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6.20.13 Holly + Matt Married | Wildwood Family Farms Photographer |

 Okay I know it, I sound like a broken record! I get these images all ready for blogging and then it comes to the writing and well, they just sit. Well for the first several months of the year big things have been going on which has kept me away from the computer, that’s a whole different post and story. But for now I’ll try and keep this one short and sweet.

Holly and Matt were married on a perfect first day of summer at the beautiful Wildwood Family Farms.  The weather was amazing, the setting was just perfect and the details, well did I happen to mention that Holly’s mom owns Something Borrowed Vintage Staging and Rentals? So needless to say things were pretty amazing. These two college sweethearts are completely smitten for each other. Holly has an amazing infectious smile and energy  (she was a Gerber baby after all) and Matt has a soft and calming way about him. They compliment each other perfectly! It was such an honor to photograph their very special day. From the homemade wedding cakes, the Tim Horton donuts, Cakabakery cupcakes and the John Wayne mug, everything about the day had these little personal details that all added up to a whole bunch of gorgeousness (and deliciousness too!).

I could go on and on about the rest of the details but I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, I really don’t think my words would do them justice!

So enjoy:)

Ceremony and Reception:Wildwood Family Farm

Props, staging and rentals: Something Borrowed Vintage Staging and Rentals

Cupcakes: Cakabakery

Donuts: Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop





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6.1.13 Lindsay + Nate Married | Bay Pointe Inn Wedding Photographer |

(This is long so get ready) When I book a wedding at a venue that I’ve never photographed at before the first thing I do is to Google wedding images from that venue. That way I know where NOT to shoot. Typically the images that you are find are all the same at all of the same places. Insert bride and groom here, push button and bam, you have a cookie cutter image. Now I’m not saying I haven’t photographed at places like the side garden/waterfall at the Grand Rapids Art Museum many times, but every time I do I try to look at it from a different perspective.  But when the only things you see online are the same things, that tells me it’s time to get creative and find some place new. Some people scope out locations days, weeks or even hours before a wedding. Driving around to find those great spots. Not me, I love using Google maps.  Yup, you heard that right. My secret is out. It might seem lazy but sometimes getting an aerial view can give you a whole new perspective on locations. Take the location I spotted using Google maps for Lindsay and Nate’s summer wedding. I just happened to find this amazing horse farm with a white picket fence, my absolute favorite thing! When I got down to Bay Pointe Inn I asked Lindsay if she was up for taking off and finding some new places to go. So we jumped in my jeep and drove just down the road. At first I couldn’t find the road for the horse farm but I just happened to see those beautiful white posts through the trees. Jackpot!! I NEVER would have found this spot just driving around! And let me tell you, between the bugs and the motor oil spotting the grass, these pictures were amazing!! Wow I got a little off track there didn’t I. Okay so let’s talk about these two love birds:)

Lindsay and Nate (like most all of my couples) are super sweet. I guess I just attract some pretty amazing people (haha)! Lindsay has this gorgeous smile with the most amazing perfect teeth I have ever seen. I mean I would pay thousands to have those teeth! And Nate just has this smooth, relaxed, fun way about him. Their day was fun, relaxed and full of laughter and lots of love. And I have to give them both a HUGE thank you for asking me to be their photographer. See back a long time ago (July of 2010 to be exact) Lindsay contacted me just after I photographed her friend BrieLynn’s wedding. She said her and her mom were blowen away by the pictures and although they weren’t engaged yet, she definitely wanted me to photograph her wedding. So fast forward two years later. Nate finally popped the question and Lindsay contacted me. Now if you know anything about my luck and my experience with technology you won’t be surprised to find that her message to me from my blog never went through to my email. So she thought I just didn’t reply. Later that fall at another friends wedding I was photographing (thanks again BrieLynn:)) we started chatting and she told me about another photographer that they had hired but wasn’t crazy about. So after some more talks they broke off their contract with that photographer and booked me! I felt very bad for their first photographer, but I knew it was meant to be, I was meant to be there with them on their wedding day. Well once again long story not so short, I am very grateful that they not only took a financial risk but a leap of faith and trust that her dream and hopes that she had back in 2010 would come true. And I couldn’t be more proud and honored to share their beautiful day with you. So stop reading this and start scrolling….

Ceremony and Reception: Bay Pointe Inn

Florist: Cindy Mein

Cake: Laura Restivo

Band: Tony Fields and Doug Decker

Makeup: Erick Gerson

Hair: Megan Porter

Dress and Tuxedos: Memories (Maggie Sottero)

Stationary: Paper Source

Bay Pointe Inn Wedding photographer




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