I remember this afternoon so fondly. It was sunny + warm – a beautiful day in Grand Haven, Michigan. Raina, a senior from metro Detroit, met me out at Lake Michigan to celebrate the kick-off to her senior year. Raina had spent lots of time on those shores growing up and it was the perfect setting for her session. Pretty soon, she’ll be graduating, so it might be time to share a few of my favorites from our day together. What do you say? :)
It was a cold morning on this Friday in Michigan. (Yes, I know, it’s always cold in in Michigan in the winter, but THIS was really a cold morning.) I met Allison + Dean in Big Rapids – at the house where Dean grew up. We bundled up and wandered through the snow-covered fields, stood at the base of the old elm tree, toured the barn that Dean built with his family and sat between the pines that his grandfather planted. A couple months ago, Dean proposed to Allison in those same rows of pine trees. So, when they suggested having their engagement session on that same family land – I couldn’t have agreed more.
I’m thankful for these two and their willingness to invite me into their story… and for the beautiful history in that family land. These two have a love that is so deep, so honest and so fun. This morning was the perfect adventure and I’m honored to introduce them to you today.
Happy Tuesday, folks! Well, if today is any indication of the season’s progression, it seems like winter might not leave anytime soon. It’s a snowy one out there in Michigan today! Despite the snow, I ventured out into the elements, determined to work from a coffee shop with my friend. Fortunately, I made it safely and I am enjoying sipping delicious coffee while I stare out the windows at the snow. It’s not that bad when you can enjoy it from inside, right? :) Anyways, in light of the falling snow, I would love to share a winter wedding with you today!
John + Hannah might be two of the most wonderful individuals that exist. Getting to know them as a couple and celebrate with them as they became husband + wife was a delight. They are kind, compassionate, full of joy, and love others well. I adored witnessing them care for each other and make each other laugh… they make an amazing team together. More than that, they have a great community around them, too. It was beautiful to witness family + friends support them, pray for them and cheer them into marriage. Oh, I’m so excited to finally share a preview of their day with you… Congratulations, John + Hannah!
Today, I am thrilled to share a little preview of Lynée + Trevor’s engagement session. It happened last month in Grand Rapids when there was a random week of snow before Thanksgiving. We were hoping to hold on to a little bit of autumn for the shoot, but we instead got a little autumn and a little winter… which made for a pretty sweet setting!
Anyways, THESE TWO. Oh my. I am so humbled and honored to be able to share their story with you. Lynée is one of the sweetest, kindest individuals I have met. She is sassy, funny, strong and loving. I haven’t known Trevor as long, but in the last year or so, I’ve come to learn that he is patient, caring, intelligent and loves deeply. Individually, they have walked some difficult paths over the last several years. But thankfully, those paths crossed and something new + beautiful began. It has been a joy to watch their relationship form over the last year and a half and to witness redemption and restoration happen individually and as a couple. This summer, they’ll be blending their lives, their families, and their love, but what a marvelous adventure it’s been already!
Today, I am excited to share with you my final wedding for 2014! It happened a few weeks ago in the lovely city of Grand Rapids. I may be bias, but I personally am a fan of November weddings (our anniversary is November 28!). There is just something about those final fall days. There’s a quietness to November – midterms are over, apple season is ending and it’s the calm before the bustle of the holiday season. Yes, the weather can be iffy, but the air is crisp, the grass is still green and some color still clings to the trees. It’s as if the earth is saying, “Hold on, winter… we’re not ready for you, yet!”
This November day was one of the chillier ones… gray and threatening rain. But you know what? Nick + Erin rolled with it and despite the gloomy forecast, it was an absolutely beautiful celebration. They wed at North Park Presbyterian Church on the northeast side of Grand Rapids – it was the church that Erin grew up at and where her brother had married just a few years prior. The reception was held at the always impressive Bissell Tree House at the John Ball Zoo – the perfect venue for this nature-loving duo!
Nick + Erin are absolutely delightful humans. They are both kind, loyal, intelligent and laid back. They’ve been together for over seven years and their relationship has weathered undergrad, post-grad, moves, internships and job changes. With every interaction I’ve had with them, it’s obvious that they are meant for each other. They are completely comfortable together and they just “click”… you know what I mean? Getting to know the two of them has truly been an honor… and photographing their first day of marriage was an even greater joy. <3 Erin’s dress was absolutely perfect for her… and a dream to photograph. I mean, look at that lace! And those buttons! Ah!