Purely Wedding: Dave & Jenni

As I slowly get back into blogging (slowly is one of the bigger understatements of the year!) This wedding is of particular importance to me.  One Jenni and Dave are AWESOME.  I mean check out this engagement session.  In addition to their awesomeness I had the privilege of seeing one of my favorite couples at their wedding since they were referral! (referred couples are my favorite because I almost always get to reconnect with past couples!! seriously! Best part of my job!)  And it was my first wedding back in the saddle after sweet E graced us with her presence (early!).   Needless to say this wedding had a lot riding on it to be fantastic.

And then the rain happened.

So many couples worry about rain.  Thankfully being in Michigan we very rarely have rain all day.  Most weddings it rains part of the day but we can almost always sneak out for a few pictures.  But this season, this season it rained from May until July.


As professionals we were fighting fight club style for ‘hidden’ gems where we could take couples and bridal parties for portraits.  Jenni and Dave were rockstars though and you would not know that basically their entire plan was set into plan B mode.  We rocked it and this will be forever one of my favorites.

We started at the Downtown Marriott in the Ren Cen.  They had a beautiful room that over looked the city with windows to die for.  *Swoon*  2016-02-24_0001 2016-02-24_0002The day was dreary but it made for some super cool pictures through these windows!  Pro tip! When picking out a room to get ready in if they have a bridal suite or any suite really that has gorgeous windows it is worth the extra buck if you are having a photographer with you.  We did our first look and gift exchange pictures in this room because it was so beautiful! 2016-02-24_0003 2016-02-24_0004 2016-02-24_0005 2016-02-24_0006 2016-02-24_0007Check out this light!! And this couple!!! ❤ 2016-02-24_0008 2016-02-24_0009 2016-02-24_0010 2016-02-24_0011 2016-02-24_0012Thankful the girls trusted me for this.  At first they thought I was crazy (and I probably looked crazy as I was practically laying on the desk to get the shot) but it was worth the crazy! 2016-02-24_0013and this! check Jenni out! 2016-02-24_0014The wedding and reception were at Waterview Loft at the Detroit Port Authority  Because it is a federal building it was a bit tricky to get everything loaded and unloaded but the view was spectacular!!! Windsor was right across the river and you could see the Ambassador bridge too!  Had the weather cooperated we would have been on the river for appetizers and for portraits.  But the rain looked just as beautiful!   2016-02-24_0015 2016-02-24_0016Their staff was amazing.  Super organized and always helpful!  These details were stunning! 2016-02-24_0017 2016-02-24_0018The ceremony was beautiful and on the lower level with the reception and dinner above.

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run often, smile more!

Amanda 🙂


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