So excited to be Michelle and Josè's wedding photographer this July. They will be getting married at Laurel Manor in Livonia, MI July of 2018. I had to post a few highlights from their engagement shoot last Fall. We did two engagement sessions and working with them was really fun, they made my job so easy. I really didn't give much direction, most of their poses were very natural and they laughed together through the entire session. Our first session was in Glenn, Michigan at a local vineyard. We found an old barn to shoot in, then walked through the vineyard for the rest of the session. The second shoot took place at Lincoln Park in Chicago, IL.
We started the day with a few getting ready and detail shots at the Radisson Hotel downtown Kalamazoo. We then headed to the ceremony site in Oshtemo, MI. It was a quiet, small ceremony in the mother of the brides backyard. I think these are some of the best ceremonies, they're intimate and just the right size. After saying, "I Do" we had a brief reception at the house with food and cake cutting. We then sneaked away to Heritage Hall on Western Michigan University's campus for a little photo shoot. After this, the party got started at Old Dog Tavern downtown Kalamazoo with lots of good, live music and a first dance for the newly wed couple.
What a fun spring wedding here in Grand Rapids, Michigan! There are so many amazing churches with tall cathedral ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows. The Bride and Groom were really fun to work with and gave us plenty of great photo opportunities throughout the day, including an amazing bubble exit from the tall wooden church doors, out into the streets of Grand Rapids. We then walked with the wedding party down the streets, stopping throughout the city for photos. We wrapped up the night with dinner, cake cutting, champaign toasts, and dancing at The Courtyard by Marriott for the reception.
Just a few more from Karen and James. We did two engagement shoots, so this one was a short session. We really wanted to catch the last of the apple blossoms so we ran out to VerHage Fruit Farms in Kalamazoo. They're getting married in October at the Blodgett Wedding Barn in Schoolcraft, Michigan.
Just a review of some weddings and moments from 2017. Last wedding season was a blast, I've learned a lot and I'm excited for 2018. I absolutely love capturing these moments and creating small pieces of art work for these couples to have for a lifetime. I really enjoy showing couples a preview right off the camera so I can see their reactions. Bringing people joy through my work is always my top priority.
Karen and James helped me clear the dust off my gear for my first engagement session of the year. As you can see, it's spring time here in Kalamazoo, trees are in bloom, and love is in the air! This is the first of two sessions, here at the always beautiful Kalamazoo Nature Center arboretum. Their wedding is taking place in October 2018 at the Blodgett Wedding Barn in Schoolcraft, MI.