Sarah and Steve were married the first weekend in June up in Gaylord, Michigan. This couple was such a joy to work with! Their love and kindness toward each other made taking their portraits an absolute delight. The pretty coral details were perfectly planned and the whole day was just a bunch of smiles and pretties! Sarah found me through a few friends of hers that I also photographed their weddings, nothing makes me happier than getting referred and even better when those awesome familiar faces are at new weddings, I love it! Funny story from this wedding we were at this amazing private property for portraits and I was picking out some neat spots for us to use. While roaming around I spotted a small bird hopping through the grass…quite a ways away from me I should add. However Mama bird didn’t think I was keeping a safe distance and for the next 15 minutes she began circling my head and swooping down aggressively, it was both comical and terrifying. LOL. That was for sure a first for me! Luckily no bird impaled my head during this wedding. 🙂 Here are a few of my favorites from Sarah and Steve’s day! Congrats to the lovely couple!!

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Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero
Groom’s attire: Joseph Abood
Decor or rentals: BJs Restaurant and Catering
Cake: Sugar Me Sweet- Gaylord MI
DJ/band: Rusch Entertainment

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These two are getting married in a few short weeks and I just realized I neglected to post some of their downtown Grand Rapids engagement pictures. Craziness. I loved getting to know these two better as we walked around the city on a brisk winter day. These two first met when Stefan was an exchange student from Norway in high school. Stefan came back to attend school at Michigan Tech and two reunited and though often separated by many miles and sometimes an ocean they grew closer and are not making it official after 4 years of dating. Love this quote from their wedding page….”When two hearts are meant for each other, no distance is too far, no time too long and no other love can break them apart”.

I met this couple for the first time at Ali and Kyle’s wedding back in 2014 at Eve downtown. They were tearing up the dance floor in the most adorable fashion. It was pretty clear they were smitten so I told them they better hire me when they get engaged, I’m so glad they did! Can’t wait to spend the day with these two lovebirds at the Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn!2016-05-28_00052016-05-28_0002
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This one is a little special for me. Melissa and Jacob are getting married September 2016 and I am THRILLED to be their photographer. Not only are they an adorable couple completely crazy about each other, what’s not to love about that?! But on top of all that goodness Melissa used to be my babysitter for my kiddos so I’m just over the moon happy for her and thrilled to be a part of her wedding day! We spent the most perfect fall day in Fallasburg Park last fall and got these gems while there.  It was a wonderful collaboration of the whole team, Jacob had some wonderful ideas, the fishing lure being one of them. How cool is that one by the way?! I love it! It’s always wonderful to include your personal story and hobbies into your engagement session. Brainstorm together before your session about things that are important to you as a couple and as individual, weaving these details into your session can make the images so much more special and personal. I cannot wait to see all the goodies they have planned for their September wedding up in Traverse City, Michigan.

Enjoy these favorites from their session at Fallasburg Park! If you’ve never been to this gorgeous Michigan spot be sure to make time to check it out, it’s beautiful! Here is their park page for more information.

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  • Melissa Rose - Love this! We had SUCH a great day with Amanda and made so many fun memories! Amanda knows how to make you feel instantly comfortable, relaxed and poses you in the most flattering ways. The pictures turned out way better than I could even dream of! Thanks again!!

Had the pleasure of photographing this adorable couple last fall, love getting to work with couples for their engagement photography. Even if your getting married out of state, or just have another lined up for your wedding photography I love shooting engagement photos! We strolled around downtown Grand Rapids and Riverside park to capture their engagement portraits. I truly love this city, Grand Rapids has so much to offer us photographers. So many beautiful and fun locations to shoot at all in walking distance of one another. Margie and Scott fell in love in this city and are both outdoorsy so we picked downtown settings to show off the city as well as some locations that focused more on nature. I’m really pleased with the collection we put together with these locations. Engagement portraits are a great way to showcase different aspects of your relationship together and bond. Pieces you might not be able to integrate into your wedding theme or decor. Think about hobbies you enjoy together or things that brought you together, maybe even the first date location or activity can be included. Make it personal! They’ll be treasured even more!

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Congrats on your engagement Margie and Scott! I wish you both all the best of life and love together!

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This was my last 2015 event and it was a favorite for sure. This couple was amazing to work with! I had the pleasure of photographing the grooms sister’s wedding a few years ago and was delighted to be chosen to photograph Allison and Jayemeson’s day as well. These two are so smitten with each other, just being around them makes you happy. Their wedding was at the awesome Bissell Tree House. It was my first time shooting at the Bissell Tree House and I LOVED it! Very cool wedding location, if your looking for one check them out! We started out the day downtown with getting ready portraits and then a first look at the Gerald Ford Museum, which was one of the best first looks ever. I may or may not have shed a couple of tears (spoiler alert, I did).  We also did family formals there, it was a beautiful day and the location was a wonderful choice for simple and sweet photography.  After their ceremony we headed back downtown to the always popular Blue Bridge and did some fun sunset shots, the colors in the sky were amazing! We got very lucky being there just at the perfect time. After a few turns around the city we headed back to the Bissell Tree House to party, and party we did! Here are a few favorites of mine from their day.

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Congrats Allison and Jaymeson! It was an honor to be a part of your day!

 

Bride’s Dress: Clare La Faye
Groom’s attire: Banana Republic
Cake: Cranes Pie Pantry
DJ/band: Steve Anzivino
Other vendors: West Michigan Catering

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