A few weeks back I got to do an engagement session a little differently. Cut out all of the location scouting, all of the walking around towns or buildings or fields or rivers. Cut it all back to just the love. To making breakfast and drinking coffee and building forts in the living room (and sweating profusely because the A/C chose that day to stop working). Katie and Scott are two of my new favorite humans on earth. Their love is infectious, and their care for others is inspiring. Just a couple weeks after I photographed them in their apartment, I got to photograph their wedding surrounded by only the very most important people in their lives. That'll be hitting this blog before you know it, you better believe it.
Theo turned two. He wasn't too huge of a fan of me, the cold, taking pictures, being outside, the Z lot, or really anything else but his parents to kick things off; but he came around. The lure of Punch Bowl Social, bowling balls, and cool arcade games was just way too strong.
Marty, Sabrina, and baby Harlow. The sweetest little family in the cutest little flat in North Corktown, Detroit. I loved photographing these three in their home so, so much. There's a certain peace and serenity that surrounds a home in those first few days after a baby comes. It's a chance (in between the eating and sleeping and pooping) to just sit back and take it all in. To count your blessings and see how much life has changed. I'm just honored I got to be there for a few minutes of it.
Some people say they're going for the laid-back, backyard feel for their wedding. Then some people, like Tara and Cyndi, literally have it in their backyard, surrounded by the very best family and friends, with no timeline and no crazy expectations. Just a simple, down-home, beautiful in every way celebration of their love and their beginning of a life together. These two are some of the very sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of photographing, and I'm still so honored I got to be there to witness this day. Tara and Cyndi, you two are the best and I can't wait to see where life's adventures take you from here. Huge massive thanks to my pal Justine Montigny for joining me for this one.
Swartz Creek, MI :: 06.28.14
Ceremony/Reception Venue :: Private Home
A freezing cold walk around Downtown Grand Rapids with a beautiful couple is always good for the soul. Devin + Lauren are most definitely some of my new favorite people on this planet, and it's just a blast to hang and tell the story of their love, no matter the temperature. They've got the bonus of being my first wedding of the year coming up, and I can't even wait to hang again.
A late-summer, Northern Michigan wedding complete with an absolutely perfect couple, Qdoba catering, dang-near perfect weather, and donuts and sundae bar for dessert. Just one of those ones you'll never quite forget.
East Jordan, MI :: 09.06.14
Ceremony/Reception Venue :: Elm Pointe Park
Catering :: Qdoba
Dessert :: Marge's Donut Den
Well, I've fallen for the Pacific Northwest, just as I always knew I would. Vivian and Kevin brought me out to Seattle for their engagement session a couple of weeks back and I aimed to see as much as I possibly could in my four days there. I was not disappointed. Two of the coolest people I could ever hope to get to document and hang out with, paired with one of the most gorgeous cities and landscapes I've traveled to. We spent nearly the entire day traveling all across the greater Seattle area, taking in amazing sights, and shooting some rad photos every step of the way. With a grand finale at Discovery Park at sunset, I couldn't imagine a better send-off to the night. I mean, there was seals splashing less than 100 yards off the shore line. COME ON. To say I'm excited to get back here for their wedding in September, would be a major understatement. I filled the rest of my time with Stumptown Coffee, Mighty-O Donuts with friends, Green Lake Sights, Molly Moon's Ice Cream, Top Pot Donuts, and driving as far as my little rental VW would take me. Take me back, PNW, take me back.
///////////////////////////////////////////////// Gas Works Park + Snoqualmie Falls + Rattlesnake Ridge.
It's hard to come up with words for every wedding. Words to describe that honor to be the single person invited to tell the story of that day for years to come. Words to describe the feeling of family and friends coming together to celebrate two people they care about most in this world. Words to describe the personal touches that people like Charlotte and Joe brought to their day, to celebrate their love, to celebrate her Dad. Some couples you just know beyond a shadow of a doubt that every moment of their lives up until this point was preparing them for this new adventure together. Charlotte and Joe are that couple, and I'm so happy I've come to know them, and call them friends. Enjoy their beautiful, perfect, Detroit wedding day.
