I left, honoring both Mike and Sarah’s heritage. Seeing their friends and family join in was super fun! I am Polish and I wish I could polka like Sarah and her mom!
venue: Indianwood Golf Club
ceremony: St. Paul Community Lutheran Church
dj: Memory Makers
A great way to celebrate in Detroit, The Whitney wedding of Shannon and Sam was a perfect way to celebrate in a low-key, yet beautiful way.
Shannon and Sam are a super groovy, cool couple. Their fall engagement session at the Dequindre Cut was such a fun expression of their personalities. I loved chatting with them about all of their interests as a couple.
The Whitney is one of my favorite spots in Detroit for an intimate wedding because it is gorgeous inside and out. I’ve photographed another wedding at The Whitney back in 2018, but Shannon and Sam’s day started early because it was a brunch wedding! I kind of loved it – I got up early, started early, and then ended early! This is kind of weird for a wedding photographer who is used to working afternoons and evenings.
Shannon and Sam got ready separately and then had a private first look on the stairs of The Whitney. They read private vows to each other and then we had a portrait session both inside and out in the garden. Their ceremony took place in The Whitney’s garden, which is a gorgeous spot tucked into the back of the home.
One of the things I love to do at an intimate The Whitney wedding is to take a photo of everyone present. When you have a smaller gathering, it’s easier to make this happen. When you have lovely steps like The Whitney does, it’s even easier to get done!
After a cocktail hour outdoors, everyone filed inside to enjoy a brunch, complete with cake. I loved the adorable details, including the couple’s cats as part of the wedding favors and decor.
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venue/catering/cake: The Whitney Detroit
florist: Floribunda Flowers
officiant: The Rite Officiant
gown: Maggie Sottero / Bombshell Bridal
Even before I saw the venue and heard the vows and did all the things, I knew that Samantha and Nick’s Bangor Elevator wedding would be incredible. These two are just the real deal, genuine, kind people, the exact type of client I adore working with. They told me their vision and trusted me to execute, and I think we did it!
I remember getting their inquiry and realizing I already followed Samantha on instagram. I loved her profile and really thought she was just this boho queen, true goals. Come to find out, she’s just as amazing in person and Nick is also probably the nicest guy I’ve ever met. Their fall engagement session was super fun and made me wish we could hang out all the time.
Fast forward to their Bangor Elevator wedding in August. It was a hot, hot day over in Bangor. We didn’t expect it to be THAT warm, but it was record-breaking humid heat. This didn’t stop these two from having an amazing day. They started with a first look where they read their vows to each other, privately. I highly recommend doing something like this at your first look to really lean into that moment alone. Their vows were some of the best I’d ever heard. I just know these two are going to do amazing things together.
Then we took portraits around the venue – trying to minimize our time in the heat. Luckily the Bangor Elevator was air conditioned so it did allow us some respite.
I think my favorite moment of this wedding, though, was Samantha’s grandfather, her pappou, singing this beautiful Greek song to her at the beginning of the reception. It was truly a very special moment to witness such love from a grandfather to his granddaughter. It was one of many special personal touches that had been carefully planned for this special day. Samantha’s father, Craig, also sang a song to his daughter. With so much love in the room, it was hard not to smile.
These two are off on an adventure traveling the world. They left a few weeks after their wedding. You can follow their adventures at @wanderbloom. I love seeing their travels and living vicariously through them.
From the couple: My wife and I highly recommend Madalyn as she is professional, high-quality, and dedicated to makng your wedding experience with photography easy and fun. We felt comfortable, relaxed, and ready in front of the camera. Madalyn has the kind of ambiance for nearly all situations making her fit for any type of family. On the wedding day, things are easy because all is prepared for and ready in terms of photo times, location,and people – thanks to Madalyn! She is flexible and ready to adapt to individualize it for the bride and groom. The final gallery had plentiful pictures and she has a natural eye for wonderful photos.
venue/dj: Bangor Elevator
hmu: Simply Stunning Bridal
gown: The Bride’s Project
I was so excited way back in early 2020 when Matt and Nicole booked me for their Detroit Masonic Temple wedding! The Detroit Masonic Temple had been a dream venue for me. When the pandemic hit, they postponed (twice actually!) but they still were married in a small courthouse ceremony on the anniversary of their first date. So when their big wedding came around, I was so excited for their Detroit Masonic Temple wedding!
It was a very warm day in downtown Detroit – typical August. Everything was taking place at the Masonic Temple, except the couple really wanted to do a first look at a beloved bar – the Bronx Bar, just up the street in Midtown. I was totally on board as anything you can do to make the day more personal is amazing in my eyes.
I met the couple for getting ready (separately) at the Masonic Temple. I loved both of their details – Nicole gave Matt some really cool cufflinks – the Millennium Falcon. It’s always cute when you can personalize parts of the day – especially attire.
When these two had their courthouse ceremony, I asked Nicole if she was going to wear her original wedding dress. She chose not to, and once I saw the dress (a Jenna in White!) I totally understood. It was gorgeous and perfect for this venue!
I really did adore the Detroit Masonic Temple. It really shined in the portrait session and the ballroom there is truly gorgeous. Nicole really wanted to showcase the venue – they choose it for a reason- so we took all the portraits on site, except for the first look. We even got to take some twilight photos on the roof – which was a special treat as I guess there is a bird that hates humans living up there! Doesn’t have to be a perfect sunset to get some gorgeous shots.
I loved working with these two and am so happy they got to have their amazing day, just a little later than anticipated!
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From the couple: “I was nervous about finding a photographer for our wedding as my now husband and I don’t necessarily love being in front of the camera, but as soon as I met Madalyn I knew we had found our perfect match. Madalyn was so much more than just a photographer. She helped keep me organized and provide direction in so many more aspects of the day than just the photos. She provided calm in stressful times and was also flexible beyond belief when it to came to scheduling, re-scheduling, and scheduling again due to our ever-changing timeline as an outcome of the pandemic. I would absolutely recommend Madalyn, and have done so to multiple of my friends already, and plan on returning for future photo sessions for our newborn and capturing family photos through the years to come.”
venue: The Masonic Temple
floral: Maple Lane Florist
gown: Jenna in White
hmu: Configure Beauty Detroit
dj: TJ Monte Productions
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
Like many couples, Samantha and Chris had to make changes to their 2020 wedding. To celebrate their marriage, they decided to have a downtown Plymouth bridal session. Downtown Plymouth was the location of their original wedding venue. A bridal session was the perfect way to celebrate – the couple got to wear their wedding attire and we got plenty of time to take some gorgeous photos without the tight timeline of a wedding.
We started this downtown Plymouth bridal session with a first look. I love the brick wall and wrought iron fencing. Then, we walked over to the movie theater and down the street to where these two met – Sean O’Callaghan’s.
To get a more nature-feel, we headed over to Maybury State Park in Northville for the sunset. We got some gorgeous photos with the most perfect July sunset.
I’m so glad I was able to celebrate these two with a downtown Plymouth bridal session!
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