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!

Library Wedding_0001Library Wedding_0002Library Wedding_0003Library Wedding_0004Library Wedding_0005Library Wedding_0006Library Wedding_0007Library Wedding_0008Library Wedding_0009Library Wedding_0010Library Wedding_0011Library Wedding_0012Library Wedding_0013Library Wedding_0014Library Wedding_0015Library Wedding_0016Library Wedding_0017Library Wedding_0018Library Wedding_0019Library Wedding_0020Library Wedding_0021Library Wedding_0022

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

Library Wedding_0023Library Wedding_0024Library Wedding_0025Library Wedding_0026Library Wedding_0027Library Wedding_0028Library Wedding_0029Library Wedding_0030Library Wedding_0032Library Wedding_0033Library Wedding_0034Library Wedding_0035Library Wedding_0036Library Wedding_0037Library Wedding_0038Library Wedding_0039Library Wedding_0040Library Wedding_0041Library Wedding_0042Library Wedding_0043Library Wedding_0044Library Wedding_0045Library Wedding_0046Library Wedding_0047Library Wedding_0048Library Wedding_0049Library Wedding_0050Library Wedding_0051Library Wedding_0052Library Wedding_0053Library Wedding_0054Library Wedding_0055Library Wedding_0056Library Wedding_0057Library Wedding_0058Library Wedding_0059Library Wedding_0060Library Wedding_0061Library Wedding_0062Library Wedding_0063Library Wedding_0064Library Wedding_0065Library Wedding_0066Library Wedding_0067Library Wedding_0068Library Wedding_0069Library Wedding_0070Library Wedding_0071

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

Library Wedding_0072Library Wedding_0073Library Wedding_0074Library Wedding_0075Library Wedding_0076Library Wedding_0077Library Wedding_0078Library Wedding_0079Library Wedding_0080Library Wedding_0081Library Wedding_0082Library Wedding_0083Library Wedding_0084Library Wedding_0085Library Wedding_0086Library Wedding_0087Library Wedding_0088Library Wedding_0089Library Wedding_0090Library Wedding_0091Library Wedding_0092Library Wedding_0093Library Wedding_0094Library Wedding_0095Library Wedding_0096Library Wedding_0097Library Wedding_0098Library Wedding_0099Library Wedding_0100Library Wedding_0101Library Wedding_0102Library Wedding_0103Library Wedding_0104Library Wedding_0105

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

Library Wedding_0106Library Wedding_0107Library Wedding_0108Library Wedding_0109Library Wedding_0110Library Wedding_0111Library Wedding_0112Library Wedding_0113Library Wedding_0114Library Wedding_0115Library Wedding_0116Library Wedding_0117Library Wedding_0118Library Wedding_0119Library Wedding_0120Library Wedding_0121

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.

Library Wedding_0122Library Wedding_0123Library Wedding_0124Library Wedding_0125Library Wedding_0126Library Wedding_0127Library Wedding_0128Library Wedding_0129Library Wedding_0130Library Wedding_0131Library Wedding_0132Library Wedding_0133Library Wedding_0134Library Wedding_0135Library Wedding_0137Library Wedding_0138Library Wedding_0136Library Wedding_0139Library Wedding_0140

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.

Library Wedding_0141Library Wedding_0142Library Wedding_0143Library Wedding_0144Library Wedding_0145Library Wedding_0146Library Wedding_0147Library Wedding_0148Library Wedding_0149Library Wedding_0150

The Lemons!

Library Wedding_0151Library Wedding_0152

 

SHARE TO: FACEBOOKSHARE TO: TWITTERSHARE TO: PINTEREST

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!

