Monthly Archives: March 2011

a growing family

It is with a happy heart, a joyful spirit and tear-filled eyes that I write this post.

I have three brothers whom I love equally; however, because of our nearness in age, it comes with no surprise that I am closest to my younger brother, Christopher. Growing up we spent most of our time together and even through high school years, shared some of the same friends. He is full of life, humor, wisdom and love. When he transferred schools and moved to Spokane, Washington in the fall of 2009, it was so difficult to watch leave (a post from the day he left – on the old blog). In our hearts, though, we all knew that this journey to the Pacific Northwest would be a wonderful, exciting opportunity for him. Within that first year, he met a beautiful girl named, Korena. Over the next months, we spent many hours skyping with the two of them and getting to know this gem of a lady. When she came home to Michigan with him this past November, we knew this girl would be sticking around for a while.

Fast forward to today. I am SO happy and SO excited to share that as of this afternoon, he asked… and she said “yes” to spend forever with him. My little brother is ENGAGED (that was weird to type!)… making him the last one in our family to be married. I could not be more thrilled to have Kori as my new sister and to once again add another member to this growing family.

Christopher, I love you to pieces. What a blessing it is to call you brother and one of my best friends.
And Kori, WELCOME to this crazy family. I’m overjoyed to now call you, sister! I can’t wait to give you both a big hug when I see you next!!


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in the woods

This weekend, Jonathan and I drove “up north” to spend some time with our dear friends, Carly & Mitchell. The only items on the agenda for the weekend were seeing their new house and celebrating Carly’s birthday… the rest was to be determined. So when we found ourselves waking up late on Saturday morning and eating waffles until noon… that was ok. And when the birthday girl suggested that we bundle up for a hike up a mountain… that was ok, too. It was a relaxing and adventurous 30 hours with friends – a quick trip, but good for the soul.

I have a few new pictures of my  nephew to share with you soon (surprise, surprise), but for now… a snapshot from our hike:

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arden + kristi // plymouth, michigan wedding

After first thought, I’m typically not one for surprises. Don’t get me wrong, I love planning surprises and taking part in surprises for other people, but when it comes to myself, I just like to know what is going on. Events, gifts, whatever… it kills me if I don’t know what’s happening or can’t guess! However, more often than not, surprises tend to be really wonderful. Like, a couple weeks ago… I had a FABULOUS surprise. As I was quickly finishing up the portraits for this wedding, an on-looker snuck up behind me. This on-looker was a woman named, Tina – a dear friend who resides in Virginia. She was in Michigan for the weekend helping her friend, the florist, at this Friday evening wedding. What???   She didn’t know I was the photographer, I didn’t know she was assisting the florist… Crazy! Needless to say, I was very ok with this surprise!

This said wedding was a gorgeous winter celebration in Plymouth, MI. Arden & Kristi are so perfectly in love and truly wonderful and fun individuals. They said their vows in a beautiful ceremony officiated by Kristi’s grandpa and dad. Afterwards, they danced the night away among friends and family in the ever amazing Inn at St. John’s. Oh, and the florist? Her name is Laurel… didn’t she do an amazing job? Contact me for her info ;)

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brittany + ben // downtown grand rapids, mi engagement

Well, I believe an apology is in order. Back on Valentines day, I said I would be blogging this and Molly + Matt’s session soon. That was my intent… and then the second half of February happened before I could blink and here we are halfway through March already. Um, whaaat? The good news is… the days are longer and Spring OFFICIALLY begins this weekend. So for that, I am grateful. For the fact that these weeks are flying by… I am not so grateful. But, such is life!

Now, back to the matter at hand… Brittany & Ben are engaged! Yay! Ben & I went to college together, so I feel like I’ve had the privilege of watching this relationship grow from afar. I was very excited when they contacted me about being there to capture their wedding day for them! These two are so in love and have so much fun together – photographing them was truly a delight. I cannot wait for their July nuptials!

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molly + matt // downtown grand rapids, mi engagement

It’s a beautiful Monday morning here is West Michigan. The sky is blue and the sun is shining for the second day in a row. March has begun and the promise of spring is here. This winter has been a good one, but I’m ready for the new season. Soon the snow will all melt away, the brown grass will turn green and the trees will begin to bud. Until then, I will wait in anticipation and enjoy these last few weeks of this white stuff (but spring, please come soon ;)).

A few weeks ago, shortly after one of our blizzards, I met up with Molly & Matt for a wintery engagement session. I have been waiting for this session for a long time… literally. I’ve known Molly for a few years now and she was an early follower of my blog. She always told me that someday when she gets married… I would be there to capture it. Well, that day is finally on the horizon! Yay! Molly & Matt are making plans for their August wedding. From the sounds of it, their day is going to be beautiful and I can’t wait to be there!

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