Spring

THE CROWLEY FAMILY // NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

 

Yes - I have not one, but TWO adorable newborn sessions to share with you today! Maddy and Michael are also former wedding photography clients. They are friends with Kirsten & Dan, their baby girls were born just weeks apart, and they live a half a mile from each other. I am beyond lucky to have client/friends like these and it is now my pleasure to introduce you to Clare. Welcome to the world little one, it was so great to meet you!

 

BREANNA & LUCAS // SPRING WEDDING AT THE HOMESTEAD // GLEN ARBOR, MI

 

We kicked off our 2019 wedding season in such a wonderful way with Breanna and Lucas. It never ceases to amaze me that clients open their lives to us with so much sincerity and generosity. It is truly a privilege to do this work. Breanna and Lucas are high school sweethearts! Each of them are also the youngest sibling in their family. With all of the other siblings already being married, there was such a palpable emotion from the families. It was truly sweet to witness. The rain held off, and with a bit of misty weather coming in and out, Bre and Lucas were able to say their vows at the top of the chairlift at The Homestead with gorgeous Lake Michigan views. The whole day was full of big smiles and the laughter only continued with a great party and some truly memorable dance performances ;) Cheers to Breanna & Lucas!

Venue: The Homestead, Hair Stylist: Amanda McFarland, Officiant: Crystal Yarlott, Florist: Field of Flowers North, Cake: Top Tier Cakery, DJ: Double Trouble DJ’s, Bride’s attire: Piera’s Bridal, Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

 

MEGAN & EVAN // SPRING WEDDING IN PETOSKEY // BAY HARBOR YACHT CLUB

 

"I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world"

Megan's dad learned how to play the ukulele so that he could play this song at her wedding reception.  It was a beautiful moment to witness.  It was a reminder of just how fleeting and special wedding days are.  The love that is poured into one single day so that a couple can begin their married life together surrounded by the people who love them the most. 

Wedding Design, Planning & Coordination: Tableau Events // Hair & Makeup: Northern Michigan Beauty // Florist: Stems & Sprigs // Papery Design & Event Branding: Tableau Events // Calligraphy: Leah Moss // Prep Locations: Private Residence & The Inn at Bay Harbor // Church: St. Francis Xavier // Venue & Catering: Bay Harbor Yacht Club // Dessert: Simply Sweet by Jessica // Transportation: Bay to Bay Shuttle & Affordable Limo // Band: Simone Vitale Band // Photography Assistance: Chelsey Granger // Videography Assistance: Sawyer Harris // Videography by us coming soon!

 

STEFANIE & JESSICA // TRAVERSE CITY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // OLD MISSION PENINSULA

 

These beautiful women will be celebrating their love in Northern Michigan next October when they get married and I seriously can't wait!  To celebrate their engagement, we took some photos around Old Mission Peninsula last weekend. 

It feels like Spring has come early here in Northern Michigan, so finding patches of snow to make the landscape look 'Wintery' was actually a challenge.  We ended up exploring some cool ice formations along the bay and discovered how beautiful grape vines and orchards can be even without any foliage.  Just when I think that the seasons might be too in-between to look beautiful, that the scenery will be to drab to photograph well, I'm always reminded otherwise.  I'm so happy that Stef and Jess were excited and up for the adventure!

 

LAUREN & JOE // ANN ARBOR ENGAGEMENT // PREVIEW

Spring is in the air, or at least it is in Ann Arbor!  Lauren and Joe fell in love while at U of M's law school, so it is only fair that we spent some time in the law quad for their session.  While we were there, we witnessed one of the craziest things that I have ever seen happen during an engagement session.  A peregrine falcon swooped down out of a tree and dove into a bush after a squirrel.  After several attempts, and a couple passes through the law quad, it flew off with empty talons.  We stood there shocked for an excessive amount of time before taking photos again (in some super gorgeous golden light).  Life is full of amazing surprises.  I'm thankful I get to witness some of them with awesome clients.  Happy Sunday folks!

 
 

LAUREN & BRANDON // DEXTER MICHIGAN BARN WEDDING // MISTY FARM // PREVIEW

We give Lauren and Brandon two thumbs up for their general awesomeness and great attitude - even in the face of some pretty crazy weather.  Despite rain coming in and out throughout their wedding day, it truly was a fantastic celebration and we couldn't be happier for them! 

 
 

Venue: Misty Farm, Floral Design: Red Poppy Floral Design, Make-up: Beauty by Liz, Hair: Emily Hanrahan, Catering: Eat, Dress: Watters Bridal & Mimi's Bridal Boutique

Their fall engagement session is available to view here!

 

COURTNEY & EVAN // SPRING ANN ARBOR WEDDING // PREVIEW

Two absolute sweethearts coming home to Ann Arbor to get married surrounded by family.  Simply put: It was a pretty wonderful day.  Cheers to Courtney and Evan!

 
 

Hair & Make-up: Danielle at Fran Coy Salon, Florist: Whimsy Floral Design, Transportation: Arbor Limousine Worldwide, Caterer & Cake: Weber's, DJ: Bryan of Bee Entertainment, Dress: Allure Bridal, Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers

 

BETHANY & JASON // TRAVERSE CITY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage" -Lao Tzu

Life is short and I am so happy that I have the opportunity to photograph genuine people in one of the most beautiful places on earth.  White and pink cherry blossoms, green grass, blue water - Traverse City is magical at this time of year.

 
 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN SPRING FAMILY PORTRAITS

The Jarosz family is so precious!!  We ended up picking an awesome Spring day for this session!  Old Mission Peninsula never disappoints.  We headed to Hooper's Farm Gardens where there was plenty to keep the kiddos entertained at all times!

 
 

KERRY & NICK // ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // ST. JOSEPH, MI.

The Spring vibes were awesome for Kerry and Nick's engagement session in St. Joe's.  We explored some hidden trails and of course spent time on the beach where these two will be getting married in September!

 
 

HAPPY SPRING IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

On Easter this year I headed up to Northport to visit Idyll Farms with my friend Carla and her kids.  Cats were roaming the farm, chickens approached us with a curious interest and we were even allowed to pet a very new baby goat.  On the drive back to Traverse, the ice was leaving the bay and everything was starting to turn just a touch greener.  That evening Mike and I enjoyed an amazing happy hour spread including prosciutto, triple cream brie and dried cherries.  Now a few weeks have past and there is even more sun.  Yes, Spring has sprung and we are looking forward to everything this new season has in store.  Enjoy your Sunday folks!

 
 

LAUREN & DOUG /// ANN ARBOR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

 
 

MARIA SCHOETTLER // PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY

I have worked with Oakland based illustrator, Maria Schoettler, to photograph her awesome products before.  Her watercolors feature California native plants and seasonal food, and the paintings translate so well to a variety of products she sells.  Maria makes beautiful calendars, recipe and note cards, and most recently this tea towel!  It will be up in her shop soon!  

 
 

MOLLY & PHIL /// DETROIT ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

I'm trying to fit more blogging into my workflow, and it's perfect because Molly and Phil are so awesome!  Check out their engagement session earlier this month in Detroit.