Category Archives: Family Photography

Aaron + Jessica Kalamazoo, Michigan Wedding

WOW! The nicest day we have had this year to get the season started and Aaron + Jess were able to celebrate on that very day. The best part is they were married in their backyard, and their reception was right next door. Aaron and Jessica-6

Friends and family gathered, traveling as far as California to celebrate the union of Aaron and Jessica. Aaron and Jessica-8

We started off at Blush Salon in the Raddison, where Jess had her hair done. It was one of the most unique and amazing hair designs I have ever seen. There were braids that went on for days, and was so gorgeous! Jess’s make up was done at Blush Salon as well and was absolutely flawless. In fact, Jess’s reaction to her make up was so awesome! She loved her hair and makeup.Aaron and Jessica-12Aaron and Jessica-7

Aaron was so excited before Jess showed up and couldn’t wait to see her. We decided at the last minute to do the first look to catch his reaction. We all knew it was going to be great!

Aaron and Jessica-43Aaron and Jess met on a dating site. For their first date, Jess was waiting for him when one of the waitresses walked past her and spilled marinara sauce down her back. And it didn’t faze Aaron at all. After they had been together for a while, Aaron proposed to Jess on a bridge in Chicago.Aaron and Jessica-15

When Aaron and Jess’s eyes meet across a room, you can see the connection they share. It’s patient, gentle, and unconditional love. The connection they share is breathtaking. Aaron and Jessica-33

We sometimes search our whole lives looking for ‘THE’ one. And, we pray and hope we find them. And, when we do, we hold on for dear life, nurturing, caring, and working on the love that we had searched for. I have no doubt that Aaron and Jess will be able to nurture the love they have grown over these few short years together. This love they share will only grow and cultivate more love. Aaron and Jessica-36

Aaron and Jess, you two are so very loved, I wish you all the love, joy and happiness this world has to offer. Thank you for letting me be the one to capture your beautiful day!

Krystal Thornton Photography

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krystal@kthornphoto.com

 

 

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Alexander + Brooklynn-Flint, Michigan

Alexander and Brooklynn were absolutely amazing. I don’t know that I know anyone that would have been able to handle some of the ups and downs of their wedding day as well as Alexander and Brooklynn handled their day. Brooklynn and Alexander-5

Due to illness and weather, important people were not able to make it. The ceremony started 20 minutes late and the weather was super nasty.  But when I asked Brooklynn, “are you nervous at all?” Her response was, “No, I am so EXCITED! I am not nervous at all, I am just so excited!” And at that moment I knew Brooklynn and Alexander were made for each other. It is not usually a common response from anyone on a wedding day. They both handled the ups and downs of their day with such grace and dignity. I have never met two people so patient, kind, gentle and so unbelievably thoughtful. These two gravitate towards each other and have this connection that you can see even when they are in different ends of the room. Brooklynn and Alexander-51

Marriage can be tough, especially when you do not have a support system to turn to when you have questions. What I saw, was a rock-solid support system that Brooklynn and Alexander can turn to in need. Their family is so supportive, loving, gentle and kind. It’s no wonder Alexander and Brooklynn are the same way. Editing these photos was really hard, the emotion and love that surrounds this family is expressed in every photo of them.Brooklynn and Alexander-48

Alexander looks at Brooklynn like she’s the only one in the room, he truly sees her for who she is, his partner, his friend, his companion and most of all the love of his life.

The wedding reception was held at Northbank U of M Flint, in Flint, Michigan.  The ceremony was held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.Brooklynn and Alexander-14

I don’t even know where, to begin with, this wedding party. They were rock stars, Brooklynn and Alexander had friends and family step up to be part of the wedding party last minute, travel over an hour to get their outfits, and to stand with them on one of the most important days of their lives. It was such an honor to be a part of such an amazingly graceful group of friends and family.

I really have to give a shoutout to the parents of Brooklynn and Alexander, the love that you showered these two with was absolutely beautiful! I am so blessed to have met such awesome parents and family, you guys are so amazing!Brooklynn and Alexander-9

One last note!

During the toasting Brooklynn’s dad made a comment, “When Brooklynn was little her mom told me that they were at the mall and some kids were making fun of a little girl who had a birthmark on her face. Brooklynn walked over to the little girl and told her, ‘I think you’re beautiful!'”Brooklynn and Alexander-11

And these are the type of people I photographed. Absolutely the most thoughtful, wonderful family.  Brooklynn when my daughter grows up, I hope she’s just like you!

Much love to the newlyweds, I wish you all of the love and joy this world has to offer!Brooklynn and Alexander-41

 

Krystal Thornton Photography

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krystal@kthornphoto.com

OK Google–Upton Middle School Benton Harbor Michigan

On Monday, February 12, 2018, Google presented to Upton Middle School 5-ways to be safe on the internet.  Google was introduced by Congressman Fred Upton.  I have actually met Fred on several different occasions and it’s always a pleasure.  Fred introduced the Google presenters by talking about how much the internet has changed.  From being completely non-existent to the most popular means of communication.


