Life is tough sometimes, that’s what Whittney and Justin had to experience a few hours prior to their engagement session. They considered postponing their portrait session, but they thought it may be a welcoming distraction. Within minutes of arriving at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, they relaxed and started really enjoying the session. Then after their engagement portraits, they went out for a date night.

For their engagement pictures, they were blessed with clear skies and even a bit of sunshine. Which was welcome after raining for what seems like a couple weeks. They kept it simple by sticking with one outfit and it looked great on them. Very classy and cozy for that crisp fall air. The nearby trails were covered with beautiful fall leaves and green trees lined the path. It was a great spot to start their session. The sun even peeked out for a few minutes to illuminate the trees. A short distance away, the newly remodeled Commons had the look of the modern country chic style reminiscent of the show Fixer Upper. It’s a style that the couples home is decorated with. Because these images will be hung in their home afterward, it’s great to keep that in mind when choosing an engagement backdrop. So the Commons was a perfect place to end their session at.

I kept thinking how amazing they are, not only individually, but more so together. It’s their compassion and strength for helping one another out that shows how incredible their marriage is going to be. After their engagement session, we were even more excited to capture their love for their upcoming winter wedding. Thanks again Whittney and Justin for being so awesome and for pushing through the hard times together. Enjoy!

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I love the way that Justin looks at his wife-to-be, very sweet.

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It was an absolute pleasure to capture the wedding of Alex and Nicole at the Grand Traverse Resort. I was hired to second shoot for Sabrina Leigh Photography. Sabrina is amazing! We hired her a couple years back to assist/photograph while I was pregnant and kept in touch with her since then. So it was an honor to shoot along side Sabrina again, but this time in Traverse City.

When I first arrived at the resort I made my way to the suite where the groom and groomsmen were getting ready. These guys were hilarious, welcoming, and looked dapper as can be. I took the guys to a willow tree on the property as the bride finished up getting ready. When Nicole, the bride, arrived she was smiling ear to ear. As her soon to be husband, Alex, turned around he had the most beautiful reaction to seeing her in her wedding dress. Afterward their bridal party joined up for a few portraits before everyone made their way to the ceremony location.

The Grand Traverse Resort has a stunning beachfront property overlooking Lake Michigan. That’s were Alex and Nicole held their wedding. Since most of Alex’s family was French Alex and Nicole typed up the entire ceremony, including vows, so they could read along. They also had parts of the ceremony in French, it was incredible to witness.

After they said ‘I do’ they made their way back to their tented reception for cocktails with their guests. The decor inside was clean and beautiful. The green and white everywhere was simple, but truly stunning. They kicked off the start of their reception with dancing, inside of dinner. It brought an energy to the room and showed off how much of a party was to come.

Lastly, right before I was done, we took the newlyweds out for some portraits at sunset. It was the perfect way to end an amazing day. Thanks again to Alex, Nicole, and Sabrina for the fun. Enjoy!

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Oh this moment was so beautiful to capture.

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I can’t wait to gush over how incredible this West Branch wedding was! Sarah, from ElizaJean Photography, hired me to second shoot this wedding for her this summer. We arrived at a private residence overlooking a small body of water and gorgeous woods. The tent was set up on one part of the lawn and across the way the ceremony location overlooked the water.

The groom, Kevin, finished up getting ready and took the trail out to a nearby party of the forest in preparation for the couple’s first look. The bride, Ashley, finished up getting into her dress, a dress that was worn by her mother years ago. She had the dress alternated slightly and it looked absolutely incredible on her. Their first look was very private and filled with love and laughter. The couple embraced the woods (and all the bugs that came along with it) before heading to meet up with their bridal party. The groomsmen looked sharp in their suspenders and the bridesmaids rocked their array of colorful dresses.

Their ceremony was short, but oh so sweet. Afterwards guests were invited to dive into the popcorn bar and enjoy a refreshment before dinner. During that time I recruited a few kids, playing along the shore, to find me a frog to use for the ring shot. And boy, they find a perfect one. It was a thrill to capture. After dinner and a few dances the couple was borrowed away for a couple minutes. The sun was setting as the newlyweds rowed out into the water. Those photos are some of my favorites from the day.

Thanks again to the couple and to Sarah for all the joy that day. The entire wedding was a delight to capture. Enjoy!

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Yes, that is a REAL frog! He/she knows how to pose for the camera, haha.

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I was looking forward to second shooting for Siri Salonen Photography for a while now. Her bright and humor filled personality is a joy to be around, especially while photographing alongside of one another. It was a hot, sunny August day as we drove up to Petoskey together for Allison & Sam’s wedding.

We arrived early to St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey. It was similar to the catholic church I group up going to. Gorgeous architecture, rich in history, and beautiful words spoken. Sam and Allison had a beautiful full Catholic ceremony filled with their bridal party, family, and friends onlooking. The gentleman looked handsome dressed in khaki suits and no ties. The bridesmaids look trendy in black jumpsuits and gold bracelet cuffs. And last, but not least, Allison wowed in her off the shoulder dress that looked incredible on her.

After the ceremony everyone made their way to Bay Harbor’s Marina lawn for cocktail hour and the reception. Guests were treated to drinks as well as cigars honoring the bride’s late father. The views from the tented reception were in true Northern Michigan fashion; water and a marina packed with boats on Bay Harbor. After dinner the live band starting rocking the night away. Everyone was up out of the seats dancing because the band was incredible!

Then right before the sun was gone Siri brought Sam and Allison out along the water for a few minutes of pictures. It was a couple minutes of quiet for the newlyweds and for us, the photographers, it was beautiful portraits with the colors of sunset in the background. It was the best way to end a fun day of second shooting. Thanks again Siri Salonen Photography. Enjoy!

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Look how adorable these ring bearers are!

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How beautiful is Bay Harbor? Such a beautiful marina.

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I moved to Traverse City around two years ago. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to work at my venues and vendors around the area, but this August was my first time at the incredible Crystal Mountain Resort. It’s a short 40ish minute drive from Traverse City, but worth the experience there. It has pools, chairlift rides, alpine slide, and so much more. I had fun exploring prior to meeting up with the bridal party and second shooting for Lux Light Photography.

Michael and his groomsmen were dressed and ready to go, so we quickly snapped a few of them putting on the boutonnieres before we went over to meet up with the ladies. Jenna was nervous, but oh so excited for the wedding. Her bridesmaid and family were surrounding her in love and support as she stepped into her lace wedding dress. Next it was a quick drive over to the church in Beluh, MI in preparation for the ceremony. They had an over abundance of guests arrive for their wedding, so they had to accommodate by placing chairs anywhere they could. It truly should how deeply their family and friends cared for them.

After their ceremony they went back to Crystal Mountain for portraits with their bridal party and portraits of the two of them alone. It was gorgeously, hot and sunny day–so we thankfully found some cover from a tree tunnel on the property. It was a beautiful location for pictures with the lush green tress and golden light shining down on them. Once back at the reception it was a night filled with love and laughter in their beautifully decorated reception space. Big thanks again to Jenna and Michael for the fun on that wonderful day back in August. It was a pleasure to be able to second shoot the day. Enjoy!

 

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