Dana+Dan: Frankenmuth Brewery Wedding

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“For our wedding, we wanted something a little different than a traditional banquet hall. Going off our love of all things craft beer, we visited the Frankenmuth Brewery and fell in love. We tried to carry the beer theme into our wedding, with homemade hops boutonnieres, beer bottle vases, and brewery themed place cards.” – Dana

2016 was an interesting year for me. Arden was born on December 29, 2015, so after a few winter months snuggled in with a newborn and a two-year-old (and thank goodness for some amount of daycare for Zel so I could get some help while I figured out the whole parenting two kids thing in the early days), I jumped feet first into a busy wedding season with my team.

I remember so distinctly the day that I woke up on Dana and Dan’s wedding day. I was heading into a double wedding weekend, which is not uncommon in June, and when I woke up, my eye felt…funny. Arden had just had pink eye one week earlier, so I did what anyone would do in this situation and hopped onto a photographer Facebook group to ask, “What do I do?!” Luckily, I was convinced to make a quick trip to the doctor—they got me in right away when I told them that I thought I had pink eye and I was heading to photograph a wedding later that day—and they got me on eye drops right away.

On the not quite as lucky side, the doctor told me to throw away all of my makeup and avoid wearing any new makeup all weekend, so I set out with a bloodshot eye and no makeup feeling a bit freaky when I arrived to Dana and Dan’s wedding.

Luckily, these two are super sweet, and if my red eye threw them off, they never showed it 🙂 I always say that the weird quirky events of a day hardly end up mattering when you look back, and it’s true. I’ll always remember this day with so much joy.

You’ll see a little bit of film mixed into Dana and Dan’s portraits—see if you can pick them out from the digital shots.

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Frankenmuth Brewery Wedding photos
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Michigan State Campus Engagement Photos

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I realize that this fall engagement session is a bit out of season, but after I missed sharing it last year, there no way that I was going to wait until this coming fall to share it with you—it’s too good. If you’re looking for ideas for what to wear for your photo session and how to incorporate pops of color that work together, these two have nailed it.

Kristin and Jason—I can’t wait to see you at your wedding in a few short weeks! Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the photos Kristin and Jason picked out to frame in their home.

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Kristin sent me the photo on the lower right of their three 10x10espresso wood frames up in their home. I LOVE when my clients send me their final setups in their homes!
engagement photos on MSU's campus (Michigan State)

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens + Downtown Ann Arbor Engagement Photos

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Grace and Toby are the kind of couple that makes you instantly feel like you’ve been best friends forever. They met in med school at Michigan, and I’m 100% sure that their warmth and charm is welcomed by their patients each day. I loved everything about this session—and the evening light was perfect for pulling out my film camera a few times.

Grace, I’ve loved keeping up on your adventures and reflections on Facebook, and I was thrilled to see updates about your next little adventure coming later this year 😉

Quick note: if you’re planning a session at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, you do need a photo pass, but it’s well worth it.

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Storytelling frame with photos from an Ann Arbor engagement session

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Lake Michigan Maternity Photos in St. Joseph, Michigan

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I met Dan as a counselor at VBYC summer camp when we were both teenagers, then I met him again in college. Then, I met him again when I lived in Chicago and he was introduced to me as Leah’s boyfriend. Talk about a small world experience. It’s been so fun to be along to watch these two get married (I photographed their wedding at Millcreek Barn), then to meet little Violet as a baby (see that one here) and now to get to head back to St. Joseph to take family photos before they met their dear little boy.

These are the summer days that make being a photographer so worth it. Since St. Joseph is two hours away, I called up my friend, Kate, to meet me early for a weekday beach day. We enjoyed some quiet time (I hardly knew what to do with myself without kids running around on the beach to watch!), caught up and grabbed some pizza and ice cream before the evening session—it was the kind of day that will make you fall in love with St. Joe all over again.

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