I have to start off by saying that I LOVE early morning sessions. During the afternoon or evening, the tourists and locals are out enjoying the sunshine. But early in the morning the public spaces are always quiet and the light is beautiful. It has quickly become my favorite time to photograph. I’m so thankful that Jesse & Andy were game for an early morning session. We met up with them in the adorable fish town of Leland, MI for their engagement portraits. They said they came the day prior to walk around the town and it was packed, so they were thankful they choose a morning session too.

As we arrived at the marina we were greeted by the smiling faces of Jesse & Andy. There were faint sounds of waves crashing on the dock and seagulls squawking. The warm breeze off of Lake Michigan was the perfect temperature for their session. We started their engagement pictures strolling along the charming dock. A couple fishermen were loading their boats as Jesse & Andy cuddled up for photos. They brought along a couple props (as you can see below) and looked fantastic in their first outfits.
A short walk and outfit change later the happy couple strolled along the sunny beachside. We love how ridiculously playful and in love Jesse and Andy are. It made for such a fun session! They heckled each other, splashed in the water, and truly rocked their session. We can’t thank enough for traveling up to Traverse City area, waking up super early, and allowing us to capture their engagement session. We are looking forward to capturing their wedding next year. Until then, enjoy!

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Never a dull moment with these two around! HAHA!

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He was tempted to throw her into the water, lol.

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So she paid him back with a playful splash.

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It was the quickest flight I have ever been on, 45 minutes from Traverse City into Minneapolis, Minnesota. Within a couple hours of landing, I met up with Megan & Cory at the lakes in uptown, near the Tin Fish, for their engagement pictures. It was a spot they mentioned they liked to hang out. Although we’ve met on Skype, it was fantastic to finally meet Megan & Cory in person. They are a fun, giggly, adorable couple. My cheeks hurt from laughing with hours of first meeting them.

The sun was shining down on the beautiful blue waters as people paddled out on the lake. Even though it was a quick drive from downtown Minneapolis this location was perfect for those that love the outdoors. Running & biking paths, kayaking, and more was all right there.  The first part of their engagement session was Friday night, close to sunset. We started out on the walking paths, but as the sun went down we went to the other side of the lake. The views of the city in the background only added to the amazing lift they did in the water.

The following morning we met up bright and early for part two of their engagement session in the mill district of Minneapolis. Although it ended up getting to 99 degrees later that day, the early morning provided us with the perfect 75 degree weather and quiet streets. The Stone Arch Bridge, with views of the city, was a fantastic location to start their engagement session. Megan brought along balloons and flowers, which just added to the fun of their engagement session. The roses were also a wonderful way to showcase Megan’s stunning ring that Cory picked out. Near the bridge, there were beautiful walkways, stairs, and buildings. It was great to have so many different backdrops that close to each other. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to not only photograph their Minneapolis engagement pictures but also excited to capture their upcoming wedding this September in Marquette, MI. Enjoy!

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This photo fills my heart with joy.

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When asked how they normally embrace Megan ran, jumped, and clung onto Cory. It was perfection.

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And they nailed the lift!!

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Movement sends my heart pitter-pattering.

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They make running look so dang beautiful.

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Loaded with 12 smiley face balloons in hand I met Meredith in Clinch Park in downtown Traverse City. Merdith is the gal behind the amazing & colorful blog, Instagram, and Facebook of Cake & Confetti. To escape the Texas heat she was in Traverse City on vacation and wanted to collaborate on a shoot while she was in town. So I met up with her early in the morning before many people were out exploring the town. The bright blue sky and water contrasted perfectly with the cheerful balloons that she brought along for the shoot.

With a coffee in hand, a bun in the over (her baby daughter is due in December), and a smile on her face we walked around the streets of Traverse City. While walking, I loved listening to story. How her talent for styling and colors led her to a career in blogging. And how excited she is for her new adventure with the addition of their first child.

We made a quick stop in front of the beautiful State Theater before heading down the street to the always groovy Peace, Love, and Little Donuts of Traverse City. After picking up a few colorful donuts Meredith brought out her donut towel to lay on the outdoor bar of the Little Fleet. The extra fun pattern of the bar paired wonderfully with the style and aesthetic of Meredith’s blog. Before we parted ways we stopped near the parking garage in downtown to photograph in front of the outdoor art. Showing off her cute little baby bump and gorgeous big smile it was a great way to end the session.

Make sure you head on over to Cake & Confetti’s blog or social media to follow all the fun recipes, ideas, and stylings that Meredith has to offer. Thanks again Meredith! Enjoy!

