Krysten and Tyler are seriously two of the most down to Earth and amazing people that I’ve had the pleasure to meet and I still keep pinching myself that I get to be the one to document their 2018 wedding day! For their engagement session, we headed to Manistee, Michigan and while the session seemed like a beautiful beach day, it was absolutely freezing! Krysten didn’t miss a beat with her beautiful, but less than warm and cozy outfits, and Tyler took every opportunity to snuggle her close to keep warm. I seriously LOVED getting to hang out with them and get to know them a little more.
Hattie and Craig are the ultimate definition of couple goals! These two are such an incredible example of the hard work, love and dedication that it takes to have a successful marriage. Together, they are raising five beautiful children and still look at each other like two teenagers who have a crush. My heart is so full every single time I have the opportunity to document their story, whether it be a family session or the birth of a child.
For their ten year anniversary, we celebrated with a photo session of just the two of them, a beautiful bouquet done by none other than the amazing Jessica of Kill’s Custom Creations, a cake made by an incredibly loving friend and a prayer by the pastor who married them. Thank you so much to everyone that helped contribute to making this day special for Hattie and Craig and I can’t wait to see their love grow for another ten years.VIEW THIS POST
Kelsey and Austin are like out of a fairy tale. They are some of the nicest people and I couldn’t help but feel an instant connection when we met for coffee and they gushed about their new puppy, Gunner, and plans for their big day! I was crossing my fingers and toes that they would choose me to be their photographer and when Kelsey gave me the thumbs up, I jumped for joy! During our consultation, she mentioned her love for an image I posted with cows and we knew that Butcher Farms was the perfect spot for the first half of their engagement session! A special thanks to the incredible Butcher family for letting me raid their property and to all of their cows for being such great models! 😉
Here is a peek into Kelsey and Austin’s love story as told by Kelsey:
“My friend Lauryn, sent me a message one day to see if I would be interested in going out with Austin. She mentioned that he was easy on the eyes, and she felt like we would enjoy each other’s company. After taking some time to think about it, I bravely sent Austin a fb message introducing myself. I was so nervous for a response I kept checking my phone every few minutes at work Austin had responded and we chatted for awhile, getting to briefly know one another. After what seemed like an eternity, which was really only a week Austin finally asked me to have dinner with him at PF Changs. Of course I said yes. The night I met him I was so anxious, it had been awhile since I had been on a date, same for him. When I showed up at his house and rang the doorbell in the front, he opened the door and my first thought was “pictures do not do this guy justice.” He then proceeded to ask me to take off my shoes before coming inside. I thought to myself “What the heck, why?” Well, he didn’t want my shoes to track on his nice new carpet. The whole truck ride to dinner, at dinner, and even on the ride home from dinner all Austin talked about was himself. I was thinking to myself “I’m never going to see this guy again.” Lol. When I had went home that night I had mixed feelings about how the date went. Did I like him? Did he like me? This was all a new feeling. The next day at work the girls convinced me to give it another try, and that first dates were always awkward and he probably thought I was just being to quite. So I did, I gave him another date. And I am SO GLAD that I did. Since that second date I was hooked. Head over heals for a guy I had just met a few days before. Austin felt the same way. In fact I could tell just by his body language. He is the kindest person I know, and I knew from that point forward that we were going to spend the rest of our lives making each other happy. Timing is everything. Lauryn, who introduced us is a part of my bridal party. We have her to thank somewhat, without her help we might’ve never crossed paths. I will forever be grateful for that second date.”
Sarah and Nate are one of my amazing 2017 wedding couples and I am beyond excited for their late-fall wedding! Their engagement session was nothing short of perfect as they were so loving toward one another, despite the insane mosquitos! Their positive attitudes and kind spirits made me fall in love with them as a couple even more and I couldn’t be more honored that they chose me to document their love.
We also had a little cameo from Sarah’s son, playfully nicknamed, Bean, and I saw firsthand a glimpse into why Sarah loves Nate so much. Their family unite was so beautiful and I loved every minute with them.
Here are a few words from Sarah about her and Nate’s love story:
“Nate and I met on a Tigers bus trip in July of 2015. We became friends that night but didn’t start officially dating until November 7th of that year. We found that we had a lot of weird things in common such as: we’re both middle children with an older brother and younger sister, we were born three weeks apart in October, we both have little sisters that went to U of M and played saxophone, we have both always had dreams about having twin boys (weird one lol), we both got our fake IDs from the same place in Toronto, our favorite taco bell sauce is “hot”, and at the time I used mans deodorant and he used womans. Nate is the kindest person in the world and I got to see how nuturing and accepting he was with Bean and that is what made me fall in love with him. He teaches me to approach things from a different stance and take an empathetic approach to situations which is hard for me to do at times. He makes me a better person and he is a wonderful man for Bean to look up to.”
Last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Jim and Jamie while we were shooting a wedding together (JA Videography.) Jamie told me she was newly pregnant and they both spoke of their beautiful daughter, Allison, and shared countless stories of parenthood and all things daughters (I could sure relate!)
This past winter, just two weeks after they welcomed their second beautiful daughter, Mikayla, into the world, the unthinkable happened. Twenty month old Allison passed away in her sleep of SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child.)
There truly are no words and still, I struggle to write this blog.
This incredible couple has had to endure something that no parent could even fathom. In the emails that Jamie and I have exchanged, there is one thing that persists through the grief and that is her faith. You can hear the pain in her words but through that pain, there is faith.
Here are a few words from Jamie:
“On February 16th our world was forever changed when we had to learn about SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child) and our sweet little Allison went to Heaven. Allison was pure joy at 100mph and had a fearless heart full of love. We will never understand the why but wake up each day with a new strength, love, and hope that we can not explain ourselves but by Faith. We are stronger together, choosing to find joy in this “new normal” as we take on the waves and road known as grief. We know that Allison’s radiant love, memory, and fearlessness will be with us forever.”
When I respond to Jamie and tell her how inspiring her faith is, she responds to me with this:
“I honestly do not know how we are able to still see life…well, I do, and I just keep playing Philippians 4:6-7 in my mind – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ” Only way I can explain it is he peace beyond all understanding because I certainly do not understand but the peace is there.”
Although my mind just can’t quite wrap my mind around all of this, I’m so incredibly thankful for their willingness to share their story and their faith and their desire to keep Allison’s memory very much alive. During their session, Jamie said one thing that will stay with me forever. (And of course, I’m paraphrasing, but she said:) “I don’t know how people cope with grief without faith. When you’re grieving with faith, you still have hope.”
I don’t know if I’ve ever heard more beautiful words and I am so incredibly thankful to help tell their story.