Ellen & Gary

What a beautiful wedding from start to finish.

Ellen & Gary were married at Park Church downtown Grand Rapids, which is one of the oldest buildings downtown…

complete with stained glass windows made by Tiffany and Co. The weather was perfect, which for this summer

meant it wasn’t 95 degrees and we had a breeze.  I do believe they had the coolest bus I have been on yet….

complete with a faux fireplace on the bar.

The reception was held at Bridge Water Place and looked gorgeous. Ellen put a lot of energy into the

details, including the cookies she made with her mom as party favors.

Ellen & Gary…. Congrats & Thank You for letting us be part of your beginning!

 

Ellen & Gary's wedding, Bridge Water Place, getting ready

Ellen & Gary's wedding, Bridge Water Place, getting ready, details

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Ellen & Gary's wedding, Bridge Water Place, bridesmaids, blue, pink flowers

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Ellen & Gary's wedding, Park Church Grand Rapids

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Ellen & Gary's wedding, Bridge Water Place, reception, speeches, first dances

Keri & Tristan

What a great wedding in downtown Rockford, Michigan.

There were so many cute little spots to grab awesome shots!

The dam, the train, a couple funky walls and beautiful flowers everywhere… a photographer’s dream.

I loved the pop of green the bridal party wore and the fun attitudes they had that entire day.

Everyone was up for anything. Love it!

The reception was at Cannonsburg Ski Area and it was definitely a nice change of pace. We could have

spent hours taking pictures on the hill alone.

 

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Cannonsburg Ski Resort, reception, music, band, bride, groom

Cannonsburg Ski Resort, reception, music, band, bride, groom, first dance

 

Lisa & Rob’s Wedding

Love this couple! They live in Texas, but if they lived closer… we would have lots of fun together.

Lisa & Rob’s paths should have crossed many times, but it took working for Shell in different parts of the

country to bring them together.

Congrats you two!

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Allison & Jack

When Allison & Jack let me know they were flying to Michigan from North Carolina for a wedding this summer….we all knew it was the perfect time to do their engagement pictures.

We met half way in Ludington…which was perfect because we took some shots downtown, the beach and the State Park. I love sessions where we get a bunch of different looks.

Can’t wait for their wedding in North Carolina this Fall!

Mitten Bar, Ludington, engagement session

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antique store, engagement pictures, Ludington, flowers, bike, old truck, hands

engagement pictures, Ludington, beach, water

engagement pictures, Ludington, beach, water, B&W

engagement pictures, Ludington, beach, water, B&W

engagement pictures, Ludington State Park, bench, water

engagement pictures, Ludington State Park, bench, water

engagement pictures, Ludington State Park, bench, water, B&W

engagement pictures, Ludington State Park, bench, water

engagement pictures, Ludington State Park, trees

engagement pictures, Ludington State Park, trees

Bailey & Brian

I was so excited when Bailey & Brian asked me to shoot their Louisiana wedding.

Let me tell you… Abbeville, Louisiana didn’t disappoint. Not only was the quite little town full of charm, but Bailey’s family

has lived there for generations.  In fact the property we used as a backdrop for family photos has been in the family since the 1800’s.

Everywhere you looked there were gorgeous Live Oak trees and colorful buildings that reminded one of New Orleans.

Bailey’s parents know how to throw a party…..they held the reception in their beautiful backyard.

Bailey’s dad even sang a few songs later in the night….even singing his rendition of G-L-O-R-I-A only

he changed it to B-A-I-L-E-Y. I think I realized at this point it was going to be a late one…3:30am to be exact.

Everyone we met there was fantastic and made us feel like family. (even though we are from the North)

Abbeville Louisiana, teal, wedding shoes, Badgley Mischka, earrings

 

 

 

 

 

Alison & Rob

April 14, 2012

How lucky am I? My first two weddings this year were friends of mine.

I was honored to be part of Alison & Rob’s wedding this past weekend. I knew it would be beautiful, fun and full of vintage style. We shot their engagement pictures this past Fall and to date is one of my favorite engagement sessions.

