Feature Friday: Maureen’s Designs

I have been hoping to incorporate blogging into my off season more (and let’s be honest, my busy season too :p ) So I began brainstorming some good topics to include during my ‘less’ busy season.

Most of the Wedding Industry is much like a blind date.  You hear good things about vendors, maybe a friend or an acquaintance knows them but in all reality you are showing up to a coffee shop or their store front with little to no background information about them.  So- enter Feature Friday!  I work with these vendors on a very regular basis!  So what greater way to get to know them then through a blog post with pictures of them and their work! 🙂

My current goal is to blog vendors once a month, but I may try to add more too that as time allows!

For January, meet Maureen of Maureen’s Designs!

You will find Maureen’s Designs on the corner of Ann Arbor Street and Michigan Avenue in Saline right behind Mac’s Acadaian Seafood.  A true mom and pop shop, Maureen opened in March of 2007 with her husband, Jack.  The two moved to Saline in 2006 with their four boys, all of whom are in college now.

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Like many vendors located in Saline, Maureen appreciates the small town feel, “I really enjoy the courteous and friendly clients who recognize quality work.”

As you enter her shop it greets you warmly with not only the smell of flowers but an absolutely enchanting atmosphere.  She has some products available ready to be purchased as well as all of the necessities to make handmade arrangements.  There are several colorful vases to choose from as well as baskets and just about anything you could imagine to make a memorable bouquet.  She has a sitting area that resembles a garden patio to look over photos and ideas from clients.

2014-01-30_0003Then as you continue around her shop you will see every detail of the shop pairs perfectly with her work.  Enchanting, fresh and lively. 2014-01-30_0004I was so excited to find my floral favorite, succulents (and the most difficult potted plant to kill 😉 ) are also available for sale!

2014-01-30_0002One of the things I admire about Maureen’s work is everything she does has a personal touch.  From the arrangements you order over the phone to your bridal bouquet she has a knack of hearing what you’re looking for and creating the perfect visual masterpiece!  Maureen designs many of the pieces herself, unlike larger flower shops.  She does have on assistant that she will bring on during busier seasons but she personally oversees all creations.  Another awesome thing is how she educates her brides.  In the advent of Pintrest, many industry professionals will simply recreate what the bride brings, but Maureen is able to create from scratch some amazing artistic arrangements (as she did for my husband’s and my wedding!) as well as what you can find on Pintrest!

Here are some photos from our wedding, they really do not do the flowers JUSTICE!  I had a simply stunning Calla lily bouquet and each of my bridesmaids had these amazing handmade flower balls!!! This is a perfect example of describing to Maureen an idea and precise execution!  They served as head table decor as well with the aid of stocking hangers!  She also arranged some beautiful pieces for the front of the church too!2014-01-31_0002Photo credit to the *amazing* Sarah Lugo Photography

Below is Maureen assembling an arrangement ordered for a client’s wife’s birthday! 2014-01-30_0005Jack is there to help with more of the business end of things as well as deliveries and moral support!  You can see their love for each other in how they work together, which is pretty rare in husband and wife run business!  As you can see they are adjusting to business– and an empty nest very well! 2014-01-30_0007 Maureen is still booking for some 2014 Weddings and Events!  So get in while the gettin’ is good!  Also she is an excellent choice for Valentines Day, or just because!  While located in Saline, they deliver to all of Washtenaw County!

If you have had any work done by Maureen make sure to leave some love on the blog or on her facebook page!!

Maureen’s Website

Maureen’s Facebook

Throw Back Thursday: Shannon and Jason 9.21.13

This wedding had absolutely STUNNING details!!! Literally everything was straight out of a stylized shoot for a Bridal Magazine! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/riceShannon and Jason had their wedding in their beautiful Brighton home.  It was honestly my dream home!!! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/rice I could only dream of waking up and drinking coffee on this porch every morning!!! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/riceShannon began collecting these vintage doors long before the wedding, they were included in nearly every element of their day!! In the photobooth, the ceremony backdrop and even for the cake table!

2014-01-27_0026View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/riceLoved these Etsy forks! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/riceThe tablescapes were beyond fantastic!! Jason’s mom is owner and operator of Rice Catering and the food was delicious!

2014-01-27_0027We nabbed Shannon aside for a little bridal session, her amazing dress was from BHLDN and it was perfect for their rustic day!

