New Boudoir Studio!

Okay, this is something I’ve been working on a LONG time! Back in January I teased about some announcements coming this year, and finally, here is one of them! I turned my spare room into a boudoir studio so I can have a space just for my amazing girls! I’m so excited to be able to host clients in my home. This room has seen a lot of long hours and anxious late nights. I have rearranged it way too many times and second guessed every little thing. I’ve put nails in the wall to hang up a mirror, only to take it down and fill the holes with mud two days later. Indecisiveness is an understatement. I really love interior design and I’ve always prided myself on having a cute, cozy home, but with this room there was a lot of second guessing. I just wanted it to be perfect and complete, but I realized I’ll always be moving stuff around in here, and it will never be totally finished. One of my favorite things to do is have a glass of wine and start reorganizing and moving my house around. Having a new, fresh space just feeds my soul. So, I bit the bullet and photographed it how it is now, and here I am finally showing it off. I found it really difficult to make a room that is aesthetically pleasing but also photographs well! I can’t have anything on the walls that is too distracting, I didn’t want any bold colors that would reflect on people’s skin badly (not that I’ve ever been one to decorate in bold colors… I’m an all white/black/grey/brown kind of decorator.) But, I found the key, and that’s plants! I love learning about plants, and though I have a long way to go, I’m getting there! Luckily this is the room that gets the most natural light, so it’s perfect for greenery. I can’t wait to add more to the space! Alright I’ve gone on long enough, scroll down to see photos of the room as well as parts of the rest of my house.

Grand-Rapids-Photographer-7600.jpg
Shout out to Bradley Blair for the sweet astronaut print! He carves images on wood, hand inks them, and presses them onto clothing. They are amazing! I had this blank canvas laying around and he was kind enough to put his art on it. Check out his stuff on instagram at @blairwich.project ! His Etsy shop is on vacation for the summer, but you can find his stuff at lots of upcoming festivals. He will have booths at Founders Fest, Buttermilk Jamboree, Blissfest, Hiawatha Music Festival, Art on the Rocks, Grand Marais Music + Arts Festival, and Hoxeyville.

Shout out to Bradley Blair for the sweet astronaut print! He carves images on wood, hand inks them, and presses them onto clothing. They are amazing! I had this blank canvas laying around and he was kind enough to put his art on it. Check out his stuff on instagram at @blairwich.project ! His Etsy shop is on vacation for the summer, but you can find his stuff at lots of upcoming festivals. He will have booths at Founders Fest, Buttermilk Jamboree, Blissfest, Hiawatha Music Festival, Art on the Rocks, Grand Marais Music + Arts Festival, and Hoxeyville.

Grand-Rapids-Photographer-7636.jpg
I will also continue using my own room for sessions (not as much, but it will give a nice variety to galleries!) So I figured I would show that too. I just got this awesome tapestry from society 6 and I can’t wait to get a client in front of it!

I will also continue using my own room for sessions (not as much, but it will give a nice variety to galleries!) So I figured I would show that too. I just got this awesome tapestry from society 6 and I can’t wait to get a client in front of it!

I’m also showing some photos of my living room/office area! I always encourage my boudoir clients to bring friends if they’d like. When I’m actually shooting, I prefer to keep that more private. I think it can be easier for someone to open up when they aren’t being watched. But, friends are great to have to around. It’s a fun experience to share with your best friend, they’re great for giving outfit advice, and they are super encouraging! So they are welcome to hang out in the living room, drink mimosas with us, and eat some snacks! (I always provide drinks and snacks!)

I’m also showing some photos of my living room/office area! I always encourage my boudoir clients to bring friends if they’d like. When I’m actually shooting, I prefer to keep that more private. I think it can be easier for someone to open up when they aren’t being watched. But, friends are great to have to around. It’s a fun experience to share with your best friend, they’re great for giving outfit advice, and they are super encouraging! So they are welcome to hang out in the living room, drink mimosas with us, and eat some snacks! (I always provide drinks and snacks!)

