I have no words for this wedding. It’s been almost two years since this day, and I keep coming back to it over and over. It’s one that I’m most proud of. The way Rachel and Evan honored their love, their traditions, and their families on this day was just incredible.
They met at camp as kids, and decided to get married there too because of how much it meant to them and the people they loved. If every single one of my couples could get married at the place that’s most important to them, I think I would be the happiest photographer. It creates such a relaxed atmosphere on a wedding day when you’re in a place that you love and feel comfortable in!
Rachel wore the most beautiful Hailey Paige gown and her bouquet was the biggest I’ve ever photographed, made by the amazing Wildwood Floral Co. Evan cried at least four times, and the two of them just brought me into their family with open arms. AND these two combined their last names to create their own - how freaking cool is that?!
Their details were camp themed in the best way possible. The Ketubah signing, Bedeken, and other Jewish ceremonies happened in buildings all over the campgrounds. The ceremony was intimate, their guests sitting on the same wooden benches where Rachel and Evan had spent summer nights as kids. (Check out their beautiful Chuppah…I die.) Their guests walked from the cocktail hour to the reception on a gravel road through the woods. And tables were arranged by cabins. After their reception, they finished with a huge bonfire and s’mores!
It was perfect, okay? Rachel and Evan, I’m still crushing over you two and this day two years later. <3
Venue: Goldman Union Camp Institute
Dress: Alice in Ivory
Florals: Wildwood Floral Co.
Rentals: A Classic Party Rental
Band: Ashley & The Cosmos
Cake: Classic Cakes
Invitations: On Paper
Steph + Zach.
I could not have picked a better ending to wedding season than spending the day with these two. From our very first FaceTime conversation, I knew that they were going to be special. I have nothing against traditional weddings - my wedding was on the more traditional side! But when I get couples who want to switch things up a little bit, it sparks so much creativity in me while I shoot! And it makes for such a relaxed and fun atmosphere. So much of the pressure goes away when you don’t have a strict timeline.
Steph is far from traditional, and she and Zach dreamt up a day that fit both of their visions. They essentially got engaged together. Steph didn't want the fancy proposal, all focused on her. She wanted it to be a team effort, an equal partnership. So…he got her a ring and she got him a dog. They had a private ceremony for their close family in a shelter at Wingfoot Lake State Park in Akron. They stood in front of a roaring fire, under a “Best Day Ever” banner and said their vows. Then they had an open house for a few hours for their friends to come hang out and eat food. It was simple, sweet, and cozy.
Basically, I’m a fan, okay? Of so many things about this day. Steph’s pink, furry coat and her boots. Zach’s personalized details and the fact that he got his jacket from Salvation Army. The leaves on the ground that created the most perfect fall background. The way their portrait time felt more like hanging out than posing images. The way their family supported them and took care of everything!
I’m not saying you shouldn’t have a traditional, big wedding day, but there’s something really special about a day that’s more focused on the relationship and the marriage than the timeline or the flowers or the perfect moment. Both are important and right. But this one just had a little bit of magic to it.
It doesn't happen all the time, but sometimes I make connections with my couples that amaze me (especially because I'm an introvert and don't always know how to do that lol). We might only see each other once or twice before their wedding day, but somehow they're texting me photos of their wedding dress and asking my opinion on sparklers or veils and even congratulating me on my own engagement! When my couples 100% trust me and love my work, our connection is so much deeper and the images are so much better! It's really that simple and beautiful, I think. So here's to you Alex and Matt. I'm so glad we found each other and September 22nd cannot come soon enough!!
These two made all my engagement session dreams I didn't even know I had come true. Nothing like running around in some sun and finishing the night with rollerblading. I loveee when my couples incorporate places or hobbies that mean something to them and visualize who they are as a pair. It brings out so much more emotion and connection, and takes away some of the dumb expectations of engagement photos. So...future couples...hint hint. Don't be afraid to look silly or do something different for your engagement session!
These two get married in March in Grand Rapids, and I'm so freaking excited to be back in the city to document their love. <3
We instantly clicked when we met up to do their engagement photos. We adventured around Dayton, Ohio and The University of Dayton - where they met and fell in love. Isn't their joy and love for each other so evident?! I'm soo excited for their September wedding!
This June wedding in the mountains of Kingsport, Tennessee was one of my absolute favorites I have ever documented. Madeline and I went to high school together, and because we graduated in a class of five (homeschooled), it wasn't hard to get to know each other! She is the sweetest soul, and though college naturally brought separation, it was so much fun to celebrate her marriage to Buddy. And holy cow, these two. Their ceremony was the most emotional thing I've experienced while shooting weddings. So many tears. So much excitement. So much love for each other and the Lord. During worship, Buddy looked over at Madeline - singing with her eyes closed - and just smiled and looked down with a look of pride and joy on his face. It is an honor to capture, and in some ways actually be a part of, those little moments that few others notice on a wedding day.
Venue: The Allandale Mansion
Florals: Aunt Willie's Wildflowers
Dress: Annie's Room