Family Focused Wedding Plymouth, MI: Amanda + Josh

Sometimes when you know, you know. Why wait? That was the mantra of the small, family-focused and a little bit spontaneous wedding ceremony of Amanda and Josh. These two are so very near and dear to my heart, and I was so excited to be counted among the handful of immediate family that they decided to say "I do," in front of. I have known Amanda and Josh throughout most of their relationship and am so, SO happy for them!

It was a beautiful fall day for this cozy, little backyard celebration in Plymouth, MI. The idea of the day was simple, yet romantic as these two lives entwined to become one, to follow the same path. A few pictures were captured in the pre-wedding hour, when guests arrived, kisses were exchanged, laughs echoed through the house, and rings were admired all the while the wife and husband to-be would steal glances at one another from across the room.

The ceremony was officiated by a friend of the couple and even though both the bride and groom stumbled over repeating a few lines here and there, they gave their family a good laugh and cry. A feeling of intense love was in the air from those present and from those watching over the celebration. The ceremony was sealed with a kiss and a crunch of a glass bottle under the groom's foot and we all got swept into the house to toast and dot the I's and cross the T's for the state.

Amanda and Josh I am so happy for the both of you and can't say congrats enough!

Love Always,

Courtney Carolyn

Intimate Garden Wedding Detroit, MI: Gabby + Misha

I was asked to photograph the spontaneous and intimate backyard wedding of Gabby and Misha just 3 weeks before the I dos on July 6th. The wedding took place at the bride's family home, where she got ready and wore in a vintage tea length wedding dress that worked beautifully for this small, personal ceremony. Gabby's mother designed their home and backyard with a lot of really cool personal art and paid close attention to detail - that as a photographer I just love! I am such a visual person and when I get the honor to photograph a wedding where the bride and groom also have a good attention to detail and visual design it just makes my day.

Gabby and Misha's love is that of two old souls. When they first met, Misha was an exchange student from Russia and although his parents couldn't attend the ceremony in person, they joined in the celebration via Skype.

I am sososo in love with all the moments and images from this wedding and it just goes to show that you can have a beautiful, small DIY wedding on a budget. But don't forget that if you put in all the work to create DIY details, make sure to invest in a professional photographer to document all the hard work you put into creating the atmosphere!

Love Always,

Courtney Carolyn