AN EXTENDED FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION ON INTERMEDIATE LAKE // NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

It’s Summer folks! Find some time to have breakfast & coffee on the deck or the lawn. Clink those coffee mugs. Grab a pool noodle. Throw down a blanket. Watch your kids dance to their favorite songs. Make silly faces. Cool off in the water. Enjoy the sun. Be together. I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to meet this awesome family and capture them doing just that! Thanks guys, I had so much fun!!

 

EXTENDED FAMILY PORTRAITS AT CAMP MICHIGANIA // WALLOON LAKE, MICHIGAN

 

I have way too much fun photographing this family. You may have seen them before… and they are all awesome. This year was no exception. You can’t go wrong on the grounds of Camp Michigania. The goofing, laughing, and playing was top notch and the soft serve game was strong. I feel lucky to have such amazing friend-clients. Cheers to another Summer session focused on what’s important: family. I love you guys!

 

ALLISON & RAY // A JULY WEDDING ON HIGGINS LAKE // ROSCOMMON, MICHIGAN

 

On a Tuesday in July, Allison & Ray tied the knot. They stood on top of a friend’s boathouse overlooking Higgins Lake and read vows and exchanged rings. And laughed. And cried. They made Ray’s daughter, Eleanor, a critical part of their day. They danced and joked together. They remembered Ray’s dad in a powerful way by placing his flag and portrait on the front row of ceremony chairs. Friends surprised them and decorated the van with “just married” chalk paint and streamers. They drank and danced the night away. I’ve been trying to write about this day and coming up short. I haven’t been able to find the right words, but I keep coming back to this: This day felt real. This was truly Allison & Ray’s wedding. It’s hard to explain. There is no way this wedding could have been for anyone else. It was 100% them. It was filled with their personality and I am filled with gratitude because I had the opportunity to tell this story. Cheers!

 

SUE & JURIS // AN INTIMATE WEDDING WITH FAMILY AT ROCKY TOP FARMS & LAKE SKEGEMOG

 

A small wedding with a beautiful, happy, family on a Tuesday at Rocky Top Farms? With orchard and lake views and amazing farm-to-table food from Epicure? Yes please, sign me up! Sue & Juris were absolutely wonderful to work with, as were their children and grand children. This group was all smiles and hugs and cheers and I feel very privileged to have been invited to document it. Congratulations Sue & Juris!

Ceremony Venue: Rocky Top Farms

Reception Venue: Private Residence, Lake Skegemog

Planning & Coordination: Fox & Fern Events, Kelsey

Officiant: Heidi of Rocky Top Farms

Florist: Sweetwater Floral

Rentals: 307 Events

Appetizers at Ceremony Site: Folgarelli’s

Catering: Epicure Catering

 

HOLLY & COLLIN // A SUMMER WEDDING AT BLUE BRIDGE EVENTS CENTER

 

I don’t know if there could be a better way to kick off the 4th of July week than Holly & Collin’s wedding. With beautiful Summer weather and a setting under the vines, Holly’s brother officiated their meaningful and personal ceremony. The vibe at Blue Bridge felt like a backyard garden party that moved inside and just kept going on the dance floor. These two had so much fun together and surrounded by their closest friends and family, the laughs, jokes, and goofy faces kept coming all day. It was so special to be a part of - cheers to Holly & Collin!

Venue: BlueBridge

Wedding Coordinator: Angie Gardner at BlueBridge

Hair & Makeup: M.O. On Location

Florist: BlueBridge

Rentals: BlueBridge

Transportation: Magic Shuttle Bus

Caterer: Grandview Catering

Cake/Dessert: Aunt B's Cakes & Desserts

DJ/Band: BlueBridge DJ - Shawn

Bride’s attire: Diana’s bridal

Groom’s attire: Tommy Hilfiger


 

MEGAN & MIKE // SUTTONS BAY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // STARRY NIGHT BARN

 

Sun and friends and flowers and log cabins. Funny vows filled with personality. Cheers and cheez-its on the party bus. Bright blue water and making new friends during the stop at the marina. Whiskey and mules and apps and pink cupcakes. Cute kids who take playing on the swings and making s’mores very seriously. Golden light and belly laughs and groomsmen who change into “off duty” attire. Busting moves, playing air piano and guitar. Polka-ing with dad. Honoring grandpa with a shot of Canadian Mist at the end of the night. This is the list that popped into my head while thinking about Megan & Mike’s wedding. Sometimes words flow freely when I attempt to write about a wedding and then there are times where all of these little snippets come out instead. Pops of memories that we feel lucky enough to have captured. I just adore Megan & Mike and I hope they relive this amazing day with all of these little snippets too.

Venue: Starry Night Barn & Studios

Church: St. Michael’s, Suttons Bay

Wedding Planner/ Day of Coordinator: Nikki Kleinrichert at Dragonfly Event Designs

Make-up artist: Cara Gerstler (friend)

Hair Stylist: Cara Gerstler (friend)

Florist: Arrangements completed by Nikki Kleinrichert at Dragonfly Event Designs

Rentals: SNB and Monstrey MacDonald

Transportation: Blue Lakes by the Bay

Caterer: Catering by Kelly’s

Cake/Dessert: Melissa’s Edible Creations

DJ/Band: 2Bays DJs

Bride’s attire: White Arbor Bridal, Saline, MI

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

 

COURTNEY & MARK // AN INTIMATE BEACH WEDDING IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

It’s hard to find the right words sometimes. This day meant a lot to me for many reasons. It was a small wedding, which means that as a photographer you don’t blend into the background quite as much as you can at a larger wedding. You feel much more aware of the fact that you are a part of the day and not simply an outside photographer brought in to capture the events. I always feel privileged to witness each wedding we photograph, but sometimes the size of the guest list does have a huge impact on how the wedding feels. For Courtney & Mark I truly believe that this feeling was a perfect choice - it felt so sincere and meaningful and filled with family. It felt significant and rich. It felt like bright sun, and blue water, and colorful flowers. It felt like a deep commitment. It also felt extra special for me because I grew up in Ann Arbor, just a short drive, or run, or bike ride away from Courtney - and we’ve been friends since we could count our age on our hands. My heart fills up with days like this. I am SO happy for this family and I’m beyond happy to share this preview today!

