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Winter Engagement Photos: City Glam Meets Outdoor Wonder

We lucked out with the weather while taking Ashley & Steve’s winter engagement photos that took us all over downtown Grand Rapids and Provin Trails in Grand Rapids Township. We had a balmy 37 degrees on a Saturday morning right in the middle of the artic blast that has gripped Michigan over the past few weeks. Ashley is a California girl now dealing with the cold, cold winters the mitten state has to offer… but that did not deter her from rocking a sequin shamrock Badgley Mischka dress. She brought the chic and Steve brought a little bit of country with his dark purple cowboy boots. We stayed mostly around the Amway hotel so we could pop inside and warm up when needed. Since Ashley is from Cali and Steve from Michigan, they wanted use a few locations that make Grand Rapids unique as their backdrop. The Calder sculpture being one of them. We ended the downtown Grand Rapids session at Reserve Food & Wine for a taste of bubbly since this is where Steve asked Ashley got engaged. Then we headed to Provin Trails for some woodsy shots to add outdoorsy to the urban.

I have had more couples take advantage of winter engagement photos this year than ever before. Not only are these sessions fun,  you can get really creative. The downtown Grand Rapids urban setting provides interesting backdrops and the muted lighting of winter compliments every complexion.  Who doesn’t love a sequined dress in the snowy wooded outdoors.  Throw in a quilt and a comfy outfit and you have a completely different look. These are some of the reasons winter engagement photos are my favorite!

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Anna & Ian

It was a windy, fall day which only added to their already fun style. We had a great time bouncing around Holland on this Sunday morning session. I cannot wait to shoot their wedding next year!
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Tori & Sam

 

These two live in Texas and we had a heck of a time trying to connect, but when we did we had a blast. When the two came to Michigan to secure plans for their wedding we snuck in an engagement session. Since they have always been drawn to the water… it just seemed natural that we would use Sam’s grandmas dock for the session.

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Andy & Sarah

I have the honor to call these two brother and soon to be sis in law.

I think this was the shortest engagement session I have done. In fact I know it is.

We were racing against time and the sun setting, but we pulled it off! In true

Andy & Sarah fashion we finished off the session with a beer.

I love you two and am so excited for your wedding this weekend!!!!

xo

Andy & Sarah sneaks 850ppi

Whitney & Jared’s Engagement Session

Oh sweet Chicago….how I do not miss your winters.

I don’t know what we were thinking doing an engagement session in middle of February in downtown

Chicago, but these two rocked it!

I cannot wait to be part of your wedding festivities in Chi-town this November.

x-o-x-o

Whitney & Jared engagement

part deux…

Whitney & Jared's engagement 2

 

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!

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