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You know when everything alines just perfectly to create magic? That is the best way to describe this amazing Sleeping Bear Dunes wedding near Traverse City. When first meeting Justin & Amanda it was easy to see the love between these two high school sweethearts. They joyfully strolled along the Lake Michigan, taking in the warm sunshine. Amanda stunned in a designer dress by Jillian Fellers Bridal. The flow of the dress as the wind collected in the fabric was mesmerizing to watch. Amanda had her soft curls and glowing make up done by Memorable Occasions. Justin looked dapper in a suit rented from Natalie’s Bridal & Tuxedo in Traverse City.

Nearby the team from Sincerely Ginger Weddings  put together the beautiful decor and styled the details. Rachel, the owner of SGW, has a knack and eye for the details. The table had gorgeous gems/crystals from Korner Gem and stunning floral by the amazing Stems & Sprigs. The cheese platter that was indulged in later was from The Cheese Lady and wine from Chateau Chantal was sipped on as they enjoyed the incredible views. It was lovely to see how well the invitation suite from Sable & Gray Paper Co and the delicious cake from Simply Sweet by Jessica worked into the style/decor of the wedding.

Justin & Amanda spent most of their time along side the water, but as the sun began to set they had an idea. They changed into casual clothing and gathered their paddle boards. The sun was setting fast as they paddle out into Lake Michigan. It truly is unreal how strikingly beautiful those images are, especially as the paddled close enough to give each other a big kiss. It was truly the most incredible day, filled with magic. We loved being able to capture their love along the lake shore. Enjoy!

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The weather in Traverse City was strange this year, it barely snowed but when it did snow it came in heavy. That is what Brittany and Nick experienced on the day of their engagement session. Prior to their session they were concerned that there wouldn’t be any snow. They came up to Traverse City for their winter engagement session and were greeted with snow and strong winds. Thankfully they embraced the winter weather and snuggled up close for the pictures. The falling snow was the perfect addition to their beautiful engagement pictures.

Their session started in the morning down at the Duncan L Clinch Marina in downtown Traverse city.  There was such beauty in the overcast sky and empty harbor as the happy couple walked around. The strong winds, however, made it difficult to stay outside for too long. So we brought Brittany and Nick into the winds and away from the winds.

Away from the harbor the snow fell softly into Brittany’s beautiful red hair as Nick playfully nuzzled kisses on his wife-to-be. It was a nice change from the blowing winds by the water. With all the snow coming down it only made sense to stop for a few minutes and have the couple build a small snowman. Afterwards, Brittany and Nick warmed up and changed outfits. The sun started to peek through the clouds as we made our way out to the trails nearby. It was a great way to finish up their cold, but wonderful winter engagement portraits.

Thank you again to Nick & Brittany for embracing the cold and rocking your engagement session. We can hardly wait to photograph your upcoming wedding in Gaylord this year! Enjoy.

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The wind was blowing so strong at this point, but it was beautiful.

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The powdery snow made it difficult to create a snowman, but the managed to still create one.

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It was such an honor to photograph Amber and her husband Chuck for their pregnancy pictures on a cold, snowy morning. Amber has been around since I first started out with my business. When I needed someone to model for me she happily jumped in front of the camera. When she got engaged we photographed their engagement portraits and their winter wedding. Now she’s in front of the camera for her beautiful pregnancy portraits. It’s been a beautiful photographic journey and it’s only just begun.

I joined Amber and Chuck (and their adorable pup Marcel) on a sunny winter’s day. Amber looked stunning in her floor-length blue dress, something she picked up to wear for her baby shower. Chuck coordinated perfectly with his plaid shirt that had subtle touches of teal in it. The breeze that day was chilly, but the shining sun helped keep them warm. The beautiful trees also helped block the wind and provided a beautiful surrounding for the parents-to-be. After a quick warm up, and outfit change, Amber & Chuck joined me back outside to finish up their maternity photos. They even brought along a little pair of cowboy boots the have for their son. It was adorable.

Thank you again, Amber and Chuck for all the fun that day! We can hardly wait to meet your son and photograph him for years to come. Huge congratulations again, your little baby boy, he will be here so soon. Until then enjoy sleep and the silence. Hugs!

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Her simple cross, her beautiful wedding ring, that gorgeous smile, and the perfect baby growing inside–love it!

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Such a unexpected and sweet moment between the parents-to-be.

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The image below makes me laugh every time I look at it. Amber know the perfect way to quickly warm up her cold hands.

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I don’t know many people that are willing to wake up super early, get dressed up, and drive almost an hour (all before sunrise) to have engagement pictures done. Emily & Joran are incredible couple though. When they found out I was heading to the U.P. for a quick trip they reached out wanting to do a winter engagement session. We met in the middle (them coming from Curtis and I was coming from Rapid River) in the quaint town of Manistique, MI. They joined me just after sunrise at the boardwalk along Lake Michigan.

The snow showers sprinkled down here and there during their engagement session, but the icy cold breeze was persistent. Emily & Jordon didn’t seem to mind as they cozied up to one another. Since it was just after sunrise there wasn’t anyone else around, they had the beach & boardwalk to themselves. As we walked around they told me more details about their upcoming wedding. Their excitement of their wedding made them open up more playfully in front of the camera, it was truly beautiful to capture how smitten they are with each other.

Just down the road there was a beautiful spot of woods that provided shelter from the wind. Within moments of arriving there a snow shower softly dropped snow down. It was the dreamy, big flakes of snow. Their laughter erupted as the walked along and played in the snow. Huge thanks again to Emily & Jordan for willing to brave the early & snowy morning. We could not be more excited to photograph their upcoming wedding at the beautiful Chamberlin’s Old Forest Inn in Curtis, MI. Until then here’s their engagement pictures. Enjoy!

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I love the lighthouse popping out in the background of these images.

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Sand and snow–what a beautiful combination!

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His laughter and her look of adornment is everything in this image below.

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When I was 16 my dad encouraged me to sign up for a calligraphy class. He knew I wanted to study art after I graduated high school and he thought it would come in handy someday. When I arrived at the calligraphy class it was easy to see I was the youngest there by around 40 years. I felt out of place at first, but everyone was so welcoming and by the end of that first class I found that I really enjoyed it. I went back weekly for a month. I practiced by writing letters to my friends and family. Later on, when planning our wedding, I personally addressed all of our invitations.

In recent years calligraphy has made a resurgence, but this time the writing is more playful and fun. Hand-lettering has taken all of the style elements of calligraphy and making it more modern. That is why I was so excited to sign up for Sable & Gray‘s hand-lettering class at The Vintage Vanity in Suttons Bay. I’ve loved following Sable & Gray’s social media for quite a while now and saw how talented she is. Kristin, the owner of Sable & Gray, was a great teacher. She thoroughly explained the process of hand-lettering and was encouraging while we attempted it on our own. The class had a wonderful mix of people that have never done hand-lettering and a few that have tried it before. By the end of the class everyone was immersed in creating beautiful hand-lettered projects. Kristin walked around to give little tips and tricks as we all attempted to create something as beautiful as hers.

Kristin has one more class coming up this March that I would highly recommend signing up for. The hand-lettering class tonight was filled with laughter, learning, and a great piece to take home to enjoy. Check out the images below to see more from the class plus check out the Valentine’s Day mug I made Alex. Enjoy!

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Anyone who adores the movie Anchorman will understand this mug.

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