Six Years! Happy Anniverary Rachelle and Josh!

What a great day to close out April, sun shining again after what felt like weeks of April showers in Indiana. Today marks the 6th wedding anniversary for one of my friends I’ve known since kindergarten and her husband! Congrats Rachelle and Josh!

Morris Farms Chapel Niles Michigan Wedding Bride
Bride and bridesmaids leaving the old country schoolhouse to walk to the chapel.

Morris Farms Chapel Niles Michigan Wedding

Morris Farms Chapel Niles Michigan spring Wedding
Josh and Rachelle, details of her mother’s wedding dress she wore for the big day.

Outdoor wedding groomsmen portrait

Morris Farms Wedding Couple country road Portrait

Excellent day for a stroll down the country road outside the chapel – both back then in 2005 and today in 2011. Congrats newlyweds! 🙂

Wedding Day photography at the Morris Estate Chapel

Jill and Brad’s Outdoor Wedding at Orchard Hills

It’s always a treat to photograph weddings for siblings, cousins, coworkers and friends when you get to see familiar faces when you go “to work.” Jill and Brad’s wedding on Saturday was the continuation of a great celebration with Brad’s family when his sister Amanda married last June.

You know the bouquet and garter toss that you see at most receptions? At Amanda & Justin’s wedding last June Jill caught the bouquet and Brad caught the garter. Continue reading “Jill and Brad’s Outdoor Wedding at Orchard Hills”

Engagement Cards Anyone?

Chicago Indiana Michigan Wedding Photographer engagement portrait cards

I put together a quick sample of our work for a friend of ours planning a summer 2009 wedding and thought I’d better share the summery favorites from last year’s engagement sessions. Nice warm thoughts from the toasty beach shoots should warm up this odd weather December. The shoreline was definitely this year’s favorite location – hard to beat working barefoot!

We had way too much fun on these shoots taking a break from wedding planning and hanging out with our couples to limit this session to just one package so now it’s included in ALL of our Wedding Photography Packages!

Have a great New Year!

Sweetest Weekend – Wine Cellar Engagement Portarit Session – Nicole and Scott

wine cellar engagement portraits staircaseMy weekend of awesome couples in Grand Rapids, Michigan concluded with a perfect afternoon Engagement Session with Nicole and Scott at Scott’s family’s restaurant – Noto’s Old World Italian.

If my incredible wedding Saturday wasn’t enough to make me want to visit Grand Rapids again, spending an afternoon with the Noto family and seeing their breathtaking restaurant me consider relocating north. 🙂 I’m convinced I was spoiled to have perfect weather, two amazing couples and such fantastic celebrations to photograph.

The restaurant is rich with family history, and is an exceptionally special place for Nicole and Scott. It was an amazing honor to photograph these November newlyweds in the very spot where their engagement and wedding story began after Scott’s proposal during dinner in the wine cellar.

wine cellar engagement portraits candles

wine cellar engagement portraits with old bricks

wine cellar engagement portraits brick arches

wine cellar engagement portraits vino

Thanks again to Nicole and Scott and the Noto family for the laughs, conversation and hospitality during our photo session. We look forward to celebrating with you soon in November!

Tell the opening chapter to your wedding day love story with an Engagement Session that’s part of YOUR story. Locations, details, creative ideas – contact me here to have me tell your story.

Sweetest Weekend – Jaclyn and Tim

Saturday was Sweetest Day, and it was the kickoff of my Sweetest Weekend of celebrations.

It was by far sweetest day for a wedding celebration for Jaclyn and Tim! We started at the salon, went to the church, put the guys aboard ship, the Newlyweds were married, walked on to old stones, were off to the Lake, wobbled out into the water, then out to the Woods, danced up a storm, played out in traffic, hopped in a pedicab, over the bridge and back to the Bob. Recollecting the day’s story was like jumping into a sidewalk chalk drawing with Mary Poppins! If nothing else it showed how there’s always a great photo around each corner when you let loose and go with spontaneous creativity.

Jaclyn and Tim VanOeffelen!

Thanks again, Jaclyn ad Tim, for inviting me to share this incredible day (and weekend!) with you two, your terrific friends and welcoming families!

Senior Session – Brandi

It’s official – the class of 2009 is here.

Last week we had an awesome Senior Session shoot with Brandi to celebrate the last days of summer at the beach. What a perfect afternoon and evening of fun, photos and great weather!

Lighthouse Pier summer Senior Portraits

Lake Michigan beach dune Senior portraitNothing like a golden summer sunset!
Lake Michigan beach dunes Senior portraits

For the final shots of her session, Brandi brought along her Prom dress for some very classy sunset and dusk photos.
Lake Michigan beach dunes Senior portrait in prom dress

Lake Michigan beach dunes Senior portrait with prom dress

Tiscornia Park Lighthouse Pier Senior Portrait at dusk

 

Celebrating with Amanda and Justin

While we’re out celebrating with Amanda and Justin, enjoy some of our favorites from their Engagement Session earlier this month! Form the Engagement Session there is a link to the wedding day gallery. Enjoy!

Quiet moments

On our way down the beach Justin saw this sand bar and he and Amanda were awesome sports and walked out into knee deep Lake Michigan water to stand on the sandbar.

Click a photo or CLICK HERE to view the Engagement Session and Wedding Day galleries!

Katrina & Charley – a few more photos

I had to add a couple of instant favorites from Katrina & Charley’s wedding last weekend. There’s nothing better than celebrating with friends, old ones and all the new ones we just made!

Katrina in the mirror

Charley – what a guy. Just waiting to see his bride minutes before the ceremony…

Katrina’s smile said it all. Nothing like making your photographer tear up to make it tricky to keep shooting! I couldn’t be happier for you guys!

Just married!

Love you guys!

Be sure to check out the slideshow to see more of this fantastic celebration!