Cheyenne and Tony’s Tina’s Country House and Gardens wedding was a long time coming and definitely worth the wait! On a slightly chilly early March day, they were married amongst their closest family and friends.
The first time I met Cheyenne was back in 2017 when my business was just taking off. Their son Chase was just a baby and I remember holding him as Cheyenne signed the contract. Now Chase is growing fast and their daughter Naomi has joined their beautiful little family! I think one of the most beautiful moments of the whole wedding was Tony’s reaction to Chase coming down the aisle. Second would probably be Tony and Cheyenne dancing with their children before they were off to bed.
One of the sweetest couples I’ve worked with, I have photographed Tony and Cheyenne twice before their wedding so they were ready for the camera. And honestly they’re naturals. It’s always clear to me why they’re together every time I see them!
They wrote their own vows for their ceremony and shared their promises to each other. The ceremony was followed by a lovely reception and some heartfelt words from their friends and Tony’s mom, who made a wonderful speech welcoming Cheyenne officially into the family.
After waiting a year and a half for this Tina’s Country House and Gardens wedding, I was sad to see it end, but luckily Tony and Cheyenne have promised to let me always take their family photos! 🙂
I love weddings in all seasons, even when it’s cold, rainy, and windy like it was on Robert and Elizabeth’s Pier Park Grosse Pointe wedding last December 1st. The weird weather didn’t stop them from having literally the best day. In fact, from the first look to the sparkler exit, they couldn’t stop smiling!
After getting ready separately, they meet right on Lake St. Clair in a gazebo for a first look. Despite the crazy wind and Elizabeth’s veil blowing right off, it was an emotional moment to witness. They exchanged gifts after a few portraits, Elizabeth giving Robert a journal of letters she wrote to him while they were engaged and Robert giving her the necklace she would wear the rest of the day.
After some bridal party photos, we headed to the church for their candlelit ceremony. Is there anything more romantic than a candlelit ceremony? I’ve decided there isn’t. When the vows were exchanged and the license signed, everyone headed back to Pier Park for the reception.
Let me tell you, this Pier Park Grosse Pointe wedding was a PARTYYY. The dance floor was full all night long and I got some of my favorite dance floor photos ever. See below. The bride and groom did what I think brides and grooms should do: they partied with their people in the way they wanted to! The party was so intense, the bride’s hair went straight up into a top bun.
The night was capped off with a sparkler send-off and Robert told the guests that were left that it was the best day he’d ever had. That means you’re doing it right.
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.
Fall is so far away, but I know that before we know it, my days will be filled with a ton of sessions and weddings, and requests to create more time to squeeze every possible shot out of October. For some reason, this month is insanity for photographers…it is a beautiful month if the weather cooperates. As you’ll see in these bridal portraits of Kaitlin and Danny’s wedding in Sterling Heights, Michigan, which were some of my favorite from my October wedding, we got the sun for about 15 good minutes. It was the only 15 minutes of sun I saw during my October weddings last year.
Kaitlin and Danny didn’t have a wedding party, so we were able to spend a lot of time just photographing the two of them. They were my second couple without a party last year! Nothing against bridal parties, but there’s something nice about just working with a bride and groom and having MORE time with them. Their ceremony and reception were held at the Carpathia Club in Sterling Heights. We had to move things around due to rain and ended up switching our family formal time with bridal portrait time to make sure we got some sunshine in these images.
Being a Sterling Heights wedding photographer, I’m always telling my couples that scenery is cool and all but sometimes we can make a lot of magic in little, unknown spots. For instance, we used Dodge Park, which was close to the venue and had some nice foliage and a bridge, but we didn’t have to go far from the parking lot (which was great for Kaitlin in those shoes). We also were able to use a historic home right across the street which had the right vibe for their wedding theme. Simple things go a long way and being flexible while trusting your photographer during the rainy moments is important!
I think the most unique thing about this wedding was the dessert table. Kaitlin is a baker (and I’m assuming many of her family members are too!), and their family’s wedding tradition is to have a cookie table. This table was about 20 feet long and COVERED in cookies. I had never encountered this before, but I did sample a lot of the cookies and they were indeed delicious. There were boxes to take cookies home as favors. I approve this idea!
I’ve now been to A LOT of weddings, most as a vendor and not as a guest. Each is different, even if it’s just slightly. But I think what always makes me happiest is when there is just an energy of excitement in the air. This was true for Shannon and Jimmy’s wedding at St. Anselm Catholic Church and Meeting House Grand Ballroom.
But back to why we’re here: they’re married! There was just an energy I could feel in each room at their wedding, that their large families were just SO excited for this moment. Shannon had warned me about this ahead of time, but I couldn’t help but feel so EXCITED myself! Let me just give a quick example. The grand entrance was just the bride and groom (usually it involves the bridal party). Shannon and Jimmy entered to the Space Jam theme song, and literally everyone was on their feet giving them high-fives as they made their way to the head table. Also, my favorite image from 2018 is of them entering…and usually I don’t like photographing grand entrances at all. But that moment, it just brings me back to the energy in the room and how pumped everyone was to be there celebrating this marriage. The Meeting House Grand Ballroom was a gorgeous spot to work and just the right amount of historical elegance for this wedding!
Not only did Shannon look like an absolutely classic, timeless bride (she’s gorgeous isn’t she? Also hello so much rose gold — which is just like my wedding and engagement rings), but she is also one of the kindest brides I’ve ever worked with…always asking my opinion and for advice. She was THE most organized and I kind of knew we’d get along really well from the first moment we met (isn’t that just the best feeling?). Jimmy is a goof ball, but he brings out the joy in Shannon…you can tell they have a ton of fun together. I just really like them, okay?
One of the most challenging parts of this wedding was to shoot the entire portrait session in the dark! Yes, that’s right, it was November and these two wanted to go traditional so there was no first look. It was DARK when we shot all the bridals and bridal party photos (the ones of them all together). It was also cold and had snowed (this didn’t happen for my December weddings haha!), so it was a winter wedding to me! I think it’s important to make sure that your photographer can handle something like this. When I told Shannon and Jimmy that we probably wouldn’t be able to get AS many shots as I usually get because it’s hard to set up lights at night and in the middle of a downtown, they didn’t worry. I think it was most important to get more candids of the day for them, so I tried to do that. I was nervous for the darkness, but more and more I fear it less and embrace what is given to me as a photographer. I think their portraits were pretty magical!
From the bride: “Madalyn has been a joy to work with in all aspects of wedding planning. Her willingness to answer emails (there have been a few from this nervous bride) and ability to make all the planning seem easy has been so reassuring. Working with her on our engagement pictures was awesome and we are so happy with all the choices and variety of shots. Her client portal and gallery are super easy to use and she promptly updates all information, such as invoices. We are so excited for her to shoot our November wedding and will update after the date. However, 10/10 would recommend her!!”