My office space

My office space

That big black wall is my chalkboard wall. It makes a really cool background for photos. I would post them here but they were nude yoga shots and not to be shared across the internet. ;)

That big black wall is my chalkboard wall. It makes a really cool background for photos. I would post them here but they were nude yoga shots and not to be shared across the internet. ;)

So there it is! I’m so excited to finally announce this and get the ball rolling! I’ll be doing some boudoir mini marathon days coming up this year, so keep an eye out for that announcement! If you’d like to hear boudoir announcements first, as well as be a part of a really awesome group of girls who uplift and encourage each other, send me a message and I’ll add you! If you’re interested in a session, send me a message and I’ll forward over the details! I have smaller “Boudie Short” sessions, or bigger packages that include hair and makeup.


Below are some recent sessions in the room. Thanks so much to the fierce women who let me know their photos! Warning: extreme sexiness ahead.


Boudoir-Photographer-1790.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-1949.jpg
This amazing red piece is also apart of my client closet! I have it in S/M and L/XL. It’s gorgeous and compliments all body types.

This amazing red piece is also apart of my client closet! I have it in S/M and L/XL. It’s gorgeous and compliments all body types.

Boudoir-Photographer-1759.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-2680.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-1831.jpg
Boudoir-Studio-1975.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-2989.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-3039.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-3195.jpg
Michigan-Photographer-3386.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-4407.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-5293.jpg
Makeup by the AMAZING Gabriella Stratton Galore.

Makeup by the AMAZING Gabriella Stratton Galore.

Grand-Rapids-Photographer-5338.jpg
Michigan-Photographer-5539.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-5554.jpg
Boudoir-Photographer-5939.jpg

Kasey + Kourtney

Kasey, Kourtney, and I met up at the Kent City Lounge (dive bars are kind of my jam) before the session to loosen up some of those pre session jitters. I always love guiding my clients to cool locations, but I really love when they have their own ideas and I get to shoot somewhere new! Both of their parents have some really cool property, and the sunset was KILLER. They were so giggly and comfortable around each other, it really made the whole session fly by. I CANNOT WAIT for their wedding next summer, it’s been a long time in the making and I know it will be a beautiful day. OH and take a second to read the sign their daughter wrote…. It’s like really cute.

Grand-Rapids-Photographer-3234.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-3367.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-3532.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-3553.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-3810.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-3894.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-3981.jpg

Dot.

I am soooo excited to meet baby dot! Dot is the name Derek and Tracie have given to their gender unknown baby that is due in about 2 weeks, and I know I love him (I’m personally pretty set on him being a him) already. I actually saw Tracie in this dress at Tim and Kendra’s wedding (a couple blog posts ago) and I pretty much insisted we get some maternity photos in it, even though it’s not my usual forte. Well the day before the session we realized it was going to be freezing outside, so we tried to think of indoor locations we could use when it hit me that my little mama loves to pay tribute to her heritage by getting down on some Mexican food. So I started looking at Mexican Restaurants and came across Taqueria San Jose on Division St not far from downtown Grand Rapids. They have this cool outdoor area that I’ve always eyed whenever I was at St. Vincent De Paul across the street, but I was always too nervous to go there for the first time alone. It definitely defeated the purpose of trying to find an indoor location but as soon as I saw it I had a vision and I had to do it. So we got some tacos and omg, I can’t believe I didn’t go there sooner. They were so good. Oh but as you can see, first we stopped by Richmond Park because the trees matched her dress and I had to. Anyway. Now I want tacos….

Grand-Rapids-Photographer-1734.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-1766.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-1790.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-1887.jpg
Grand-Rapids-Photographer-1939.jpg


Sara + Jeff's Saugatuck Engagement

Sara, Jeff and I met up in Saugatuck to hang out a bit and get some photos to celebrate their engagement! We gathered for a couple beers at Saugatuck Brewing Company to talk weddings and life and warm up before heading out into chilly, windy west Michigan. We walked around the cute downtown area before driving a little north to Saugatuck Dunes State Park. It’s about 2/3 of a mile walk from the parking lot, and once we got to the shore we were met with the most amazing sunset. We ran around the dunes and danced along the shore, running away from the freezing waves crashing on the shore. I just love October in Michigan!

