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When a friend gets married and I get to photograph it’s like the best of both worlds, cake, and frosting and I can eat as much as I want and never get a stomach ache!  Natalie is one of my Crossfit friends and she is an inspiration to me!  Chris and Natalie are the perfect pair and while I knew it before the wedding day, listening to friends and family speak about how they are each others soul mate showed me everyone agrees!  That and the Doctor Who theme and the GORGEOUS RINGS they had custom made and the CARDIS – it doesn’t get any better!! Congratulations you two your winter wedding was chilly outside but everyone stayed super warm because you know LOVE!

DRESS : The Gown Shop Ann Arbor
Venue: Fenton winery and brewery
1370 n long lake rd Fenton mi
Megan Webb 810-373-4194
fentonwinery.com
Bakery: Donuts at Dom’s Bakery (ypsilanti 485-3175) and small cake from Busch’s 734-988-2666
Photographer: A Girl in Love Photography https://agirlinlove.photoshelter.com/index
DJ and videography: Lufru Entertainment http://lufru.com/
Hair and Makeup: Jessica and Kara Billingsly 989-941-7040

A good wedding is a series of meaningful moments.  It is a ritual not only of promising one heart to another but opening those two hearts to everyone they love and trust to spend this time with them.  Lane and Noah didn’t want anything contrived, they didn’t want to stage or set up anything.   I wasn’t allowed at their first look (<3 l snuck around the corner of course) A quiet moment signing the wedding certificate took my breath away.  No one was allowed to rush.  The day was the hottest of the year and the City Club did an amazing job moving the ceremony indoors for the health and well being of the guests.  No one blinked, the day went off without a hitch.  We hung out after family photos and jammed, then walked around Ann Arbor as Lane and Noah celebrated their college days.  (Lane requested we go get some photos in front of the Ants and I cheered, I’d been waiting for someone to ask for the Ants for a long time!)  Friends and Family cheered as the cake was cut and the Hoopa quilt was hung for everyone to see something gifted to the couple square by square.   The speeches had everyone in tears and the band kept everyone dancing until the end of the night.  A most fantastic magically wonderful wedding.  

I had the great pleasure of photographing Liza and Ashu’s intimate wedding at their good friend’s ridiculously wonderful restaurant Asta downtown Boston this summer.  Shooting as a friend, there with a small group of people and feeling the love, the care and the warmth enveloping all who participated and that love surrounding the new Bride and Groom.  It was everything a wedding can be.  Simply sublime, just as is Liza and Ashu.  The care all involved put in, holding a space for the couple was inspiring.  From the bride getting ready to each dish being served at dinner and the speakers over the night talking about what made Liza and Ashu wonderful as individuals and extraordinary together.  I was thankful to be chosen to be there to document the day and am honored to share these images now.  

I wasn’t feeling the holiday spirit until I went out with Kait and David and their little Leif to get their Christmas tree! Leif was a great sport and put up with me until right near the very end where he said he was “done” and we went into the little warm-up room for hot cocoa and cookies! Bunch of Pines was a really sweet place, great owners and the trees were BEAUTIFUL.  (I’m a super picky tree shape person, it’s a real bummer for most people having to deal with me, and I could have picked ANY OF THE TREES on their farm they were awesome)  As I’m done wrapping presents and I’m getting ready for a 2-week staycation with my guys I wanted to share this memory making, smile-inducing, holiday spirit-rousing, family session.  Happy Christmas to all who celebrate and happy solstice to those who do not!!

When Katie and Ondre came into my studio to meet me over a year ago I was smitten.  They were planning their dream wedding and blending their two families into one big glorious one.   We shot their engagement session with their kids and Katie filled me on what she wanted and how excited they were to be having their wedding in the big house.  I knew it would be special and their day lived up to every expectation.   Weddings can be a lot of things, beautiful, meaningful, funny, fun and well thought out.  Katie’s day was all of those things and more.  Tears and joy and laughter.  Memorable new traditions like tying a know together and honoring the past and jumping the broom all together.   It was my immense honor to be there and it was horrible trying to pick photos as usual.  Here is just a little peek into all the amazingsauce that was Katie and Ondre’s day.