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!
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!
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.