I’m loving the number of family sessions that I’ve been doing this Summer! I’m here for it. It doesn’t have to take up a ton of time - it can be a quick, uncomplicated shoot at a vacation rental. Memories I made with my own family as a kid during our time “up north” are full of nostalgia and have honestly influenced my life enormously (including moving up here full time). So I’m beyond happy that I can capture and preserve these memories for other families. Like the seasons, time is fleeting - it’s so cliche but true. Document these times together because they go by so fast. Thanks for inviting me you guys!
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!!
A little rain can't stand in your way. It's ok to be bummed. I get it. Honestly I do. On the same weekend two years ago, Michael and I got married and it was a drizzly day too. But we didn't let it get in our way, and neither did Jessica & Chris. When you are ready to get married, and your whole family is excited - just completely full of emotion and love in the way Jessica and Chris' families were, it can't be a bad day. It will be the best day. Once again, the way we are welcomed into a family's life for such an important day will always be so significant for me. It was truly an honor to capture these moments. Cheers to Jessica & Chris!
Prep location: Condos at Grand Traverse Resort // Hair & Makeup: Pavlova Salon & Spa // Church: St. Joseph Catholic Church // Florist: Lillies of the Alley // Venue: The Garvey Family Wedding Barn // Rentals, Catering, Cake: Grand Traverse Resort // DJ: 2 Bays DJs // Bride's attire: Nancy's Bridal, Veil: Barb's Bridal // Groom's attire: Men's Warehouse
Here is visual proof that Leelanau County is a magical wonderland filled with birch trees, apple orchards, blue water and perfect little pockets of sunbeams. I had such a great time with Chelsea and Joris during this session! We grabbed cider at Tandem and then headed to Fishtown and the beach in Leland. I'm so excited that I get to see these two again in just two short weeks for their wedding!!
I think true magic in life happens when you stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, what is 'trendy', what you think you should do instead of what actually makes you feel as if you are being true to yourself. This is not always easy, but I've found this to be true in creative pursuits and I've certainly found it to be true over the past few years documenting weddings. In my opinion, the most important thing to ask yourself when planning your wedding is whether your choices truly reflect who you are as a couple. Here are two people who TOTALLY understand that. Hats off to Anna & James for throwing a down home and completely kick ass wedding celebration!
This was a windswept, sunny, smiley, stunning wedding with a million hugs, cakes baked by friends, and crystal lake views. I could go on and on about how awesome it was. Basically it was an all around amazing day. Hannah & Todd, it was an absolute pleasure. Cheers to #ateachersunion!
Ceremony Site: Private Residence, Reception Venue: Crystal Lake Yacht Club, Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator: Jenna Mahoney with Victoria’s Floral Design, Hair Stylist: Claire Basescu (family), Florist: Victoria's Floral Design, Transportation: The Magic Shuttle Bus, Rentals: Monstrey MacDonald, Caterer: The Cook’s House, Cake: Jake Wilkinson (friend), Ice Cream Sandwiches: Victoria’s Floral Design, DJ/Band: John Rivard (family friend), Photo assistance by the fantastic: Lizzie Kassab.