Last week, Jonathan + I spent an evening in Grand Haven, Michigan with two fantastic people – Hailey + Josh! These two will be getting married later this summer in downtown Detroit (with a Tigers’ baseball theme – they are huge fans!) and we cannot wait to celebrate with them. But first, we decided to spend some time in Grand Haven – where they currently live and in a place that’s important to them and their relationship. We had to maneuver some summer storms, but who doesn’t like some moody, overcast evening light? We had a blast adventuring around together and getting to know them more. Here are some of my favorites from their session!
Remember this lovely couple from their Grand Haven engagement last October? Well, a couple weeks ago, they tied the knot on the east side of the state!
Steve + Deanna wed at the church where Deanna grew up – St. James Catholic Church in Novi, Michigan. After the ceremony, dinner + dancing commenced at The Meeting House Grand Ballroom – a beautiful, vintage event space in downtown Plymouth. It was a lovely wedding despite the fact that the weather was threatening all day long. We had periods of sun… and periods of intense rainfall. But these two and their bridal party were rockstars! They totally rolled with it and had a great time celebrating Steve + Deanna no matter what the weather threw at us! High fives for all of them! :)
I’ve said it before, but honestly, Steve + Deanna are so wonderful. They love each other dearly and love their family + friends so very well. It was so fun + such an honor to celebrate with them… and I’m excited to share a preview of their wedding story with you today!
What do you do when you have a beautifully sunny evening and a rad couple in love, in the city where they fell in love? Obviously, you take pictures. :)
Individually, Emily + Jesse they are two of the kindest, genuine and sincere people. Together, they make one heck of an incredible team. I’ve known Emily for several years now, but the moment I met Jesse and saw them interact together, I knew they had something special. In October, they will become husband + wife… and to celebrate their engagement, we spent a few hours adventuring around Detroit. It’s where they both live, where their love blossomed + grew, where Jesse proposed and where they’ll be beginning their marriage. So excited for you two!!! :)
Emily + Jesse asked if we could end our evening with dinner at one of Metro Detroit’s delicious coney island establishments (when a photo shoot includes greek salads, fries, gyros… the answer is always yes! :)). They had their first official date at Phoenix Coney Island last year, and it only seemed appropriate to cap off the evening there!
This day. Oh my heart. This day felt like a little piece of heaven on earth.
Jonathan + I arrived at Barothy Lodge in the afternoon. It had been a rainy morning driving north, but we were crossing our fingers that the rain wouldn’t last. Fortunately, the rain subsided shortly after lunch, giving us a mild, overcast May day. It was wonderful. When we arrived, we were were greeted by beautiful faces, laughter and a sense of calmness. Bob + Ruth rented out a large cabin in the woods where his kids, her kids, and all their grandchildren spent the weekend… building bonfires, grilling, chasing the ducks and making memories. On that Saturday evening, Bob + Ruth wed – along the banks of the Pere Marquette river, with just their children + grandchildren present. It was an intimate, beautiful ceremony, followed by hors d’oevres + champagne, more chasing of the ducks, and then a nice sit-down dinner after the kids went to bed.
Witnessing these two step into marriage together was such a joy… and an even greater joy to watch their families come together and celebrate with one another. I’m thankful for the opportunity to capture this day. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into their wedding story. Congratulations, Bob + Ruth!
When just family is at the party, you better take some time to take lots of family photos!
It was the first Saturday of May and the perfect spring day (I’m talking sunshine, blue skies and mid-70s!). Flowers were just beginning to bloom and people were beginning to shed their winter skin. On that day, it was clear that spring had officially sprung in Michigan.
I met up with Jayme and her girls at her mom’s house. As I arrived, most of the ladies were enjoying the sunshine and cold drinks on the back porch. The guys were a few blocks away at the soon-to-be-newlyweds’ home. The morning was full of preparation, but peaceful (minus the brief earthquake at noon – what!?). When everyone was ready, we headed to the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. Neal + Jayme saw each other for the first time in the rooftop greenhouse – the same place where they would say their vows a couple hours later. We enjoyed the sun + warmth for portraits around the Market before the ceremony. The ceremony was meaningful and beautiful tribute to the beginning of their marriage. Afterwards, we celebrated with drinks on the terrace, dinner as the sun set and dancing late into the night. The entire day was speckled with fun, memorable, and sweet moments and it was an honor to witness. Congratulations, you two!
HAIR by Ellie from Chasing Vanity Salon // MAKEUP by Chelsea Joy // FLOWERS by Christie Start // DJ Adrian Butler // Shout out to one of my best gals, TINA, who stepped in for Jonathan as my second shooter for this story. :)
SEE MORE PICTURES OF NEAL + JAYME BY CHECKING OUT THEIR FALL ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS!