Today is National Cat Day…well every day in our home is National Cat Day. Max, our big tuxedo cat, and our daughter Cordelia (whose initials spell out CAT) play together daily. First, let me back it up bit to explain Max’s story. I remember walking into the animal shelter about six years ago, just wanting to check out the cats (we all know how that ends up going, haha). The friendly crew at UPAWS in Marquette, allowed me to be a crazy cat lady for the day by indulging me with all the cats I could love on. Kittens are cute, but as soon as I saw Max I knew he had to come home with us. The animal shelter guessed he was around 3 or 5 years old, but his affectionate personality was what immediately attracted him to me.

We didn’t know how Max would handle Cordelia once she was born, but it was like an instant connection between the two of them. Know that she is bigger she  crawls up to him, straddles him, pulls his tail, and tugs at this ears–but he remains by her side and comes back for me. He is far more patient that I could have ever imagined. Maybe Max knows that Cordelia is a cat lady too and someday she will spoil him with treat galore.

That is why every day in our home is National Cat Day! We are so thankful we adopted Max. If you are considering adopting a cat we suggest checking out an older cat at the animal shelter. It was the best decision we made. Here’s a small glimpse into the joy that Max brings to Cordelia. Enjoy!

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Her faces lights up with joy anytime Max is around. As soon as Max walks up to her he starts purring with affection.

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Plans don’t always stick in place, but we really feel like everything happens for a reason. On the summer day we met up with Sam & Rick, we originally planned to photograph them down near the shores of Lake Michigan. Once we arrived, however, it was clear to see that wasn’t going to happen with the high winds. Instead, we found a densely wooded area that sheltered them from the wind. Their black and white dress outfits contrasted beautifully against the lush greens of the trail.

Sam & Rick warned us about how awkward they are in photos–but we saw nothing of the sorts. These two embraced, laughed, and truly worked the camera! They are completely smitten with each other and it was fun to capture that! It helps when a couple, like them, just trusts us enough to relax in front of the camera. That can make all the difference in the world.

Towards the end of the session they changed into their favorite team’s jerseys–the Green Bay Packers. See in Upper Michigan they are much closer to Green Bay than Detroit, so majority of Yoopers cheer for the Packers instead of the Detroit Lions. Either way, the outfit change brought out even more fun in the portrait session. At one point Rick picked Sam up over his shoulder and had us in stitches.

We are so happy that the beach didn’t work out because we absolutely loved capturing Sam & Rick’s woodsy engagement photos. Thanks again to the happy couple for allowing us to photograph a day filled with love and laughter. Enjoy!

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It’s next to impossible not to smile while looking at the images below! These two were a hoot to photograph.

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This is pure love and happiness summed up in one photo.

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That is one way to sweep her off of her feet Rick! Haha.

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Everything seemed to click perfectly in place on the day of Sam & Chelsea’s summer wedding in Marquette. When we arrived Chelsea and her bridesmaids were putting the final touches on at the Hampton Inn that overlooks the Ore Dock. Sam and his groomsmen were across the town relaxing at the reveal location. Outside it was 75 and sunny, a true summer day in Northern Michigan.

The ladies boarded the bus and went to join up with the gentlemen across town. Down a small path and along the lake shore Sam was nervously awaiting his bride-to-be. Chelsea kicked her shoes off and made her way down to see him for their first look. The joy when they first saw each other was priceless and as the approached to hug each other the wind playfully wrapped Chelsea’s veil around the two of them.Shortly

Shortly afterward the bridal party made their way down to the beach to join in the fun and celebrations. Sam’s best man also told the couple about a location that was a short climb away. Sam & Chelsea didn’t hesitate to climb the mountainside! We are sure glad they did because the views up there were incredible.

Afterward it was time to head to the church to get ready for ceremony. Music filled the air as Chelsea made her way down the aisle with both of her parents. Their guest relaxed and truly took in the words that were being said because the couple had an unplugged wedding. Once they were pronounced husband and wife it was time to celebrate. The bridal party made their way to the beach for a few more portraits and then onto Donckers to sip on shakes and enjoy some fine candies.

