Intimate Michigan Elopement + Bridal Portraits

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Samantha Michalak


After finding my passion for unique lighting as a wedding photographer, I wanted to be able to carry the interesting, powerful imagery for my portrait clients. Family, maternity, and newborn portraits don't have to be boring. They can be full of power and emotion leaving you blown away.

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An intimate day lakeside—a Michigan elopement photographer’s dream.

the bride and groom smile at each other while standing between tables at their intimate elopement
the bride and groom smile at each other while standing between tables at their intimate elopement

An Intimate Elopement

Karolyn and Peter had both been married before and wanted to have a very intimate wedding with their closest friends and family. It was small, in the middle of the week, at a gorgeous restaurant on the water in Wyandotte—Portfino.

It was such a beautiful reminder that you can make any moment special. Joy and happiness can find us anywhere and anytime.

The best day of your entire life could be a random Wednesday.

the bride laughs during portraits with a michigan elopement photographer
the bride smiles into a kiss showing off her ring while posing for their intimate wedding photographer
the bride and groom smile at each other during bridal portraits

Two Hour Bridal Portraits

Karolyn and Peter wanted to have some portraits to look back on and treasure.

Their wedding wasn’t typical, they really just wanted to share a weeknight with their family and didn’t feel like they needed photo coverage of the entire night.

I was so happy to be a part of their day, even though I spent maybe two hours with them.

This was just as spring was budding, so there weren’t many blooms. We found this park with lots of romantic greenery and a sweeping willow. I watched and snapped away as these two shared laughs and smiles and all of those little special moments.

Being a wedding and elopement photographer, I see the importance of having photos to cherish every single day. Karolyn and Peter were able to get that AND keep their elopement very intimate and private.

the bride and groom look separate directions during bridal portraits
bridal portraits where the bride and groom smile at each other

Michigan Elopement Photographer

As a Michigan elopement photographer, my weekends are spoken for a lot of the time. This special weekday was perfect for this couple. If you are the kind of person that wants an intentional and private wedding day, setting aside a separate time for bridal portraits is a perfect way to still have the photos to to cherish.

It would even be a fun way to spend an anniversary, taking bridal portraits as a reminder of your day and to capture the love, excitement, and dedication that you have promised for each other.

If you are looking for bridal portraits or photos for your Michigan elopement, learn more about my packages and let’s connect to talk about your unique day!

the bride and groom smile for bridal portraits in their open and airy elopement venue

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