Casual Detroit Wedding at Crystal Gardens: Jennifer + Ryan

Jennifer and her daughter strolled through the mall one afternoon window shopping. They decided on a whim to go into a jeweler's store and look at the engagement rings. Jennifer looked through all the different diamond ring cuts - pear, round, princess, and the like - and narrowed the store down to five rings that she liked most. Later, Ryan, would secretly go back to the store and look at those rings and pick one which to propose to Jennifer with - and he just so happened to pick the very one that was Jennifer's favorite out of the five!

On an evening out for dinner with friends and family in the fabulous Las Vegas, Ryan proposed to Jennifer. She said "Yes!," and a crowd of clapping strangers and friends erupted in the middle of their dinner restaurant. Jennifer prepared for her wedding day at her mother's home with the help of her daughter, mom, and bridesmaids. Ryan and Jennifer were so excited to see each other on their wedding day and wanted to ensure plenty of time for relaxed and fun photos. Both of these goals were accomplished with a first look.

Since Jennifer and Ryan's wedding was happening pretty close to downtown Detroit, we traveled to the beautiful and historic Guardian Building for the wedding party and couple portraits. As the day continued, the bride and groom were tucked away from arriving ceremony guests at Crystal Gardens in Southgate, MI. Jennifer walked arm in arm with her mother and step-father down the aisle as they all struggled to hold back tears. This day had finally come.

The celebration kicked off as Jennifer and Ryan each said, "I do.," kissed, and their daughter played sweet notes from her cello as they were announced as the new Mr. and Mrs. Many toasts, laughter, and tears were to be shared among all who attended the reception and the night ended with some dancing until they kicked their shoes off.

Jennifer + Ryan, I want to say how very thankful and honored I am to have been chosen to document your wedding day. It was an amazing and beautiful day and I wish you nothing but happiness and good adventures together!

Love Always,

Courtney Carolyn

Many thanks to the talented team of creatives that were apart of creating this beautiful wedding:

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Crystal Gardens, Southgate, MI

Flowers: Flowers on the Avenue, Allen Park, MI

DJ: Mystro's Entertainment, Metro Detroit

Cake: Cakes by Stephanie, Monroe, MI

Photographer: Courtney Carolyn Photography and shout out to my awesome second shooter Brittany!


Pretty in Purple + Pink Wedding in Midland, MI: Albert + Leah

Leah and her bridesmaids blotted their lips and curled their hair. Albert and his groomsmen had a few celebratory toasts and fashioned their pocket squares after some helpful guidance from YouTube. As the cloudy day at the Midland Convention Center progressed, the anticipation and excitement heighten as family began to fill into the ceremony seats.   

Leah's grandmother had a perfect view at the front as her granddaughter glided up the aisle towards Albert, and she couldn't contain a look of awe and love as Leah walked forward.

Laughter and tears cracked through the friends and family in attendance as the couple each exchanged personal vows which were then sealed with a kiss. Words of hope and long-forgotten stories were shared during the reception toasts and crazy fun dance moves were heavily encouraged throughout the night.

Leah and Albert I wish you so much happiness and success in your new life together as Mr. and Mrs.!  

Love Always,

Courtney Carolyn