Hannah and Bryan met at 8th Day Gym in Grand Rapids, MI. When we began planning their engagement session they expressed a desire to do some of their session at the gym and incorporating their love of crossfit. I always enjoy getting to know my couples while they are doing something that they love or in a location that is important to them and their story. Engagement sessions are meant to be fun, relaxed and a time to get to know your photographer before your big day. Be sure to consider unique locations that are important or significant to you and your fiancé. Cheers!
Sigourney is my one and only life long friend. We have been friends for over 25 years, and often joked about exchanging crockpots or other kitchen appliances on our anniversary.. We have gone through all the highs and lows of life together. Sigourney taught me how to ride a bike, tie my shoes and even how to downhill ski. She at times was an older sister to me during the lows of life and she has always challenged me to make myself better. Through our differences she has taught me about compromising and being a friend to the ones you love. She is one of the most loyal and fiercely devoted people I have ever met. She lives life passionately and isn't afraid of doing hard things and fighting for what you believe in.
After Sigourney graduated from the University of Michigan she moved to El Salvador to work as a missionary. She has chosen a life serving the community and children of La Libertad.
This spring I received THE "Guess what?" text from her. My heart skipped a beat and I immediately texted back " YOU'RE ENGAGED!!" After an exchange of those text messages the planning began. Samuel and Sigourney were planning to get married the Saturday after Thanksgiving and her family and a few friends would be invited. I was so excited! I had yet to visit her in El Salvador and it had been some time since we last saw each other.
I bought my plane ticket, my dress and packed my camera equipment. I was ready and excited to embark on my first destination wedding; but even more thrilled that it would be my best friend's wedding day that I would be capturing.
Samuel and Sigourney, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day. I loved seeing your home where you met and laughing with your family and friends all week long. It was a trip I will never forget. I thank God that he brought the two of you together and I pray you have a grace filled marriage, full of laughter and memories. Cheers!
Words can't even describe how full my heart was shooting and editing this wedding. I smiled the entire day alongside of Jessie, Ryan and their friends. Jessie and Ryan are not only amazing and caring people they are the most thoughtful bride and groom. They were intentional with every little detail of their wedding and desired to make all of their guests feel loved and appreciated. They also throw one hell of a party! From the moment the bridal party walked into the tent the air filled with celebration and joy.
One of the things that related to me most while celebrating Jessie and Ryan's day was Jessie's relationship with her family. Jessie and her siblings love each other like I love my brothers. The love that they share together is a bond that I rarely witness with other siblings and when I am around it I instantly feel at home.
I have never smiled, laughed and cried so much at a wedding. It was so refreshing to feel so much authenticity for my creative spirit. I have said it before but Jessie and Ryan are so cool. I hope you love them as much as I do. Their personalities, style and love for each other is one for the record books. Enjoy!
When I first met Jon and Taylor at their consultation I knew we were going to click. They ordered a Moscow mule and an Oberon two of my favorite drink choices. They are so cute together and cannot wait to be married. Jon shared with me that he has a large Polish family and my heart instantly jumped! I cannot wait to polka and be surrounded by his family as I capture them all celebrating together. Jon and Taylor, I am literally counting down the days to your wedding! You are both going to look amazing and I know that your pictures will turn out amazing because of the love you have for each other. Cheers!
Jess and Ben are so adorable together. Listening to Jess talk about how they met and how all the pieces just magically fell into place was so special Watching Ben listen to Jess tell their proposal story was my favorite part about spending the afternoon with them. I watched Jess's face completely lit up as she shared with me the story of how she got proposed to in Aruba on the beach. I cannot wait for their wedding day next year and I've already started a countdown! Cheers!
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