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rodney + riley // lake huron wedding celebration

On this Saturday, the sun was shining… the sky was blue… and the Lake was sparkling like the Caribbean. As we drove up north, through quiet lake towns… I reflected on what it as like to go to my grandparents’ cottage on the lake. To spend long weekends there during the summer… with aunts, uncles, and cousins all around… to eat ice cream cones as big as your face… to jump into the Great Lake and stay outside from breakfast until dinner. I’m sure my experience wasn’t exactly the same as Riley’s, but we can definitely agree that there’s something special about spending time at your grandparents’ house… isn’t there? And when your grandparents’ house is on the coast of Lake Huron, you may even dream about getting married there someday… ;)

Rodney + Riley, thank-you for inviting us north – to Grandma’s house on the lake. It was so special to witness the two of you speak your vows + commit your lives to each other in front of family + friends, on the property that’s so dear to you, with Lake Huron as the backdrop. It was a perfect day and we were so honored to celebrate alongside of you. Cheers to many, many years, you two!
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There were SO many special details to this day – including the fact that Riley wore her mother’s wedding dress! She had it altered perfectly for her!
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Meanwhile, in the cottage next door…
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Riley’s grandmother stood beside her as her Matron of Honor! So sweet.
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matt + allie // ann arbor, michigan wedding photography

There’s something about the rain. Sure, it has its negative qualities… but at its best, it is peaceful, soothing, and brings life to the earth. It is joyful + beautiful. It has a hint of mystery + magic. And often, it is romantic.

Matt + Allie are no strangers to rain. In most of their major relationship moments, when events couldn’t be rescheduled – it rained. At their prom… at their proposal… during their engagement pictures… and even at their wedding. But these two? They have embraced the rain. Even when the rain tried to ruin their dreams for an outdoor ceremony… they did it anyways (see below!). They’ve embraced those positive qualities about the rain – and adventured on.

And really, that’s a healthy perspective to have as one enters marriage – or any relationship! Truth be told, the days are not all going to be filled with sunshine + goodness. The rain is going to come – whether it is a spontaneous storm or clouds that linger. But when the rain comes, we have a choice on how we can respond. Hopefully, we can find the strength + bravery to embrace it, push through it, and feel the raindrops until the sun comes again. When we do, life feels a bit more full + peaceful + magical. Wouldn’t you agree?

Matt + Allie – thank-you for embracing the rain. Congratulations, you two! <3 June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016

The radar was not our friend that day. It was going to rain… and then not going to rain… and then it was going to be a short storm… and then the rain was going to last all night. It was so hard to make a plan! All we knew was that Allie had been dreaming of an outdoor ceremony… and we all wanted to make that happen! But as the guests began to arrive, and the clouds rolled in… it was clear that it couldn’t happen very easily. With some swift decision making, and adventurous spirits, Matt + Allie opted for a short, outdoor ceremony with just a few witnesses. The boys hopped into a golf cart with the pastor and drove out to a large oak tree by the halfway house. The girls followed a few minutes later – there, under the umbrella of the leaves, Matt + Allie became husband + wife. It was sacred, intimate, and perfect. After they said, “I do” – everyone returned to the clubhouse where the guests were seated. Ceremony #2 commenced – this time the full version with the special readings + songs + message, etc.:)June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016June 4, 2016

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lucas + molly // michigan vineyard wedding

This day was such a special day. It was the day where two lives became one… where two families celebrated a new daughter + a new son. It was the day where friends gathered from all over to a vineyard near Molly’s hometown. On the cusp of summer, underneath the giant Northern Catalpa tree, Lucas + Molly committed their lives together as husband + wife. The air was warm, but the breeze kept us cool… and the rain held off until the just the right moment. :)

This day was one of those days that you never want to end. It felt like a slice of heaven – and we were so honored to be there. Congratulations, Lucas + Molly. We are excited for this new journey for you two!May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016Oh, those amazing flowers? All the flowers were done by Crystal Springs Florist! They did a beautiful job! May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016
As a unity ceremony – Lucas + Molly “planted” a tree to symbolize their new life together!May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016Instead of cutting a cake, Lucas + Molly chose to have an ice cream bar – featuring their favorite ice cream flavors from local favorite – Sherman’s Ice CreamMay 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016May 27, 2016

ps – Jonathan + I were SO impressed by this amazing venue! Check out Hidden Valley Vineyard if you’re looking for a barn venue for your upcoming wedding or event!

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hannah + brett // kensington park engagement session

Last week, we hung out with Hannah + Brett to celebrate their engagement! Woo! It was the perfect summer day… the sun was shining… there was a warm breeze…mmm! :) These two love to spend time outdoors – whether it is taking hikes together or playing catch in the back yard, or going to Tigers’ games… they love it all! So when Hannah suggested that we shoot their engagement pictures at Kensington MetroPark and bring along some baseball equipment… I could hardly wait! I love when couples suggest tailoring their engagement pictures around places + activities that they love… it tells a bit more of who they are and it makes the whole experience that much more meaningful.

I’ve known Hannah for over 15 years (what!?), but getting to know these two as a couple has been such a gift. We are SO excited to be a part of their wedding in August… it’s going to be a good, good day. :) Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

Hannah + Brett Engagement

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melissa + ron // birmingham, mi engagement photography

Today, we are thrilled to introduce Melissa + Ron’s to the blog! :) These two are a delight to be around, they compliment each other perfectly, and they make a great team. They are both so kind, so loving, and respect each other deeply. Spending time with them is an encouragement + a joy and each time we’ve hung out together, Jonathan + I have left them with smiles on our faces + our hearts full.

In July, after almost two years together, they will become husband + wife as they step into the awesome adventure of marriage together! Woo! What a day it will be! We can’t WAIT to celebrate with them!

When is sunny, humid, and 90 degrees… OF COURSE you end the session with ice cream ;)

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