I have been putting off writing about Lauren & Jake’s intimate winter wedding. It’s sounds bad when I actually type that out, but I’ve only been putting it off because I don’t know how to truly express in words how wonderful they are and how gorgeous their wedding was.

Leading up to their wedding we really got to know Lauren & Jake; their love of “nerdy” tv, how close their family is to them, and how Jake purposed to Lauren. We kept this all in mind when photographing their wedding, we even brought along some extra Legos for their ring shot (Jake purposed with a Lego ring box). Their wedding was wonderfully intimate, it wasn’t about everything/everyone–it was about the two of them, ridiculously in love and getting married. They selected the historic Landmark Inn in the heart of Marquette, MI to get ready at and have all of their celebrations at. They married in the Sky Room with views of a snow covered Lake Superior in view from the windows. Afterwards, the new Mr. & Mrs. Gaecke joined us near the old ore dock for what are now some of my new favorite photos. They braved the cold, windy day–but looked great in the process. Once back near the hotel we crossed their street for a few photos in front of the incredible architecture of the Peter White Public Library and then it was onto their delicious dinner and celebrations.

Rather than try to describe how wonderful it all was I’d rather just show off their wedding photographs . HUGE congrats again to Mr. & Mrs. Gaecke. I couldn’t be more honored to share in your special day with you two.

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You always hear, “Rain on your wedding day is good luck!”. Rain brings water to dry places and causes crops to flourish, so it was often viewed as being a blessing and bringing good luck. Our opinion?! We love the rain because of how it photographs! It’s romantic, dreamy, and looks like a painting!

For example, the next two images were photographed on Jordan & Chad’s wedding day. It rained the entire day, normally it would be a photographers worst nightmare–but not for us! We gladly accept the rain with open arms and we were so pleased that Jordan & Chad did as well. The first image was snapped using the natural light and the second using a remote triggered flash. Can you see why rain on your wedding day can be good luck? So brides-to-be take a deep breath and invite the rain to join your day!

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Near Valentine’s Day the hair and makeup artist Jessica Mariin held a contest–and Hayley and Kyle won! We were so excited not only because they won by a landslide vote, but also because we actually photographed them before for their wedding! Shortly after Valentine’s Day we set a date and time for their session, but due to car problems and weather we postponed their session to a later date–which truly worked out for the best because then their daughter joined in on the fun! We swooned over the winter lighting, freshly fallen snow, and their snowball fight! Congrats to the Roberts’ Family on winning!

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Jennifer of Wren Photography is celebrating her birthday today! As her husband I am obligated to tell the world that my lovely wife is one year older today. First, we will walk down memory lane a bit…

Born in the 80’s and grown in the 90’s she fondly remembers slap bracelets and jellies being “Da Bomb!”. Also, remember frosted tips? Justin Timberlake is looking much better now, I think Bill Nye could come up with some science to support this theory. Ah the early 90’s! John Stamos, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jared Leto, and Devon Sawa (que women’s sighs)! Come on ladies there’s no denying those crushes. So, pull up an inflatable chair, grab a lunchable, and let’s watch some reruns of Salute Your Shorts, Wild and Crazy Kids, or anything with that dreamy JTT! Or we could make some Spin Art and enjoy a cupcake from our easy bake oven, but remember to not eat the Gak or the Silly Putty! Anyway, put away your Pogs and scented markers, turn down “The Thong Song”, tear down your Spice Girls poster, Spit out those Warheads candies, put away that Trapper Keeper, close your Goosebumps book, shut off Carmen Sandiego, and let’s all wish Jen a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Now, for the sweet sentiments. Jen, in all seriosness, you are the light of my life. I am honored to share lifes triunphs and pitfalls with you. you inspire me every day with how talented you are in your photography, creative marketing, and genuine fondness for our clients and our business. You are a testiment of dedication and drive in the way you work putting care in everything you put out as fisished, final products. You are amazing! Iove you! Happy Birthday!

Here’s a few of pics of my lovely wife.

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I love a good sale! Majority of the time when I’m shopping I head straight back to the sale rack first, but one thing I wish I wouldn’t have skimped on was my wedding day shoes. I purchased a pair of red, kitten heels off the internet that were adorable, but they ended up being so uncomfortable that I changed immediately after the ceremony. So here is the best advice I’m going to give you (quickly grab a pen and paper, you are not going to want to miss this):

1. Treat yourself to a gorgeous pair of shoes! Those $200 pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing up, buy them! Just think about it, after the wedding is all said and done those shoes will be one of the only items that you wear after the wedding. Why not treat yourself?!

2. Wear your wedding shoes around the house for weeks leading up to the wedding. Like I said before my shoes were so uncomfortable I couldn’t wait to take them off. At least if I tried wearing them around the house leading up to the wedding they could of stretched out. Or if nothing else, I could have found out how horrible they were and purchased new ones.

3. Heels aren’t always necessary. Yep, this is coming from the gal that owns heels upon heels, but let’s be real–if you can’t walk in them then don’t wear them. I’ve seen beautiful brides try to wear heels for their outdoor wedding and all they end up doing is just sinking into the ground. There are many great options for flats or wedges, make sure that your shoe choice reflects the locations of your big day.

I hope you took notes and are now walking around the house in your wedding shoes. And hey, if worse comes to worse and you fall on wedding day–just make sure someone photographs it. Kidding of course.

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