david + chris // henderson castle wedding in kalamazoo, michigan


We are excited to share this an intimate summer wedding with you today… the wedding of David + Chris! (If you’ve been following the blog, you may recognize these two from their St. Joseph engagement session in July)

Admittedly, David + Chris weren’t looking for love when they were introduced last year. But soon after being introduced, something struck a chord with each of them… and their impromptu meeting turned into several hours of conversation + laughter! They were both smitten! It wasn’t long before they both knew they had stumbled upon something special: a new chance at love.

Fast forward to this past August… they became husband + wife! David + Chris celebrated day one of marriage together with their siblings, children, and loved ones gathered in Kalamazoo. The event was held at the historic Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This was our first time at this estate and we were so impressed by the beauty + uniqueness of the venue! To top it off, it was a gorgeous summer day! The sun was shining as they spoke their vows to each other in an outdoor ceremony on a hill… and cocktails + dinner followed as the sun set over the castle.

The entire day was sweet, delightful, and full of love. Seeing the two families interact + celebrate this new couple was a gift! Thank-you, David + Chris, for the honor of capturing day one of your marriage. We loved being a part of your day and wish you two the best in this journey together! :)
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don + alayna // downtown grand rapids summer wedding


When I think about Don + Alayna and how perfectly they are matched, how dearly they care for one another, and how much joy they bring each other… I can’t help but smile. These two individuals are some of the best humans out there – they are kind, smart, adventurous, and genuine. They love their people deeply and they cherish the beauty that’s around them. We’ve known Alayna + her family for some time now (remember her sister Lynnae’s downtown Boston wedding?)… and when we met Don – we instantly knew that he was special. They just click, ya know?

We were thrilled and honored when they asked us to capture their wedding story for them. Their day did not disappoint! It was simple, yet elegant – filled with intention, love, and a beautiful community of family + friends. Their separate journeys have taken them all over the country, but they decided to celebrate in a city they love – Grand Rapids, Michigan. The ceremony was held outdoors under the trees at Spring Grove Park and the reception followed at the Downtown Market. Both venues perfectly suited them for their wedding day and they added touches to personalize it even more – from the special readings at the ceremony to all four parents giving toasts at the reception to the mother/son piano duet in lieu of a dance… so many good moments!!

Don + Alayna – thank-you for inviting us to tell your story and to be a part of your celebration. It was a gift to be able to be witnesses to your day. Cheers!
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Dinner was a TACO BAR from Tacos El Cuñado in Grand Rapids. Um, YES PLEASE! :)July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017July 28, 2017

riley + madisen // stonegate glass wedding chapel


Today, we are delighted to share with you the wedding story of my dear cousin, Madisen and her groom, Riley! Madisen is the youngest cousin on my dad’s side of the family – and it has been a joy to watch her grow into a kind, intelligent woman over the years. When we met Riley almost two years ago, we liked him instantly! They clicked with each other and he clicked with the family. We could tell that he was a keeper and loved seeing the two of them together! But let me back up a little bit… ;)

Riley + Madisen spent most of their formative years growing up on different continents. Her family was in Europe, his family was in Africa. Their paths crossed at a summer conference in the United States when they were both finishing high school. Almost instantly, they connected with each other, became fast friends, and wanted to stay in touch. They had only known each other for a week, but even their parents + siblings could see that there was something unique between the two of them! It wasn’t long before they were officially dating (albeit long distance!). As they got to know each other, that initial spark grew into a deep love, and it was clear that they were meant for each other. Fast forward a few years from dating to moving to the same city, to engagement… this summer, they finally became husband + wife!

Their wedding day was brimming with sweet emotion – laughter + happy tears filled their interactions. The celebration felt intentional + joyful and their guests were sincerely excited to celebrate with them. The entire event was held at Stonegate Glass Chapel near Branson, Missouri! The day was sunny + warm and this chapel in the woods was the perfect place for Riley + Madisen to start their marriage journey. (BONUS… it was a GORGEOUS space! :))

Riley + Madisen – we are thrilled for the two of you and loved every second of your wedding day. Thank-you for inviting us and thank-you for sharing your love. We wish you nothing but goodness on this marriage adventure! <3 July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017

Riley + Madisen asked both of their fathers and Riley’s grandfather to lead the ceremony. What a beautiful legacy! July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017July 8, 2017

derrik + stephanie // summer wedding in metro detroit


Remember these two lovebirds from their engagement session last summer at Stoney Creek MetroPark? Well, last month – they became husband + wife! It was so wonderful! They married at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Rochester (just a few miles down the road from where they first met!) and dinner + dancing followed at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township!

There was a genuine excitement in the air the entire day, because the event they’d been planning for over a year had finally arrived! These two put together a beautiful celebration – but more importantly, it spoke true to THEM and the individual lives they were joining as one. Their handwritten vows were sweet + sincere, their family + friends were so fun to be around, and their reception was so awesome! Not one detail was left untouched and it was such a delight to see how everything came together!

Derrik + Stephanie, it has been an honor to get to know you over the last year and witness as you committed your lives to each other. We hope this marriage journey is good to you and that you continue to fall deeper in love and enjoy the adventure!
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heather + jason // downtown detroit engagement session


I met Heather last fall at a photo workshop that I was teaching. She was genuine + kind, and I instantly felt drawn to her personality + joy. I learned that she is a mom to beautiful daughter, she loves photography + sports, and works at a golf club… my kind of girl! Fast forward several months… and I get an email from Heather saying that she is recently engaged and planning a wedding… I couldn’t wait to hear more! Turns out, she met + fell in love with a man who also loves sports, golfing, and her daughter! :) They met at the golf club that Heather works at which is where they will be saying their vows in just under a month. It’s been so fun getting to know the two of them and connect on several similar interests. Their wedding is going to be SO fun… think Eastern Market, food trucks, lawn games, Slow’s BBQ… um, YEP. We can’t wait to celebrate with them!! :)

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