Category: Michigan

Backyard Wildflower Summer Session | Jen and Scott

Today’s blog post is a throwback to a few years ago for this backyard wildflower summer session. After my husband got out of the Coast Guard, we were so excited to move back home to the Grand Rapids area! We found a perfect little home near where I grew up, and very close to my family. We settled in and were happy to be Michiganders. Not long after we moved, we got a knock on the door one evening, and it was this adorable couple – with a freaking homemade PIE to welcome us to the neighborhood! In the seven years and multiple moves my husband and I endured, not ONCE were we welcomed like Jen & Scott welcomed us! We became fast friends and spent many evenings around the bonfire. They had recently gotten engaged, and since we lived out in the country, our backyards were the perfect spot for a photo session!

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Grand Rapids wedding venues

Top 5 Favorite Grand Rapids Wedding Venues

Over the past decade I have had the opportunity to shoot at any and all types of wedding venues in multiple states, from country clubs to farms, from ballrooms to beaches, from backyards to parks. While they each have their pros and cons, at the end of the day there exists the perfect venue to fit the vision of your wedding day! Since permanently relocating to Michigan, I’ve hardly shot at the same location twice, so I’ve really gotten to see the wide variety of venues we have to offer! In today’s post, I want to go over (in no particular order) my top 5 favorite Grand Rapids wedding venues I’ve experienced!

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The Bluff Banquet Center Fall Wedding

The Bluff Banquet Center Fall Wedding | Ashlee & Bill

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve definitely become one of those people who tries to avoid their birthdays. So when Ashlee & Bill contacted me about photographing their Bluff Banquet Center fall wedding, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday! Photographing a gorgeous bride during a Michigan fall, AND she has a long veil? It just doesn’t get any better than that! Plus I still get cake at the end of the day haha!

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Byron Center Fall Proposal | James and Katie

Just this past October, James contacted me about this Byron Center fall proposal. He had a special date planned. It started off with a nice dinner, followed by a walk in the park and s’mores! We talked a lot about how to pull this off so as not to give it away when they arrived, but also since we had never met, how we would know where to meet up! James scoped out Douglas Walker Park that week, and gave me a detailed map! Waiting at the park, I saw them pull up and start to walk towards *THE SPOT*, and my heart started beating so fast!! The colors were perfect, and the sunset was absolutely incredible that night. He reached the spot, set down his basket and….

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Meet Jessie

I’m obsessed with cats, the color purple, and weddings! I absolutely love photographing weddings, and I love having fun with it. I know that having your photos taken isn’t the most exciting thing, but it’s my main focus to make sure you have fun every step of the way! Easy, natural posing, and a lot of awkward jokes help me to get the true happy in-love best version of you!

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Calvin College Chapel and Grand Rapids Public Museum Wedding


Cozy Fall Engagement at Grand Ravines