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Ana & Wes | Destination Wedding | Ocean Springs, Mississippi | November 2018

This was our first (of hopefully many) destination weddings!  It was in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and it was 70 degrees. These West Michiganders were in heaven!  I was about 32 weeks pregnant, and this warm weather was a nice change of pace as we were waiting out this little baby!  

Ana and Wes are fantastic human beings.  Ana serves in our military, and we could not be more thankful for all of our military personnel’s sacrifices.  Wes is so hysterical.  Literally, Tony and I have never laughed more with a couple.  My very pregnant stomach muscles were feeling it by the end of their wedding day from all of the shenanigans that went on.  

Their wedding day was absolute perfection.  The Ceremony venue was picture perfect from a photography standpoint.  It was light and bright, lots of windows, and light walls.  Ana’s dress was perfect for her.  Not a lot of my brides are big fans of sleeves, but…Ana’s had gorgeous lace sleeves, and I couldn’t have loved it more.  She also had an amazing cathedral veil which added so much to their portraits! She chose white florals for bouquets and red dresses for the bridesmaids, which added a nice pop to their photos.  

The SPANISH MOSS was so amazing to photograph in.  Michigan does not have this, and it was so awesome to be able to branch out with the different greenery in this part of the US.  

Enjoy this extended preview of their wedding day!

Ceremony: Presbyterian church of God In Ocean springs Mississippi

Reception: Gulf port Even center

Brides Dress: Tux bridal boutique 

Grooms  Tux: Mens Warehouse

Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal

Florals: Stephanie Batemen (Crown Valley flowers)

Hair: Marla Williams

Makeup: Amber Barton



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Grayson's Birth Story

Our little Grayson was born January 3, 2019. He is the sweetest little baby and LOVES TO BE HELD! Tony and I may or may not cater to that. Tony and I weren’t sure about a third baby. After much prayer we both had that desire in our hearts. Some of you know our story as far as kids go! We don’t accidentally get pregnant EVER! I knew my last wedding was Dec 1, 2018 and figured it would take several months… well God blessed very quickly (sooo thankful) and our due date was January 5, 2019.

Owen and Tony really wanted a boy; I didn’t care either way. We were planning on waiting until he was born to find out the gender, but had a small scare when I was about 16 weeks and decided to pray for our little baby by name specifically. We found out we were having a boy and, picked up some super hero onesies and surprised my parents and Owen with them! Owen was so excited to share a room with his little brother (at least he will be until he can walk!)

The rest of the pregnancy went smooth! I was super ready to have this baby at about 37 weeks. I expected this little man was going to come earlier than he did from my track record with Owen & Leighton. He didn’t ha ha. I asked my doctor about being induced and was on the schedule for an elective induction at about 39 weeks. Well she was incredibly busy with other mommas in labor. I had my 40 week appointment on a Thursday and we set a plan in motion of medically “needing” to be induced in a week and hoping to get on the schedule in the next couple of days… well I was at a 6 and having regular contractions (thought they were Braxton hicks). I cried tears of joy and relief! My Doctor had been at the hospital delivering babies for about 3 days and she stayed another 7 hours to deliver our little Grayson! So thankful for her!

I was admitted at about noon January 3 and he was born at about 7pm that night! He is perfect and we are so blessed and thankful for his precious little life!

Here are a few images from his birth!

Alli & John Winter wedding 12-1-18 Waldenwoods

I am so excited to share this gorgeous wedding!!! Allison (my baby cousin) and I have made some good memories together over the years. We have gone camping, had our fair share of dance parties during our family Christmas parties, and we have laughed…a lot! In fact, one of my favorite things about Alli is her contagious laugh…and it hasn’t changed a bit since she was little. I could not be more proud of the woman she has become. She is confident in who she is and how she lives her life, and I love that.

John and Alli met in college through mutual acquaintances, and Alli made John wait 3 years before she gave her heart to him. I remember seeing/hearing about their engagement story and shortly after received a call about doing their wedding photography! I was so honored to be able to photograph their wedding!

Alli is a wedding/event planner at 59 West, and John is a high school teacher. Both of them have great passions for their chosen occupations. I met John a few years back and instantly loved them together. Our son Owen thinks John is sooo cool! They both have very similar interests in super hero’s, and John has taken time to get into his world. Owen had a very small part in their wedding day, and they bought him superhero converse that he wears everyday to school!

Their wedding could not have been more perfect. They included little things throughout the day that described them and their relationship, including: John’s superhero cufflinks and socks, and Alli wearing her Grandmothers dress! Her dad even dyed her veil to match the vintage look of her dress! I shed a tear or two during her first looks with both her dad and brother.

Their reception was filled with so much love and emotion. They had a peanut butter and jelly doughnut cake and doughnuts for their guests (which were delicious)! Their reception, getting ready photos, and all of their wedding portraits were taken at Waldenwoods Banquet Center. Alli had her flowers and reception centerpieces done by Stephanie at Rowden Flowers.

Shelbi & Evan Wedding

It was such a joy to be apart of Shelbi & Evans wedding day! it was full of touching moments from daddy daughter first looks to Evan & Shelbi’S first wedding day moments together! The wedding was simple but absolutely stunning!

My favorite part was when Shelbi and her dad shared a first look! I remember when I was asking Shelbi about her dress; she mentioned her daddy teared up when he saw her in it! The daddy daughter first look was so genuine and tender. Momma, and the bridesmaids all shed a tear over this emotional first look!

Shelbi’s vision for her wedding certainly came to life with the help of close family and friends! It was so gorgeous. I loved the simplicity of the decor. It was timeless and classic!

Enjoy this extended preview of Shelbi & Evans wedding day!

Lindsey & Nick Old Stone Gate, Nunica, MI

Lindsey & Nick are two of the sweetest people I have ever worked with!  There wedding was so well thought out and organized.   I have enjoyed getting to know both of them through their engagement photos as well as their wedding planning and day.  I feel like getting engagement photos done with your photographer can be soooo helpful for both.  I like to know how I can best serve my couples the day of their wedding day and engagement photos give me an opportunity to better do that!  

Enjoy this Extended preview of their wedding day.

Venue: Old Stone Gate

 

 

Kelsey & Levi Shelby, Mi

I have truly loved getting to know Kelsey and Levi through this wedding photography process!  I met them both through a family member's wedding a year ago!  

Can we just admire how gorgeous Kelsey's dress is!!! One of my favorites this year.  She looked absolutely stunning.  I love to see  a couples chemistry and relationship shine through their images and these two did that without a doubt.  Enjoy this extended preview of their wedding day!

Kelly & Brian wedding Stony Lake Barn, New era, Mi

I had the privilege of meeting Kelly & Brian at her sisters wedding last year! I was so happy to see her inquiry pop up in my email! I was able to do engagement photos with them this winter, and we had so much fun despite the cold weather.

 Their wedding day couldn't have been more perfect! The weather was literally the most ideal for a wedding day, and right down the road there was a cherry orchard just starting to bloom.  I could not be more thankful to use that.  It made these images that much more gorgeous.  Kelly & Brian were surrounded by love and support.  I loved hearing the speeches. They were very touching and truly showed Kelly and Brians impact on those around them.

Please enjoy this extended preview of Kelly and Brian's wedding day.  

Flowers: Chalet Floral

Brides Dress: Americans bride

Bridesmaids dresses: LULU

Cake: Rykes Bakery

Venue: Stony Lake Barn in New Era, MI