phil + michelle

cherries. pups. sailboats. the grand traverse bay. more pups! good beer. what more do you need for a good wedding? nothing.

this one was definitely up there on my favorite weddings. especially because it was mostly michigan themed. these two met while sail boating and themed their wedding on different parts of michigan that were important to them (including a few areas near chicago, since they live there). these two are really just some of the most wonderful and interesting people i’ve ever met. and what i love most about them is that they love their dogs so much. i’m a huge puppy lover and they are, too, so i was super excited to see that they included their dogs in their wedding. so fun! thanks for having me along, you two!

will + karen

what a ridiculously great wedding. will and karen had their wedding at crooked creek ranch, which is one of my favorite places to shoot at. and i hope you can see why! the barn, the horses, the lake…every detail is beautiful. but that’s not what made this wedding so great. the way will looks at karen is indescribable. their love just radiates from them like crazy and they just really know how to have fun with each other.

thanks you guys so much for having me and thanks to my second shooter, emily vermaat. a few shots in here were taken by her.

from GR to SEATTLE

on january 6th, me, my friend ashlee, and my tiny car drove across the country to the great city of seattle. what an experience!

it was probably not the smartest decision to drive through many mountains in the middle of winter. we faced a few snow storms, a few rain showers, a patch of ice that so lovingly led my car into a collision with the curb. oh! and a steep, mountain driveway covered in ice that my tiny car could not make up. despite all of the stuff that went wrong on the trip, it was one of the best experiences of my life.

i never realized how big the country was. 3 straight days of driving. sometimes it was hours and hours before we saw civilization. but wow, this country is dang beautiful. i don’t think i will ever get over how amazing mountains are. i think i took a billion photos in the car while we were driving through them.

anyway, it was such a great trip filled with brilliant landscapes, friends i haven’t seen in way too long, a day trip to portland, typical touristy seattle stuff, and so many great memories.

p.s. how funny does my tiny car look next to those huge semis?