When Jen, Kyle, and I all sat down for their initial consultation to discuss their wedding I knew we were going to be a perfect match! Jen is so easy to talk to and I could tell Kyle loves listening to what she has to say! Jen and Kyle told me that they originally met through Match.com, and they joked saying everything just "clicked" from there (aren't they cute?!). . .Read More
Did you see what I did there with the title?! Madison and Brandon's engagement session took place in downtown Ann Arbor, MI, and I just lovelovelove that they incorporated so many personal details into their engagement portraits - like Madison's love of books and the couple's love of all things colorful and happy! . . .Read More
She had me at the words, "I think I'll be wearing a blush tulle skirt." When Marita, Kirt, and I sat down to chat about some ideas for their engagement session I was doing a happy dance as Marita told me about their outfit choices! I feel like day-to-day you wear what you need for work or for comfort, but there aren't many opportunities to really rock a blush tulle skirt. I always want my couples to feel like themselves in their engagement portraits, but in my opinion there is no such thing as too dressed up when it comes to the engagement session! . . .Read More
Kristen was born and raised in Florida and the Everglades were one of her favorite places to visit. Matt grew up in Michigan and spent a lot of time in the woods as a hunter. For Kristen and Matt's engagement session, they decided on Crosswinds Marsh in New Boston because it seemed to Kristen a little bit like Florida with the tall marsh-like grass and water and for Matt, he loved that the marsh was outdoors in the crisp cool air of fall!Read More
It was the last weekend in October. The beautiful shades of burnt orange, brown, yellow, and red burst forth from every stem and tree leaf in sight. Alex and Nick had stolen a moment away from friends and had decided to take one last stroll in the amazing fall weather to take it all in before winter took over. Alex – a girl after my own heart – was so taken with the trees and colors that she snapped a few pictures and seemed lost in the moment with nature. When she finally looked up from her camera, Nick had wandered a little farther along the path and Alex found him in the middle of a crowded group of trees. Nick said, “Come look at this,” and then she noticed at the base of one of the trees was a bouquet of roses. With a smile Alex picked of the roses left against the tree and when she stood upright again and turned back to Nick, he was down on one knee with a ring!Read More
For all the engagement sessions I photograph, I want to incorporate a real sense of personality into the photography shoot, capturing real life and what a couple is really like when together and this Lifestyle Engagement was no different. Kate and Emmett have a whirl wind life, living in Nicaragua for the last 3 years, Kate teaches Biology and Emmett teaches English, and some of their favorite things to do together as a couple is to go out to eat, travel, watch movies, and play basketball together.
The day of their session was beautiful with big fluffy clouds dotting the sky in downtown Plymouth, Michigan. We began by checking out the historic Penn Theater and discovered some amazing hand painted murals down the back alleyway that depicted scenes from Gone With the Wind, The Shek, The Wizard of Oz, and A 2001 Space Odyssey. Already my creative energy was high because I also love the movies and as we explored Kate's family home of Plymouth, Michigan we found some wonderful portrait opportunities - and I got to hear more about how Emmett proposed.
Emmett and Kate had gone away on a quiet weekend getaway to a hotel on the coast of Nicaragua, Emmett had prepared his thoughts and that gorgeous ring for a beautiful proposal on their balcony at sunset. Gush.
The air was starting to get hot as we wandered around, and Kate and Emmett decided to duck into a little, retro ice cream parlor called The Dairy King. After sharing each others ice cream cones with one-another, Kate and Emmett wanted to hit the basketball court.
We traveled to a local middle school's outdoor basketball court where, after a quick match of rock, paper, scissors, Kate and Emmett shot some hoops beneath a dramatic sky.
(I met Kate and Emmett while freelancing my photography skills for Fairytale Productions. All photos were captured by Courtney Carolyn, but are Copyright to the amazing Fairytale Productions. To read more about why I collaborate and work with other photographers, check out this post.)
I want to wish Kate and Emmett so much love and happiness as they begin the next chapter in their love story and want to say congratulations on being MARRIED!
(To see this creative couple's to-die-for wedding, see this blog post!!)
"You should be kissed often, and by someone who knows how." - Rhett Butler, Gone With the Wind
Kate, you are so beautiful.
A quiet, sweet moment.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for diamonds.
Don't mind me, just gonna have a lick or two. . . or three.
Don't worry he shares his with her though. Too cute.
Rock, paper, scissors - shoot.
The snow crunched as Peter and Laura walked towards the historic, red bricked theatre - a known proposal spot in many of the college's romances. The more modern buildings surrounding Downs Hall Theatre were unusually quiet without the russell of papers or the scratching of pencils as all the students were away on winter break.
The stillness of the Adrian College campus was perfect for Peter and Laura's afternoon stroll as they snuggled and laughed together. Adrian College was the backdrop to their first meeting and the beginning of Peter and Laura's love story while they worked here as college administrators. They decided to honor and commemorate this special place during their engagement and would marry at the college's Herrick Chapel in September.
After a day in the cold, Peter and Laura decided to get dressed up and head to the nearby cozy little tavern. The Main Street Stable and Tavern, which is quite literally an old stable that has been converted, proved to be a unique restaurant and embodied the couple's love of dining out together and trying new things. Peter would tease Laura about the way she said something and she would laugh. Laura would tease Peter right back and they'd both smile while leaning in towards each other as if the small gap in their chairs was too much.
Although it was freezing, Peter and Laura were champs as I captured some shots at sunset. I am so looking forward to their lake front wedding and can't wait to capture it in the fall!