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.
Kevin and Kate epitomize why I left corporate America to become a wedding photographer. They were so vocal about how grateful they were to have me at their intimate wedding at Zingerman’s on Fourth in Ann Arbor, and it really made me feel like I was a part of something extra special.
Kevin is a designer, and he did an amazing job designing everything from the font on the chalkboard to the invitations and other little details (right down to stamps that matched the designs perfectly and flowers from Whole Foods).
This wedding was featured on Borrowed and Blue under the title Industrial-Inspired Elegance in Ann Arbor—I couldn’t have put it better myself.
Desirée and Ryan know what it means to be in a long distance relationship. Desirée is from Puerto, and she met Ryan while studying in Indiana. Then she ended up at Michigan State’s vet school, so when her family was in town for her graduation, everything came together for their small, family-focused Monday wedding at St. Thomas Aquinas and Gilbert and Blake’s.
Desirée and Ryan were a dream to work with—I felt like one of the family. I wish you two the best in the world as you settle in together in the same place and Desirée starts her new job as a veterinarian.
- Dress: David’s Bridal
- Flowers: B/A Florist
- Cake: Nom Nom Sweeties
- Live Music at Reception: John Dale Smith
- Special thanks to Joelle Arner for coming along and helping out
Haylie graduated from MSU last month with a degree in building construction management. My sister actually graduated with the same degree (one of maybe four women in her class) and met my brother-in-law in the program, which basically means that we are related to our own version Chip and Joanna, hence our super fun home renovations on our own fixer upper.
Haylie moved back home to the Chicago area to start a job right after graduation, but she wanted to capture her experiences on campus before heading out, so we took a walk around a few areas that were meaningful to her. I think this is the first time that I’ve been asked to take a portrait with heavy equipment in the background, but I love it 🙂