2018 deserves more than me just showing my favorite photos. It was the first year of this officially being my career. No day job, just me, trying to balance work and home. Guess what? It’s SUPER HARD. But SO rewarding. Every couple I get to photograph make a difference in what I do.
So thank you!
I thought I would go more in depth with WHY some of these images are my favorite. Maybe share some images that haven’t been before, so that those who are interested can see more of the story. I’m not a good writer, so bear with me. Some images may have more of a story behind them. Some are just of my personal favorites
Ellie and Chris were perfect to start off 2018. They had a small wedding that took place at McKay Tower. Their wedding was so important, as it taught me to not toss out a photo just because it’s soft in focus. The image of Ellie’s veil blowing up into the wind will always be one of my favorites.
We lucked out with the afternoon sun through the blinds.
Hello it me
Ellie is perfection
I wanted to try adding movement to this shot.
One of my favorite shots of the year.
Emily + Kyle-
Emily warned me she was a crier! I loved hearing that. Emotion shows so beautifully in photos. <3 This beautiful moment was when Kyle gave her the gift of a video from her Grandmother, who wasn’t able to attend.
Harley saw the opportunity to use the coffee table’s reflection for an image. I knew I wanted movement!
After some quick shots at Buffalo Trader’s Lounge, we stopped inside Bluedoor for this amazing portrait with some portraits.
Stephanie + Jordan
This first image was taken on an Aloe plant in their hotel pool!
Stephanie wanted to have her girls all help with each other’s necklaces. I love the necklace train.
The second image in shows what happens if someone’s pants split before the day begins!
Always go out for sunset pictures. You won’t regret it!
Sofie and Reed planned their wedding without being in Michigan. Crazy right? They totally pulled it off.
The day was SO hot, and the waterfalls at John Ball Zoo helped these two cool down.
I love this image of Sofie and her mom. They light up around each other.
The stairs on Aquinas’ campus were so dreamy for Bob and Caitlin!
Blur is beautiful
Caitlin got a Bagpiper! He was awesome.
First bee of the year!
Jason from Dove Light Photography had me assist him with Linsey and Tim’s wedding. St. Isadore Church in Grand Rapids is beautiful!
Heading back to release the guests
Jason being super awesome.
Emily and Callie gave me the greatest gift. I had never photographed an LGBT couple before them. Thank you so much ladies, for trusting me with your beautiful day! :)
Weaver House had some beautiful details that matched Emily’s vintage dress.
I knew the second I saw these stairs that I needed to use the leading lines.
This is such a dreamy shot of Emily and her father walking to the ceremony.
Look at that beautiful smile!
Throwing back the ring box
The rain cleared by the afternoon.
Briar Barn’s basement
Austin’s father holds Destinee’s bouquet during family portraits.
Unplanned layering of hands during their prayer.
This year I told myself I would concentrate more on reactions of guests.
The details on Destinee’s dress while she was signing the marriage license.
A surprise dance is the best dance.
This happened literally the second we got back in from some portraits, and I was just able to get my settings and get the last lift!
No focus, no problem.
Why would I include a styled shoot? OHWAITITWASNT!
Andrea and Ben made a picture perfect day at Hydrangea Blu Barn.
So many images of Andrea being a stunner.
Lining of the bouquets by Flowerly Art
Entrance into the reception
Alex and Chris’ day(s) were so unique. Originally planning on having one big day at the family farm, They opted to elope before and just have a reception.
“You’re my Dream”
The day of the reception had a heat index of 110 at least. We made good use of the air conditioning.
These confetti poppers are so cool.
Farm girl at heart!
Hannah and Logan
I have the honor to witness so many unique couples marry. I have seen so many different types of love. These two truly stood out.
They weren’t just in love. The passion that radiated from them affected me in a way I hadn’t experienced before. They were woven so deep into each other, I felt like I almost shouldn’t be there, that I should have left them alone to soak in the day. (But of course, in a good way!)
They chose wedding traditions that were special to them, with their closest family and friends circled around them in a traditional viking ceremony. They stood in the most beautiful garden I think the majority of us had ever seen. While the day was filled with joy, it also had an almost seriousness of the commitment taking place. (The only way I can describe it)
Hannah and Logan were taken from us less than a month after their wedding. The garden in which they said their vows has now been made into a memorial site, with flora from all over being brought and planted in their honor.
They are in my heart with every single wedding for the rest of my life.
