This gorgeous couple had a glorious wedding day full of beauty, laughs, and happy tears. Rachel had everything organized down to the last detail and did a fabulous job making her dream wedding come to life! The bridal party was a great group of family & friends and everyone looked amazing in their navy blue gowns & grey suits... especially when the guys added their sunglasses on this bright fall day. I can't wait to share these moments with you, and I couldn't help but get caught up in Rachel's emotions as she walked down the aisle, listened to the speeches & toasts, danced with her dad, AND squealed with excitement when the DJ played her favorite song and she bounced to the dance floor.
What a handsome little dog!! Rachel's pet Maltese wasn't going to be able to participate in the ceremony or reception but he still needed to be a part of the wedding party in his cute black bow tie, so we scheduled a portrait session at my home studio for some bridal portraits and "Best Dog" photos. Rachel framed a few images to display at the reception on a table that included personalized treat bags for guests to take home to their pups, courtesy of Winston. If you love his furry face you can follow him on his own Instagram, @hairywinston! Now scroll through a few adorable photos, along with some shots of this beautiful bride!! I can't decide if she reminds me more of Carrie Underwood or Barbie. Or perhaps a Carrie Underwood Barbie?! So pretty!
It's time to get to know the girl behind the camera! I took myself way out of my comfort zone when I stepped in front of the lens for my own photo shoot, and even more so now as I share with you my thoughts during this whole process & why it was important to me. Bare with me as I share some deep, some shallow, and many random thoughts... or just scan the photos and move on, I won't mind!
I'm even sharing my "Before & After" photo, and a special guest appearance by my amazingly handsome husband!
But wait, THERE'S MORE! Stay tuned to see the second half of this session when I reveal the most spectacular part of this day with FOUR more special guests!!! If you know me you might be able to guess who they were, and believe me you're in for a real treat!
It was such an honor to join this family at their intimate beach wedding on Lake Michigan. They've always loved to travel to the Grand Haven & Muskegon area to spend time at the beach with their sweet dog, Bry, so it was the perfect choice for a small destination wedding. Shelby expressed to me that the photos were the most important element of this event as she was so happy to have her parents, siblings, kids, and grandkids there as we captured these moments!
As the wedding hour approached we were working on a back-up plan due to some heavy rain & storms moving through. But the clouds parted just in time for the celebration to begin and the night ended with an amazing sunset on the lake! The following morning the family rejoined for a reception brunch at Jack's Waterfront Bistro at the Grand Haven Holiday Inn. Here are some of the highlights of this beautiful weekend!
It was such a beautiful summer evening to photograph Preston & Aubrey's engagement photos, along with their little dog Kiya, and explore the woods & beach at Camp Agawam where they'll be married next year! I enjoyed this mini-adventure and think they make a gorgeous couple. Here are a few of my favorites from their session!
What happens when you combine a magnificently renovated historical building + a vision of elegant art deco & mixed metallics + a group of insanely talented wedding vendors? You're about to find out! This editorial shoot was a dream... I'll tell you all about it as you view the jaw-dropping details below. Don't forget to check out the links to each of these skillful vendors at the end as well as some behind-the-scenes coverage of our styled shoot AND an amazing recap video!
Josh & Melissa have such a beautiful family, and I'm not just talking about their adorable coordinating outfits (which she did a fabulous job picking out)! These guys are so enjoyable to be with. Their kids are fun & playful and sweet like their mama, and Josh is a hard working, family-oriented man. Together they create a delightful crew that practices strong faith & values. Here are a few of my favorite photos from their end-of-summer session!
Once in a while it's fun to dress up and get your glam on! I was delighted to spend a day with Britny, this beautiful woman who is an amazing mom of six, wife to a hard working farmer, and someone who is dedicated to her family, the Lord, and her work helping to bring health to others as a Plexus Ambassador. We had some great laughs together in the studio and I'm so excited to share these photos with you!
At Awakened Light Photography I'm launching a Women's Beauty Portrait Series, where you are invited to my home studio & showroom for a free consultation & wardrobe planning, and then book your own makeover & portrait session with a professional hair & makeup artist! When it's complete you can come back to the showroom to view your photos on matted prints & choose your favorites for purchase! I'm running a special introductory rate of $99 for this session that includes hair & makeup styling, a 90-minute portrait session, and a free matted print of your choice (*with your individual purchase order) and has a total value of $400! But you don't have to come alone! Bring your mom, daughter, sister, or best friend and make it a double makeover! Make it a girl's day out and create memories & gorgeous photos together in an overlapping session. That's an $800 value for just $99 each! Contact me to book your consultation by emailing here & mention the $99 Beauty Portrait Special. This offer will expire when spaces are filled- please contact me for current availability.
Now keep scrolling and check out Britny's beautiful photo session, including some behind-the-scenes shots! (And before you ask, no... she hasn't modeled before! But she did amazing & YOU could do this too!)
I've had the pleasure of photographing two senior portrait sessions with Aubrey, and she's a dream to work with. Our first session was at the beautiful DOW Gardens in Midland, Michigan as she posed for some outdoor portraits while I taught an intermediate photography workshop to a small group of students. She did a fabulous job and has such a calm & relaxed presence in front of the camera. I was excited to have her come down to Oxford, MI for a second session at my home studio, barn, and property. I'm not sure she believes me when I tell her she's model material, but check out these senior pictures from both sessions and you'll see what I'm talking about!
I can't get enough of these photos! This lovely couple is getting married next year and it was so fun to spend an evening with them on a beautiful summer day. I loved the dress Megan chose, and the sparkle of that diamond on her tiny size 3 finger! Check out the fun variety of photos from their engagement session below!
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.