Hair Stylist: Michael Moore

Florist: Jenna at Victoria’s Floral Design

Caterer: Mission Table

Cake/Dessert: Rumi’s Passion (Plymouth) and Juicy Kitchen (Ann Arbor)

Bride’s attire: David’s Bridal, designed by Oleg Cassini

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse, designed by Joseph Abboud

 

THE CROWLEY FAMILY // NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

 

Yes - I have not one, but TWO adorable newborn sessions to share with you today! Maddy and Michael are also former wedding photography clients. They are friends with Kirsten & Dan, their baby girls were born just weeks apart, and they live a half a mile from each other. I am beyond lucky to have client/friends like these and it is now my pleasure to introduce you to Clare. Welcome to the world little one, it was so great to meet you!

 

THE ZEMAITIS FAMILY // NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION // ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

 

Kirsten & Dan’s wedding was one of the first weddings we documented when we moved back to Michigan. And it’s not an understatement to say that their wedding seriously helped jump start our business. Their group of friends are all AMAZING people and we have been lucky enough to work with many of them. It has been so great to stay in touch with Kirsten and Dan over the years, but nothing made me happier than being able to photograph them again. This time, as a family of three! They recently welcomed Zoey, and my oh my, what a sweetheart she is.

Zemaitis Fam, Thank you, thank you, thank you, for welcoming me into your home and being amazing clients and friends. We are so grateful for you!!!

 

BRITTANY & HUNTER // SUMMER ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN DOW GARDENS // MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

I had never been to Dow Gardens before this session - and wow what a gem! Brittany and Hunter asked me to come to the gardens because it was where Hunter proposed and in the town where they will begin their married life together. On top of the beautiful grounds and gorgeous light, these two are the sweetest. This entire session literally felt like a “walk in the park” ;) Carefree, enjoying the warmer weather, the greenery, taking a break from work and study groups and a recent move to enjoy just being together. Cheers to Brittany & Hunter, I can’t wait for the wedding!

 

THE RUBIN FAMILY // A SUMMER FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION ON THE BEACH IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

The longer I have been a wedding photographer, the more I have come to realize that I’m really here for the marriage. I’ve talked about this many times, but as much as I love the details and the party and the flowers, I love the couple more. I love that they’re making an enormous commitment to each other. I love their relationship with their family and friends. I love that they’re saying “yep, I realize that we both have flaws but we’re gonna stick together on this ride”. I just love that I get to play a small part in capturing that. And ya wanna know the best part of reframing my job as a “marriage photographer”? I get to work with people for years. Sometimes I get the privilege of being asked to photograph their life again. At a sibling's wedding. For an updated couples session. Or for a baby. Kathy & Simon, I am SO happy that I got to see you and meet sweet Brian. This session made my heart so happy - I am very grateful. Cheers to this random Tuesday!

 

LINDSEY & BRAD // A JUNE WEDDING AT STARRY NIGHT BARN // SUTTONS BAY, MICHIGAN

 

We were on the lookout for rain - it was supposed to be cloudy all day and the showers kept moving all over the place on the weather apps. Instead, we ended up with some of the best golden light I’ve seen on a wedding day in quite a long time. It was spectacular. Not only that, but the cherry and apple orchards were in bloom. Starry Night Barn is just one of those places where it doesn’t matter which direction you turn, the views are all gorgeous. But let’s set all of that aside. Forget that for a moment, you’ll see it soon enough in these photos. The friendships, the emotions, Lindsey & Brad’s relationship. The jokes about cats and plants and road rage. The tears, the hugs, the high fives. The commitment. That’s why everyone came together on June 1st. And it just so happened to be an absolutely gorgeous day.

Venue: Starry Night Barn

Day of Coordinator: Dragonfly Events | Nikki Kleinrichert

Make-up artist: ALH Beauty | Aubrey Huyck  

Hair Stylist: Kelsey Martin  

Florist: 307 Events

Rentals: 307 Events

Transportation: The Magic Shuttle Bus

Caterer: Bayside Gatherings

Cake/Dessert: Bayside Gatherings

DJ/Band:  Lake Michigan DJs  

Bride’s Attire: The Wedding Shoppe (Berkley, MI)

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

 

KARIN & NATE // A BACKYARD WEDDING IN WATERFORD, MICHIGAN

 

It’s no secret that a backyard wedding is one of my favorite venues. There are a million reasons why it’s not always possible or practical, but there is just something so personal about opening up a family home to all of your wedding guests. Karin’s parents were able to do just that and it was really special. After the wedding ceremony at Karin & Nate’s church, everyone returned to the family home where they personally greeted every guest as they entered the door. This little gesture felt very symbolic of their new life as a married couple and the close knit group enjoyed an awesome celebration throughout the afternoon and evening with beautiful lake views. The weather came through for us with some awesome golden light. The party had bbq, garden inspired centerpieces, cupcakes, donuts, belly laughs, tears, and lots of joy. Cheers to Karin & Nate!