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The Google presenters discussed what happens when you share your password with your friends, and what happens when you post something on your social media and it’s not private. When you are not safe on the internet there could be serious repercussions.


Google Upton (18 of 255)My favorite example that Google presented was talking about a silly photo that one girl wanted to share with just two people.  She did not clarify that she didn’t want the photo shared.  Well, you guessed it the friends shared the photo and it went viral through the school.  In no time flat, the photo of the girl with the french fries in her nose was shared and everyone had a copy.  Google had placed a photo under the seat of several students and the students looked under their seat to see who received the ‘photo message’.


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Another game Google played was to see how ‘strong’ your password is.  There must be 8 characters with a mixture of capital letters, lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.  And, you must NOT use the same password for more than one program.

It was so awesome and an honor to photograph Fred Upton at Upton Middle School, and to photograph for Google to use the photos for their internal marketing.


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To go a different direction:

I have some answers to questions that I have received about photographing for Google.

Google found me on Google.  I was on the first page and the gentleman that I talked to at Google told me that he travels the US looking for photographers and that he knew by the way my site was set up that I would be great for the job.

There are two schools in Michigan where Google is doing the presentation, and I get to photograph both schools.  I will talk about the second school tomorrow.

This is a one time deal, no continual contract.

The people at Google are SUPER nice, bubbly, caring, fun, enthusiastic, everything you think Google employees would be, they are!

 

Contact me anytime with questions you may have!

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krystal@kthornphoto.com

 

 

Chelsea + Jimmy Wedding–Kalamazoo Michigan

My first wedding for 2018 could not have been any better!

I first met these two lovebirds when I photographed their engagement session.  I was a huge fan of these two right from the start!

The wedding day forecast anticipated rain, which changed for the better the day of the ceremony.  On January 27, 2018, the weather was perfect.  For a January wedding day, we had sun, and quite a bit of warmth coming in at a WHOPPING 47 degrees for a winter day. WOO HOO!



Chelsea and Jimmy met at the job they both currently work at.  One of the first things I noticed about Chelsea and Jimmy is that whenever they are within a close proximity of each other Jimmy will grab Chelsea’s hand to hold it whenever he can.  He looks at Chelsea like she’s the only person in the world, no one else, no worries, just calm, pure, love.



Chelsea got ready at their home in Gobles, Michigan.  Jimmy has gone through each room and has remodeled the entire house with his bare hands and Chelsea by his side.  He did his best to make sure the basement was done in time for the girls to get ready there.  Creating a bar, and adding a palette design to each pole in the basement.  The rustic feel fits perfectly with Chelsea and Jimmy.  They are definitely country at heart.

The style for the wedding fit these two perfectly with cowboy boots for the girls and just a vest for the guys.  The ceremony was held in Gobles, Michigan at the Gobles United Methodist Church, that Jimmy’s family attends.  The officiant for their ceremony was Paster John Brooks and Jimmy’s brother.  During the ceremony, they braided rope connected to a cross made by Jimmy with palettes from their yard.


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The Grimes have 3 pups Maddi, Ellie, and Sadie.  Ellie was supposed to be the ring bearer and they decided to keep her home so she wasn’t locked away from anyone during the ceremony.


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After the ceremony, we scooted back to their home to photograph the newlyweds with their wedding party and their pups.  We also went and re-created their engagement photo holding the Jack Daniels bottle.  After we were able to capture the photographs they wanted we headed to the reception hall which was located at Old Mill in Plainwell, Michigan.


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There were meatballs, chips, and salsa for an appetizer and a BURGER BAR for the dinner, and dessert was donuts from Sweetwaters.

The toasts were performed by Chelsea’s dad Ed, Best Man and Maid of Honor.

Chelsea gave a speech right before she danced with her dad that was quite emotional.  Chelsea’s dad had to have a major heart surgery in September, all while planning her wedding.  And I can understand how emotional, and stressful this can be during what is supposed to be the happiest time in your life.  Thankfully, Dad (Ed) pulled through quickly and is doing great!

The ‘Party’ started when Chelsea’s brother Ed rapped to Vanilla Ice, Ice Ice Baby and pulled everyone onto the dance floor. He is evidently a pro at this performing it at every wedding he can.  I’m pretty sure you can hire him, just contact Chelsea 🙂


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I wish these two all the happiness this world has to offer.  Congratulations Chelsea and Jimmy Grimes!

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Happy Anniversary to Laura and Nick–Kalamazoo Wedding Photography

Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Nick Hunter. I was contacted by a friend asking if I would help photograph her son’s 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 bride’s 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 teaches at a 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 fireplace 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 of 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 of the party!

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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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