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Some brightness to shine onto the day, little Ed and his mama Sarah and Chad had me out a few weeks ago to celebrate this little bean!!! Isn’t he beyond cute!! We went to the park and I got to document Eds first push in a swing!! Sarah’s daughter Bekah was there too and we got some fun photos of her and her little bro!!  Loved getting to hang out with you all on such a perfect day!!! Yay Ed!

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Most thanksgivings I write a long post about my family, I never imagine I’d be in a loving marriage with a husband who is my full partner, we communicate, work together and have so much fun. We are raising a kid and I could not be prouder of who he is becoming as a person, compassionate and confident and empathetic. But when I was really little I had a far off, top of the mountain dream. If I could find peace in myself, if I could find a partner I could trust to be with forever, if I could build a stable life with a house I could live in, heat and brand name jam.  
I had a tiny hope that I might work in a job that gave me joy, that I was good at, that I could contribute joy to people in the doing of it, that I could be creative and somehow use those skills to help the world in some way. Well I have that, I not only do what I love, and I’m good at, and bring joy to others but I can use these skills to donate to friends and organizations.
Then I got this note from one of my brides this week.
 
“I am still so thankful for our amazing wedding photos. almost 7 years later it was one of the best decisions i have ever made. I am so glad I decided it wasn’t a ‘splurge’ it was a necessity. In the spirit of thanksgiving. I just wanted to reach out and say thank you again for images I treasure to this day!”
 
Thank you Trae for your kind words, they lifted my spirit and thank you to every single one of you who allow me into your homes, allow me to see you in intimate and private moments, in your joys and in your worries. Thank you for letting me be part of your lives. I am humbled and thankful.

2016-11-18_0001I love Sangeets, they are traditional parties thrown the night before a wedding similar to a “rehearsal” dinner in the US but there is usually some time for the bride and groom to get to be honored by friends and family and then depending on the party a dance performance.  Zenia and Marco’s sangeet started with a dance, there was dinner and time for friends and family to honor the bride and groom and then a quick performance with the bride coming in as a nice surprise before the dance floor once again being open to all!!  I love love love watching two famlies becoming one and learning each others traditions, it was really special!  Here is a tiny bit of their party!!!
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Lauren and Corey’s wedding was a celebration of their alma matter the Universty of Michigan and their meeting their FIRST WEEK on campus at a mixer on North Campus!! We had so much fun jumping on and off the blue line bus and talking michigan football!!! Their wedding party was made up of another one of my brides’ and grooms so it was a bit of a reunion for me!! The party was kicked off at the Michigan League by a band made of up Music School grads!! Thank you Lauren and Corey for being so wonderful!!2016-11-14_00022016-11-14_00032016-11-14_00042016-11-14_00052016-11-14_00062016-11-14_00072016-11-14_00082016-11-14_00092016-11-14_00102016-11-14_00112016-11-14_00122016-11-14_00132016-11-14_00142016-11-14_00152016-11-14_00162016-11-14_00172016-11-14_00182016-11-14_00192016-11-14_00202016-11-14_00212016-11-14_00222016-11-14_00232016-11-14_00242016-11-14_00252016-11-14_00262016-11-14_00272016-11-14_00282016-11-14_00292016-11-14_00302016-11-14_00312016-11-14_00322016-11-14_00332016-11-14_00342016-11-14_00352016-11-14_00362016-11-14_00372016-11-14_00382016-11-14_00392016-11-14_00402016-11-14_00412016-11-14_00422016-11-14_00432016-11-14_0044

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Pengtong and Xiangji will be getting married next year but they wanted to do something fun to celebrate their engagement in Ann Arbor and that meant traveling to all of Ann Arbor’s iconic spots and getting some of the fall colour in as well!  They brought their fur baby as well to get in on the fun!!  Here is our tour through Ann Arbor’s special spots!!
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