Staci and Chris were married at Res-Les Farms in East Leroy. If you’ve never been there, you should definitely check it out sometime – the grounds are so beautiful and the owners are amazing! Staci and Chris were totally made for each other, they are such a fun couple and they are so adorable together! My favorite thing about them though was watching them as such loving parents to their daughter, Allie. She stood up with them for part of the ceremony, she LOVED to play with her mom’s dress and she even danced around them during their first dance! Wait until you see the photos, It was just the sweetest thing!
The entire wedding went perfect! As soon as I walked into the bridal suite I could see how much love and excitement were surrounding these two. Staci decided to do a first look with her dad and her nephew, which was SO cute! I love when my brides or grooms decide to share a special moment like that before the ceremony.
During the ceremony Chris and Staci lit a candle that was surrounded by photos of loved ones who were without a doubt with them that day. The whole wedding day was filled with so much emotion – both tears and laughter and it was incredible to witness, I’m so glad we could capture those moments for them!
The reception began with hilarious but heartfelt speeches, awesome food and a beautiful naked cake and cupcakes made by FireKeepers. They both took us by surprise when they decided to not play nice and smash cake in each others faces, it was too funny!
Thank you, Staci and Chris for being such an amazing couple and having us be a part of your wedding day, it’s one we will never forget and I hope you will treasure these captured moments for a lifetime!
Jaky + Chuk
Wedding Cake: FireKeepers
Wedding Dress: Patty’s Bridal
Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal
Groom + Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse
Caroline and Michael were married at the beautiful Stetson Chapel in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It happened to be one of the rainiest days we’ve had in a LONG time and it didn’t let up the entire day. Luckily, Caroline and Michael are an amazing couple who totally embraced the rain with a positive attitude!
Their wedding was stunning! Once again Park Place Design knocked it out of the park, everything had a beautiful floral touch! The girls got ready at Stetson Chapel in the cutest robes and the guys got ready at Loft 310 in downtown Kalamazoo where the reception was held. Their colors were blush, gold and burgundy which looked amazing with the bridal parties attire! The bridesmaids outfits are some of my favorite to date, just wait until you see how gorgeous they are! The guys all looked handsome in their classic black and white tuxes from Libins and Caroline wore an AMAZING lace dress from Becker’s Bridal.
After a beautiful ceremony we headed to Loft 310 for the reception. Loft 310 is an amazing venue and we loved getting to shoot there! The modern white brick with chandeliers hanging all over the ceiling is the perfect backdrop for any event! Caroline and her dad surprised everyone when it came time for their dance together, starting off with a slow dance and moving into a mix of different upbeat songs and dance moves, a couple classics like YMCA and Nsync’s “Bye Bye Bye” had everyone laughing and cheering them on!
We seriously had the best time getting to be a part of their wedding and document this special day. Enjoy this little preview!
Wedding Cake: Berts Bakery
Wedding Dress: Becker’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen: Libins
Florals: Park Place Design
I’ve known Rachel for years, I was so happy for her when she and Alec got engaged! I was even more excited when they asked us to be their photographer for their wedding! Alec and Rachel are so perfect for each other, the whole day was full of laughter and happiness. Wait until you see some of the detail shots, I LOVE Rachel’s ring, it’s so unique! Rachel also wore her grandmother-in-law’s beautiful pearl earrings.
Rachel and Alec were married at Wilder Creek Conservation Club, which has the most amazing grounds AND you guys, it has a castle! We got some amazing shots inside the castle and they quickly became some of my favorites! The florals by Harvester Floral Design, were so pretty! They included light pink roses, carnations, baby’s breath and thistle. They also had the cutest place settings with vintage china from My English Neighbor.
I loved the look on Alec’s face when he saw Rachel for the first time in her beautiful lace dress. I can’t wait for you to get a glimpse of their beautiful day through these photos!
