Category Archives: Groom and Groomsmen

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!!!

 

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 along side 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 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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(269) 599-2094

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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.


Willson, Hannah watermarked-2


  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.

    Sarah Degraw Bridal ShowerWM


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!

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

Contact me anytime to schedule your wedding!!

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(269) 599-2094

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Tip for Tuesday on your wedding Day



In the hustle and bustle of putting together wedding there are a few things that go under the wayside.  I’m sure you think ‘Oh my photographer knows what to capture’.  The truth is we like to focus on what matters most to you.  And, that can vary from person to person.  For example.  One of my brides, her father made all of the centerpieces for her wedding.  I would not have known that if I had not asked.

I always ask my brides, ‘are there any significant things you want me to focus on’ or ‘is there a shot list you have?’  When photographers ask that question, they want to know things such as:

  1.  Are there any family heirlooms that will be incorporated in your wedding day?
  2. Are there any people that you may have exceptional relationships with?
  3. Is there anything that has been especially made for your wedding day that you would like me to focus on?
  4. Are there any people that you don’t get to see very often that you would like me to photograph during the reception?
  5. Are there specific poses you would like me to attempt during the getting ready, ceremony, or reception?

Another detail that I ask about is ‘Family Dynamics’.  Are there any divorces, or animosity between any family members that I need to know.  Are there any people you think will be difficult during the photographing of the extended family?

These questions are all very important.

While it is your photographers job to make sure to capture your precious moments.  We do need information to make sure that we can get exactly what you are looking for.

I always go into detail with my clients and ask a lot of questions before hand and request a shot list.  This way when the day comes you don’t have to worry about what will or won’t be captured.

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!

 

 

Words for Wednesday

Well, here is something about myself.  I am such a softy.  I have been to so many weddings in my entire life.  And, I still find myself crying at each and every one of them.  I am so emotionally invested in weddings.  They are such a happy and beautiful time.  In fact I keep tissue in my camera bag because of this!

It also amazes me how well the bride and groom hide their nerves on the wedding day.  Even after all of the weddings I have been to, it’s amazing how much love is there during that time.  There are some many people that cry during the ceremony and the reception.

If you find yourself thinking ‘I don’t want to cry during my wedding’.  Ignore that voice.  Go ahead and cry, let the tears flow.  Blubber like a baby, ugly cry if that’s your way.  Do what YOU need to do to express yourself on YOUR wedding day.  Don’t feel that you have to stifle any emotion.  EVER!  Whether it’s your wedding day or not.  It’s NOT human!

So, here’s a secret for you.  YOU are SUPPOSED to cry on your wedding day.  You are SUPPOSED to feel an overwhelming amount of emotion.  This IS an emotional day.  If people that go to weddings don’t even know the people that well.  And, THEY cry.  Let it go.  Cry!  Cry those extremely overwhelming happy tears!  This is supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience and the whole point is to enjoy it in its entirety.

Besides, when you have your make up done they use waterproof make up, and usually spray some solidifying spray to keep it from running in tears or sweat.  So, if you hold back your emotions, it’s not because you think your make up will run.  It’s honestly because you are afraid of what other people will think.  And your wedding is NOT the day to worry about that!