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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Life has a funny way of working everything out. That’s what I’ve learned over the years of photographing. For example, Kathy contacted me to photograph her son’s senior pictures at Marquette’s Redmen stadium. She wanted Richard to have pictures on the field and in the bleachers, but when we arrived that day everything was locked up. Honestly, it worked out better because we LOVED photographing Richard from the top of a hill overlooking the football field. We think it was meant to be that way.

Also, the day that we originally had scheduled was set for rain, so we bumped up his session a day earlier and were treated to the most beautiful weather! We especially loved how quiet it was down at Founder’s landing in Marquette in the morning. That’s where we starting Richard’s senior portrait session. With views of the lake, ore dock, and beautiful trees in the background. A quick outfit change later Richard also brought along his guitar for the pictures. We walked to some nearby rock walls to use as a backdrop as Richard strummed his guitar and talked to us about his senior year.

Next it was onto the Marquette High School for the stadium pictures. Although we weren’t able to get access to the field we loved photographing Richard from the top. He brought along his football jersey, helmet, football, and letter jacket for us to photograph him with. We are so grateful he did because they were wonderful additions to his senior portraits.

Huge thanks again to Kathy and her son Richard for being so flexible and wonderful to work with. It was a great day! Enjoy.

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We will never, ever, ever get sick of photographing at this location. SO EPIC!!

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It was fun to listen to Richard play his guitar that morning.

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For a while now, Danny & I have been trying to line something up for a portrait session of his family. Every time I come to the Chicago area he is out of town, but thankfully our schedules lined up this September. I’ve known Danny for quite some time, by that I mean basically my entire life. It was fun to watch him interact with his beautiful wife Ashley and two handsome sons. His sons are goofballs just like him.

I joined Danny, his wife, and two boys in Highland Park, IL at a park they use to frequently enjoy. The morning light was beautiful and the park was completely empty until they showed up. I loved how perfectly their family coordinated outfits! It was great outfits for the late summer morning. The colors really stood off of the green backdrop of the trees.

The park was gorgeous, up top it had adorable sidewalks, beautiful tall trees, and a cute little playground. Just down the ridge was a walkway to the blue waters of Lake Michigan. We started up on top of the ridge, as their boys played around on the trails. As the sun got higher in the sky it started to warm up quickly. We walked down to the shores and Danny & Ashley let the boys splash around in the water. It was a wonderful way to end their family session.

Thank you again, Danny & Ashley, for allowing me the opportunity to photograph your family portraits. I’m so happy the schedules finally lined up. Enjoy!

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I love how each boy took a turn being goofy! Haha.

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Their boys loved playing around and exploring the trails, as their giggles filled the air with delight.

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The boys were super excited to head down to the beach.

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So much happiness in their family!

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This wedding….it’s hard to describe just how amazing this wedding was. I was honored to second shoot for the lovely Cathy Fitz Photography but had no idea how much fun the day would end up being. When I arrived to meet up with Jeremy and his guys at the West Bay Beach Resort they were pretty much ready to go, ready to start the day. Jeremy and his groomsmen were a hoot to photograph.

Down the road at St. Joseph Church on Old Mission Peninsula Anna and her bridesmaids were finishing up getting ready. The guests, groom, and groomsmen all arrived around the same time and the church filled up quickly. The ceremony was brimming with beautiful speeches, thoughtful sermons, and glorious songs. After Anna and Jeremy were pronounced husband and wife they made their way to a nearby winery for pictures.

At the Hagerty Center, the room was ready for guests to arrive. The incredible set up by Juniper & Lace, Premier Floral Design, Sensational Events, Special Occasions North, and 307 events was jaw dropping. Right before the happy couple entered their room the lighting outside was ideal for pictures, so Cathy and the amazing videographers The Compass Points Here brought the couple out along the pier. Once inside to their party there were speeches, dancing, and plenty of tasty treats to indulge in.

You can see more from Anna & Jeremy’s day by checking out Cathy Fitz’s blog or The Compass Points Here video.

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Their reaction to seeing the room for the first time was priceless!

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