Wedding Cake: Busy Bee Bakery
Wedding Dress: Becker’s Bridal
Florals: Harvester Floral Designs
Venue: Wilder Creek Conservation
China + Tableware: My English Neighbor
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
I’ve been eagerly waiting for Carly and Dave’s wedding for over a year, ever since they first booked me! Once Carly and I started talking details I knew everything was going to be beautiful and her vision definitely came to life. The marsala, pink and gold color palette and florals looked AMAZING! Tracy Park of Park Place Design never disappoints. The whole wedding was dripping with beautiful arrangements and floral garlands. Carly’s bouquet was wrapped in ribbon, as well as lace from her mom’s wedding dress – so sweet! It doesn’t stop there though, the whole bridal party was dressed to the nines! I LOVED the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses. They were a light mauve in different styles, which complimented Carly’s off-white, lace dress perfectly and the guys looked awesome in white, navy blue and tan.
Before the ceremony they had arranged to have gifts and thoughtful letters exchanged, which brought on several tears. Carly and Dave were married at The Olde Farmhouse Barn in Marshall, MI in front of their family and friends on a beautiful Saturday evening. These two are seriously the sweetest, most gorgeous couple. Not to mention SO happy! The smiling and laughter never stopped for these newlyweds. After dinner, we snuck out for a few minutes for the dreamiest sunset photos – they’re definitely some of my favorites ever! After lots of dancing and cake, the two ended the evening with a sparkler send off.
I can’t believe their wedding day is already over, we couldn’t have asked for a better day! Thank you, Carly and Dave, for choosing me to capture this special moment in your lives. I can’t wait for you to relive the big day through these photos!
Wedding Cake: Continental Bakery
Wedding Dress: Fantastic Finds
Florals: Park Place Design
Venue: The Olde Farmhouse Barn
Where do I even start?? The Vette wedding was unlike any wedding we have ever shot. It was clear when our Calhoun county commissioner, Kathy-Sue, reached out to me that she wanted this day to be about family. She told me all about her amazing husband to be, Terry. We talked about how the wedding would be at their lake house on Country Club Dr. in Battle Creek, which has the most amazing view of Goguac Lake! We talked about how it was going to be a very intimate wedding, with 30 of their closest friends and family, so I knew it was going to be a very special and meaningful day for everyone involved. On the day of the wedding, the bride wore a navy dress, her fiance’s favorite color. (How sweet!) They opted for yellow flowers with hints of blue created by the very talented Tracy Park of Park Place Design. They even put yellow and blue bows on the dogs! You all know I love wedding details. One thing that makes them extra special is when these details have meaning or have been passed down through generations and the Vette wedding did not disappoint! Kathy-Sue wore her mother’s pearl necklace. The necklace was a wedding gift from her father to her mother in 1942! Her “something borrowed” was her daughter Suzee’s ring that belonged to Kathy-Sue’s great Aunt. She also wore earrings that were her paternal grandmother’s and carried handkerchiefs that both her mother and maternal grandmother carried on their wedding days! Kathy-Sue also bought all 9 of the girls who were part of the wedding a gorgeous Tiffany’s bracelet to wear. Kathy-Sue was walked down the aisle by her oldest son Budde, and Terry’s oldest son, Bobby. After a very emotional ceremony, officiated by her best friend Sue, they had their friend Steven (who happens to be a professional chef!) make everyone brunch. They popped open a bottle of 2004 Dom Perignon Rose that was a gift from their friend Suzanne and then the daughter of the bride, Suzee, gave a very sweet toast about her new siblings. When it came time to sign the marriage license, Kathy-Sue’s daughter, Suzee, and Terry’s daughter, Erika, were the ones to sign as witnesses. The entire day was about how these two families were coming together as one and it couldn’t have been more special. After brunch Kathy-Sue and Terry had a surprise, they had customized shirts made for all of their guests! Everyone changed into something more casual (and their new shirts!) and they spent the afternoon riding the boats and jet skis on the lake. That evening we walked to the golf course and made our way out to hole 8 to take some photos. This is where Terry proposed! To end the evening we went back to the lake house for cake, cake pops and ice cream! The desserts were made by Sue’s daughters, Lilly Isabelle and Tessa and topped with more sentimental pieces, like the cake topper which was Kathy-Sue’s parents!
