I seriously look forward to seeing these guys every year and watching Margot grow! I had the pleasure of documenting Leslie & Bob’s wedding and we did a family session together last Summer when Margot was teeny tiny! Now she’s exploring, standing, rock collecting, and then of course trying to eat the sand - which is a VERY common occurrence during family portrait sessions with little ones ;) I’m so happy that I get the opportunity to stay connected with my clients. I’ve written this before, but it’s one of my very favorite parts of this work. Cheers to the Love family!
If I have clients as fun loving and awesome as Sarah and Travis for the rest of my days I will be one happy camper. They brought a 6 pack of Stella, their crazy lovable pup (also named Stella), and multiple hat options to their engagement session. We hiked the Empire Bluff Trail and headed down to the beach where the ice formations were just unbelievable! It was brutally cold, but the sun came out giving us some gorgeous light to work with. I certainly can’t complain. Cheers to Sarah & Travis!
We fit Megan & Mike’s session into this perfect pocket of time - We were able to capture tons of late fall color before all of the leaves fell, as well as the icy blues of Lake Michigan. Mike proposed to Megan out at Empire Bluff, so it was extra special for them to have their photos taken here. To me it doesn’t get much better than hiking around this magical landscape with clients. Especially clients who are outdoorsy, and fun, and make the occasional goofy face at each other. AND I’m obsessed with Megan’s sweater poncho, so we’re basically destined to be best friends. I hope you’re enjoying this late Fall season as much as I am. Stay cozy my friends.
August was a full month for us and now it's hard to believe that September is here already! On the very last day of the month - in between unpredictable late Summer weather - I fit in an engagement session with Amelia and Chris while they were in town visiting from the East Coast. I'm so glad we could make it happen! They were hoping to sun and water views. Check and check. Cheers to you two! Meeting our 2019 couples always makes me excited for what's ahead.
With only family and close friends gathered around them - standing or sitting in beach chairs - Kara & Rob said their vows 450 feet above Lake Michigan. The jaw-dropping scenery has drawn them to Michigan for repeat visits and clearly held a special place in their hearts. Kara wore her mom's wedding dress and she added her original hat and flowers in order to "re-create" a portrait of her mom. We walked along the dunes for some epic images and headed back into Traverse City to finish the afternoon with a meal at Sleder's (and to "Kiss the Moose" of course!). Cheers to Kara & Rob! It was such an honor to capture these moments for you.
My oh my. What a day in Northern Michigan. Kendall and Jim were married on a bright, sunny day in Empire. Their laughter was contagious, they shot confetti canons during their entrance to the reception, the toasts were that perfect blend of emotional and funny, and Jim had the sweetest first dance with his mom - literally with her barefeet standing on his shoes. Cheers to Kendall & Jim! And I'll leave you with this quote from the back of their dinner menu:
"It's a great place to laze around and swim and fish when you want to. And the best place in the world to do nothing. It is beautiful country... and nobody knows about it but us." -Ernest Hemingway
Planning & Coordination: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events, Hair & Makeup: Pavlova Salon & Spa, Florist: BLOOM, Tent & Rentals: American Rentals, Transportation: Blue Lakes By The Bay, Caterer: The Cook's House, Cake: Aunt B's Cakes & Desserts, Cake Topper: CFWeddings, DJ: Mr. Music, Bride's attire: Bridal Boutique of Naperville & BHLDN, Groom's attire: Nicholas Joseph, Videography: The Compass Points Here - coming soon! Photo and Video help from these fantastic folks: Hallie Kohler & Sawyer Harris.
We have had a lot of gray days up here recently, but on Sunday the sun came out in full force for Paige and Mike's engagement session and it. was. amazing. I am serious - it was glorious. February sun on the Empire Bluff Trail is hard to beat. These two were fantastic and adventurous, slipping and sliding all over the trail on the way out to the dunes with me. I'm hoping that they will agree --> it was TOTALLY worth it. Cheers to winter sun!