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Danielle + Natalie

Where to start.

The beginning of any good story, most times starts with a lesson.. but this story is about friends and love. 

I received a message from Danielle in late June about her wedding in August. She mentioned it was going to be at her home in Goodells. Have I ever mentioned that I am a sucker for back yard weddings? They are probably my absolute favorite, probably because I get to be outside all day. I can't help wanting to be around or in the woods. Summer and Fall come and go way too fast in Michigan and they are my favorite times of the year.. so it's just natural I want to feel every moment of them.

Danielle and I set up the consultation, in which I was invited to her home. I asked what her fiance's name was, I would need to know his name when meeting. " Her name is Natalie". " I forgot to mention, I am marrying a woman, I hope that is ok? " was Danielle's reply. First off, my heart did a back flip and pounded in my chest. This would be my first same sex wedding! Second, I felt like a total jerk because I had assumed her fiancé was a man.  We laughed it off, thank God Danielle and Natalie are incredibly laid back. I won't ever make that mistake again.

The next week we had the consultation, and the three of us ended up talking for hours, I wanted to know all about their love story. They met at a private Christian school and this February will be 6 years together. Danielle proposed to Natalie in the middle of winter at Boyne Resort on the balcony of their hotel with a Pandora charm, a ring in a box. She said she wanted to give Natalie the freedom to choose her own ring.  We talked so much that I ended up staying for dinner, made my Danielle's sister. I'm not even sure what the chicken dish was called but it's one of my new favorites. I felt like I had reconnected with two long lost best friends.

Wedding Day was nothing short of incredible. We watched the weather forecast which was calling for rain, like it had already for 90% of my weddings already this year. We were prepared, with the love of the universe, nothing was stopping this unity. Danielle and Natalie were surrounded by those that love them most. Every single friend and family member that was present was helping and all of the details were coming together. I found myself staring off into the tree scape behind the ceremony set up. Though the forecast was calling for rain, there was nothing but blue skies and a comfortable breeze.

A few last touches with make up and wedding dresses, because it was time to begin. I felt like part of the family, and ready to capture the magic. I can't explain the emotions I started to feel through the ceremony besides the many tears I was trying to hold in. Natalie's vows to Danielle were some of the most beautifully written words I have ever heard, and that is an understatement. They weren't just uniting into a family of two, but a family of three. Natalie's daughter Destiny was gaining another mother. 

The day was more than I could have imagined. We played in the woods and fields, ate the most delicious food by  Jessica Phillips of Creme Fraiche Catering. Her simple and beautiful almond pound cake with honey cream cheese frosting and layered peach and tripled berry preserves was the cake of the season. I was in love with everything happening around me. The organic feel was mesmerizing and the love was overwhelming. I couldn't have asked for a better couple to share this experience with.

Amber + David

These two.

Amber + David have been childhood friends, and this relationship was something all of their friends and family were waiting to happen. It just needed to be the right time, and it finally came. They say " The love of your life comes after the mistake of your life." Not sure if that is entirely accurate, but it seems to run close to the story of Amber and David. 

The unreal amount of love and excitement was hardly to be contained. Amber and her family told me they are cryers. I was like, yeah, I cry a lot too at my weddings.. but this was different. WOW. I had to fight back a waterfall for most of the day. The love in Amber's heart is immeasurable. The way she loves and cares for everyone around her, and especially David. These two are totally in love, surrounded by their best friends and everyone who was a part of their day could feel it.  

It rained... like it does for any Michigan weddings, but just for a bit. We brought out the umbrella's for the first look. Dad was first to see, and this made my heart just melt. Then it was time for David. Watching the magic between these two was captivating. They couldn't wait to show each other the little details they were wearing. Amber's love for rose gold was sprinkled through out the day, but especially into her beautiful dress and sweet Tom's. Amber was going for total comfort, as she was recovering from a fractured foot. David's tie clip, stating Best Day Ever, and his tailored suit. The two of them couldn't stop looking at each other. 

We headed out onto the golf course shortly after the first look, Amber and David wanted to recreate an image that David's parents had taken on their wedding day. What a sentimental day with so many tears of joy. We headed down town to The Bean Dock in Port Huron, Mi where the ceremony and reception was taking place. Rose gold filled the reception area, and was stylishly decorated by Amber's mother Debbie. Since then, Debbie has started her own event planning service called The Total Package. She is an absolute dream to work with, much like her daughter, such wonderful women. 

Michigan weather is so unpredictable, and especially when we live on Lake huron, but the day was nothing short of beautiful after the little bit of rain earlier. Amber and David had not a care in the world. We ran away for the last of the sunset as that was something Amber and David shared all the time, but this was their first sunset as a married couple. They were truly in their own euphoria.