This wedding’s theme was so on point that the theme could be found in the dress the bride wore, the newlyweds cake, the couple’s first look, and so much more. It’s truly hard to describe Colleen & Greg’s wedding without typing up a novel, it was such a wonderful day. The ladies got ready in the penthouse suite at the Landmark Inn. The mimosa bar and custom robes were adorable! Just a few floors lower the gentlemen were also getting ready, but scotch was the drink of choice there. Once ready for the day Greg & Colleen made their way to their first look. The groom hide behind a book (in the color scheme of the day) while his bride approached. The moment he pulled the book down to look at his wife-to-be was fantastic. We stayed in that area for a little bit of time, the tall trees and gorgeous lighting was excuse enough to get some breathtaking photos of Greg & Colleen-then it was off to their ceremony. They had a receiving line prior to the ceremony starting, rather than afterwards. Once the ceremony started it was easy to see what the day was all about–Greg and Colleens love for each other. Once they said ‘I do’ they joined their guest at the wedding reception. They even had a unique way of approaching cocktail hour–they were the bartenders! It gave them a chance to visit with all the guests again. Guest snacked on tacos and enjoyed the outdoor cocktail hour before they made their way indoors. The interior of the barn was all decked out in the literary theme, even their cake looked like a library! After dinner, dessert, and dancing we borrowed the happy couple back outside for a few last photos for the day–and oh was it magical! The golden hour will always be our favorite to photograph during! Thanks again Mr. & Mrs. Lemon for the amazing day! Enjoy!

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In case you ever really wondered what it is like to get a bride ready on wedding day. haha.

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We loved that they had their dogs brought to them for photos–it was their first official family photos together.

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This is their CAKE! Yep, their cake was even a mini library! It doesn’t get cuter than that!

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Since their new last name is Lemon and the had a literary theme–we figured we’d set up a unique ring shot for them.

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The Case family has a tradition that involves pouring rice down the grooms pants while he’s being held upside down. This is ridiculous and Colleen has no idea what it means, where it came from, etc–but it sure did make for some great photos.

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This summer has been so wonderful for weddings! The temperatures have been comfortable for outdoor events, the sun has been shining, and the breeze off the lake have been warm. Wedding day for Rachel & Nick was exactly that and it was fantastic! When we arrived the gals were getting into their unique dresses and the guys were suiting up. Rachel looked stunning in her wedding gown and beautiful jewelry. The guys all looked handsome in their casual outfits and Nick’s vest made him stand out above the rest. We drove to a quiet beach nearby for their first look photos. The moment that the bride and groom first see each other is always amazing! After some time went by we borrowed the couple for some photos in the woods and along the water. Their bridal party joined up shortly afterwards too! Once they were done with photos we all headed back to the Holiday Inn to prepare for their ceremony. Their outdoor ceremony was set up near the bond and the temperatures were comfortable. Guests took their seats, the music started playing, and it was time for Rachel to make her way down the aisle to her groom-to-be. In a short, but beautiful, ceremony they committed themselves to one another and were pronounced husband and wife. They visited with their guest during the outdoor cocktail hour and then it was time to head inside for dinner. After dinner it was time for the cake buffet and dancing–it was such a celebration! And right as the sun was setting we took the newlyweds outside for a few last photos. Big thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Quayle for the relaxed and sweet summer wedding! Enjoy!

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Oh what a journey it’s been to become healthy. In November 2014 I finally had the ‘a-ha’ moment! I had just come home from a night out with friends, my head was buzzing from the dessert we indulged in. Alex was away at hunting camp and I called him stating, “I don’t want to eat sweets for at least a week! My head is so cloudy from all the sugar!” A few days later a friend told me about a new movie that I should see called “Fed Up” that talked about sugar and so much more. That night I watched it a home and decided right then and there to be done with sugar! Days later when Alex arrived back home I forced him into watching it too. Within 30 minutes of watching the movie he grabbed a few paper bags and cleared our house of all processed food. We were officially starting our journey together!

The next day we joined a gym nearby, signed up for personal training lessons, and went grocery shopping for real foods. The only hard part in the beginning was realizing that we had to make all of our meals from scratch and eating out wasn’t really an option anymore. Plus, our bodies were sore from the new workout routine, but getting stronger than the day before. We went to the gym four days a week and once a week we went to pilates at Bird on a Perch. Instead of ‘treating’ ourselves with going out to eat we instead treated ourselves to new adventures, a massage occasionally, and even a private ‘real food’ cooking lesson from Sage & Spry.

It hasn’t always been easy, we’ve been working really hard on becoming fit-ographers (fit photographers). We are so thankful to be able to do this journey together. Below you can see a few before and after photos, both done by our friend Emma at -et images. The fall photos were taken in October, prior to the start of the health journey, and the other photos were taken in May. I should note that I was already three months along and still losing weight in the ‘after’ photos.

My pregnancy has been a breeze and I think it’s in part due to our new lifestyle. We are still currently going to the gym, doing personal training, and pilates–along with eating healthy. I’ve occasionally slipped up (damn pregnancy cravings), but it doesn’t stop me from just moving forward with our plan. To date Alex has lost 80 pounds and I’ve lost 50 pounds! It’s a huge accomplishment for both of us, but we still have more to go.



What a couple days it just was–Thursday Beth & Lexi married in Chicago (you can see that wedding by clicking here) and then to top things off on Friday the Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage was legal in the U.S. That means that their marriage was legally recognized in Michigan as well! Then on Saturday we traveled to Big Rapids to capture the second part of their amazing love story! We started the day with photos of their little fur baby at a nearby park. Afterwards their bridal party met up with them and made it rain rainbow sprinkles–their bridal party was a blast to be around. Once at the reception it was easy to see how many people truly cared about them and supported them. The drinks were flowing, the music was bumping, and the dance floor was packed. They even treated their guest to a late night snack of Chicago style hot dogs! Before we were done for the night we took the happy couple outside for a few last ‘wow’ factor images! It was a great ending to a fabulous weekend! Thanks again Lexi & Beth! Enjoy!

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It’s easy to see why Beth & Lexi picked Chicago to have their same sex marriage–the beautiful locations and the fact they could legally get married there. We were happy to travel to Chicago to capture their amazing celebration. They started by getting ready in the hotel near downtown Chicago. Shortly afterwards they were ready to go and did a reveal nearby before heading off to meet up with their family, friends, and bridal party on the trolley. A short ride later and we arrived by the shores of Lake Michigan with the beautiful backdrop of Chicago poking through the fog. This is where Beth & Lexi said ‘I do’ to each other for their ceremony. Everyone cheered them on and proudly joined together their hands to chant ‘Miller Time’, the new last name of the newlyweds. We rode all around Chicago stopping at their favorites sites for photos. The ladies in their bridal party wowed in their choice of either dresses or short suits. It was a unique wedding celebration from start to finish. Tomorrow on the blog we have the second part of this amazing wedding! Until then enjoy the photos from their Chicago adventure.

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