shanna // lifestyle senior session

A few weeks ago, I met up with Shanna and her parents on the shore of Lake Michigan where they were vacationing for the week. Shanna is going to start her senior year of high school next month in Metro Detroit and to celebrate, we explored the tiny town of Glenn, MI and splashed in the waves on the beach together. It was a perfect afternoon filled with laughter and smiles and conversations about the future. Shanna has big dreams ahead of her and I loved hearing about her passions and what inspires her and learn more about who she is becoming. But more than that, I loved experiencing who she is NOW – a young, beautiful woman ready to take on her last year of high school. Shanna is sensitive and caring, full of grace and joy and is such a delight to be around. It was an honor to spend some time with her and capture some special moments as she launches into her senior year.
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curtis + melanie // rye, new york wedding photography

I’ve been SO excited to share this wedding with you! Remember this engaged couple from last August? Well, about a month ago, they officially became husband + wife and I got to be there to capture it. Not only are these two individuals super rad and totally in love, but I have the honor of considering them to be friends of mine and being a part of their wedding day was something I’ll forever be grateful for!

Curtis (CJ) + Melanie wed in a beautiful celebration on the coast of the Long Island Sound, just north of Manhattan in New York. An intimate gathering of friends + family surrounded them as they said their vows overlooking the water and danced all evening in the Coveleigh Club. CJ + Mel have been together for over 7 years and it was obvious that these two adore each other and were so excited and ready to finally become husband + wife. I loved watching them soak in every moment of the day – laughing, crying, getting nervous and letting loose. As we finished dancing and sent the newlyweds off on a private boat, I couldn’t help but smile and revel in the days’ events – with a full and happy heart.

I had the pleasure of working with some amazing vendors for this wedding – Fatima from NVS Events was a rockstar and left no detail unnoticed all day. Mel’s hair was styled by Stephanie Brioso and her make-up was flawlessly applied by Lindsay Gallagher. The Potted Geranium did a fantastic job with the bouquets and floral arrangements. Lulu Cake Boutique baked up a delicious wedding cake and the reception wouldn’t have been complete with the amazing talent of Rich Bascomb and Phase One band.

CJ + Mel – THANK-YOU from the bottom of my heart for trusting me to tell your wedding story. Thank-you for giving your loved one’s an excuse to hang in New York for a few days, for throwing an awesome party + being super fun and most of all, for loving each other in a way that’s evident to everyone around you! I wish you both nothing but the best as you start this new chapter together!

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cody + anne // traverse city, michigan wedding

Remember that crush you had when you were younger? You know… the one whose name you would doodle on your school papers and notebooks? The one you would daydream about and hope to bump into in the hallway? What if that crush actually became your high school girlfriend or boyfriend and you were able to go to dances and football games together? What if the crush lasted past high school and became something much more than just a crush… And WHAT IF, one day, you could call that person your spouse??

This story is a reality for Cody + Anne… it started as a crush in high school and only got better! These two have been together since they were 16. Anne admits to doodling Cody’s name with hearts all over her trapper-keeper… and even recently found his name etched in the bottom of her mom’s old billiard table (seriously!). Their story continued into college and grew and deepened with life experience. It held on through the distant-times and dreamt about the day when “dating” could turn into “forever”. Cody + Anne’s story is special and beautiful and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.

The last time you saw these two was in January for their engagement session. Now, I’m thrilled to share their wedding day with you. It took place on a sunny June day in Traverse City, Michigan. And you better believe, when you’ve dated for over 10 years, the wedding day is nothing short of a wonderful celebration! The ceremony was held on the top of Mt. Holiday – a ski resort on the southeast side of town. The reception followed at Timber Ridge Resort – in the campground’s lodge complete with an outdoor barbeque, a bonfire and lots of homemade pies. Everything about this day was AWESOME and I’m so excited to share a preview with you today!
Cody + Anne didn’t have a DJ or a live band or even an iPod hook-up for the entertainment… they had DUELING PIANOS. It was legit. SO much fun!!

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summer in the city

It’s a rainy Tuesday morning here in Grand Rapids. I opened the window to my office to feel the breeze and listen to the rain fall as I edit. Unfortunately the breeze is quite chilly, so I may just have to listen to the rain through the windows.

I’m thankful for a cool, quiet morning as I adjust to the rhythm of summer. These days and weeks are spontaneous – filled with hours of shooting or editing, or periods of adventuring or relaxing. Most of June was spent away from home and now most of July will be spent in Grand Rapids. I’m ok with both scenarios, but the introvert in me definitely needs a little space to adjust to the current normal – whatever it may be. So today is a day for waking slowly, listening to the rain fall and quietly thumbing through images from the past few weeks of weddings + sessions + travels. The next few days are going to look quite different – including lots of friend time and the great lake and fireworks – so for me, today is about soaking up the in-between moments. I hope that for you – whether it’s a working day, a vacationing day, a quiet day or a crazy day – I hope that is a good summer day and you’re able to enjoy the beauty of each moment.

And because no blog post is complete without an image, here are a couple favorites from this past weekend with Gracie + her parents. Sometimes, you just need flowers in your hair and to read Mother Goose on a big quilt in the middle of downtown… am I right? Happy Tuesday, friends!

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jess + kailey // ada, mi wedding photography

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may recognize this beautiful couple. You see, last August, I was invited by Jess to capture his proposal to Kailey (in case you missed it, you can click on that link and check it out!). It was so special to be a part of that big moment for them and I was even more honored when they asked me to tell the rest of their wedding story and photograph their May wedding! Yay!!

Jess + Kailey got married on Memorial Day weekend in Ada, Michigan… and the day couldn’t have been more perfect! Their ceremony was held at Ada Community RCA right near downtown and they celebrated the reception at Thousand Oaks Golf Club a few miles north. The entire day was absolutely lovely – from the weather to the details to the wonderful people who shared in the occasion. You could tell that Jess + Kailey were so excited to be married and celebrate together with their nearest and dearest… and I was delighted to be a part of it all!

Jess + Kailey, thank-you for inviting me into your story and allowing me to capture some big moments for you the past year. I wish you two nothing but the best as you enjoy newlywed life! Enjoy the preview of your amazing day!

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