jacob + katie // lansing, michigan barn wedding

“Darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re seventy. And baby, my heart could still fall as hard at twenty-three. I’m thinking about how people fall in love in mysterious ways, maybe just the touch of a hand. Well me, I fall in love with you every single day. I just want to tell you I am.” – Ed Sheeran

I immediately was drawn to Jacob + Katie in our first interactions together. They were both honest, sincere, compassionate and they were open to sharing their journey together as a couple. Their story had been a while in the making – it started in college as just friends, but then they realized they had deeper feelings for each other years later while traveling with a group to South Africa. Last summer, after about a year of dating, Jacob proposed to Katie. Much of their engagement was spent apart – as Jacob completed his degree in the Upper Peninsula – but they were confident that they are meant to spend the rest of their lives together – and that helped mend the distance a bit! When we met, I could tell how much they love each other and how excited they were to have an awesome wedding… but more importantly, to BE married. To become husband + wife, to have + to hold, to live as one and fully share a life together.

When I asked them what they were hoping their wedding to look like, they wanted a big reunion-like party with friends + family (whom they love SO much), and they wanted it to be romantic, elegant and fun. But their story would not be complete without sharing how God has worked in their lives to bring them to this point. They wanted to celebrate God’s grace, love and faithfulness in their lives as they united their lives. Their ceremony was just that – a genuine, heartfelt and worshipful celebration. It was a beautiful moment to witness, to capture and to be a part of.

Individually, Jacob + Katie are amazing humans, but together, they bring out the best in each other – and are a strong, inseparable team. What an honor it was to photograph their wedding story and to celebrate their first day of marriage together with them. Congratulations, Jacob + Katie. Thank-you for being true to who you are, for inviting others into your lives and for exemplifying so much love + joy to those around you.

CEREMONY :: Lansing Central United Methodist Church // RECEPTION :: RaOna Acres – Williamston, Michigan
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jill + ben // grand haven engagement photography

I’m so excited to share this engagement session with you this evening! Jill is one of my beautiful cousins. She is intelligent, kind, and joyful. Her fiance, Ben, is an equally as wonderful human. He is driven, sincere, and very personable. I love watching the two of them interact. They respect + love each other, they bring out the best in one another, and they have a ton of fun together. This love story has been six (!) years in the making, but this spring, they will finally become husband + wife… what a great day that’s going to be!

Jill + Ben met up with us at Rosy Mound Nature Area – one of Jonathan + I’s favorite spots along the Great Lake Michigan. We hiked through the woods and played on the beach… until we were chased away by a looming thunderstorm. These two are always up for an adventure, though, and we had a great evening together celebrating their engagement.

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ellen + kevin // engagement session

It was the perfect summer evening on Lake St. Clair. It was mild, but breezy, the sun was a little extra glowy and the waves were dancing just right. In addition to all of that, we had a super rad couple to photograph… it couldn’t have been better!

Ellen + Kevin met us at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial to spend the evening celebrating their engagement. I love their love. The way they make each other laugh, the way they care about each other and the way they just seem to fit together. They have that special something – ya know? They are getting married next month and we are so thrilled to be able to document their wedding story! It’s sure to be a wonderful day :)
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andrew + ann // lake michigan wedding

Ann grew up in Michigan, but at the time she met Andrew, she was living in Colorado. Andrew grew up in New Jersey, but at the time he met Ann, he was working a job that kept him traveling quite a bit! They met on a ski trip to Breckenridge in Colorado, and after a few short days together (and admittedly, lots of bacon – my kind of love story), they were both smitten. Over the next few months, they kept in touch… between a couple visits on the East Coast and in Denver, they had fallen in love and began dating long distance. By nature of Andrew’s job, he was able to spend lots of time in Denver with Ann. Over the next two years, their love grew deeper and it was clear that they were meant for each other. In the fall of 2013, on a weekend trip to Colorado Springs, Andrew proposed! Ann immediately said “yes!” and soon after, she found herself a job in New Jersey where they’ve been merging their lives and planning for their Michigan wedding.

…Which brings us to this blog post ;) Their awesome wedding that they’ve been planning from a long-distance, took place just a couple weeks ago! Ann + Andrew chose to celebrate on Lake Michigan at the always-amazing Camp Blodgett! Friends + family traveled from across the U.S. and Michigan to join them. The day was absolutely wonderful! The weather was beautiful most of the day – but even a couple pop-up storms couldn’t keep these spirits down!! It was so evident that Andrew + Ann were absolutely thrilled to be getting married. Honestly, you could see it on their faces all day. The joy + happiness that exuded from them was contagious. We were so grateful to celebrate with them. Congratulations, Andrew + Ann!! :)

PS – shout out to Rachel + Tiffani from White Dress Events for their fabulous coordinating and hands-on help throughout the day and to Bryce from Party In A Box DJ for providing the jams!

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We met up with Andrew + Ann early in the day. When we arrived, the guys were enjoying some beach time on Lake Michigan with guests and even threw a little birthday party for Andrew’s niece who turned one on their wedding day! Ann was upstairs in the lodge, hanging with her bridesmaids – dancing, chatting and getting their hair + makeup done. With Jonathan able to hang with Andrew and I with Ann – it really allowed the afternoon to naturally unfold and capture a lot of beautiful moments leading up to the ceremony!
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The storms passed just as dinner was wrapping up… which meant we could move back outside for dancing! Yay!
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The wind was starting to pick-up and the clouds were getting dark over the lake as the ceremony ended… which means we had to act fast with our the bridal party portraits! Fortunately, this group of people were so awesome – they totally rolled with it and made our job easy! :)
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emily + dan // a downtown ann arbor engagement

Emily + Dan are getting married this September – and to celebrate their upcoming wedding, we spent the afternoon in Ann Arbor to take some engagement pictures!

These two live in Howell, but Emily works in Ann Arbor, Dan attended the University of Michigan… and they had their first date downtown. So, it seemed fitting to do their engagement session there, in a place that’s so special to each of them. We decided to choose our locations around town based on their first date! We met them at Dominick’s – a happening pizza joint on the south side of campus. Then, we adventured through campus a bit and enjoyed the city scenes until we landed at Frita Batidos – a delicious restaurant with Cuban-inspired street food. We ended the afternoon at the Big House – University of Michigan‘s football stadium. Dan is an avid fan and worked on the equipment staff in college!

Jonathan + I loved getting to know these two more. It was delightful to explore Ann Arbor and hear more of their love story. Emily + Dan are both such wonderful individuals and we can’t wait for their wedding next month! Emily + Dan Engagement

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