Nearby guests were making their way into the beautiful reception at the Marquette History Museum. The set up that Panache Decorating did was beyond beautiful. The floral centerpieces and woodsy accents really stood out from the clean space of the reception. The air smelled of delicious cakes and savory dinner. After dinner & first dances the couple joined us outside for a few last images as the sun was setting. It was the best way to end and already incredible day. Huge congrats to Sam & Chelsea again. We absolutely loved capturing your beautiful day. Enjoy!

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See the sign below? This is how you can make your professional wedding photographers REALLY happy and let your guests relax.

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Ceremony: Messiah Luthern Church

Reception: Marquette Regional History Center

Decorator & Planner: Panache Decorating

Florist: Lutey’s Flower

DJ: Lake Effect Entertainment

Caterer: Coco’s

Cake Artist: Joe’s Cakes

Transportation: Checker Transport

Hair & Makeup: Teal at Studio 519

Bridal Party Attire: Dan’s Bridal in Marquette

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A couple years ago we had the pleasure of photographing Doug & Cara’s engagement session at her family’s home on Lake Michigan. Now, nearly a year after their wedding, we were invited back out to Stonington to capture Cara’s family pictures. It was rare to have all the family together in one spot so they wanted to seize the moment.

A short drive from Rapid River we arrived at their home. The summer sun was slowly going down and the sounds of waves crashing on the beach filled the air. The only child in the group was Cara’s nephew and boy oh boy is he loved. It was fun to watch his mannerisms and they way he was doted upon by each family member.

The session started near the water and gradually meandered around the property. With a mix of woods, water, and an amazing barn we had plenty of places to choose from for backdrops. Their color palette of creams, blues, and white for their outfits worked perfectly for their summer family portraits.

It is hard to put into words how much fun we had that evening, there was never a dull moment. Even the dogs joined in on the action. We wrapped up the evening chatting away with this incredible evening. Big thanks again to all of them for inviting us into their home and allowing us the chance to capture such an incredible evening. Enjoy!
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His smile says it all! The day was filled with fun!

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He was such a little ham! His playful ways had us constantly capturing him and we loved it!

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Their pup didn’t want to stop being pet, so he nudge his way into more, haha.

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A short drive out of Traverse City is Crystal Lake and Beulah area. We met up with Susan and Christ at the Crystal Lake Golf Club for their wedding. They flew in from New York state to have a beautiful Northern Michigan wedding and that’s exactly what they got. Our start that day wasn’t about capturing the getting ready, but rather the reveal–their first look at each other.

From the very start of the day we saw how fun-loving and amazing this couple and their bridal party was. There was heckling between the bridal party, jokes being played during the ceremony, and the reception was filled with laughter. Honestly we had an entertaining time just following them around.

After the bridal party portraits it was time to prep for the ceremony. The views were incredible in every direction standing at the alter, as the guests made their way to their seats. The groom and groomsmen filed their way in, looking dapper in their suits. The bridesmaids followed behind looking stunning in their mismatched black dresses. The bride was accompanied by her mother down the aisle and wore jewelry that has been passed down in the family.

Susan and Christ said their vows as the warm breeze passed from the lake, along the golf course, straight up to the ceremony site. Immediately following their union as husband and wife they danced their way back down the aisle and hugged friends and family. Dinner was served shortly afterward and then desserts galore. Afterwards, the dancing begin and the party started to heat up. Before we left though we borrowed the couple away for a few moments as the last bit of sunlight touched the earth. It was an incredible sunset!

Thanks again to Susan and Christ for allowing us to capture all the beauty and fun that day. Enjoy!

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The birch trees on the property are beautiful. Add dreamy light and an amazing couple and it’s pure magic.

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Every time we look at this picture it makes us laugh. Never grow up guys, life is too short.

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The series of images below start with the groom noticing something isn’t right with his ring. Goes to find out the best man and ring bearers switched the ring out on him. The ring bearers reaction was truly priceless.

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Dancing their way back down the aisle, nothing but pure happiness.

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Be right back, we are drooling over the sweets at this wedding.

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Ceremony and Reception: Crystal Lake Golf Club

DJ: Northern Michigan DJ’s

Florist: Premier Floral Design

Caterer: The Crystal Lake Catering Company

Cake Artist: Sugarkissed

Hair & Makeup Artist: K.Noelle Artistry

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