Thank you for showing all of us how strong and passionate love affects everyone in your life.
Kendra + Jaymes
I’m so happy the girls were willing to jump on the trampoline!
Kendra seeing herself for the first time, and seeing her mom seeing her.
Outside your childhood home.
The best exit from a ceremony I’ve ever seen. Paper airplanes.
My impromptu associate photographer
The focus almost added to the dreaminess of this shot
Alex + Ashley
First look with dad, “Is that the dress I paid so much for??” Gotta love dads.
The ceremony was rained out, but turned out beautiful!
Your girls and you when the rain stops for portraits!
Blur is beautiful
Kelsey and Cam
Jaclyn and Spencer
Harley’s top shot.
“Raise your hand if this is the weirdest thing a photographer has ever had you do” All immediately raised their hands.
Old Stonegate Farms <3
Upside down. This was taken with a vintage lens. I’ll post more of those shots one day.
Kathryn and Alex
The walk to the bus
Such a romantic first look.
Use that shade
Before the ceremony
Their little guy was so sick on the day of the wedding! Luckily he was feeling better by the end of the night.
The walk down, and the walk up.
#1 Moment this year
No caption needed.
Alysia and Devon
I got a back stage pass for the ceremony.
The ride in my VW to portraits!
Suzie and Spencer -Celebrity couple name, Spenzie?
There are 2 types of people during a blind meeting.
The side of the road
After this photo, we thought we got in trouble for trespassing. Luckily, some kind ladies invited us to the rest of their property for pictures!
Kaitlin and Dan-
I may have gone overboard with pictures here.
I will forever go toward table reflections.
At the same time.
A simple scene
Harley got an amazing moment
I like stalking people.
What the girls were doing
What the guys were doing
Behind the scenes
shhh quiet in the library
Korrine and Logan win the award for goofiest couple. (Other than Harley and I)
Imperfections are perfection
Logan was changing Korrine’s last name on her Facebook immediately after the ceremony
Rainy few minutes
The coolest colors and light I’ve ever seen.
The kiddos vs the fence
The owners of Adam’s Acres were so sweet and hauled this couch out for some photos!
Just a casual shot for Vogue
Jordan + Martina
We’re going to start with the chicken nugget ring shot. #notsponsoredbymcdonalds #theymayhavehadsomethingtodowithit
Made for each other
We traded the basement for conference room dividers, and I’m not mad about it.
Marti on her way to pray with Jordan
After ceremony sitting.
When you get to ride out in style, you better get pictures.
These two are perfect and I couldn’t not include this.
Kelsey and Dylan had the perfect day at Rustic Rouge.
Perfect two images to describe these two.
I had the pleasure of photographing Miranda and Stefan with Andraya Croft Photography taking the lead.
I don’t often second shoot, so of course I would come down with the flu the morning of. Luckily, with water and loving people around, I started to feel better once I arrived to the guys.
Window light for two
The best thing about this day was learning how to tie a bowtie in 5 minutes after the guys failed for an hour. (LISTEN UP I WAS SUPER SICK AND I’M GOING TO TAKE THIS BRAG)
Their gorgeous custom cake topper
Maddie + Tyler
THEY WERE EVERYWHERE
Thank you guys, for being so strong when being bit.
Two separate images taken in a row
Yes. They’re running after that man. No, he didn’t notice.
After the jump
Mackenzie + Jesse <3 <3 <3
He just had something in his eye.
I love Jesse’s tattoo
They have amazing friends.
Classic Umbrella shot.
When your Maid of Honor marries you, you know it’s going to be good.
The perfect fall day for Emmarie and Toby.
The first look
For eva eva, and eva eva eva
Alex + Abby, it feels like yesterday.
One of my favorite shots.
Us trying to set up a veil shot, and my sneaky picture with the Calder
Claire and John, Holly Michigan
The best portrait I’ve ever seen.
“When your photographer says you can’t take photos ON the tracks”
Tessa guarding the door
Claire + Tessa
Even though there are cars, I love this shot.
Let’s have fun.
The Charles Dickens Festival
Meg and Joe. The last wedding of the year!
Meg’s mom gave her this handkerchief before the wedding. Somewhere in the day, they were lost. Luckily, we have photos of them to remember.
So many wonderful wonderful emotions.
Fixing the dress
Listen. I know their heads are cut off. But do you feel that?
BEHIND THE SCENES
Thank you to everyone who photographed with me this year!! Alex, Harley, Olivia and Jamie.