Saugatuck-Engagement-Photography-4900.jpg
Saugatuck-Wedding-Photography-2216.jpg
Saugatuck-Engagement-Photography.jpg
Saugatuck-Wedding-Photography-2754.jpg
Saugatuck-Wedding-Photography-738.jpg
Saugatuck-Wedding-Photographer-002.jpg
Saugatuck-Engagement-Photographer.jpg
Saugatuck-Wedding-Photographer-2800.jpg

Tim + Kendra's Michillinda Wedding

I was so excited to shoot another wedding at Michillinda Lodge in Whitehall, Michigan, and this time for my good friends Tim and Kendra! These two need to have a movie made about them because they are that cute. They started dating in MIDDLE SCHOOL, how crazy is that? They’ve already spent half of their lives together, but that doesn’t mean there is any shortage of butterflies. You can just feel how in love they are. For instance I’ve never had a groom stop so many times to take a photo with his phone. Not because he didn’t trust me with my job, but because his wife is just that hot and he knows how insanely lucky he is to have her. Tim and Kendra, thank you so much for having me come along to capture your love. I love you guys so much, and I can’t wait to see the rest of your love story!

Thank you to all of the amazing people who helped pull this day off!

Florist: Ann and Staci Wylie

Cake/Dessert: Ann Wylie

DJ/Band: Dan Plew, Soundtastic Entertainment

Hair & Make-up: Kyni-Rae Denton

Catering: Hearthstone Catering www.hearthstoneresturant.com

Wedding dress: The dress was actually her moms! Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists tailored and did a beautiful job!

Bridesmaids dresses: Azazie www.Azazie.com

Bride's Shoes: David's Bridal

Brides ring: Kay's, Grooms ring- Staghead designs

Adam + Renae

You might remember Adam and Renae from the blog I posted about their engagement session last fall at Kirk Park in Grand Haven, MI. These two are just so sweet and have always trusted me and my vision for photos. They chose a church near their home for the ceremony and the reception was at the Grand Haven Community Center, right next to Central Park which was a perfect portrait spot (the sunset photos we did there are my fav from this whole day so make sure you scroll to the end to see those!) Honestly I can’t say enough good things about Adam and Renae. Congratulations you two, I’m so excited to see where life takes you!

Vendors!

Florist: Spring Lake Floral www.springlakeflowers.com/

Cake/Dessert: Rykes Bakery https://rykes.com

DJ/Band: Greg Martin, Entertainment on the Move

Hair & Make-up: Reds Salon www.reds-salon.com/

Catering: Anything Goes Catering www.ardelligrandhaven.com

Wedding dress: Renee Austin reneeaustinwedding.com

Bridesmaids dresses: Tamis Bridal tamibridalsllc.com

Grand-Haven-Wedding-Photography-5388.jpg
Grand-Haven-Wedding-Photography-5843.jpg
Grand-Haven-Wedding-Photography-6063.jpg
Grand-Haven-Wedding-Photography-6173.jpg
Grand-Haven-Wedding-Photography-6099.jpg
Grand-Haven-Wedding-Photography-0735.jpg
Grand-Haven-Wedding-Photography-6332.jpg
Grand-Haven-Wedding-Photography-6486.jpg
Michigan-Wedding-Photographer-0402.jpg
Grand-Haven-Wedding-Photography.jpg
Grand-Haven-Wedding-Photography-7329.jpg

Chad + Zoie

Chad and Zoie wanted a less traditional, more intimate wedding day that was unique and helped support local Michigan businesses. How cool is that?! From everything to the venue to the bartenders, they chose local, family owned small businesses. Their venue was Green Gardens Community Farm in Battle Creek, Michigan. It’s a new venue that was actually still in the kickstarter phase when Chad and Zoie chose it for their wedding, and I’m so happy they trusted the owners’ vision because the space is truly amazing! There was a farmhouse that was available for Zoie to get ready in, and the ceremony was held in a field on the property close to the greenhouse where the reception took place. It was the perfect location to fulfill their ideas of a genuine, intimate, and relaxed wedding day. Here is what Zoie had to say about her ideas. “

“We tried to make almost everything by hand- with love and love and some skill...mostly love though. For all items that we could not make, we gathered from our homes, antique shops, and side of the road freebies. All of the lantern cans were donated from people at work and family and friends and almost every can was made by my Mom- the one - the only- the forever super woman and best friend to all who know her- Cathy Maczala.”