These two had the perfect day… not only was it suppose to rain and didn’t, but we lucked out with 60 degree weather. Not bad for April in Michigan.

It was so great to work with fellow artists who had a vision and were surrounded by people they love that made it happen.

I still have to say that Alison’s dad gave the best Father of the Bride speech I have ever heard. It is an art to make people cry and laugh all at the same time.

 

 

 

Andrea & Jim

March 10, 2012

Key Wild, Wild West!!!

What a great place for a wedding. Andrea and Jim had a perfect beach wedding in Key West.

Their wedding was both beautiful and laid back. The weather was perfect and every single person there was fantastic.

It was an honor to shoot their destination wedding and is an honor to call them friends.

I am always so happy to see two great families come together.

 

Jim and Andrea….Congratulations!

Here’s to years of happiness and adventure!

Maureen & Chris

What a great couple!

They remained cool all day, even though it was one of the hottest days so far this summer.  They broke the rules and did it their way!

Maureen & Chris decided to see each other before the ceremony, so we could bounce around downtown and get all our pictures done beforehand.

Since the art festival was going on downtown & the streets were packed…this was a fantastic decision.

They had their ceremony and reception at the same venue downtown…which just happened to be in the heart of the festival.

How many grooms do you know put getting a picture taken with a police officer down on their shot list?

 

 

Amanda & Brian

What a great way to start off the wedding season!

Amanda & Brian, high school sweethearts,  just moved back from Arizona to Michigan.  I had the privilege to capture their wedding day festivites. They were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Flint, one of the prettiest I have seen. The stained glass windows were Tiffany…need I say more.

The whole wedding party was a riot and didn’t have any problem stopping traffic downtown. We almost didn’t make it to the reception since the bus didn’t want to go over 25mph on the highway. So we thought pushing the bu would be a great photo op once we finally made it.

Congrats Amanda & Brian!

Reasons to Consider Having Your Wedding During the Winter

Whenever you think of a wedding, you usually assume it will take place sometime in the summer months right along with all the other weddings. Sometimes you might even have two you are supposed to attend on the same day. If you are recently engaged and want an event that is a little different, you might consider choosing a date sometime after turkey day and before everyone starts going on spring break.

~One of the best reasons….you have a better chance to get your dream venue. If you marry in the summer, many times you need to book a year or two out to ensure you will be able to get into the location you want.

~Sometimes venues will offer an off-season discount. Prices tend to come down a bit after the peak months which are usually May- November. Venues are not as busy and seem to be able to accommodate any special requests a little easier.

~Winter themes are a fun twist on a wedding. Not only do you have a different palette of colors to pick from, but so many Christmas/Winter details to throw in at a moments notice.

~Your guests will enjoy a break from the winter blahs. Especially if you choose January through March, not much ever seems to happen during these months.

~You will WANT to take your honeymoon right after the wedding. If you are getting married in the Midwest…there is no reason to miss out on the few warm months we have. A new trend I have noticed is a couple getting married in the summer and then opting to wait to take their honeymoon in the winter. Throwing a winter wedding…. you are more likely to jump on the first plane you can to get you out of the snow. Just think of all the anniversaries you can celebrate in warm locations.

~In the end… your images are what you are going to look at for years to come. Your pictures will stand out from some of your traditional summer wedding pictures. Granted I love summer weddings, but there is something to be said about getting married in a winter wonderland. If you do it up right…throw a faux fur wrap around your shoulders for warmth/glam and brave it out in the cold for at least a little while…your pictures can be breathtaking.

Check out this recent winter wedding I shot.

 

bride on steps at JW Marriot

bridal shoes with Christmas ornaments

bridesmaids with bride & Christmas tree at JW Marriot

groomsmen at home on Reeds Lake

groomsmen walking at home on Reeds Lake

bride in front Amway Grand Plaza

Christmas wedding at Fountain St. church

bride & groom kissing by Christmas tree in front of GRAM

bride & groom dancing at Goei Center with jingle bell favors

bride & groom kissing in front of the GRAM