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Ann Arbor, Detroit, Michigan & Midwest boutique wedding photographer.
Traveling worldwide for adventurous weddings & intimate elopements.



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What if you said yes on a mountain?

Updated: Feb 12

Hi there, adventurers! You have stumbled upon this post, because maybe you're planning to get married on a mountain in Yosemite. Or, maybe, you know someone who is plotting an adventure elopement in Arizona's Antelope Canyon. Or you might simply just be curious where did I take this crazy picture below. Either way, welcome!

I want to tell you a bit about myself first. I value connections and activities that channel my creativity and love for people. (...and Hawaiian stray dogs!) When I am not frolicking outside in the wild, I respond to spaces with warm ambience, moody lighting, polished brass, dark rich colors and natural woods with thick grain. Funny enough, I throw elaborate dinner parties and cook up a 5 course feast, because making vibrant foods and setting the table is an artistic expression itself. And as the Italians say, "we don't age at a dinner table". I wanted to take Anthony Bourdain on a food adventure to my birthplace in Slovakia, and I am still heartbroken...

On top of that, I am a wanderlust and an adventure wedding and elopement photographer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, obsessed with mountains, hiking and road-trips! My love for hiking started 3 years ago with my first trip to Alaska and Kauai, Hawaii shortly after. I truly believe in adventure! There's something exhilarating about hiking the deadly summit of Angel's Landing in Zion and something subtly meditative in kayaking near Alaska's glaciers. Exploring the beauty of the world gives me purpose. To sit on a top of the mountain in California's Joshua Tree, feeling the majestic power of nature and my own vulnerability is humbling and absolutely addicting at the same time.

Photographing weddings in Michigan for the past 7 years has been a rewarding and wonderful experience! I had a chance to work with the sweetest couples, I photographed in elegant art deco palaces, simple barns, industrial warehouses.... you name it. Now, I am shifting my focus to craft unique experiences for my couples that go beyond standard traditions and societal ideas of how your wedding should look. I want to inspire you to follow your own path, be true to yourself and celebrate your love in a way that reflects you.

After exploring the beauties out there (along with some questionably shaped rock formations), I started to incorporate ever-changing landscapes into photo stories! If you are game to choose less of a traditional approach to your wedding day, I am not just a wedding photographer, who shows up with a set of standard poses:

1. I will get dirty with you and adventure with you!

2. I will craft a day for you that reflects your personalities and your relationship!

3. I will guide you on this fully immersive and unforgettable adventure.

4. I will be there to share jokes and stories and most importantly document your epic day. 5. I will look at this day as a unique experience, because it was with the two of you and no one else, and you allowed me to witness your authentic connection through raw moments. Your day really matters to me!

Not sure of your dreamy wedding location?

Maybe you have an idea of the vibe of the landscape, but aren’t completely sure... I can guide you to finding your dreamy wedding location! Whether it’s a strenuous hike in the Rockies or a breathtaking overlook in Big Sur - whatever your comfort level, I am here to help you find a unique spot for your once in a lifetime adventure. On your day, we'll go over the final plan, then hit the trail, or head up to the overlook, if hiking in a wedding dress just isn’t your thing. If the West is too far or too complicated, I do photograph adventure weddings in Michigan and can help you find your dream venue!

In the meantime, If you are looking for more inspiration, check out my Adventure Engagements & Elopements set in wonderful places in Michigan and beyond. Let's explore Sleeping Bear Dunes, Turnip Rock, Pictured Rocks together while capturing your connection immersed in nature, sip some wine, and hang out. Let's put on our hiking boots/skis/wet suit and create something exciting together! You know where to find me... Locations are unlimited and as you know, the sky is the limit!

Oh, and about that picture - get in touch and I might tell you!



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