andy + kryss // west michigan barn wedding

Oh boy – where do I begin with these two? It seems like they stumbled into our lives by happenstance and now, I can’t imagine what our lives would be like without them. Via a mutual acquaintance, Andy met my husband when a new job brought him to Grand Rapids. Soon after Andy moved to town, we met his girlfriend, Kryss and they started coming to our church. Over the course of a year or so, they became dear friends and now, we are deeply rooted in a beautiful little community together. This community shares weekly meals, life, and a beautiful little urban farm. These two are an extension of my family and I was honored to photograph one of the biggest days of their life.

Andy + Kryss met their freshman year of Central Michigan University. After a few months of friendship, they began dating and continued to do so as they finished their degrees, traveled the world and found jobs. Just over a year ago, they got engaged and began the wedding plans! All of their planning + preparation came to fruition last month on a warm, sunny Saturday. On a hillside, in the site of family + friends, they committed their lives to each other. It was a sacred, intimate ceremony – full of emotion, beauty + love. They celebrated the rest of the evening in the nearby barn – with delicious bar-be-que, homemade cupcakes + drinks and yard games + popcorn. The entirety of the festivities took place at The Barn at Town Corners in New Era, Michigan.

Andy + Kryss, thank-you, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing me into your lives, for treating me like family and for letting me capture your wedding day for you. It was the perfect celebration and a joy to see all your amazing plans come to life. I continue to wish you the best as you enjoy marriage!
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Um, the ring “bear” and flower girl?? Too much cuteness!
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My second shooter took the afternoon off to officiate the ceremony. I guessss I could let it slide ;) (ps; this was the first ceremony that Jonathan officiated – I was so proud of him!!!)
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cody + jessica // west michigan wedding photography

Cody + Jessica are an amazingly wonderful couple. They met and fell in love in high school and spent their college years dating while they pursued dreams + degrees. In every sense of the way, they are meant to be together. They deeply respect + adore each other, they inspire + support each other in their endeavors and they know how to make each other laugh + have a great time. On top of that, they are genuinely kind individuals and will treat you the same whether you are a stranger or a friend. Basically, they are just really good people to have around :). I am blessed to know Cody + Jessica and it was humbling to be an eye-witness into the day they became husband + wife.

These two tied the knot last month in west Michigan. The ceremony was held at Hudsonville Reformed Church and the reception followed at Wallinwood Springs Golf Club in Jenison, Michigan. The entire day ran smoothly, no detail was left untouched and the celebration was perfect. Cody + Jessica made sure that their day was special + unique and meaningful to them + their marriage – which is SO important.

Before I share a preview, I gotta give a shout-out to my buddy, Jake who was able to fill-in as my second shooter super last minute so that Jonathan could be with his family + his sick grandma. Some of the photos below are his and I am so grateful he was able to help me out this day. Thanks, friend!

Without further adieu, I’d love to introduce you to Cody + Jessica…
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West-Michigan-Wedding-Photography-134Cody’s nephew was the “Candy Man” – he brought lollipops down the aisle with the message, “Here comes Uncle Cody’s girl!” on them. The flower girl, Cody’s niece, dropped dried rose petals from all the bouquets Jessica had received from Cody while they were dating! LOVE that idea!
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Did I mention that twin brothers married best friends? Yep, it’s true. The best man + maid of honor wed earlier this summer and the roles were reversed with these four :)
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These two individuals are VERY important people when it comes to my photo business and where I’m at today. You see, almost 6yrs ago, Ryan + Ashley asked ME to be their wedding photographer. I had never shot a wedding. I didn’t even know if I wanted to shoot weddings. But they trusted my work and had enough faith that I could do it… and well, the rest is history. I will forever be grateful for these two :)
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hannah // lifestyle senior session

When I was growing up, I used to hate when an adult would say to me, “Oh, look how big you’ve gotten! I remember when you were just a little kiddo…” Inevitably, the conversation would then continue with some cute or embarrassing tidbit about when I was a child. Whenever this happened, I would say to myself, “Self, when you become a grown-up… don’t have this conversation with kids.” But, inevitably, as I’ve grown-up… I find myself wanting to say the exact same statement to the “kids” in my life who I’ve seen turn into young men + women. I mean, it’s true… kids grow up! Crazy!

Where am I going with this? Well, blog-readers… I want you to meet, Hannah. Hannah is a beautiful young woman, but let me tell you… I remember when she was thiiiiis litttttle [obviously, my hand is motioning to represent a child's height]. :) Hannah and her family came into my life during my sophomore year of high school (I did the math… that was 11 years ago – what?!). I won’t share any embarrassing stories here, but I will say that this sweet lady and her family hold a dear place in my heart. I’ve spent many, many hours with them at their house, at church, etc. It’s hard-to-believe that Hannah has already embarked on her last year of high school, but it was a joy to celebrate this time of life with her. This girl has truly grown into an amazing woman and I can’t wait to see where the next few months + years take her. Enjoy a few of my favorites from her session!Farmington-Senior-Photographer-01
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shannon + alison // charlevoix, mi wedding

Northern Michigan, a barn, the beach, tons of DIY decor, delicious food, an epic dance party, a breathtaking sunset, fantastic guests… AND a wonderful couple at the center of it? Yep… I’d say this was a pretty great day!

You may remember these two from their fall engagement session in Traverse City. (PS, if you don’t, you can click on the link and check out some pictures ;) ). Well, just last month they finally tied the knot – and it was so awesome! Shannon + Alison have been planning this party for a while now and it was so fun to see all of their ideas come to life. The ceremony was held at First Congregational Church in downtown Charlevoix and the reception followed at Dhaseleer Events Barn just a few minutes from town. They went above and beyond not only to ensure that their guests had an awesome time, but that their first day of marriage was a joy-filled and beautiful celebration. And, I’m fairly certain they met their expectations :)

Shannon + Alison – many, many congratulations on your marriage! It was an honor (and a blast) to celebrate with you. Thank-you for inviting us into your story, for treating us like friends and for throwing a rad party! Enjoy the preview of your day! <3 <3 <3
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Charlevoix-Wedding-Photographer-121“The Petite Bus” was one of Shannon + Alison’s wedding projects… they bought + renovated a mini school bus to have for their wedding party in lieu of a limousine. YEP.
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jacob + kristin // grand rapids, mi wedding

Some of the best marriage advice I’ve ever heard is, “always remember that you + your spouse are on the same team”. In other words, a good marriage is made up of two people that fight for the best in their relationship together, that are there cheer each other on and to pick each other up when the game of life gets tough. (I can’t remember who first gave me this analogy/advice, but I’m glad they did and I’m glad I have an awesome teammate/husband on my side!)

Without a doubt, I can tell that Jake + Kristin are going to be a great married team. These two have a kind of relationship that is sincere, honest and fun. They deeply care for each other, respect each other and not only do they share a beautiful love, but they also share great friendship. Yep, they definitely have what it takes to fight the good fight together.

Jake + Kristin were married on a chilly afternoon in July (like, the only cold day in July). The breezy temperatures were a welcomed change from the typical summer heat and no one could even complain if they were a bit cold, because the day was just too awesome anyways! These two were wed at Highland Hills Baptist church on the NW side of Grand Rapids and dinner + dancing followed at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, MI. It’s been a joy to be a witness to their love to this point and I can’t wait to see where their journey takes them in the years to come. Best wishes, Jake + Kristin! Enjoy this wonderful marriage adventure together!!
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