Ben and Lexi. (deep sigh). I feel so giddy and thankful to be saying those names together. This couple is such a dear part of my life. Lexi has been a sweet friend for so long and she's grown to be more like a sister to me over the last few years. And, their story is so fun to tell! Set up by a mutual friend, Lexi, the easy-going girl found herself at a loss for figuring out her feelings (that were growing by the minute) for this guy who she didn't know even existed just a few months prior. After meeting Ben just once, he got a big stamp of approval from us (because I know that was required, right Lexi?). I am so excited to share their big day with them this fall and all the exciting events leading up to their wedding day, too! Thanks for letting me take your photos, guys! LOVE YOU!
I had the honor of spending the weekend in Michigan to photograph Luke and Shaelyn's wedding back in May. Although I've only known Shaelyn for a short time, I knew I couldn't miss the chance to spend this special time with Luke and the Petersons as they welcomed this sweet bride into their family. I've known Luke literally since he was born. His sister and I were best friends from a young age and we've shared in a lot of milestones through the years. The memories are too numerous to list in one short blog post but you get the idea. The Peterson family is dear to me (and the rest of my family). Luke was the last of the Peterson siblings to get married (he is the baby, after all) and I knew that witnessing this step in the growth of their family may be one of the last reasons to drive halfway across the country just to see these people. It was a privilege to see the events of the day through my lens, knowing a lot about (or a lot more than many other couples I photograph) what each moment meant throughout the weekend. For example, the bittersweet feelings of a sister gaining a brother but knowing her baby sister would be moving away from home. The awe of watching a grandchild be old enough (and mature enough) to stand up front in the bridal party the ENTIRE wedding. The joy of friends to stand beside such a sweet, humble and godly couple. The simultaneous feeling of pride and vulnerability of a dad walking his little girl down the aisle. The overwhelming feeling of love when a groom sees his bride for the first time in her gown walking down that aisle knowing that this was his "payday." The unique privilege the father of the groom had to speak to his son and daughter-in-law at the beginning of their journey together. I don't often cry as a photographer during the ceremony but this had to be my exception. It was truly a joy to be with these two families in a beautiful setting - plus the bonus of spending the weekend away with my sister who put a camera around her neck and helped me a ton! Congratulations, Luke & Shaelyn! Thanks for including me!
The morning I spent with Megan and Owen didn't necessarily go as planned. It all started when we pulled into the location where we decided to meet only to find the gate close and locked. Yes, we were up early - but it never crossed my mind that we'd be too early for the park to open! So, graciously, Owen and Megan followed me to our super secret location plan B. I was taking a risk in taking a new client to place I had never shot before but we got SO lucky! I had driven by this empty field for several months trying to figure out when I could sneak around to take some photos. When Megan and Owen told me they were willing, I jumped at the chance. I couldn't be more pleased with the result in spite of our mishap earlier that morning. I was grateful to get to meet this sweet couple and I'm excited to share these photos with you!