When you get to photograph your college bestie’s wedding, it’s a really good day. Celeste and Jeremy’s Como Conservatory wedding last November was absolutely perfect for a November Minnesota day. No snow, actually warm for a November day, and no rain! I think we won. This was my first “destination wedding” and I’m actually glad it was in the Twin Cities because I think it’s similar to Detroit in a lot of ways.
This was my second trip to Minnesota in 2019 (we made three…Josh is from Rochester, Minnesota and we go there for Christmas), the first being Celeste and Jeremy’s Duluth engagement session. If you’re reading this from the land of ten thousand lakes (though I hear there’s more than that), I would love to go back. 🙂
It’s been a long time since I’ve photographed the wedding of a friend (cue first wedding I photographed), but it was so lovely to spend the whole day alongside Celeste, who I’ve known for nearly a decade. We met when we lived across the hall from each other during our sophomore year of college and both us and our roommates all shared an apartment and house our junior and senior years. If you look carefully in this blog post, you’ll find our roomie photo. It’s probably the only wedding blog post where you’ll find a photo of me! And you’ll see some photos of Josh who was with me!
Celeste and Jeremy were married at the church where they met, Hope Community Church in downtown Minneapolis. They shared an intimate first look on the balcony in front of stained glass windows. I think the emotion of the day was JOY. We headed down to the Stone Arch Bridge, which is an old pedestrian bridge that is one of the Twin Cities’ icons. Though it was super windy and chilly, it’s such a beautiful spot to take photos of the Minneapolis skyline. We also used some of the old mill ruins as a backdrop. I love the Twin Cities!
After a beautiful ceremony, the reception at the Como Zoo and Conservatory began. I think this was such a cool venue. They had the doors to the palm room open so you could walk through and all the windows overlooking the gardens would be gorgeous in the spring or summer.
When she was planning, Celeste told me they wanted to do some type of exit (they are fun duh!) but sparklers weren’t allowed. So I told her only a certain type of glow stick works well (the huge ones) and really streamers are your best bet! So they did that and I think the exit photos turned out beautiful!
ceremony: Hope Community Church | reception: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | HMU (bride): Plush Beauty Lounge | gown: Mori Lee | floral: Florals by Claire | dj: Minnesota Wedding Party | invites: Laura Karsjens
The most popular wedding day of 2019 was October 19, 2019 and Cory and Brian’s Indian Springs Metropark wedding DID NOT disappoint. I had been looking forward to their wedding for over a year. My husband actually referred me to Cory and Brian; he and Brian play board games together. When Cory and I met back in August 2018, we found that we had A LOT in common, which made the planning process all the more fun.
We did their engagement photos back in September 2018 at Rochester Municipal Park. I remember Cory telling me how nervous she was to be photographed, but after she saw the photos, she said that she felt 100% better about the wedding day. DO ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS Y’ALL. That’s why we do them. I can tell you that she wasn’t worried one bit about photography the day of (at least that’s what she told me, lol!).
This Indian Springs Metropark wedding was just gorgeous. It’s not only a gorgeous venue and honestly one of my favorites I’ve worked at, but MI Honeybee Flowers did an incredible job on the florals, including that beautiful copper floral arch for the ceremony. The personal touches scattered throughout the wedding, including a really cool Star Wars guest book, a custom floral paper wall built by a family member, and a huge board game table, alongside the blush, white, gold, and navy accents was so fun!
The day wouldn’t have gone smoothly with Cindy Decker, coordinator extraordinaire. I always refer Cindy to my couples because not only is she so sweet, but she is organized, calm, cool, and collected! I highly recommend a day-of coordinator to make sure all the decorations are set up, to organize your ceremony, organize your vendors, and just be your eyes and ears so that you can enjoy the day. It’s one thing I wish I would have had for my wedding, truly!
One thing Cory was really bummed about was that her grandmother couldn’t attend. Though she couldn’t be there in person, the family set up an iPad so she could watch live, and Cory and Brian were able to say hello via Facetime right after the ceremony. Isn’t that the beauty of modern technology?