(Also I can attest that her mom is actually a super woman.)

Vendors!

Flowers- Viavi Flower Farm and Florist

Hair + Makeup- Hiedi Maczala

Catering- Off the Cuff Catering

Wedding Dress- BHLDN

Bride’s Shoes- Famous Footware - she altered them herself with gold acrylic wash and coffee stains!

Bar- Tiffany’s Wine and Spirits

Lucy + Kyle

Lucy and Kyle decided to tie the knot at my FAVORITE distillery, Long Road. They have an event space above the bar area and it is to die for. Lucy said she chose Long Road Distillers because they wanted a place that people would walk into and say “Wow, this place is SO Kyle and Lucy!” It was filled with gorgeous string lighting, green succulents, and my favorite part, delicious food and drinks. They wanted their day to be intimate, fun, and memorable, and that’s exactly what it was. Congratulations, Kyle and Lucy!!

Vendors!

Flowers- Wyoming Stuyvesant Floral

Sweets- Dreamscape Desserts

DJ- Dream Productions DJ- DJ Shane

Hair- Emily - A Davis Brown Salon

Makeup- Laura - A Davis Brown Salon

Catering- Long road distillers

Bride's Dress- Between Brides

Steve + Krysta's Cheney Place Wedding

I've known Krysta now for almost a decade, and anyone who knows her will tell you she's one of the sweetest people. (I feel like I say that a lot in my blogs? But I'm not lying, I just have been super super fortunate to have the BEST brides to work with!) Anyway, she has truly found her match in Steve. They are such great people by themselves, but as a couple they are giving us all some real #relationshipgoals.

This was actually my first wedding at the Cheney Place, and I don't know how I survived before. As someone who loves vintage furniture and plants, I was in photog heaven! The Cheney place is the perfect Grand Rapids venue if you’re looking to have your ceremony and reception all in one gorgeous location!

Steve and Krysta, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your wedding day! I had the best time, and I hope you love your “little” preview! (There’s over 100 photos, sorry I couldn’t help but go a tad overboard!)

But first, vendor shout outs!

Bouquets- Eastern Floral: Molly Tiesma: molly.tiesma@easternfloral.com

Sweets- Donut Conspiracy: Brooke and Paola: donutconspiracy@gmail.com

DJ- Adam Wild: awildx@gmail.com

Hair + Makeup- CW Bridal and Beauty: Courtney Worden: courtney@cwbridalandbeauty.com

Videographer- Eric Dimmick

Catering- Distinctive Catering: Nicole Hartman: nicolehartman@distinctivecatering.com

Wedding Dress- One Oak Bride: oneoakbride.com

Bridesmaid Dresses- Davids Bridal: www.davidsbridal.com

Engagement ring: Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/PenelliBelle?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Groom's suit- Men's Wearhouse: https://www.menswearhouse.com/

Dominic + Kiara's Michillinda Wedding

Dominic and Kiara have such a fun energy about them. These two might be a little familiar if you keep up with my blog or social media. I shot their engagement photos on Lake Michigan at sunset, and the more I got to know them the more I was excited for their wedding. They are both so warm and welcoming, I think they could make anyone feel comfortable. This was one of my favorite first looks this year, Dominic's reaction is everything! I don't think I've ever seen such a giddy groom, he ran around all night with hearts in his eyes, and she adores him just as much. They picked such a perfect place to get married, Michillinda Lodge 100% matched their fun, free spirited love. Scroll away to see for yourself, but first, a shout out to everyone who made the day happen! 

Florist: Jan Carr, Weesies, jancarr@weesies.com, www.weesies.com

Cake/Dessert: Mary Wiebenga, Woodland Farm Market and Bakery, woodlandfarmmarketandbakery.com

DJ/Band: Peter, Paradise Entertainment Service, www.paradiseentertainmentservice.com

Video- Cassie, Paradise Entertainment Service

Hair: Hair by Makena, Continuum Salon, continuumsalon.com

Make-up: Kendra, Eden Esthetics & Lashes by Kendra, continuumsalon.com

Catering: Rusty Morningstar, Bone Ends, www.boneends.com

Groom's suit and shoes: JOS E. Bank

Invitations and programs: Etsy

Special shout out to Lea Shampo, manager at Michillinda Lodge! 

