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This is a personal post about my wedding ring. And out of respect for my husband, he has read this post and has approved it.

On January 25, 2008, my husband and I went out to a fancy dinner at “Bella Notte Ristorante” in Jackson, Michigan.  We were in the balcony seating, by ourselves.  We loved it up there because they had the walls decorated like it was a terrace in Italy.  It’s so pretty and honestly who doesn’t love Italian food!

Nate and I had been talking and it’s so funny because I remember exactly how he proposed ten years ago and two kids less LOL.

We had been talking about our lives together, holding hands across the table when I said something along the lines of “Man, it feels like we’ve been together for forever, and it hasn’t even been a year.”  At that moment Nate got down on one knee and said, “Speaking for forever.” He pulled out the engagement ring and asked me to marry him!

Now, my husband isn’t hasty in deciding anything.  He spent months and went to about 15 different jewelry stores to pick this ring out.


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I was so excited, however, the ring was not what I wanted.  I was actually really surprised and a little upset that it was a three-stone. Over the past several months Nate and I had discussed rings and I expressed how much I really wanted a heart diamond.  nothing super fancy but I really wanted to be able to display my love for my marriage by having a heart diamond.  I didn’t think anything about it until I received the three-stone diamond ring.  (There are other personal reasons that this ring was not what I wanted, but I will not go into that.)

I know you are thinking, “How dare Krystal write about how she doesn’t like her ring in a blog post.”  But, I have discussed this blog with my husband and he has read it to make sure that he is okay with what I type.  And, there is a very good reason for my discussing this topic. It took me four years to go to my husband and tell him how I really felt about the ring. I love my husband, I mean L-O-V-E my husband with every ounce of my being.  And I never want to hurt him, and I know as gently as I put it.  I did, hurt him.

Fast forward 9 years, and 303 days. In December 2017 when I woke up one morning, I looked at my engagement ring.  And one of the smaller diamonds was gone.

My heart was completely broken. I cried.  A lot. Here was this item, that I had worn on my finger for almost 10 years.  Every single day. And part of it was missing.

Part of me was missing.

We had discussed upgrading my ring after so many years, and I thought I wanted to take the diamonds out of the ring and just rearrange the diamonds and add a heart diamond.  But that moment when I had lost a diamond, I realized the importance of this ring.

It’s not the ring, the metal, the jewels, the color, the shape, it’s not about any of that. And here I had spent so many years disliking this thing on my finger because of the way it looked.  But here’s the cold hard truth.

This ring has experienced everything I experienced from day one with my husband.  Births, deaths, fights, constructions, illnesses, doctor visits, career change, moves, business start-up and so many other moments that have fleeted by without any trace.

But they did leave a trace.

On my heart.  And I wear my heart on my left, Ring, Finger!


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So, it took ten years for me to realize that I had been quite blind when I received my engagement ring.  And it’s ok.  Because that’s what life is all about, is finding what means the most to you and keeping that around you for as long as possible.

Now, Medawars of Portage, Michigan took very good care of me. Since my husband had purchased the ring from them.  And even though it has been damn near ten years since the purchase.  They fixed the missing diamond, polished, buffed and added Rhodium to the ring to make it stay white gold. The best part is they did it all for FREE!  Thank you Medawars, when I am ready to upgrade I will be going back to you!

Nate and I will be upgrading my ring in the next couple of years.  We have decided to keep this ring, that I wear now the way it was when I received it, and to pass on to our kids.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog!

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(269) 599-2094

krystal@kthornphoto.com

 

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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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Happy Anniversary!!!

 

Hannah and Kaleb Trash the dress (19 of 43)



Hard to believe it’s already been a year since my first wedding, and my first trash the dress session.  Happy Anniversary to the couple that changed my life, and my career.  Happy anniversary to an amazing couple!!

One year ago Hannah and Kaleb said ‘I do’.  I remember it was supposed to rain and all of a sudden the forecast changed.  Kaleb sent Hannah flowers and a note while she was getting ready at the salon and in it, it said, ‘P.S. No Rain Today’.

