Where do I even begin with Lauren & Steven’s Lovett Hall Dearborn Michigan wedding? I’ll start by saying this – they were absolutely hands down amazing to work with during Amanda’s maternity leave. When Lauren + Steven booked us they selected Amanda to document their wedding. They had a GORGEous engagement shoot in Downtown Detroit with her then through the winter one of the happiest moments happened to Amanda, she was expecting! This is sometime with our career we need to be prepared for, life. As luck had it I was still available completely blocked off their day to make sure we were present. When I spoke with Lauren not only was she happy for Amanda she was ecstatic I would be there to document their story. I love Amanda but i’m REALLY happy that I was there. The entire day was, I mean perfect! Not an ounce of worry from either of them and it really reminded us why we love what we do. It truly is couples like Lauren & Steven who make us feel like we are trusted and let us be as creative as we want. I LOVE that!
So we began at the Westin Book Cadillac – I walked in and Lauren’s smile lit up the entire room. Everyone from her family, friends, bridesmaid even the hair and makeup artists filled the room with such good vibes I knew instantly it would be the perfect day. Not long after we departed for their ceremony locations at the Old. St. Mary’s in Detroit where Lauren wanted to have a first look with her Dad. I mean *sigh* guys I can see where Lauren gets her personality from. Her parents were everything anyone would dream of as a Mom and Dad. The emotion her father had seeing her for the first time before walking her down the aisle was just priceless. It’s moments again like this that really are rewarding for us to capture.
The ceremony began, their friends and family all had smiles, tears of joy and nothing but love for the two of them the entire time.
We departed from Old St. Mary’s to Lovett Hall where the bridal party just enjoyed themselves with us prior to the cocktail hour. From laughs, to the funny stories, to just enjoying the day we were able to capture them at their best. It wasn’t long after when the bridal party was announced and went right into speeches. I don’t post much about speeches but I’m going to touch on this one. When Lauren’s dad came up to give his speech it was probably one of the best ones I’ve ever seen. He spoke a lot about Lauren naturally but he brought up something she did a child. He brought up a bird house she made and gave to him. When he finished the story he walked over to his seat pulled out a bag. He put his hand in the bag and pulled out the bird feeder she made and gave him. The entire room was full of tears, even myself. Even NOW typing this. It was honestly one of the coolest things to experience because it wasn’t your typical speech. It was meaningful, loving and very powerful for everyone there.
Following that the night was history with dancing, fun and tons of memories.
Lauren & Steven THANK YOU for having us there to document your special day. It is most certainly one I will never forget and I’m really thankful to have been there in place of Amanda to see your story unfold.
Enjoy a few highlights from their day….
Preparations :: Westin Book Cadillac
Ceremony :: Old St. Mary’s
Second Photographer :: Dustin Stockel
Wedding Coordinator :: Kim Kelly
Videography :: Margetic Visually
Florist :: The Petal Lady
Cake :: Holiday Market
Band :: Blue Water Kings
Hair/Makeup :: Detroit Gam
Dress :: Becker’s Bridal Justin Alexander
Bridesmaids Dresses :: Bella Bridesmaids
Mens Tuxes :: The Black Tux