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/rice View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/riceWhen Shannon and Jason tied the knot,they literally tied the knot! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/rice View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/riceThese doors were just SO cool! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/rice View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/riceShannon and her beautiful junior brides maids

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/riceWho doesn’t love an awesomely cute ring bearer and a yellow tractor! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/rice

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What’s Up Wednesday: Baby Ben Herman

This Wednesday I am going to introduce you to one of my dear friends from high school and her wee babe!  Monica and Dan welcomed their little Benjamin into the world December 29!  He was born perfectly and pretty swiftly too! I had hoped to meet him much sooner but inclement weather kept me away until this past week!  He is so alert and was pretty happy for our visit though like most newborns, has his own agenda 😉 🙂 2014-01-27_0001

Everyone was doing very well and both Monica and Dan fell very naturally into their new parenting roles 🙂 2014-01-27_0002

Dan was at work when Lalo and I first arrived but returned home shortly after.  You could tell he missed his Ben! 2014-01-27_0003 2014-01-27_0004 2014-01-27_0005 2014-01-27_0006So excited that I finally got to meet the little guy and even more happy that I was able to snap some awesome pictures!! 🙂  Lalo cannot wait to play cars with Ben and to see his train that is in his back yard again! 😉 🙂

What’s up Wednesday!

Welcome to my first post of Whats up Wednesday!!! I will be trying to regularly post some fun things that I have been up to in my life (other than photography!!)

This post is mostly dedicated to Lalo as it was just recently his birthday!  I also feature our fur babies! 🙂

I cannot believe how awesome his bed head is, it has always been amazing 🙂 2014-01-20_0022 2014-01-20_0023 2014-01-20_0024We had some pretty awfully cold days recently and so we had to improvise and make a play ground indoors!! Lalo loved his new fort and regularly recreates it!

2014-01-20_0025Lalo got some amazing presents for his birthday.  I think he enjoyed his stampers the most but I am thoroughly enjoying the duplo lego rv! 😉

2014-01-20_0026These last few pictures are my absolute favorite.  Rarely does Lalo pose for me but he was in rare form (superman form to be exact!) and allowed me to not only take the pictures but was willing to try different poses! hah! 🙂 

2014-01-20_0027I asked him to give me strong face, his angry face and his super hero face!  Can you guess which one is which! I also told him to give me his cute face, that one is my favorite 🙂

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New Website!!

 

 

 

Out with the old and in with the new!

A new year brings many new beginnings and for photographers the new year means dusting off the old website and giving it a little TLC.  While I loved my old site I wanted to be able to really showcase my awesome new logo!  Hope you like it 🙂 web update

Betsy and Clay 9.14.13

Back blogging! Finally getting around to blogging some of my fall weddings that all snuck up on me!

This is the fabulous wedding of Betsy and Clay!  They met by chance on an airplane in Arizona and in a whirlwind romance landed in Lowell for an amazing backyard wedding!  2014-01-20_0001 2014-01-20_0002Betsy was absolutely stunning!!  She was surrounded by a fabulous group of bridesmaids and friends to help her tackle the day with ease!

2014-01-20_0004 Betsy and Clay wanted to have a first look, but have them both be surprised instead of the typical first look in which the bride walks up to the groom and surprises him.  A bridesmaid found this amazing balloon release on pintrest and the results were breath taking! 2014-01-20_00052014-01-20_0010Aside from the beautiful location, every single detail was taken into account.  Not only was it executed perfectly, nearly everything was created by her Dad!! An excellent craftsmen and carpenter he made every wood table center piece and even had built the house their ceremony prominently displayed!

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2014-01-20_0006 2014-01-20_0007Their ceremony was performed by Betsy’s great friend Karen and their love was evident in the way the looked at each other and how Clay could not stay far from his beautiful bride!

2014-01-20_0008   We were able to sneak away with the bridal party to a local historic bridge!  We managed to dodge (several) senior portrait sessions and the Fall Festival to have some time to celebrate Betsy and Clay’s love and excitement!

2014-01-20_0011 2014-01-20_0012 2014-01-20_0013Betsy found awesome ways to tie in their colors between purple stripped socks for the men and this awesome purple umbrella!  Really, every detail was amazing!

2014-01-20_0014On our way back to their reception we took the backroads due to the congestion of the Fall Festival and we could not have been more pleasantly surprised!  We jumped out and grabbed these awesome country road portraits!

2014-01-20_0015Betsy has the most amazing dog Louie!  He was so well behaved and never wanted to stray far from his momma’s side!  We wanted to include him in some of our pictures and he obliged complete with a matching purple bowtie!

2014-01-20_0016 2014-01-20_0017 As evening set in there were luminaries placed along side the pond and resulted in an amazingly beautiful reception site! 2014-01-20_0018 2014-01-20_0019Both Clay and Betsy had some amazing dance moves to show off and once the party got started it didn’t stop until the wee hours!

2014-01-20_0020 2014-01-20_0021Thank you both so much for having me as a part of your day!!! I had such a blast photographing your day and I could not be more pleased with the results!!!