Boho wedding_0001Boho wedding_0002Boho wedding_0003Boho wedding_0004Boho wedding_0005Boho wedding_0006Boho wedding_0007Boho wedding_0008Boho wedding_0009Boho wedding_0010Boho wedding_0011Boho wedding_0012Boho wedding_0013Boho wedding_0014Boho wedding_0015Boho wedding_0016Boho wedding_0017Boho wedding_0018Boho wedding_0019Boho wedding_0020Boho wedding_0021Boho wedding_0022Boho wedding_0023Boho wedding_0024Boho wedding_0025Boho wedding_0026Boho wedding_0027Boho wedding_0028Boho wedding_0029Boho wedding_0030Boho wedding_0032Boho wedding_0033Boho wedding_0034Boho wedding_0035Boho wedding_0036Boho wedding_0037Boho wedding_0038Boho wedding_0039Boho wedding_0040Boho wedding_0041Boho wedding_0042Boho wedding_0043Boho wedding_0044Boho wedding_0045Boho wedding_0046Boho wedding_0047Boho wedding_0048Boho wedding_0049Boho wedding_0050Boho wedding_0051Boho wedding_0052Boho wedding_0053Boho wedding_0054Boho wedding_0055Boho wedding_0056Boho wedding_0057Boho wedding_0058Boho wedding_0059Boho wedding_0060Boho wedding_0061Boho wedding_0062Boho wedding_0063Boho wedding_0064Boho wedding_0065Boho wedding_0066Boho wedding_0067Boho wedding_0068Boho wedding_0069Boho wedding_0070Boho wedding_0071Boho wedding_0072Boho wedding_0073Boho wedding_0074Boho wedding_0075Boho wedding_0076Boho wedding_0077Boho wedding_0078Boho wedding_0079Boho wedding_0080Boho wedding_0081Boho wedding_0082Boho wedding_0083Boho wedding_0084Boho wedding_0085Boho wedding_0086Boho wedding_0087Boho wedding_0088Boho wedding_0089Boho wedding_0090Boho wedding_0091Boho wedding_0092Boho wedding_0093Boho wedding_0094Boho wedding_0095Boho wedding_0096Boho wedding_0097Boho wedding_0098Boho wedding_0099Boho wedding_0100Boho wedding_0101Boho wedding_0102Boho wedding_0103Boho wedding_0104Boho wedding_0105Boho wedding_0106Boho wedding_0107Boho wedding_0108Boho wedding_0109Boho wedding_0110Boho wedding_0111Boho wedding_0112Boho wedding_0113Boho wedding_0114Boho wedding_0115Boho wedding_0116Boho wedding_0117Boho wedding_0118Boho wedding_0119Boho wedding_0120Boho wedding_0121Boho wedding_0122Boho wedding_0123Boho wedding_0124Boho wedding_0125Boho wedding_0126Boho wedding_0127Boho wedding_0128Boho wedding_0129Boho wedding_0130Boho wedding_0131Boho wedding_0132

SHARE TO: FACEBOOKSHARE TO: TWITTERSHARE TO: PINTEREST

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.

Before_0001After_0003Before_0002After_0001Before_0003After_0002After_0004After_0005

SHARE TO: FACEBOOKSHARE TO: TWITTERSHARE TO: PINTEREST

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!

Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0001Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0002Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0003Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0004Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0005Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0006Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0007Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0008Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0009Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0010Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0011Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0012Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0013Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0014Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0015Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0016Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0017Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0018Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0019Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0020Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0021Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0022Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0023Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0024Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0025Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0026Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0027Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0028Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0029Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0030Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0031Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0032Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0033Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0034Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0035Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0036Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0037Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0038Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0039Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0040Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0041Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0042Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0043Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0044Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0045Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0046Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0047Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0048Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0049Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0050Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0051Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0052Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0053Same Sex Wedding Part Two_0054

SHARE TO: FACEBOOKSHARE TO: TWITTERSHARE TO: PINTEREST

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.

