tina + dan

These two… I don’t even know where to begin. Tina is a dear friend of mine. When our lives intersected several years ago, I would’ve never thought we’d have the relationship that we do now, but I wouldn’t change it. Tina is a kind, good-hearted soul. She is considerate + loving, an amazing artist + creative, and a beautiful woman inside + out. She happens to be engaged to a great guy named Dan. Dan is strong + respectable, honest + fun, and loves Tina to the moon + back. These two have been dating for a couple years and make one heck of an awesome team. This coming May they are choosing to step into marriage – to commit their lives to each other and spend forever as one. I am deeply honored to be able to be a part of their story in this way – to stand by their sides and capture their story as I celebrate with them. Their wedding day is going to be really awesome – and I cannot wait!

Tina + Dan – you two are completely wonderful and the love you share together is inspiring + beautiful. Never stop laughing, never stop dreaming and never stop adventuring together. Thanks for inviting me along for the ride. ;)Grand-Rapids-Fall-Engagement-01

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whitney + kyle

This engagement session is of a couple that is near + dear to my heart. Whitney, is my sweet, wonderful cousin. She is beautiful individual – full of life, strength + adventure. Five years ago, while attending college at GVSU, she met Kyle – a handsome, kind + caring man. In the last five years, I have watched them become friends, begin dating, finish school + find jobs, relocate + transition, all while continuing to grow together + fall deeper in love. Whitney + Kyle are best friends, they immensely respect + care for each other, and they know how to have fun together. They make a great team and because of this, I was ecstatic when I heard the news they were officially engaged. Soon, they will finally become husband + wife!! I cannot wait to celebrate with them next year!

Whitney + Kyle – congratulations again! I am so excited for the two of you!! THANK-YOU, from the bottom of my heart, for inviting me into this journey with you. It’s a huge honor to share in this momentous time with you both! Enjoy the preview of your session! :)
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austin // one-year-old

I met Austin + his parents on a chilly October morning in Rochester, Michigan. The forecast was threatening our session time, but we forged ahead and beat the rain clouds. Austin turns ONE this month and it was so fun to wander around the park with him, feed the ducks and play in the leaves together. He’s such a sweet boy – I love this age! Thanks for hanging out with me, you three! And happy birthday, Austin!
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whitney + peter

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…AnnArbor-Engagement-Photography-01

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phil + lorie // holland, michigan wedding photography

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!
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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!
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hey, Arnold! ;)
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