I love an elegant, romantic wedding, don’t you? Today, I'm sharing some inspiration for brides planning an elegant and rustic winter wedding! I feel like some brides steer clear of rustic weddings all together because it can seem like it's as all burlap instead of black tie, but that's simply not the case at all! . . .Read More
Before Lauren and Marcus' engagement session at Belle Isle in Detroit, I sent them my Engagement Session Style Guide which includes everything from choosing the right location for your portraits to coordinating outfits to the little details you don't want to forget about. I think they totally ROCKED their engagement photos and can I gush one last time about their unbelievable outfits for a minute - gorgeous taste and Lauren has such an eye for style! I believe that because they were given the tools to prepare, that allowed both Lauren and Marcus to relax, be themselves, and to most importantly have fun at their engagement session! . . .Read More
I was so excited when Lexy and Alan set up their portrait session with me and that I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon photographing these two cuties! I feel honored to have been Lexy and Alan's wedding photographer this past May (see their wedding day here), their engagement photographer the summer before that (see their engagement photos here), and to be a part of such a special time in their love story! For this lifestyle portrait session, I had the opportunity to photograph them, again, at another extremely special time in their life together; before the arrival of their first baby! Ahh! . . .Read More
When Tina told me that she loves the fall and pumpkin everything, I knew that we would be instant friends! Coincidence or not, the fall season also became the backdrop to Zach's proposal last September! While walking along the leaf covered trails of the cider mill with donuts in one hand and hot cider in the other, Zach stopped by the water and got down on one knee. Much to Tina's shock and aw, Zach asked her to marry him and she only had one answer for the man of her dreams; a resounding yes!Read More
When Kristen and Matt began planning their January wedding they anticipated lots of snow and cold temperatures. They decided that going with classic winter colors of red, silver, black, and pine green would be perfect paired with their rustic-themed wedding and everything would pop of the inevitably white background.Read More
As a tall, beautiful, young woman walked into the room with her brown wavy hair falling softly around her face, framing her green eyes, Brent thought to himself, "Oh yeah, she's in my league," speaking of Sam and not long after that they shared their first kiss in the basement of the Theta Chi fraternity basement. Sam is one of the warmest, most lovable people I have ever known and I think Brent, who is funny, kind, and laid-back, is lucky to call my Chi Omega sister his wife.
The day Sam and Brent exchanged vows was a perfect September day in the fall at the Concorde Inn in Charter Township of Clinton, Michigan. Sam was surrounded by her closest friends and family as she prepared for the ceremony with the movie "Animal House" playing in the background on the TV - so fitting for this greek bride and groom I think! - as her cheeks were swiped with blush and her lips blotted. Brent started the day off at home with his groomsmen and family and while tying his bow tie and figuring out the complexity that is cuff links, the family's cute Brittnay Spaniel danced around everyone in excitement for the upcoming vows.
Although Brent loves it when Sam wears flats, on your wedding day, shoes are almost as important as the dress and Sam wore Anne Klein heels, customized by the bride herself with a little shout out to her Chi Omega sisters. Sam walked down the aisle with her father to "Can't Help Falling in Love" and happy tears were shared by all as this couple took their marriage vows and exchanged their bling. Then the celebration really began as guests, all family and close friends, danced the night away enjoying the personalized M&Ms and shot glass favors, got silly in the photo booth, tossed bean bags in games of corn hole, and as laughter and an out pouring of love permeated the air.
Sam and Brent...you are two of the nicest, most kind, and lovely people I've had the chance to work with and call friends. Your families are amazing and I can't thank you enough for allowing me to document your love. The love you share makes those around you better. I wish you nothing but the best together...and enjoy Jamaica!
There is a time in Michigan, when you feel a slight change in the air, and you find yourself needing a blanket when you curl up for bed. Fall is my favorite time of the year and it has arrived within the last day or two. I love fall because the trees change color, hoodies become acceptable fashion, fireplaces start burning wood, hot apple cider is aplenty, pumpkin flavored evvvvverything is on every menu, and you get to see the world around you completely change and get ready for a new beginning; winter.
Sam and Brent decided in the fall of last year to celebrate their engagement with some portraits that highlight the beautiful season in all it's magnificence. The day was a bit warm to start off with and Sam and Brent spent some time walking around a Clinton Township Metropark under the fall colors and talking about how Brent proposed. It was so sweet to hear about how Brent first asked Sam's father for her hand in marriage before asking her. Sam laughed joyfully at how her dad was able to kept the proposal a secret from her mom, so that way she, along with Sam, would be genuinely surprised by Brent's proposal.
As the clouds started to roll in, and the breeze picked up I walked with Sam and Brent down to the beach. In Michigan beaches are normally crowed with vacationers (known more affectionately in some places as "fudgies"), but as we walked along the sandy beach, all we could hear was the roar from the water and as I watched Sam and Brent cuddle and laugh with one another I could feel the world around them start to change and get ready for a new beginning in their lives; marriage.
What do you love most about fall? I'd love to hear about your fall adventures in the comments!
The day started out looking like it might rain, but then the light became soft and beautiful near sunset for Melissa and Tyler's lifestyle engagement session outside Grand Rapids at the Gracewil Country Club and then in the backyard rose garden of Tyler's grandmother. There was a special connection with the Country Club, not only had it been used by family for years for an occasional round of golf, but it is also where Melissa and Tyler will exchange their wedding vows on July 13th!
Melissa and Tyler have a lot of love for each other and although Tyler was a bit camera shy, they had a bunch of funny, real moments where I was able to capture Tyler's natural smile! I also thought Melissa's engagement ring was gorgeous and took the opportunity to place it in a few natural elements.
(See the wonderful images from their wedding on July 13th here!)
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!