Mara and I were summer camp counselors together back when I was starting college. We bonded over ridiculous outfits and songs, sleeping in the dirt in teepees, learning to care for a group of ten-year-olds and generally having the time of our lives being fully present without the distraction of technology.
Mara grew up in East Lansing, but she moved to the East Coast for college and eventually landed in New Orleans. It’s not hard to see why Mara and Jasper wanted to get married in New Orleans—this city has so much charm and character.
In true Mara fashion, the wedding was completely focused on bringing everyone together—they started the day with lawn games by the City Park Peristyle where they would be married later in the day. It was fun to start with a casual celebration that set such a great tone for the rest of the day.
And before we jump in, I have to thanks Stephanie for her awesome work helping out with this wedding. Thanks, Steph!
Then it was back to the Peristyle to see Jasper before the ceremony.
Stephanie and I go back to elementary school. We grew up together in DeWitt, and we inspired each other to push ourselves artistically throughout high school. She moved away to Tennessee for college and eventually landed in Arkansas, so it’s an absolute treat when I get to see her in person. We met up in Chicago a few years back for Sheila and Michael’s wedding, and we had a chance to meet up again last weekend in New Orleans for another wedding. I adore this woman—I want to put her in my pocket and bring her back to Michigan with me.
When we made plans to go to New Orleans, we decided it would be fun to roam the city and take some fun new photos of each other. We even went to Buff Beauty Bar New Orleans to have our hair and makeup done, which was a really fun treat. You can check out Stephanie’s photos of me from the shoot on her blog.
New Orleans is such a fun, unique place. I love the character that this city has around every corner. It (almost) makes me want to paint my house a fun pastel color and surround it with potted plants. Stephanie, thanks for an awesome weekend. I’m going to have to get to Arkansas one of these days to meet your beautiful family!
This is always an exciting time around East Lansing. I share an office downtown on Grand River with my husband, Jeff, and we have a huge window on the second floor of the building overlooking campus. I love the vibe around here as students start to come out into the warmer weather and enjoy the final weeks before summer break begins. I’m always itching to change up my location, so I walk down to Espresso Royale or Grand River Coffee, and I secretly smile about the fact that I no longer have to study for final exams.
I’m always grateful when students celebrate their years of hard work at Michigan State with professional photos around campus with me. Ruth is one of those students. Everyone take senior photos to celebrate the end of high school, but so many students get caught up in the final days of college and forget to celebrate it the same way. Despite a little sprinkling of rain, we had a great mini tour of north campus—from Sparty to the MSU Botanical Gardens to Morrill Hall. Congratulations, Ruth, and best wishes after graduation!