MATTHEW AND ALYSSA

HOLY COW THIS WEDDING DAY WAS FUN. THERE'S NO BETTER WORD FOR IT. ALYSSA AND HER LADIES BEGAN THEIR DAY AT THE DETROIT FOUNDATION HOTEL WHILE THE GUYS GOT READY AT THE DAVID WHITNEY BUILDING JUST MINUTES AWAY. THEIR WEDDING DAY WAS SUCH A DREAM TO SHOOT.

THERE WERE SO MANY GOOD VENDORS TO WORK WITH ON THIS PARTICULAR SATURDAY. I GOT TO PHOTOGRAPH NEXT TO EMILY HARD FILMS ALL DAY LONG. CASSY ROSE EVENTS HELD EVERYTHING TOGETHER. ALYSSA'S GORGEOUS GOWN WAS BY SARAH SEVEN. THE DAY'S BEAUTIFUL FLORALS WERE CURATED BY FLOWERS OF THE FOREST. THE PARTY (DJ'D BY ADRIAN BUTLER) WENT DOWN AT THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS

I'M STILL SO JAZZED ABOUT THIS DAY. THESE TWO WERE/ARE SO INTO EACH OTHER AND I THINK THAT MUCH IS SOOOOOO CLEAR IN THIS SET OF IMAGES. MATT AND ALYSSA, THANKS A MILLION FOR LETTING ME BE A PART OF YOUR DAY. ENJOY!

XO, ALYSSA

RICO AND STEPHANIE

I PHOTOGRAPHED RICO AND STEPHANIE'S DAY ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO NOW. WOAH. MY SISTER CARLIE AND I DROVE UP FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO THE LAKE TAHOE AREA IN A FREAK MAY SNOW STORM. MY DAD HAD PASSED AWAY JUST WEEKS PREVIOUS TO THIS TRIP. I THINK THAT'S WHAT I HAVE SUCH VIVID MEMORIES OF THE DRIVE UP (HE LOVED TO TRAVEL AND TOOK US ON MANY VACATIONS.) AND OF THE SCENERY ALONG THE WAY AND OF THE CONVERSATIONS CARLIE AND I HAD.

MAY TWENTY FIRST, VERY MUCH UNLIKE THE CHILLY MAY TWENTIETH, WAS SUNNY AND PLEASANT. ALL THE SNOW FROM THE PREVIOUS DAY'S STORM HAD MELTED AWAY. I REMEMBER SO MANY LITTLE THINGS FROM RICO AND STEPHANIE'S DAY. THE VIEWS WERE SPECTACULAR. THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WERE SO IN LOVE WITH THEM AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A PAIR. THE FLOWERS AND TABLE SETTINGS AND GOWNS AND SPARKLER SEND OFF WERE STUNNING (STEPHANIE HAS AN AMAZING EYE.). HOWEVER, THE THING THAT STANDS OUT MOST TO ME TODAY AS I CULL THROUGH THESE IMAGES AGAIN IS THE DEEP DOWN KINDNESS OF THIS PAIR. I SAW RICO AND STEPHANIE CARE SO WELL FOR THOSE AROUND THEM (INCLUDING ME, GOODNESS) ON A DAY WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ALL ABOUT THEM. I HAVE SUCH VIVID MEMORIES OF THEIR NATURE AS A COUPLE AND I THINK THOSE MEMORIES MEAN MORE THAN ALL THE PIE AND S'MORES AND COOL SOCKS AND PERFECT PEONIES AND LACE DRESSES COULD EVER MEAN. RICO AND STEPHANIE, THANK YOU.

I WANT TO DO THIS DAY OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND I'M SO EXCITED TO FINALLY BE SHARING IT WITH YOU NOW. SO MANY MORE GOOD DAYS TO COME HERE, SO SOON. I PROMISE. 

XO, ALYSSA

WYLD SAGE DESIGNS GIVEAWAY

IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!

GOODNESS, I'M JUST SURROUNDED BY ARTIST SISTERS OVER HERE. MY SISTER, HANNAH, HAS JUST STARTED ACCEPTING CLIENTS LOOKING FOR HER CALLIGRAPHY SERVICES. CHECK OUT WYLD SAGE, Y'ALL!