Thanks so much everyone for helping create such a perfect day!

Chelsea + Bo Moore- Lansing wedding

Before I ever met Chelsea I knew that she was one of the sweetest people there is. She just radiates warmth and happiness, and that glow was only made more abundant when her and Bo interacted. I first met her at the Artisan Company Salon, which is definitely one of the coolest salons I've ever photographed. Everyone working there was incredibly kind and helpful, and then the decor made for some amazing detail photos! As for the ceremony, they decided to tie the knot at the Chapel at Hawk Hollow, a really adorable little (air conditioned!) white chapel in Bath, Mi, right by Lansing. Their gorgeous reception was just down the road at Eagle Eye, which has amazing views of the sunset which we took full advantage of. 

 

Vendor shout outs! 

Florist: Woodbury's - St. Johns

 

Cake/Dessert: Shelly Steinacker

 

DJ: Rodeny Page - Full Entertainment Experience pagerodn@gmal.com

 

Hair & Make-up: The Artisan Company Salon

 

Catering: Eagle Eye Banquet Center

 

Wedding dress: Fantastic Finds - East Lansing

 

Bridesmaids dresses: Fantastic Finds - East Lansing

 

Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade Keds & Betsy Johnson Heels

 

Jewelry/Rings: Kay Jewelers

 

Groom's suit and shoes: Fantastic Finds - East Lansing

 

Invitations and programs: Shutterfly (invitations), Vistaprint (programs)

 

Guest favors: Truffles for a Cause - Mary Ludwig

Jen + Matt's Munising Wedding

I can still remember the day I got a message from Jen in my inbox. As soon as she told me her and Matt were planning on having a small, intimate beach wedding in Munising, Mi, my heart got so excited! I love traveling, the UP, Lake Superior, waterfalls, hiking, basically everything the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is about, so I knew right away that I needed to document their wedding day and their love. Jen and Matt wanted a simple wedding with just their closest friends and family, and obviously their dog, Gus, who is just such a GOOD BOY!

I felt so inspired by the simplicity of their day and their go with the flow attitudes. We did the most unique first look I've ever curated right outside their motel, and then from there went to Munising Falls. Their ceremony was on Miner's beach with the beautiful Pictured Rocks in the background. After the ceremony we walked up on the bluff where Jen and Matt put in earphones and had a private first dance right on the North Country Trail. It was so beautiful and romantic, and honestly overwhelming witnessing such a pure and loving moment between two people. After their dance and some family photos, we went to Castle Rock, and from there on to Miner's Falls. They were so unbelievably awesome and trusting of me the whole day. For real, these two, who were both dressed in all white, hiked to the falls with me, then hiked down even further to the actual waterfall. It wasn't super easy getting down to the falls and back up, but these two did it with zero complaints, AND they didn't even have a speck of dirt on them when they were done. That is talent, people. Oh and also when we were walking back to the cars this little girl asked "Why is there a princess here?" referring to Jen, and we both almost cried. Because you can still have a fairy tail wedding and feel like a princess while keeping your wedding day reflective of who you are as person, and who you are as a couple. Jen and Matt, I can't thank you enough to asking me to photograph your wedding. Congratulations! 

Motel- Terrace Inn Motel, Munising, Mi - the owner, Larry, was also the officiant! 

Dress + shoes- Express

Hair piece + Gus's tux- Amazon

Erinn + Josh

I knew during my first meeting with Josh and Erinn that they are two of my kind of people. We first met on a freezing Michigan winter's night at Brewery Vivant and talked wedding details, hiking, and beer. When I told them I was heading to Utah and Arizona soon on a road trip, they actually were the ones to convince me to go to Zion National Park, and it ended up being my favorite part of the trip. (That reminds me, I need to blog that trip! soon!) 

