This stunning couple met on a random evening through mutual friends where they started talking about baseball, and they've been together ever since! As Eric & Katy planned their dream wedding they decided to double-tie the knot! They had not one, but two wedding days as they officially became husband and wife in front of a close-knit group on Ruby Beach in the beautiful Olympic National Park in Washington, and then recapped their vows with a ring ceremony and wedding reception surrounded by friends & family at the Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby, Michigan. It was the perfect fit for them; they love to travel together and hike to beautiful places, and also love to be surrounded by all of the people they care about. It was a win-win! Read on to see why their Michigan reception was "killer"! (Hint: read the caption under the live band!)
I can't help but smile when I meet a couple who fit together so perfectly, and Dave & Brooke were the sweetest. This adorable couple is getting married next fall and it was lovely to meet them and capture their engagement session on a beautiful September day, right at the start of sweater season! (My favorite!) Keep scrolling to see more- including their two dogs who joined the fun!
It was so fun getting to know these two!! Bill & Sara are a dynamic couple, with wits & a sense of humor that can't be matched. Their wedding day was full of fun, but my favorite moment was when Bill saw his bride for the first time that day. Sara looked STUNNING in her beaded gown and perfect updo, and when she approached Bill he couldn't contain his excitement and emotions. It was as if he'd won the lottery and couldn't believe it; he was about to marry the most beautiful woman he's ever laid eyes on!
Keep scrolling to see the highlights of their wedding day: from the "first look" & ceremony at the Black River Country Club, to a quick photo opp on a rooftop in downtown Port Huron followed by their reception at Alexander's Banquet Facility in Marysville.
Shoutout to his sister, Amy, who hooked us up with the rooftop views above her studio!
Kyle & Megan are such a lovely couple, and a last name like "Loveday" can't help but set the mood for a beautifully romantic wedding! They did not disappoint! Megan looked absolutely stunning in her flowing gown and veil, and the dried lavender bouquets and boutonnieres were a beautiful touch! Their ceremony took place in a white gazebo on the grounds of the Orion Center, joined by a small group of their close friends and family. The reception was held upstairs overlooking the same grounds; with tables full of bright summer sunflowers and a DJ spinning classic vinyl. Below is a collection of my favorite photos to tell the story of their wedding day!
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.
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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:
Nikki Schuler specializes in wedding & portrait photography and is the owner of Awakened Light. Her award-winning work has been featured in several publications. She enjoys instructing photography workshops and resides with her husband & 4 children in a cozy vintage farmhouse in Oxford, Michigan.