My yearly visit to Chicago is always complete when I get the opportunity to photograph this amazing family of five and today is a big day, it’s the twin’s THIRD birthday!! So it’s the perfect day to celebrate the years of photographing them, especially when you can see how much they’ve grown even from last year’s portrait session. It was definitely more challenging photographing three toddlers under three, but even more rewarding to see their smiling faces shine through the images.

As always the perfect location for the session is right in their beautiful driveway, where the golden light of sunset streams in. The Galle clan coordinated perfectly in the color scheme of purple, blue, and gray. Right behind the camera, the kiddos grandma was assisting in getting everyone’s attention (she was an incredible asset that day).

Although the kids would have rather been playing, they were great sports and put up with the camera long enough to capture some fantastic yearly photos. Thank you again Galle clan and Happy Birthday to the most adorable little twin gals! Enjoy!

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This image below makes my heart full of joy.

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Small, intimate weddings are incredible. It’s similar to a full wedding, but because of the guest count, it has such a different vibe. Conversations run deeper and everything is a bit more relaxed. That was completely the case for Kaleigh and Ryan’s Mission Table wedding in Traverse City. Arriving at the wedding location

Arriving at the wedding location up Old Mission Peninsula the sun was shining as temperatures neared the 70s. Out on the water boats, kayakers, and paddle boarders enjoyed the water. Inside Mission Table, the bride was putting the final touches out for the dinner and the groom was finishing up getting ready.

Prior to seeing each other for the first look, they gifted one another with gifts. A pearl bracelet for the bride and a watch & scotch for the groom. It was a lovely gesture before the reveal. As Kaleigh approached Ryan for the first time the excitement could be felt in the air. As Ryan turned around to see his bride-to-be his face lit up with joy, it was a beautiful moment. The happy couple finished up a few more portraits before tucking away before the ceremony. With all the stunning locations at Mission Table, it’s always a pleasure to photograph weddings there.

Guests made their way to the lawn overlooking Lake Michigan. The light shining through the trees provided such a golden color on the ceremony. Vows were said, rings were exchanged, and then it was time to celebrate with their guests. Right as the sun was beginning to set the newlyweds were encircle by their guest with lit sparklers and watch them dance their first dance as husband and wife. It was so magical, like something out of a fairy tale.

Congrats again Ryan and Kaleigh! Your intimate wedding was a delight to photograph. Enjoy!

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His bow tie and her tattoos are perfect!

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If you’ve never been to Curtis, Michigan let me set the scene for you. A cozy small town, nestled in the middle of the Upper Peninsula. There are lakes upon lakes in every direction, so during the summer, many visitors travel there to enjoy the scenery. The people that live there are welcoming and friendly beyond belief. That’s why we jumped for joy when Emily & Jordan booked us for their Chamberlin’s Curtis wedding. It’s absolutely one of our favorite places to photograph in the U.P.

I had to opportunity to get to know Emily and Jordan better by photographing their winter engagement pictures, so I knew that their wedding was going to be wonderful. Upon arriving in Curtis it was quite a different scene then the winter session, it was morning but already nearly 90 degrees! It was unseasonably warm for September, but it was absolutely wonderful for their outdoor wedding. The bride got ready at Chamberlin’s as the staff was outside finishing up the tent and lawn set up. Just down the road, the groom was getting ready at Pine Bluff Resort.

After getting ready Emily traveled down to the resort for her first look with Jordan. Their nervous/excited energy could be felt as they approached the first time seeing each other. As soon as Jordan turned around to see his bride-to-be they were both overjoyed with happiness. It was a moment of tears and true love. Once we were finished up at the resort we took the happy couple to a few spots in Curtis for portraits before making our way back to meet up with the bridal party. The red dresses, blue suits, and forest green accents were a fantastic color palette to photograph!

Next, it was time to get married! Chamberlin’s has the perfect set up for a wedding with the gazebo and tent overlooking the lake. Emily and Jordan were pronounced husband and wife and then made their way to visit with their guests that traveled from all over to attend their wedding. After family portraits, cocktail hour, and dinner the newlyweds made their way out to the dock in front of Chamberlin’s. These quiet moments, during the Golden Hours of sunset, are always our favorites. Not only because the light is absolutely dreamy, but also for the couple to relax and breathe in all that happened that day before heading back to their party.

Thank you, Emily and Jordan for all the laughs, fun, and trust that day. We wish you two a lifetime of happiness. Enjoy!

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I’m going to attempt to describe just how magical Cory & Mega’s Belsolda Farm wedding was–because it truly was an incredible day! Both the ladies and gentleman got ready at our favorite place in Marquette, the historic Landmark Inn. The ladies were rocking their leggings, chambray shirt, and Birkenstocks. They were girls after my own heart! The gentlemen were looking dapper as they finished up putting on their ties and final touches.

After getting ready Megan headed off to meet with her husband-to-be at one of their favorite spots in Marquette, Little Presque Isle, for their first look. The tall red pines and lush forests were the perfect, peaceful backdrop for the lovebirds. The happy couple looked absolutely incredible together! They always look great together–just check out how adorable they were for their Minneapolis, Minnesota engagement pictures!!

The bridesmaids and groomsmen meet up shortly afterward for portraits with the happy couple. Between the woods and water, there were plenty of locations for pictures. Although it was officially Fall the temperatures didn’t feel like it. It was nearly 90 degrees that day!! It was incredibly beautiful for Megan and Cory’s outdoor wedding.

The bridal party arrived early to the ceremony and relaxed as guest trickled in. The guests were treated to a drink as they made their way to the apple orchard ceremony spot at Belsolda. Between the music, the light coming through the trees, and the look on Cory’s face when he first saw Megan walking down the aisle–it was pure magic. The stuff fairytales are made of.

After the lovebirds were pronounced husband and wife it was off to visit with guest, dine, and dance the night away. They even managed to sneak away for a few dreamy sunset photos before hitting the dance floor. It was truly just an incredible day.

Huge congrats to Megan and Cory! We were so honored to photograph your special day. Enjoy!

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Cory’s Grandmother was unable to make it to the wedding, but he made sure to stop by and give her a big her beforehand.

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It truly warms my heart to watch families grow up in front of the camera. Especially this amazing family of five portraits that I captured recently in Highland Park, IL. Brad was the best man in our wedding and last time I photographed his amazing family the little ones were only a few weeks old. Now they are starting to walk and hamming it up for the camera. Each little boy has a wonderful personality of his own! Amy did amazing with picking out outfits for the guys in her life. The mix of different shades of blue coordinated wonderfully with one another. Plus the blue really popped off of all the green trees in the background.

Amy did amazing with picking out outfits for the guys in her life. The mix of different shades of blue coordinated wonderfully with one another. Plus the blue really popped off of all the green trees in the background. I love that Amy & Brad’s shirt both had all those amazing colors that went along perfectly with their boy’s polos

I am also so grateful that Amy’s family opened up their stunning home for me to come photograph at. The secluded property had no distraction, which was perfect for the three busy boys. Instead, it was all about how the boys interacted with one another. It’s fun to photography and show much Brad & Amy love their kids. I’m also thankful that Amy’s mother was there to whisk the boys inside for a few moments so Brad & Amy could take a couple pictures together, just the two of them. I’m sure it’s rare when they get a quiet moment to themselves nowadays, haha.

Thank you again, Brad & Amy, for allowing me to the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family year after year! I’m already looking forward to next year. Enjoy!

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He is such a wonderful and caring big brother.

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This image fills my heart with so much happiness.

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