Same Sex Wedding Part One_0001Same Sex Wedding Part One_0002Same Sex Wedding Part One_0003Same Sex Wedding Part One_0004Same Sex Wedding Part One_0005Same Sex Wedding Part One_0006Same Sex Wedding Part One_0007Same Sex Wedding Part One_0008Same Sex Wedding Part One_0009Same Sex Wedding Part One_0010Same Sex Wedding Part One_0011Same Sex Wedding Part One_0012Same Sex Wedding Part One_0013Same Sex Wedding Part One_0014Same Sex Wedding Part One_0015Same Sex Wedding Part One_0016Same Sex Wedding Part One_0017Same Sex Wedding Part One_0018Same Sex Wedding Part One_0019Same Sex Wedding Part One_0020Same Sex Wedding Part One_0021Same Sex Wedding Part One_0022Same Sex Wedding Part One_0023Same Sex Wedding Part One_0024Same Sex Wedding Part One_0025Same Sex Wedding Part One_0026Same Sex Wedding Part One_0027Same Sex Wedding Part One_0028Same Sex Wedding Part One_0029Same Sex Wedding Part One_0030Same Sex Wedding Part One_0031Same Sex Wedding Part One_0032Same Sex Wedding Part One_0033Same Sex Wedding Part One_0034Same Sex Wedding Part One_0035Same Sex Wedding Part One_0036Same Sex Wedding Part One_0037Same Sex Wedding Part One_0038Same Sex Wedding Part One_0039Same Sex Wedding Part One_0040Same Sex Wedding Part One_0041Same Sex Wedding Part One_0042Same Sex Wedding Part One_0043Same Sex Wedding Part One_0044Same Sex Wedding Part One_0045Same Sex Wedding Part One_0046Same Sex Wedding Part One_0047Same Sex Wedding Part One_0048Same Sex Wedding Part One_0049Same Sex Wedding Part One_0050Same Sex Wedding Part One_0051Same Sex Wedding Part One_0052Same Sex Wedding Part One_0053Same Sex Wedding Part One_0054Same Sex Wedding Part One_0055Same Sex Wedding Part One_0056Same Sex Wedding Part One_0057Same Sex Wedding Part One_0058Same Sex Wedding Part One_0059Same Sex Wedding Part One_0060Same Sex Wedding Part One_0061Same Sex Wedding Part One_0062Same Sex Wedding Part One_0063Same Sex Wedding Part One_0064Same Sex Wedding Part One_0065Same Sex Wedding Part One_0066Same Sex Wedding Part One_0067Same Sex Wedding Part One_0068Same Sex Wedding Part One_0069Same Sex Wedding Part One_0070Same Sex Wedding Part One_0071Same Sex Wedding Part One_0072Same Sex Wedding Part One_0073Same Sex Wedding Part One_0074Same Sex Wedding Part One_0075Same Sex Wedding Part One_0076Same Sex Wedding Part One_0077Same Sex Wedding Part One_0078Same Sex Wedding Part One_0079Same Sex Wedding Part One_0080Same Sex Wedding Part One_0081Same Sex Wedding Part One_0082Same Sex Wedding Part One_0083Same Sex Wedding Part One_0084Same Sex Wedding Part One_0085Same Sex Wedding Part One_0086Same Sex Wedding Part One_0087Same Sex Wedding Part One_0088Same Sex Wedding Part One_0089Same Sex Wedding Part One_0090Same Sex Wedding Part One_0091Same Sex Wedding Part One_0092Same Sex Wedding Part One_0093Same Sex Wedding Part One_0094Same Sex Wedding Part One_0095Same Sex Wedding Part One_0096Same Sex Wedding Part One_0097Same Sex Wedding Part One_0098Same Sex Wedding Part One_0099Same Sex Wedding Part One_0100Same Sex Wedding Part One_0101Same Sex Wedding Part One_0102Same Sex Wedding Part One_0103Same Sex Wedding Part One_0104Same Sex Wedding Part One_0105Same Sex Wedding Part One_0106Same Sex Wedding Part One_0107Same Sex Wedding Part One_0108Same Sex Wedding Part One_0109Same Sex Wedding Part One_0110Same Sex Wedding Part One_0111Same Sex Wedding Part One_0112Same Sex Wedding Part One_0113Same Sex Wedding Part One_0114Same Sex Wedding Part One_0115

SHARE TO: FACEBOOKSHARE TO: TWITTERSHARE TO: PINTEREST
S e a r c h
S o c i a l