Monthly Archives: November 2011

meg + kevin

We were sitting in a little Ethiopian restaurant just east of downtown. There were eight of us, so we needed two booths… but we all wanted to hear about this girl that Kevin was so smitten with. While we ate dinner, we all tried to listen in closely so we could hear Kevin talk about this sweet girl named Meg. Even though it had only been a couple weeks and they barely knew each other, we could all tell that he was quickly falling for her.

Well, long story short… he did fall for her… and she fell for him! And now, I’m overjoyed to share this engagement session of two dear friends with you. We’ve been able to watch Meg + Kevin fall in love, get engaged and start planning their wedding together. This spring, we will be able to witness them become husband and wife and I cannot wait to celebrate with them!! Until then, enjoy a few of my favorites from their downtown Grand Rapids session!Kevin is an excellent shoe salesman at the local V&A Bootery. If you need a new pair of shoes, he’s your guy ;)My neighborhood is seriously one of my favorite places to photograph!Meg + Kevin’s one request… a few pictures at “their” place :)

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seven hundred & thirty(-one) days

Ok, so this is a day late. Oops. :) Anyways… as I sat down to write this post, I opened up my blog post from November 28, 2010. Hard to believe that year was only a year ago – and we’ve already conquered another year!

To think that Jonathan and I have been married two years sometimes seems like an eternity and sometimes seems like we are ¬†still newlyweds. I won’t lie – our first year was hard. Life threw us and our loved ones too many curveballs to catch. However, I was beyond grateful for my husband and his steadfastness and the fact that we could do life together during those times. In this second year, life has been a little nicer to us. We’ve traveled a lot for school, for work and for family – from ALL over Michigan, to Washington, to California a couple times, and down south to Tennessee. While we have discovered that we love traveling together, we also truly love our simple little life in Grand Rapids. Our cozy apartment is perfect for entertaining evening or weekend guests. Weekly date nights are a staple to our relationship. We’ve found that we love taking walks around our neighborhood, visiting Lake Michigan, drinking delicious coffee and playing dominoes together. I’m learning to enjoy football Saturdays AND Sundays, and he is learning how to support my creativity, artsiness and my need to randomly wander through antique stores.

I’m eternally grateful that God has blessed me with such a wonderful husband. Jonathan is my best friend, my love, my confidant and the one I am thrilled to be able to grow old with. Every day and week holds a new adventure in this crazy thing we call life – and I couldn’t have asked for a better adventure-partner :)

happy two years, my love! here’s to year number three!

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christopher + korena – chino hills, ca

Ironically, the call came while we were sitting in MadCap Coffee. (Christopher has become a coffee “connoisseur” since he moved out to Washington.) There I was, with Jonathan, just working and drinking my soy mocha when my phone lit up. “Oh my gosh… It’s Christopher…” I said nervously and excitedly. I slowly picked up the phone and answered, already anticipating what the conversation may hold. Within a matter of seconds, my suspicions had been confirmed: My baby brother had proposed and she said yes!! And so, the wedding planning began :)

On a sunny Saturday in October, our immediate families gathered at Chino Hills State Park in California to witness these two become one. It was a sacred and beautiful ceremony filled with laughter and tears. Following the ceremony, we headed to Kori’s parents house 10 minutes away where friends and family gathered to eat good food, drink some great coffee and celebrate the union.

I consider it an honor to photograph every single wedding I attend, but to capture my little brother’s wedding was definitely extra special. Words cannot completely describe that day or the days and weeks surrounding it. I’m beyond thrilled to welcome Kori into the family as my new sister, I’m genuinely happy for both of them and I sincerely hope these photos do their day justice.

Without further adieu…

Off to the morning ceremony overlooking God’s beautiful creation…

Thank-you to Kori’s amazingly wonderful family for opening their home and putting on a great afternoon celebration. (Oh, and a big thanks for letting your daughter marry my little bro ;))
A huge shout-out to Handsome Coffee Roasters – our personal baristas for the afternoon!

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matt + vanessa – plymouth, mi

Their engagement session was literally one of the hottest days of the summer. Their wedding day was one of the coldest days of autumn. Their attitudes for both days? They were both perfectly happy and excited to be there in those moments.

As of today, these two have been married for a month. I’m positive most of their married days have been filled with lots of joy and laughter because that’s exactly how they live their lives – with sincerity, with care and with lots of fun. These two absolutely adore each other and it was a joy to be a witness to their big day. Congratulations, Matt and Vanessa!

The day started at 932 Penniman – a Bed & Breakfast in Plymouth. It was a perfectly, quaint and cozy location to get ready for the day as well as do portraits with the bridal party. LOVE this moment from their first look… My favorite image from the day…Having a “first look” allowed us to have more time with just Matt + Vanessa to sneak in a few more portraits in downtown Plymouth before the reception without having to make the guests wait long!Their reception was at the beautiful victorian ballroom at the Meeting House in Plymouth, MI

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andy + karla – grand rapids, mi

Everytime I met with them, there was an excitement in their voices that was almost contagious. The ideas, the plans, the fact that they were getting married – they were so, so excited for the wedding day!

Andy + Karla were referred to me by a friend and from our first meeting, I knew that these two would be great to work with. I love the way they have blended their lives, their deep care and love for each other and especially they way they genuinely make each other happy. Their day came together perfectly. I absolutely loved all the little details of their day – not just the decor, but also the unique twists – like playing a large game of “Just Dance” at the reception :)

I hope you enjoy a little peek into their day and that you’ll be able to sense the same excitement I’ve felt from them since day one.

(also, I need to give big shout-out to Kate for shooting with me on this beautiful autumn day! Thanks, girl!!)

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