There are few places in Detroit as elegant as a Detroit Institute of Arts engagement session. Kristina and Andrew loved the timeless look of the marble, which was juxtaposed so well with her plum dress.
The beautiful thing about Detroit is all of the different vibes it offers to clients when it comes to location and feeling. Couples that choose a Detroit Institute of Arts engagement session are looking for a more formal, sophisticated look. It’s perfect for the couple that wants to get dressed up in a more formal look.
The beautiful part about a Detroit Institute of Arts engagement session is that it looks great in every single season. No matter if it’s the heat of summer or the cold of winter, the marble looks gorgeous every single day.
Kristina and Andrew were so much fun to be with at their engagement session. I thought they pulled off the sophisticated, timeless look that the Detroit Institute of Arts needs perfectly. We ended at Parker’s Alley with some more casual photos. I totally recommend doing something similar for your own engagement session – having both vibes (if you’re into it!) can be a good way to get a variety of photos that feel slightly different. You do you!
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
Shannon and Sam are a Detroit-loving couple who live in the city, so it just made sense to use one of my favorite Detroit spots for a Dequindre Cut engagement session. I love the Dequindre Cut because it’s a good mix of grunge, art, and nature. It’s a fun place to go walk and explore – even if you’re not getting your photo taken.
We started our Dequindre Cut engagement session exploring the graffiti – it was actually a busy fall Sunday on the cut – lots of bikers! I always have a lot of fun using the art as part of composing photos.
Shannon and Sam are very laid back and easy to talk to. They met online and had their first date at a brewery (sounds familiar right, that’s Josh and I as well), so it made sense to head over to Jolly Pumpkin for part 2 of our session. They had some beers and told me about some movies they enjoy together, and we chatted about politics and the general state of the world.
Wait until you see their fall wedding at The Whitney on the blog soon!
Here’s another Dequindre Cut engagement session in the summer and another where we also hit up nearby Eastern Market.
When I first met Deirdre over zoom for a wedding consultation, I just knew that I had to be a part of her and Stan’s wedding day and engagement photos. Not only are these two such sweet people, but their sense of style is impeccable. They are fire in front of the camera, truly! Their Fisher Building engagement session was really quite perfect for March – half inside, half outside, with honestly the perfect golden hour light. I can’t believe how lucky I got with sunsets last March!
I shot this Fisher Building engagement session at 34 weeks pregnant and it was my last session before maternity leave. What a bang! Deirdre asked me to really incorporate architecture and art into their images, so I really feel like I stretched myself a little bit more than I usually do, erring more editorial than photojournalistic. I like to think I come out somewhere in the middle of it all – a good balance of everything.
The Fisher Building is perhaps the most beautiful building in Detroit. If you happen to be able to get on a tour of it, I highly recommend it. It is so cool and worth the time. There are actual offices, businesses, and a theater in the building, but the lobby area is absolutely gorgeous. And as of right now one of the few places in the city where you can still go inside and take portraits without much trouble, making a Fisher Building engagement session so perfect for those colder months. See wedding portraits I did there back in 2019 here.
For the second half of the session, we headed over to the Detroit Public Library to use the exterior of the building. It’s actually another one of my favorite spots in the city – very underrated but still sophisticated like the DIA across the street and WAY less busy. I think this location suited them well – scroll down to see!
I can’t wait to share their October 2021 wedding – it was absolutely stunning!