Kelsey & Erik

Congratulations to Kelsey + Erik Swanson!

On December 16, 2017 my very last wedding of the year. Kelsey + Erik were married in a cozy small environment with close family and friends at the stunning Bay Point Inn.

It was cold, and it had snowed the night before leaving a clean blanket of fresh snow that made the lake behind the hotel go on for what seemed like forever. It was an early morning winter ceremony and the clouds gave us a even light, making every area of the grounds fantastic!

So, there’s always excitement during the early mornings of getting ready.  This time it just so happened to be ME that caused all of the excitement.  While we were photographing in the hotel room to create the gorgeous photograph below, we set off the smoke alarms.  I had used ‘Atomospheric Aerosol’ to create a smoke look, and we were able to nail the shot very fast.  As soon as were done.  BAM.  The alarms went off.  So, a huge thank you to this amazing bride that kept her cool when the alarms went off, and was completely unfazed!!!


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During the ceremony I watched close family members wipe away tears of joy, and the toasts were just as amazing.  Father of the groom had one of the most touching speeches I have ever heard.  “Kelsey, thank you for choosing my son!”  Of course I cried, I always do.

Kelsey chose to go with The Backyard Gardner for her floral arrangements and I have to say that these are the best fake bouquets I have ever seen.  And a huge shout-out to The Backyard Gardner for the boutonniere’s as well, they were so easy to put on and take off.  They were great!!!

Thank you again Kelsey and Erik for letting me there to capture your special day!  I wish you both all the blessings!!

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Krystal Thornton Photography is a Michigan based wedding photographer.  Photographing weddings in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Lawton, Ann Arbor and more.  Krystal Thornton Photography is also a destination photographer.
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Happy Anniversary to Laura and Nick

Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Nick Hunter. I was contacted by a friend asking if I would help photograph her sons wedding.  So, happy I was there to share the day with them.  It started off a rainy day and then the weather broke.  It ended up being a beautiful day.  The church ceremony was perfect!  I had never photographed a church wedding and had the honor to do so that day.

Being a mother I know how much my boys mean to me and was honored when my friend asked me to capture her sons precious day.  I’ve known Beth Hunter for several years now and she is such an amazing person.  I absolutely adore her and was to honored she thought of me to capture her sons day.

(Funny story, my oldest son’s birthday is actually tomorrow.)

I had the pleasure to sit at the parents of the brides table during the reception.  What a lovely couple.  I found out I actually live close to where Molly works, less than a mile in fact. She’s teaches at high school not far from my house.

The reception was located at the YMCA Sherman Lake Camp.  My daughter attended 5th grade camp there and recognized the fire place right away. The food was amazing and the fruit and vegetable table was so elegant and very fall-ish.  I absolutely loved the s’more station and all of the games on the deck.  This reception was meant to be fun for everyone including the kids that attended. I was impressed with all of the things that people were able to do during the reception.

I think my most favorite part about the reception was when Michigan beat Wisconsin 14-7 and the DJ played the Michigan Fight Song.  The guests erupted in song and it was the official start to the party!

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Happy Anniversary Maywan and Nikkita



A year ago today Maywan and Nikkita said ‘I do’.  A good friend of mine Jermaine Jackson contacted me just a couple of days before the wedding asking if I was available to photograph his brothers wedding.  Of course I said ‘Yes’!  This family had recently lost someone very important to them.  Maywan’s mother passed away.  The wedding was an elopement.  Nikkita and Maywan had been together for a while and decided they wanted to make it official.

This wedding was particularly special because Maywan’s brother Jermaine was the officiant. He was up front with his brother on his special day. That’s not an everyday occurrence.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the seats or at the alter.  In fact I even cried.  It was a very beautiful and delicate ceremony held at Kindleberger Park in Parchment Michigan.

After the ceremony we walked around and were able to get some very beautiful photos!

Nikkita was absolutely stunning.  Breathtaking in fact.  What a beautiful person inside and out.  She didn’t even know that it was going to be photographed and when she found out was so thankful.

Maywan was a little late to the ceremony.  However, everyone knew he was coming.  The second he saw Nikkita you could see his heart smile.  She is definitely his other half.





When you love someone and it shows through the photos, I know I have done my job.  The love that these two have for each other is amazing.  Maywan looks at Nikkita like she’s the last soul on Earth.  Their love is what young people dream about!  It was a joy and an honor to be a part of their special day!  I wish them all the happiness this world has to offer!

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Magnificent Michigan

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My husband I recently succumbed to the idea of moving out of state.  Next year, 2018 we will no longer be Michiganders. While we love Michigan my husbands job requires him to move to move up.  So, with that being said we decided to have one last hurrah with wonderful sights Michigan has to offer.  We were a little upset when we got to the bridge and it was so rainy, cloudy and just plain gloomy.  However, I was able to capture a few of the slow motion water photos of the Mackinac bridge, which I absolutely love!



