My dear friend Courtney has met a wonderful man, Mark. My heart is so full seeing how happy they are together. I made a quick trip down to Ann Arbor last week so that I could capture some Fall engagement photos for them. After the shoot was finished I got a text from Courtney that said, “I’m a little overwhelmed with my beautiful life/family/friends right now. So spectacular!”. This means everything to me. If my images can play a small part in helping people feel gratitude for their life, to feel thankful and present in the moment, then I’m doing something right. I also hope that as sweet Thea grows, these photos will be a little reminder of just how loved she is. Courta - I’m honored to photograph your beautiful life. I CAN’T WAIT for the wedding.
There is nothing quite like getting married in a place so personal that all of your family heights have been recorded on the inside of the doorframe. Childhood portraits line the walls. Your sister was married in the backyard years earlier and today you see your niece and nephew running around on that same lawn. Now you're marrying the love of your life there - telling jokes in your vows, cutting a cake that your mother-in-law made with painstaking care, eating tacos from your favorite restaurant, having a great friend DJ. For Maurella that fairytale came true on Saturday. Teddy and Maurella wrote the most personal vows and danced the night away under the stars. It was truly a pleasure and we were privileged to be a part of it. I hope you were taking those mental snapshots all day, but I sincerely hope these photos help you remember even more.
Wedding Coordination: Crystal Broome // Hair & Makeup: Christy Lindsey // Florist: Enchanted Florist // Rentals: A1 Rental // Catering: Maiz // DJ: DJ Joey P // Dessert: Teddy's Mom (Queen of Hearts Bakery) // Bride's attire: Mimi's Bridal // Groom's attire: President Tuxed
These two are clearly inseparable. From the minute they saw each other they could not stop chatting and laughing... and not only that, they were saying things like 'I hated being away from you this morning' and 'We're finally getting married!!!" and Michael kept repeating how beautiful Maddy looked... That blend of excitement and sheer happiness is what I hope everyone gets to experience on their wedding day. They also have an AMAZING group of friends (I have to give a shout out to Kirsten and Dan now - who at this point have referred some of the most fun, loving, and amazing couples to us including these two). Oh, and if you're wondering why there is a picture of Michael holding a croquet mallet, that is because on the morning of his wedding he played a childhood game invented with neighborhood friends that resembles a cross of soccer and field hockey, using the mallets. We loved EVERYTHING about this personal, emotional, beautiful day - Cheers to Maddy & Michael!
We had the absolute pleasure of creating the following video for Kara and Michael. I truly believe that the footage will express much more than I could possibly write in this paragraph, so go ahead and check it out. We're so proud to share it with the world and cheers to Kara and Michael! Thanks for trusting us to document your day. It was truly a pleasure.
Hair & Makeup: Primp Beauty, On Location
Florist: Maureen’s Designs, Saline MI
Photography: Amanda Mae Photography
Transportation: A-List Limo
Caterer & Cake: Weber’s Inn
Bride’s attire: Alyne by Rivini, Badgley Mischka/Toms, Alexis Bittar
Groom’s attire: Alfani, TheTieBar.com, Shoes - Custom from Florence, Italy, Victorinox
Michael and I met at the University of Michigan. We went to school together there and spent the first few years of our relationship together in Ann Arbor. I went to high school across the street from the stadium. My mom and uncle were both athletes at U of M and watching Michigan football on Saturdays has been a family tradition since I can remember. That all sounds super sappy, but let me just tell you that Michael and I geeked out a little bit as we walked onto the field at The Big House for Maribeth and Josh's wedding. These two have been together for over 10 years, Josh is a former U of M football player, and Maribeth's parents have had season tickets for so long that she has only missed 4 home games since the age of two. So to say they are fans is probably a giant understatement. Don't get me wrong, we are more than happy to photograph the weddings of fans from other schools (in fact we have actually documented a wedding where Sparty walked the groom down the aisle!), but I must say, this wedding was particularly special for us. GO BLUE!
Florist: Wedding Flowers by Heidi, Catering: Katherine's, Band: Bluewater Kings, Dress: The Wedding Shoppe in Berkley, MI
You may recognize some familiar faces here... The Martens clan is pretty much an extension of my family and I have done a few sessions for them at this point (Nick's brother Ted and his family were featured earlier this summer on the blog!). This time we headed to Barton Pond in Ann Arbor to capture these two heart-melting boys as they explored the river, fields, woods and falling leaves. I just love being able to document these simple moments and I hope they don't get sick of me always pointing a camera in their adorable faces!
On a beyond hot day last weekend, Emily, Matt, and I ventured into The Arb in Ann Arbor for their engagement session. The hot and humid weather couldn't stop love and giggles. These two are just awesome - here's their preview!
I don't know what to write to express how special Kelly & Matt's wedding was. These two have a very genuine bond which was very apparent in their laugh out loud funny ceremony. But their day was also the perfect mix of funny and beautifully emotional. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house during Kelly's dad's toast. Congrats you two, we wish you only the best.
It's hard to beat a beautiful couple and fall weather. Shana & Caleb met up with me in The Arb on Friday for their engagement session. I had a great time getting to know them better and I cannot wait for their wedding next June!
Natalie and Eugene were married on a gorgeous sunny day in the Arb last weekend. A close group of friends and family were in attendance standing or sitting on blankets up front. We feel very honored to have been a part of this day. Natalie and Eugene have a great sense of humor and promised to grow old together disgracefully in their vows - we wish them all the best in their journey together.
Spring has been a bit late in arriving, but worth the wait. We had fantastic weather and gorgeous light for Lauren and Doug's engagement session in Ann Arbor. Such cuties, check it out.