Sydney Marie Photography | The Knot Best Of Weddings Pick 2019


I’ve been a wedding photographer now for seven years and it’s always such an honor to photograph every wedding. I pour my heart and soul into every wedding and every couple to give them the best experience I can. Thank you so much to all my amazing couples and clients, this year I’ve received a "Best Of Weddings” pick for 2019 from The Knot! To give you an idea of how awesome this is, only the top 4% of vendors on The Knot receive this award every year. I am seriously so thrilled and I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings, it’s already gearing up to be the best year yet!

Wanna know what a few 2018 couples are buzzing about:

“Sydney is AWESOME! She did our engagement and wedding photos and was simply amazing. The shoots are fun and relaxed; like taking photos with a long time friend. Her turn around time is amazing, also. You get a few sneak peeks the same day even! Even with the joking around on shoots, she's still highly professional the whole way and super easy to communicate with in all aspects. 100% recommend!”

“We booked Sydney Marie photography for our wedding day & engagement photos. We had our engagement session with Sydney & had so much fun! The pictures turned out great even though my fiancé and I are rather camera shy. Sydney captured a good mix of both posed and natural photos, which is exactly what we were looking for! We are thrilled to have her shoot our wedding this upcoming summer. Overall, Sydney is a great to work with and produces amazing work at an affordable price. Update on Wedding Day photos: I can’t say enough about Sydney and her amazing work! We got our wedding pictures back and I have been looking at them every chance I get. My husband and I are truly reliving our day through each photo. She captured every little detail and emotion so perfectly. Besides her work, she is so great to work with. She was so fun while staying professional and she just rolled with the ideas I threw at her last minute. Kevin & I are so happy we chose Sydney Marie Photography for our wedding day. We can’t thank you enough Sydney!”

To see more reviews, check out my page on The Knot!

Pontiac, Michigan | Intimate Greenhouse Wedding at Goldner Walsh | Aimee + Sam

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Aimee and Sam’s intimate greenhouse wedding at Goldner Walsh in Pontiac, Michigan was seriously a DREAM! For the end of September we got super lucky with the weather, it was pretty warm out still and the sun was shining so beautifully. Let’s not forget about the venue, HOLY WOW! Goldner Walsh is such a gorgeous venue with so many places for photos!

The day started with Aimee and Sam’s first look, which was on a beautiful indoor bocce ball court! Sam’s reaction was seriously the sweetest, he just hugged Aimee and they were all smiles. After the first look we took wedding party photos (which are always a blast) and then it was time for the ceremony. Sam’s aunt officiated the wedding, which was just so special. They kept the ceremony short and sweet, and of course it was filled with A TON of laughter.

After the ceremony and family pictures, I had Aimee and Sam sneak away from the cocktail hour for some golden hour portraits. Then it was time for the reception!! The food was so amazing, the speeches were so funny (especially Sam’s brother’s speech!) and the band kept the dance floor full!

I asked Aimee how her and Sam met, this is what she had to say. “We met actually at a kickball game.  It was my first or second week of graduate school and one of the people in my cohort invited me to play kickball. She knew Sam and Sam & I immediately hit it off.  About 3 months later he asked me out on a date.  We went to Sava's in Ann Arbor, and he never lets me forget that he thought he was getting friendzoned at dinner because I wore jeans and a vest (he was dressed up)!  He also got me a book because our first date was two days after my birthday.  It was a book about suicide (at first I was majorly concerned, but when he explained it it made a lot more sense) -- I had told him during one of the first times we were talking that my dream was to go to Paris, sit at a french cafe, and have a philosophical conversation in French.  The author of this book was French and it was a book on philosophy. The rest is history!”

After hearing how they met, I HAD to ask about Sam’s proposal. This is how it went down according to Aimee. “He took me to the Ann Arbor arboretum and he kept walking around weirdly and we kept walking back and forth down this one path.  We went to an overlook that we had previously been standing on (but there was a couple down below who was definitely making out), and he said "well now that we're in the presence of love..." and got down on one knee.  He then made us dinner reservations at the place where we had our first date and we celebrated downtown with some friends!”

I love sharing reaction emails from couples when they get their gallery, Aimee seriously made my day with this one. “Your pictures are nothing short of perfect. You captured us in a very genuine way that emphasized our love, but our quirky personalities too. My mom tells me that she looks at the photos every day since you sent them!!! Your work is fantastic. Even Sam (who was AVIDLY OPPOSED to hiring a photographer when we were planning for our wedding) was looking through the photos stating how thankful he was that we 1) had a photographer and 2) hired you. You are amazing and perfectly captured our day. Thank you for everything!”

