This afternoon, I’d love to introduce you to one of my awesome couples from next year, Whitney + Peter. I met these two at one of my weddings last summer and was so excited when Whitney contacted me about her own wedding just a few months ago. These two are planning a beautiful spring affair this coming May and I cannot wait to be a part of it! To celebrate their engagement, we met up at the place where it all began – the University of Michigan. It’s where they met, fell in love and where Peter proposed – so it was the perfect location for their session. It was a chilly fall morning, but I’d say we made the most of it ;) Here’s a peak into our time together…
Today, I experienced the first snow of the season! The rain clung tightly all morning long until the afternoon when the temperature fell just right and the raindrops turned to big, fluffy snowflakes. I giggled with glee, danced around the office a little bit, and then grabbed my camera to capture some video + images. It made the afternoon just a little magical. Maybe I’ll share a few pictures of that later… but for now, I have a wedding to share with you! Yay! (and yes, two blog posts in one day – that’s what a rainy/snowy day (+ red bull) will do for your editing ;)).
Remember THESE TWO from earlier this summer?? Well, they tied the knot in September and I have the distinct honor of [finally] sharing their wedding story with you!
Phil + Lorie became husband + wife on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon in Holland, Michigan. The ceremony was held at Lorie’s childhood church – Harlem Reformed. A crowd full of dear friends + family gathered as they publicly committed their lives to each other. To celebrate, they headed south to Saugatuck to The Ravines, where everyone enjoyed a cozy fall dinner and danced the night away. It was a perfect celebration – full of laughter, joy, excitement + gratitude.
Phil + Lorie, THANK-YOU for allowing me to come alongside your story + celebrate your first day of marriage with you. It was an honor + a privilege to spend the day with you + your loved ones and I cannot wait to see where your marriage adventure takes you from here. Congratulations, my friends!
Phil + Lorie opted to do a first look – which is hugely beneficial in the fall + winter months when the days are short! This allowed us to do almost all of the portraits beforehand – and we had beautiful blue skies + sunshine before the rain rolled in later that afternoon!
Laura + Scott are two of the most genuine + kind individuals I know. Over five years ago, they met, quickly became friends and not soon after, began to fell in love. I was friends with these two in college and was around as their love began to blossom. It’s been a joy to reconnect with them over the past few months and catch-up on their story + wedding plans, but also reminisce about those first few weeks + months of their relationship to see how far they’ve come. After a couple college degrees, moves, long-distances + jobs, these two are ready to finally become husband + wife! In just about 6-weeks they will tie the knot and I cannot wait to be there to celebrate alongside of them. Until then, here are a few of my favorites from our sunny morning engagement session last month!
There’s so much I could say about this sweet family. This is the fifth time (whew! :)) I’ve photographed them and every time, I fall in love with them a little bit more. These kiddos are vibrant and joyful, filled to the brim with personality and individuality. Their parents adore each other and adore their children and it’s so evident in all their interactions. For this session, we found a wide open field and just ran around – capturing the kids in their element – being kids. :) I couldn’t stop smiling as I edited through these images and had a tough time narrowing down favorites for this blog post!
Ben + Molly met when they were just children – in elementary school in the northern Michigan town of Boyne City. As Molly described it, she was the drama geek, he was the jock. Despite growing up two blocks from each other and attending the same school + church for years, because of their interests, they never really struck up a friendship. Ben + Molly’s post-high school journeys took them here and there, and somehow, away from their hometown, they eventually re-connected and became good friends. With the mask of their high-school identities gone, they realized that there was something more to their friendship. It wasn’t long before they realized… it was love…and they’ve been together ever since. On their fourth dating anniversary, Ben proposed, Molly said “yes!” and together, they began to plan for a September wedding.
On a sunny September afternoon, Ben + Molly became husband + wife. Though they are currently living in Indiana, they chose to celebrate where it all began – in Boyne City. They said their vows in the church where both sets of parents were married. We took pictures on the beach where they played as children. The reception was held in the backyard of Ben’s parents’ home. This day was absolutely delightful, so heart-warming, and oh so perfect.