dan + tina // a riverside wedding at barothy lodge

This wedding… and these two people!? Let’s just say, my heart was bursting the entire day! Dan + Tina are absolutely made for each other and I consider it an honor not only to share in their wedding story, but also to be able to call these two friends. If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you may recognize these two from their engagement session(s)… part one + part two… and today, I finally get to share their wedding!

The day was perfect. It was a hot day at the end of May, but the sun was shining and friends and family were excited to celebrate alongside these two. The entire event was held at Barothy Lodge in Branch, Michigan along the Pere Marquette River. Dan + Tina crafted a day that was special + unique to the two of them and their love. All of the details were handmade by them or friends + family. We even took some portraits in the boat that Dan built himself… and proposed in!

It was hard to narrow down favorites for this blog post, but I did my best :) Enjoy a peek into their story! And, Dan + Tina… congratulations again, friends. So excited for this new journey you two are sharing together! Love you much!
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The cufflinks that Tina gifted Dan were legen… (wait for it) DARY! (HIMYM fans, anyone? :))
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Instead of a unity candle, Dan + Tina incorporated their love of coffee. They combined cream + sugar into the one mug and both took a sip from the coffee!
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steph + todd // west olive, mi engagement

My, my… hello July! Just like that, we’ve celebrated Independence Day and the summer is halfway over! Whew! So far, it’s been a full, delightful summer for me – filled with lots of weddings and opportunities to photograph many amazing kiddos, families and couples. Of course, in between the photo shoots, we’ve snuck away to the Great Lake Michigan, enjoyed strolls along the Detroit River and even enjoyed a mid-week camping trip, to name a few highlights. Hopefully you have had a chance to soak up some rays, eat some ice cream or relax with loved ones! If not, don’t fret – the summer isn’t over, yet!

Speaking of summer… and weddings… :) Steph + Todd are tying the knot NEXT MONTH! To celebrate, we spent a couple hours together wandering around a park, enjoying the sunshine… oh, and snapping a few photos of them. ;) Despite the heat (it was quiiiiite warm!), these two kept me smiling all afternoon. And through our conversations and interactions, it became clear to me that these two are a perfect fit. Their August wedding will be here before we know it, but until then, here are a few of my favorites from my afternoon with Steph + Todd!

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEPH! :)West-Michigan-Engagement-Photography-001West-Michigan-Engagement-Photography-002

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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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