It’s hard to find the right words sometimes. This day meant a lot to me for many reasons. It was a small wedding, which means that as a photographer you don’t blend into the background quite as much as you can at a larger wedding. You feel much more aware of the fact that you are a part of the day and not simply an outside photographer brought in to capture the events. I always feel privileged to witness each wedding we photograph, but sometimes the size of the guest list does have a huge impact on how the wedding feels. For Courtney & Mark I truly believe that this feeling was a perfect choice - it felt so sincere and meaningful and filled with family. It felt significant and rich. It felt like bright sun, and blue water, and colorful flowers. It felt like a deep commitment. It also felt extra special for me because I grew up in Ann Arbor, just a short drive, or run, or bike ride away from Courtney - and we’ve been friends since we could count our age on our hands. My heart fills up with days like this. I am SO happy for this family and I’m beyond happy to share this preview today!
Imagine an intimate wedding in Italy. A winery tucked among the hills and fields. A day so warm the bride has to dip her feet in the water. An uncomplicated ceremony. Friends and family laughing, eating delicious small bites, drinking wine. Dozens of adorable babies giggling and toddlers running around playing. Tables simply set with lace runners, candles and red roses. Tiramisu for dessert. Golden light hitting the grape vines.
That was Chelsea and Scott's wedding. Minus one small detail: the location. Surprise, surprise we weren't in Italy last weekend, but the vibe was on point. Cheers you two! What a day!
The conservatory on Belle Isle is such a perfect spot for a small wedding. Our dear friends, Fritz and Shahar, were married there last week. We had such an incredible time documenting their day. The ceremony was emotional and meaningful, we sipped on cocktails at Two James, and we finished the evening with an incredible meal at Ottava Via and homemade carrot cake. Cheers to two amazing people - we love you!
On October 20th I received an email from our friend Kelsey asking, "What are you doing on Halloween"? Kelsey and Noah were planning a small intimate wedding ceremony in their Hamtramck apartment, and without hesitation Mike and I knew we wanted to be there to photograph it. As our last wedding on the books for 2014, Kelsey and Noah's event was incredibly inspiring and refreshing, which makes sense given these two make up one ridiculously talented pair. Kelsey is a painter (if you are in Detroit on November 20th, make sure you check out her show) and Noah is a writer. It was so incredibly fun to hang out with these two, and witness their first moments as a married couple. Thanks for having us.
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.
I am so behind in blogging! Yikes! Not only do I have a fabulous engagement session coming up, but I also have an oyster harvest, trip to Yosemite, Tahoe weekend, sailing regatta, and an amazing restaurant shoot to share. Stay tuned! For now, here are a couple sneak peek images from a truly touching, family centered, Northern Michigan, rustic, AuSable River wedding.