As I write this, I am four weddings away from wrapping up 2023. My house smells like a blend of roasted pumpkin seeds and juniper fir candles. Becky has Serendipity, one of her favorite Christmas movies on in the background, as she jumps between setting up a Christmas tree and and roasting pumpkin seeds. The cold autumn air may have encouraged her to rush the holiday spirit a bit, but who cares? If it makes you happy, go for it. Me, weddings make me happy. Editing makes me happy. Real emotions captured in real moments makes me happy. That is why Lauren and Jake’s wedding was so memorable. It was heartwarming, seeing both Lauren and Jake fully embrace the day, each other, and their future. Planning the wedding, Lauren and Jake experienced a few speed bumps with their original venue undergoing renovations. Just a few months away from their big day, they were practically back to square one. Luckily, it all worked out: they had a beautiful wedding ceremony at Detroit’s iconic Sweetest Heart of Mary followed by a packed reception at Walnut Creek Golf Club in South Lyon, Michigan. Having worked with Lauren on planning, I was so happy for both her and Jake to just be present and enjoy every aspect of their day.
Lauren got ready at her parents’ house in Plymouth before heading to downtown Detroit. Her mom and sister, Kelly, helped her get ready before sharing a first look with her dad. The morning vibe was quite relaxed and set the tone for the rest of the day.
Once Lauren was ready, we headed to the Sweetest Heart of Mary in Detroit, where Jake was relaxing and conversing outside with his family and groomsmen. With the help of his dad, he put on the finishing touches before waiting for Lauren at the altar.
The Sweetest Heart of Mary is arguably Detroit’s most beautiful church. It is easy to see why. It perfectly blends elegance and grandiosity.
In over 15 years of shooting weddings, I have never seen a couple laugh as they sign the marriage license. I can’t remember what was said, but I love Jake’s reaction.
With an altar as beautiful as the Sweetest Heart of Mary’s, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to highlight Lauren’s beauty and elegance.
Following their ceremony, we stayed downtown for a bit and photographed Lauren, Jake, and the bridal party at the Detroit Public Library before heading to Walnut Creek for their reception.
We arrived at Walnut Creek Golf Club with some time before guests arrived. Lauren and Jake used the time for a few more photos on the course before joining guests for cocktail hour.
As dinner wrapped up, Jake and Lauren stepped out for one last set of photos before opening up the dance floor.
Beauty – Team Glam Detroit
Florist – The Flower Alley
Cake – Sorellas
Chairs and Linens – Affairs to Remember
Dress – Beloved Bridal
Transportation – Midwest Black Cars and Limos
Venue – Walnut Creek Golf Club
Church – Sweetest Heart of Mary