I don’t think you need me to tell you how much fun I had at this wedding and just how it was truly a photographer’s dream. Not only was it just a gorgeous venue and gorgeous fall day, but the people I got to work with were truly a treat. Cory and Brian are just so much fun to be around, and I still can’t get over how happy Brian looked the whole day.
Enjoy these beautiful photos and if you’re having an Indian Springs Metropark wedding, call me please!
From the couple: “Madalyn was the best photographer ever. She was so helpful, and willing to meet with me in person to iron our all the details. It felt more like a friend helping us than a vendor. I was so nervous about the photos initially, but after doing engagement photos with Madalyn, I knew they would be beautiful. Madalyn’s photos did not disappoint, and they are stunning. Our friends and family also commented that she was everywhere at the wedding, making sure every detail was documented.”
Venue: Indian Springs Metropark | Florals: MI Honeybee Flowers | Coordination: Cindy Decker Weddings | Cake: Sam’s Club | DJ: Mike Staff Productions | Hair: Randolph’s Salon | Make-up: Clarkston Makeup Studio | Catering: Kosch Catering | Gown: Bombshell Bridal | Bridesmaids: Azazie | Shoes: Modcloth | Men’s Attire: Main Street Tuxedo | Transport: Neuville Coach Company | Invites: Paper Source
Every week as I prep my blog posts, I am so giddy when I look over the images we created together last fall. I feel like I was so freaking on my game and had just the best weather and couples and the stars aligned for the most incredible season. This Mt. Brighton wedding was no different. Sunshine, a beautiful golden hour, a fun wedding party, and just an all-around solid day, Becca and Kevin’s Mt. Brighton wedding was just a perfect example of why fall weddings are so popular in Michigan.
Maybe you remember Becca and Kevin from their Indian Springs engagement session, but if not, these two engineers’ went to the same college but their love didn’t really blossom until they found themselves working at the same company. And the rest is history, as they say.
Everyone I came into contact with at this wedding was so warm and inviting, which is how I always felt about Becca and Kevin. They’re just very genuinely kind people who enjoy laughing a lot. I don’t think they take themselves too seriously and I appreciate that.
The pair’s Mt. Bright wedding was officiated by Kevin’s aunt and they sealed a box with letters to each other and wine to open on their fifth anniversary. I particularly liked the reaction from guests when they used a drill to seal the box shut. What a unique “unity” ceremony! Take note future couples of mine!
Mt. Brighton is a beautiful spot for a wedding and we were even able to head up the ski hill for some photos! How fun, right?
There was just so much joy on this day and I hope it shows through in these images. I know I couldn’t stop smiling.
venue: Mt. Brighton | florals: Art in Bloom | Cake: Ellen’s Bakery | DJ: Music Unlimited | HMU: Tribute Salon and Spa | Gown: Abbott’s Bridal | Rings: Miner’s Den | Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Paper: Etsy + The Print Shop
In the depths of winter, I always miss fall. This Trillum Event Center wedding from early October was just the perfect early fall day. Jasmine and Ricky’s Trillum Event Center wedding had a first look, plenty of time for photos, outdoor ceremony, and the rain held off completely until we got inside for the reception. It made for some beautiful photos at the end of the night…make sure to scroll down for those!
In 2019, I was so lucky to photograph the weddings of former bridesmaids of mine! Jasmine was the maid of honor in Carissa and Chris’s wedding in 2018 and I was so flattered when she reached out and hired me for her and Ricky’s wedding.
Working with these two was such a treat. Remember their fall engagement session at Lincoln Brick Park? They are so freaking cute, amirite?
There were a couple of things I really liked about this Trillum Event Center wedding:
- The first look: Not only did Jasmine and Ricky decide to do a first look but they also read letters to each other during this time. It was a nice way to start the day together and I highly encourage this if you feel compelled.
- The after-ceremony sneak away: I don’t often get to just take the couple off-site for photos, but since we had some time and these two didn’t care much to participate in cocktail hour, we headed to a nearby park for some portraits of the two of them. They are some of my favorites from the day. It was nice just to hang out for awhile, not feeling super rushed!
- The colors: The perfect fall palette!
- The magnetic boutonnières: Can every florist get on this? I didn’t have to pin any boutonnière and that is a MIRACLE. I’m not the best at it but I can do it. Magnets save time!