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The soft view of the Mackinac Bridge is one that I thought I would not be able to capture and was blessed enough to do so.  All of the photos I take, take time and a lot of patience!

Another wonderful place we visited are the amazingly powerful Tequamenon Falls.  It’s amazing to see and feel the power of the rumbling waterfalls. The upper and the lower falls have so much to offer.  You can tell how beautifully dangerous they are to enter.



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The love I have for Michigan is like no other.  I have lived here my whole life and have just recently been able to view the amazing wonders this gorgeous state has to offer.  One of my favorite places we visited was the Kitch-iti-kipi Big Springs also known as the ‘Mirror of Heaven‘.  You could see the bottom of this breathtaking spring fed river. In fact you could see the spring bubbling at the bottom of it. It was quite the sight!



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We were also able to visit Munising, Michigan and see the gorgeous cliff view of the Miner’s Castle and the Miner’s Falls.



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We finished off the Michigan Trip with the beautiful night sky of Michigan.  And the amazing view of the Milky Way!  The night sky was amazing finish to such a beautiful vacation!



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Damenick and her ‘Joe-Joe-Bear’ are MARRIED!!

OH! MY! GOODNESS!  Could this couple be any more precious?!  The weather was beautiful, it would have been so much hotter if it wasn’t for the crazy wind!  On June 10, 2017 two hearts became one in front of family and friends who traveled all the way across the world to witness this occasion.  It’s not hard to believe these two were meant to be, by the way Joe looks at Damenick when she walks in the room.  Or the way he looks at Avery their daughter when she’s playing off to the side.  These two can lock eyes from across the room and know what the other is thinking.  I have seen it first hand.


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The day went off without a hitch Thanks to the wonderful and lovely Lisa Heeter and all of the amazing vendors.  The flower arrangements were from Holiday Floral.  They were stunning and lasted forever considering the heat and the wind. The chair covers were from Julie Fell at Julie’s Chair Covers.  Great quality and absolutely beautiful!  Dj was Rich from Encore DJ. Great music, and super nice guy!  And the ceremony and cocktail music was provided by Adam Newton.  Such a talented Musician.  His voice was so perfect, and played the guitar with such ease and grace.  The coordinator from Railside Golf Course was Donna and her lovely assistant Kelsey.  Thank you for being so accommodating, helpful, generous and such wonderful people!


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I first had the pleasure of photographing Joe and Damenick with Damenick’s side of the family for a family photo session in Fall of 2016.  I was able to meet a ton of family members and it’s easy to fit in with how accepting, patient and kind everyone is.  It’s not everyday you meet people that are so laid back and truly believe in what happens, happens. And, are completely comfortable with the ‘go with the flow’ attitude.


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From the girls getting ready, to the guys getting ready, to the first look, it was a day full of love and laughter.  Friends and family witnessed two hearts becoming one on a day that will be remembered and cherished forever.  It was a joy and pleasure to be such a huge part of their day.  One that I will truly remember forever and will always hold a special place in my heart!D and J (36 of 135)


After all of the necessary items on a wedding day.  We slipped away to take bride and groom photos, and it could not have been any better.  The beautiful venue at Railside Golf Course was perfectly set up for us.  From the trees, to the green, to the flowers, stairs and tunnel.  There is not one thing I would change, and cannot wait to one day go back!


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Family Reunion Photo Shoot

I know it was just a Memorial Day weekend gathering, however when it extends beyond just siblings and parents.  I personally call that a family reunion.  And it was parents, kids, aunt, uncle, cousins and grand kids.  So, I would call that a Family Reunion!


 

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The weather was supposed to rain for several days on this Sunday.  We waited until that morning to fully decide if we were going to do the photo shoot because they really wanted morning photos.  With the direction of the sun, and the view of the lake.  It turned out to be a perfect Memorial weekend this year.


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Okay, we have to talk about the kids first.  Of course, right!  These kids were absolutely adorable!  They were amazing to work with and honestly, when you get this many kids together you have a tendency to have chaos.  And, in fact we had the exact opposite.  I was able to organize 21 people including the kids and didn’t have to Photoshop a single head!!  (Just kidding I don’t do that anyway! That’s not the type of photography I do!)  The two young ladies were so helpful with their cousins!  It was their help that truly made this photo!


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Of course we had to get a photo with all of the girls in it.  There’s something about having all of the girls in a family and all of the guys in a family to take a photo. Probably my favorite part of family photos is doing this.  There’s such a special bond between them.  Like almost a family secret that no one knows except them.


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YES!  That sky is real!  I did not add a fake sky to it!  It was seriously that beautiful outside!!!!!


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