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Wedding Ring Medawar Jewelers-Portage Michigan

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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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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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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Couples Shoot

I was extremely excited when Ellen contacted me to photograph her and her husband, Mark.  Ellen and Mark are Hannah’s parents.  I met Ellen before I actually met anyone else in their family.  Ellen is a teacher, and you can tell by being around her because of her patience and vibrant personality.  A quality someone that works with children must have.

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One of my favorite memories of Hannah and Kaleb’s wedding was talking to Mark right before he saw Hannah for the first time.  I knew it was going to be an emotional moment, by the way, he talked about Hannah, that this was his little girl.  He was so happy for her and so excited for her to marry Kaleb.

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I made a point of photographing Ellen and Mark where I photographed Hannah’s maternity photos.  I wanted them to share a common special place.  Although neither of them knew it, I pointed it out after the fact.

I always say this, but you cannot pose love.  Either it’s there or it’s not.  And, when it’s there it’s easy to capture.

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The weather is always an issue when shooting outdoor photos.  Living in Michigan we never really know how it’s going to turn out.  Will the sun be out?  Will it rain?  Will the ground be wet?  Will it be overcast?  It’s always a guessing game up until the moment.  On this day it was perfect.  The temp was just right, and the weather could not have been better!

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Mark informed me that the only ‘kissy’ photo they had was the one on their wedding day.  So, it was only natural to get one.  Mark had just told Ellen all of the reasons why he loved her, and why she was the one.  This is true love at it’s finest!

E and M Huyser (39 of 40)

One request Mark and Ellen had was to get a photo just like their engagement photo.  And, this is their photo, the one we recreated to match their engagement photo.

It’s always important to get photos of you with your spouse, significant other or you with your family.  It’s not always easy to be in the photos, but it is necessary!!


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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!

Kelly Family Photoshoot!

It’s so amazing when someone is expecting a baby!  I absolutely LOVE pregnant women.  However, I was once pregnant (3 times over) in fact.  And, I know how it can get uncomfortable you want your body back, and want to move.  So, I keep my hands to myself.  I don’t touch other peoples belly’s.  Reason being.  I get all personal and in ‘yo business’ during a photo shoot.  I don’t want to push my limits on groping a belly as well.


We had to break this session up into 2 sessions.  We first did a pregnancy announcement/gender reveal.  Revealing this sweet mama is expecting a baby boy to go along with her already two daughters!  We had so much fun.


The funniest part about the second photo session was the fact that it rained.  No, it DOWNPOURED!  We had to get their photos taken in ten minutes flat and the rain came.  We were able to get the photos done so I was super relieved.  We finally had all the daughters and mom together, looking super cute and the weather decided to not cooperate!


I was just excited to capture beautiful moments like this!  It’s not everyday you have a baby, or have the ability to carry a child.  These moments past so fast, it’s always amazing when you can stop for a moment and enjoy the time you have.

I want to say thank you to this lovely lady, for letting me capture her beautiful moment.  She also participated in a movement I am trying to put together.  Kelly is such a lovely person, if you don’t know her you are missing out!  She lights up the room when she walks in, and has such gentle soul.  She’s not only a great mom, she’s an awesome friend!  And an amazing Zumba instructor!

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Words for Wednesday (Uniting Women)

Uniting Women Video

Please click the link above to watch the video created to unite women.

My words for Wednesday are for women.  My words are meant unite, empower, encourage, inspire and bring women from all different backgrounds together.

On October 7, 2016 8 women united together as they were made. In their bra and underwear!  To unite together everyone from all different backgrounds.  It was cold which made it even harder.  However, I have never been more inspired by women in my entire life.  I didn’t know half of the women that joined either.  I sent out a message stating I needed women to join me in a movement.  And, they came.  From near and far these women came together to join me in creating a movement in uniting women.

It’s never easy.  In fact most things worth fighting for are never easy.

We the Women of the U.S.A. need to come together, to join together to help one another.  We need to build each other up. Instead of tear one another down.  When I see a woman, I see her strength, I don’t see judgments.  I see a person who has had to fight to be who she wants to be.  Has had to push against the stream to fight for her family, fight for her place in this world.  When it comes to women we need to help each other.  We need to support each other.  We need to guide each other.  We need to inspire each other.

There has to be a breaking point in the gap in our Society.  There has to be a point at which we say enough is enough.  There has to be a turning point somewhere.  While I do my best to join us together I cannot do it alone!  I need YOU!  I need your support!  Please join the movement!


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