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SHE MAKES THE PRETTIEST WEDDING STATIONERY, SIGNS, AND OTHER PAPER GOODS. JUST TAKE A LOOK. BECAUSE I WOULD LOVE TO PHOTOGRAPH MORE OF HER WORK, I'M OFFERING TWO GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK!

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1. ALREADY WORKING WITH ME AS YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OR LOOKING TO BOOK ME IN THE NEAR FUTURE? HIRE HANNAH TO CREATE YOUR WEDDING PAPER GOODS AND I'LL GIVE YOU $100 OFF OF YOUR TOTAL WEDDING PACKAGE! HER WORK PHOTOGRAPHS SO BEAUTIFULLY.

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2. ON FACEBOOK, "LIKE" WYLD SAGE AND SHARE THIS BLOG POST TO YOUR OWN PAGE TO BE ENTERED TO WIN A FREE PORTRAIT/COUPLES/FAMILY SESSION FROM ME! ON INSTAGRAM, FOLLOW @WYLDSAGEDESIGNS AND TAG ONE FRIEND IN A COMMENT ON THIS IMAGE. YOU MAY ENTER ONCE ON FACEBOOK AND ONCE ON INSTAGRAM. GO!

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DAMIEN AND KENSY

I CAN STILL REMEMBER EXACTLY WHERE I WAS WHEN I RECEIVED KENSY'S EMAIL, ASKING ME TO PHOTOGRAPH HER AND DAMIEN'S CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN WEDDING DAY. I WAS SITTING IN MY CAR JUST HAVING WRAPPED UP PHOTOGRAPHING A WINTER WEDDING IN WISCONSIN. BEING IN CALIFORNIA SOUNDED PRETTY GOOD AT THAT EXACT MOMENT. THIS WEDDING WAS PART OF A TWO WEEK WORK TRIP TO DENVER, PALM SPRINGS, LOS ANGELES, SACRAMENTO, AND CANCUN AND WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF MY TWENTY FIFTEEN. 

I THINK MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT THIS DAY WAS SEEING DAMIEN AND KENSY INTERACT WITH ONE ANOTHER. KENSY WAS NERVOUS. THEN SHE SAW HER HUSBAND TO BE AND ALL OF THOSE NERVES DISAPPEARED. THESE TWO WERE MEANT TO BE. ASIDE FROM ALL OF THOSE GOOD EMOTIONS, IT DIDN'T HURT THAT THEIR DAY WAS IMPECCABLY DESIGNED AND NESTLED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA. IT WASN'T TOO HARD ON THE EYES. SEE FOR YOURSELF...

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XO, ALYSSA

MATT AND ALEXA

I COULD GET USED TO PHOTOGRAPHING THIS SORT OF CELEBRATION MORE OFTEN. MATT AND ALEXA, ALONG WITH A VERY INTIMATE GROUP OF FAMILY, WERE MARRIED AT MANGIAMO (ONE OF MY FAVORITE GRAND RAPIDS VENUES) ONE FALL AFTERNOON. THE COLORS OF THE LEAVES WERE AT THEIR PEAK, THERE WAS A SLIGHT CHILL TO THE AIR, AND IT WAS STUNNINGLY APPARENT THAT MATT AND ALEXA WERE MORE THAN READY FOR THIS DAY. BEFORE I SHOW YOU THEIR PHOTOS, I DO HAVE ONE SIDE NOTE. THIS BRIDE MADE HER OWN WEDDING CAKE AND SHE DOES SO FOR OTHER WEDDINGS AND EVENTS AS WELL UNDER THE NAME DOLCI! LET ME TELL YOU, THIS CAKE WAS FANTASTIC. SEE MORE OF ALEXA'S WORK HERE!

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XO, ALYSSA

REED AND ANGIE

REED AND ANGIE WERE A DREAM. WE STARTED PHOTOGRAPHING IN THEIR BUSHWICK APARTMENT AND THEN THEY CUDDLED AND LAUGHED THEIR WAY THROUGH AN HOUR OF SUPER CHILLY RED HOOK PORTRAITS. I'M IN LOVE WITH THE RESULT. I AM BEYOND EXCITED FOR THEIR WEDDING NEXT FALL AT THE FOXFIRE MOUNTAIN HOUSE, LOCATED IN THE CATSKILLS OF NEW YORK. LOOK AT THIS PLACE, PEOPLE - IT'S FANTASTIC. BEST VENUE I'VE SEEN, NO CONTEST. REED AND ANGIE, EVERYONE!

