Last month, we had the amazing opportunity to be a part of Tayo + Mekyla’s wedding weekend celebration! On the evening before their American wedding, Tayo’s parents hosted a traditional Nigerian Wedding Ceremony for the them at the Crowne Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tayo’s mother is Nigerian, and they had family + friends travel from all over to celebrate with them. It was a beautiful event – not only aesthetically, but culturally + spiritually as well! The ceremony was steeped with tradition + blessing + joy. It had many similar elements to a traditional American wedding ceremony, but each element seemed more intentional, more understood by the couple and the families. It truly was a really meaningful evening – and also an awesome party. Oh, how they danced!! :)
Molly + Marty met as freshman at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. They lived in the same dorm building and hit it off right away. As they got to know each other and built a friendship, they realized that there was a little something more there. It wasn’t long before they started dating, and the rest, as they say… is history :) Marty proposed this past spring and they are eagerly planning a summer wedding in metro Detroit.
For their engagement session, we met them on a beautiful fall morning at the place it all began – GVSU. As an alum myself, it was wonderful to be able to be on-campus again and share memories and hear more about the places the two of them in their early dating years. Can’t wait to celebrate with them next year!!
When we sat down with Leslie + Eric, we instantly felt a connection. We quickly discovered that they are kind, funny, personable, talented… basically, awesome. Our meeting felt more like a double date – like we’d been friends for years. We talked about how they met, the beautiful city of Detroit, their new house (and subsequent hobbies!), and their cat, Sophia. :) Next June, they will become husband + wife and we cannot wait to join them! But first, to kick off the festivities, we recently met them on Belle Isle for a fall engagement session. It was hard to narrow down favorites for this post, but I hope this is the perfect introduction to these two!
Their first look was in the backyard of the house that Kevin grew up in… the house that they call their first home as a married couple. They said their vows in a beautiful church in Grosse Pointe – with her brother-in-law officiating. She placed a ring on his finger – the one that his mom gave to his father on their wedding day… the ring with his dad’s initials carved into it. Their siblings stood by them as the maid of honor and best man and toasted them in the most perfect way. They danced, they laughed, and they celebrated with dear friends + family. They were nervous, they were excited, they were overjoyed to the point of tears. It was the most perfect wedding day in every single way.
Cheers to you, Kevin + Ellen. Cheers to many years together, to much more dancing, lots more laughing, and living life fully together. It’s been an honor to journey through your wedding story with you.
Recently, we met up with Allie + Matt in Holland, Michigan for their engagement session! Allie attended school at Hope College in Holland and the two of them spent a lot of time hanging out downtown whenever Matt would visit. That area is very near + dear to them and their relationship – in fact, Matt proposed along the lakeshore nearby!
Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t on our side that day (it was pretty chilly + rainy) but these two rocked it anyways! They were up for the adventure ;) We met at their favorite coffee shop, wandered around downtown, stopped at their favorite Brewery for a warm-up and then finished underneath the trees in Sanctuary Woods. We loved getting to know these two even more and we can’t wait to celebrate with them next summer in Ann Arbor – what a wonderful day that will be!!