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STEF & JESS // FALL WEDDING AT CICCONE VINEYARDS // SUTTONS BAY, MI

 

I’ll never get over this wedding. What an amazing day. We can’t imagine a more amazing way to wrap up our 2018 wedding season! The weather was something else - I don’t want to make this entire post about the weather, so let’s just get that out of the way first. We had rain that turned into snow. Yes, snow. We had fall colors and bitter temperatures. We had crazy wind. The sun came out like a blinding force and then hid again behind the clouds. For a couple of minutes there was a neon pink sunset that quickly left us and turned into a blizzard and a dusting of snow that actually stuck to the ground. So yes, it was a pretty unbelievable day weather-wise. But Jess and Stef handled it with humor - they laughed it off and even embraced it. I have to say, their ceremony in the barn turned into a warm and cozy intimate gathering as a result. Their vows were just filled to the brim with appreciation for each other, with emotion, with love. Their pup, Champ, made an appearance. Their Fall decor, and floral, and hand lettering, and desserts were on point. At the end of Stef’s dance with her dad, she brought her mom in. At the end of Jess’s dance with her dad, she brought out mitts for some catch. Everything was incredibly special and personal. I could go on and on, but I’ll let you check out the preview instead. Stef & Jess - thank you and congratulations!!

Venue: Ciccone Vineyard // Hair & Makeup: Simplicity Hair & Makeup Studio // Floral Design: Field of Flowers North // Calligraphy & Signage: Pop Fizz Klink // Transportation: Grand Traverse Tours // Catering: Uptown Catering // Cake: Top Tier Cakery // DJ: 2Bays DJs // Attire & accessories: David’s Bridal, Bombshell Bridal Boutique, Nike

 

LAURA & ZACK // MICHIGAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // STARRY NIGHT BARN, SUTTONS BAY

 

Fall is pure magic. When the hills behind your ceremony site are every single shade of orange, and yellow, and red, well that’s the stuff dreams are made of. Laura & Zack have been so fun to work with. We were able to include their dogs in their Fall engagement session last year, and ever since meeting them I have been truly looking forward to this day. P.S. When you have a separate vodka bar covered in the Polish flag, hard candies, and old family photographs you’re definitely speaking my language. As October comes to a close, I have just sincerely been filled with so much gratitude. Not only for these two amazing people, but for all of the couples who have trusted us this year. I can confidently say that I am so grateful to be a part of each and every wedding we document. Sometimes I’m still completely blown away by that honor. Cheers to Zack & Laura - Na Zdrowie!

Venue: Starry Night Barn & Studios // Hair & Makeup: Signature Salon TC // Bouquet/Floral: Sweetwater Floral // Drapery: Sweet Seat Chair Covers // Catering: Uptown Catering // Cake: Top Tier Cakery // Donuts: Gallagher’s // Videographer: Mandie Forbes // DJ: Rusch Entertainment // Bride attire: Allure Bridal // Groom attire: Livonia Tayloring

 

THE GRAJQEVCI FAMILY // FALL FAMILY PORTRAITS AT BROWN BRIDGE QUIET AREA

 

I first met the amazing Grajqevci family two years ago when we did a summer session in Charlevoix.  Fast forward to a few days ago... we met up again for an adventurous hike at Brown Bridge Quiet Area - one of my very favorite places in the Grand Traverse region.  It also happens to be kind of a hidden gem.  Bailey and Visar (along with their two adorable kiddos) have started the Instagram account The Family Travels.  This year they are collaborating with a number of photographers around the state of Michigan and I feel so lucky that they asked me to be a part of their project.  Follow along to keep up with their adventures!  And hopefully this won't be the last time you see them here either ;)

 

MARY & BRICE // A FALL WEDDING IN NEW ENGLAND

 

A year ago Mary reached out to me and asked if we ever travelled for work.  She was planning her wedding in the Boston area and wanted us to be the ones to document it.  I was - and still am - so moved by this.  Mary and I both grew up in Ann Arbor and probably hadn't seen each other in 10 years.  So every time we would have a planning phone call or video chat it was so fun to reconnect and inevitably the planning part would divert into conversations about life and pets and career changes.  It was great.  The day finally arrived and the joy that Mary and Brice shared was just glowing from both of them.  It was so fun to be in a completely new environment too.  I'm pretty sure I was saying stupid things like "It's so New England-y here" the entire weekend.  To top everything off they had an absolutely ROCKING band that crushed this song at the bride and groom's request.  Mary & Brice, you guys are the best.  Cheers!

