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Lindsay + Brad Mackinac Island

Where to begin? I met Lindsay and Brad for the first time after the summer of 2011. I feel like I had watched their relationship grow so much over the years. Everyone was waiting for this day to come.. and it was finally here. I cannot say enough great things about the Payton family, they are like my second family after working for them at Vintage Tavern (Port Huron, Michigan's gem). If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have been able to build my business and be where I am today. So having Lindsay contact me last year once she and Brad were engaged, I couldn't even contain my excitement and honor.
Mackinac wasn't anything short of amazing. This island is a Michigan paradise, where everything you need is brought to you by horse power or by bicycle. Fudge swirls the air of down town and sailboats are docked 24-7. This was a super special place to Lindsay, as she had been coming to Mackinac since she was a little girl. Brad proposed at Arch Rock and the rest is history. It was a dream. I spent 3 days with these beautiful souls and I cannot contain my heart with them <3

Janelle + Matt

Janelle and Matt met on the sidewalk in NY.. already sounds like a fairytale, doesn't it? Janelle noticed Matt wearing Michigan State and chanted Go Green to him and he responded with Go White! This was how it all began. They had their first date at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC ( it's one of the little buildings on the cake top!) and they got engaged at the Philadelphia Art Museum. It only made sense that Janelle's sister Racheal wanted to incorporate art into some decorations for them. Hand painted little canvases on art easels, they were the cutest. The War Memorial in Grosse Pointe was a classic choice for the day. From the first look in the fern room, Janelle’s two piece wedding dress and that veil naturally blowing from the wind, to their first dance. These two were magical  ❤

Angel + Kurt

If you’re ready to laugh and smile the whole way through a gallery, then this one is for you.

Angel, this beautiful and talented woman has been a dear friend since 19. She is ALWAYS laughing, always has a big beautiful smile and great energy. She and Kurt met at college in Michigan and moved to NY shortly after, I never was able to meet Kurt until the wedding day. One thing is for sure, this was a true match. Kurt smiles and laughs in equals measures with Angel. He also made their wedding cake, yeah.. talk about impressive!

They held their incredibly fun wedding in Angel’s parents backyard. I think I can speak for a lot of people who know the Assi’s, to say they are one incredible family. So many smiles, inappropriate and hilarious jokes combined with high energy..  I couldn’t help but laugh all day with them. 

This partly sunny day was the greatest mix on top of the surprise belly dancer, our trip to the beach for portraits and Angel and Kurt’s first dance/head bang as husband and wife. 

Alyssa + Jack

It's October in Michigan, and an early morning wedding was about to be held on the front lawn of the Port Sanilac Museum. Freshly made donuts, decorated by a friend and cider await the guests for this brunch style ceremony. Vintage 1950's style and peacock colors were the theme for Alyssa and Jack, but what is incredibly awesome about these two? They dress this way on a daily basis. The victory rolls and bow ties, a real 1950's wedding dress paired with a paper flower with music notes bouquet, assembled by Alyssa herself. These two melt me. First off, not only are they such beautiful people but they are quite the power couple. That's right, they play jazz together in their band Fifth Avenue. I became friends with Alyssa and Jack about 5 years ago, solidly. I saw them perform at a local summer festival here in our little town of Port Huron, Michigan. I was blown away at the angelic and powerful jazzy sound Alyssa belt out while Jack played his stand up bass. I came to find out that Alyssa was a pinup model and we ended up shooting together for the first time that winter. 

Since then I had anticipated this day. Not only are they a great couple together, but they are so supportive of each other creatively. They played with their band Fifth Avenue at the reception at Old Town Hall Winery, Lexington Michigan, cut a homemade cake made my Alyssa's sister and after the first dance we headed over to the Captains Quarters, a little air bnb for a quick portrait session. 

These two are classically in love.

Janelle + John

When these two cuties told me they were engaged in the Rocky Mountains, I knew this was going to be a good match.

Janelle wanted an enchanted forest theme for the wedding and let me tell you, IT WAS ENCHANTING. I was super in love with the details they chose, this including John’s green suit and all of the guests dressed in the green of the theme. 

The energy of the day was just amazing, even with a few set backs. I absolutely loved Janelle’s carefree attitude and John’s quietness.. together they are a very relaxed couple. John ended up forgetting his shirt at home and then after traveling back, realized he left his shoes. Without mentioning the reason why things were running behind, Janelle’s coordinator and family friend called all of us whom were in the women’s dressing room into a prayer circle. Holding hands with this beautiful family, like I was one of their own.. I cannot express enough, how much this filled my heart.

John was quite calm and collected even though he needed to figure out a quick solution, John’s good friend came to the rescue with swapping shoes. 

Only running a few minutes behind, Janelle was walked down the aisle by both her mother and father. After a beautiful and super quick ceremony and we raced off to the near by nature park for portraits. 

Janelle + John were just stunning, so stunning in fact that a nearby observer  was inspired to draw a portrait of them as we were taking photos. This sweet young women ran over to Janelle and apologized for interrupting but wanted to give them this portrait she drew. This act of love was seriously such a precious moment. My heart was seriously bursting.

Once we finished up getting all “woodsy”, we headed back to Laurel Manor. 

The emotions were running high as we returned , as they normally are during a wedding day, Janelle and John were ready to get this party started.