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.
every once in awhile, we’re lucky enough
to be in the presence of great love..
any home can
be a castle
king + queen
to have the honor of your friendship,
and to have documented one of the
most beautiful days of your lives is just that…
we are better people for knowing people like you,
and marty + i will learn from your love + all of the
love that surrounded you on this incredible day!
it’s a perfect spring evening in chicago…
the sun is starting to make it’s descent behind the skyline,
there’s a fresh breeze coming off the lake,
and i knew instantly that something beautiful was underway.
…what i love about tracy + matt is that they both have
very serious careers, so to watch that intensity shift
to the way they held + looked at each other was magnificent.
and i just LOVE a man who is sweet on the woman
he loves! …tick-tock tick-tock goes my heart,
my snowy michigan heart was warmed up by
the warm florida sun + the honor of photographing
the wedding of someone near + dear to my heart.
my best friend’s oldest brother was getting married…
he was the happiest i’d ever seen him,
and handsome as ever.
his bride was elegance wrapped in this calming
and beautiful quiet. i could see her seeing it all.
their families were excitedly surrounding them,
buzzing around getting everything in it’s place
for what would be one of the most beautiful
days of their entire lives.
…while i did just only get a few hours with shannon’s
family, i can say one thing…
and that’s that this beautiful woman,
and her daughter ava have found big love
within TJ + his family.
seriously BIG. LOVE.
they’ll never again have to seek out love because
that’s exactly what TJ is made of,
and where he comes from.
…these families are so blessed,
and so am i.
this love story is a one of a kind,
out of this world sort of love story,
what you’ll find next are all the little
things that made up this wonderful day…
milk + cookie champagne flutes. blueberry
pomegranate wine. promises to never miss
another first. a hand sewn wedding dress.
super squinty smiley eyes. the most delicious
wedding cake ever. witnessing fifty-seven years
of marriage. the sweetest rendition of ave maria.
a father having the honor of marrying his daughter
in his very own church. bow ties + lace.
frolicking in the woods.
and florida… not looking like….florida.
tj + shannon,
thank you for trusting me to be the one
to document your wedding day, it was an honor
to have a hand in what will be one of the happiest
days of your lives! i wish you both + ava a lifetime
rich in love + laughter! …and wine!
it was a hot Hot HOT day in playa del carmen, mexico…
and the evening was cooled off with a rush of a tropical storm,
two of our very best friends invited their closest friends
and family to bear witness to the beginning of their love story.
years of firsts + flirting, earning their PHDs,
expanding their family with their pup Toby,
countless adventures + an unfathomable amount
of stories, …all of that, lead up to this day.
this beautiful day.
…a day + week that none of us will soon forget.
this beautiful love.
…a love that we could all take a thing or two from.
these incredible human beings.
…two people i admire + cherish so greatly.
this is their story,
i howled at the moon with friends
and then the sun came crashing in…
but all the possibilities,
no limits, just epiphanies.
enter, Marty with the camera for awhile…
show him the love he so deserves for these
ellen ain’t got nothin’ on the best selfie
todd + jess,
i’m absolutely certain you know that the love
i have for both of you runs wildly deep.
…what i need to make sure that you know is what an
honor it was to both stand in and photograph your
wedding day. everyday i am honored to be your
friend, and everyday i’ll cherish the love you bring
to my life.
cheers to the GILSTETTERS, baby!!!