Summer

AMELIA + CHRIS // SEPTEMBER WEDDING AT THE RIDGE AT VERTERRA // NORTHPORT, MICHIGAN

 

Wow, just wow, kinda sums up how I feel about this one you guys. This wedding was so thoughtful and personal. I wish I could truly express to you through this post how incredible their ceremony was, how filled with meaning each choice was for Amelia & Chris. It was also very apparent how dedicated their friends and family are - from the highly personalized ceremony that I just mentioned, to the absolutely stunning blue & white ceramics that were collected and borrowed over months and months and then carefully packaged, driven, arranged, and set up by close friends. It created a visually stunning backdrop for a wedding that was just overflowing with love and joy. I’m so happy for these two, I’m so thankful for their trust, and I can’t wait to share their full gallery with them because the party was epic. The dancing, oh the dancing. I just love this group. Cheers!

Venue: The Ridge at Verterra

Hair & Makeup: Pavlova Salon and Day Spa

Florist (personal and ceremony floral): Field of Flowers North

Reception decor (pottery and floral): Family friends

Additional rentals: 307 Events

Transportation: Mitchell Motorcoach and Blue Lakes by the Bay

Caterer: Catering by Kellys

Cake/Dessert: Grand Traverse Pie Co. 

DJ/Band: 2Bays DJs

 

NATALIE // HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PORTRAITS AT CAMP NISSOKONE // OSCODA, MI

 

Long live Summer camp and friendship bracelets and hoop earrings and crocs. Long live jean jackets and barefeet and blue water. Cheers to soaking up every last minute of Summer and the last year of high school. I had the great pleasure of meeting Natalie last week and taking photographs at the YMCA camp that is so near and dear to her. Thank you so much for inviting me to document this awesome time in your life!

 

LAUREN + TRAVIS // A SUMMER WEDDING AT THE BAY HARBOR YACHT CLUB // PETOSKEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

If I’m being honest, wedding days are always a lot of work. They involve long hours of planning beforehand, long hours of photographing, and long hours of post production. But somehow this wedding just felt effortless. I’m serious. Everything just came together so well. The weather was gorgeous. Lauren & Travis were so happy together, and with their wedding party and families. The ceremony was personal. The ringbearer was happy and grumpy in the very best way. The yacht club provided a dreamy background, and the evening light was stunning. The toasts were meaningful and funny. The dessert bar was on point. The band rocked. All around - what a day! I’m so happy for these two and their families. Thanks for having us! It was truly a pleasure to document.

Planning & Coordination: Tableau Events

Prep Location: Inn at Bay Harbor

Venue: Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Hair & Makeup: Inn at Bay Harbor Spa

Florist: Bloom Floral Design

Rentals: BHYC & Tableau

Caterer: BHYC

Cake/Dessert: Bella e Dolce

Photo Assistance: Cathy Fitz

DJ/Band: Velocity

Bride’s attire: The Wedding Shoppe


 

THE MORRICE FAMILY // NORTHPORT MICHIGAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Talk about a beautiful family! These four are super fun to photograph and just as fun to be around. I had such a great time up in Northport last week capturing a little slice of their vacation. Check out the images below for major #hairgoals. Thanks for inviting me you guys!!

 

AN EXTENDED FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION ON INTERMEDIATE LAKE // NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

It’s Summer folks! Find some time to have breakfast & coffee on the deck or the lawn. Clink those coffee mugs. Grab a pool noodle. Throw down a blanket. Watch your kids dance to their favorite songs. Make silly faces. Cool off in the water. Enjoy the sun. Be together. I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to meet this awesome family and capture them doing just that! Thanks guys, I had so much fun!!

 

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!

 

BRITTANY & HUNTER // SUMMER ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN DOW GARDENS // MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

I had never been to Dow Gardens before this session - and wow what a gem! Brittany and Hunter asked me to come to the gardens because it was where Hunter proposed and in the town where they will begin their married life together. On top of the beautiful grounds and gorgeous light, these two are the sweetest. This entire session literally felt like a “walk in the park” ;) Carefree, enjoying the warmer weather, the greenery, taking a break from work and study groups and a recent move to enjoy just being together. Cheers to Brittany & Hunter, I can’t wait for the wedding!

 

KARIN & NATE // A BACKYARD WEDDING IN WATERFORD, MICHIGAN

 

It’s no secret that a backyard wedding is one of my favorite venues. There are a million reasons why it’s not always possible or practical, but there is just something so personal about opening up a family home to all of your wedding guests. Karin’s parents were able to do just that and it was really special. After the wedding ceremony at Karin & Nate’s church, everyone returned to the family home where they personally greeted every guest as they entered the door. This little gesture felt very symbolic of their new life as a married couple and the close knit group enjoyed an awesome celebration throughout the afternoon and evening with beautiful lake views. The weather came through for us with some awesome golden light. The party had bbq, garden inspired centerpieces, cupcakes, donuts, belly laughs, tears, and lots of joy. Cheers to Karin & Nate!