I have to admit, this was a very emotional wedding for me.  I cried all day long alongside everyone else.  Hannah and Kaleb were surrounded by amazing friends and family.  Their support system is absolutely beautiful!





The wedding took place at Southern Exposure in Battle Creek, Michigan.  The venue was absolutely gorgeous.  All of the flowers were in bloom and amazing property gave us so much to work with.

Hannah’s mom Ellen was such a huge part of her day.  In fact, she is the one I met first.  As a mother myself I know how important it is to make sure your kids have everything they need or want.  And, Ellen was right there to save the day several times. The bond that Hannah and Ellen, her mother share is a bond I hope to have with my daughter as she gets older.



I wish Hannah and Kaleb all the joy and happiness this world has to offer. They were such a joy to work with, sweet, kind and absolutely wonderful!  It’s amazing how ‘just being the photographer’ in a wedding means so much.  I was there to watch their story unfold.  I was there to capture memories they will cherish and remember forever.

This is why I am a photographer.  This is why I love my career!

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How expensive are weddings?

Congratulations on your engagement!  Now what?!  Now, you get to plan the most beautiful wedding you have ever dreamed of.  All of those ideas you had when you were little about your father (figure) walking you down the aisle and not a dry eye in the seat.  And all of that costs money…  How much?!  Well according to Google the average wedding costs $26,645.  So, here are some tips on how to save some dough.


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  1.  Think about the future first.  On your 10th, 20th or even 50th wedding anniversary.  What will you miss the most, that special cake you didn’t get, the garter you didn’t keep, the family member you are fighting with that you didn’t invite, not having that special dinner you really wanted??  More than likely it will be not getting a wedding photographer.  You think ‘Hey we can have Uncle Bob photograph the wedding and use those photos for the rest of our lives. Only to discover, Uncle Bob doesn’t know how to pose you so you look flattering, or how to edit those photos, and keeps catching you with your eyes closed.  Some mistakes are better left unlearned.
  2. Find out who is willing to help with the cost first.  Sometimes you have family members that will help out with the cost and that ‘will be your wedding present’.
  3. Make sure you know how much total you will have to spend.
  4. MAKE A LIST of the most important items that are MUST HAVES.  And the things that less important.  If having expensive silverware is must have, then you will have to cut costs somewhere else.
  5. Don’t plan your wedding to please other people and Don’t let other people try to please themselves with YOUR wedding.  It happens all too often.  There are usually hard feelings somewhere at some point of the planning process.  Remember this is YOUR day, and YOU and your FIANCEE’s day.

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Finally, remember even as crazy as it may get on your special day.  This day was meant to be remembered in a good way.  Push the little insignificant details out of the way and enjoy finding your soul-mate and hold onto your Happily Ever After!

Hiring your wedding and engagement photographer tips!!

 

Ahhh!  It’s that time of year again when the weather warms up, people are outside more, the birds start chirping and the grass gets greener….!  Hopefully soon anyway.  This is my favorite time of year.  When all of the newly engaged couples start contacting me for engagement photos and they start looking for wedding photographers.   Ahh, love is in the air.  Super excited for this year, I have several weddings booked already and I am hopeful to get several more.





So here’s a couple of things I want you be aware of when looking for your photographer.  Make sure you find someone that meets several of YOUR criteria when looking around.

  1.  Make sure that your personalities fit together.  Just because you contacted a photographer and even met with them.  Doesn’t mean that they are the right fit for you.  These are your most precious memories that they are dealing with.  If you are not comfortable with them then it will show in the photos.
  2. Find out how long their turn-around-time is.  This could be very important, depending on if there is a holiday or an important event coming up and you want to give some of the photos as gifts.  You want someone that will meet your time frame.
  3. Can they handle stressful situations.  Sometimes during a wedding a situation will arise, how are they going to handle this disruption to the timeline…
  4. What if they get sick…  Do they have someone that could cover them if something should happen and they are unable to make your special day…
  5. Ok, so you have a photographer in mind and you see their packages and you know what you want.  Customer service is not on the package, Does this photographer have customer service skills, are they willing to deliver beyond the package…
  6. And lastly, what type of editing will they do to the photos?  This is HUGE, because if you have a photo of the entire wedding party and someone’s eyes are closed, will they Photoshop different eyes on them?  You need to know the extent of the editing that they will do before you hire them.
  7. Most importantly COST.  You want something FAST, CHEAP, and GREAT QUALITY.  As the old adage goes, you can pick two of those. What is FAST and CHEAP is not always GREAT QUALITY.  Please remember this.