I had a blast photographing these two and wish they lived over in Detroit so we could hang out. Until they move, I guess I’ll just have to look at their photos all the time…
venue: Trillum Event Center | Florals: Chalet Floral | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake | DJ: Modern Entertainment | HMU: Studio V | Gown: America’s Bride | Favors: McDonald’s Candies
Last year I was lucky enough to capture the Michigan receptions of not one, but TWO couples who had eloped earlier in the year. Allison and Brian were married in the Grand Tetons but had a Michigan reception at Stonycroft Golf Club where Allison’s parents are members (the other couple was Malcolm and Abby in case you forgot!). Allison and Brian no longer live in Michigan, but they really wanted some Downtown Detroit wedding photos, so we went downtown together for portraits.
We stopped at some of my favorite spots for downtown Detroit wedding photos, including the Belt Z Lot, Ford Field, and the Warehouse District. It was fun to just hang out with a bride and groom one-on-one, which hardly happens on a typical wedding day.
After some family photos, Ali and Brian got to enjoy their reception with the typical trimmings, including a beautiful first dance, cake cutting, and toasts! I had a fabulous time with them and know that they will cherish the images from Detroit!
Sometimes it’s just the perfect day for a wedding. Perfect weather, perfect location, perfect group of people, perfect couple. Everything just seemed to come together so perfectly for Kelsey and Kyle’s Ann Arbor Polo Fields Golf Club wedding last September.
When we first met back in September 2018, a year before their wedding, Kelsey and Kyle shared their story with me over beers, including their amazing proposal in Iceland. This pair of engineers are truly as sweet as they come and working with them over a year was an absolute treat!
How does a Nebraska boy with interests in aeronautical engineering and a Michigan girl with a mechanical engineering background meet? The University of Michigan. Kelsey and Kyle’s love for the maize and blue was evident throughout their Ann Arbor Polo Fields Golf Club wedding and their Ann Arbor engagement session held a few homages to their alma mater, including planning the wedding on a bi-week for Michigan football, as well as a rendition of Hail to the Victors and the appearance of the Michigan flag during the reception dance party.
If you know me, you know that engineers seem to be a reoccurring theme in my life. My husband is an engineer, my college roommate is an engineer, and many of my clients are engineers, including Kelsey and Kyle! I find that engineers follow and take direction really well. So if you’re an engineer, you’ll find yourself at home with me! Haha!
I truly had an amazing time at this wedding, but I think my favorite moment was the whole first look. Kelsey and Kyle were really intentional about this moment being private and just for them. They decided to read their personal vows to each other during the first look. I thought this made the moment more special and less about the photos and more about THEM. Sometimes it can be daunting to share such personal words and memories in front of 150+ people. Sometimes your church service doesn’t allow for this (most all Catholic ceremonies do not). But if sharing personal vows are still important to you, I highly suggest doing it at the first look or taking a moment after the ceremony, maybe after signing the license to do so. You don’t regret it.
After a ceremony at the historic First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, we headed to the Law Quad with the wedding party for photos. After we finished up there, we had one more stop at the Big House for a few photos under the big M scoreboard. Iconic.
The reception at the Ann Arbor Polo Fields Golf and Country Club was absolutely perfect! Bob and the staff there are incredible and I highly recommend them! We ended the night with a beautiful sparkler exit as the couple got into the getaway car…a Lincoln of course!
I was so sad when this wedding ended because I truly loved working with Kelsey and Kyle. The end of the wedding was emotional for their friends and family, especially Kelsey’s who are local to the area, because Kelsey would join Kyle in Tucson, Arizona where Kyle had just started a new job, to make their first home together.
Enjoy these images, some of my favorites of 2019!
Florals: Great Lakes Floral Design Co | Cake: Cakes by Stephanie | DJ: LuFru Entertainment | HMU: Beauty by Maria | Catering/Reception: Polo Fields Golf & Country Club | Gown: The White Dress | Bridesmaids: Azazie | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Men’s Attire: Generation Tux | Transport: Bozzo’s | Paper: Minted.com | Ceremony: First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor