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Downtown Detroit Engagement Photography|Detroit Michigan

Dear blog world…meet the adorable Jake & Ashley – We had so much fun running around Downtown Detroit during their engagement shoot. Jake is a Paramedic & Ashley is a nurse so not only are they totally caring individuals but you can totally tell they are in love. This engagement session is full of kisses – LOVE IT! These guys will be getting married January of 2015. I’m really looking forward to their wedding.




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I just painted our bedroom a pale blue and put up a really cool antlers that look so anthropologie in white on our wall and it got me to thinking, do people ever incorporate antler into their wedding themes???? And thanks to google… I see they certainly do, I really loved the clay antler/steer skull escort/table cards that I found on this here! What I love most is that you can spin this into almost any theme (flowers, hearts, leaves, initials)and the materials are so cheap this would be a awesome favor and keepsake for any wedding or baby shower.  Check it out below!



You can make any shape, creature, or icon for this DIY. But for this tutorial, we will be following along for the steer skull.



• Sculpey Clay
• Clay Sculpting tool pack
• Paint colors of your choice
• Paint Brush
• Kneaded Eraser
• Tags –
• Hemp or Twine
Step one: Cut a small square (3 in x 2 in x 1in) from your clay and begin to knead this in your hands until soft.

Step two: Look at your image you want to re-create and make the basic shape. I started by making a large oval-shaped base for the skull. Cut off a part of the top and save for the horns later.


Step three: Begin to shape the skull by elongating the skull, and by flattening the top of the head. Grab some of your sculpting tools now; like the circular ring and a wooden stick knife


Step four: Here is where it takes some getting use to, and practice! Mess up? No big deal. Roll the clay into a ball and start over. This clay doesn’t set until it’s baked in the oven.

So. Start by taking the circular ring tool and scooping out some eye sockets for your steer. I think making deep impressions helps it become more realistic.


Step Five: Look at some of the skull attributes in your image – and try to replicate that. I raised the edges around the eye to make it more realistic, and then added some holes around the bridge of the nose.

Also start carving out two parallel lines on the nose down to the mouth. This will serve as the steer’s mouth area. Make sure to puncture all the way through to the other side (this is where you will string your hemp through for the tag).

You can also make deeper cavities in the mouth area so it looks more realistic.

Once you’ve played around with the characteristic of your steer skull and are happy with it, start by measuring out your horn from your clay we set aside earlier. I rolled mine out into a long tube, and then thinned out the edges so were sharper-looking like real horns. Then place them above the skull to see if it needs to be shorter or longer.


Step Six: Place the horns against the skull, and cut the middle part away so that the horns are just on either side. Then, begin smoothing them onto the sides of the steer skull head so that when they are joined together – there aren’t any seams. Swing your horns up and finish smoothing out tips.


Now you’ll need to cut out some twine and tag your skull! Then follow the box instructions and bake to set.


Original post found here.

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Brides to Be Wedding show Expo Fern Hill Gold Club Clinton Township Michigan Photographer.

I had the privilege of being apart of this event, held by Brides to Be, this past Sunday along with several other vendors.  I’m so happy how my table turned out since this was my first time putting something like this together other than the High School show I participated in over a year ago. I started brainstorming (especially the day before), my head was filled with ideas- soon, I had a full table of little details that really speaks to my branding of “Simple, Modern, Classic. ”

It was so great talking and hanging out with the other vendors at the event! I love networking and making new connections   And of course, I’m so appreciative my good friend Krystal came along with me to help at my crowded table!

I’m so happy the snow decide to hold off until the show concluded, I met so many soon to  be brides and I am more thrilled I received 12 inquiries the next day for weddings!


Bridal Show Expo table set up ideas

The night before I gathered all of my materials to make sure everything was perfect even doing a mock set up on my dining room table. I set up all the frames & business cards to make sure I liked the way everything looked. It made it exrremely easy to get set up once I arrived at the  Fern Hill Gold Club. I tell you, it was a breeze! We were all ready and set before it started!

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DIY Polka Dot Wedding Veil Headpiece

This is one of the many wedding DIY projects I absolutely love and I’ve linked it from Green Wedding Shoes Wedding Blog. I can’t tell you how much I love this website and so wish it was around when I planned my wedding 10 years ago! Check out the easy photo tutorial below.


Making your own veil is so easy to do and it’s a beautiful way to add something personal to your wedding ceremony. And if you are not exactly graceful with a needle and thread, this is one of the most forgiving projects you will find because messy stitches are hidden among the tulle and ruffles –  one of the contributors from Green Wedding shoes, Christy shared the DIY of One Handspun Day




Materials Needed:
• Tulle
• Thread & Needle
• Scissors
• Acrylic Paint
• Pencil (eraser end)
• Wax Paper

Step One: Stamp Dots onto Tulle
Cover your workstation with wax paper and tape the corners to secure. Spread your tulle over the wax paper and secure as well. Use the acrylic paint and eraser end of your pencil to stamp dots onto the tulle. I spaced my dots approximately 1 inch apart and staggered the rows half an inch (you can place a ruler below the area you are stamping if the thought of eyeballing it makes you queasy). After you stamp each dot, allow the tulle to lift up from the wax paper so the paint does not sit between the spaces of the tulle and dry into solid dots. You just want the paint to dry on the tulle itself so you can still see through fabric when you hold it up.


Step Two: Cut Tulle
Once you have finished covering the tulle in dots allow it to dry for at least 30 minutes. Then cut down to size (mine was approximately 12″ long and 24″ wide). I wanted to give mine a little bit more personality, so I added a scalloped edge to one of the long sides.


Step Three: Sew Veil onto Comb Sew one of the long sides of the tulle using a running stitch (approximately ¼” space between stitches). Pull one end of the thread and push the tulle with your other hand to gather the fabric into a slight ruffle. Secure the end of the thread to keep the ruffle in place. Sew the ruffle onto your hair comb, creating pleats as needed, so the entire ruffle ends up fitting onto the comb by the time you reach the end. Tie off your thread and make sure it is secure.

Once your veil is finished you can add embellishments such as feathers, flowers, brooches or jewels to the comb so that it coordinates with the style of your dress!


DIY created by Christy of One Handspun Day exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Check out more of her designs at One Handspun Day! Finished veil photos thanks to S’Wonderful Photography.


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Why have an engagement photo session? Royal Oak Michigan Photographer

Why do an engagement session????????

Who doesn’t love new pics of themselves & their new fiancé?Pics for Facebook profile or to display on your wedding day or maybe for your a save the date- These are all good reasons as to why you might do an engagement session. But I  tend to look at an engagement session in a different way…

I make sure to include engagement sessions in my wedding packages because I feel so strongly for this time together  We get to know each other you two as a couple and me as your photographer and also it is also great to get to know how I work the session. This is an awesome time for you to warm up to your wedding day because by then … you will be professionals! And because of the tight schedule of weddings – on your big day you will be comfortable in front of the camera by then!

We can come up with awesome details to prepare for your engagement session like is it fun/playful like a fair? or country farm? or urban feel like the city? To understand you need to y think about what you two love to do- If you love to go wine tasting, maybe an engagement session at a vineyard? Or if you love football, why not have half the session take place in a stadium or play on the field? Or are you coffee lovers? Maybe a Starbucks or at your favorite coffee joint? It’s ok to think outside of the box but we also need to speak to who you two are as a couple… But the next big question is what to wear right?…. check out the next blog post on that!

What funs ideas do you have for your engagement session?

Happy Monday XOXO


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