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Woodland Wedding Stylized Photography

This was my little project for the fall.  I’ve been wanting to do a stylized wedding shoot for a few years, and finally this year I was able to pull it all together.  My stunning cousin Johanna was my model, she brought along her boyfriend Jake.  I borrowed a friend’s fall-tastic backyard, mom and I styled the shoot, and my very talented sister did hair and makeup.  Dress is from The Bridal Gallery on 44th Street.  Jake’s suit is from Banana Republic.  I made the bouquet and boutonniere.  The day started with a steady drizzle, I thought we would have to scrap the whole thing.  But the rain stopped and off we went.  Everything turned out beautiful!  Thanks to everyone for all their help!

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Summer Weddings

I feel bad, I’ve been so busy with wedding season, I really have not had time to blog much this summer.  I thought I would throw up a quick post with some of my favorite images from this summer’s weddings (so far).  I’ve had 3 weddings in the past 8 days, so I have plenty to pick from 🙂

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Allison & Mike {Wedding}

I love these pictures.  I am so excited with the way they turned out!  Allison and Mike were an awesome couple to work with and I feel their pictures reflect that 🙂  Not everyone can pull off the “no smile” serious look, but these two rocked it!  The day was perfect and the venue was fabulous.  The ceremony was held on the skydeck of the Loft 310 building in downtown Kalamazoo.  Reception was on the 2nd floor.  The couple were very untraditional, there was not a wedding party and they served donuts instead of cake.  Check out the pics, let me know what you think.  Fellow photographers, give me your thoughts!

Mike & Ashley {Wedding}

I have been looking forward to this wedding for a long time. I have known Ashley and her family for over 5 years now, her little brother and my son are best friends. Our families also go to the same church, so we see each other every week. So when she came to me over a year ago and asked me to be part of their special day, I was beyond excited! Everything went so well, as a photographer I couldn’t have asked for more. I pray a lifetime of blessings on you Mike and Ashley. God bless you both as you begin your lives together!

Mike & Amy {Wedding}

I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to celebrate Amy & Mike’s wedding last Saturday. The weather was a photographer’s dream and the location was beautiful. With family from all over Michigan, they decided to celebrate the day somewhere in the middle. They chose Cadillac, having their reception at the beautiful Caberfae Ski Resort. The colors were awesome and love was in the air. I hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon in Jamaica!  And may God bless you both as you begin your lives together!

Hair and Makeup:  Posh Salon, Cadillac

Flowers:  Hagstrom’s Flowers, Cadillac

DJ:  Eagle Entertainment, Josh Rheaume

Reception Location:  Caberfae Ski Resort

To see their beautiful slideshow from the wedding day, click here.

Samantha & Brandon {Wedding}

Brandon and Sam met on the co-ed bowling team at Grand Valley. Some of you will remember the engagement pictures we did at the bowling alley last fall, so much fun! Their wedding day turned out to be a beautiful fall day, a great day for their outdoor wedding at Centennial Country Club in Grand Rapids. Thank you both so much for including me in your special day. Hopefully you’ve made it down to Jamaica and are enjoying some fun in the sun! Many blessings!

Ceremony & Reception:  Centennial Country Club

DJ:  DJ A-Dubs

Hair & Makeup:  The Hair Studio

Wedding Photography & Slideshow:  Tomorrow’s Memories by Beca

Traditional Wedding Photography

I have a lot of people ask me what my “style” is for wedding photography.  I always hate to answer this question, because I don’t know that I have a particular “style”.  But when I pulled pictures for this post, I noticed a lot of similarities in my shooting style.  I often tell people that I’m not an old fashioned traditional photographer.  I like to try new poses and step out of the box as often as I can, but living in West Michigan I find that most of my brides and grooms want a mix of fun, new and traditional.  I don’t have a lot of requests for a complete photojournalism look, but I do like to document the day.  And almost all of my family shots are very traditional.  Following are what I would call traditional wedding portraits.  I love the clean, crisp look to these pictures.  Enjoy!