It is tempting to make a “Runaway Bride” joke about this photo session, but Carolyn won’t be running away from Jon any time soon! Their love is evident in this engagement session and the excitement is definitely building in anticipation for their upcoming wedding. On this beautiful, dewy, Spring afternoon Jon and Carolyn celebrated their engagament in the form of a jogging-inspired photo session. Love is in the air and “running” all around the couple as they take in the beauty of the Upper Penindsula’s wild outdoors. We really enjoy these photos and we think you will, too!

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John & Erin truly got the best of both worlds for their engagement session. They got to dress up for the urban setting, with the perfect pops of pink from John’s tie and Erin’s diy painted heels. Then they headed off to the beach for a quiet and casual second part of their session. At both locations it was easy to see how these two truly care for one another by just how they interacted. It is getting us even more excited for the amazing wedding planned for next year! The whole session was perfect for these two love birds and we couldn’t be happier with the way the pictures turned out!

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In the past few years there has been a trend that has come up called “Trash the Dress”. After the wedding the bride wears her dress again. Session often takes place on a beach, but other locations include city streets, fields, and abandoned building–the only problem is that the dressed gets trashed and destroyed (hence the name). We took that idea and put our own spin on it.

We proudly do “Rock the Dress” sessions!  A “Rock the Dress” sessions is the perfect excuse to wear the dress again after the wedding and do things that you wouldn’t do on wedding day, all without ruining the dress! Plus you hubby can join in and wear something more causual!

For example we’ve had past brides wear their dress while riding a horse, going through a corn maze, climb upon pallets in an urban environment, and one of our favs was in a baseball field! The possibilities are truly endless! So before you get the dress cleaned and preserved, why not take it out for one more grand adventure!

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It’s not every day that a bride & groom has the opportunity to ride an elephant during a real circus! That was just the icing on the cake to this styled circus wedding. We joined together with some amazing vendors in the historic town of Marquette, MI. Marquette has been becoming quite the destination for Bride & Groom’s to hold their wedding at because of the lush forests, miles of shoreline on Lake Superior, & creative wedding vendors. The idea came together because of the Shriner’s Circus coming into town & wanting to create a different look for a wedding. Knots & Kisses brought the simple brooch bouquets, the layered tablescapes, and lovely details together to make this styled wedding something very unique. The bridesmaids wore rich, full length red dresses that worked perfectly with their stunning hair & makeup done by Jessica Mariin Hair & Makeup Artist. The groom and groomsmen donned the classic tux with tails that worked fantastically on their tall stature (the groom is 6’8′!). The brides off the shoulder gown with layers of lace, tulle, and sequence from the wonderful local dress shop, A Bride’s Choice, was extraordinarily different from bridal gowns typically worn. Then to top it all off the bride wore a marvelous selection of necklaces, earrings, and rings from Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers. The event took place in two offbeat locations: the Ore Dock Brewing Company & the Shriner Circus. In between we gathered the bride & groom near the woods & made use of the gorgeous black & white pagoda umbrella, even though the rain held off the entire day. One of our favorite touches during the event was the hula hoopers & fire eaters done by two talented local ladies. Afterwards the bride & groom enjoyed the circus and all that is had to offer; fresh cotton candy, extremely talented acts, & a once in a lifetime ride on an elephant. We are ecstatic to share the goodness with everyone & hope it serves as inspiration to take a chance on wedding day.

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We LOVE the engagement session to speak volumes about the couple; what they like to do together, where the enjoy hanging out,…etc. That’s why when it came time for Keely & Mark to choose a location for the session, the choice was obvious for them–>their family camp in Republic, MI. We’ve photographed in Republic before, it’s lush forest & calm waters make for a great setting for an engagement session. Then to top it all off we had the most picturesque sky as a backdrop! It almost looked fake it was so gorgeous! We truly had a wonderful time getting to know Keely & Mark, watching them interact with each other, and hearing about their big day. It made is extra excited for their special day! Until then, we will just enjoy their wonderful engagement session!

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