2013 in review-part 1

2013 was quite a different year for me, both personally and professionally. A good chunk of the year was determined by a sweet surprise (in as much of a surprise as a baby can be) named Aela Kate. I had three gracious couples who trusted me to photograph their big day with a plus 1 that may have been more of a hinderance than a help. I expected the worst photographing weddings while being so pregnant, thinking that many people would doubt my ability to function while being quite round. I was pleasantly surprised by how many people, brides and grooms and guests alike, treated me so kindly and thoughtfully all while allowing me to do my job. This was still a very abbreviated year for my business. 2012 saw me photographing 20 weddings by year’s end, while in 2013 I managed to squeak out 10 while having my third child smack dab in the middle of summer.

I’m so very thankful for an extra sweet face to kiss when I come home, but I can tell you I’m excited to face another year with more energy and with more time to create beautiful images. This year I decided to give up portraits and commercial work so that I can concentrate on what I love the most, weddings, and in turn allow me to balance my family and work time better. Blogging took a back seat, but I plan to bring it back full force and to start I’m recapping last year. Enjoy part one and come back to see part two.

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Becky and David are the sweetest couple with such a quiet but strong adoration for each other. They were married April 13th at All Saints Catholic Church in Rossford, OH followed by a reception at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, OH. They braved cold weather that included rain and snow and whatever exists in-between to get some outdoor photos and did it all with smiles on their faces. We headed out again during the reception to get some photos under the lights in Levis Commons, just outside of the hotel, where they went on their first date.

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Rhonda and Kirk were married May 11th at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra, MI followed by a reception in Ida, MI. Rhonda attended a wedding I photographed in 2012 and I was so excited to be able to work with her and Kirk and their group of friends. They are great down-to-earth people who know how to have a good time. I do have to say that tears were not in shortage on their wedding day and that it was one of those weddings where you just know these two people were made for each other. I love it when all of the emotions of a wedding day are due to two people who have been waiting in such happy anticipation of this day since they met.

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Amalia and Bobby were married on June 29th outside at the Ann Arbor City Club with a reception that followed inside. I didn’t actually get to meet Amalia or Bobby until less than a week before their wedding. They are both in graduate school in San Diego and Amalia’s mom Rossana did much of the planning for them back here in Michigan. I loved the sense of humor between these two! Bobby officially wins the award for the best vows ever and had every guest (and me) and his bride laughing out loud during the ceremony. Amalia studies marine biology and Bobby geology and the amount of scientific references that went into describing the love between these two in Bobby’s vows completely went over my head but had me giggling behind my camera all the same. I enjoyed being able to work with my sisters who took care of the hair and makeup for the bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride and made the day easier for everyone who traveled to Ann Arbor for the wedding.

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Michelle and Ben were married August 23rd at the Henry Ford Museum with a ceremony in the Anderson Theater and their reception in the Museum Plaza. This was a day to remember with this sweet family surrounded by their loving family and friends. The day started off with hair and makeup with Julie and Hannah of Imagine Three and followed with beautiful details that blew me away. When you entered the theater where Michelle and Ben got married, you were greater by the most amazing smell of flowers. Even though we had taken advantage of Greenfield Village earlier in the day to take some pictures together, Ben’s emotional face while watching his bride walk up the aisle to him was a moment to remember. This couple is surrounded by so many people that love and support them and this day was a total celebration just for them and their new life together. Guests were able to stroll through the museum while I hopped in a Model T with Michelle and Ben (and our driver) for some time to take some photos in the village after hours. The rest of the night was a fun celebration that ended a day to remember.

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Come back in the next week for round 2 of weddings that I photographed in 2013 with many more beautiful shots to see!

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Katherine + Tim

Break out your tissues people! While I appreciate so many moments of the weddings I am privileged to capture, it isn’t often that my emotions are affected by what’s going on. There were just so many beautiful moments during Katherine and Tim’s wedding, it was hard not to get caught up in the joy that filled the day. I’ve realized more and more, that what makes me feel like I’ve accomplished a job well done at the end of a wedding day is not that I came up with some amazing pose, but I feel accomplished if I was able to artfully capture real and raw emotion. That being said, I feel pretty accomplished looking at the images from Katherine and Tim’s wedding and here’s just a small sampling.

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I love this next photo and I didn’t realize it at the moment I took it, but on the right, you can see Tim’s dad is there, in this moment and in this prayer.

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Jessica + Ryan wedding

I was so excited to kick off the 2012 wedding season and to do it with such a fun couple. I loved the amount of raw emotion that went on the entire day, from sweet moments between Jessica and her dad to the giddiness in both the bride and the groom moments before the ceremony. One of the sweetest moments had to have been during the maid of honor’s toast. Jessica’s sister Jackie was describing Jessica’s initial hesitation to date Ryan because she was terrified that she could possibly lose her best friend in Ryan. You can’t help but smile looking at these photos and realizing how incredibly happy these two are to spend the rest of their life with their best friend. Congrats guys!

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Tashya & Patrick get married

This gallery contains 45 photos.

What’s not to love about this wedding?  Two incredibly beautiful venues, a gorgeous bride that has such an infectious and genuine smile, traditions from both the bride and groom’s cultural heritage, a rocking party, and a couple who couldn’t be … Continue reading

Ashley & Jon’s wedding

This gallery contains 55 photos.

I’ll never forget at the end of our first meeting when Jon chimed into the conversation Ashley and I were having and congratulated us on becoming friends.  Together, this lovely couple had come up with a clear vision for what … Continue reading

Becca & Bill get married

This gallery contains 58 photos.

Becca and Bill are the kind of laid back couple you just want to hang out with and get to know.  This made my job so incredibly easy, and fun, on their wedding day.  There was something kind of sweet … Continue reading

Nika & John wedding

This gallery contains 58 photos.

Usually when I arrive on someone’s wedding day and ask the bride how she’s feeling, it’s answered with some sort of hope about the day running smoothly.  When I got to Nika’s parents’ house and found her already in her … Continue reading

Amanda & Justin’s wedding

This gallery contains 30 photos.

Something new for me at Amanda and Justin’s wedding was not actually meeting them face to face until two days before their big day (or at least I couldn’t remember which couple they were at a wedding show).  I like … Continue reading

Rachel & David’s beach wedding

This gallery contains 40 photos.

It might be because I made some of the best memories of my childhood there, but I think there is something almost magical about northern Michigan.  Ever since our first meeting, I had been looking forward to Rachel and David’s … Continue reading

Nikki & Shaun’s wedding

This gallery contains 31 photos.

There was so much I loved about Nikki and Shaun’s wedding.  Nikki is an art teacher and did such an amazing job hand-making many different parts of her wedding.  She had a fantastic vision and did a wonderful job making … Continue reading