There was no way around it. If this failed, there would be no way to hide it. All the prep, all the promotion, all the expectation...all culminating with the possibility of me calling the whole thing off. That is the thing with visions and dreams and risk and failure. They all seem to often go hand in hand.
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it was quite the year indeed...amazing all the things this past year held! looking back on a few of the images from this year leaves me grateful. grateful for the clients, friends, family and strangers who let me point a camera in their direction...and grateful, that 2014 has adventures unknown, just waiting to be experienced! here is to the year we had, and the year to come...nathan english photography is excited!!
what a beautiful way to say goodbye to 2013! despite the cold and snow, al and anita traveled up from sunny florida for their wedding this past december. being close to family here in michigan was simply a big priority for them, and i was fortunate enough to be a part of the celebration...a gloriously sunny day at spring lake country club, with the flair of the 'sunshine state' everywhere you looked.
i could not have been happier for the union of these two families and for the opportunity say farewell to my 2013 wedding season with anita and al. and crazy little bit of trivia...al, yeah - he builds rockets for NASA. doesn't get much cooler than that!
thank you again a & a! it was a wonderful day and my privilege to spend it with you, capturing these moments that will hopefully bring a smile of warm recollection when you think back on your wedding day!
what a blessing it was to witness andrew & sarah's wedding this past saturday. simple elegance can be so profound and the simplicity of saturday was a joy for me to photograph and be a part of. with two families becoming one, the beauty of redemption and promise of commitment was enough to move every guest at their wedding to tears...yep, including me*
thank you friends for sharing this day with me...and for being such a tangible example of Christ's love for us. blessings a&s...you guys are great!
when nick and katie first met, they told me they both shared a common vision of their own respective futures. marriage was not in the forecast. and yet, for these two...it seemed as though there was little either could do to steer away from the gift that stood before them...each other. i was moved to tears as nick read his vows to his stunning bride. truly a man of strength, stricken to the heart with an overwhelming love for the woman that walked down the aisle to meet him. and katie, with her honest joy, beautiful smile, and uplifting spirit...it was a gift to witness her take in every moment of her wedding day...from the sleet and downpours of the morning, to the magnificent golden sky at sunset.
i don't think i could work through this preview fast enough. every image jumped out at me and helped cement in my mind two great truths. One, Petoskey is a remarkable place. And two, Nick and Katie are the type of clients that win my heart every time.
Blessings to you n&k...it was a privilege!
for a photographer shooting a wedding...i have to say, there is no better feeling that to have your clients just as excited to see you, as you are to see them! when i opened up the door of elizabeth's suite at the hotel this past saturday, her infectious smile and joyful hug reminded me why i do what i do...its all about the people. i felt like i had my own little cheering squad all day, and that cheer section was the bride and groom themselves. i could not have imagined a better compliment than pj telling me that if elizabeth got stressed out about the planning process for her wedding, she would go to my blog and remind herself - 'at least the photos will be great!'
are you kidding me! i am so very honored and humbled to have the chance to do what i do*
and trust me elizabeth, if these photos are beautiful, it is because and and pj are beautiful, and your wedding day was one for the books. st. joseph hosted quite the celebration on saturday..and yes...i got to be there!
it was an absolutely perfect september day. crisp morning. clear blue skies. the ceremony on the edge of the lake. it was one of those days that has the ability to stop you just admire it's beauty and serenity. and the funny thing was, it rained for their engagement session. but that didn't stop drew and katie then. we used the rain as a character in their story...but that character was far from returning as saturday showed not a cloud in sight!
i cannot say enough about these two friends and their incredible trust in me as an artist. i felt like just another member of the wedding party, with drew and katie up for any of my sometimes crazy ideas. and for that, I am truly grateful! once again, it was an honor to be a part of this incredible chapter in a couple's life.
from our meetings at vivant and engagement session in the rain, to the last dance on the rocking dance floor - it has been a privilege d&k. thank you. rich blessings to you two.
it is certainly a privilege to journey with couples...to have the opportunity to join in the adventure of a 'destination' wedding and witness vows beneath new breathtaking sky tapestries. saturday led me to the homestead resort in glen arbor, mi. with stunning views of lake michigan and the warm invitation of a charming resort village, the homestead offered the perfect backdrop for patrick and lizzie. from their home among the skyscrapers of chicago, these two ventured around the lake to northern michigan to promise their lives to each other. it was a day full of vibrant joy and honest emotion...as pat and liz did an amazing job of living completely in the moment and taking in their wedding day, for all the beauty that it was.
and there was i, a humble but thankful guest at the table of a jubilant celebration. i have so much sincere gratitude for the work i am given.
p&l, you were beyond gracious and generous, offering me the very best compliment i could have asked for. blessings to you two. always strive to love each other more than yourselves. you have reminded me once again why i love what i do.
this past march, andrea and her mom were in west michigan for a brief stay, and just happened to stop by the Amway Grand Hotel for the annual bridal show...and boy, am i so very glad they did! it was at this show that i had the fortunate privilege of running into them and starting a conversation that would eventually lead to the amazing opportunity of photographing their wedding! this past saturday at blythefield country club could not have been a more beautiful day* the clouds hung on in the morning long enough to keep it from getting too hot, and the sun peaked out in the midst of the ceremony to shine down on two incredible people.
both andrea and matt were a blessing to spend the day with. They were grateful and aware of the moments happening around them, fully immersed in the joys and love surrounding them on their wedding day...and it was a breath of fresh air for me to witness it.
m&a, thank you for choosing me. i don't believe it was just by chance that we met, and i truly hope these images capture all the beauty you remember from such a wonderful day!
i often feel my relationships that blossom out of shooting couple's wedding days easily step into deeper levels of friendship right off the bat...even if for the only reason of sharing a single day, vibrant and bursting with life-changing moments. add to that the fact that for some of my clients, we are dear friends even before the thoughts of wedding bells or photography are even on the horizon....and you have a uniquely profound intimacy and camaraderie hard to match.
this is the very story of my day this past friday in rural rockton, illinois. john and kelsey, beloved by many and cherished friends at our church in grand rapids, were surrounded by their family and loved ones, preparing to embark on a brand new journey together. and my role as photographer was an honored gift i was given. these two are beautiful, inside and out, and it was far from work to spend the day with them, their wedding party, family, and friends. i hope you enjoy these moments from their day as much as i did...
j&k, jana and i love you, and are so very excited for the work God is doing in your lives. may He bless you in this new chapter. and the great news? it just keeps getting better!