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Alisa & Curtis’s wedding has something we’ve been looking forward to for a while. The fun of the engagement pictures in Traverse City was a small look into the fun that their wedding day would hold. The Atheneum hotel in Greektown is where the bridal party got ready. The groom and groomsmen were finished up early and had an incredible car lined up to take them to the ceremony location at The Whitney in Detroit. After the ladies were done with their stunning hair & makeup they took the same car to the venue.

Once at The Whitney it was time for one of our favorite moments of the day, the first look! Alisa stunned in her sleek and sparkly wedding dress and Curtis looked dapper in his navy blue suit. Laughter and tears of joy came out the instant they got to see each other. It was such a beautiful moment to capture. Nearby their bridal party was gathering together in front of a gorgeous ivy covered wall for portraits as the bride & groom walked up to join them. It was a great location for portraits before heading inside to relax at the Ghost Bar before the ceremony.

Their outdoor ceremony location was b-e-a-utiful! That beauty was only enhanced by the sounds of the nearby fountain sprinkling down. As Alisa rounding the corner to the wedding both her and Curtis’s face lit up with joy. The ceremony was short, but filled with love and prayers for the happy couple. After their first kiss as husband and wife, it was onto the celebration. A quick stop at the Detroit Institute of Art and the Illuminated Mural before their arrived at their Cliff Bells wedding reception. The night was spent indulging on delicious cakes, fun drinks, and dancing the night away. All in all it was a perfect day for Mr. & Mrs. Rybski. Congrats again to the newlyweds! Enjoy.

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These two + this location – pure magic!!

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This wedding was one of epic proportion! The day started at the beautiful Fieldguide Farmhouse in Central Lake, MI. It’s around a 45-minute drive north of Traverse City, but the serenity and beauty is well worth it. The bride Megan and her bridesmaid Natalie were getting hair & makeup done by Onsite Bridal while Stacy of Juniper and Lace was putting together the final details under the tent. The groom Dan and his groomsmen Nate relaxed around the property and enjoyed the views of the lake across the lawn.

Once the ladies were ready to go they stepped into their stunning One Oak Bride dresses as the guys put the boutonnieres on their Craig Ryan suits. The first look for the couple was held on the long, tree lined driveway at Fieldguide Farmhouse. Afterward, the bridal party was photographed around the property before heading off to King Orchards down the road. We couldn’t have timed it more perfectly as the cherry blooms were perfectly in blossom. We completely understand why so many tourist flock to the area during the blooms, they are jaw-dropping gorgeous! The greenery theme of the wedding perfectly coordinated with the blooms, their unique rings from Miner’s North Jewelry, and floral.

Back at the ceremony & reception site, the crew from Taproot Cider’s were prepping the food as little donuts from Peace, Love, & Little Donuts were being hung on the donut wall. When the bridal party arrived back it was a whirlwind of events. Ceremony, dinner, donuts, dancing, and best of all–enjoying the peace and quiet that Central Lake has to offer. The day ended in true Northern Michigan style, with a bon fire. Instead of the typical s’mores on the fire the couple instead roasted cinnamon twists as their treat (recipe below).

We can not even begin to thank all the 20+ vendors, 4 models, & 1 assistant that came together to create this one-of-a-kind style shoot. It started with a small idea and grew with each vendor that came on board. You can see all the incredible vendors involved at the bottom of this posts. Without them this day woudn’t have been as magical! Thanks again and enjoy!

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Completely in awe of how beautiful these invitations from Sable and Gray are!

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Look at this bouquet! Stems & Sprigs’ floral is always incredible!

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These hanging  rings will forever and ever be my favorite! Stems & Sprigs is talented beyond words.

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Here’s the recipe to make your own campfire cinnamon twists this summer!

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Venue: Fieldguide Farmhouse  

Photography: Wren Photography

Event Planner: Juniper & Lace Events

Floral Design: Stems & Sprigs

Wedding Invitations: Sable & Gray           

Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses: One Oak Bride

Decor Rentals: Serradella

Drape/lights/chanel chairs: Sensational Events

Tent/Farm table/cocktail tables: Monstrey MacDonald

Linens: Special Occasions 

Donuts: Peace, Love, & Little Donuts

Catering & Cider: Taproot Ciders

Hair/Makeup: Onsite Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Craig Ryan    

Cherry Orchard: King’s Orchards      

Ladies getting ready apparel & terrarium stands: Emma

Wooden spoons:  Scott Mills

Bread bowls/soup: Bay Bread

Jewelry: Miner’s North

Models: Meaghan, Dan, Natalie, & Nate

Macrame Designer: Kernan’s Korner

Photography Assistant: Ashley Bassett Photography

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