Church: St. Rosa of Lima, Venue: The Commons 1854, Coordinator: Johanna Pechilis, Hair & Makeup: To Make Beautiful, Florist: Flowers by Annette, Transportation: Black Tie Limousine & The Original Party Trolley, Caterer: The Commons 1854, Cake: Cakes for Occasions, Band: Business Time, Bride's Attire: Mimi's Bridal Boutique, Allure Bridal, Alterations: Pins & Needles, Groom's Attire: Tom James custom tux.

 

PAIGE & MIKE // PETOSKEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

PAIGE & MIKE // PETOSKEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Paige and Mike's wedding was packed with personal touches from the beginning to the end.  They got ready (on different floors) of their house in Petoskey, took photos with their two pups, created their decor themselves, and even had family and friends cater the reception in the form of grilled burgers and brats with yummy sides and homemade pies!  It was truly the type of wedding where community comes together and welcomes a couple to married life.  WE LOVE THAT.  What a special event to be a part of - and to top it all off - we hit an amazing late fall day with no shortage of fall color.  Cheers to Paige & Mike!

MADDY & MICHAEL // ANN ARBOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

MADDY & MICHAEL // ANN ARBOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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!

HANNAH & DAN // CHARLEVOIX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // SHANAHAN'S BARN

Oh, Hannah & Dan... the way they look at each other just makes me smile.  The genuine joy and happiness surrounding them and their friends and family made me feel warm & fuzzy all day - even though the weather didn't exactly match.  There was a brisk wind for most of the day, but the light was absolutely gorgeous AND the evening ended with a ridiculous neon-colored sunset (I actually pulled them out of their reception by saying "You guys, the sky is exploding!").  Hannah and I went to high school together, so it was truly awesome to reconnect and witness the beginning of her marriage.  It was such a special day.  **sigh**

Cheers to Hannah & Dan!

 
 

Venue: Shanahan's Barn // Wedding Planner & Coordination: Every Little Detail // Hair & Makeup: Memorable Occasions // Florist: A.R. Pontius Flower Shop // Transportation: Blue Lakes by the Bay // Caterer: Catering by Kelly's // Dessert: Grand Traverse Pie Co. // Decor: Sweet Themes // Band: Huckleberry Groove // Bride's Attire: BHLDN & Frye // Groom's Attire: J Crew

ERIN & MICHAEL // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW // CANANDAIGUA, NY

Michael grew up outside of Rochester, New York so we love it when we have a chance to visit for work!  Canandaigua is a really cool little town and it was absolutely perfect for Erin and Michael's fall wedding.  Erin had the most amazing 'first looks' with both her dad and her brother.  In the church before their ceremony Erin and Michael stood on opposite sides of a pillar and read letters that they had written to each other.  We took portraits in the amazing Sonnenberg Gardens and the party lasted well into the night with tons of energy.  By the looks of it, the rest of their lives will be one great party!  Cheers E & M!

 
 

LAUREN & MICHAEL // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW // PETOSKEY, MI

Fall colors.

Northern Michigan.  

The sweetest of sweet couples.  

It's pretty simple - congrats Lauren and Michael!

 
 

Hair & Makeup: Trillium Salon, Church: Walloon Lake Community Church, Reception: The Country Club of Boyne, Florist: Sky's the Limit, Cake: Simply Sweet by Jessica, DJ: Emily Cross, Dress: Simply Yours

SHANA & CALEB // ANN ARBOR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

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!

 
 

MELISSA & ANDREW // TRAVERSE CITY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Melissa is currently living in Ann Arbor, and Andrew lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We had a short window of opportunity to take engagement photos, and the Michigan weather we've been having was making me nervous!  Luckily we found a perfect break from the rain for some great fall photos, and the overcast skies created some beautiful soft light at the end of the day by Grand Traverse Bay.  I'm so happy these two decided to come to Northern Michigan for a long weekend, and I'm looking forward to their fall wedding next year!