Thank you Kathy-Sue and Terry for having us be a part of your special day!
I hope you all enjoy this little preview from their wedding day!
Where do I even start? I’ve known Lauren and Dusty for years now. I grew up with my sister being best friends with Dusty’s sister, Kristen and their mom, Sindi who was even my husband and I’s landlord at one point! So to say this family has a special place in my heart is an understatement. I was so excited when they asked me to shoot their engagement and their wedding at the Gem Theatre in Detroit Michigan this past September. When we arrived to the Greektown Casino Hotel (which has the most beautiful natural light due to having several floor to ceiling windows – highly recommend getting ready here!) I was immeditaitely greeted with hugs and excitement. Lauren, who is hands down one of the most joyful people I’ve ever met was getting the finishing touches done on her hair and makeup. I have so many favorite moments from their wedding day. Like how nervous and excited Lauren was waiting for Dusty to walk up the steps of the Detroit Institute of Art to see her for the first time that day, and the look on Dusty’s face when he first saw her standing there. Or when Lauren surprised her mom with a dance. Parallel Fifth (the amazing band that played at their reception) began singing Sweet Child Of Mine and Lauren pulled her mom on the dance floor, I don’t know if there was a dry eye in the house! Not to mention they had the Violin Monster (who appeared on America’s Got Talent!) play during dinner! Needless to say this wedding was one that will always be a favorite of mine. Thank you so much Lauren and Dusty for asking me to be your photographer and to capture these special moments for you! Here’s a preview of their wedding day 💗
Rachel was such a natural for her senior session, I loved having this gorgeous girl in front of my camera! Rachel and her mom were so sweet to work with and the weather was perfect! We had the most beautiful backdrop at Southern Exposure in Battle Creek, Michigan, I could shoot there all day! I hope your senior year is going great so far, Rachel! 💗
Here’s a preview of her session!
Meet Aubrey, one of my beautiful 2017 seniors! I can’t believe she’s already a senior, seems like I was just graduating with her sister…8 years ago, haha. I knew we were going to have a good time because she and her mom are both fun, laid back, and super sweet! Aubrey also happens to be an AMAZING singer and is just all around a super talented, gorgeous girl! I hope you have the best senior year, Aubrey! 💗
Here’s a preview of her session!
Alicia is one of my beautiful 2017 seniors! It was a hot, humid evening but she and her mom were great to be around and we had SO much fun during her session – full of smiles and laughter! Also I’m pretty sure she is a super model and just not telling anyone! 😏
I knew I was going to have a hard time narrowing down the photos because she is so gorgeous and had so many great ideas! I wish you nothing but the best during your senior year, Alicia!
Here’s a preview of her session!
So, it’s Summer. I had a really strong urge to make some homemade lemonade (maybe it’s all the Hart of Dixie I’ve been watching) so I went and bought some lemons, got out my super nice – under used/under appreciated juicer and started to look up recipes. I’ve had some pretty not-so great lemonade experiences before and to be honest it was when I just tried to wing it! Haha, so I’m not here to tell you my creative take on lemonade, but to share with you the one that I found that is SO good! It’s from All Recipes and is called (hence the title of this post) Best Lemonade Ever. Without further ado here is what you need:
Best Lemonade Ever
1 3/4 cup sugar
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
- In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
- Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.
That’s it! If you don’t have a juicer I highly recommend it and if you’re looking for a really great one, I suggest getting Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer Express! It’s seriously amazing. You just toss the lemon in, peel and all (or whatever fruit) in and it uses every little bit that it can and spits the leftover pulp in a container attached to the back. I did cut my lemons in half before tossing them in just to speed up the process though. I hope you try the recipe this summer, it’s a keeper for sure! I’m planning to make apple juice and grape juice seeing how we have both growing on our property, stay tuned to see how those turn out when they’re ready to harvest!