Venue: Woodside Bible Church & Private Residence

Day of Coordination: Purple Clover Events

Make-up artist: Hannah Price Beauty

Hair Stylist: Billy Dixon

Florist: Designs by Ella Rae

Rentals: Perry’s Tents & Events

Caterer: CAYA Smokehouse Grill

Dessert: Love and Buttercream

DJ: Love Plus One Entertainment

Dress: Becker’s Bridal

 

THE MARTENS FAMILY // GRAYLING FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER // LAKE MARGRETHE

 

This is the fifth Summer that I have photographed the Martens family.  Five years!  Wow.

July is busy.  The height of the Summer... but it's a perfect time for sessions like this one.  We took a cruise on the pontoon and played in the sand.  It doesn't get much better.  I'm so happy that these beautiful people want me to do this every year.  Love you guys!

 

MAURELLA & TEDDY // A SUMMERTIME BACKYARD WEDDING IN ANN ARBOR

 

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

 

LEAH & SHAYNE // SUMMER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // THE INN AT BAY HARBOR

 

Nothing was going to bother Leah and Shayne on their wedding day.  A little rain?  Who cares?  Move the wedding under the tent and guess what?!  It's going to be gorgeous.  The cloudy skies created slightly moody lighting, the tented ceremony was intimate and beautiful, the toasts were hilarious and the party was rockin'.  Above all else, Leah and Shayne were happy.  They were loving each moment and we were so honored to be there capturing it.  Cheers to Leah and Shayne!

Wedding Planning and Design: Sincerely, Ginger // Venue: The Inn at Bay Harbor // Hair and Make-up: Memorable Occasions // Floral Design: Bloom Floral Design // Officiant: Crystal Yarlott // Day-of Stationary: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy // Rentals: 307 Events, La Tavola, Monstrey Macdonald // Caterer: The Inn at Bay Harbor // Dessert: Tom's Mom's Cookies // Entertainment: Brena Band

 

JAMIE & JOE // DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Exploring the Grand Traverse Commons, riding a trolley down Front St. honking and waving at all the pedestrians, finding the most beautiful flowering plants in the park, stopping at Brady's bar for beers and a game of pool, watching the sunset over the bay from the docks at the open space... that seems like too much to fit into a regular day, but Jamie and Joe arranged their day perfectly to fit those iconic TC experiences and much more into their wedding day.  What a day it was!  

Church: St. Francis // Venue: Ecco Event Space // Hair: Lysette Nazworth // Florist: Kate Moyer-Olds // Transportation: Northern Michigan Trolley // Caterer: Dawn Fresh Catering // Cake: S. Art, Shannon Lopez // DJ: Rusch Entertainment // Bride's attire: Renee Austin // Groom's attire: Generation Tux

 

KARA & ROB // SLEEPING BEAR DUNES ELOPEMENT // PIERCE STOCKING DRIVE

 

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.

Ceremony Location: Pierce Stocking Drive, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore // Bouquet: Lilies of the Alley // Reception: Sleder's Family Tavern // Huge thank you to Josh Hartman for second shooting with me!

 

THE GATHER SERIES // A FARM TO TABLE DINNER IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

The Gather Series is one of my favorite little slices of Summer.  A lavender farm in Northern Michigan, a table full of smiling people, an amazing carefully crafted multi-course meal, and of course wine.  Sweetwater Lavender Farm is a magical spot and I feel so lucky every time I get to hang out there.  The fantastic vendors for this meal include: Petoskey Cheese, Bear Creek Organic Farm, D&M Design Co., S2S, The Bow Tie Baker.  Soak in some Summer vibes....

 

THE MARTENS FAMILY // NORTHERN MICHIGAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

 

You might recognize these faces.  I've photographed the Martens family every summer for the past four years!  I love watching these kiddos grow, and as they get older their interaction is just the cutest.  Of course we had to end the session with an ice cream stop - ahhh summer :)

 

THE GOLDSMITH FAMILY // TRAVERSE CITY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER // LAKE LEELANAU

I'll say this over and over again - I highly encourage extended families to invite a photographer to document them on vacation for a few hours.  I'm so happy that the Goldsmith family invited me to do just that.  It took a lot of clapping and silly faces from Grandma to get little Shay to smile, but I think the pictures of her sweet toothy grin made it totally worth it :)  Thanks for having me you guys, it was truly a pleasure!

 
 

CHANELLE & MIKE // CHARLEVOIX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // SHANAHAN'S BARN

Big family - check.  Big wedding party - check.  Big barn - check.  That list translates into one big, rockin' party to kick off Chanelle and Mike's married life together.  Heartfelt and handmade decorations could be found everywhere, a great band was playing, and to top it all off, their beautiful baby girl was able to take part in the celebration.  Cheers!