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Stephanie + Johnny | City and Suburbs Engagement | Detroit, Michigan

Last year Zach and I took a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We spent a few days taking in the breeze off of Lake Superior and hiking around numerous waterfalls. It was insanely gorgeous. When it was time to pack up and head south, we stopped in Auburn Hills, Michigan to visit one of our favorite people on this planet, Johnny. Johnny and Zach worked together as servers years ago and despite the fact that he is now a five hour drive north, Zach still considers him one of his very best friends. Johnny has a sense of humor that is unmatched. For example – upon pulling in the driveway we were greeted by a Flash costume wearing Johnny – running around the house, giggling the entire time. In my opinion, that is the very best way to be greeted -ever. 

During our stay we not only got to catch up with Johnny’s parents and siblings – who we absolutely adore – we got to meet Stephanie for the first time. Instantly I felt welcomed and loved by her. Her warmth is genuine and she exudes kindness. Plus, she has a love for cosplaying and attending cons – seriously, this girl could not more perfect for Johnny!

That evening while sitting around the living room, Stephanie started telling us about her job on an educational farm not too far down the road. She asked if we’d be interested in going there with her the next morning to help feed the animals – uhm.. yes please! Our experience at the Charles L. Bowers School Farm was awesome! I even became best friends with a donkey. I could not wait to go back!

Johnny proposed to Stephanie on New Years and Zach and I could not be more thrilled! A few months later we found ourselves traveling north through snow, fire and crazy winds (long story) on our way to take Stephanie and Johnny’s engagement photos. Stephanie really wanted to incorporate the educational farm – not only is is the coolest place ever, but it is where they will be getting married! After spending some time on the farm, we headed to Detroit. 

When I was telling friends and family about this trip, some would raise their eyebrows and tell me to be safe, which of course we were. But I absolutely fell in love with Detroit. The city is full of hidden gems around every corner. Stephanie and Johnny took us on a ride around the city on the “people mover” where we scored excellent views of the old buildings and fans pouring out of Comerica Park following a Tigers game. We strolled along the riverwalk, checking out the many sculptures and peering across the Detroit River to get views of Canada. We stopped in front of a superhero graffiti wall which was stellar and finally we ended our session on top of a parking garage soaking in views of the entire city and some inspiring artwork. 

I am so excited for Stephanie and Johnny to say “I do” in just three short days. Their love for each other is so apparent and I am honored that I get to be there with them, photographing each magical moment. It’s going to be great! Stay tuned next week for a blog post about Stephanie and Johnny’s Lord of the Rings themed wedding!

Alison

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