It was early morning as I walked up to Mission Point Lighthouse. The birds were chirping and sounds of the waves softly splashing on shore could be heard. The beach was completely empty–except for Kynan and Mary. Kynan had told Mary they were going to go kayaking there that morning, but first, they should walk along the beach to check it out. Little did Mary know that a month prior Kynan reached out to me to photograph his surprise proposal! They strolled down the beach, venturing out into the water looking for Petoskey stones. Kynan found a great spot on the beach, got down on one knee, and popped the question. Mary said yes!!!

Walking back towards the lighthouse I greeted them, gave them a big hug, and congratulated the newly engaged couple. It was such an amazing moment to be a part of. Kynan also surprised Mary with an engagement session to follow, so the couple made their way back to their vehicle to change clothes. As they walked back to me they were smiling from ear to ear. Happiness was surrounding them. We started their engagement pictures in front of the lighthouse and along the shore where it all began. Slowly, as the morning progressed, the beach got a little busier so we made our way to the gorgeous wooded trails nearby. It was a true Northern Michigan engagement session for this couple visiting from Indiana.

I asked them if they wanted to picture immediately to announce the engagement, but they decided to wait a few days. To be able to tell their family in person after their vacation first, before announcing it to the rest of the world. It was such a beautiful way to relax and just enjoy the rest of their Traverse City trip. Now that they are back home and ready to share I can finally show you the fun from that day. Congrats Kynan & Mary! Enjoy!

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When Holly contacted us about her intimate wedding she shared the details of the day. She and Brad planned to get married by one of her closest friends, surrounded by their children, in front of the beach house they rented for the wedding. We knew in that instant how amazing the day would be, we LOVE capturing elopements.

Alex and I drove up to Burt Lake for their wedding, checking the weather along the way. We made a small stop at Stems & Sprigs farmhouse to pick up Holly’s gorgeous bouquets along the way. Although the week leading up to their wedding was sunny that day it was calling for rain. As soon as Alex and I arrived everyone gathered on the dock. Storm clouds could be seen off in the distance, but that didn’t stop the couple from setting out on what they planned to do all along.

Tears and sniffles could be heard, mixed in with the splashing of the water along the shore. A couple of their children had readings before the happy couple read their vows to each other. Then the rain softly started to fall, but it didn’t matter. It just added to the experience of their wedding. The neighbors down the road gathered in the distance to watch the beautiful ceremony and cheered for joy when Holly & Brad said ‘I DO!’

After the ceremony, Brad & Holly went inside with their children and started preparing a family dinner. Brad and Holly gathered around the table to toast with their children and enjoy the cake they decorated for them earlier. Shortly afterward we left them to enjoy their family dinner in peace but walked away so grateful for the opportunity to capture their day. Huge congrats Holly, Brad, and family! It truly was the best day ever–rain and all.

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Even their new puppy was dressed up!

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The giant love beach ball in the background was perfection!

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Brian and Regan had one request for their Rapid River engagement pictures; they wanted to be outdoors by a river or lake. Typically in the summer, the waterside is filled up with people enjoying the water, so we knew we had to find a little quieter place for them. When it came down to it, the perfect place was steps away from the location of their wedding location in 2018. We arrived to meet up with Brian, Regan, and their adorable dog Duke on a gorgeous summer evening. In hand they had a beautiful basket of florals, two KBC beers with Stormy Kromer koozies, and a sign with their wedding date. With that, we knew we were in for a fun engagement session. It was lovely to watch them interact with one another and also spoil their dog with affection. They sipped beers along the river as the sound of water splashed on by.

A quick outfit change later we walked down to the water. It’s our favorite when couples are willing to play around and even get into the water! Brian and Regan were game for anything and we adored photographing all the banter and love they have for each other. Even Duke was happy to get into the water, even though they didn’t want him to, haha. The best part of their engagement session was getting to know the two of them and know that with their wedding we can recreate a photo or two for them. It will be great to see side by side what a difference a year makes. We can hardly wait to photograph their beautiful wedding. Until then, enjoy!

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Duke is loved and he knows it. So cute!

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I seriously can’t handle how freaking adorable Brian & Regan are together.

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This! This is begging to be blown up onto a canvas and hung in a gallery (or in their home, lol).

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I have to start off by saying that I LOVE early morning sessions. During the afternoon or evening, the tourists and locals are out enjoying the sunshine. But early in the morning the public spaces are always quiet and the light is beautiful. It has quickly become my favorite time to photograph. I’m so thankful that Jesse & Andy were game for an early morning session. We met up with them in the adorable fish town of Leland, MI for their engagement portraits. They said they came the day prior to walk around the town and it was packed, so they were thankful they choose a morning session too.

As we arrived at the marina we were greeted by the smiling faces of Jesse & Andy. There were faint sounds of waves crashing on the dock and seagulls squawking. The warm breeze off of Lake Michigan was the perfect temperature for their session. We started their engagement pictures strolling along the charming dock. A couple fishermen were loading their boats as Jesse & Andy cuddled up for photos. They brought along a couple props (as you can see below) and looked fantastic in their first outfits.
A short walk and outfit change later the happy couple strolled along the sunny beachside. We love how ridiculously playful and in love Jesse and Andy are. It made for such a fun session! They heckled each other, splashed in the water, and truly rocked their session. We can’t thank enough for traveling up to Traverse City area, waking up super early, and allowing us to capture their engagement session. We are looking forward to capturing their wedding next year. Until then, enjoy!

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Never a dull moment with these two around! HAHA!

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He was tempted to throw her into the water, lol.

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So she paid him back with a playful splash.

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It was the quickest flight I have ever been on, 45 minutes from Traverse City into Minneapolis, Minnesota. Within a couple hours of landing, I met up with Megan & Cory at the lakes in uptown, near the Tin Fish, for their engagement pictures. It was a spot they mentioned they liked to hang out. Although we’ve met on Skype, it was fantastic to finally meet Megan & Cory in person. They are a fun, giggly, adorable couple. My cheeks hurt from laughing with hours of first meeting them.

The sun was shining down on the beautiful blue waters as people paddled out on the lake. Even though it was a quick drive from downtown Minneapolis this location was perfect for those that love the outdoors. Running & biking paths, kayaking, and more was all right there.  The first part of their engagement session was Friday night, close to sunset. We started out on the walking paths, but as the sun went down we went to the other side of the lake. The views of the city in the background only added to the amazing lift they did in the water.

The following morning we met up bright and early for part two of their engagement session in the mill district of Minneapolis. Although it ended up getting to 99 degrees later that day, the early morning provided us with the perfect 75 degree weather and quiet streets. The Stone Arch Bridge, with views of the city, was a fantastic location to start their engagement session. Megan brought along balloons and flowers, which just added to the fun of their engagement session. The roses were also a wonderful way to showcase Megan’s stunning ring that Cory picked out. Near the bridge, there were beautiful walkways, stairs, and buildings. It was great to have so many different backdrops that close to each other. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to not only photograph their Minneapolis engagement pictures but also excited to capture their upcoming wedding this September in Marquette, MI. Enjoy!

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This photo fills my heart with joy.

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When asked how they normally embrace Megan ran, jumped, and clung onto Cory. It was perfection.

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And they nailed the lift!!

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Movement sends my heart pitter-pattering.

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They make running look so dang beautiful.

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