Elektra + Mike | Destination Wedding

Cozy in for a funky, musical friendship turned dreamy wind in your hair ceremony on the sunny beaches of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

First, we should go back to where it began. Our bride, Elektra, was once in a funk band. Our groom, Mike, owned a recording studio in Metro Detroit. One evening Elektra and her band booked a demo recording session at Mike’s studio.

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Sarah + Jonathan | A cozy, cranberry + greenery winter wedding in Grand Haven

It was a lovely summer afternoon when I met Sarah + Jonathan. We sat outside a coffee shop and chatted about flowers and our mutual love for the freshwater coast of Lake Michigan. Sarah’s eyes sparkled a little when she began telling me all about their vision to plan a winter wedding out in Grand Haven to honor Jonathan’s Mother. A cozy, snowy celebration in the part of Michigan where they truly fell in love.

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Samantha + Zach | A sunny, winter wedding at Noah's

Oh how fate works in funny ways… like how a person you casually walk by in the hallways of your high school, could also be the very person you walk down the isle to on your wedding day. Our lovely bride and groom, Samantha + Zach, both grew up in the same humble lake town of Clarkston, Michigan. They went to the same high school,

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Samantha + Lucas | A natural, beachside wedding in Traverse City

This is about to be a mushy one guys so grab a tissue. Our beautiful bride Samantha and I met during a photoshoot for our mutual friends’ fashion boutique. We hit it off instantly and an amazing friendship kicked off that very day! We planned playdates to appease our girl crushes, and when I met Luke for the first time he was exactly the man I envisioned for Samantha.

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Christina + Nick | A modern + romantic wedding in downtown Farmington

This love story makes me want to put on my 'Pink Ladies' jacket and drink a milkshake at the diner. Christina and Nick's story began in high school english class (throwback photos below). They flirted their way through each lesson, passing notes and getting to know each other until nervously deciding to go to homecoming together. They fell in love that summer night as they danced in each other's arms, and have held onto each other ever since.

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Anna + Kevin | A romantic, summer wedding at Heritage Gardens

Anna and Kevin's story begins when Anna relocated to Boston for a new internship, and Kevin was Anna's internship coach. The two playfully flirted with each other at work, and made excuses to hang out with their mutual friends as much as possible. One night in particular they went for Chinese food and found themselves lost in conversation until the sunrise started peeking over the horizon!

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Heather + James | Personal

Even with years of experience, it still hits me right in the nervous system when a friend asks to play engagement photoshoot. The pressure! I always preface with something like, 'So we're super into bright and floral and happy, right?' Luckily the answer's always yes because I have an incredible group of friends supporting me from all angles, and Heather and James were no exception.

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Shannon + Jason | A backyard, bohemian wedding in Plymouth

So this wedding story actually begins during another wedding story! Shannon + Jason met when they were paired up in the bridal party of their friend Carrie's wedding! What a perfect way to meet your true love amiright!? After 5 years of the blissful dating life, the couple traveled to France together to escape the daily grind.

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