Venue: Robinette’s Apple Orchard, Grand Rapids, MI
Wedding: August 2015 at Cheney Place
Fuji 400H processed by Photo Impact Imaging
My goodness, where to start with these two? The moment Whitney walked into our studio to talk about her wedding, we knew she was going to be a joy to work with. And it wasn’t just because she’s a knock out blonde ballerina with a lovely personality…she was stylish and creative to boot! And then there’s Max. Don’t be fooled by his 2004 Cristal and orange suede Cole Haans – he’s just as sweet and down to earth as Whitney described him to be. Together they make a killer pair who are not only amazing to photograph, but truly delightful to be around. Their fall wedding at the Bissell Tree House is one we’ll be counting down to for sure.
So get ready for not one, but two classic cars, a plaid picnic blanket, a candelabra, a loosened bow tie (is there anything better?), gorgeous lighting in a dreamy Michigan countryside, and these two crazy beautiful lovebirds.
Meet Whitney and Max.
Oh, sisters. The unbreakable girl-bond, the physical likenesses, the personality differences. As an only child, I have always been fascinated and a tad envious of sisters… and the Nelson sisters are a perfect model. Not to mention, they are models in the literal sense too. I’ve never seen 3 girls with such fantastic hair!
Carla, the youngest sister (and most perfect… just ask her), is as sweet and cheerful as they come, and we were so happy she came all the way from Georgia for her engagement session. OK, OK, she was home for her sister Valerie’s wedding, but we like to think we had something to do with it. Yep, these two sisters are both getting married this summer and we have the true pleasure and honor of getting to capture them both!!
And then there’s Jeremy. Somewhere between conversations of moonshine, the South, and old-time cars, Jon developed a man crush on him. I wasn’t far behind as he’s the type of guy you can joke with in the first few minutes of meeting him and feels like an old buddy by the end of the evening. Big stamp of approval. Huge.
There was something special about this engagement session… and boy was it fun! Their September wedding can’t come fast enough!
Meet Carla and Jeremy.
I like to think at this point in my life, I’m pretty good at figuring people out. But I must say after meeting with John and Emily about their wedding, I was completely shocked when John showed up in a bow tie for their engagement shoot. Maybe it was the fact that during our first meeting, he was watching the table of old men behind us play chess instead of joining in our discussion of color schemes and timelines that threw me off. I wasn’t as surprised when he revealed his Batman socks under his dress pants, but the bow tie. The bow tie… I REALLY didn’t see comin’. Pair this with the fact that the laughs and jokes don’t stop between these two and we’re complete and total fans. We can’t wait for their wedding this fall and all the potential surprises it may hold. We’re definitely going to be on our toes!
Meet Emily and John.
There’s something really special about photographing your long time friend’s wedding. Good old nostalgia, an extra drop of happiness that your friend found that special someone, excitement about seeing her whole family and mutual friends all in one place…and traveling to Los Angeles to shoot the engagement session! Our friend Mary has lived in LA for over 10 years now (you won’t catch her ordering “Maaaaaaaam’s (Mom’s) Pancakes” like I did on Sunset Blvd.), and while she’s been missed in the Mitten, she’s got quite the life over there… an awesome condo on the corner of Hollywood and Vine, a sweet job just around the corner, and Marty of course.
So feast your eyes on this tour of Los Angeles, from the nighttime cityscape at Griffith Observatory overlooking Marty’s hometown…to Huntington Beach, where Marty swooned Mary with his football arm, and where they frequent the dog beach with their adorable pup Tissa.
Oh, and keep an eye out for their summer wedding in Grand Rapids. I’ve seen the dress and you won’t want to miss it.
Meet Mary and Marty.
We love you guys! Thanks so much for having us and we can hardly wait until your big day! xoxoxox
When Val and I first spoke about their engagement session, she revealed that Jason might need a shot of whiskey to kiss her in public. Boy, you wouldn’t know it from these images. Val, our sister-in-law’s sister (hi Renee!), was pining for a city backdrop while Jason, hailing from Caledonia, feels more at home in a country scene. Ladies first of course, so we met in downtown Grand Rapids near a slew of antique shops. Yes, it was hard for me to focus.
Meet Valerie & Jason.
Seeing as it was a cool 35 degrees, we were all in need of a warm up so we traveled to Jason’s neck of woods and caught some beautiful moments at Wildwood Family Farms.
What a lovely couple, no? We can’t wait to see more city / country mix at their wedding next June! We are so honored and excited to get to be a part of their day. XOXO
One of the perks of being a photographer is getting to use your skill in trade for something you have your eye on. It’s very strategic. For example, a friend of mine from high school and a friend of Jon’s from high school are now married and are living on a certain promised land the northwest side of Grand Rapids. While this property seemed prime for bonfires and parentless pow-wows about 15 years ago, it now peaks my interest in a whole different way. As in the ultimate photoshoot location. So when they asked me to take some family photos of them this fall, I quickly blurted out “sure, if we can use your land for pictures”.
We had our first chance to do that with Jessica and Brett, who will be getting married in February 2013 in Grand Rapids. After two-tracking back into the woods, we landed upon a gorgeous clearing (think Edward & Bella in Twilight) where we joked with these two lovebirds and enjoyed the scene. And as the sun set, we ventured further into a sand dune oasis. We loved the silliness of these two and the fact that they could be themselves in front of the camera despite this being our first meeting. We can’t wait for their wedding and have no doubt it will be anything short of sheer entertainment.
Meet Jessica and Brett.