Alyssa + Matt – Michigan Anniversary

Anniversary Session  |  Dow Gardens – Midland, MI  | July 2017

Summer is officially here which means it’s time to head back to the Mitten and see some of our favorite SBP clients!  What better way to celebrate than to share one of last summer’s lovely anniversary sessions.  Alyssa and Matt were two of our early engagement clients, and after a few years of marriage they were due to get back in front of our camera. This sweet session was our first time at Dow Gardens, and we can’t wait to go back and explore some more. See you soon, Michigan!

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Katie + Matt

Wedding  |  Bay City, MI  |  June 2017

These two  ❤  Let’s just start by saying that when one of your second shooters calls you to shoot her wedding you get a little bit giddy! I was so honored that Katie wanted me to be a part of her big day especially since I know how well she understands all the ins and outs of a wedding day (and is a fabulous second to work with on all fronts).  She and Matt are an infinite amount of fun – as was their wedding party – and despite some touch and go weather, they were both calm and clearly enjoying themselves throughout the day.  The morning was full of beautiful details, sweet gestures, and funny moments that really set the tone for the rest of the day, and I hope for the rest of Matt and Katie’s marriage.  I could go on and on about this couple and what a blast their wedding was, but perhaps it’s better to just let the pictures speak for themselves.  Congrats and much love to the new Mr. and Mrs.

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Venue:  Doubletree by Hilton – Bay City, Riverfront  |   Dress:  Becker’s Bridal    |    Bridesmaids’ Dresses:  David’s Bridal    |    Hair:  989 Salon    |    Makeup:  Makeup Artistry by Sarah    |    Bouquet Charm:  Courageous Keepsakes    |    Cake/Donuts:  Peachy Pastries – Rachel Anibal    |    Flowers:  Village Florist of Flushing    |    Musicians:  Musique de Chambre   |    Coordinators:  Hayven Events    |    Video:  Fairytale Productions    |     DJ:  Entertainment Solutions of Michigan    |     Second Shooter: Richelle Marie    |

 

Closs Family

Family Session  |   Mount Pleasant, MI  |  June 2016

This family… they made my job so easy!  Though they were quick to take direction and happy to give me big beautiful smiles on command, this crew would have been delighted to spend the whole session joking and laughing with one another as if I wasn’t even there.  Obviously we’re big believers in having family portraits taken often to capture the changes as little ones grow up and families evolve, but we also love that the hour or two you spend with your photographer is an opportunity to preserve all the laughs and smiles and just what makes your relationships so special year to year.  I absolutely loved seeing this family enjoy their time together — it certainly shows in their photos. Do me a favor and blow a few of these up to hang on your walls, okay guys?

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Mallory & Chris

Anniversary Session  | Blanchard, MI |  June 2016

Sessions with past wedding couples are one of my favorite things.  Weddings are magical and beautiful, but taking time to do an anniversary session a year after the big day can be a chance for a more relaxed experience.  I love that an anniversary shoot is also an opportunity for a couple to reconnect and reminisce about their first year or marriage.  These two were such a treat on their lovely wedding day AND during our twilight summer session.  What a treat to see both their little family and their beautiful relationship growing month by month!

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Brendan & Brett

Wedding  |  Kalamazoo, MI  |  June 2016

What’s not to love about a wedding full of such beautiful details, in a beautiful setting, with a beautiful couple?  The correct answer is nothing, and I wasn’t the only one loving every moment of Brendan and Brett’s gorgeous day.  These two are the epitome of a perfect compliment as a couple, and it shows clearly in their photos. They were absolutely enveloped by the warmth of their friends and family from parents and siblings to extended family to a large contingent from their alma mater. I don’t doubt that these two will continue to cultivate a wonderful community and beautiful relationship for many many years to come. I’m just honored that I could be there to watch them start this newest chapter together!

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Thanks to my second shooter Katie for being such a great co-pilot and for catching a moment of me! 🙂 

 

 

|  Venue: The Henderson Castle |  Brett’s Bowtie & Pocket Square: Sweet Nothings Designs  |  Second Shooter: Katie of Keaton Creative 

Nick & Carrie

Wedding  |  Mount Pleasant, MI  |  June 2016

Though almost all weddings are wonderful and a blessing to be a part of, this particular day was especially sweet for me. The weather was beautiful (if a little hot), the details and decor were lovely, the guests and bridal party were lively and fun, but the real joy I found in this day was watching one of my oldest college friends marry the love of his life.  I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and watching this couple grow in their relationship from the beginning, and I am so very happy that they’re ready to take on this new life adventure together.  These two laugh often both at and with one another; a sure sign that they have a long and very happy future ahead. I, for one, am excited to see what that future may hold!

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|  Venue: Buck’s Run Golf Club | Ceremony Music: Anthony Patterson  |  DJ:Entertainment Solutions of Michigan  |  Photobooth: In a Snap Photobooths  |  Chair Coverings: Elegant Chair Coverings  |  Flowers: Beck’s Flower Shop  |  Cake: Julie Munson  |  Salon: Color Works Hair Company

Kristen & Jason

Mini Session  |  Mount Pleasant, MI  |  June 2016

I’ve been trying to get Kristen and Jason in front of my camera for a few years now, and every other time I’ve been in Michigan we haven’t been able to make it happen because of our crazy-busy schedules or the fact that it was sleeting/snowing/miserable outside.  Finally though, we stole a few moments.  And goodness I’m so glad it did.  Lucky for us they live in a beautifully tree-lined neighborhood and evening summer light in Michigan is beyond lovely.  I even snapped a few with their wild and lovable pups and of the house that they’ve been slowly renovating/flipping since they moved in. Fingers crossed that this won’t be the only time I get to photograph my lovely friends!

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