dylan + kaleigh | wedding | post family farm | hudsonville, mi

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dylan + kaleigh | wedding | post family farm | hudsonville, mi

i had the privilege of joining with kaleigh and dylan this past saturday, along with their joyous family and friends...to celebrate a wedding that was several years in the making. these two had been together for years and i could certainly feel the culminating excitement and love that broke through every moment last weekend. no amount of rain earlier in the day could derail the joys and anticipation that dylan and kaleigh had all day long.

the ceremony was inside at the family church which worked out perfectly as the rain decided to stop just after the ceremony was done and we had the freedom to hit the party bus and make any stops we wanted for photos. and talk about a fun wedding party - kaleigh and dylan, you certainly surrounded yourselves with wonderful friends who love and adore you!

thank you two so much for welcoming me in - i felt like one of the party and loved spending the day with you. i wish you two the very best and all God's blessings in your marriage. one wedding day down, 100 or more anniversaries to go!

all the best,

-npe

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lukas + katherine | wedding | jw marriott | grand rapids, mi

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lukas + katherine | wedding | jw marriott | grand rapids, mi

when you pair a sophisticated, hilarious, joyful girl from america...with an intelligent, thoughtful, authentic gentleman from switzerland...you get a couple that everybody wants to be friends with! and you know their party is going to be just that..a PARTY!

sometimes i don't have the chance to meet with couples in person before the wedding day...that was the case for katie and lukas...but their wedding just goes to show that even by means of skype and facetime, you can hit it off with clients and stand amazed at how lucky you were that they picked you to shoot their wedding.  this was exactly my experience on saturday. so much fun, so much laughter, so many sharply dressed new friends.  ahhhh, it was all great. and shooting on top of the jw is always a nice addition too.

k&l..thank you again for seeking me out all those months ago. thank you for putting your trust in me. thank you for being yourselves through and through..it was beautiful!

blessings,

- npe

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zach + katie | wedding | baker lofts | holland, mi

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zach + katie | wedding | baker lofts | holland, mi

its not every day that you have a couple hire you two years out. i know i may not have been as excited as these two for this past saturday, but i can say that two years certainly does build up the anticipation...and their beautiful day did not disappoint!

i could sense their authenticity and kindness right away when we first met over coffee.  its the type of meeting i leave, truly hoping that the couple hires me, simply and selfishly because i want to be their friends and see first-hand the impact they have on those around them. yes, they are that cool, haha! and what do you know, i was given that incredible gift!

katie & zach's wedding was about as perfect a michigan summer day as you could get. and it was wrapped up in love and affection, with a wedding party that adored these two, and family and friends that knew how to shower a bride and groom with love. from the incredible details that katie and her mom worked tirelessly on, to the tears zach shed as his bride walked down the aisle to him..it was moment after moment of beauty.

zach & katie, thank you for the honor of joining you on your wedding. thank you for your testimonies and for beginning your marriage on the foundation of the gospel. you two are an inspiration and encouragement to everyone around you. much love you two!

blessings,

-npe

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justin + susie | wedding | spring lake country club | spring lake, mi

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justin + susie | wedding | spring lake country club | spring lake, mi

i was standing with her at the end of the night. guests had made their way out to gather for the sparkler exit and her new husband was saying goodbye to grandpa in the corner. susie recalled, with deep gratitude in the tone of her voice, a conversation she remembered having with her mom...where the topic of taking mental pictures of special life events had been discussed.

'my mom told me how she remembered carrying me up to bed, and thinking of how heavy i was getting...and how this might be the last time i let her carry me because i was getting so big. she made sure to remember everything about that moment'

and there we stood, just about to run out through a flood of love and sparklers...and susie reminded herself to take a mental picture. justin joined us, and off we went, heading for the tunnel of sparks and a final few photos..

what a good reminder that was for me, standing there at the end of what was a wonderful day. we benefit greatly from the purposed practice of slowing down in the midst of life, and settling our senses enough to hold the moment in grateful appreciation. i didn't get the chance to meet susie or justin in person before their wedding day..but it didn't matter. these two graciously welcoming me into the beautiful mayhem of what a wedding day can be, breaking at the seams with moment after moment of laughter and love. and what a day it was!

thank you susie and justin, for the trust you placed in me, and for the incredible honor you gave me of helping to cement those fleeting moments into your memories forever. it was so much fun to be back to the states for such a celebration. i wish you both the very best. continue to cultivate a love between you two...serve one another with a selfless love, and never, ever, stop dating ;D

much love,

-npe

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Eric & Amy Wedding - Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Eric & Amy Wedding - Grand Rapids, Michigan

where to begin...amy and eric were the perfect way to cap off a weekend of shooting in michigan. i've had the privilege of calling eric a friend for a while now - we met at our church in grand rapids and have kept in touch since he moved out of the state. i met amy vicariously through her blog that eric told me about...which by the way, is super impressive. not only is she the sweetest, but she is a food stylist and recipe extraordinaire! meeting her in person was even better as everyone can see in an instant that these two are so perfect for one another.

from the stunning details of the ever impressive cheney place, to the honest and sincere letters these two wrote to one another...everything about last sunday was a joy. thank you e&a for inviting me in! it truly was my privilege to spend the day with you and yours, pray with you, document such jubilance, and cut a rung together under those disco balls. much love you two!