This is YOUR wedding day, and there are so many important decisions that you have to make.  Make sure you consider all options and remember in 50 years when you look back on your day, what do you want to remember most from it?  The cost, the quality of the photos, the lack of photos, or that you took your time and picked the best photographer for you and your fiancée and received the best quality photographs of a memory that could never be duplicated.

 

Words for Wednesday (Pocket Square folding)

So, my words for Wednesday are how to fold a pocket square, or any type of fold for that matter.  It’s been a constant pain at almost every single wedding I have attended, or photographed.  I have attached the link that I like to use for this specific reason.  I also, have learned how to fold them, because they are so complicated.

This past weekend I attended a wedding where I folded all the men’s handkerchiefs.  Honestly, it’s one of my favorite moments.  Watching the men try to figure it out.  Because they all have so much fun, and laugh about how goofy some of the folds are.  It’s quite the bonding experience between the men.  Some get the folds right away.  And, some let others fold their square for them.  One of these days I will have to record it.

It’s really interesting the little intricate details that get missed before the wedding and then when the day comes how simple yet complicated the situation can be.  I have dedicated myself to learn the little things that tend to be an issue on the day of the wedding.  I want to make sure that if you have any issues I can resolve them as fast as possible and the little intricate details don’t get forgotten about.

It is my goal as a photographer to make sure that I can help as much as possible.  This is meant to be one of the best and most memorable days for the Bride AND the Groom.  The last thing I want is for anyone to stress about anything o their special day!

Here is the link check it out, practice and be prepared for your special day!!

9 Ways to fold a Pocket Square

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Words for Wednesday (How to love yourself in Photos)

Ok, so here are my words for Wednesday.  They are quite motivational and need to be read several times to get them through.  How to love yourself in photos!

We as humans tend to be the hardest on ourselves.  I’ve heard this time and time again from people.  I will love a photo, show it to them.  And, they HATE it!  Hate everything about the photo.  I go home edit the photo and post it to Facebook.  And then they LOVE IT!  LOVE it to the moon and back, absolutely L-O-V-E IT!  Why?!  It’s not because I edit the photos very much.  I do slight touches here and there. But, for the most part it’s the exact same photo.

There is one reason why I think people dislike the photos at first when they see them in the back of my camera.

  1.  Because they have a complex with themselves:

First and foremost people have a major complex when it comes to themselves.  I have had several photographers that I know take a beautiful photo of this GEORGOUS person.  And, the person hates it!  Because they pick at everything about themselves.  There is this one thing that no matter who takes the photo they will always see it in the photo.

So, I have started saying this to people when I take their photos.

“It doesn’t matter if it is a million dollar photographer that takes your photo.  If you have a complex with something about yourself, you will see it in the photos!”

“With me you don’t have a complex, this is about you!  This is meant to be fun, exciting, amazing, and I give you permission to LOVE yourself!  Love yourself like you always mean to love yourself!”

I don’t take photos for someone to look back at them and think ‘YUCK! I don’t like how I look in that photo!’

And here is the reason why I think they love the photo after it’s posted to Facebook:

  1.  Because they post it to their page and get a bajillion ‘LIKES’ from family and friends.  With everyone saying how great the photo is.  They get that outside gratification that they needed.

The best part about that is when it comes time to do another photo shoot.  They are more relaxed and have more fun the second, third and so on, times.

Well, here it is people, LOVE YOURSELF!  I give you permission to love the photos, to share them, brag about them.  And, most of all to enjoy the time you have with me.  It’s meant to be fun and exciting!