Eastern Market Wedding- Detroit,MI

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Eastern Market Wedding- Detroit,MI

Where to even begin with this wedding? The couple was a breeze to work with and so was everyone involved! I loved the venue at Eastern Market and who wouldn't love the Detroit Institute of Art? Every detail of this wedding from her amazing two piece dress to her stunning bouquet! This is one of my favorites to date!

Venue - Eastern Market
https://www.easternmarket.com/

Caterer - Golden Spice Catering
http://www.goldenspicecatering.com/

Dessert - Love and Buttercream
https://www.loveandbuttercream.com/

Rentals - Your Event Party Rental
http://www.youreventpartyrental.com/

Rentals - Beck and Call Vintage
http://www.beckandcallvintage.com/about-1/

Florist - Blumz by JR Designs
http://blumz.com/

Coordinator - Pineapple Union
http://www.pineappleunion.com/

Photographer - Shanell Photography
http://www.shanellphotography.com/

Limo - Motor City Limousine
http://motorcitylimousine.com/

Hair/Makeup - Kyle Ann Designs
http://kyleanndesign.com/about

Save the Dates/Invitations – Krista Maki (STDs) Ashley Cappellazzi (Invites)

Dress - Ivy Bridal Studio (Mikaella and Calla Blanche)
http://ivybridalstudio.com/

Suit - Men's Warehouse
https://www.menswearhouse.com/

Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown
http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/michigan/hilton-garden-inn-detroit-downtown-DETDHGI/index.html

DJ - Prestige Entertainment
http://prestigeentertainment1.com/

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A Dreamy love story in Michigan Apple Blossom blooms

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A Dreamy love story in Michigan Apple Blossom blooms

 I absolutely love springtime and blooms, don't you?!  I also love the sun setting behind the trees showcasing all the prettiness. Being a film photographer, natural light is super important so I was so excited to see film work its magic in this perfect setting! Thank you again to all the amazing vendors who helped make this day perfectly stunning! 

Day of Coordinator: Mitten Weddings and Events Meagan McPhail
Meagan@mittenweddingsandevents.com
www.mittenweddingsandevents.com
www.instagram.com/mittenweddings

Venue:
Blakes Orchard & Cider Mill
http://blakefarms.com/
www.instagram.com/blakeshardciderco/

Makeup:
Andrea Walker Makeup Artist
www.instagram.com/andreawalkermua
http://www.andreawalkermua.com

Photographer:
Shanell Photography
http://www.shanellphotography.com
shanellphotography@gmail.com
www.instagram.com/shanellphotographyllc

Florist: 
Violet Rose Floral
http://violetrosefloral.com/
www.instagram.com/violetrosefloral

Calligraphy:  
Cali O'Rourke Calligraphy
cocalligraphy.com
www.instagram.com/cocalligraphy

Videographer: https://vimeo.com/221006279 video link

Bella Reel Films
http://www.bellareelfilms.com/
www.instagram.com/bellareelfilms/

Invitations:
Meadow Paper CO.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/meadowpaperco
www.instagram.com/meadowpaperco
Cake/desserts:
Brookie's Cookies & Cakes
www.instagram.com/brookelafore/

Grooms Apparel: 
Main Street Tuxedo
http://www.mainstreettuxedos.com/
https://www.instagram.com/mainstreettuxedo/


Rentals:
Colonial Events
www.colonialevent.com
www.instagram.com/colonial_events/

Table Rental:
White Willow Tables
https://www.facebook.com/whitewillowfarms/

Jewelry:
Jeweler: Coughlin Jewelers
www.coughlinjewelers.com
www.instagram.com/coughlinjeweler/

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Film Maternity Session, Rochester Mi

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Film Maternity Session, Rochester Mi

I love when other photographers ask me to do their session, its always a huge compliment! Being a film photographer herself, Maria was totally game when I asked if I could shoot only film (normally I shoot both film and digital). The anticipation for getting this session back was so high! Opening up my inbox to receive these gems made me so happy and proud! Yay for film and for pushing myself! Going from a cute fun ice-cream lifestyle look to a more romantic park look, this is one of my favorite maternity shoots to date! 

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Love by the shore-Grand Rapids Michigan

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Love by the shore-Grand Rapids Michigan

Here in Michigan we have some amazing beaches and so much to offer around our coasts! This stunning couple was a dream to work with and the vendors made the day amazing! I love our state of Michigan and think its is by far one of the prettiest places!

