This is just your friendly reminder that the snowy crap is only 16 weeks away. But really, sorry for taking you guys back to the winter on this cloudy July day, but I couldn't pass up the chance to show these two, especially this week of all weeks. Ferdinand is my best friend to end all best friends. The kid walked up to me in my neighborhood (9 houses down from me) in the summer before 3rd grade and just very proudly said "Hi, I'm Ferdinand!" (me thinking this was a complete made up name proved to be incorrect). Needless to say, we were inseparable from that point on. Basketball, Camping, Lego's, a short stint as a band called "Miner in Possession" that created hot beats using Garage Band; we did it all. Obviously, the years have gone on, we've gone to college, we've started our jobs, I got married and had a kid before just about any of our other friends even considered seriously dating; but he's remained that one, awesome constant in my life. The friend I'm so thankful that has known me through every single step of the way. This weekend, he finally gets to marry the love of his life. Something I'm so grateful that he has found. Courtney is his perfect match and his incredible companion. Their personalities play off of each other so well, and the happiness they share just pours out of these images. Unfortunately, due to the life of a wedding photographer that has to plan his life a year in advance or more, I won't be in attendance for the big day. It's a bummer, and I'll be missing them both so much that day; but I also know that there's so much more in this life and our friendship than that one day. This is just the beginning for them. It's an event and a celebration, for sure. But it's just one day out of the thousands of others we've already shared, and will share in the future. They've got a whole marriage ahead of them, a beautiful journey, and I just can't wait to walk through the rest of the foreseeable future with Ferdinand and Courtney right there with us.
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.
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
We found love at a Christmas Tree Farm (and Downtown Ann Arbor).
These two fine people. These two, they mean so much to me. Kylie and Mitch aren't only high school classmates of mine. They're friends. They're amazing supporters of my work. Coincidentally, they're also madly in love. Capturing this day was so special to me. My first wedding clients from my high school days. Now they're off, kicking off this fresh adventure together in Texas where Mitch is stationed flying fighter jets for our U.S. Air Force and I couldn't be more thrilled for them. It truly doesn't get much better than that. Pull up a chair, grab a drink, and get cozy. This one is a doozy, and it is well worth it.
Huge, massive thanks to my good friend Mae Stier of Bryan and Mae for rocking this wedding, my very first of 2014, with me. Always so good to have such a ridiculous talent alongside me.
Hartland, MI :: 04.18.14
Ceremony Venue :: First Presbyterian Church of Brighton
Reception Venue :: Waldenwoods Resort
DJ :: Lawton Lunce
Second Shooter :: Mae Stier
It's been almost a year to the day since Mary + Mike got married. Which either means that time flies, or I'm just a terribly slow blogger and I'm still not done with 2012 weddings. Either way, I couldn't let this goodness slide by un-blogged. These two are one of the sweetest couples you'll ever meet. They invited me into their lives for this incredible occasion and I wholeheartedly accepted. The sweetness of their interactions together, paired with the beautiful details and serenity that comes along with a backyard wedding at your parents home, makes for a winning combination. All that to say, I'm a huge fan of Mary + Mike and can't even begin to give them enough congratulations on their upcoming anniversary. You guys are absolutely awesome.
Sarah and Patrick are THAT couple. They just have it. They light up the room when they walk in, they can't keep their eyes off of each other for more than two seconds, and they're so ridiculously excited to be marrying one another and starting a new life together. I think that's just the coolest.
Gah...these two. So. Much. Goodness.
Justin + Katy. What can I even begin to say about these two lovebirds? This day just left me speechless. So much love. So much detail. So many amazing friends surrounding them in the beautiful courtyard at Wellers to simply enjoy, and celebrate the two of them. The passion Justin has for his bride and that Katy has for her groom is inspiring and I'm so honored to have gotten to be there. It's days like that hot, summer day that keep me coming back for more. It's these stories, this love, the dancefloors, those friends; that's the reason there's such an incredible passion for what I do. All that to say, these two are the real deal. If you missed their engagement session about this time last year, check it out here.
Seriously. These two. Would you just look at them?! So much love. So much joy. So much care for one another. So much faith. Megan and Tim were one of the sweetest couples I had the honor of documenting last year. Their day was simply perfect. Warm, golden light beaming down onto the perfectly-groomed golf course as they joined together at sunset. That's my kind of way to spend a summer day.