the love behind these photos was so powerful, that i’m still feeling it today. every once in awhile, i find myself in the presence of a love that takes my breath away. the kind of love where it doesn’t matter that i am a hired professional, I WILL CRY. sometimes so hard it’s one of those ugly cries… this was one of those weddings… …they were one of those couples.
this wedding was full of little surprises all throughout the day,
cowboy boots. mini pies. BBQ. a dress change. a blue necklace. horses and chickens. the most beautiful sunset. first dances that would melt the coldest of hearts. and a breeze just perfect enough to carry her dress into the wind and bring to life the feeling everyone had felt,
BIG love. …and there was cornbread, too. YES!
Venue: Misty Farms
this beautiful woman, this incredibly kind man.
the biggest wedding party i’ve ever seen.
beach grass, blue skies, and the long pier
stretching out into lake michigan.
the most perfect details + the most incredible
first dance we’d ever witnessed.
it was a polish wedding filled with laughter, tears,
and the best dancing and singing i’ve heard
at a reception to date!
AND VODKA, OH THE VODKA…
can end a fight.
can save a
i walk away from every session having learned
or experienced something that
i can carry with me…
this time, i learned that
love alone is worth the fight.
love you guys,
as if they weren’t already cute enough with
their two perfect little girls, they went and
brought another little little lady into the world!
kenny + kat
kyla + kinley
and sweet baby karoline,
what i loved most about this particular
session was how connected to kinley i felt
for the first time since i started documenting
the love story of this family. it’s always been kyla that
i was drawn to. she’s this imaginative little blonde
who always blew me away with her perception of
the world and kinley was quiet and shy and reserved.
…not this time.
this time, it was like her and i were on the same
wavelength in life. she’s finding her voice in the
world for the first time, and so am i.
weeks later, and i am still feeling very much connected and moved by all of the feels and love that consumed this beautiful place for this romantic and charming wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island.
i remember getting on the ferry to head back to the mainland when it was over and i just wanted to cry. my mind was filled with countless memories of the tears that were shed, words that were exchanged, and the smile that never seemed to leave lindsey’s face,
…much like these lovebirds, this will be a day that i’ll never ever ever forget.
catch a glimpse of their wedding trailer
by Visual Impact Studios!
i grew up with three brothers, but really i had
more like five. because i had these two cousins…
oh, these boys. they’ve been picking on me
endlessly since as long as i can remember.
but somewhere between growing up, buzzing
careers, falling in love and med school,
we became something
better than we ever had been before.
we became friends.
this is one of those cousins, christopher.
and this is his incredible fiancé morgan!
it was so nice to have family in front of my
camera for a change. in fact, i believe this is
the first engagement + wedding i will
document for a family member!
it’s truly magnificent that this is what
i do for a living…
you both are incredibly beautiful souls,
and i love you dearly.
for the last eight years, these two beautiful humans
have seriously been out in the world building a
beautiful life together. they have raised a beautiful daughter,
and they have thrived immensely in their careers.
i was thrilled at the news of the engagement because
for so long they’ve put everything and everyone else first,
and after so many years, they deserved to have the spotlight
be on their love story for a little while,
and let me tell you,
…them. the sun. the sand. everything.
the kind of hot that makes it hard to breathe!
and hard to have a good hair day!
…but it was beautiful! perfect in every way!
it was calling for rain all day
but somehow it missed us and we had a beautiful day on
the beach. their close friends + family all gathered to this
little spot on the beach and for the rest of day we were
all cloaked in the love that everyone brought with them.
john + jess,
thank you so much for allowing me to be such
an intimate part of your day and for sharing
your love story with me. i wish you all a lifetime
of love + happiness [and AIR CONDITIONING!]
this day. this couple. this love story.
this is one of those love stories that
causes you to stop + pause because the
energy swirling around you can take your
breath away with just a glimpse of the way
he looks at her when she isn’t watching.
it’s in the strength of the Peña women,
and it was in the undeniable joy in his
father’s face throughout the entire day.
how lucky these two are to have found
such a love within each other, a love
that carries through + over to the people
who love them most.
i believe in this couple, i believe in this love,
and i believe that my beautiful friend found
herself the prince charming she’s always deserved,
cheers to you, Spenessa!
it was one of those michigan days where you
experienced a little bit of every season…
warmth, rain, wind, overcast + bitter temperatures.
becci + jeremy hosted a completely handmade wedding
at the beautiful Sunset Cove Bed + Breakfast, and there
was so much love in the details that not a single person who
witnessed this union could deny the love that surrounded
these two on this wildly beautiful day.