I’m obsessed with Michigan beach towns. I’ll drive as far as I possibly have to if it takes me to a wedding on one of Michigan’s gorgeous lakes. Jeff and I have been scoping out places to keep our distant future dream sailboat, so I always—no joke—go early to beach weddings and shoots to scope out the local marinas.
Jeff and I were married in Mexico with 40 of our closest family and friends, so intimate beach weddings have an extra special place in my heart.
Molly and Matt live in California, but Molly dreamed of getting married in her childhood backyard. Their ceremony was extra sentimental, because it wasn’t just about joining together the couple. It was about joining a new family, including Matt’s kids, Ashley and Josh.
- Hair: Holly Muscat
- Make-up: Marie Ann
- DJ: Dramatic Dimensions Entertainment
- Catering: Crank’s Catering
I’ve been working more and more to get my clients to put photographic art on their walls after weddings and sessions. I honestly don’t feel like I’ve done my job unless I’ve inspired clients to print their photos to enjoy them in their everyday lives in some way. You’re commissioning the Allie & Co. team to create custom art for you, after all, so why not enjoy that artwork in your home?
Earlier this year, I introduced Swift Galleries to let clients see what photos would look like on their own walls and virtually arrange photos before putting any nails in their walls. It’s been so much fun to get photos from clients showing off their freshly designed gallery walls, but I wanted to make the process even easier.
I’ve just added five new gallery wall frame collections. These are predesigned sets that take the guesswork out of putting together gallery walls. You simply choose your arrangement, choose your frame style, choose your photos, and BAM. You have an adaptable set that can live on your walls for a lifetime.
I’m particularly excited about frames because they allow easy adaptability as your family grows or has new experiences. It’s easy to swap out photos over the years and move the collections around the house (check out Collection Thee for bonus adaptability in your home). The collections are big enough to make a statement and fill a space out without feeling like you’re missing something. I’m in love.
Without further ado, I give you the five frame collection sets:
This one is particularly fun, because the assortment of frames can also be staggered up a stairway in a few different ways. Check out how I arranged the same set through Swift Galleries for Courtney and Mike. I love that it’s adaptable, so it includes photos from their engagement session, wedding and maternity photos, but it can also expand to include newborn photos and beyond:
I love this set for filling odd spaces in your home. The set of 3 10×10 images was a client favorite as standouts, and I know this one will be popular as frames too.
Choose From Eight Styles:
Let’s get some artwork on those walls, my friends!
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with all things M22. My Grandma has lived in Northport, Michigan since the 1980s, and I’ve been going up that way for as long as I can remember. In fact, Jeff and I talk at least weekly about our five to ten year dream (which is, you’ll see, maybe a little crazy—at least that’s what my mom tells me, which naturally makes me want to do it even more). We would absolutely love to buy a sailboat someday that we can squeeze our whole family into for the majority of the summer. Ideally, we like the idea of being able to take it all over the state of Michigan, but ultimately, we’d love to park it in Traverse City and walk into the city to work at co-working offices while I run around the city and surrounding vineyards shooting gorgeous weddings. Not a bad dream, right? It may be more than a few years off, but hey, a girl’s gotta have a dream.
Anyway, Janna and Pete gave me a little peek into that dream world when they invited me up to photograph their wedding at Snow Moon Ranch, a llama and alpaca farm tucked away near Glen Lake. The laid back, low key approach from Janna and Pete, friendly family and friends, the natural beauty of the setting, my new llama friends, gorgeous details from Amy Kate Designs, live music from Sam Corbin and Sam Sygit, pie from Leelanau Pie and Pastry and ice cream from the local Moomers all came together to create the perfect, relaxed wedding day.