 

Floral, Planning and Design: Posh Petals

www.poshpetalsfloral.com

Linen and Rentals: The Rental Company 

http://wmrentalco.com/

Venue: Camp Blodgett 

http://www.campblodgett.org/

Paper Products: Freshly Squeezed Print Shop 

http://printfreshlysqueezed.com/

Hair: Launch Salon 

https://launchsalon.com/

Bridal Gown: Ali Nicole Bridal 

http://www.alinicolebridal.com/

Cake and Desserts: Rykes 

http://rykes.com/

Tea Bar: Ferris Coffee & Nut Co 

https://ferriscoffee.com/

Liquor: Long Road Distillers 

http://longroaddistillers.com/

Jewelry: Coughlin Jewelers

http://coughlinjewelers.com 

Photographer: Shanell Photography

http://shanellphotography.com

Vow Books: Meadow Paper Co

www.meadowpaperco.com

Makeup:

 http://makeupbyjennam.weebly.com

Videographer: White Willo Media

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd8R2feTliGlkk6y7C5bZ1w

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Engagement Session-Rochester Michigan

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Engagement Session-Rochester Michigan

I love when my clients bring who they are to their sessions. This couple loves their dog and as fur baby parents wanted to incorporate him into their session, isn't he the cutest! As we walked into the park I realized this was not only a pretty park but the park where they were engaged, ahh love that! We made sure we sat on the same bench where it all took place and had some great laughs reminiscing about that night they shared together. Between the cute pup and awesome couple this session was a perfect success! Thanks guys, cannot wait to photograph your big day next wedding season! 

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Ryan and Gina's Wedding- The Inn at St. Johns- Plymouth, MI

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Ryan and Gina's Wedding- The Inn at St. Johns- Plymouth, MI

 

When your venue is almost as stunning as the people your photographing! This couple and everyone involved in the day could not have been much more fun, and awesome. The Inn at Saint Johns is a very beautiful venue and the soft coloring of the bridemaids dresses with romantic pops of color in the floral fit perfectly! After the ceremony, we whisked the bridal party away to do all photographs. The lighting and building detail had Gina and Ryan looking like couture models! The reception was so stunningly lit with candle light and sting lights, but nothing quite topped the dancing and party that took place! Beyond the details and stunning couple, this day was full of joy amongst everyone! Thank you for allowing me in on your big day!

 

Venue: The Inn at Saint Johns 

Hair: Brandon at Serenity hair salon 

Makeup: Vera Khzouz MUA

Bridesmaids dresses: The White Dress

Florist: Bella I'venti

Wedding cake: Wendy Kromer Confecctions

Invites: Rock Paper Scissors

The brides gown: The White Dress

Guys Tuxes: The Black Tux

Veil: Blanca veils

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Tonya and Timmy's Detroit Masonic Temple Wedding-Detroit, MI

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Tonya and Timmy's Detroit Masonic Temple Wedding-Detroit, MI

 

Where to even begin... Tonya is one of the sweetest brides! Knowing they wanted to do a first look was exciting and the most perfect blooms were right outside the MGM! Between how stunning Tonya looked and how handsome Tim was in his uniform my heart was jumping for joy! The two couldn't be more in love and it sure radiated through them all day. From the moment I did this couples engagement session I was looking forward to their wedding, Still can not believe its come and gone! I had never been to their venue for a wedding or photographed a wedding there so that was so awesome and exciting, love new venues!! The Detroit Masonic Temple is something I couldn't have even imagined, I love history and all things pretty, this was all that and more! From some of the oldest elevators in Michigan to a real theater and telephone booths... this place is cool! Both the ceremony and reception was held at the Temple and all laid out perfectly. The ceremony was ordained by the brides brother and at times had the entire place cracking up including the bride and groom! The decor was done by Tonya herself and she chose to have cherry cheese cake instead of cake... never tried a piece come to think of it... bet it was yummy! Speeches from their best friends and even Tonya's grandmother had you seeing just how amazing this couple was and how loved. Thank you so much for letting me in on your wonderful day. May you have many years of happiness! 

 

Venue: Detroit Masonic Temple

Hotel: MGM Grand Detroit 

Floral: Violet Rose Floral

Dress: Vows Bridal Outlet

Dress Alterations: Jules Joyner Designs 

Head/Hairpieces: Lace Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids Dresses: Rent The Runway

Shoes- Bling Is My Thing

Tuxedos: Mens Warehouse

Hair and Makeup: Roots Beauty Bar

Robes- Etsy

 

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Why Film?

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Why Film?

