Lauren and Adam are Married!

I’ve been working on this blog post for a while now.  Every wedding I photograph has a special place in my heart, but Lauren and Adam’s wedding was especially special for me.  At the pre-wedding consultation we figured out that I’ve known the Laenen family for 20 years now.  I babysat Lauren ( and her siblings Bobby and Kayla ) when they were little.  I danced and worked at Lauren’s mom’s dance studio, and worked as a receptionist for Lauren’s dad’s construction supply business while I was in college.  Not only were they my bosses and friends, but the Laenen family has a way of completely making you feel like you are part of their family.  So, I was absolutely honored when they asked me to photograph Lauren and Adam’s wedding.   I could tell from the first minute of our consultation that this would be an amazing day.  The girls got ready at Lauren’s parent’s house.   They did hair, makeup, and all things glam, while listening to music and lounging by the pool.  It was a gorgeous morning!

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The ceremony was held at Lauren’s grandmother’s house on Lake St. Clair.  Gorgeous doesn’t even begin to describe it.  The weather was absolutely perfect too.  Not too hot, not too cold, beautiful white puffy clouds over the water.  If I could schedule weather for my wedding couples — this is the kind of weather I would pick every. single. time.  Lauren and Adam didn’t see each other before the ceremony,  so the guys took photos together before the ceremony.

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This house has been in Lauren’s family for generations.  It doesn’t get any more beautiful.  I can’t even…..

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So handsome!!!  Lauren and the girls finished getting ready at Grandma Laenen’s house.  How cool is it to finish your wedding makeup in your great-grandmother’s bedroom?!?!

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Lauren got a sneak peek at the ceremony set up!  And then one of my favorite parts of any wedding day happened.  Lauren’s dad got to see her for the first time.  The love, and just pure raw emotion of the whole Laenen family makes me tear up a little still, sitting at my computer after all is said and done.  They are just incredible people!!

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The ceremony was absolutely breath taking.

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And then the whole family got into the fun of photographs, and getting ready for the reception.  The Laenen family owns The Island Bar and Grill: and it was the perfect setting for an super-fun reception!

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Once it got dark, the happy couple and their family set paper wish lanterns into the sky, it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!!  Then the dancing began.  Trust me if there is something that the Laenen family knows a thing or two about — it’s dancing, music, and having a great party.  Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this most special day.  Hugs and kisses to all of you, and tons of love to your growing family!!  xoxo

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The Montgomery Family

I’ve had the honor of photographing the Montgomery boys pretty much since they have been born.  I’ve watched them grown from adorable babies, into just as adorable toddlers, adorable little kids, and now thoughtful, kind, smart, funny ( and still adorable ) young men.   I can’t believe Andrew will be in middle school next year.  Ugh, it goes by way too fast.  Anyway, our annual Christmas Card day was so much fun.  Taking pictures, hanging out, having yummy food – it has become a Montgomery / Dixson family tradition of sorts!  Thank you Montgomery family for letting me capture this year’s family photos, and for being such great friends! xoxo 

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The Smith Family

Now that the holidays are over, and all of the Christmas cards have gone out, I’m excited to start featuring some of the amazingly beautiful sessions from last summer and fall.  I was so happy to get to meet the super sweet Miss Everly ( and get my tiny baby fix!! ) And, of course, to run and play with the oh-so-awesome Mr. Brady.  Doesn’t he have the best little twinkle in those baby blues? It was a gorgeous fall day with lots of color at Drayton Plains Nature Center  Any day I get to hang out with the Smith fam is a good day in my book, but getting to capture these beautiful photos made it extra special to me!  Thanks guys!   xoxo  

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Ashley and Chris Are Married!

I got the honor of capturing the most beautiful wedding day for Ashley and Chris!  Ashley’s aunt introduced us, and upon our first meeting I could tell the wedding was going to be incredible!  By the time the day was done, I was secretly wishing I could be honorarily adopted into her family, they were so kind, welcoming, and so much fun!   The day was beautiful, from the ceremony at Oak Pointe Church , to photos at the Northville Winery, a stop at Andiamo Livonia where the couple met, and then to the beautiful St. Mary’s Cultural Center for their gorgeous vineyard themed reception.  I don’t think Ashley or Chris stopped smiling the entire day.  I just love when a bride and groom aren’t afraid to show their emotions, and Ashley and Chris sure didn’t disappoint!  Thank you so much for letting me be a part of such an important and amazing day!  Cheers Ashley and Chris, here is to an amazing life together!   xoxo Marlaina

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Jenny & Brian Are Married!

Jenny and Brian had the most amazing wedding at the Pine Knob Mansion.  A gorgeous couple, gorgeous venue, the nicest families ever, just a fantastic day.  Their blending of traditions and religious ceremonies made this one of the most personal and unique weddings I have ever shot.  I just loved the entire day.  Jenny’s super talented sister in law made the incredible cake, and the gorgeous flowers were done by her cousin.  Thank you Jenny & Brian for letting me share in your most incredible day!!  xoxo

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