Jess & Paul | Apple Picking Engagement Session

Last fall, I met up with my dear friends, Jess and Paul, for a little wine tasting and apple picking in Western Michigan. Jess and I met when I lived in Chicago, and we clicked instantly. I’m absolutely over the moon about heading down to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic this week to photograph their destination wedding this coming Saturday. I LOVE destination weddings (especially in February). Bring on the beach!

winery engagement session

winery engagement photo session

winery engagement session

Michigan apple picking engagement session

Michigan apple picking engagement photography session

Michigan apple picking engagement session

Michigan apple picking engagement session

Michigan apple picking engagement session

Michigan apple picking engagement session

Michigan apple picking engagement session

Michigan apple picking engagement session

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Thoughts of Fall

After traveling to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Costa Rica over the past few weeks, my sense of season is a bit off. I can hardly believe we already have snow on the ground, and I already miss my nightly walks with Jeff through the neighborhoods by our place (though I suppose we now have the option of picking up a sled and heading to the hill behind our place).

Props to the fashionable Kat Cooper for hanging out with me on Michigan State’s beautiful campus in early November to capture the height of amazing colors.

Lansing fashion

Lansing photography

Fall Fashion

Fall fashion photography

Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion

 

An Anniversary Gift

Jeff and I celebrated our first anniversary on November 12, and it only seemed natural that I should give him something related to photography. So often in our culture these days, we take hundreds of photos each year—a few end up on Facebook, most end up sitting in a drive somewhere, and almost none end up getting printed out in a form that allows us to enjoy them regularly (side note—my biggest photography regret is not backing up or printing the photos from my solo excursion to Europe in 2007. When my computer crashed that summer, I lost all of the photos. Lesson learned. Back them up. Print them out).

If you’re looking for a personal holiday, anniversary or birthday gift, give me a shout to learn more about custom memory boxes. Even if you’ve never worked with me, I’d love to help you turn your favorite snapshots from the year into something that your family can hold onto for years to come.

I’m hoping to make the annual memory box with our favorite photos a tradition in our family. I’m so much more apt to look through physical photos than dig through digital files to relive my favorite memories.

Anniversary Memory Box

First Anniversary Gift

First Year Anniversary Gifts

One Year Ago Today…

I married my perfect match at the Occidental Grand Xcaret in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Occidental Grand Wedding

My friend and bridesmaid, Susan (of toilet paper wedding dress fame), made my wedding dress. She incorporated pieces from my mother’s wedding dress into the shoulder strap.

My wedding - getting ready

My wedding - getting ready

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

The bridesmaids dresses were from ASOS (love that shop).

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

While we were getting ready, our friends were enjoying a day by the water.

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

We did a first look and read private vows before the ceremony. It was one of my favorite moments of the day.

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding First Look

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding Gazebo

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

Occidental Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding Reception

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding

And who am I to deprive you of photos of our amazing dancing?

Occidental Grand Wedding

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding Reception

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding Reception

Occidental Grand Xcaret Wedding Reception

Thanks to Stephanie Reeder for joining in on the fun and photographing our week in Mexico.

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