I often get asked, why do you shoot film? Well because its amazing and the best, hahaha! No really it is. I started over a year ago trying to see if I could wrap my head around film, yes, "old school film". It did not take long for me to fall in love with film and all of its beauty. The tones film provide can not be beat, the skin is creamy and the greens are minty. Soft and romantic with that magical pop of contrast. Digital images can be matched to appear similar to film and as a hybrid shooter I  have found their is a reason for both in my bag. Film handles highlights and bright lighting so much better than digital, however digital is better in low light. Above all things Film has made me be a better photographer as a whole, made me slow down, read light better, and made me see things in a whole new way. Film being perfectly imperfect is unlike digital in the fact that you can not just "fix it in photoshop". Film makes you know your skill at a higher level and it challenges you as an artist. The Images below show both film on top SOOC Fuji 400 pushed and the lower digital SOOC! For my clients you will know your getting the best of both worlds and a better photographer because of film. Photographers, if you do not shoot film, I encourage you to try it! 

Bouquet by Violet rose floral

Makeup by Andrea Walker

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Country Side Maternity Session

What a stunning mom and stylish dad I had the privilege of working with. the love between them and their new unborn baby was so obvious and great! Congrats you two on your baby girl, can not wait to see her cute little face! Oh and thank you to the random person riding by with this stunning horse, she made for an awesome photo that wasn't expected! Might I add the horse was expecting too! 

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Coach Insignia Winter Wonderland Wedding - Detroit, MI

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Coach Insignia Winter Wonderland Wedding - Detroit, MI

Rachel and Malcolm's big day started out with a very snowy drive to the Renaissance Center in Downtown Detroit, right on the Detroit River and overlooking Windsor, Canada. Both the bride and groom spent the morning relaxing with their friends and family in their respective suites. After hair and makeup, the girls headed over to the Fort Street Presbyterian Church, constructed in 1855! It was snowing so hard that the church had to sweep the stairs every 30 minutes. The ceremony was full of personal touches including vows by both Rachel and Malcolm that had everyone laughing and then crying.  After the cermony  we stopped over at Hart Plaza for the FASTEST bridal party and just married photos ever! The wind was fierce and cold, and the snow was not letting up, but the bridal party braved it all for some amazing photos. The reception was held at the Coach Insignia - a restaurant on the 72nd floor of the Renaissance Building with a 360 degree view of the city. The details at the reception added the perfect personal touch to end the evening - tiny champagne bottles for everyone to take home! Thank you, Rachel and Malcolm, for letting me capture your snow-filled, gorgeous winter wonderland wedding day!!

Church: Fort Street Presbyterian
Reception: Coach Insignia
Dress: Piera's Bridal Couture
Veil & Headpiece: Crowning Glory Bridal
Shoes: Custom made
Purse: Mary Frances
Tuxedos: J. Barbaro Clothiers
Bridesmaids Dresses: Konja's Bridal
Cake: Josef's Pastry Shop
Hair & Makeup: LuminAries Salon
Invitations: Papersource / DIY

Florist: Mandel Greenhouses Florist

Cigar Bar: The Cigar Guys
Wedding Coordinator: Nicola Wilson - Simply Brilliant Events 

 

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Reflecting on 2016

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Reflecting on 2016

Oh my, what a year! Looking back on 2016 brings so many wonderful memories to my mind. From the baby bumps to the wedding parties we sure had a lot to love. I tried picking my favorites but quickly realized I didn't have enough room! 2016 will always be special for me as it was my first complete year as a full time Photographer. While it has always been a passion of mine, it wasn't my only job. 

This journey started almost 6 years ago and I never thought photography would pick me the way that it has! It's a blessing for me to be able to follow my passions and run my own business. That being said, I realized it was a big step, and I really didn't know how awesome the year would turn out.

Being that photography was now my full time career, I decided to pick up a film camera. Knowing that I'd need to gain some knowledge quickly, I traveled to both Kentucky and Tennessee to attend two workshops. Film, wow! I can say that film is hard, but beautiful. There have been some amazing scans and some, well, not so great! Learning film has been a very exciting but humbling experience that has forever changed me as an artist. Authentic and romantic, nothing is quite like film.

Looking back through this year's photos it makes my heart so happy to know that I've been able to capture moments that will be forever cherished by my clients. A new family's first picture, seeing a father's emotion as he walks his daughter down the aisle or that special dance with Grandma,all memories that I was able to capture for those involved forever.

 2016 saw me attend 2 film workshops, photograph 20 weddings, 3 editorial styled shoots, and almost 100 sessions. Going full time I knew I'd have to work really hard, but hard work pays off! This work led to my year highlight - I got published! Not once, but 8 times!

What a great year. Thank you so much to all of you for letting me share your special moments this year. To Amanda, thanks for your support and being by my side through this successful year! I can't wait to see what 2017 brings us!

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