Stephanie & Sasha Wedding | Villa Penna | Sterling Heights, MI

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Stephanie & Sasha Wedding | Villa Penna | Sterling Heights, MI

Sometimes you just have to dance in the rain. I know, I know…cliche saying for sure. BUT! Sometimes I think it really is true, and we just have to take what we are given and still get groovy amid the clouds, and the rain, and the cold. This past Saturday began with clear blue skies and ended with a down pour…and the fact that Stephanie and Sasha’s photos pay tribute to that is a testament to their willingness to stop at nothing to enjoy their wedding day to the fullest!

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Lauren & Christian Wedding | The Ballroom at McKay Tower | Grand Rapids, MI

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Lauren & Christian Wedding | The Ballroom at McKay Tower | Grand Rapids, MI

“We are each other’s person,” Lauren remarked when we first met to talk about plans for their wedding. Their journey had taken them like ships in the night, through passing introductions from years past, to now on the brink of marriage. Stepping back, I could see so clearly why these two were such a stunning and compatible couple. Its not often that shared experiences and hobbies include triathlons and snowshoeing, but for these two..it just all made sense.

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Heather & Tim Wedding | Peninsula Room | Traverse City, MI

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Heather & Tim Wedding | Peninsula Room | Traverse City, MI

It has been a few years it feels like since I had the chance to shoot on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, and I have to say, it was so wonderful to be back. The appreciation for the beauty of this are in Michigan was only enhanced by the joy of celebrating Heather and Tim amid stunning fall colors.

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Melissa & Tyler Wedding | Embassy Suites | Grand Rapids, MI

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Melissa & Tyler Wedding | Embassy Suites | Grand Rapids, MI

It feels like every year I remember all over again why autumn is such a stunning and inspiring season. It is days like this past Saturday that remind me of the beauty that can be found in the shortening of days, changing colors, and crisp, clear air. Melissa and Tyler’s wedding was amid those seasonal changes, on the banks of the Grand river, in perfect fall fashion.

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Bridget & Luke Wedding | Private Residence | South Haven, MI

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Bridget & Luke Wedding | Private Residence | South Haven, MI

Meeting for the first time at a local coffee shop just South of the Golden Gate Bridge was such a wonderful way to jump into friendship with Bridget and Luke. The incredible blend of city sophistication and outdoor recreation that San Francisco has to offer fit these two so well. We decided to document that part of their journey with an engagement session in the city by the bay. And just this past week, we came full circle to their wedding celebration at the village by the lake.

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Tori & Jared Wedding | Briar Barns | Sparta, MI

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Tori & Jared Wedding | Briar Barns | Sparta, MI

It was several years ago that I first met Tori. She just happened to be a guest a wedding I was photographing as her sister was in the wedding party. And even though that was eight years ago, Tori still sought me out and asked me to document the celebration!

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Amanda & Ryan Wedding | Rockwell On The River | Chicago, IL

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Amanda & Ryan Wedding | Rockwell On The River | Chicago, IL

I don’t think you could have asked for a more perfect September day in the windy city. This past Saturday began downtown at a private residence just a block from the lake. With sun bursting in, Ryan and Amanda began their day together with a first look and a quick getaway with the wedding party for some photos. It really was as much fun hanging out with this crew as it looks in the photos, haha.

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Stacy & Calvin Wedding | Willowbrook Mill | Northport, MI

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Stacy & Calvin Wedding | Willowbrook Mill | Northport, MI

I had never been to Northport prior to this weekend. Sure, I had seen much of Northern Michigan and had spent many a day in Northport’s close neighboring town of Leland. But this was a first for me in the quaint, charming lakeside village that set the backdrop for Stacy and Calvin’s wedding day!

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Alli & Freddy Wedding | St. George's Banquet Center | Grand Rapids, MI

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Alli & Freddy Wedding | St. George's Banquet Center | Grand Rapids, MI

I remember waking up at around 4am in my hotel…gathering my gear and heading down to the lobby. If we had any hope of catching the Eiffel Tower without swarms of people, it had to be at sunrise. And the Parisian sky did no disappoint. It was in this city that Alli and Freddy had met, and we had decided to return to the city of light in celebration of their engagement and upcoming wedding.

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Jackie & Matt Wedding | The Veranda at the Whitcomb | Saint Joseph, MI

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Jackie & Matt Wedding | The Veranda at the Whitcomb | Saint Joseph, MI

It is not hard to love Jackie and Matt. Everything about them as individuals and as a couple welcomes you in with open arms and honest smiles. Being in the spotlight was certainly not Matt’s favorite thing, and yet he endured the photos and attention with authentic happiness…and I credit that to the fact that he kept his eyes squarely fixed on the woman that he loved. The two were in it, 100%..and it was awesome to witness.

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