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.

Cassandra + Shane | Bay City Country Club Wedding

Cassandra and Shane were married on 9-10-11, a day that turned out to be perfect for an outdoor late afternoon ceremony. Cassie and Shane—you make a stunning couple, and I loved being a part of your wedding day, from sentimental moments to goofiness and laughter. And I’m absolutely in love with every single one of your sunset portraits.

If you were a guest at the wedding, you can view the wedding gallery and order prints in my shop (the password is the bride’s maiden name, all lowercase).

Cassie and Shane flowers and rings

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

Cassie and Shane, Bay City Country Club Wedding Photography

 

 

Lauren + Rob | Old Town + MSU Campus Engagement Session

My goodness! I wrote down a list of all of the sessions and weddings that I have yet to blog about this fall, and I am way behind! I blame my sister for loaning me The Hunger Games trilogy (that, and I’ve been knee deep in editing, ordering and shipping out tons of beautiful fall photos).

With that, I’m thrilled to share Lauren and Rob’s engagement session from Old Town Lansing and Michigan State’s campus. Lauren and Rob wanted to incorporate their dog, Milo, who played a key role in Rob’s proposal (Milo had the engagement ring tied around his neck and presented it to Lauren). Lucky for all of us, Milo is quite a photogenic little guy.

Lauren and Rob, thanks for a great evening. Looking forward to your wedding next September!

Lauren and Rob, Old Town Lansing Engagement Session with dog

Lauren and Rob, Old Town Lansing Engagement Session with dog

Lauren and Rob, Old Town Lansing Engagement Session with dog

Lauren and Rob, Old Town Lansing Engagement Session

Lauren and Rob, Old Town Lansing Engagement Session

Lauren and Rob, Old Town Lansing Engagement Session

Lauren and Rob, East Lansing Engagement Session

Lauren and Rob, East Lansing Engagement photographer

I love getting back on campus—especially this time of year.

Lauren and Rob, Michigan State Campus Engagement Photos

Lauren and Rob, beaumont tower engagement photos

Lauren and Rob, beaumont tower msu campus engagement photos

Rob and Lauren, botanical gardens michigan state campus engagement photos

Rob and Lauren, Michigan state botanical gardens engagement session

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