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2018 CANDID WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS // DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN MICHIGAN AND THE MIDWEST

 

We’ve made it to part three of my 2018 highlight series and let me just say - the candids are what really spark joy for me (anyone else out there binging the new Marie Kondo series on Netflix?!). The unplanned moments, the dynamic emotions, the chance to capture fleeting things that can’t be recreated.

This is why I’m a wedding photographer. This is what keeps me motivated season after season. It was always what drew me to weddings, and it continues to inspire and challenge me today.

If the last few years have taught me anything, it’s that even if you try as hard as you can to plan every aspect of your life… you simply can’t. Shitty, deeply tragic, things happen. AMAZING things happen. So when you can feel happiness and joy, feel it deeply. Set that time aside to celebrate. Sing loudly, laugh with your favorite people, and DANCE.

This is a long post, but I promise you it’s worth it for a lot of reasons, but definitely the dancing. Stay for the dancing.

 

KIM & ANTHONY // GLEN ARBOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // THE HOMESTEAD

 

It's not often that you meet a couple who has been together since the 8th grade.  Throughout the day it was honestly hard to tell who was on "Anthony's side" and who was on "Kim's side".  I had a bridesmaid and groomsman say to me, "take our picture!  We have pictures of us together since 7th grade!".  The time that Kim and Anthony have already spent together as a couple created such an amazing bond between them and everyone attending their wedding.  Talk about an incredible atmosphere surrounding them - and we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to photograph it.  Cheers to Kim & Anthony!!

Venue: The Homestead, Hair & Makeup: Lily Jade Salon at The Homestead, Florist & Decor: 307 Events, Paper products & design: Holly Thomas Design, Ceremony music: Festival Strings, DJ: 2Bays DJs, Catering: The Homestead, Cake: Cake Connection, Bride's Attire: Stella York from The Bustle Del Mar, Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank.

 

MAREN & DREW // BRENGMAN BROTHERS WEDDING

 

On Sunday morning - and even into the afternoon - it was raining.  Well, pouring, if I'm being totally honest.  But then the skies cleared and the sun came out.  I have a strong feeling that even if it never cleared up, it wouldn't have mattered much to Maren and Drew because the important thing was that May 28th was their wedding day.  That being said, there is a photo of Maren standing in the sun with her palm up to the sky and a huge smile on her face and let me tell you... I KNOW THE FEELING.  That gratitude for life, for weather, for family and friends - that just went on and on.  These two have the amazing quality of being goofy and silly together one minute, and then a minute later spending a quiet, contemplative moment together.  What a day, what a day, what a day.

Venue: Brengman Brothers Winery, Hair & Makeup: Jen Warner/Family, Florist: Kathy Priest (family friend), Catering: Hoffy's Catering, Dessert: Leelanau Pie & Pastry, Bride's attire: Becker's Bridal, Groom's attire: Men's Wearhouse

 

MARIBETH & JOSH // ANN ARBOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // MICHIGAN STADIUM

Michael and I met at the University of Michigan.  We went to school together there and spent the first few years of our relationship together in Ann Arbor.  I went to high school across the street from the stadium.  My mom and uncle were both athletes at U of M and watching Michigan football on Saturdays has been a family tradition since I can remember.  That all sounds super sappy, but let me just tell you that Michael and I geeked out a little bit as we walked onto the field at The Big House for Maribeth and Josh's wedding.  These two have been together for over 10 years, Josh is a former U of M football player, and Maribeth's parents have had season tickets for so long that she has only missed 4 home games since the age of two.  So to say they are fans is probably a giant understatement.  Don't get me wrong, we are more than happy to photograph the weddings of fans from other schools (in fact we have actually documented a wedding where Sparty walked the groom down the aisle!), but I must say, this wedding was particularly special for us.  GO BLUE!

 
 

Florist: Wedding Flowers by Heidi, Catering: Katherine's, Band: Bluewater Kings, Dress: The Wedding Shoppe in Berkley, MI

WHITNEY & IAN // TRAVERSE CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // BRENGMAN BROTHERS WINERY

Whitney and Ian = total babes.  These high school sweethearts tied the knot last Saturday and what an amazing day it was.  Brengman Brothers was such a great setting and we may or may not have gotten carried away photographing the absolutely adorable flower girls & ringbearers ;)  This job takes us to some amazing places, to work with some amazing people -  I am definitely feeling grateful this morning.  Cheers!

 
 

Make Up & Hair: Dream Details, Caterer: Catering by Kelly's, Cake: Top Tier Cakery, On Whitney: Bliss, Monique Lhuillier, On Ian: Men's Wearhouse, Second Shooting by the fabulous Lizzie Kassab!  Thanks for helping out on this one Lizzie!