Stephen and Ruth Ann were married in October, on one of those days it kept threatening to rain, but never did--thank goodness! This wedding was an extra special one for me. Not only did I have the privilege of hanging out with one of the sweetest couples I've ever met (seriously, you'll see in the photos), but Ruth Ann is my former pastor's daughter and the wedding was at the church I grew up in. Ruth Ann and Stephen's energy was infectious and, by the end of the day, we were all singing along with Stephen's show tunes (Sound of Music, right? =]). All in all, it was a beautiful wedding full of fall color, friends and family, and a wonderful couple.
I honestly believe that they would have danced all day if I hadn't stopped them--so cute!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Jessica and Dean were married on a beautiful spring day in downtown Grand Rapids. I had such a great time getting to know these two, we spent an extraordinary day shooting their engagement session in Fremont, over the winter. You can see a few photos from their winter wonderland engagement session here. It was a freezing day but these two made the day feel warm and fun, we even took a lunch break and dined at one of their favorite local pizza joints, Spanky's :) if you find yourself in Fremont stop in for pizza, so yummy. I've probably said this a million times but I can't stress enough the importance of doing an engagement session, not only do you get to hang out with you best friend and soul mate, but I get to bond with my couples. We shared so much about our families, our relationships, funny stories, I felt like not only their photographer but their friend. When it came to the wedding day there was so much trust, they really could enjoy their day to it's fullest laughing and tears, with me camera and all snapping away.
Such a beautiful and emotional first moment
This image is true testimony to the myth of the "first sight". Many couples are choosing to see each other before the ceremony because it allows a more flexible schedule for photos without keeping your guests waiting at the reception for a long time. A common myth is that your groom won't be as emotional when you walk down the aisle if you see each other before the ceremony. To all those "manly men" out there, coming from a women there is no shame in crying as you see your beautiful bride walking down that aisle, and Dean got really choked up, not only in there first moment but as she walked down the aisle. This is one of my favorite parts of a wedding!!
Shout out to Gail Vanderlaan who always does exquisite florals