Their love is casual and fun, the kind of love that’s not afraid to get a little sand between the toes. Stefanie and Matt met and fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio but chose the beach town of St. Joseph, Michigan as the destination for their wedding. St. Joe fits them perfectly and was a convenient destination for their family and friends to gather. Stefanie and Matt had a breezy and sweet first look under the cupola that tops the old Whitcomb Hotel. From there we met up with the wedding party for some fun photos in the dune grass overlooking the St. Joe lighthouse and Lake Michigan. It all came together with a garden ceremony followed by a fun reception filled with gorgeous beach-themed decorations designed by the bride. Check out some of my favorites from the day!
He followed her to Chicago to work while she worked on her Masters degree, She’s staying in Chicago to work while he begins his. Maddy and Ian are so devoted to each other, it feels like they’ve been together for a lifetime, supporting each other every step of the way. I watched their love and playfulness unfold as the sun rose over the beach for our morning session. As the sun continued to brighten, we quickly moved to the flowering trees surrounding the Osaka Garden near their University of Chicago home. Check out some of my favorites from their engagement session.
After getting to know each other through a group of friends, Dan thought he would play it cool by asking Alyssa to join him one afternoon while he ran some errands. Errands quickly turned into drinks at the rooftop bar above the Lincoln Hotel and their first date ended in a kiss. Their relationship progressed quickly over several months and Dan found himself on one knee at the Lincoln Park bridge asking for Alyssa to spend the rest of her life with him. For their engagement session, we returned to these special locations and found them in perfect Spring bloom, a fitting metaphor for their blossoming relationship. I can’t wait to photograph their Summer wedding in the city. For now, check out some of my favorites from their engagement session.
The crib went together and the stuffed animals put in place; the guest room transformation into nursery made it all seem very real. In a few short weeks, Mike and Nicole are going to be parents. Mike runs a successful photography business himself, and has become an excellent colleague and friend so I was honored they asked me to capture this special time in their lives. Special thanks to Moses the wonder dog for making a cameo appearance throughout our photo session.
The path was marked “Closed for Winter,” but that didn’t stop Jake. Lydia had no idea what he had planned, but she trusts Jake with her life; he’s that kind of guy. They hiked over a mile through the Michigan snow to the lookout at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. If you’ve ever been to that lookout, you know what an incredible site it is looking over Lake Michigan. Lydia took in the view and turned to Jake suddenly realizing he was on one knee. “Will You Marry Me,” he said? Winter will always be the most romantic time of the year for the two of them, the reason they planned their wedding for the following January. A Winter engagement session was a MUST! Within the week after we met to talk about their wedding photography an engagement session was booked and snow was coming. I had an idea the falling snow would play a role in making their session magical, but I had no idea it would be this good. I had a blast with Lydia and Jake, we became fast friends and had a lot of laughs capturing these images. I’m so excited for the year ahead for them.