A couple weeks ago, Jonathan + I spent a warm, spring afternoon wandering around Eastown in Grand Rapids, Michigan with Riley + Rodney. Not only are these two SO much fun, but they also respect + care for each other deeply and love each other immensely. Spending a couple hours with them in the sunshine, exploring the city, and eating ice cream was the perfect way to celebrate their engagement. In June, they will become husband + wife – and we know it is going to be a wonderful day!
It’s hard to believe that April is here! In a few short weeks, the 2016 wedding season will be in full-swing and we will once again be spending our weekends celebrating with couples as they take the leap into marriage together. I often find myself awestruck that this is our job… that documenting wedding stories is what we get to do for a living. Some days, it seems pretty unreal, some days it is emotional + trying, but everyday… we love it. It’s truly such an honor.
One such 2016 wedding couple is CarolAnn + Andrew! Jonathan + I met them on a sunny, brisk day a few weeks ago in Ann Arbor. We explored a new park together as we got to know each other more + make some fun photos of them. It’s been such a joy to get to know these two so far – they started dating in high school + continued throughout college… and now, they on the brink of starting their careers. As a couple, they’ve faced a lot of life-change, growth, and new adventures… but they are so ready to finally be husband + wife and begin their marriage journey. They make a beautiful team and I’m sure their December wedding is going to be the perfect celebration!
Well it seems as though winter has left us in Michigan… or the lack of winter has left us. Ha! For any of you winter-lovers out there, you may share the same sentiment as me… we barely had a winter this year!! I will admit, we enjoyed a few decent snow storms, but not enough ;) To Christopher’s happiness, one of those storms happened to be on his birthday… the day of this photo shoot!
For those of you who have been following the blog for some time, first, YOU ARE AWESOME. Second, you may recognize Christopher + Korena. We photographed their engagement pictures in Washington… and their intimate October wedding in California. Christopher, is my little brother… and it has been an honor + a joy to watch these two fall in love, commit their lives to each other, and journey through the ups + downs of life together the last few years. They currently call the beautiful city of Detroit their home and we recently took some short time together to capture a few updated portraits of the two of them there.
Oh, and soon… those arms will be holding a sweet little babe (!!!). We are so excited for them to become parents this summer! ;)
At the end of January, Jonathan + I found ourselves in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. We were there with two of our dearest friends – exploring, resting, visiting a coffee farm, and more! We did a similar trip a couple years ago when we traveled to Guatemala with them. Soon, I’ll be blogging about our whole Costa Rican experience, but first, I want to share a preview of the couple’s photo shoot we did while we were there. Because, when you’re in the rainforest with your spouse, why not get some photographs taken? :)
The weather was not “ideal” for a photo shoot – but it was the perfect rainforest day! It was warm + misty all morning… with no signs of stopping… so we decided to go for it! The property we were staying at in El Castillo provided the most beautiful backdrop – and these two were even willing to hike down the muddy trail to the adjacent river for a few pictures!
Without further adieu, I’d love to introduce Steve + Rachel… in the Costa Rican rainforest… on one adventurous afternoon ;)
Whew. How is it February already?!? I apologize for the blog silence on my part! Being a photographer in the Midwest brings a business slowdown + quietness in the winter. Less weddings, less photo sessions… it’s a time to cozy up, recoup, and recharge. Which means we’ve been spending lots of time with family + friends, traveling a bit, and reflecting + dreaming together. :)
As we reflect + dream… we remember how honored to have been able to document so many wonderful stories in 2015… and we are ecstatic for what’s to come in this new year!! One of those stories we have been invited into is that of Claire + Matt. And today, I would love to share a preview of their engagement session with you!
These two met in college and have spent the better part of 6 years getting to know each other, falling in love, traveling, tackling job changes + moves, and as of recently… planning their wedding! This summer, they will marry each other in one of their favorite places – Northern Michigan. It’s guaranteed to be an awesome celebration – and we are thrilled to join them!