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lynée + trevor // grand rapids engagement

Today, I am thrilled to share a little preview of Lynée + Trevor’s engagement session. It happened last month in Grand Rapids when there was a random week of snow before Thanksgiving. We were hoping to hold on to a little bit of autumn for the shoot, but we instead got a little autumn and a little winter… which made for a pretty sweet setting!

Anyways, THESE TWO. Oh my. I am so humbled and honored to be able to share their story with you. Lynée is one of the sweetest, kindest individuals I have met. She is sassy, funny, strong and loving. I haven’t known Trevor as long, but in the last year or so, I’ve come to learn that he is patient, caring, intelligent and loves deeply. Individually, they have walked some difficult paths over the last several years. But thankfully, those paths crossed and something new + beautiful began. It has been a joy to watch their relationship form over the last year and a half and to witness redemption and restoration happen individually and as a couple. This summer, they’ll be blending their lives, their families, and their love, but what a marvelous adventure it’s been already! Michigan-Winter-Engagement-001

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Their kiddos braved the cold with us – and I’d even say they had a little fun :)
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nick + erin // grand rapids, michigan wedding

Today, I am excited to share with you my final wedding for 2014! It happened a few weeks ago in the lovely city of Grand Rapids. I may be bias, but I personally am a fan of November weddings (our anniversary is November 28!). There is just something about those final fall days. There’s a quietness to November – midterms are over, apple season is ending and it’s the calm before the bustle of the holiday season. Yes, the weather can be iffy, but the air is crisp, the grass is still green and some color still clings to the trees. It’s as if the earth is saying, “Hold on, winter… we’re not ready for you, yet!”

This November day was one of the chillier ones… gray and threatening rain. But you know what? Nick + Erin rolled with it and despite the gloomy forecast, it was an absolutely beautiful celebration. They wed at North Park Presbyterian Church on the northeast side of Grand Rapids – it was the church that Erin grew up at and where her brother had married just a few years prior. The reception was held at the always impressive Bissell Tree House at the John Ball Zoo – the perfect venue for this nature-loving duo!

Nick + Erin are absolutely delightful humans. They are both kind, loyal, intelligent and laid back. They’ve been together for over seven years and their relationship has weathered undergrad, post-grad, moves, internships and job changes. With every interaction I’ve had with them, it’s obvious that they are meant for each other. They are completely comfortable together and they just “click”… you know what I mean? Getting to know the two of them has truly been an honor… and photographing their first day of marriage was an even greater joy. <3

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jayme + neal // grand rapids engagement

Well, it seems that winter decided to make an early arrival this year here in Michigan! Fortunately, I’ve still got a little bit of autumn to enjoy in my editing queue! So before we say goodbye to autumn too quickly (hey, we’ve still got Thanksgiving to celebrate!), I’d love to share some favorites from a recent fall engagement session!

Today, I would love to introduce you to Jayme + Neal – one my of my awesome couples for 2015. These two are so delightful and so fun! It’s been wonderful to spend time with them and learn more about their story of how they met, fell in love and their plans for their spring wedding in Grand Rapids. From what I know about these two, it’s going to be a fabulous celebration and I’m so excited to witness the start of their marriage!
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deanna + steve // grand haven, mi engagement

Deanna + Steve are the kind of couple you want to have as friends. They are kind, considerate, they love to have fun, and they continually keep each other laughing. :) When we met in person for the first time, our conversation lasted for a couple hours – we just had a great time together! These two are so in love and so excited to be joining their lives together – and that honestly makes me excited to be a part of this whole story.

A few weeks ago, we hung out in Grand Haven, Michigan for their engagement session. Grand Haven is where they have spent numerous hours + days as a couple AND where Steve proposed, so it’s super special to them. Even though it was October and quite chilly – that didn’t stop these two from enjoying the beach + the great Lake Michigan. Plus, the sun was really showing off that evening, so it made for some pretty spectacular views. :) Enjoy a little preview of our evening together! Grand-Haven-Engagement-Photography-001

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kyle + whitney // cadillac, michigan wedding

These two. This day. Oh, my heart.

On this day, October was showing off a bit. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the trees were a rainbow of autumn hues. Northern Michigan was at it’s finest, to say the least. Friends and family had gathered from across the state and country to share + celebrate together. All the careful planning and handmade details had come together. This day, was the day my sweet cousin married the love of her life – and it was a good, good day.

Kyle + Whitney wed in Cadillac, Michigan – the town where Kyle was born + raised… and where their first married home is located. The celebration took place at Fox Hill Event Center – just south of downtown. It provided a great space for an intimate, outdoor ceremony and an awesome indoor reception. But more importantly, the celebration was a beautiful representation of Kyle + Whitney – who they are as individuals and as a couple – and it was a meaningful, fun and memorable beginning to their marriage.

As a photographer, this wedding was so delightful and it was such a joy to capture this love story. As a family member, I was honored + humbled to be a part of this day. These two are absolutely wonderful together and I’m so grateful that they’ve found each other. Kyle + Whitney, I wish you two nothing but the best in this marriage adventure! Congratulations, you two!

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My dear uncle had the joy of walking his daughter down the aisle, giving her away, and then officiating the marriage ceremony. Wowie.
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Ok, cue the tears. Not only, did Whitney + her dad dance to “Butterfly Kisses” (yes, it gets me every time)… BUT, Whitney’s dad recorded himself singing it and compiled pictures of her growing up to show during their dance. Like I said, cue the tears! Whew!
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As the night came to a close, friends + family circled around Kyle + Whitney as they shared their last wedding dance…
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Can’t get enough of these two? Check out their downtown Grand Rapids engagement session from last October!

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