This winter has been so very snowy, icy and COLD. With that said… on one of the coldest days of the year I got to photograph Diego and Kaitlin. You would have never known the temperature when you see their love radiating from these images. We laughed so many times especially when I asked them to throw snow into the air and freeze their hands. I enjoyed getting to know them more and hearing how their love story began. I’m looking forward to their summer wedding!
Jenny and Jordan’s wedding was held at the romantic Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan. Their afternoon ceremony took place in the Knights Courtyard and reception following in the East Garden Room which features an enclosed patio with separate bar area… and the ceiling has been newly remodeled with added lighting. It is so refreshed and I love it.
I remember so vividly when this beautiful couple called to book their wedding date with me. I got to talk with them both and heard the excitement in their voices. Not until much later in another phone conversation I learned they booked me literally right after they got engaged. I enjoyed getting to know them throughout their planning and was grateful to have been chosen to photograph their amazing wedding.
This BIG day was a destination wedding for most including the couple who call Florida their home. Their family and friends came from all over the place to celebrate Jenny and Jordan love. I’ll never forget Jenny’s warm smile and the way she got a sparkle in her eye when looking at her groom…. and also Jordan’s authentic laugh and how much love poured out of him for his bride. I think purple is my new favorite color to photograph at the Castle. It pops so well off the stone and greenery!
My favorite moment overall was during the shoe game. DJ Mikey started out by telling the guests that some of the questions were a first time for him and was anxious to know the answers. I seriously laughed so hard I tears coming out of my eyes. Everyone in the building was right their with me giggling hard.
This family is very well known in our community. Last year Jase a Northern Michigan toddler was on life support after being diagnosed with the flu. He was flown to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids because his case was so severe. I remembered checking my facebook and seeing Abby’s post with SO MANY shares. I instantly froze in the grocery store and my instincts were to figure out how I could help her and Ryan. I knew she was pretty pregnant with their second child and my memory flashed back to the day my own son was diagnosed with cancer. I had no idea what to do when I entered the doors or the children’s hospital. I messaged her right away to see if she needed anything or advice on how to get around or where to stay. Then I got a message from Ryan sister asking me the in’s and out’s. My heart was so broken every single time an update would go up. It was 1 step forward 2 steps back. So many media outlets where covering the story and the community stood behind their family much like they did for us at one time. When things started to look like they were going in the right direction I wrote Abby and told her when they were ready I would like to photograph their family as a gift. I know the importance of pictures especially after a battle like they fought. Lennon was born and we talked about some ideas. Ryan and his Dad are both firefighters in Boyne City and we decided we would go and do part of their session at the station. Jase was right at home putting on his custom made little jacket. Little Lennon came into the world during and extremely stressful time and at the same time I feel like the perfect time. She was like a little ray of sunshine to her family and the way her big brother would look at her and sneak little kisses melted my heart. I got some baby snuggles and was fortunate to hang out with this super amazing family for a couple hours. Life is so short already and I am the first person to tell others how important family pictures are. How important it is to take your kids in to the doctor when your gut tells you somethings wrong. How important it is to pass along simple acts of kindess that may mean the world to someone.
To read more about Jase here’s a link: https://www.lovewhatmatters.com/mom-warns-of-3-year-old-sons-traumatic-complications-from-flu-like-symptoms/
From the moment I talked to Jaclyn on the phone I knew we would become friends. I’m not kidding. Our conversation lasted for a long time and it felt like I had known her forever. Closer to her wedding date we met at the county fair while she was in town getting her hair trail and meeting with other vendors. Her mom, aunt and daughter Mia came with her on that rainy summer afternoon.
Jaclyn and Michael’s BIG DAY took place at the beautiful Inn at Bay Harbor. Their family and friends traveled to Northern Michigan for their destination wedding. I got to work with some of my favorite vendors and I had goosebumps pretty much the entire day! It was chilly but the sun was out and the air smelled so fresh. Everything from start to finish was amazing and I can’t wait to meet up with this awesome family again.