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!
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…
They met at a house on Crescent Street! :)
Kristen… you are stunning. You are going to be a gorgeous bride!!
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!
I met Jillian when I was in high school. She was the sister of the woman my brother was marrying. So, by association, we became family when our siblings got married (that’s a thing, right? :) ). What I came to learn about Jillian (and it still continues to ring true) is that she is the epitome of a sweetheart – kind, thoughtful, intentional + caring. She is a confident + determined young woman, yet she always has a smile on her face. She is engaged to a handsome + loving guy name John. I’ve only known John for a few months, but in our few conversations + interactions, I admire his selflessness + graciousness. He also is kind + thoughtful and he is filled with integrity. Getting to know these two as a couple has been an absolute delight. I love the way they can make each other laugh, the way they encourage each other and how the care deeply for each other and those around them. In May, they will become husband + wife and I’m honored that they asked me to be there to capture their story for them.
Today, I’d love to share some favorites from their snowy winter engagement session. When they asked for winter engagement pictures, we all wanted snow… and we sure got that! We actually had to reschedule this session TWICE before we had an afternoon that was warm (enough) and safe (enough) to be outside. I’m thankful we had a beautiful sunny day when our shoot finally happened :) Enjoy!
When Kelsey + I talked about her + Tanner’s love story in our initial conversations, I couldn’t have been more excited to be a part of their day. Kelsey told me about their happenstance meeting and how it was love at first sight. There was an instant connection and she was immediately drawn to his personality, his character and his hopes for the future. When they began dating several months later, they were a long distance couple… for a while. He was at school in Chicago, she was in Indiana. She spent a semester in Zambia and then he spent the summer in India… all the while they were continuing to fall deeper in love with each other. However, despite the distance, it was clear that they were meant to be together and this past June, on the shores of Lake Michigan, Tanner proposed and they began to plan their January wedding.
Last month, Tanner + Kelsey became husband + wife in one of the most beautiful, holy, endearing celebrations that I’ve ever been witness to. I was smiling + tearing up all day long as I interacted with them, their bridal party and their loved ones. Tanner + Kelsey have a deep sense of their identity as individuals and as a couple and it was so encouraging to see them boldly move forward into marriage together. I’m excited to see where this journey takes them and I’m grateful I was able to be there to capture it when it began. :) Congratulations, Tanner + Kelsey!!
THE DETAILS // CEREMONY @ Harvest Bible Chapel in Spring Lake, Michigan // RECEPTION @ HarbourFront Grand Hall in Grand Haven, Michigan