small wedding

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!

 

TARA & RON // PETOSKEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // MACKINAW TRAIL WINERY

 

Tara and Ron decided to elope with only their closest friends and family in attendance at Mackinaw Trail Winery just outside of Petoskey.  They had blue skies, very comfortable weather, and just the first hints of fall in the air.  Tara has a daughter, Addy, from a previous marriage.  Her first husband passed away and one of the most heartfelt moments happened when Ron gave Addy a necklace during the ceremony and promised to be her dad forever too.  I usually shed a tear at every wedding we document, but that moment really made me feel all the feels.  Cheers to Tara, Ron & Addy - thank you for trusting us to capture your day.

 

LEE & AMY // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT // TRAVERSE CITY

 

Lee and Amy asked a small group of their closest friends and family to gather at the Boathouse Restaurant in Traverse City for their wedding.  It was such a privilege for us to document because it could have just been any old Tuesday night for us... and instead we watched two people make a commitment to each other in a beautiful place, with lovely people surrounding them.  They drank champagne and ate delicious food and chatted together and watched the sunset over the water.  Sometimes the simple things aren't really that simple after all - they can be filled with meaning and magic.  Cheers to Lee and Amy!

 

FRITZ AND SHAHAR MARRIED IN DETROIT

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!

 
 

KAREN & ROD // WEDDING PREVIEW // BAY HARBOR

Standing on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan photographing a small intimate wedding with just eight people in attendance (including myself and the officiant) is something pretty special.  It is a true privilege to capture such important memories, but there is a unique difference when you are witnessing such a private ceremony.  It is kind of hard to explain, but it somehow feels more casual and more significant at the same time.  Karen and Rod, it was a true pleasure meeting you and witnessing this moment. 

 
 

KELSEY & NOAH // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW // DETROIT

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.