Detroit, MI :: 10.18.14
Floral/Planning :: Megan Childers - Ever Ours
Preparation Venue :: The Inn on Ferry Street
Ceremony/Reception Venue :: The Gem Theatre
Dessert :: Pinwheel Bakery
Remember how warm and sunny it was back in September? I do. I long for this weather again. But until then, let's live vicariously through these images of Dan + Cari in Detroit. So unbelievably stoked to celebrate with them in just a couple months!
I setup a makeshift studio in my living room a couple weeks back to photograph my twin nieces, their older sister, and my little guy in honor of the twins first birthday. This is what ensued.
Pair two of the coolest, most perfectly unique and in-love people I've had the honor of meeting, with such a rad, history-filled venue and you've pretty much got a match made in heaven. The Scarab Club was formed in 1907 as an informal association to have members meet regularly to talk art, eat dinner, and critique paintings. It's unique location right in the backyard of the Detroit Institute of Arts brought about an amazing society of artists and art-enthusiasts for costumed balls, art shows, and dinners. It still is active today as a beautiful art-space with artists-in-residence inside the original wood paneled walls. I've quite possibly never seen such a beautiful space and courtyard. Let's re-live this stunning day that was Rachel + Ted's wedding, shall we?
Detroit, MI :: 09.20.14
Preparation Venue :: The Inn on Ferry Street
Ceremony/Reception Venue :: The Scarab Club
Dessert :: Pinwheel Bakery
The happiest + kindest little family you ever did meet.
We found love at a Christmas Tree Farm (and Downtown Ann Arbor).
High School Seniors like Elizabeth are just about the best/happiest clients you can photograph. So happy I got to meet and hang out with her this past fall.
I've been sitting here with the cursor blinking at me for what seems like forever. Blink. Blink. Blink. Words still aren't coming to me. Below is a wedding that means to me way more than words can describe. I honestly wish I could just take all of you there, even if just for a few moments. Each and every wedding I photograph is so individually special and perfect and beautiful to me; but every so often a couple, and a venue, and a locale, and their friends and family will stop you dead in your tracks. This was that wedding. You probably remember Alexis and Trevor from our super short, but ridiculously beautiful Brooklyn engagement session a couple of months back. They were nervous as all get out, but I still made them take pictures with me, and I'm so glad we did. The wedding day rolls around, I had arrived in New Orleans just a couple of days earlier and had spent my time exploring with my little family, stuffing my face with beignets, and listening to street musicians in the French Quarter for what seemed like hours at a time. We had a touch of rain in the morning, no problem, I figured. Turns out, it wasn't. It stopped just minutes before we were to get off the bus to take some portraits. There's just so many bits and pieces I wish I could gush about this day for hours a time, but I guess I'll just have to save that for another time. We're talking beautiful sun peaking through the clouds, Spanish moss hanging off of seemingly every tree in sight, a gorgeous ceremony venue surrounded by ridiculously cool family members and friends. Then there was the reading. Rather than a poem or some scripture, Trevor and Alexis opted to have their friends read snippets of their GChat conversations from some six or seven years earlier, before they were even dating. People were rolling in their seats for a good ten minutes. It was so indescribably "them."
There was just so much here. So much to see. So much beauty. So much love and happiness. The music was in the air from three different extremely talented bands, and everyone was there to have as much fun as they could possibly muster. The "Second Line" through the streets following dinner en route to dancing was one of the most magical things I've had the opportunity to photograph (and just maybe caused me to shed a tear or twelve behind my camera...I mean...it was just humid?). Just so, so much goodness. My dreams. An additional defining moment in this beautiful art form I get to call a job.
So sit back, drink some coffee, and come along with me to the beautiful land known as NOLA. This post is a doozy, but I promise it'll be well worth it.