Eberly + Taylor's Great Oaks Country Club Wedding in Rochester, MI

Eberly + Taylor planned the most stress free wedding day! They did a first look and the majority of their portraits prior to the ceremony, and then had an hour gap in between the ceremony and reception which gave everyone a bit of time to relax before finishing the portraits during cocktail hour. Nothing felt rushed and Eberly + Taylor seemed so relaxed! For those couples seeking a stress free wedding day, doing a first look can really help relieve some of those time constraints that make everything feel so rushed. And, even though they did a first look and saw each other prior to the ceremony, both Taylor and Eberly were teary eyed and emotional during Eberly's walk down the aisle at the church. First looks don't seem to make that moment any less emotional or less special (at least from a photographer's perspective when capturing these moments!).

Eberly and Taylor were married at the Great Oaks Country Club in Rochester, MI. Eberly's hair and makeup was done by Mie Salon in Rochester, and the floral and event design were by Floral Designs by Lori.

Congratulations, you two! Have an amazing time on your honeymoon in Hawaii!!

Annie + Austin's Lovett Hall Wedding at Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI

Annie + Austin's wedding was a dream! They got ready at the Dearborn Inn, had their ceremony at a church in downtown Detroit, and had their reception at Lovett Hall at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. Annie purchased her dream gown at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, and chose a dress inspired by Kate Middleton's.

The historic brick buildings at the Henry Ford and Lovett Hall reminded me of downtown Boston and Providence and made me feel as if I were shooting on the East Coast again. The lighting was absolutely perfect, and Annie and Austin couldn't have been gifted with a more gorgeous day.

Congrats you two!

Meghan + Andy's Wedding at St. Hugo and Birmingham Country Club

Meghan and Andy were married on the most beautiful June day! I was mid-seventies, no humidity, with beautiful blue skies and a light breeze. They held their wedding ceremony at the Stone Chapel at St Hugo in Bloomfield Hills and had their reception at the Birmingham Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan. They actually met at the BCC, so how great is it that they could hold their wedding at the place that they met?! Here are a few of my favorites from their wedding day. Congratulations again, you two!

{A big thank you to my second shooter Brian, who captured a few of the images included in this wedding day story}.

Mallory + Mike's Downtown Plymouth, MI Engagement Photos

Mallory and Mike chose to have their engagement photos taken in downtown Plymouth, MI. I had never been before, and it was ADORABLE! Like as in I started looking at housing in the car after the shoot :) . I'm SO happy Mallory and Mike introduced me to Plymouth, and am thrilled with how the photos came out. They were so natural and fun to be around, and I can't wait for their wedding at the Dearborn Inn later this year!

Oksana + Corey's Cafe Cortina Wedding in Farmington Hills, MI

Oksana and Corey held their wedding at the beautiful Cafe Cortina in Farmington HIlls, Michigan. Everything was perfect: the weather, the food, the gorgeous patio for photos, the beautiful bouquets by Twigs and Branches Floral, and all of the DIY details that Oksana and Corey put so much work into, even though they planned the entire wedding in UNDER THREE MONTHS. Can you believe it? I'm not sure how they did it and how they remained so calm and laid back, but they pulled it off, and it was amazing.

Oksana and Corey's wedding was so unique because of the blend of Canadian, Ukrainian and Kazakh traditions that were included. There was vodka, jokes a plenty, traditional dress and song...it was pretty incredible, not to mention fun.

While there are so many great photos from the day, here are a few of my favorites to tell the story:

 

Lake Michigan Engagement Photos in South Haven, Michigan

I can't believe it, but this was my first time doing a shoot at Lake Michigan! Since I've been living out on the East Coast since 2007, I hadn't been to Lake Michigan since college. I completely forgot how beautiful it is...and how underrated. The water was so clean and clear and so blue and the sand was so white! It was gorgeous...I can't wait to get back. 

I normally shoot an hour before sunset, but since Kristine and Matt were driving in from Chicago for the shoot, and since thunderstorms were being predicted in late afternoon, we decided to play it safe and do it midday. Plus, there was supposed to be cloud cover...ummm, not so much. We worked with the sun and it was hot, but Kristine and Matt were troopers. It was so much fun exploring South Haven. It was Kristine and Matt's first time visiting as we chose a location halfway between where they live in Chicago and where I live in mid-Michigan. And even though we had to deal with bright sun and hot temps, Kristine and Matt still rocked the photo session. Take a look at my favorites below, and if you are a Michigan bride or groom looking for a wedding photographer, check out my pricing page for a current promotion for all new 2017 wedding bookings in Michigan!

 

Caitlin Maloney Photography is now booking weddings in Michigan! So, if you are looking for a wedding photographer in South Haven, Grand Haven, Holland, St. Joe, Grand Rapids, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Northport, Mackinac, Traverse City, Petoskey, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Dexter, or Lansing, please check out the pricing page for a current promotion for 2017 Michigan couples, and get in touch!