Summer is fast approaching and with it brings two of my favorite things: wedding season and bonfires! Last year we photographed a wedding in Escanaba, MI that combined those two things to create an amazing experience for all the wedding guests. The bride and groom had favors of a “s’more kits” that guest could create two s’more each. Outside of the wedding reception there was a small bonfire with roasting sticks. As you can imagine it was a huge hit, plus the fire helped keep the bugs away! That’s a win-win all around!

A personal touch like a bonfire with s’mores will cause quite the excitement that wedding guests will be talking about from years to come. And let’s be real–it’s not only fun, but wonderfully delicious.

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Everyone always says that a dog is man’s best friend, but I truly believe that any pet is like a member of the family. My husband and I are the proud “fur parents” of an adorable kitty cat named Max and a handsome miniature schnauzer named JJ. We know first hand how important it is to include them in your pictures.

We always recommend bringing along your pet for at least the engagement session, that way we can snap a few photos and not have to worry about getting a wedding dress dirty. Bringing a pet along for the session just makes the whole story come together more, Plus, it’s the most adorable ‘prop’ ever.

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I find it a little strange that I’m on my blog, blogging about being blogged. Yep, how’s that for a conundrum?! Recently I was asked by Second Wave Media to talk about my blog. It caught me a little off guard because I only started blogging in January. I mostly started it as a way to truly tell the story of the events that we are so fortunate to be a part of, but it’s become so much more than that. It’s been a way for clients to get to know Alex and I, a way for us to show off many more photos, and a way for us to spread the knowledge we know about weddings and photography. I’m not a writer, by any means, but I glad to take part in blogging. You can see the photos and read all about it here. Thanks to Second Wave Media for the great opportunity. We are truly proud and honored to be featured.

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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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