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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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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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Chelsea and Jimmy (1037 of 1126)

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

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Kelsey & Erik

Congratulations to Kelsey + Erik Swanson!

On December 16, 2017, my very last wedding of the year. Kelsey + Erik was 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 an 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 ‘Atmospheric Aerosol’ to create a smoky look, and we were able to nail the shot very fast.  As soon as we 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 were 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.

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 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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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 every day 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!

D and J (2 of 2)Love is such a beautiful thing, and when two people are destined for each other, they will find each other.  There is nothing to be done except follow it’s lead…

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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 grandkids.  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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