We loved the reason why Jennifer contacted us. In the emails she stated that this was the first time her family would be at Sleeping Bear Dunes and she wanted to capture the experience of it. So we set up a morning portrait session for her and her family along the beach and crossed our fingers for beautiful weather. We arrived early to the session to find clear skies and a quiet beach–it was perfect. Jennifer, her husband, and their two girls were an absolute dream to photograph. They were playful and full of love. The girls are blessed to have such amazing parents.

We fully utilized the space around the beach in Empire, MI. The tall beach grass, sandy shores, and wavy blue waters truly encompassed what Sleeping Bear Dunes is all about. It was also great to be able to get a few formal family portraits along side of some photojournalistic images. Some of our favorites were just of the girls splashing around the water and playing in the sand.

It was such honor to be able to capture Jennifer and her family’s first trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes. We hope they come back in the future and allow us to capture them again. Enjoy!

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A way to commemorate the year they traveled to Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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Love the motion of their hair along with the waves splashing up on them.

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We love that she grabbed her sister’s hand and helped her climb up the hill.

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We traveled from Traverse City, MI to Green Bay, WI for the incredible wedding of Ben & Diana. As we arrived it was easy to see that the day was going to be filled with beauty and fun! The bridal party was putting the final touches together at the church as we captured the details. Outside the sky were clear and blue, inside the tall ceiling and gorgeous architecture was the perfect setting for Ben & Diana’s wedding. Diana and her father danced their way into the ceremony. The ceremony was filled with music, readings, and laughter–then sealed with a kiss as Ben & Diana were wed.

The bridal party boarded the bus after the ceremony. The first stop was Titletown Tap Room for a couple drinks while Ben & Diana had their wedding portraits taken nearby in downtown Green Bay. The urban feel blended beautifully with the style of their wedding and so did their next stop at Pamperin Park for bridal party portraits. The cobalt blue of the bridal party really stood out from the green at the park.

Afterwards it was onto the reception at the Green Bay Packer’s official golf course. The set up inside was stunning. The mix of high and low floral arrangements as well as the dreamy golden light dripping through the windows made the entire place look incredible. Once dinner was finished we borrowed the couple away from their party for a few minutes to get some golden hour portraits. This was also the time that Diana surprised ben by changing into her second wedding dress. She truly looked gorgeous in both of them! Once back inside the night was full of dancing, drinks, and plenty of cake. It was a wonderful ending to a perfect wedding day! Thank you again Mr. & Mrs. Bauknecht for allowing us to capture your wedding! Enjoy!

 

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The black & white below is one of our favorites on the day. With the day being so busy, it was only them in this moment.

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Oh my goodness, a cat cake topper! How adorable is this?

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Ceremony: St. Mary’s Church

Reception: Thornberry Creek Golf Course

Decorator: Sash & Bow

Ice Sculpture: Krystal Kleer

DJ: Elite Entertainment

Florist: Pedal Pushers

Cake artist: Bernie’s Cake Shop

Transportation: Prestige Limousine

Hair & Makeup: A&A Artistry

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Rain, beautiful rain. The wedding of Debbie & Cherokee started out with a light mist as they got ready inside the Hampton Inn. The water dripping slowly from the trees seemed to make them look more saturated in color. The newlyweds-to-be decided to do a first look prior to the ceremony near Founder’s Landing. It’s hard to describe how beautiful that moment between the two of them was. They have been together for 15 years–and in that moment all of the showed. Their love was bursting at the seams.

They walked back, hand in hand, towards their ceremony site. Guests were taking a seat and the rain stopped. It seems like the universe fell perfectly in place for them. The music started and they made their way to the front, along side their children. The ceremony honored much more than just the two of them. It was a unity of their families and their love for the outdoors. It was wonderful. Shortly into the ceremony the fog rolled in from Lake Superior and far off in the distance thunder could be heard. Debbie & Cherokee said i do and within about 15 minutes the rain came crashing down. Giggles could be heard all around, it was fun to be caught in the rain.

Afterwards the happy couple joined us at a nearby location for their portraits. Once again the rain stopped like magic. The newlyweds walked in the woods, climbed in the water, and smiled with pure joy. We had an absolute blast capturing the two of them. Next it was onto their reception at Ore Dock Brewing. Family and friends were enjoying drinks, food, and cake, while Debbie & Cherokee took a moment on the swing to reflect on an amazing day. We absolutely loved capturing their wedding. Congrats to Debbie & Cherolkee on 15 years and many more to come. Enjoy.

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How beautiful are those rings from Beth Millner Jewelry?

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Words can not describe how beautiful of a moment their first look was.

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Ceremony: Boardwalk in front of Hampton Inn

Reception: Ore Dock Brewing

DJ: Eveningstar DJ

Cake Artist: Joe’s Cakes

Florist: Garden Bouquet & Design

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Leland is a small fishing town in Michigan with a big personality. Down by the boardwalk it looks like something out of Disney World. So when Melissa asked if we would meet her in Leland to capture her family’s portraits we jumped at the opportunity. We drove up Leelanau Peninsula and met the family down by the harbor. We learned that Melissa’s family was there celebrating her mom’s birthday. The family flew in from all over the U.S. to join in the celebrations and they wanted to document them all being together.

The boardwalk was flooded with summer tourists so instead we walked to a nearby spot along the water to start. The stories between sisters and each other had us in stitches as we walked along with them. As we photographed them people were casting their lines into the water hoping to catch some fish and small boats passed by along the river. It truly showed how active this fishing town really is. As we walked near downtown it smelled like fish fry was being fried up at the local restaurants.

As the sun starting slowly setting we made our way to Leland’s harbor. Sounds of seagulls and teenagers splashing around Lake Michigan filled the air.  The docks were perfect to relax by and also capture the sunset from. It was truly a beautiful summer night in Northern Michigan. Big thanks again to Melissa and her family for allowing us to document their family gathering. We hope the rest of their celebrations were just as wonderful. Enjoy!

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The ripples of waves off of the harbor and the family chatting on the dock makes this one of our favorite images from their session.

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There was a group of teenagers jumping off into the warm summer waters of Lake Michigan.

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That sunset was a fantastic ending to a Northern Michigan summer evening.

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It’s hard for us to believe that we were photographing Ashlyn for her senior portraits. Being nearly 6 feet tall and absolutely gorgeous as can be–we could have been photographing her for her modeling portfolio. Ashlyn traveled from Milwaukee, WI to Northern Michigan to have her senior portraits taken. The dense green forests and soft blue waters were the perfect setting for pictures.

We met up with Ashlyn in the morning and helped her pick out her outfits. She has great style and everything looked amazing on her–so it made picking extra easy. We started in the woods with the golden light dripping through the tree tops. The pale pink dress went along perfectly with her complexion and soft blonde curls.

Once we finished up there it was onto the beach. Surprisingly the beach was nearly empty and we were able to use whatever area we liked without worrying if someone was in the background. It was also fun to capture Ashlyn kicking around in the water for a few pictures. Plus the water was the most beautiful shade of blue that day.

Down the road a couple miles was a spot with amazing light and beautiful trees. It was a great spot to wrap up Ashlyn’s senior pictures at. She rocked every outfit and every location. We had such a great time capturing her senior portraits (aka her modeling pictures). Thanks again Ashlyn! Enjoy!

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During the session, a large freighter sailed past in Lake Michigan. Of course we had to stop and watch for a few moments.

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