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This wedding is one I will never forget. Kaylin was so easy to work with, she did an amazing job of showing her love and appreciation to those around her, and her sweet kind spirit was beaming all day long. I personally was having a very rough week/weeks as my sweet step mom is struggling to survive in an ICU back in Grand Rapids from suffering a major stroke due to a brain aneurysm. I did not dread going to this wedding, I was looking forward to a wonderful day with this sweet couple. I love all that weddings stand for, the pure love, fun and emotion of the day energizes me. About twenty minutes before the ceremony was to start, I checked my phone as my sister was keeping me updated at home about my step mom, Val. I received the text that Val had passed away. As my heart broke, I realized I have a very important job to do, and I let myself have a few tears come out ,and then off I went to photograph the best day of someone’s life. I can honestly say I was emotionally exhausted, but it was not hard to put that camera in front of my face and just work! Kaylin and Doug…and all of their guests were so much fun to work with that night. Kaylin and Doug were married at the gorgeous Gross Pointe War Memorial in Detroit, MI.

I must thank Jen House for being one amazing wedding planning and coordinator. She made that day go so smoothly and I am just in awe of how well she does her job. Thank you Jen for being so understanding with me when I heard my sad news, and for encouraging me.

I also want to thank my friend, Valeri Ott, who came to second shoot with me on a very last minute. So greatly appreciate.

And to Doug and Kaylin, you two were a pure joy to work with from day one. I truly wish you only the very best in your marriage. Thank you for all your kind words and support and the beautiful flowers delivered to my studio a week after your wedding. You two are such kind souls. BIG hugs to you both. Enjoy the photos!!

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