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

Rochester Hills, Michigan | August Intimate Backyard Wedding | Taylor + Corey

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Taylor and Corey’s intimate Michigan backyard wedding was so beautiful and 100% them. You have to be pretty special for me to photograph your wedding on my own wedding anniversary, and these two definitely are it. I knew they we’re a perfect match for me as clients, I think half of the conversations before Taylor booked me was about our cats! I first met Taylor and Corey at their engagement session this past spring, which was A BLAST! We walked around downtown Grand Rapids chatting about wedding planning, life and of course cats.

On my drive to Taylor’s aunt’s house, where the wedding was, it was downpouring! Finally when I got about 30 minutes away the storm broke up and the sun started peeking out. I walked into the house and said to Taylor that I brought the sunshine for her!

The wedding day went pretty smoothly, Corey’s reaction to seeing Taylor for the first time seriously melted my heart (yeah, I cried a bit). Their ceremony was short and sweet, and of course full of laughter. The reception was so much fun, everyone was out dancing and just having a good time with each other. Taylor told me that she wanted the Chicken Dance at her wedding, and of course it happened. It was probably the highlight of the reception with everyone in a big circle laughing and having a ton of fun.

I asked Taylor how her and Corey met and about their first date, “We met at Grand Valley State University, working on the grounds team. Our first official date was to the movies and then we walked around downtown Grand Rapids at night taking pictures of things.” I also had to ask about the proposal, “We took our first vacation together to Mackinac Island in October 2017 and were biking around the whole island. When we stopped on the side that faces the Mackinaw Bridge on the beach and Corey proposed.”

Taylor and Corey, I am so happy that I got to be there to witness the beginning of your next big adventure (and the fact we share a wedding anniversary date!) Thank you a million times over for being so incredible. Your friends and family are seriously so amazing and I absolutely loved being surrounded by them on your wedding day. Cheers to many more years of love and happiness!

Photographer: Sydney Marie Photography

Transportation service: All Star

Caterer: Gary's Catering

Cake/Bakery: Christine's Cake and Pastries

DJ/Band: Kyle Stahl- Sound Productions

Bride and bridesmaids dresses: A’dorabelle Bridal