Danielle + Alex / Kalamazoo Engagement Photographer

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The weather has officially turned. Michigan autumn is a tricksy minx and we missed our super small window of not-freezing temperatures, dry sky, and pretty colors. Instead, we got one out of the three… but pretty colors are worth the chill and rain IMO.

Danielle and Alex are full of joy and laughter. They never once complained. I’m THRILLED with how their engagement pictures turned out :)

Ashley + Rob / Tabor Hill Winery Photographer

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Ashley and Rob had the honor of being Tabor Hill Winery’s first wedding in their dedicated event space! When I pulled up, I knew that it would be GORGEOUS. The greenhouse-style high-ceiling tent in the middle of the vineyard bounced pure light everywhere during the day and sparked with strands of market lights at night. The ceremony was under a classic white pergola in the middle of the vines. The only thing that could compare to that setting was the love and kindness of Ashely, Rob, and their family.

My favorite part of the day was sunset. After a day of cloud cover, it was unexpected and breathtaking.

Photographer: Adventure Photo Stories
Venue: Tabor Hill
Dress: Wedding Belles Bridal Salon
Caterer: CK Catering
Coordinator - Jessica Smith Weddings
Florals: Debby Murphy

Maria + Kristen / Mackinac Island Engagement Photographer

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When Maria and Kristen asked me to be their wedding photographer, I wasn't sure that I could book so far out into 2019. At the time, I was pregnant with Stella and imagining work/family balance was hard. But, they cared about me equally as a person and as a professional. They encouraged my work, and embraced my family. When they asked if I could do a destination engagement session on Mackinac Island, I was excited because 1. GORGEOUS people in gorgeous places and 2. the family could come. In fact, right before this session, we all had dinner together. Maria and Kristen played with my girls and connected with my husband. I felt so loved. I really think that came to play in their engagement pictures. I felt comfortable asking them to get in the water and play. I think that they felt comfortable with me and let me see their real smiles. The images we created are full of real intimacy and joy. I'm so glad I know them. 

Ana + Tyler / South Haven Engagement Photographer

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This session was so fun. I've never been on a sailboat before, and while it was initially terrifying balancing with all of my gear (thank God for insurance), I was fascinated. Tyler and Ana are getting married at the South Haven Yacht Club, and it's going to be awesome. I'm such a fan of unique engagement sessions where the couple can really show off what they love.

PS. How presh is their puppy Zoe? 

Ian + Andrea / Kalamazoo Engagement Photographer

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I met Ian and Andrea when Ian was a groomsman in one of my favorite weddings of all time (see Jaime and Nate's Wedding here). They are incredible people and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding. When we planned their engagement session, I asked if they would be willing to end our time together IN the lake. They said yes, and I about died. They were so easy to take pictures of! Their love is sweet and silly and perfect.

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.