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XO, ALYSSA

SAMANTHA SLEEPER BRIDAL

WELL SAMANTHA SLEEPER CERTAINLY HAS TALENT. THAT'S FOR SURE. ON TOP OF THAT TALENT IS AN INCREDIBLY REAL AND EASY PERSONA. SHE'S GREAT. I TRAVELED TO NEW YORK CITY THIS PAST FALL TO PHOTOGRAPH A HANDFUL OF SESSIONS AND WHILE THERE, I GOT IN TOUCH WITH SAMANTHA ABOUT WORKING WITH HER BEAUTIFUL GOWNS. THEY'RE STUNNING AND ETHEREAL AND EVERYTHING A BRIDE COULD WANT IN A GOWN. I'LL EVEN BE STOCKING HER GOWNS AT LAMB BRIDE SOMEDAY SOON! WITH FLOWERS THROWN TOGETHER THE EARLY MORNING FROM THE NEW YORK FLORAL DISTRICT AND SAMANTHA'S GOWNS, I GOT TO SPEND THE AFTERNOON IN MY HAPPIEST PLACE. TO BOOT, I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO WORK WITH ERIKA AS MY MODEL. THOSE EYES! AND THAT SMILE! GIRL, GIRL, GIRL. 

I CAN'T SAY IT ENOUGH. BRIDES - LOOK INTO SAMANTHA'S WORK (SHE EVEN DOES CUSTOM)! I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO TRY ON HER GOWNS IN PERSON IN OUR SALON SHORTLY.

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XO, ALYSSA

BEN AND AMY

WHILE IN NEW YORK CITY THIS PAST JANUARY FOR A COUPLE OF ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS, I WAS ABLE TO MEET UP WITH BEN AND AMY (A COUPLE WHO I'VE PHOTOGRAPHED PREVIOUSLY) FOR A FEW MORNING PORTRAITS. WE WALKED AROUND THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD AND AROUND CENTRAL PARK ON THE SPRINGIEST OF MORNINGS. ALSO, SPOILER ALERT, I'LL BE PARTNERING WITH AMY IN THE NEXT YEAR ON A SUPER CUSTOM, DETAILED LAMB BRIDE PRODUCT. STAY TUNED...

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XO, ALYSSA

JEAN BAPTISTE AND CLAIRE

I'M REMEMBERING HOW MUCH FUN THIS DAY WAY. TWO FAMILIES, ONE GERMAN AND ONE AMERICAN, CELEBRATING INSIDE A TINY GOLDEN THEATRE WITH BARBECUE AND MAC AND CHEESE AND FILMS MADE BY FAMILY. ALSO, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT HOUR. JEAN BAPTISTE AND CLAIRE ARE ALSO THE MOST SUPREMELY GRATEFUL AND KIND PEOPLE. THEY BELONG WITH EACH OTHER, OF THAT MUCH I'M SURE. THIS DAY WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FANTASTIC VLD EVENTS. HIRE THEM PEOPLE, YOU WON'T REGRET IT.

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XO, ALYSSA

LEVI AND JENNA

THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD IS COUPLES THAT BECOME FRIENDS. LEVI AND JENNA ARE JUST THAT SORT OF COUPLE. THEY'RE EASY, SO IN LOVE, AND HAD ME LAUGHING (AND WHO ARE WE KIDDING, TEARING UP) ALL DAY LONG. LOOK BELOW AND YOU'LL SEE WHY. ALSO, MODERN DAY FLORAL & EVENTS DID THE MOST INCREDIBLE JOB PUTTING THIS DAY TOGETHER. FROM JENNA'S STUNNER OF A BOUQUET, FARM TABLES, AND AN UNREAL CANOPY OF GREENS OVER THE DANCE FLOOR, I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING QUITE LIKE IT.

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