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The Whittingtons / Benton Harbor Michigan Wedding Photographer

The Whittingtons / Benton Harbor Michigan Wedding Photographer

Sundance Studios Wedding by Kalamazoo Wedding Photographer

The Schultzes / Mattawan Michigan Wedding Photography

I was dying to photograph this apple orchard, farm-to-table, brewery reception wedding from the moment Andrew told me he was going to propose to Ruth. Colin and I were sitting outside at Texas Corners Brewing Company on our first date night since moving back to Michigan. I've known Andrew for years from school and his family farm, but I had never seen him so giddy... smile crinkles dancing in place happy. The whole wedding was full to overflowing with joy. From an outdoor ceremony with the orchard as a backdrop to the reception at the brewery and the best wedding band I've ever heard (seriously, their rendition of Up Town Funk was AMAZING), it was the kind of wedding I could have stayed at forever. At the end of the night, Ruth asked to take a picture with me because "You're not just our photographer, you're our friend!"

Folks, that's what I live for.

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Branda and Kevin / Grand Rapids Engagement Photographer

Colin shot this session with me and it ended with us getting drinks with Branda and Kevin at Founders Brewing Co. Basically, we just met our new BFFs. IMG_0058IMG_0042IMG_0045IMG_0051IMG_0062IMG_0069IMG_0074IMG_0096IMG_0125IMG_0148IMG_0175IMG_0180IMG_0200IMG_0222IMG_0231IMG_0257IMG_0264

The Garbersons / Grand Rapids Family Photography

My heart swells when I think of the Garbersons. Their family is an active force of good in a world that needs it. Their new baby Edison is yet another wonderful thing they have done to make earth a bit brighter. (Sorry not sorry for the pun) IMG_9835IMG_9856IMG_9896IMG_9868IMG_9884IMG_0002IMG_9903IMG_9909-2IMG_9907-2IMG_9920IMG_9914IMG_9915IMG_9965IMG_9948

Emily and Drew / Grand Rapids Engagement Photographer

This was the session that almost didn't happen. First of all, Emily and Drew didn't really NEED me to take engagement pictures because their good friend Cindy had already taken some, but I gave them the option and we all figured it would be fun. We had plans to walk around downtown Grand Rapids and I ALMOST rescheduled this session. I had a specific vision, and Lord knows that when I get set on something, it's all I can think about. I couldn't think of any indoor locations, and I was about to give up when I discovered the Studio 3 Space in the super cool 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW building. Guys.

It's so cool. Studio 3 included, the whole building is incredible. Emily, Drew, and I had a blast exploring the stairwells and crumbling brick hallways. I loved seeing them lean into the wonder of the space.

Cheers to them and their many adventures to come!