Aimee and Sam I am so beyond happy that I got to be there to witness the beginning of your next big adventure together. Thank you a million times for being so incredible throughout the whole process. I hope this new adventure together gets better each and every day. Your joy and love for each other is so beautiful and I absolutely loved being surrounded by it on your wedding day. Cheers to many more years of love and happiness!

Photographer: Sydney Marie Photography

Make-up Artist: J Graham Studio

Florist: Goldner Walsh Garden & Home

Venue: Goldner Walsh Garden & Home

Caterer: 3 Dudes and Dinner

DJ/Band: L'USA Band

Elberta, Michigan | Sunny September wedding at Elberta Life Saving Station | Carley + Geoff

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Carley and Geoff’s September wedding at the Elberta Life Saving Station in Elberta, Michigan was equally beautiful as it was HOT! Their love story is one of cross country travels, two cute pups and a custom made engagement ring.

The day started out with the guys and girls getting ready at separate Airbnb’s before heading over to the venue. I hung out with the girls, while my second photographer Liv got to hang out with the guys and all their shenanigans. The ceremony was at the bandshell right next to the Life Saving Station; serious props to the wedding party for standing in direct sun the whole time inside the bandshell!!

The ceremony ended with a lavender toss, and we headed right into formal family and wedding party photos. I have to tell you, this wedding party was a blast to work with. Everyone went along with what I asked them to do, and just wanted to have a good time. The reception started with a few speeches and then it was dinner time, and let me tell you that BBQ was SO GOOD! After dinner we danced the night away and instead of a sparkler exit, Carley wanted a sparkler party! Everyone was having a ton of fun and it was just such a beautiful night.

I asked Carley how her and Geoff met and about their first date, this is what she had to say. “Geoff and I met on He started texting me, and never stopped. We had our first date three days later at a local restaurant. It was a lot of fun, and I remember thinking how smart he was, but I wasn’t really sure about him (I had been on plenty of first dates with guys that ended up being annoying, non-committal, or just not my type). So I continued not being sure, and just taking it for what it was. I convinced myself I would just go with the flow for once - let it be whatever it would be. But he was persistent. We hung out another 4 or 5 times within that week, and every time I thought that maybe it would slowly just die out and he would slip away like most of my recent “relationships,” he never did. I just kept enjoying all of our amazing adventures, and all the fun things we did together… and now here we are!”

After that story, I HAD to ask about how Geoff proposed. “It was a regular Thursday night in December. Two nights earlier, Geoff mentioned that we should go to “that place” I’ve been wanting to take him to, down on the beach. So I made reservations. I got off work, and he was sitting in a nice outfit, waiting, on the couch. I changed quickly, and I drove us down to the beach. The restaurant requires that you park up on a bluff and walk across Pacific Coast Highway and then down through not-well lit paths to the beach -- Geoff had no idea where we were going, but I knew the way. Or so I thought. I kept checking my phone as we walked down the dark pathway (it was pitch black at 8 pm). And so he mentioned he could get his phone out and turn on the light on his phone, but I told him don’t worry, and kept walking. But I noticed that he kept fumbling in his pocket, and I told him, no it’s fine… eventually he said, Carley, stop for a minute. And I got this really crazy panicked feeling. So I just kept walking. I’m pretty sure he had to tell me to stop at least three times, before he then told me to walk back to where he was. As soon as I got back he grabbed my hand, said something about how he’s been trying to figure out the best way to do this…. And then dropped down to his knee. I wasn’t surprised, yet, I was. I hid my ring from all of the waiters at dinner, but after it started to sink in, I tried to call my mom (no answer), then my dad (no answer) -- it was 11 pm their time at this point. Then I set my maid of honor a picture of me drinking a martini, with the text “So…..” It was a really fun, beautiful dinner on the beach after that.”

Carley and Geoff I wish you both the best in your marriage and I hope you both enjoy living in Michigan. I know it’s not the warm and beautiful California weather, but there is something pretty special about Michigan. Thanks again for being so incredible and having me as your wedding photographer, your day was just so special and I’m so happy I was a part of it.

Photographer: Sydney Marie Photography LLC
Venue: Elberta Life Saving Station
Planner + Florist: Victoria's Floral Design, INC
Hair + Makeup: Posh Beauty Bar
Food: Primos BBQ
Dessert: Sweet Tartlette
DJ: A+ Event Entertainment