Grass Lake Farm Wedding- Tori and Michael

Grass Lake, MI

Farm Wedding

Congratulations to Tori and Michael! What a beautiful day!

They met through a mutual friend, one that Tori had been friends with since high school and Mike was in a band with. They were invited one Memorial Day a few years back to celebrate with fireworks and the town. They ended up spending every weekend hanging out with these friends in the band. Then, Tori and Mike's relationship turned romantic a few months later and they slapped a label on it after a month of dating.

The proposal was pretty amazing. They were able to get tickets to see Erick Baker, an artist they love who sings their song, "Unbroken Promise". Mike contacted Erick and told him they were traveling to the show, and that he planned on proposing. Erick was happy to help. He saved their song for last and dedicated it to them. Tori was already floored by this, but then he turned to Mike and asked "Do you have something you want to ask?" Mike stood up, then knelt down. Perfect. Erick's wife recorded it for them too. 

I loved that the getting ready part was fun and I felt like I was with friends and family, talking about girly stuff and laughing. Tori has this laugh that is infectious. She throws her head back, mouth open wide, and laughs with her whole upper half. I love it. Mike is just as sweet as sweet can be. I loved that Tori's son walked her down the aisle. I loved the that Tori crocheted her bouquet and the boutonniere. I loved that grandma got on the swing and looked like a five year old girl. I loved that the day was intimate and free. I loved this wedding.

The farm was amazing and gorgeous! It belongs to a friend and was just perfect. (I was amazed that no one got whacked by the falling walnuts-especially me. But hey- just a perfect day).

These guys were so fun, laid-back, and just happy!! They are a beautiful family of five and I wish them many more adventures to come. 

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Spring Grove Park and Sunnybrook Country Club- Kristyn and Adam

Spring Grove Park, Grandville, MI
Sunnybrook Country Club, Grandville, MI

 

Congrats to KRISTYN AND ADAM! These two met trhough a mutual friend while working at Meijer. On their first date, Adam went over to Kristyn's and made her favorite meal, shrimp scampi, but left the shells on which made them both laugh. They have been laughing together for five and a half years. 
Adam proposed on their anniversary at his sister's house. He handmade a T-shirt for his nephew to wear, saying "Will you be my aunt?" When Kristyn turned around, Adam was on his knee.

In case you missed their adorable engagement session at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, you can check it out here:
http://lookatthebiggerpicture.com/blog/riverside-park-engagement

My favorite part of their day was when the sun made the perfect appearance at the perfect spot for their ceremony. It felt like the sun was washing them in warmth and good wishes. It looked amazing, sun flare streaming as they were at the altar.

I'm so happy for these two! Best wishes for your new adventures! Go Packers! Enjoy your preview:

New Vintage Place- Hannah and Ryan

Grand Rapids, MI
Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown
New Vintage Place

Congratulations to Hannah and Ryan! These two had classes together in high school but did not interact (other than when Ryan asked Hannah what he missed in math class while he wandered the halls). They ran into each other at a party and had one date before Hannah moved back to school. Ryan continued to call, asking Hannah to be his girlfriend, to which she declined. A few weeks later she asked him out.
They were together for seven and a half years before Ryan proposed. They were living in separate cities in Indiana while Hannah was finishing grad school. Ryan went to her
apartment to go to a wedding in Michigan. She saw his car in the lot, but he wasn't coming in. When she opened the door to look for him, he was on one knee holding a ring box. 

In case you missed their engagement session, please check it out here:
http://lookatthebiggerpicture.com/blog/downtown-grand-rapids-winter-engagement-session

I have a couple favorite parts of their day. The getting ready time was so beautiful. Hannah was so calm, collected, and the room was full of fun women giggling and having fun. Hannah should be on a cover of a magazine. I could have stayed there all day shooting. The venue was absolutely amazing, with everything all in one place but separate rooms to move and transition into the next part of the day. The first look with dad was sweet and emotional. Hannah and Ryan's first dance was to Led Zepplin, and as he was singing to her, the guests all held up candles and lighters- it was funny, but it was so pretty! I also loved that Hannah sat on her dad's lap after their dance, and that you can see this in the background of Ryan's dance with his mom. I loved this group! It was a very special celebration.

Thank you to my amazing second photographer, Maria Lewis! I loved working with this lady and she was as fun as she is talented! She scoped out a cool surprise location and I'm so glad she told me to save time for it. 

I am so honored that I had the chance to document the best day of Hannah and Ryan's lives so far... Good luck in all your adventures to come!
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