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Looking back at the 2nd half of 2012, part 1 | Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer |

At a recent engagement session I was talking about my blog, yes this thing. The thing that has been horribly neglected for the last 18 months. I find that it’s easier to just throw some images up on facebook and call it good. But my couple really made me think when they said that they used blogs to help decide which photographers they were going to meet with. I was extremely embarrassed because mine has been, well really bad! They said it helped them get to understand who the photographer was, see their personality, hear about them talk about their clients and read how much they really care about each and every one. That made me even more embarrassed because looking at my blog makes it look like I don’t care about my clients or even want to take the time to tell their story. Well I know that’s not true at all. The hardest part for me with a blog IS writing their story. It’s such a personal thing to experience one of the biggest days for two people into just a few paragraphs. How can you sum up someone’s love and commitment to eachother with a few words. I always felt like I wasn’t doing their story justice with my words. The funny thing is that I used to write newsletters in a previous job. I had no issues with that, but personal things… well that’s harder. Of course once I get going, I have a hard time stopping. If you know me or have ever talked to me, you know I like to talk. Typing is another thing.

So with that said I owe my clients the time, the love and respect to tell their stories. Now instead of trying to split them all up into multiple blog posts I’ve decided to do it in two, but I’m given them each their own space. So let’s start with Kristen and Ryan….

9.1.12 Kristen + Ryan Married | Petoskey Staffords Perry Hotel Wedding |

When you first meet Kristen you can’t help but want to be best friends with her immediately. She has this grace and sweetness about her that draws people to her. Which is probably what drew Ryan to her. Together these two are like the perfect couple. The ones you want to call up and hang out at MSU tailgates, see on the weekends and go on trips with. They are THAT couple! The ones that everyone loves. So now that I laid the foundation to their awesomeness let’s talk about their wedding day. Labor Day weekend in Petoskey at the Staffords Perry Hotel, the absolutely perfect setting for their wedding. The day was gorgeous, the sun was shinning all day, it was warm (poor Ryan was melting during the ceremony) and just perfect.  They had planned a fabulous day full of family, laughter, friends, personal touches and simple yet beautiful details.  I’m really excited to finally share their images on my blog, these photos bring back so many awesome memories from their day. So enjoy!!!

Staffords Perry Hotel Petoskey Wedding

Staffords Perry Hotel Petoskey Wedding

Staffords Perry Hotel Petoskey Wedding

 

 

 

10.6.13 Kristen + Ryan Married | Kalamazoo Country Club Wedding |

I know, another Kristen and Ryan!  I’ve had clients with the same names before, but not weddings that were back to backs for me. So let’s talk about this Kristen and Ryan. You might remember them from their fabulous engagement session at a barn that involved a little Oberon (yummy!). So you already know how cute and awesome these two are together.  Well don’t worry, they weren’t any different on their wedding day. Their day was just perfect, a little chilly but the clouds were great and the light filtering through was stunning. Of course it’s not hard to make these two look good but everything just seemed to fall into place. I found this abandoned house and barn just down the street from the church, it made the perfect location for photos. I mean who doesn’t want tall grasses, old barns and tons of charm?  I love weddings where I don’t feel like just a vendor, I feel like a friend. This was definitely one of those weddings. It felt like I had known Kristen and Ryan for ever, it just seemed so natural and relaxing to be around them.  And I loved that she listened to my advice (I didn’t think anyone ever listened to me!) when I told her to take their wedding gift money and buy something meaningful, something you can look back years later and have great memories from it. So what did Kristen buy… tickets for her baseball loving husband to one of the Tigers Playoff games last year. Yup best wife ever award right there! Yeah I know that didn’t really have much to do with their wedding day, I just love that little story 🙂  So here is the other Kristen and Ryan and their special day at the Kalamazoo Country Club.

Kalamazoo Country Club Wedding

Kalamazoo Country Club Wedding

Kalamazoo Country Club Wedding

 

 

 

 10.13.13 Jackie + Dave Married | Brengman Brother Winery Traverse City |

And the final wedding for this post, Jackie and Dave. So if you follow my blog I’ve already talked about these two, well mainly Jackie. See their wedding day didn’t go off without a hitch, it went off with a change of ceremony location, lot’s of umbrellas, wind, wetness, rain and a soaking wet dress. If you read the post last year about Trusting Your Photographer, than you know how kick-ass these two already are. If you didn’t read it yet,  you need to.  So to save you from having to read about the crummy rain again, I’m going to tell you more about type of people these two are. Dave is quiet, loves a good craft beer, kind, gentle and thoughtful.  Jackie, is pretty much the same, sweet, thoughtful, caring, trusting… pretty much these two are just great people. I was surprised a few months ago when a package was delivered to my house from their address. I couldn’t think of what they could have sent me. I opened the package up to find a BirchBox, oh makeup I thought, yes!! I love makeup and skin care stuff. But this box was a little too heavy to be anything like that. So I opened the box unwrapped the tissue to find this beautiful tile with the state of Michigan on it. I knew immediately where it was from and it brought back so many great memories from their day. See while it was pouring rain we drove to Leland for some of their pictures. Jackie dreamed of having their wedding pictures done there, what she didn’t dream about was the amount of rain we had.  In between shots outside we took refuge inside this adorable little tile shop, Sporck Tile Art We looked around and warmed up a bit before heading back out in the wetness. Well that tile I got, it was from there. And included in the box was a sweet note saying that they had finally made it back up to Leland and this time it wasn’t raining. They stopped in the tile shop and picked me up a little gift. I recently told someone that of all of the little things I have received from my clients that this was the most sincere and thoughtful thing I have ever gotten.  It was so personal and special and it reminds me of their day, of the two of them and that what I do is so much more than just taking some photos of a dress, flowers and details.  I’m taking little snaps of memories and moments for two very special people. Thank you Jackie and Dave for constantly reminding me why do what I love to do.

 

 

 

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