Sarah and Eric met as undergrads at Michigan State University and while they both worked as referees for some of the intramural sports teams. A few years later in the middle of their favorite city, Chicago, Eric proposed to Sarah on a rooftop covered with rose petals! Talk about romantic!! . . .Read More
Kendall + Kaliq were surrounded by some of the most incredible flowers at this intimate affair in Detroit, Michigan. This day was all about creating an intimate, personal experience for the bride and groom where their love for each other could shine! . . .Read More
My heart is so full, today, as I looked for blog images to share from Erin and Dmitri's beautiful wedding day which took place at the Belle Isle Casino in Detroit, MI! Not only was Erin SUCH a gorgeous bride, she was one of the happiest brides I’ve ever seen as well! . . .Read More
I feel like I have such a special connection to Carole and Mark and I had so much fun exploring Belle Isle with them for their engagement session! Last year, I had the honor of photographing Mark's daughter, Melissa's, wedding day and when Mark, Carole, and I met up this year to grab coffee and talk wedding photography, I learned exactly how Mark proposed. . .Read More
Before Lauren and Marcus' engagement session at Belle Isle in Detroit, I sent them my Engagement Session Style Guide which includes everything from choosing the right location for your portraits to coordinating outfits to the little details you don't want to forget about. I think they totally ROCKED their engagement photos and can I gush one last time about their unbelievable outfits for a minute - gorgeous taste and Lauren has such an eye for style! I believe that because they were given the tools to prepare, that allowed both Lauren and Marcus to relax, be themselves, and to most importantly have fun at their engagement session! . . .Read More
There is something energetic about living downtown in a big city. There is a pace that makes you want to wake up in the morning and just get moving towards your dreams and goals. Living in downtown Detroit has proven to be a fun and exciting time for Jenny and Pat. They really enjoy working and exploring the motor city together.Read More
As I walked into the bridal suite at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center the stormy clouds that had been dominating the morning sky had finally started to dissipate. Lindsay breathed a sigh of relief at the news of a rain-free wedding day and she finished up with her hair and make-up styling. The Detroit skyline and river were the backdrop on this dreamy day, with elements of the city finding it's way onto the invitations and reception decor.Read More
While getting to know Kara + Mark in the days leading up to their wedding, I discovered that Kara is a girl after my own heart as she has read all seven Harry Potter books on multiple occasions! I'm even a step above her on the HP nerd scale as I have all seven on audiobook and listen to them on repeat while cleaning or when driving home from a destination wedding. (Weasley is our King!) So although they wouldn't be having a HP themed wedding, they did plan on having a beautiful celebration where friends and family could enjoy themselves and have fun. I was so excited and honored to be chosen as their wedding photographer.Read More
This was my first visit to this historic Belle Isle in Detroit, MI and as we all walked around the island I couldn't help but smile when Dylan would say something goofy to Lynette and then she would pull him in close to her. So cute. And they are so in love.
A few moments in front of the James Scott Memorial Fountain proved to be an adventure as the couple climbed up into the fountain to get a better view of the Detroit skyline (the park staff turn off the water at the beginning of fall). Lynette and I shared a total girl/chick flick moment as she said to Dylan, "I like your hair pushed back like that," and Dylan stared blankly at her. We all burst out laughing because apparently "Mean Girls" wasn't a movie on his must-watch list. We strolled over to the Belle Isle Casino and that's when Lynette brought out some balloons - BALLOONS - to incorporate as a prop in their shoot. I love when couples bring along pieces that represent their personality, relationship, or daily life because it gives us something fun to work with and adds depth to their story. :)
After a quick outfit change, Lynette adorned green and white and Dylan maze and blue at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory to show their individual team spirits. I don't think the rivalry between Michigan State University (Lynette) and University of Michigan (Dylan) will end anytime soon as captured in their playful punching match, but these two still come together on most everything else.
A wonderful blue sky, painted with whispy white clouds, was the backdrop as the Mr. and Mrs.-to-be tossed the football around in front of the Nancy Brown Peace Carillon Tower.
(I first met Lynette and Dylan while freelancing my engagement photography skills for Fairytale Productions and I enjoyed capturing their love for each other on the beautiful Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan! All photos were captured by Courtney Carolyn, but are Copyright to the amazing Fairytale Productions. To read more about why I collaborate and work with other photographers, check out this post.)
I want to wish Lynette and Dylan so much love and happiness at their engagement and I can not wait until your wedding next May!!
Have you ever visited Belle Isle? Tell me about the things you saw in the comments below!