These two are just so perfect for each other. You can see it in the way they look at each other, how they bring each other such ease and joy. Its like heart eye emojis all over the place! I could go on and on about them but I think the photos speak for themselves, so scroll down and take a look! 

 

Vendors!

Flowers- Merci Beaucoup Floral Design- Joan Nekritz https://www.mercibeaucoupfloral.com/

Pie- Grand Traverse Pie Company

DJ- DJKJ- Kevin Barker

Hair and Make up- Design One Salon- South Gaines

Catering- West Michigan Catering Company

Wedding Dress- Becker's Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses- House of DeVaughn Bridal

Rings- Preusser Jewelers- Grand Rapids, MI

Groom's Suit- Men's Warehouse

Cafe Lighting- Textures Events Lighting- Andrew Kinsler

 

Mike + Lindsay

The Radlinskis! Mike and Lindsay are so fun. The speeches that their closest friends and family members gave only confirmed what I already knew, that they were two of the best kind of people who made everyone around them fall in love. Mike can talk to anyone about anything and make you feel totally at ease, and as Linsday's friends said, she makes every person she meets feel like they're her new best friend. Their love and energy for each other and everyone else is so genuine and infectious. The day started with a 100% chance of thunderstorms, but somehow we never got rained on. Their ceremony was at the always awesome Frederik Meijer Gardens, which is basically every photographers dream with so many options for wedding shots. The party bus picked us up to kick off the celebration, and dropped us off at The Eberhart Center for the reception where everyone literally danced the night away. I'm so honored to have been apart of their wedding. Mike and Lindsay, thank you and congratulations! Cheers!

 

Vendor lovin' care:

 

Hair and Make up- Heidi Christine's https://heidichristines.com/

Flowers- Susan Steenwyk

Wedding Dress- Becker's Bridal https://beckersbridal.com

Bridesmaids Dresses- David's Bridal http://davidsbridal.com/

Ring- Zale's www.zales.com 

Cake- Deb Canfield

 

Jen

Jen came to me wanting college graduation photos to celebrate how much she's accomplished, and do head shots in the process to land her that perfect job. She mentioned a few times how silly and ridiculous it was getting her and her dog's cap and gown ready, driving from Port Huron to Grand Rapids, just to get some photos done, but I totally disagreed. I don't think we should ever feel bad about celebrating our accomplishments. I think every woman should have a fun photo session to celebrate herself, because we are worthy of being celebrated, and it's easy to forget that. Graduating, getting engaged, turning 30, feeling frisky, why not plan a fun photo session just for you? 

I noticed in her car she had a copy of You Are a Badass, and we talked about it as we drove to the second location. Part of the book talks about what could happen if you let go of self deprecation and choose to love yourself. As a photographer, I so often see women shy away from the front of my lens. They want to lose that last 15 pounds before they do a boudoir session with me. They me to take photos of "just the kids" because she was too tired from chasing said kids around all day to "get ready". But I can promise you when your kids are grown they won't care how skinny you were, or if your makeup is done, they'll just be happy to have photos with their mom in it. It feels selfish and frivolous to take care of yourself and love yourself, but why? There will always be room to grow, and that's a good thing. Life is a process, and if you don't celebrate each step of it, when you're older and wiser and wrinkly, you'll look back and wish you realized that you and your life have always been beautiful. 

So here's to a fellow bad ass woman. Jen worked full time and took a full course load and didn't give up when life threw every obstacle possible in her way.  

 

Oh and Ben is graduating puppy training, and I'm a firm believer in celebrating all dog's accomplishments as well. 

Kiara + Dominic

I love when I meet two people with a similar vision to my own. Kiara and Dominic are getting married at the Michillinda Lodge in Whitehall, Mi, a beautiful location right on Lake Michigan. Before their engagement/family session we went to the venue to walk around and check it out, and omg I'm so excited! I actually have two weddings there this summer, and I can't wait. I just love the water and everything about Lake Michigan. After getting a feel for Michillinda, we went down the road to Duck Lake State Park. There they have Duck Lake, and a little channel leading to Lake Michigan, where the sun was so perfectly setting. We lucked out with such a beautiful day and sunset, I hope their wedding brings the same weather! I'm so excited for these two and for the new family they've formed. Congratulations Kiara and Dominic! 

