Samantha & Joshua | Frederick Meijer Gardens and Johnson Park

This day was intense. Big feelings. All the weather. Gorgeous locations.

Josh and Sam’s connection makes them a delight to be around and a pleasure to photograph. They are quick to make each other smile and laugh. Even in candid moments, you will see them adoring each other. The best. Frederick Meijer Gardens gave us the best options for a day that started mild and then went from severe thunderstorms to sun and back to rain. After saying I do and portraits at the Gardens the party headed over to Johnson Park for dancing and tacos, the perfect combo. The rain picked up for us one last time right as I was leaving so we could end with an epic rain shot. So glad this sweet couple found me and excited to share this handful of favorites from their day!


Congrats Samantha and Josh! I wish you both all the best of life and love together!!

Amanda Kamppinen:

West Michigan born and raised. I call Grand Rapids home but I make many excuses to be lakeside. I will always be trying to make you laugh. It's my way.

Fun Facts:

Favorite band:

The National

Favorite Food:

Mall Pretzels

Favorite Podcast:

The Neighborhood Listen

Favorite lake:


Arrae Photography is a West Michigan portrait, engagement, and wedding photographer with true-to-life color and posing.

Serving Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, Chicago, and beyond.