Shane + Jessica / Kalamazoo Engagement Photographer

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Shane and Jessica are getting married at Henderson Castle next May. At first, when Jessica told me that they wanted to take engagement pictures at the same place as their wedding, I was scared that their wedding pictures would just look repetitive. But honestly, there are a million lovely places to photograph on the grounds and we could have kept shooting for hours. The couple gave such romantic vibes that I'm still swooning over the pictures.

Justin + Kaylee / Kalamazoo Engagement Session

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Justin and Kaylee are naturals in front of the camera. After confessing that they didn't like being the center of attention or having their picture taken, they just laughed and goofed and had the best session ever! Something people don't know about me: I HATE being on the other side of the camera. So, I understand the fear. I'll do almost anything to help you feel comfortable because I get it. Thank you to Justin and Kaylee for being yourselves and trusting me. You both look AMAZING!

PS: scroll down to see some animal friends we met in the woods at Asylum Lake.

Lauren + Joe / Kalamazoo Engagement Session

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It had been almost 10 years since I last saw Lauren. We have grown up so much. I've had two kids and she's GETTING MARRIED. So when she and Joe asked me to be their wedding photographer, I was thrilled. Meeting Joe was a real treat. He is kind and funny and has a great smile that lights up his eyes. I couldn't imagine a better future spouse for my friend.

For their engagement session, I knew that I wanted to try Ramona Park, which is only 15 minutes from my house. It was the hottest day of the year so far, and I was a little nervous when they still wanted to shoot. But honestly, it was perfect. There was a breeze coming off the lake and plenty of shade. Since their wedding is in the middle of freezing Michigan winter, it only seems fitting that we balance that out with a hot summer engagement session.

Nikki + Carolyn / Kalamazoo Engagement Photographer

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Nikki and Carolyn are my adopted sisters. They came into my life when I needed a support system and made me laugh, watched my babies, and taught (still are teaching) me to be a better human. I don't get to photograph their wedding because I get to officiate it! It will be my first time performing the ceremony and I am so incredibly honored and excited that theirs will be my first. Still, I was super duper jazzed to take their engagements. They brought along their puppy Ollie (short for Olivander from Harry Potter- another reason we are BFFs), and we explored a local nature preserve. Then, we found a pretty field by a creepy church and played in the grass. All-in-all: a glorious evening.

Josh + Renae / Kalamazoo Wedding Photographer

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When I arrive on a wedding day, I always check out the decor to catch the vibe of the couple. If I could choose one word to describe Renae's wedding style, it would be sparkle. There was glitter on her bouquet, glitter shoes (in fact, two pairs of glitter shoes), glitter table numbers, glitter bridesmaid dress straps, glitter allthethings. I tested my theory by showing her two ring shots. The first was on a green leaf, the second was on her shoes (see below), and while she liked the leaf one, as soon as I showed her the sparkly version, her face LIT UP.

It was a lovely day. Renae and Joshua SHINE.

Venue: Fetzer Center
Flowers: Polderman Flowers
Rings: Jared's
Dress: David's Bridal
Cake: Boonzaaijer Bakery
DJ: Wiser Productions
Photographer: Adventure Photo Stories
Second Shooter: Kendra Dolson

Megan + Zak / Fort Wayne Indiana Wedding Photographer

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I've been friends with Megan and Zak for more than 8 years. When they asked me to photograph their wedding, I was both incredibly excited and slightly nervous. On one hand, I couldn't imagine NOT photographing it, but on the other hand, I was due to have a baby just a few weeks before their date. We problem solved by having another photographer responsible for most of the day with me shooting during portraits and the ceremony. We had everything lined up with a great gal, but THE NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING at one in the morning, I got a text that she was in the hospital. I scrambled to try to find someone available who also happened to be awake at that late hour. Megan and Zak deserve the best, and I was super scared that I wouldn't be able to find someone I could trust to do them justice.

Enter Ryan Gauper of GAUPERphoto.

When he messaged me saying that he would make the 4+ hour drive on almost no sleep and photograph the day, I was so so grateful. He is one of the few people I would trust to shoot the day AND he did it on no notice.

Below is a collaboration of both of our images, edited in my style. Please go check out his work with his wife Holly on their website and show them some love.

Megan and Zak. You know I love you. Thank you for being the coolest.

Southwest Michigan LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Vendors

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Happy Pride month!

I realize that not every couple is afforded the same respect when planning their wedding, and while that is wholly unacceptable, there is something I can do to help. Here is a list of vendors who will CELEBRATE that love is love.

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Photographers

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Venues

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Officiants

Jaime Wise - jaimewisessv@gmail.com 

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