This was a fun project I did recently with Shelby from The Day's Design. She beautifully combined some stunning flowers with some of Michigan's fall foliage! I'm so in love with the range of colors and textures from this shoot. Brides, how about holding a bouquet like this on your wedding day?!

Photography // Samantha James Photography 

Flowers & Design // The Day's Design 

Gown & Robe // Ali Nicole Bridal 

Hair & Makeup // Cheeky Strut 




Pete and Kelly were married this past August in Italy and when they came home they made it all legal with a visit to the courthouse in Downtown, Grand Rapids. They invited me to take some photos to remember the afternoon by and it was so much fun. Kelly is also a photographer and she has captured some sweet memories for our family as well! It's been such a delight getting to know these two and I was so happy to take these for them.

Hair & Makeup // Rebecca Gohl 

Flowers // Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations




William and Francie are a class act. I had such a great time getting to know these two throughout their wedding planning process. I am always so grateful to work with other incredible industry vendors and the team at Modern Day Floral did not disappoint on this one! I hope you enjoy a handful of my favorite images from this sweet couple's wedding day! 

Photography // Samantha James Photography 

Planning & Design // Modern Day Events & Floral 

Venue // Cascade Country Club

Videography // Coastline Studios 

Shoes // Jimmy Choo

Band // Brena Band  

Hair // Design 1





Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to photograph the cover for Wedding Day Magazine with an incredible team of talented people! It was a warm, beautiful July day at the Henderson Castle and we had the best time during this shoot. I love collaborating with other creatives and spending a little extra time on all of the details together. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this lovely shoot come together!

Photography // Samantha James Photography 

Venue // The Henderson Castle

Planner & Coordinator // Compose Events

Flowers & Design // West View Florist 

Gown // Parish House of Bridal MC

Hair & Makeup // Something Blue Stylists

Desserts // Wild Flour Cakes and Pastries

Rentals // West Michigan Rental Company

Tables and Chairs // Rental x Events

Jewelry // Kara Daniel Jewelry 

Videography // Emily Swihart

Film Scans // The Find Lab 





Ryan and Jordan are such kind people and I loved getting to know them more during their engagement session! They recently moved near the same area where I live so we had a lot of fun chatting about all of the good places to eat and things you can do. It turns out we actually have a lot in common and it was nice to make those connections! I am so excited to celebrate with them on their wedding day next summer. 




If you're anything like me, not only do you love the fall season but you also love all of the yummy recipes. I love to bake, it's probably one of my favorite things to do in my spare time! This recipe for Mini Caramel Apple pies is so quick, easy and delicious! If you have an hour to make these, I highly recommend you do. These would make the perfect little dessert for treating your friend to coffee in your home or even to bring to a party. 


2 Boxes of store bought refrigerated pie crust

3-4 Peeled and diced green apples 

2 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour 

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon 

1/4 Cup of Sugar 

5-10 Store bought caramels (I used good!)

1 Tablespoon of lemon juice 

Egg Wash (1 Egg whisked with 1 Tablespoon of water) 

Crystal sanding sugar (Typically found near the sprinkles in the baking section)

Preheat the over to 425 Degrees and line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper, set aside. 

Combine the diced apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and flour. Mix the apples until they are completely coated. 

Unroll the pie dough and use the opening of a glass or a circle cookie cutter to make small round circles. 

Spoon 1 Tablespoon of the apple mixture into the center of the pie circle. Do not overfill them or they won't close! Top the filling with another crust circle and crimp the edges closed with a fork. Lightly cover each pie with the egg wash and garnish with the crystal sanding sugar. 

Bake the pies for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. Place on cooling rack and enjoy!

If you have extra apple mixture like I did, I whipped up a quick crumble to put over the rest of it and made an apple crisp! Again, super easy. Just put the rest of your mixture in a small baking dish and add the topping mixture below. Bake until slightly golden brown on top, 10-15 minutes at 425.  

Apple Crisp Topping // 

1 Cup flour 

1 Cup Brown Sugar 

1 Stick of Butter 




Everything about Matt and Sarah's wedding day was joy filled. I was so honored to meet and get to know these two throughout the planning process. Matt and Sarah love the water and you may remember their engagement session! It was only fitting they have their wedding at the Yacht Club close to their home. In addition to some really special moments I was witness to, there was so much beauty in their love and all the details that made their wedding a dream come true. I look forward to continuing to celebrate more milestones with them in the future! 




Jordan and Ana are two of the most tender hearted people whose wedding day was a true reflection of their joy filled personalities. After my initial phone call with them and talking about their wedding day I knew it was going to be a great fit. Their wedding day was so beautiful, the weather was incredible and you could tell their family and friends had so much fun celebrating these two and their love. I'm so excited for them and I hope you enjoy some photos from their day!

Planning & Floral // All Occasions Events & Florals

Venue // Iris Hills