We arrived at Kate & Theresa’s beautiful Michigan same sex wedding this summer ready to capture the day. The forecast called for rain, but it held off for their outdoor ceremony overlooking Lake Superior. Presque Isle is one of the most popular places to get married in Marquette. It is beautiful in every direction you look; woods, water, and even the occasionally deer. Guest gathered to watch the lovely ceremony of Kate & Theresa. We loved their gorgeous dresses they wore that perfectly suited each one of them and fit the style of the wedding too. The wind and waves softly hummed in the background as the newlyweds said i do.

Afterwards the happy couple and their fun bridal party made their way to black rocks. An approaching storm could be seen in the background. It’s ominous clouds and lighting was truly amazing. The blue clouds were meant to be–they looked incredible with the colors of Kate, Theresa, and their bridal party. The bridal party finished up with pictures early and made their way to the reception. Kate & Theresa stayed behind for a little bit for photos and just to enjoy the quiet moment. Those times are always our favorite part of the day.

Arriving at the reception their friends and family cheered. Drinks were raised, dinner was eaten, and the clouds finally bursted open to let the rain come down. It was a beautiful to listen to the joy of guest talking mixed with the rhythm of the rain. After their first dance the rain let up though and allowed us to capture a few final pictures before we were done for the day. The final image really sums up the beauty of the day. Congrats again Kate & Theresa on your wedding. It truly was the best day ever. Enjoy!

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This is beautiful! It needs to be on a canvas and hung up as art.

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Oh my goodness we were in LOVE with their UP themed cake! Seriously so fantastic.

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Dj: Pat at Double Trouble DJ’s

Caterer: Coco’s

Cake Artist: Joe’s Cakes

Pasties: Irontown Pasties

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Northern Michigan has been all over the place with weather; hot, cold, rainy, sunny. So we didn’t know what kind of weather to expect for Tyler’s senior portrait session in Escanaba, MI. We woke the day of his session to see beautiful blue skies and sun shining down. Tyler wanted a mix of location for his senior portraits. We started with an industrial look and finished up along Lake Michigan.

Tyler’s first outfit for his senior pictures was perfect. The blue stripes really made him stand out with the old, rusted look of the background. He also warmed right up to having his picture taken, while most senior guys hate it. He was a natural in front of the camera. A short distance away was an incredible set of trains. The converging points really draw your eye through the images and make him stand out.

Afterwards, it was off to the beach along the shores of Lake Michigan. The cool breeze was refreshing with the sun beating down during the portraits. We loved utilizing the beach grass, sandy shores, and water for his portraits. Thankfully Tyler was up for anything and his go with the flow attitude made our jobs really easy. Tyler was also like a chameleon in the fact that he could wear any style of clothing and it looked great on him.

We truly adored photographing Tyler and loved getting the opportunity to hang out with him and his family. We are so happy with the way the final images look. Thanks again Tyler for all the fun. Enjoy!

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The final shot is random and one of our favs. He is so loved by his family and it’s easy to see that in the photo.

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We love when things aline so perfectly, like our travel schedule with Kyle & Jordan’s engagement pictures. At first they were thinking about skipping the engagement session entirely, but it’s truly one of our favorite things to capture. We noticed they lived close to Green Bay, WI and we heading there for a wedding–so we set up a date and the weather cooperated too. Most of our communication with Kyle and Jordan was done via email, so it was lovely to get to know them during their Green Bay engagement session. Within minutes it was easy to see why they are perfect together. They are laid back, fun, and completely smitten with one another.

We started their session near an ivy wall that made their black and red outfits pop. Even though it was a busy Friday night the alleyway provided a quiet place to photograph. Plus the alleyway had all the wonderful things we love to utilize and have as a backdrop during a city engagement session; fire escape, ivy wall, brick walls, tall buildings. It was amazing. The random puddle was just an added bonus!

After a quick outfit change we met up with them just down the street. Kyle’s ‘free bear hugs’ shirt was awesome! They really seemed more relaxed and themselves after that outfit change. Kyle & Jordan fed off of each other’s laughter and love–it made the session a breeze to photograph. We can not thank them enough for taking the time to met up for pictures this summer. It was a wonderful engagement session and now we are more excited than ever to photograph their upcoming fall wedding in Marquette, MI. It’s hard to believe it’s right around the corner. Until then, enjoy!

 

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How beautiful is this puddle and them together?

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Yes!! Love, love, love Kyle’s shirt! haha.

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Red is a color typically used in fall weddings—but we love how Hannah & Trevin incorporated the woodsy/rustic theme into the middle of summer. The color red popped against the lush greens of summer.

The couple, along with their bridal party, did the final preparations at the church in Escanaba while the time was approaching for the ceremony. Trevin dressed in a dark gray suit while his groomsmen were in light gray suits, they all looked so dang handsome. They paired it all together with the plaid ties and red touches. Hannah stunned in her beautiful wedding dress and the ladies looked beautiful in their floor length red dresses.

The ceremony was lovely and the happy couple were wed before their closest friends and family. Afterwards the bridal party made their way down to the beach in Escanaba along Lake Michigan for portraits. The mix of trees, beach grass, and water gave us ample places to photograph.

After a quick drink stop at Ernie’s pub in Escanaba the bridal party made their way to the reception in Bark River at the Island Resort and Casino. The pine runners, red uplighting, and woodsy decor really made the place pop. After dinner and speeches the party started to heat up with some of the most epic dancing we’ve seen! The dance floor hoping.

After dancing for a while the newlyweds joined us outside to cool down and get a few last pictures as the sun was setting. We loved finishing up the day with such a beautiful ending. Thank you again Mr. & Mrs. Hillesheim for all the fun and for allowing us to capture your incredible day. Enjoy!

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We love father/daughter first looks! There are such a special moment.

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Ceremony: Central United Methodist Church

Reception: Island Resort and Casino

Transportation: Checker Transportation

DJ: Double Trouble DJ

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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” ― Josh Billings

Anyone that has a dog knows that saying is so true! Today we are celebrating National Dog Day with our 13 year old ‘pup’ JJ. He is a miniature schnauzer that was adopted into our family around 5 years ago and we can’t imagine our lives without him. Alex wanted to spoil JJ with a custom bandana with his name in celebration of National Dog Day. We hope you are spoiling your dog today too!

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