With storms on the radar I made my way halfway across the state before the downpour began, right as I reached Kalamazoo where Faith & Everett were preparing for their wedding day at the historic Henderson Castle Inn. We kept an eye on the sky as the bridal party gathered, and the rain cleared just in time! Everything went beautifully, from the ceremony in the garden to the cutting of the sprinkled donut to the first dance under the chandelier. We even got to explore the rooftop and then ended the day with a few seconds of a brilliant rainbow view from the front porch! I am so happy for this sweet couple and excited to share some of the unique details and moments from this day!
What a beautiful day full of love & nature! Preston & Aubrey were married at a place that has a lot of fun memories for them- a campground on the lake where he grew up. It was the most perfect spring day with blue skies and just a slight breeze rustling through the woods. The ceremony was held underneath a white geometric arbor in a clearing overlooking the water. Afterwards the bridal party (including their charming dog Miya in her new pearl collar!) took a victory lap in the pontoon boat complete with a "Just Married" sign. The reception was in a white tent with glowing string lights and full of family & friends who were excited to celebrate with them! Take a look at this gorgeous couple's wedding day below!
I'm beyond excited to share with you the launch of "Bella Design Company" and introduce you to its beautiful owner: interior design expert Megan Toft! I have known this woman for over 10 years and have always been inspired by her warmth, creativity, and dedication to her tasks & family. She has the skills to draw the inspiration & unique style out of a person and then design perfectly-suited spaces for them that are organized, elegant, refreshing, and inviting. Keep reading to see how we took Megan's vision for her new website and created a collection of images that showcase her amazing talent & personality!
This is us: The Schuler Family, dressed to the nines in my home studio as I click the button on the remote trigger and remind the kids to look at the camera. (They did AMAZING by the way, and it was actually way more fun than any of us expected! Check out more family photos at the end!)
I've always been inspired by "Vanity Fair" style portraiture and have dreamed of doing my own family photo this way but never got around to it. So since I had already arranged a day to have my hair & makeup done to photograph my own new headshots, the idea popped into my head to turn it into a family affair.
"THAT'S A CRAZY IDEA! IT WOULD NEVER WORK FOR US!" was the next thought that popped into my head. Would my kids be up for it?? Would they cooperate enough to make it worth all the trouble and result in a beautiful photo? Or would it end in total chaos, grumpy moods, bribes, and tears all around? And likewise, would my husband put up with what seemed like could be quite an ordeal? I decided to go for it.
If you're a bride-to-be looking for a place to custom design your wedding invitations, save-the-dates, stationery, and more you NEED to check out Basic Invite. I was blown away by the number of designs and products they have available, as well as the vast array of color choices that allow you to create your ideal palette.
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With winter weddings approaching, Basic Invite is currently featuring a beautiful collection of winter themed save the date cards as well as winter save the date magnets!
I recently had the opportunity to work with several of their invitation suites and seriously couldn't decide which style I liked best! Checkout out a few of my favorites below.
It was such an honor to meet Claire's family and work with this beautiful young lady. I can't even begin to imagine the challenges they faced over this past year as she was diagnosed with and treated for cancer. But seeing someone who has overcome such a struggle to now be so full of JOY & LIFE was a huge inspiration to me. It's clear that she's a SURVIVOR in every way!
I'd love to share this quote from Claire with you:
It's such a joy to see this sweet girl every fall and catch up with her dear parents! I've probably told the story before how our lives crossed paths during the adoption process, but I just I adore this family! Here are a few of my favorites from Miss Eva's fall photos as she turns SIX!
It couldn't have been a more perfect October day for Sven & Cindy's wedding in Rochester Hills, Michigan! The sun was shining, the vibrant purple & orange decor set the tone for a beautiful & festive fall event, and - best of all - their closest friends & family were gathered together to celebrate this wonderful union that was 11+ years in the making! Read on to see the highlights from their joyous wedding day!
What an exciting season for these two & their families! My brother Joel & his lovely wife Caroline are expecting a baby boy around Thanksgiving time and we are all eager to meet him! This photo was taken in the same field where I photographed their engagement session two years ago and it's so beautiful to see their marriage blossom into new life! Scroll to see my favorites from this fall maternity session AND highlights from a delightful baby shower!
It was a bright & beautiful September weekend in Michigan when Todd & Amy tied the knot! Their ceremony was held at St. Kieran Catholic Church in Shelby Township, and the wedding reception took place in the grand ballroom at MacRay Harbor overlooking the bay. The steel blue bridesmaids dresses were a perfect match with the panoramic views of the water! And because this couple loves to explore the Metroparks, we made a stop along the way at the scenic Lake St. Clair Metropark for some bridal party photos. (If you missed Todd & Amy's Engagement Photos at Stony Creek, click here or check out the link below). Keep scrolling to see the highlights from their lovely wedding day AND the dance party that followed!
Nikki Schuler specializes in wedding photography and portraits and is the owner of Awakened Light Photography, LLC. She has traveled to over 40 countries using creative arts as a ministry and resides with her husband & 4 children in a cozy vintage farmhouse in Oxford, Michigan.