matt + jackie // east lansing, mi wedding photography

As I sat down and gathered images for this blog post, I couldn’t help but smile. Matt + Jackie are absolutely delightful…and I’m so grateful our paths crossed!

Matt + Jackie are both easy going and super fun to be around, but they also think the world of each other and love being together. I remember our first meeting – we met in downtown Grand Rapids on a chilly fall evening. We talked about their lives and their love – what brought them together (MSU Freshman dorms… and a mutual interest in the band Flogging Molly) and what has kept them together over the last decade. Through long distances, job changes, grief and triumphs, these two have stuck it out and proved that they have what it takes to jump into marriage wholeheartedly. It has been so wonderful to get to know these two over the last several months and I was eagerly anticipating their wedding!

Matt + Jackie got married where it all began… Michigan State University. They chose to have their ceremony in the MSU Alumni Chapel and then we drove all over campus for portraits. The reception was held at the beautiful Eagle Eye Golf Course just north of campus in Bath, MI. It was a gorgeous day through and through and I’m excited to share a glimpse into their wedding with you today.
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Pie instead of cake? Yes, that’s ok. And dinosaur toppers? Yes, also ok – and a total surprise for Matt. And yes, the DJ did play the “Jurassic Park” theme song as they cut the pie.
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And then there was that moment where we snuck away and snapped a few more portraits as the sun set PERFECTLY. Yea, I liked that part of the day, too ;)
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Matt + Jackie – thank-you SO much for inviting me to be a part of your day. You two are awesome – and I love the way you made your wedding day unique to the two of you + your love. Congratulations, again!! Michigan-State-University-Wedding-072

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john + jillian // ann arbor, mi wedding

Today, I’m excited to share with you a sneak peek into John + Jillian’s Ann Arbor wedding from last month. You may recognize these two from their snowy engagement session. Well the weather was a little different this time around – a perfect spring wedding day!

It was such an honor to be a part of this union. Not only were these two so ready to become husband + wife, but it’s evident that these two have something beautiful together. John + Jillian’s excitement was contagious – you could see it on their faces and feel it in their interactions all day long… and that makes for a fun, joyful, and sweet celebration.

They wed at St. Luke’s in Ann Arbor. I loved the fact that their families were very involved in the ceremony… as members of the bridal party (including 9 nieces + nephews!), or scripture readers… even Jillian’s brother officiated! Afterwards, the bridal party headed downtown for a few portraits in the city and then we joined the party at Barton Hills Country Club. I seriously have nothing but wonderful things to say about this day, so for now, I’ll let the photos continue to do the talking ;)

John + Jillian, thank-you, so much, for inviting me to be a part of your story. You two share a beautiful, inspiring love with each other and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to join in your wedding day with you. Enjoy the preview of your awesome day!!
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peter + whitney // dearborn inn wedding

Helloooooo and Happy Friday, all! I can’t believe we are wrapping up the first week of June. WHAT? The summer has kicked off so wonderfully – between weddings and the weather and general life happenings (more on that later!). It’s as if the world is smiling down on us Michiganians who had a terribly, dreadfully long winter (remember that snow? Whew.)… and we are being gifted with a beautiful summer. I can’t complain!

Well now that the wedding season is officially underway and I’m back in the summer rhythm, I’m excited to blog some more wedding stories for you… starting RIGHT NOW!

Today, I have the joy of sharing Peter + Whitney’s wedding! These two kicked off the season for me and it was the perfect beginning to what’s sure to be an awesome year. Their entire celebration was held at the historic Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite warm enough for an outdoor ceremony like they had planned, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying the day. The ceremony was held inside the ballroom and then family + friends celebrated late into the evening.

Peter + Whitney, THANK-YOU for inviting me along to tell your wedding story. It was a delight to share in the entire process with you and I wish you both the best as you enjoy this marriage adventure together!

ps; I gotta give a shout-out to my girl, Alyssa Wagner, for second-shooting with me while Jonathan was out of town. Youdabest, Lys!
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kristen + mike

These two. Kristen + Mike. They are pretty great.

Kristen + Mike love to be outside, they love to be active and the love to travel (Mike proposed in Australia!!). They know how to make each other laugh, they know how to be sincere and most importantly, they care about each other deeply. In September, they will become husband + wife and I can’t wait to be there to witness it!

To celebrate their engagement, we spent the evening outdoors in Grand Rapids. We explored, played frisbee, chased the fading sunlight… oh, and we took some pictures, too! The day began terribly – like, major downpours, wind, clouds, etc. But, by the afternoon, the storms rolled away and the sun shone and it ended up being the most perfect evening… even the Magnolia Trees were in perfect bloom! Here are just a few favorites from our time together…
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They met at a house on Crescent Street! :)
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Kristen… you are stunning. You are going to be a gorgeous bride!!
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tina + dan // grand rapids winter engagement session

A few weeks ago, before the snow began to leave us, I hung out with Tina + Dan for a mini winter session. I mean, who doesn’t like hanging out in a cozy coffee shop and climbing on top of tall buildings and throwing snow at each other? Yea, it was a fun morning :)

Can’t wait for these two to tie the knot – NEXT MONTH! Woo!
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