blessings,

- npe

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trevor + molly | wedding | rockford, mi

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trevor + molly | wedding | rockford, mi

this past weekend was pretty special for a few reasons.  our family has been living in oxford, england for the past several months and our home in michigan has been feeling a long way away. when molly contacted me about possibly photographing her wedding, i was amazed at the providence of the situation as i had been discussing another wedding the same weekend back in michigan.  although i unfortunately have had to miss some weddings back in the states while we have been gone , having these two weddings in the same weekend made it possible for me to return for a few days and pick back up the camera after an extended off season.

molly and trevor, along with their families and friends, made last saturday a truly wonderful day! the weather was perfect for a late may wedding and these two made the most of it...not to mention a guest list of more than 400 friends and family - talk about people loving on m&t!! trevor is in the military and has been living out west, so now that they are married, the couple is headed back out to las vegas. we will miss you two! thanks for inviting me in to celebrate with you!

many blessings*

- npe

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Thomas & Alissa Wedding - Leavenworth, Washington

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Thomas & Alissa Wedding - Leavenworth, Washington

these mountains know me. they tested me from a young age. they are etched into my memory...and continue to remind me of the wilds of my youth. and when i have the chance to return, i count it a privilege and joy!

i had that very privilege when thomas and alissa asked if i would join them in the snowy mountains of washington, and it was such a gift! alissa's family have been dear friends since I was young and the honor of shooting her wedding was something that i sincerely appreciated and enjoyed.  i don't think leavenworth could have been more perfect...from the sun breaking through at seemingly orchestrated moments, to the base of snow that has been falling on the valley for the past month..i was wide-eyed at nearly every turn. it certainly didn't hurt that these two looked incredible amid the white wilds of the cascades.

t&a, thank you so very much for such a wonderful day. i replay the day over in my mind and still cannot believe how fortunate we were to have such stunning beauty surround the beauty of promising your lives to each other. may God richly bless you two in the years to come, through the difficult and the encouraging, the joys and sorrows. much love to you too!

all the best,

-npe

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ben + korrine | wedding | the homestead | glen arbor, mi

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ben + korrine | wedding | the homestead | glen arbor, mi

i could hardly wait to get this post up!  a week ago saturday, korrine & ben had the most lovely wedding day and unfortunately this past week held a great deal of happenings for our family so i was unable to blog as soon as i would have liked.  but with our move to oxford slowly settling in, i was finally able to revisit this incredible day and i am delighted to share with you just a peek into what was most likely my last wedding for 2015. and what a wedding it was to close out the season!

i had been up to the homestead a few times already for this summer and it was wonderful to be able to revisit the stunning views that glen arbor has to offer just one last time. from the moment you meet korrine and ben, you know you are in for a fantastic day. these two were such incredibly joyous people with a great deal of laughter and fun to spread around. i remember mentioning to korrine that i felt her flowers captured her and her personality is such a perfect light, bursting with stunning colors and beautiful uniqueness.

the weather decided to cooperate in gorgeous fashion with the ceremony being held at the top of the mountain, overlooking the vastness of lake michigan. and the light all day was wonderful to work with...it truly was a great wedding to bid goodbye to michigan for a season.

b&k, thank you so very much for inviting me into your day and for the privilege it was for me to document it.  i wish you two all the very best as you step into married life. love you guys!

blessings,

nathan

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caleb + samantha | wedding | private estate | lowell, mi

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caleb + samantha | wedding | private estate | lowell, mi

this past saturday was wonderful in so many ways.  when you have clients who express to you time and time again how excited they are to have you shoot their wedding, you recognize you have been given a true gift. sam was so very gracious week after week, reminding me that she was following the blog and couldn't wait to have me be a part of her wedding day. and so when saturday arrived, i was thrilled to be a part of the celebration.

with the ceremony and reception set against the stunning backdrop of a gorgeous september day here in michigan, i witnessed joy and laughter and had the privilege of capturing those moments to remind these two friends of a day that began their new adventure together. and the sky, that was something to remember too!

thank you so much s&c...you honor me by offering me the chance to serve you and your families and document such an amazing day. thank you for the privilege and may God bless you and keep you as you seek to love each other and the world around you well. blessings*

- npe

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andrew + angela | wedding | stafford's perry hotel | petoskey, mi

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andrew + angela | wedding | stafford's perry hotel | petoskey, mi

time and time again, i am reminded that this work that i have the privilege of doing is very much a balance of artistry and relationship.  those two elements collided in fabulous, joyous fashion up north this past saturday.

angela and andrew's stunning celebration was through and through an incredible day. not only did their families go out of the way to make the whole weekend special for our little family with a condo on lake michigan, but they made us feel welcomed into the weekend festivities while allowing me to really enjoy the last weekend of summer in such a beautiful michigan city! from the very first images on the wedding day to the saturday morning session we had with a gorgeous sunrise, these two were the epitome of the perfect clients! and i simply cannot say enough about the gift they and their families were to me, going out of their way to encourage me in the very work i was doing for them. this is why i do what i do!

thank again a&a...everything about last weekend was a gift. may God bless you in your marriage and may these images remind you of those in-between moments of your wedding...and take you back to that joyous day, time and time again!

much love,

-npe  

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