Adah Rae

Sweet little Adah Rae made her grand entrance on 6/16/18, and was instantly, unconditionally loved. Chad and Sarah were married in 2016 and I was fortunate enough to shoot their Grand Haven wedding. It's always such an honor getting to witness and document such big events in someone's life, and I'm always so grateful for returning clients. I can't wait to watch Adah and the Khodl family grow! Oh and whenever there's a dog around I'm a happy photographer! He kind of stole the show sometimes but I didn't mind ;)

Mark + Dana

This was my first time photographing a wedding at the River's Edge Bed and Breakfast and omg, I can't wait to go back! If anyone out there reading this is having a wedding there, please hire me as your wedding photographer, because I love it. It's awesome when we don't even have to leave the venue for photos because there are just that many beautiful spots, and even better when two people are SO obviously head over heels in love with each other that they can't help but kiss and laugh. Dana and Mark have something so special, but you'll see what I mean in the photos. How they look at each other isn't something even the best of movie stars can fake. And those table settings! and Mediterranean food! and lastly, those dance moves!

Okay, some vendor shout outs, and then on to the photos! 

Venue - Rivers Edge Bed and Breakfast and Gathering Place

Bar - Bars by Butch

Linens - The Rental Company - Holland, MI

Hair - Tara Ezinga, Alaina Truer

Nails - VIP Salons/Chasing Vanity Salon

Make Up - Chelsea Helmholdt

Dress Designer - Jasmine

Alterations - Kathy Roodvoets

Catering - Sheshco Mediterranean Grill

DJ - Nicholai - Prestige Sound

Suits - Joseph A Banks

Flowers - Katie VandenBerg

Cake/Cupcakes - D&W Fresh Markets Bakery

Doughnuts - Marge's Donut Den

Officiant - Steve VanPoolen from Crossroads Bible Church

Aaron + Shannen

If you've ever had the pleasure of meeting Aaron and Shannen, you would notice right away how effortlessly in love they are. That doesn't meant that they don't consistently put forth effort to keep the love alive, like when Aaron gave Shannen a box filled with letters and photographs right before the ceremony. Each letter was labeled with a specific date for her to open the envelope on, one date even as far out at 2022! That is some adorable sh*t right there if you ask me!  


Every vendor I encountered was phenomenal, so here are some shout outs!

Venue- Centennial Barn, Wayland Mi www.thecentennialbarn.com

Cupcakes- Sara's Sweets Bakery, sarassweetsbakery.blogspot.com/

Hair- Bombshell Styles by Sydney - 616-309-8093

Catering- (it was tacos and it was amazing) The Vault Catering

Flowers- Stems Market, www.stemsmarket.com

All dresses- David'sbridal www.davidsbridal.com

Groom's Suit- Mens Warehouse www.menswarehouse.com

DJ- Centennial DJ


Mattie + Kevin

Last Friday, May 11, 2018, Mattie and Kevin tied the knot in the backyard of their first home together, located in the up and coming Creston neighborhood of Grand Rapids. It was cold and rainy, and we had about two and a half seconds to do the first look and initial photos, but that's why I love Mattie and Kevin. They decided to go with the flow and their whole wedding was so beautiful because of it! As Mattie said "come hell or high water, we're doing the ceremony outside!" and we did. It was small and intimate, which always end up being some of my favorite ceremonies. They passed the rings around, and everyone held them in their hands while wishing the newlyweds well, and sending positive vibes their way. After the backyard ceremony, we headed into their adorable home for a cocktail hour, complete with champagne, bourbon, and some of Michigan's finest craft beer. For more craft beer appreciation time, we drove to City Built Brewing for warm tacos and cold brews. The rain finally let up around 7:30 pm so we ran outside for some super quick photos before it was too dark anymore. I'm so happy we had the sixth street bridge right across the street, and some beautiful cherry blossoms in the park to run around in. Mattie and Kevin, your wedding day was a dream to photograph, thank you so much for letting me be part of it! Can't WAIT to show you guys the rest of the photographs!